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Ian Fisher - 'The Way To Go' with Mokum Sessions

24 mar 17

Ian Fisher just announced a new show at Luxor Live on the 10th of June together with Mercy John!

Here's a little something to get you in the mood for that show; the second session Ian did some time ago with Mokum Sessions!

Kim Janssen - Dynasty

20 mar 17

Here it is, a brand new single by Kim Janssen, just before the release of his upcoming album 'Gouldians'.

Listen to 'Dynasty' now on Spotify, iTunes and Bandcamp.

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Bart van der Lee - Will You Think Of Me

14 mar 17

Check out this great video by Sofar Sounds Utrecht, with Bart van der Lee singing 'Will You Think Of Me' together with his wife!

Bhava by The World Of Dust available on Spotify

09 mar 17

Bhava by The World Of Dust is available on Spotify! After being released on CD only in 2013, now it's your chance to listen to it online too!

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Kim Janssen - 'Cousins' Japan release

03 mar 17

'Cousins', the new album by Kim Janssen, will also be released on the 7th of April on Lirico Records in Japan! It will feature a bonus track, which will be a new recorded version of Tors. You can pre-order it right HERE!

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Kim Janssen at La Maison Sage (FR)

27 feb 17

On the 10th of May Kim Janssen will play at La Maison Sage in Paris!

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I Am Oak - Spring Tour

24 feb 17

I am Oak will go on tour through Germany and Switzerland this spring!

11/05 Kassette, Düsseldorf (DE)
12/05 Tower, Bremen (DE)
13/05 Kulturzentrum Faust, Hannover (DE)
14/05 Hafen 2, Offenbach (DE)
15/05 TBA, TBA (DE)
16/05 Schüür, Lucern (CH)
17/05 Werkstatt, Chur (CH)
18/05 Bogen F, Zürich (CH)
19/05 Great Räng teng teng, Freiburg (DE)
20/05 Bollwerk 107, Moers (DE)

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Pre-Order 'Cousins'

23 feb 17

The album he 'always wanted to make'. Kim Janssen's new album 'Cousins' will be released on the 31st of March!

Pre-order right here or on Bandcamp.

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Kim Janssen at Best Kept Secret Festival

16 feb 17

Big new announcement for Kim Janssen! He's playing Best Kept Secret Festival this year!

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broeder Dieleman at Motel Mozaique

13 feb 17

broeder Dieleman will do a new music project at Motel Mozaique Festival again this year, together with Wannes Cappelle! They are going to work together for GrensGeluid and will present the new material at the festival!

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'Gouldians' - Kim Janssen

26 jan 17

Kim Janssen​ released his new single 'Gouldians' today, which will be on his upcoming album 'Cousins'!

Listen now on Spotify, iTunes or Bandcamp!

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I Am Oak (Solo) & Pitou

24 jan 17

I am Oak will play three solo shows together with Pitou at some special locations!

02/04 - Molen de Ster, Utrecht
06/04 - De Watertoren, Groningen
07/04 - Roode Bioscoop, Amsterdam

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Drowned in Sound

23 jan 17

There is so much love for Kim Janssen right now, this time from the amazing Drowned in Sound who write
"he and his eleven piece band play a grandiose set that the likes of Matt Berninger and Sufjan Stevens would be proud of"

More new music soon!

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Kim Janssen at Eurosonic Noorderslag

16 jan 17

Kim Janssen played a phenomenal Eurosonic Noorderslag show and we are not the only ones to say so:

"A great show...that only an idiot would miss" - 3VOOR12

"Near perfect, go see this show" - OOR

"Pastoral beauty" - NRC

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Kim Janssen - "COUSIN" - Live at TivoliVredenburg

05 jan 17

Check out this beautiful live video for Kim Janssen's new song 'Cousin' which was premiered by 3VOOR12 and GoldFlakePaint!
Like what you see and hear? Make sure to come by when you are at Eurosonic Noorderslag next week!

What a wonderful year it was!

30 dec 16

2016 saw new albums for Town of Saints, Ian Fisher and I am Oak.
Together with Subroutine Records we released The Fire Harvest's beautiful debut album. broeder Dieleman recorded an awesome project for Motel Mozaique Festival we released. And -finally- we got to release Kim Janssen's first new song in 3 years.
We can't wait for what 2017 will bring!

3voor12/Utrecht decided I am Oak's album was the #4 best of their year, and The Fire Harvest follows them at #5. We'd just love you to listen to them all and have a wonderful NYE.

Cheers!

I Am Oak '10% Christmas Discount'

13 dec 16

Go to our store now for a 10% Christmas Discount on all CD's and LP's by I am Oak!

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'Bottle Rockets' - Kim Janssen

09 dec 16

Big News for Kim Janssen! He released his first single in three years today. The song is called 'Bottle Rockets', which you can stream and download now. There's also a brand new video for the song, which you can watch right here.
He also announced his own Dutch headline show for 2017. On the 31st of March he'll play De Helling in Utrecht. Tickets are on sale now!

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Premiere for 'Bottle Rockets' on The Line Of Best Fit

08 dec 16

The Line Of Best Fit just premiered 'Bottle Rockets' by Kim Janssen! And they also announced his first Dutch headline show of 2017; he'll play De Helling in Utrecht on the 31st of March.

I Am Oak in Italy

24 nov 16

I am Oak is touring through Italy right now and they're getting quite some attention! Here are some cool interviews to check out:

Music Coast To Coast
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And last but not least, here's a live version of 'Woandering' for L'Attimo Fuggente (around 01:27:00)

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Kim Janssen at Eurosonic/Noorderslag 2017

22 nov 16

Big news for Kim Janssen! He's playing Eurosonic Noorderslag in 2017!

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Out Now: Ian Fisher - 'Koffer'

17 nov 16

Ian Fisher's new album 'Koffer' is out now! You can order it right here.

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Town of Saints - 'Modern Life' (Official video)

31 oct 16

Check out this awesome video by Town of Saints for their song 'Modern Life'. Good vibes!

Kapelsessie The Fire Harvest - Working Man

28 oct 16

Check out this great session The Fire Harvest did with Kapelsessies at the Popronde Nijmegen! They're playing 'Working Man', which is on their latest album Singing, Dancing, Drinking.

I Am Oak - 'Our Blood' released in Japan

24 oct 16

I am Oak's 'Our Blood' was released in Japan yesterday at Sign-Pole Records!

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Ian Fisher - 'Candles For Elvis' Premiere

18 oct 16

It's premiere time! Over at The Daily Indie you can listen to Ian Fisher's new song 'Candles for Elvis'. It will be on his upcoming album 'Koffer', which will be released on the 18th of November.

You can pre-order 'Koffer' at our webstore, and you can also listen to the song right here:

I Am Oak announces tour through Italy

26 sep 16

I Am Oak is touring through Italy this fall! He's visiting the following cities:

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Ian Fisher releases new album ‘Koffer’ on the 18th of November

19 sep 16

Ian Fisher is always writing and always traveling. With over a thousand songs under his belt and hundreds of concerts behind him, his new album Koffer highlights the diversity of his songwriting and captures some of the electric energy of his live performance. Koffer, which is the German (and Dutch) word for “suitcase”, is Fisher’s most uptempo record yet with a one-of-a-kind mixture of Viennese flirtatiousness, Berliner grit, and Midwestern Country longing that only a farm-raised American boy living in Europe for the last decade can pull off.

‘Koffer’ is a collection of singles written over the last ten years and recorded over the last five. As Ian says, “A song that I can’t share feels like dead weight. Like a bag you carry around but never unpack.” Koffer will finally be “unpacked” on November 18th in corporation with Snowstar Records in Benelux, Popup Records in Germany, Earcandy in Austria, and Rocketta in Italy.

Pre order the album HERE, and listen to first song 'Whole Lotta Room' HERE!

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Check out the new Music Video for Ian Fisher's 'Invisible Cities'

08 sep 16

Yesterday there was a beautiful Live Video for Ian Fisher's new song 'Invisible Cities', and today he released a great Music Video as well! Check it out right here:

Brand new Live Video for 'invisible cities’ by Ian Fisher

07 sep 16

Intro Magazin just released the brand new Live Video for Ian Fisher’s song ‘invisible cities’, read the article and watch it right HERE!

I Am Oak – 'Our Blood' to be released in Japan

22 aug 16

I am Oak's latest album 'Our Blood' will be released in Japan on the 23rd of October on Sign-pole records inc.!
The release is preceded by a new video for 'Woandering' which you can watch right here:

Here's what Thijs Kuijken, frontman of I Am Oak, has to say about the new video: “The video shows images of a bird’s eye view over a landscape slowly carved out by a flowing river, showing us the path and the many forks that this river has travelled through. The song is about making a journey and not knowing exactly what will happen and where it will end, whilst taking in what happens along the way. The way a river can carry along small rocks and leave them as polished pebbles in a riverbank somewhere farther down the line.”

Order the album right HERE!

LIMITED SNOWSTAR SUMMER-OFFER

16 aug 16

Order any of the following LP's and get a CD for FREE!
I am Oak - Nowhere or Tammensaari
I am Oak - Ols Songd
The Secret Love Parade - Mary Looking Ready
LUIK - Owls
Herrek - Waktu Dulu
broeder Dieleman - Gloria
broeder Dieleman - Alles is ijdelheid
Go to our webshop right now!

