LAND 16.10 | October 1-22, 2016

Brassland is 15!

We quietly celebrated our 15th year of operation with this residency at Tiny Montgomery in Gowanus, Brooklyn—a new 'listening room' from our friends at Threes Brewing. It mostly celebrated a new wave of artists recently signed to the label. Participants included:

  • Fusilier's debut live performance & a support slot with Buke and Gase
  • The Perennials — new proteges of Thomas "Doveman" Bartlett
  • Hoferlanz, the former moniker of the solo project by indie rock secret weapon Benjamin Lanz, performer in The National's, Beirut's and Sufjan Stevens's bands; the band was later re-dubbed LANZ for a series of releases on the label
  • Buke and Gase in two very sold-out shows, workshopping material that would appear on their third album
  • Ocean Music, a project by then-Brassland employee Richard Aufrichtig
The variety show finale featured appearances by members of all these projects—and an opening performance from one of Arone Dyer's #dronechoirs running as a procession from Threes' main room into the Tiny Montgomery space.

The run was intended less a music festival than a kind of "community meeting"—an opportunity for the label's current artists to get to know one another and develop their respective aesthetics. If mom'n'pop record stores are a thing of the past, perhaps mom'n'pop record labels are a thing of the future? This series of shows celebrated the fact that Brassland has approached the record business less as a global mega-corp and more like an artisanal cheese producer in the French countryside; an old school art gallery from the 1960s that knew all their clients by name; or a classic jazz label documenting not so much individual stars as an entire community of talented friends. 

PICTURED BELOW (clockwise from upper left): Buke and Gase; The Perennials; Fusilier; and LANZ 

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