LAND 16.10 | October 1-22, 2016

Featuring: Buke and Gase • Fusilier • LANZ • Ocean Music • The Perennials

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