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Ian Fisher - 'All Ya Need' Official Video & European Tour 2016

05 aug 16

Indieberlin presented the official video for Ian Fisher's 'All Ya Need' today, from his album 'Nero'. Made by filmmakers Hanno Dall & Felix Giese, it turned out great! Check it out now!

And next to this, Ian just announced his full European Tour 2016, playing in Austria, Germany and The Netherlands this fall! Check out the full list below:

19/11 Kulturschranne, Dachau (DE)
20/11 Bart, Timelkam (AT)
22/11 Bart, Timelkam (AT)
23/11 Congress, Saalfelden (AT)
24/11 Grammophon, Wattens (AT)
25/11 Röda, Steyr (AT)
26/11 Blue Bird Festival, Vienna (AT)
27/11 Salon Ditta, Waldviertel (AT)
30/11 Feierwerk / Kranhalle, München (DE)
01/12 Ostpol, Dresden (DE)
02/12 Brohmers, Halle (DE)
03/12 Badehaus Szimpla, Berlin (DE)
06/12 Museumskeller, Erfurt (DE)
07/12 Frischzelle, Darmstadt (DE)
09/12 Blue Shell, Köln (DE)
10/12 Schon Schön, Mainz (DE)
11/12 Falkendom, Bielefeld (DE)
15/12 Paradiso, Amsterdam (NL) w/ Town of Saints
16/12 Rotown, Rotterdam (NL) w/ Town of Saints
17/12 EKKO, Utrecht (NL) w/ Town of Saints

broeder Dieleman & Omer Gielliet in NRC: 'Ik ben ik, en anders nie'

04 aug 16

NRC did a great interview with broeder Dieleman and Omer Gielliet which is a must read! Read it HERE

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Town of Saints at BNN That's Live

20 jul 16

Last Saturday Town of Saints played their new single 'Needle in the Hay', with a special extended jam at BNN That's Live! Check it out below!

The Fire Harvest AlleySessions

04 jul 16

The Fire Harvest did a session with AlleySessions, and the first video is here! Check it out:

AlleySessions: The Fire Harvest - The Patient from AlleySessions on Vimeo.

I Am Oak Fall Tour

04 jul 16

Another show added to the I Am Oak fall tour! The band is also coming to 013 in Tilburg, making their tour look like this:

26-10 Rotown, Rotterdam
27-10 Luxor Live, Arnhem
28-10 Gebr de Nobel, Leiden
29-10 013, Tilburg
04-11 Podium Asteriks, Leeuwarden
05-11 Patronaat Haarlem
06-11 Paard van Troje, Den Haag
09-11 Muziekgieterij, Maastricht

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OUT NOW: broeder Dieleman - 'Kleinpolderplein'

10 jun 16

A landscape project about the busy traffic junction in Rotterdam, recorded at Motel Mozaique Festival 2016 in April. It's a limited edition, handmade and handnumbered!

Order here

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Town of Saints Mokum Session

01 jun 16

Town of Saints did a session with Mokum Sessions recently, watch 'Short Circuit Breakdown' here. And this Saturday, they will do an instore at recordstore Kroese in Arnhem (they might bring some friends!).

I am Oak Fall Tour

26 may 16

I am Oak is touring NL again! After a sold out V11 show March 31, Rotown is the next target in Rotterdam!

26-10 Rotown, Rotterdam
27-10 Luxor Live, Arnhem
28-10 Gebr de Nobel, Leiden
04-11 Podium Asteriks, Leeuwarden
05-11 Patronaat Haarlem
06-11 Paard van Troje, Den Haag
09-11 Muziekgieterij, Maastricht

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The Fire Harvest Popronde 2016 & de Volkskrant

25 may 16

The Fire Harvest is one of the 3VOOR12 talents of the upcoming Popronde Nederland. They're also included in the list of Never Mind The Hype's recommendations!

And de Volkskrant wrote a review about 'Singing, Dancing Drinking'.

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Press on 'Singing, Dancing, Drinking'

20 may 16

Two weeks ago, we released The Fire Harvest's debut album 'Singing, Dancing, Drinking' and we're still very proud! Press agrees:

“Excellent record” – ThePostOnline / Sounds Tilburg
“A truly overwhelming album” – Thistle list
“Singing, Dancing, Drinking belongs to the best and most promising debuts of the moment” - Krenten Uit de Pop
“Comforting whilst provoking shiver, it mourns and it is uplifting, it is straightforward and layered, repetitive and dynamical, genuine and airy.” – de Recensent
“8/10” – HiFi Review

Order here

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The Fire Harvest

19 may 16

The Fire Harvest's releaseshow in Theater Kikker last Saturday was a blast! 3VOOR12/Utrecht wrote a live-review about the evening, read it here.

Next to that, The Fire Harvest is confirmed together with Jason Isbell in TivoliVredenburg August 17th, tickets available right away!

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The Fire Harvest on Senzor FM

10 may 16

Four of The Fire Harvest's songs off of their debut album are featured in Subjectivisten/Caleidoscoop's underground playlist 'The Shadow Cabinet', check it out, it's a beautiful ambient hour of discovery!

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Town of Saints on DWDD

09 may 16

Town of Saints was featured in last Friday's Dutch television programme 'De Wereld Draait Door', watch them play a 1-minute version of 'Short Circuit Breakdown' here.

They played the whole version of the song before broadcasting:

OUT NOW: The Fire Harvest - 'Singing, Dancing, Drinking'

06 may 16

OUT NOW: The Fire Harvest - 'Singing, Dancing, Drinking'!

First press:
“wonderful slowcore” – Licking the Rabbit
“Beautiful? Yes!” – Rifraf (BE)
“music that should be heard across the globe…fantastic achievement!” – Subjectivisten
“Beautiful” – OOR
“The Fire Harvest is a winner in this segment” - WoNoMagazine
“promising debut” - daMusic​ (BE)
“melancholic indierock which lets you dream away” - CJP

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I am Oak Fall tour

04 may 16

I am Oak tour NL clubs this fall. Get your tickets now!

I am Oak fall tour:
26-10 Rotown, Rotterdam
27-10 Luxor Live, Arnhem
28-10 Gebr de Nobel, Leiden
04-11 Podium Asteriks, Leeuwarden
05-11 Patronaat, Haarlem
06-11 Paard van Troje, Den Haag
09-11 Muziekgieterij, Maastricht

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'Singing, Dancing, Drinking' on 3voor12's Luisterpaal

03 may 16

This Friday, we release The Fire Harvest's debut album, produced by Daniel Romano. Get your tickets for The Fire Harvest album release 'Singing, Dancing, Drinking' next week in Theater Kikker but listen to the album NOW via 3VOOR12 / Luisterpaal.

Pre-order the album in our store

Ian Fisher live review & photographs

26 apr 16

Ian Fisher just played a dutch tour, including our 1,25 decades party, and a show in Hedon Zwolle. Livestreammagazine was there to take beautiful pictures and write an elaborate review, which you can read here.

He's coming back soon, including shows in December with Town of Saints:
30-04 Heartland Festival, Poppodium Metropool, Hengelo
04-06 De Nacht van Kunst & Wetenschap, Groningen
18-06 ZOOmeravonden, Artis, Amsterdam
18-06 Almere KOOKT | Esplanade, Almere
15-12 Paradiso Amsterdam w/ Town of Saints
16-12 Rotown Rotterdam w/ Town of Saints
17-12 EKKO, Utrecht w/ Town of Saints

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The Fire Harvest Mugs

25 apr 16

The Village Coffee & Music presents their coffee in The Fire Harvest mugs. You can keep it when you buy a ticket for their debut album release show May 14 in Theater Kikker. There are just 100 tickets, so be fast.

Pre-order your copy of their debut album 'Singing, Dancing, Drinking' here

Upcoming shows:
04-05 The Loch, Enschede (NL)
05-05 Sinnbus Release Show, Schokoladen, Berlin (DE)
06-05 Muziekgieterij, Maastricht w/ Great Lake Swimmers (NL)
07-05 Weltempfänger Backpacker Hostel & Café, Cologne (DE)
12-05 De gym, Groningen (NL)
13-05 Podium Asteriks, Leeuwarden (NL)
14-05 Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)
11-06 OCCII, Amsterdam (NL)
29-09 Hall of Fame, Tilburg (NL)
02-10 Kloveniersdoelen, Middelburg (NL)

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Kim Janssen in Los Angeles

22 apr 16

Meanwhile; Kim Janssen is in Los Angeles. Yesterday he played The Teragram Ballroom with Bombino and tomorrow he will play The Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles.

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The I am Oak Summer

21 apr 16

I am Oak is heading out to feature on some great festivals this spring/summer. After announcing they will be playing Best Kept Secret Festival, we can add Bevrijdingsfestival Amersfoort, Bevrijdingsfestival Wageningen (solo), Amsterdam Woods Festival and Into The Great Wide Open to the bill, awesome!

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Thanks to you all!

20 apr 16

Glad that you all showed up at our 12,5 anniversary last week, we had a blast. It's great to have celebrated 1,25 decades of love, family and good indie music, that would not be possible without you. Read some kind words about our PARTY by Wono Magazine and 3VOOR12/Utrecht.

Mcklin Fotografie took some great photo's to relive the wonder. Enjoy! And cheers to the next 12,5 years!

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And check out Ian Fisher playing 'Too Bad' on a session with FaceCulture below.

