Microplaza offers online release show

Microplaza will perform their new mini-album ‘We’ll Never Fit In This Poem Together’ this Saturday, 15:00, on the Tiny Room Records Facebook timeline. This semi-live quarantine video is the substitute to the live show that was originally planned in Dig It! Recordstore, Utrecht. Since meeting physically is not possible at the moment, we do what we can. So we offer this specially prepared ‘semi-live’ performance with live versions of the songs on the record, recorded remotely.

Stay at home, stay healthy. Watch and celebrate this 10-minute performance with us, and afterwards have a drink and talk in a Zoom session! After that, the remaining records (limited edition of 30 7″ records) will be for sale in the Tiny Room webshop

Corona update

Update on the corona situation from the Tiny Room Records HQ. At this point it feels a bit strange to continue work as planned. In some cases, continuation is also impossible because of closed facilities and the fact that we stay at home as much as possible. Tiny Room is a non-profit organization, and luckily we won’t loose a lot of money. Some of our bands have cancelled shows, which always sucks but is not the most important thing right now. We feel for the artists who made this their jobs. Hang in there!

Although putting out records is not our main income, it is one of the main reasons we live and enjoy life: making and sharing art and music. Being homebound, we expect more new stuff very soon. Probably from the musicians without kids, because after a week with two kids (age 3 and 6) in the Tiny Room HQ, we didn’t see a lot of recording happening 😉

We also have planned releases that we want to keep sharing. There is some upcoming vinyl and upcoming tours, and we’ll see what the best options are with every release. What do YOU want? Should we keep releasing things digitally? Should we keep promoting new music? Putting out and sending out new records? Is there still a demand for that? Is this a time when people have more time to listen to new music, or do they have other things on their mind?

For now, these are the upcoming releases with the current status:

April 11 – Microplaza – We’ll Never Fit In This Poem Together
Digital release will go live on April 11. We are still awaiting the 7″ vinyl records. There is a release show planned on April 12 in Dig It! Recordstore in Utrecht, but when we have to postpone it, we’ll celebrate the physical release at a later point. We will still send out packages as long as the postal offices stay open.

May 20 – Combo Qazam – Flight Music
Same story: digital release will go live, promotion will proceed. If we don’t have the vinyl or have to cancel the release tour (May 20-23) we’ll celebrate and sell this beautiful slab of vinyl later this year.

Another cool release was almost finished, a split 7″ between The World of Dust and Karl Blau. It was set for April 7, but we can’t finish the sleeves at the moment and we are postponing this release until we can do right to this release.

Hang in there, stay at home, stay positive, listen/share music, ideas, thoughts and look out for each other in this strange times.

Microplaza – Through The Fabric (official video)

Watch the new video by indie pop duo Microplaza for single Through The Fabric, the first sign of life of their new 7″ EP We’ll Never Fit In This Poem Together, out April 11 (limited edition of 30) on Tiny Room Records.

We’ll Never Fit In This Poem Together is the follow-up to Microplaza’s self-titled debut, which was praised for its combination of accessibility and alienation. The duo returns with six flawless indie pop miniatures: more consistent, darker and more intense than the debut, but just as inventive and surprising.

February 26: Katzwijm x Tiny Room night in OCCII

On February 26, we host an awesome night full of indie rock, punk and experimental electronics in OCCII (Amsterdam). We do this with likeminded platform Katzwijm, the famous (well, in our circles, but they should be known worldwide) studio, record label, beer brewery and show organizing collective from Voorhout. Super siked and heel gezellig!

On the bill are The Johns and True Dreams, both from Brooklyn, NYC. The former will surprise us with a mix of garage folk with Caribbean influences. New album Forge is out now and it’s great. True Dreams is a feminist garage punk duo, a catchy as hell slap in the face.

From our own roster we provide post-punkers Combo Qazam, who are gearing up to the release of their debut album in May, and electronic folk hero LOGOUT, who started to sing in his native Greek language recently. We hope to see you all in Amsterdam!

5 Year Anniversary Party AFTERMOVIE

Yes, we know our big 5 Year Anniversary Party was a few months ago. But hey, we’re a super small indie label and we just didn’t find the time to edit an aftermovie. UNTIL NOW! Footage from all artists, to capture a bit of the magic from that last weekend of November 2019 and put a smile on our faces again.

See you in 5 years! Or in a few weeks, because on February 26 we host our next event in OCCII, Amsterdam: KatzwijmxTinyRoom: The Johns, True Dreams, Combo Qazam, Logout

Live video of Gunshot by Combo Qazam

Last weekend, Combo Qazam played the first show of the year, on the annual Schaalwerk (a set construction company) party. The show was almost blown off prematurely because the security dog bit drummer Arno in his leg and he had to get a tetanus test. Luckily, everything turned out fine in the end.

75 shows booked by Tiny Room in 2019!

A few years ago, we decided to focus more on live events and bookings. We started Tiny Room Booking to make sure our artists get to play throughout the Netherlands. Since then, we also hosted more shows in our hometown Utrecht, mainly in Studio Patrick and Brewpub De Kromme Haring. Sometimes with partners like Vette Analoge Shit or Minor Rogue Bookings.

photo by Ab Al-Tamimi

We ended up booking 75 concerts in 2019. Pretty awesome. What’s even more awesome, is that all these shows were beautiful, mind-blowing, rad, special and/or great. A league of its own.

So thank you for the music: The Star Pillow, Oliver Oat, LOGOUT, Holden Goldmund, Howart, The World of Dust, Broads, Osmosis / I am Oak, Alienbaby Collective, Voorzieningen, Avery Plains, My Friend Television, Santa Fé, Toby Goodshank, BOO HOO, Microplaza, Lian Ray, This Leo Sunrise, Sherman Oaks, Rogue Minor, R. De Selby, Wooden Soldiers, Kittiwake, Enablers, Trey, Astral Swans, Ghost Bag & Tine Fetz, Combo Qazam, Landowner, Mevrouw Tamara, Pollyanna, The Secret Love Parade, Victory Hall, Queen of the Meadow, Garciaphone, Taïfun and Naked Shortsellers.

Also big thanks to all the venues, promoters, labels and bookers that we worked with to make this possible. See a list of all shows in 2019 here: https://www.tinyroom.nl/booking/

5 Year Anniversary Party

At the end of this month, we celebrate that Tiny Room Records exists for five years! Come to De Kromme Haring on November 30. 36 releases and 221 shows later, we are still going strong. So much good stuff to look back to, and so many awesome new things coming up in the future.

But on November 30, we enjoy the present moment of our lovely scene with live concerts by Queen of the Meadow (FR), Garciaphone (FR), Taïfun (BE), Naked Shortsellers (NL) and Combo Qazam (NL). The GNI Collective will rock the turntables and we will release a very special ART ZINE, full of visual work from all of the associated musicians.

It’s overwhelming to see how the label found a solid and respected place in the underground scene. Proud of the hard work that made this possible. Not only by me (Stefan), but definitely by all the musicians making these cool records, by Anneke Nieuwdorp for visual input on the label identity (among other never-ending support), Thijs Kuijken for his endless patience and knowledge in the DTP-field, Gino Miniutti for help with the bookings, Tammo Kersbergen for his beautiful mastering skills, Luca Dattisi for his superbe internship earlier this year, and everybody from the scene who helps out during the life-changing events in Studio Patrick and De Kromme Haring. Hope to see you all on November 30 in Utrecht!