LOTS of Ian Fisher news

19 apr 16

Ian Fisher did a tour last week in the Netherlands, including a show at our 12,5 anniversary party. We're super excited that he's returning in December to do a couple of shows with Town of Saints, and he's playing Heartland Festival in Poppodium Metropool in Hengelo the 30th of april, hope to see you there! He also played a session on NPO Radio 2 in Tros Muziekcafe De Vorstin, Hilversum.

Listen to 'Almost Darlin', 'Constant Vacation' and an interview with Ian.

15-12 Paradiso Amsterdam
16-12 Rotown Rotterdam
17-12 EKKO, Utrecht

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12,5 years of Snowstar

14 apr 16

Today, we will celebrate the fact that we're still in the game after 12,5 years! And we're happy that Ian Fisher, broeder Dieleman and Kim Janssen are partying with us tonight, all with a one-off special performance, just for you. Check out these beautiful flyers of 1,25 decades of FEEST and hope to see you tonight!

By the way, you can still buy a Snowstar release over at Plato Utrecht, and get a free ticket. Or you can buy your ticket here.

AND: First 50 visitors get a free limited Snowstar Records gift

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broeder Dieleman on De Correspondent

13 apr 16

broeder Dieleman took over Kleinpolderplein as a public project during Motel Mozaique Festival. Catch him talking about that with De Correspondent. We're super proud that he's performing on our party tomorrow.

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I am Oak to play Best Kept Secret & Amsterdam Woods 2016

11 apr 16

We're thrilled to announce that I am Oak is playing Best Kept Secret Festival and Amsterdam Woods Festival​ this year. It's gonna be a blast!

Get your Best Kept Secret tickets here
And your Amsterdam Woods tickets here

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New Ian Fisher Video

07 apr 16

Dutch music magazine OOR​ premiered Ian Fisher​'s beautiful new 'Too Bad' video. Check it out here. By the way, tickets for his Dutch tour next week are still available!

Ian's NL tour:
13-04 Paradiso, Amsterdam​
14-04 TivoliVredenburg​, Utrecht
15-04 W2 Poppodium​, Den Bosch
16-04 Vera, Groningen​
17-04 Hedon, Zwolle​

Town of Saints Radio Madness

06 apr 16

Town of Saints​ played 3VOOR12​ Radio yesterday, listen to their session here. On top of that you can also check out an interview and two songs at Giel​ this morning at 3FM. Radio madness!

Listen to their interview with Giel
And you can listen to Town of Saints playing 'Legions' and 'Short Circuit Breakdown' live on 3FM this morning. They also covered '1, 2, 3' by Lil Kleine & Ronnie Flex.

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Canvas' pop-O-rama and broeder Dieleman

04 apr 16

Canvas​' awesome tv show pop-O-rama​ joined broeder Dieleman​ through his Zeeuws Vlaanderen. Watch it from the fifth minute onwards. Or just watch the entire episode because this is TV that we in the Netherlands can only wish for!:

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OUT NOW: Town of Saints - 'No Place Like This'

01 apr 16

OUT NOW: Town of Saints - 'No Place Like This'! We are very excited, we hope you are too!

First press:
“certainly a hell of a job” - KindaMuzik
“the second album enables the five headed outfit to become famous. And they should.” - HiFi Review
“a very surprising album” - Keys & Chords (BE)
"what a fantastic album" - WoNoBlog
“Town of Saints is prepared for the festival season!” - Ingeplugd
"subtle patterns that deserve the thumbs up from George Porter Jr and Carole Kaye" - Here Comes the Flood

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I am Oak Press

29 mar 16

Hope you all had a happy Easter! I am Oak did a session at ALEX Berlin whilst touring through Germany, check it out here:

The press is as happy as we are with the release:

"Gentle and beautiful" - The Four oh Five (UK)
"Rock solid comeback" – OOR (NL)
"strong to the fullest" - The Daily Indie (NL)
"Our Blood has become a mystical and atmospheric album, that comes very close to answer the secret of life." - Ingeplugd (NL)
"Enjoy all the details" - WonoMagazine (NL)
"It's heartfelt monument for his father and a musical statement as Holland's foremost folk singer rolled into one." - Here Comes The Flood (NL)
"Our Blood is mournful and uplifting, melancholic and optimistic, but above all peaceful and pure." – Festival-/Podiuminfo (NL)
“Shy, almost whispering, but with a powerful persuasiveness. Music at its purest” – Uitagenda Utrecht (NL)
"Bitte einfach bewegungslos liegen bleiben und zuhören." – Intro (DE)
"The most beautiful I am Oak record." – De Krenten uit de Pop (NL)
“A very special monument" – 3voor12Utrecht (NL)
"The Dutch brother of our Bram's Bony King" - Musiczine (BE)
"Brutally honest folk that strikes deep into the heart" - Rifraf (BE)
**** – de Volkskrant (NL)
**** – Music Maker (NL)
“8/10” - CLEEFT (NL)
“8/10” – Melodie & Rhythmus (DE)
“8,4/10 "Our Blood cuts, captivates and never lets go" – Daan’s Muziekblog (NL)
“8/10” – Muzine (NL)
“8/10” - "Beautiful and intimate"- PlatoMania (NL)

New Signing: The Fire Harvest

24 mar 16

We are very excited to present our latest signing to you: The Fire Harvest. Their debut album ‘Singing, Dancing, Drinking' will be released on May 6. Recorded by Daniel Romano and Kenneth Meehan. We are teaming up for this release (cd/lp/digi) with Subroutine Records and Sinnbus. Listen to first song 'Working Man' here and check them tonight with I Am Oak in OT301!

Daytrotter Session Ian Fisher

14 mar 16

Very proud to share with you: Ian Fisher recorded a Daytrotter session Four beautiful songs from his album, recorded live in Chicago. Enjoy at their website!
Also: Catch him live at SXSW the 15th!

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Ian Fisher to play at SXSW

29 feb 16

Very much looking forward to seeing Ian Fisher play a showcase at Lamberts on Saturday, March 19th at SXSW. Come say hi!

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OUT NOW: I am Oak - 'Our Blood'

26 feb 16

OUT NOW: I am Oak - 'Our Blood'! Can't wait to hear what you think. We love it, media seem to agree:

"****" - Trouw
"the beautiful, deeply moving album Our Blood" - 3VOOR12
“A very strong album to cherish dearly" – Caleidoscoop
"artistic beauty" - KindaMuzik
“fingerlicking good” – CJP

To celebrate, we just decided that if you order the new album 'Our Blood' today, you'll still receive the bonus EP 'Wild Birch' with it, visit our store: www.snowstar.nl or listen on Spotify

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I am Oak's 'Our Blood' Albumrelease Tour

23 feb 16

I am Oak's albumrelease tour starts this Friday. Both V11 - Rotterdam and EKKO - Utrecht are completely sold out. The other shows are going fast, so if you want to visit, get your tickets now:

25/3 Hedon Zwolle, Zwolle
26/3 Merleyn, Nijmegen
01/4 Café Wilhelmina, Eindhoven
02/4 Grand Theatre, Groningen

Listen to the album now in 3voor12's Luisterpaal

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I am Oak bonus EP 'Wild Birch'

16 feb 16

This 4-track-bonus EP will only be availble to those who pre-order I am Oak's new album 'Our Blood'.

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New video: I am Oak - 'Omen'

11 feb 16

3voor12 premiered a new I am Oak track and video on 3FM yesterday, read all about it and watch 'Omen' now:

pre-order the album and receive a free bonus EP

I am Oak - 'Omen' Song Premiere

10 feb 16

I Am Oak is finishing the video for 'Omen', and we're releasing it tonight with 3voor12 at 23:30. 'Omen' is the first single of upcoming album 'Our Blood'. The song will be played on 3FM tonight at 23:30 and the video will come online right after that. So tune in!

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Watch broeder Dieleman in 'Landinwaarts'

09 feb 16

Last weekend, broeder Dieleman was featured in the beautiful tv show 'Landinwaarts' on NPO 2 / NTR. He talks about his influences, and about Zeeland; the landscape and culture.

You can watch it here:

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05 feb 16

broeder Dieleman is featured in NPO 2's programme 'Landinwaarts'. He talks about the Zeelandic landscape, wooden sculptures and ghost stories and he visits the places the he used as an inspiration for his music. Watch it tonight; 19:20 on NTR.

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Snowstar Records 12,5 Birthday Party

04 feb 16

GREAT NEWS! We're joyous and proud to announce that we'll celebrate our 12,5 birthday in TivoliVredenburg on April 14th! Come check out performances by Kim Janssen, broeder Dieleman and Ian Fisher and hang out with us. We'll also have a label-yardsale with lots of discounts and exclusives. And. We. Will. Have. PARTY! Who was there at our 10-year anniversary party in Tivoli Oudegracht? Let's do it all over again.

Get your tickets here

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Ian Fisher - Nero

29 jan 16

Town of Saints' first single and video from 'No Place Like This'

29 jan 16

Check it out, the first single and video from Town of Saints's new album 'No Place Like This'.

Pre-order the new album 'No Place Like This' via iTunes and get the single instantly:

To pre-order the album on CD or Vinyl, please go to www.townofsaints.com

Ian Fisher's new album 'Nero' coming out tomorrow!

28 jan 16

Tomorrow, we're releasing Ian Fisher's new album 'Nero'! We're super excited for his first release on our label. Some first media are hyped as well, Kindamuzik interviewed Ian about his new album:

"in a bittersweet way one experiences the purity, simplicity and perseverance of his rootsmusic" – KindaMuzik

Other media also wrote kind words about 'Nero':
**** "captivates from the first till the last note" – Lust for Life
"the soundtrack underscoring the emotional life story of the young American troubadour, voicing his lonely faith" – Written in Music
"a venomous and beautiful album" – Ingeplugd.nl
"Sheer beauty in music" - Wonomagazine

Order yours here

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Luisterpaal featured Ian Fisher's Nero

26 jan 16

You can stream Ian's full new album 'Nero' here, it's featured on 3voor12's Luisterpaal:

Furthermore, a new video is also available now on youtube. It premiered in Germany by Intro Magazin as one of the videos of the week.

Watch it here:

Coloured vinyl everyone!

22 jan 16

We're reissuing Town of Saints' 'Something To Fight With' in handnumbered, bright orange vinyl! Order yours now

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Also, we just received I am Oak's vinyl for new album 'Our Blood'. First 500 are sea foam green. What a beauty, pre-order now and receive a free bonus-EP

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I am Oak new teaser

20 jan 16

Check out this new I am Oak​ teaser for 'Our Blood'. This new album will be released on February 26, and the band will tour Europe with it!

Pre-order your copy today on www.snowstar.nl and receive a bonus-EP.

Next to that, Ian Fisher​ is busy with his extensive tour in Italy, he will definitely play songs off of his new album 'Nero' there.

Town Of Saints 'No Pub Like This' tour

11 jan 16

To celebrate releasing the titletrack and first single of their new album 'No Place Like This' on January 29th, Town of Saints will do a 'No Pub Like This' tour through the Netherlands. Watch the teaser here:

Get your tickets now!

The first shows will be on homeground; they will be playing three times in Groningen this week including shows at Eurosonic Noorderslag 2016!

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We 13-01: 20.45 - 21.30 (Huize Maas front)
Th 14-01: 18.30 - 18.50 (Coffee Company) 
Fr 15-01: 16.00 - 16.30 (The Barn)

Oh yes, and I am Oak will also be performing on the 13th, from 20:00 to 20:45 in der Aa Theater. Come over and enjoy both bands playing new material!

A collection of press for broeder Dieleman's 'Uut de Bron'

30 dec 15

2015 has been a crazy year. It had fewer new releases than usual, due to rehabilitation from my car crash end of 2014, but the releases that we did were amazing! Personal favorites for sure. First the Bonnie 'prince' Billy & broeder Dieleman Record Store Day release and then our first book release together with Literair Productiehuis Wintertuin; broeder Dieleman's Uut De Bron. This release was loved so much by press we want to let you enjoy this with us.

Check out all press here on Facebook.

Still available as custom handmade unique cd here!

HAPPY 2016!

Ian Fisher Dutch tour

23 dec 15

We are very much looking forward to January 29, the European release of Ian Fisher's album 'Nero'. Today we can also announce his first run of Dutch shows:

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Amsterdam, Den Bosch, Groningen and Zwolle will be together with Roald van Oosten.
See you there!

Uut de bron book SOLD OUT! New version out now

22 dec 15

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Truth be told: we did not see this coming. Broeder Dieleman's new book + cd release 'Uut de bron' sold out in less than a month. All 500 limited and numbered copies of the book are gone! That's not all though, the release got some amazing press as well. A small selection of the many, many, impressive quotes:

✯✯✯✯✯ - Dagblad van het Noorden
✯✯✯✯ - Volkskrant
✯✯✯✯ - Festivalinfo
"an anthology that makes you hold your breath" - OOR
"so beautiful, it becomes mystical" - Kicking The Habit
"calmness on a cd of 51 minutes and 10 seconds" - Nederlands Dagblad
"majestic" - leeuwarder courant
"enchanting" - NRC

Because we still want this album to be heard, we reissued the album as a unique handmade release with a random cover photo shot by broeder Dieleman himself, all sleeves are signed and handwritten, and every copy is unique. You'll never know what you get.

Listen to first new I am Oak song; Volcano

11 dec 15

New I am Oak album 'Our Blood' will be released February 26, 2016. But listen to the first song 'Volcano' now:

If you pre-order the album now, you will receive a free limited bonus EP with your copy of the album. Available in limited sea foam green vinyl as well!

Pre-order the album in our store

Pre-order I am Oak - Our Blood

07 dec 15

Pre-order I am Oak's new album now in our webshop, and receive a free bonus-EP on February 26. Plus; first 500 lp's will be in limited transparent sea foam green vinyl!

Pre-order the album in our store

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Great broeder Dieleman reviews!

02 dec 15

Past Friday we released broeder Dieleman's new album 'Uut de bron' as a special book+cd release with Literair Productiehuis Wintertuin. We couldn't be happier with all the great responses we're getting. Here's a small selection:

"Masterfully efficacious" - KindaMuzik
"Total work of art" - De Subjectivisten
"✯✯✯✯✯ "Masterful Zealandic Folksymphony" - Dagblad van het Noorden
And this beautiful review by OOR

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broeder Dieleman - Uut de bron, Luisterpaal

23 nov 15

broeder Dieleman's new album 'Uut de bron' will be released this Friday, but it's already available on the 3VOOR12 Luisterpaal now!

Pre order your copy of the book plus cd and get a signed copy!

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I Am Oak 'Our Blood' Tour

05 nov 15

I Am Oak just added several dates in Germany, Austria and Switzerland to their Our Blood release tour in March. Details and ticket info available on the I Am Oak Artist page.

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Ian Fisher - Nero, US Release

02 nov 15

Ian Fisher - Nero is out in the USA now, European release will follow on January 29th. We are loving the first US press that is coming in while Ian is touring over there:

"Ian Fisher’s got a way with words only a traveled man can grasp. What began for him in Missouri, USA, has carried him all the way to Berlin in search of songs, and there’s humor, humility, and a sense of gravitas to watermark his latest album as official symbols of his wandering." – American Standard Time

"Fisher crafts simple, yet emotionally complex meanderings … with pen ready to strike a la Billy Bragg meets an old Johnny Cash notebook.” - No Depression

"Spare, gorgeously ambling indie-folk ballad with an instantly memorable guitar-and-piano hook, enticing bait for Fisher's lilting vocals and thoughtful lyricism." - Paste Magazine

"With a lifetime of travelling and experiencing things from all over the world few are as qualified as Ian to write and sing about life.” - Examiner

Pre-order the album in our store

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I Am Oak: Belgian Tour Dates

30 oct 15

I Am Oak just added several Belgian dates to their Our Blood release tour in March. Details and ticket info available on the I Am Oak Facebook page.

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I Am Oak - Our Blood (album teaser)

23 oct 15

We're releasing the new I Am Oak album 'Our Blood' on the 26th of february 2016. You can pre-order the album already. With every 'Our Blood' pre-order comes an exclusive and limited EP with some of the album songs in a stripped down acoustic version. Only available during pre-order!

Check out the album teaser:

Ian Fisher on SXSW

22 oct 15

We're thrilled to announce that Ian Fisher has been confirmed to play at SXSW 2016!

And for more exciting news: if you pre-order Ian's album in our webshop you get the exclusive bonus track Thinkin' About It for free. Only available during pre-order.

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I am Oak NL tour

04 oct 15

Ian Fisher signs with Snowstar Records!

01 oct 15

We're thrilled to share this news with you today! We've been secretly working towards this for months now and couldn't be happier to finally add the incredible Ian Fisher to our roster. Please take a minute to get to know this phenomenal singer who just premiered the title track of his upcoming album 'Nero'. Listen to title track'Nero' on Glide Magazine (US).

Ian Fisher is a little man with a big voice, who is based in Berlin, Germany, and was raised on a farm in Missouri, USA. He has played hundreds of concerts all over the world and has travelled so much that he has become a stranger everywhere. A 21st century Country musician… just without a country. His songs, like the man himself, are short, simple and honest. ‘Nero’, Ian Fisher’s debut album under his own name is a mix of classic country with modern indiepop. The songs on the album are lead by Fisher’s pristine voice and a consistent background of close acoustic guitar with spacious piano and pedal steel guitar.

If you like the opener of his album, as of today it is available for pre-order! The album will be released on cd and 12" black vinyl and will be available in the US on October 23rd 2015. European fans will have to be a little more patient, 'Nero' will be released in the EU on the 29th of January 2016. Don't wait for it: reserve your copy in our store now.

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Broeder Dieleman - Uut de Bron (book + cd)

30 sep 15

Together with Literair Productiehuis Wintertuin we are releasing a book plus new album of broeder Dieleman on November 27!
It will be a limited edition of 500, read more and pre-order on this website. All pre-orders will be signed by broeder Dieleman, listen to the first song here:

 

Onafhankelijke Labelmarkt 2015

10 sep 15

We're looking forward to Sunday, which brings another edition of Onafhankelijke Label Markt at Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam!

For this edition we're bringing something very special, we've been holding on to a couple of copies of the sold-out We're looking forward to Sunday, which brings another chance to get a hold of your edition of Bonnie "Prince" Billy & broeder Dieleman's 7" split Gloria / Drie Vragen.

If you missed out, get it this Sunday in Amsterdam.
More information and details on the event page.

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Isa is on Instagram!

16 jul 15

We decided to step into the world called Instagram to give office-cat Isa more digital shine.

Follow her adventures here!

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Broeder Dieleman: Pinguin Radio Supervisor

23 jun 15

Past Saturday broeder Dieleman was station supervisor at Pinguin Radio. He got to recommend 25 special songs. We'll gladly admit we didn't know a bunch of those songs, but it also includes a few personal favorites, so definitely worth a listen.
The 25 songs broeder Dieleman picked:

Dirty Three – I Remember a Time When You Used To Love Me
June Tabor – No Man’s Land
Gang Starr – Above the Clouds
Pogues – Hell’s Ditch
Vic Chesnutt – I flirted With You All My Life
Kathleen Yearwood Ordeal – Remember Love
Idassanne Wallet Mohammed – Ahiyana
Vigilantes of Love – Double Cure
Sage Francis – Sea Lion
Rowwen Hèze – De Peel in Brand
Tirudel Zenebe – Gue
Willem Vermandere – Voor Marie Louise
Townes Van Zandt – Nothing
Holmes Brothers – I Want Jesus to Walk With Me
Madvillain – Great Day (Four Tet remix)
De Dopegezinde Gemeente – Amsterdam Huilt
Lift to Experience – Into the Storm
Mdou Moctar – Tahoultine
Smog – Say Valley Maker
Baby Dee – Black But Comely
Mahalia Jackson – Live the Life
The Oblivians – Final Stretch
Ries de Vuyst – Eben Haezer
Alasdair Roberts – Farewell Sorrow
Johnny Cash – Spiritual

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Town of Saints: Crowdfunding

04 jun 15

Town of Saints are in the studio at the moment, recording their second album. To help them realise it you can support them on their Voordekunst crowdfunding page.

In exchange for your support you'll get acces to exclusive material, an unreleased song and more. Als you can buy the album up front, or even arrange for Town of Saints to play a show at your house. Check it out!

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Nieuwe Revue: Bonnie "Prince" Billy & broeder Dieleman

01 may 15

Nieuwe Revu published a 1,5 pages article on the Bonnie "Prince" Billy & broeder Dieleman Split 7".

**** + an interesting perspective on collaborations in general, as well as this one in particular.

Read the review and article here!

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New video: Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Gloria

17 apr 15

We just premiered the video for Bonnie "Prince" Billy's version of 'Gloria' at The A.V. Club!

The full split 7" 'Gloria/Drie Vragen' will be available tomorrow as an exclusive Record Store Day release. Get it at your local record store, make sure you don't miss out!

Watch the video now at The A.V. Club:
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Record Store Day

02 apr 15

Record Store Day is coming up in just over two weeks! If you haven't yet planned your crazy Record Store Day runaround tour like TivoliVredenburg programmer Johan Gijsen has (check Johan's list!(Dutch)) there's probably some time left to squeeze in a Snowstar Record Store Day show. Here are your options:

18/04 Snowstar shows:
11:00 broeder Dieleman - De Waterput, Bergen op Zoom
11:00 I Am Oak - RecordFriend Elpees, Amsterdam
13:30 broeder Dieleman - Grey, Breda
16:00 broeder Dieleman - Velvet Music Leiden
16:00 Town of Saints - Plato Groningen

And of course we're also releasing the Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & broeder Dieleman Split 7". That might just be the most exciting Snowstar release to date. Best of luck hunting down a copy!

It's gonna be a great day, we hope to see you there!

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Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & broeder Dieleman

10 mar 15

On April 18th it's record store day 2015. In honour of this year's record store day we present the extended collaboration between our own broeder Dieleman and folk legend Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.

In 2014 they did a fully sold out tour of 8 Dutch churches, all shows were played entirely acoustically. This unique tour was sold out within the hour, a great succes which both artists felt was deserving of a follow-up.

For record store day they will be releasing a split 7" for which Bonnie 'Prince' Billy translated 'Gloria' into English. Broeder Dieleman covered 'Three Questions" in his distinct Zealandic dialect.

To celebrate the 7" (and his birthday!) broeder Dieleman will play in-stores on April 18th, followed by an Molenpark De Ster in Utrecht, hosted by EKKO.

The split 7" will be released on Snowstar Records and will be available in limited numbers during Record Store Day, both in the Benelux and the United States.

Read more in this 3VOOR12 interview!

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Town of Saints: 'The Silent Sea'

18 feb 15

Director Sacha Polak chose Town of Saints' The Silent Sea to be featured in a scene of ZURICH. The band can be seen and heard in the film, whilst playing the song.

Singer Harmen Ridderbos on the collaboration:
"The Silent Sea is about a desolate place where people do not talk about the past. The thought behind the song, as well as the atmosphere, match the film perfectly. The movie pictures a desolate place just like I envisioned while writing this song. We're very happy with the way the two got together."

I Am Oak - Berlin Sessions

12 jan 15

While on tour in December I Am Oak recorded two songs for Berlin Sessions. Check it out!!

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New single: broeder Dieleman - Brasil

23 dec 14

We proudly present broeder Dieleman's new Single Brasil!

Broeder Dieleman's 'Brasil' is the soundtrack for 'Braziliaanse Koorts' (Brazilian Fever), a documentary that tells the forgotten but dramatic migration story of several hundreds of people from Zeeland who moved to Brazil between 1858-1862. Even today some descendants living in the Brazilian inlands still speak Zealandic. The film, made by Monique Schoutsen and Arjan van Westen will be screened in both the Netherlands and Brasil.

For more information and the trailer of Braziliaanse Koorts:
www.braziliaansekoorts.nl

Snowstar Records December bonus

08 dec 14

For the rest of the month we're offering a special end of year bonus to everyone who orders something in our webshop. On every order we're including an extra surprise release as an early Christmas present. For you, or a friend. Enjoy!

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Snowstar Records Revue - Aftermovie

04 dec 14

Last week, on Friday 28-11-2014 we presented the first ever Snowstar Records Revue at Explore The North in Leeuwarden.

In one long three hour All-Star show featuring The World of Dust, I Am Oak, broeder Dieleman, Herrek, Kim Janssen and Black Oak we explored the north in true Snowstar fashion.

3voor12/Friesland wrote that the show contained enough highlights and diversity to remain interesting for the full three hours. Read the article here.

Melanie Marsman Photography made an aftermovie of the very special night:

broeder Dieleman: Le Guess Who?

24 nov 14

Past Friday broeder Dieleman played a show at Le Guess Who? in Moira. At the exact same moment Will Oldham (Bonny 'Prince' Billy) was giving him praise for his work in front of a packed Ronda in TivoliVredenburg.

Read reviews of the Le Guess Who Friday by clicking the links below:
Kicking The Habit
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photo by Juri Hiensch

Town of Saints: Roísín, making of video

18 nov 14

While on tour Town of Saints released a making of video for one of their exclusive Tour Edition songs, Roísín, check it out here!

Recorded at Studio Helmbreker.

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04 nov 14

Today we're announcing a very special event, on November 28th we will present the first ever SnowstarRecordsRevue at Explore The North.

During one big 3-hour All Star show you'll be able to see I Am Oak, Herrek, Kim Janssen, broeder Dieleman, The World Of Dust and Black Oak perform live at De Kanselarij.

For more information click here.
Tickets available here!

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Town of Saint Euro Tour, the Journal

20 oct 14

Town of Saints is keeping a journal of their tour through Europe. Knowing the band they will no doubt encounter some of the strangest things you've heard in a while.

To read the first part of their journal on 3voor12 click the image below!

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Interview: broeder Dieleman

23 sep 14

Over the past week broeder Dieleman toured across the country with Will Oldham (Bonnie 'Prince' Billy) and The Cairo Gang. Today one week ago he spoke to 3VOOR12 in front of the Doopsgezinde kerk in Utrecht. In a lengthy conversation they discussed that particular Royal Dutch Tour, his new album 'Gloria', Dieleman's personal beliefs and playing a support show for Typhoon.

Read the interview here.
Really, do read it, amazing stuff (in Dutch).

Reactions on broeder Dieleman's new album 'Gloria' are amazingly beautiful:

***** "Unique" - Dagblad van het Noorden / Leeuwarder Courant
"A Record of intense beauty" - De Volkskrant
"Broeder Dieleman rises above himself and delivers a glorious masterpiece" - Subjectivisten
"Beautiful tragic and intensity. Intriguing artist, this brother" - Kindamuzik

You can listen to the full album on Snowstar.nl. Or order the album here!

Or listen to broeder Dieleman speaking about his album 'Gloria' on Radio1. (also in Dutch)
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Something To Fight With Tour Edition

19 sep 14

Today we're releasing Town of Saints' Something To Fight With Tour Edition!! The re-release of their debut album contains the original Stand Up recording (pts I & II) and four new songs, including single Miner's Song.

You can listen to the full album on Bandcamp. Or order the album here!

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Snowstar Records Tour News

15 sep 14

Several Snowstar artists announced new tour-dates lately, we wanted to pay extra attention to four of those announcements which we find really exciting.

broeder Dieleman is starting his tour with Bonny 'Prince' Billy and The Cairo Gang tonight (15 September). On their Royal Dutch Tour they will play 7 shows in small churches throughout the Netherlands, all of them fully acoustic.

I Am Oak announced a Tour in Germany and Austria in November, and another three German tour-dates in December. Last but not least, I Am Oak is also playing New Fall Festival in Düsseldorf in October!

The World Of Dust announced another one of his very rare live shows. He's playing at Ruimte voor Kunst in De Bilt on the 21st of September.

Town of Saints is going in an incredible tour in October and November. We've mentioned it before, so here's a link to their showlist.

Update: Town of Saints

15 sep 14

This Friday Town of Saints is releasing the 'Something To Fight With Tour Edition, including new single Miner's Song

Following the re-release of their debut album they're playing shows in no less than 12 countries on their MTV presents Town of Saints Tour 2014. This amazing adventure will be kicked off in Ludwig, Amsterdam, coming Thursday: the 18th of september. For more information on their tour, including tourdates, click here.

See the video for Miner's Song here:

New broeder Dieleman video: Adriana

09 sep 14

Last week we released broeder Dieleman's new album Gloria and the video for 'Adriana'.

We love it and so does everyone else:
**** - "Melancholic, slow, hopeful, but above all wonderful." - Revu
**** - "Americana from the Zealandic countryside." - Lust For Life
**** - "Songwriter albums are rarely as honest as with this Zealandic singer." - Music maker
"Gloria is without a doubt the most atmospheric album of 2014." - Ingeplugd
"Broeder Dieleman shows the light to others" - OOR
"The fact that Dieleman sings in a dialect, makes his words even more compelling" - Gonzo (circus)

The video for 'Adriana' is made by The Liberation Hunt:
It's about a farmer from Grijpskerke, who is forced to quit working. The makers of the video follow him around his land while he is saying goodbye to all the belongings of his former life. He sold all his cows earlier this year and in the video you see him burn all the last straw from his stable. Moving images, that become even darker with the addition of a song that is "a story about the daily impetuosity of religion", according to Dieleman.

broeder Dieleman: interview & reviews

04 sep 14

Check out this great, mildly tipsy, interview with broeder Dieleman and Ondercast below.

They speak about his home province Zeeland, Netherlands, as well as his new album Gloria, which will be released this Friday.

The first reviews of Gloria are amazing:
"'Gloria' climbs to compelling heights." - Mousique
"sounds more hypnotising than ever" - Kicking The Habit
"broeder Dieleman has a voice that gets his message across" - Here Comes The Flood
"A collection that will, despite the dialect, be highly appreciated even across the borders of Zeeland." - PZC (paper of 25/08/2014)
"Melancholic, slow, hopeful, but above all wonderful." - Nieuwe Revu
**** "Gloria is without a doubt the most atmospheric album of 2014." - Ingeplugd

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MTV presents: Town of Saints

29 aug 14

We're excited to announce that Town of Saints is going on a tour trough Europe. They will be playing in England, Scotland, Italy, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Latvia, Estonia and the Netherlands.

To celebrate and open their MTV presents Town of Saints European Tour 2014 there will be a kick-off party in Ludwig, Amsterdam.

See www.mtv.nl/townofsaints for all information on the European Tour 2014, as well as a chance to win tickets for the kick-off party!

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Sunday 31/08: Onafhankelijke Labelmarkt

25 aug 14

We're looking forward to the Onafhankelijke Label Markt this Sunday!

Alongside all Snowstar records we've got some very special limited broeder Dieleman items available. Those items also include his upcoming album 'Gloria' that will be officially released September 5, so get your copy ahead! Come and meet us at the Tolhuistuin from 12:00 onwards.

There will be a lot of cool stuff going on at Tolhuistuin. All of our favorite Dutch Indie labels will be represented, there's live music to enjoy, as well as special demonstrations by Record Industry: they'll be making live singles on vinyl!

Onafhankelijke Labelmarkt

First song of the upcoming broeder Dieleman album Gloria: Kauwtje.

22 aug 14

Check out this first song of the new broeder Dieleman album Gloria! The full album will be available on the 5th of September, pre-order now.

Right now you can listen 'Kauwtje' on YouTube, bandcamp or snowstar.nl

Enjoy!

Album teaser: broeder Dieleman - Gloria

12 aug 14

Another sneak preview of the upcoming broeder Dieleman album Gloria. Out September 5th!!

Something To Fight With (tour edition) to be released in September

11 aug 14

We have some awesome news to share today: Town of Saints sold all copies of their debut album 'Something To Fight With'. Therefore we're presenting a re-print of the album, including no less than four bonus tracks!

This fall Town of Saints will be playing a huge tour through 11(!) European countries. To get a taste of more good things to come here's a new video for one of the old songs: 'Going Back in Time'. Expect more news and new music soon!

Something To Fight With - tour edition' out September 2014
European Tour: October/November 2014

Albumtrailer: broeder Dieleman - Gloria

31 jul 14

As we announced yesterday, broeder Dieleman is releasing his new album Gloria on September 5th on Snowstar Records.

Have a glance at the album trailer here:

Broeder Dieleman - Gloria, out September 5

30 jul 14

Broeder Dieleman makes a self-willed kind of gospel in Zealandish dialect. In 2012 he released his debut-album 'Alles is IJdelheid', which introduced him as a remarkable musician beyond the borders of his home province Zealand. His new album, 'Gloria', has been recorded in his living room while the kids were in school and tells the story of a quest for clarity in a confusing life. A story, which just like his debut is told in a Zealandish dialect.

broeder Dieleman - Gloria

The songs on 'Gloria' are on the one hand about little things in life, such as birdsong -jackdaws and cormorants play an important role - or unpaved roads. On the other hand the album deals with weighty themes such as religion and love. 'Gloria' is at times dark and heavy, but also very satisfied and always hopeful. This contrast makes the album to a diverse and even exciting whole.

‘Gloria’ has been recorded in broeder Dieleman’s home in cooperation with producer Pim van de Werken and contains contributions by Adam Casey (The Boy Who Spoke Clouds), Janine van Osta (o.a. Wolf In Loveland) and Ersha Sollgar. The banjo and guitar are still present, but a large role is fulfilled by the piano. ‘Gloria’ will be released on September 5th on Dutch record label Snowstar Records (I am Oak, Town of Saints and others). The release is celebrated with an album-presentation in Middelburg and a nation-wide tour, with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.

Shows:
9 september / Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam (w/ Damien Jurado)
11 september / Vleeshal, Middelburg
12 september / albumpresentatie, Middelburg
15 september / Kapel van Hoogelande, Middelburg*
16 september / Doopsgezinde Kerk, Utrecht*
17 september / Statenzaal, Zwolle*
18 september / Kerkje van Persingen, Nijmegen*
19 september / Noorse Kerk, Rotterdam*
20 september / Obergumer Kerk, Winsum*
21 september / Red Cinema Sessions, Amsterdam*
26 september / Grote Kerk, Goes
* (/w Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy)

I am Oak, Germany & Austria tour

22 jul 14

In November I am Oak will be touring Germany and Austria. This tour is presented by Kumpels & Friends. For all tourdates see the poster below:

I am Oak, Germany and Austria tour

I am Oak toured NYC

10 jul 14

I am Oak recently played five shows in NYC, two of which were part of Northside Festival in Brooklyn. Reactions have been overwhelming, read what New York thought in these great reviews and interviews:

"I was incredibly lucky to catch their (I am Oak's) opening set at the Music Hall of Williamsburg as part of Brooklyn’s Northside Festival." - All Things Go

"Songs infinitely larger than the small stage they were confined to" - Pancakes and Whiskey

"I Am Oak put on a great show" - Alt Citizen

"I Am Oak really turned on the rock with a fantastic guitar solo and an awesome instrumental outro" - Cultivora

"Great band" - Shortcake Breath

Interview with Leftbank Magazine

Photo by Shayne Hanley of Shutterhound Photography.

I am Oak NYC

New video: broeder Dieleman - 'Land van Verandering'

02 jul 14

Last year broeder Dieleman made the soundtrack of 'Land van Verandering' (Country of Changes) in collaboration with Pim van de Werken, a documentary on the changing identity of 'Zeeuws Vlaanderen'.

On the occasion of the 200-years anniversary of 'Zeeuws Vlaanderen' Kimmo Films made a videoclip for the song 'Land van Verandering'. A striking visualisation of a region on the edge of a cultural shift.

Earlier this year the book 'Tussenland', written by Rachel de Meijer, has been published on the search for a regional-'Zeeuws Vlaamse'-identity. In this book a chapter has been incorporated on broeder Dieleman, who embodies this search for a regional identity, both on a musical and a personal level. His recent 'Jan de Prentenknipper' walking-tour is a perfect illustration of this cultural search for identity.

I am Oak back from NYC

19 jun 14

I am Oak just came back from their one week mini-tour in New York City. They played five shows, two of which were part of the amazing Northside Festival in Brooklyn (featuring Beirut, Fuck Buttons, The War On Drugs, Sharon Van Etten and many more)!

Especially the show with Dan Croll at the Music Hall of Williamsburg was amazing!

More on I am Oak's NYC adventure next week!

I am Oak NYC mini-tour

I am Oak NYC mini-tour

27 may 14

In a few weeks, I am Oak is going to the US for a mini-tour in New York, featuring two shows at the amazing Northside Festival in Brooklyn (featuring Beirut, Fuck Buttons, The War On Drugs, Sharon Van Etten and many more)!
Check out the poster for more details:

I am Oak NYC mini-tour

Bart van der Lee - Waste of Life video

19 may 14

Check out this new video by Bart van der Lee for 'Waste of Life', made in cooperation with HOAX.

The song reflects on the life of Bart's grandfather. The video is a photographic portrait in which subtle changes emphasize on the nature of the song, with a starring role for Bart's distinctive beard. Watch the video:

In addition to the video release, Bart also announced a Living Room Tour.

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & The Cairo Gang w/ broeder Dieleman: SOLD OUT

12 may 14

We're very excited to announce that all tickets for 'The Royal Dutch Tour' were sold in a matter of minutes. For all those who got their hands on a ticket to one of the shows: enjoy!

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, The Royal Dutch Tour

Update: The World of Dust

08 may 14

Last week Tjeerd van Erve of Luifabriek joined The World of Dust a.k.a. Stefan Breuer to record two songs for 'The Modern Participation Society' project.

Read the article Tjeerd wrote on this very(!) interesting cooperation here. It's absolutely worth reading!

Also: tomorrow the new edition of De Ondergrond - a DIY art magazine - will be released. It contains some art by Stefan Breuer, and a link to a page set up especially to let you listen to The Universe; the final song of Bhava.
There's a small opening at the Toilet Gallery in Rotterdam to celebrate!

Last but not least, The World Of Dust contributed a new song to a video for Into The Great Wide Open. Joost Stokhof a.k.a. The Things We Are animated the beautiful little movie, to announce the first 20 names playing on the famous festival. Check it out below.


Bonnie 'Prince' Billy: The Royal Dutch tour w/ broeder Dieleman

02 may 14

The one and only Will Oldham, a.k.a. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy is coming to The Netherlands! He will be performing in no less than seven lovely small venues supported by our own broeder Dieleman!

Tickets for the shows won't be able for reservation or online sales, and there are very few tickets available. Ticket sales are separate for each show.

Find out where to get your tickets here

At 3voor12 they were almost as stoked about this tour as we are: read what they had to say about it here.

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, The Royal Dutch Tour

Herrek on tour with Minor Alps

29 apr 14

Herrek will be touring the Netherlands and Germany with Minor Alps (Juliana Hatfield from The Lemonheads & Matthew Caws from Nada Surf)!!

April 29 Kantine Berghain, Berlin, Germany
April 30 Prinzenbar, Hamburg, Germany
May 1 Vera, Groningen, Holland
May 2 EKKO, Utrecht, Holland
May 3 Luxor, Cologne, Germany
May 4 Zoom, Frankfurt, Germany
May 5 Kantine, Augsburg, Germany

Minor Alps & Herrek

Sold out shows and splendid sessions

25 apr 14

Busy times at Snowstar Records. We're loving every minute of it. The last month has seen a NL-clubtour by I am Oak and Town of Saints, who both finished with a sold out show at respectively Paradiso Amsterdam and Asteriks Leeuwarden. Both bands are going abroad soon to continue that run!

In between shows they still manage to find time to play live-sessions. Or as is the case for Town of Saints, they manage to find time to eat and sleep in between live-sessions and shows. They really played a heap of sessions over the last few weeks.

Here are three sessions by I am Oak, Town of Saints and Bart van der Lee for you to enjoy!

Town Of Saints - Stand Up :: Rockstone Sessions

Bart van der Lee - Majesty :: Rockstone Sessions

I Am Oak - How Long? (detektor.fm-Session)

Town of Saints announced a new Germany-tour

14 apr 14

Last weekend Town Of Saints played at the sold-out Husum Harbour festival, in Germany. The festival even made their artwork of 'Something To Fight With' in real life.

Also, Town Of Saints just announced a new German tour in May. They will kick off their tour in Bremen, May 8th:

8/5 - DETE, Bremen
9/5 - Huiskamerconcert, München
12/5 Pitcher 29, Dusseldorf
13/5 - Eule, Munster
14/5 - Kult 41, Bonn
15/5 - Stereo Wonderland, Cologne
16/5 - Haldern Pop Bar, Haldern
19/5 Lala Studios, Leipzig
20/5 Café Wagner, Jena
21/5 - Schloss Röhrsdorf, Dresden
22/5 - Kleiner Donner, Hamburg
23/5 - Auster Club, Berlin

Before that, Town Of Saints will be playing six more Dutch shows including Asteriks in Leeuwarden (18/4), 3 shows for Record Store Day in Apeldoorn, Kampen and Hoogeveen and performances at Paaspop and Life I Live. All information about their shows can be found here.

I Am Oak will play the very first Mirliton Session hosted by 3VOOR12/Utrecht

07 apr 14

I Am Oak has been asked to play the very first Mirliton Session ever, hosted by 3VOOR12/Utrecht. From now on they will organize two intimate and short shows in the Mirliton Theater in Hoog Catharijne in Utrecht each month. The shows will be captured on tape, are free to visit, and have a limited capacity of fifty visitors.

The first edition of the Mirliton Sessions, featuring I Am Oak, will take place Saturday 19th of April. Doors are open at 15.00, the I am Oak show starts at 15.30. At 16:30 Stropstrikkers will take the stage for their Mirliton session.

For more information about the event and the concept of these sessions, please visit the website of 3VOOR12/Utrecht. If you are coming, please do attend the Facebook-event! We hope to see you there!

Listen to latest album 'Ols Songd' here!

Herrek announced new shows!

31 mar 14

Herrek will be supporting Minor Alps ( Juliana Hatfield & Matthew Caws of Nada surf) on two of their upcoming Dutch shows. Don't miss out on these shows!
01-05 w/ Minor Alps - Vera Groningen
02-05 w/ Minor Alps - Poppodium EKKO, Utrecht

announced five new shows including a performance at Motel Mozaïque next week (4/4) in Rotterdam. They will also play a show in ACU in Utrecht (28/5) and in Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond in Amsterdam (5/6). For our German fans: Herrek will be coming your way since they've been confirmed to play at Freakstock (9/8)! Two weeks earlier, the band will be performing at Welcome To The Village Festival in Leeuwarden.

During these shows the band will play new songs combined with some older tunes (like 'Rain' underneath). And if you want, you can still listen to their latest release 'A M' via our website and/or Bandcamp.

And have you already read this review of 'A M' written by Krenten Uit de Pop? We love that last sentence of that review: "A deep bow for Herrek and their recordlabel Snowstar that still continues with making beautiful albums."

I Am Oak in EKKO

26 mar 14

I Am Oak (EKKO)

For the show of I am Oak in Poppodium EKKO this Saturday (29/03) Sophia Twigt is making these beautiful silk-screen prints which you can buy during the gig. You can watch a little sneak peak of the making of here:

Sneak peak: I Am Oak zeefdruk by Poppodium EKKO on Vimeo.

Within the context of this show Thijs of I Am Oak also did an interview with 3VOOR12 about his life as a musician and as a photographer.

More information and tickets for the gig of Saturday can be found on the website of EKKO. And if you are coming, make sure you are attending the 'Faceboak'-event.

I Am Oak is coming to Belgium!

21 mar 14

When Thijs of I Am Oak was in Dusseldorf to play a show with The Black Atlantic for the release of 'Black Oak' he also recorded this beautiful live session of 'Cauliflower' recorded by Triggerfish.de. You can watch it below!

Also, Thijs will be playing a show at Kultuurkaffee in Brussels on the 4th of May. And there is a lot more coming up for all the Belgian fans of I Am Oak - so stay updated!

In addition to all this great news, our friends of Cutting Edge did an interview with Thijs. They talked about 'Ols Songd', the meaning of the word Yojihito and what Thijs is going to do in Belgium later this year!

Have a good weekend!

Only Black Oak show in NL

13 mar 14

Tomorrow I am Oak & The Black Atlantic will perform their only show together on Dutch soil. Podium Asteriks in Leeuwarden will be the scenery for this special event.

Herrek and Björn Kleinhenz will also be playing. That's not all though. Arjen and Mischa from Wooden Saints will be there as well, playing with the Black Oak duo just like they did on the recordings. This is bound to be a very special night. There are still a few tickets left, better be quick!

Town Of Saints, One Crazy Day

11 mar 14

Town Of Saints has had quite the day today.

First they brought their debut album Something To Fight With to South-Korea. Melon released the album today, making it available in South-Korea's 9(!) largest music stores.

Then things got really crazy when we found out Town Of Saints has been nominated for a 3FM award in the category 'Best Alternative'. You can help them by clicking here to vote!

3fm awards

Town Of Saints goes Carnaval

10 mar 14

Town Of Saints made a radical version of their new single 'Stand Up' for 3FM's Freaknacht. To celebrate carnaval they altered their song to something worthy of a 'polonaise'.

We suggest you click the top video to hear the carnaval version, then go for the live version of the actual song for comparison.

Take note of Harmen's ridiculous accent in the carnaval song while you're at it. Enjoy!

Black Oak on Tour

27 feb 14

I am Oak & The Black Atlantic are currently touring Germany. So far it's a great ride and the venues are selling out. In between gigs they found the time to do a beautiful session for detektor.fm yesterday. Check it out here:

Listen to the full 'Black Oak' EP, or buy it, here!

I am Oak x The Black Atlantic shows postponed.

25 feb 14

Some bad news. Unfortunately, due to family related matters, some of the I am Oak x The Black Atlantic shows will be postponed.

Tomorrow's O'Neill in-store appearance @ Blue Tomato Shop Berlin will take place. But, only The Black Atlantic (solo) will perform.
The follow dates are being re-scheduled:
24.02.2014 - DE - Kontorkeller, Greifswald
25.02.2014 - DE - Waschhaus Potsdam
26.02.2014 - DE - Cinema Quadrat, Mannheim
01.03.2014 - DE - Kulturladen KFZ Marburg
Advance tickets will stay valid. More info on new dates soon!
The Swiss dates are canceled for I am Oak.

To end on a more positive note, Noisey just launched the first video of 'Black Oak', Rove:

Bhava almost sold out

17 feb 14

The press has been very positive about Bhava, the debut album by
The World Of Dust:

Incendiary Magazine: "Now this is a GOOD record."
Progwereld: "Een uniek en zeer geslaagd album."
Mousique: "Een bijzonder album met een prachtig 44-pagina tellend boekje."
Luifabriek: "Bhava is an otherworldly patchwork of vibrant prog tapestry and morose folk delirium."
Subjectivisten/Caleidoscoop: "Een imponerend totaalwerk."
OOR: "Bij vlagen briljant."
ProgLog AFTERglow: "Een overweldigend en imponerend werkstuk."
Hifi.nl: "Een vrij unieke ervaring 8/10"
The Daily Indie: "Het luisteren naar deze plaat heeft op de één of andere manier mijn geest compleet geleegd en gezuiverd."
Here comes the flood: "A lo-fi prog rock trip to India, Egypt and even into space."

If you want to hear it for yourself, you will have to order the album (that comes along with a 44-page collage art book) in the webshop. Bhava is limited to 100 copies, and as we speak there are only 15 left... So be quick, don't miss out on this unique release!

The World Of Dust -Bhava

I am Oak & The Black Atlantic split 10"

10 feb 14

Happy Valentinesday! We are proud to announce this very special new release: a limited 10" split EP by I Am Oak & The Black Atlantic, titled 'Black Oak'.

Listen to first song 'Rove' and pre-order now!
The EP will be officially released on Feb 24th. That same day Black Oak will start a Germany & Switzerland together. There will be one Dutch releaseshow after that.
Get your tickets now!

24-02 Kontorkeller, Greifswald
25-02 Waschaus, Potsdam
26-02 Cinema Quadrat, Mannheim
27-02 Treppenhaus Rorschach
28-02 BSCENE Magazine Festival, Basel
01-03 Kulturladen KFZ Marburg
02-03 PRIVATCLUB Berlin
03-03 Ostpol, Dresden
04-03 Wärmehalle Süd, Leipzig
05-03 Mojo Jazz Café, Hamburg
06-03 FFT Düsseldorf
07-03 Bürgerbanhof, Wüppertal
08-03 Café Nun, Karlsruhe
09-03 Hafen 2, Offenbach
10-03 Musikbunker Aachen
14-03 Podium Asteriks, Leeuwarden

Black Oak

New Herrek video

07 feb 14

Behold! The new Herrek video for 'Fading Waves', opening track of their new EP 'A M'. Watch and read all about it at noisey:

I am Oak - Ols Songd press

04 feb 14

We're playing nothing but the new I am Oak in the office, and could recommend the same. So do these wonderful websites:

**** - "Wunderschöne Harmonien – Kopfkino garantiert." -Bedroomdisco
**** - "Met dit vierde album laat I Am Oak andermaal horen dat we niet voorbij de landsgrenzen hoeven te gaan voor mooie sferische folk." -Written in Music
"Neerlands folkwonder" – 3voor12
""I Am Oak slaagt er voor de vierde keer op rij in" –Krenten Uit de Pop
8/10 - "de unieke sound weet opnieuw te intrigeren." -Daans Muziekblog
 

 

OUT NOW: I am Oak - Ols Songd

31 jan 14

It's releaseday! Buy I am Oak - Ols Songd now in our webshop, or listen to it at bandcamp.

First reviews are as beautiful as the album;
**** - "een prachtalbum" - CuttingEdge.nl
**** - "The first highlight of the new year!" - Ingeplugd 
"A soft-spoken album, but its contents speak volumes" - Here Comes The Flood
"...Deze troostvolle, tijdloze muziek is dan ook van een ontegenzeggelijke schoonheid en hoog niveau. Steengoed!" - Subjectivisten/Caleidoscoop

 

 

Ols Songd on 3VOOR12/Luisterpaal

27 jan 14

This Friday, 'Ols Songd' by I am Oak will be released. You can listen to it now already at 3voor12 Luisterpaal.

First reviews are verrrry positive;
"A soft-spoken album, but its contents speak volumes." - Here Comes The Flood: http://bit.ly/1hDr2ow
**** - "The first highlight of the new year!" - Ingeplugd:http://bit.ly/1fpFrmO

Read more in this interview with 3VOOR12
Pre-order cd/vinyl at www.snowstar.nl/store

Bart van der Lee spring tour

22 jan 14

End 2013 we released Bart van der Lee's new album 'Ballads for the Heathens or Dying', by far his best work to date. He already did some great shows with it, but is now announcing a new spring tour, check it out:

02 Feb: Storytelling @..., Culemborg
13 Feb: Rietveld Theater, Delft
23 Feb: Zimihc theater Zuilen, Utrecht
27 Feb: Stukafest Leiden, Leiden
01 Mrt: Melkweg Amsterdam, Amsterdam
06 Mrt: Patronaat Haarlem, Haarlem
14 Mrt: Rauw Hees Teder, Breda
26 Mrt: Quite Quiet, Leiden
20 Apr: Raspberry Sessions, Utrecht

Attend the Facebook event for the newest tourupdates:

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Town of Saints at Eurosonic Noorderslag

21 jan 14

Last weekend, Town of Saints blew away Groningen with eight (!) shows at Eurosonic Noorderslag. All of them were packed, and at the Grande Finale in De Oosterpoort, they played their single 'Carousel' together with Broken Brass Ensemble:

Herrek - Ante Meridiem

21 jan 14

In the past weeks there have been written a couple of beautiful reviews about Herreks EP, A.M.

"Weinig bands in Nederland weten je op een zo schijnbaar achteloze wijze en met minimale middelen mee te voeren in eigen wonderschone wereld. Dit is absoluut Herrek op zijn best." – Kicking The Habit

"Vijf briljantjes van folky slowcorenummers(..)Herrek omsluit je als een warme deken in het midden van de koude nacht en dekken je toe met een prettige loomheid. " - Kindamuzik 

"Wederom een wonderschoon schijfje met liedjes die je eigenlijk door een koptelefoon in het donker moet luisteren." - Gobsmag

"Mournful, recapitulating like dreams, these songs unfold slow, stretching time with every low paced tone, like only the long unwinding hours of the deep dark can stretch time." - Luifabriek

Town of Saints at Eurosonic Noorderslag

14 jan 14

This week we're heading north for Eurosonic Noorderslag. If you have to see ONE band play in Groningen this week, make it Town of Saints.
It will be hard to miss them anyway:

Thu 16-01 PlatoSonic CoffeeCompany 17:30 - 17:50
Thu 16-01 Energy Stage 20:45 - 21:30
Fri 17-01 Friendly Fire Friday 17:20 - 17:30
Fri 17-01 Eurosonic Der AA-Kerk 23:30 - 00:15
Sa 18-01 galerie with tsjalling 13:30 - 13:55
Sa 18-01 3onStage De Oosterpoort 15:30 - 15:45
Sa 18-01 Noorderslag Heineken Foyer 23:30 - 00:15

The World of Dust 3voor12 interview

13 jan 14

Only three more days to listen to The World Of Dust at 3VOOR12's Luisterpaal! Read a nice piece about Stefan's thoughts in making this at 3VOOR12/Utrecht. 

Happy New Year for Town of Saints

10 jan 14

2014 could not have started better for Town of Saints. Album 'Something To Fight With' is 3FM Album of the Week.
Everyone has them on their one-to-watch-list for ESNS next week, from 3VOOR12 to Cortonville to OOR who labels them 'Dutch promise for 2014' and DWDD who named them 'The Sound of 2014'.

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Town of Saints and Beyoncé

08 jan 14

This morning Town of Saints surprised Giel3FM with an amazing Beyoncé cover! Besides their own single 'Carousel', they also played a very special version of 'XO'.

Check it out:

The World of Dust - Listening Session #2

08 jan 14

During our anniversary-party we held a beautiful listening session for The World Of Dust's debut 'Bhava'. We sold most of the 44-page collage books that accompanie the cd, and because this release is nowhere else to be found on the internet (and we still want people to hear it), we decided it would be time for Listening Session #2.

That's why we made an exclusive deal with VPRO's 3voor12: Bhava can be streamed on their Luisterpaal for ONE WEEK ONLY. Take this chance, grab your headphones, sit back & enjoy. If you like what you hear, make sure to buy one of the 100 limited copies in the Snowstar store. There are only a few left and we won't make a reprint!

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'Blyth Farjeon Choir' live-recording

23 dec 13

On his Italy-tour, Kim Janssen recorded a beautiful session with the Corale Michelangelo for the Hipsteria Project in Florence. With this impressive version of 'Blyth Farjeon Choir', we'd like to wish you a merry Christmas and a wonderful 2014! Thank you all!

I am Oak Germany/Switserland tour

20 dec 13

Yesterday, we announced I am Oak's Dutch clubtour.
Before that, in February/March, I am Oak will do a solo-tour together with The Black Atlantic in Germany and Switzerland:

24-02 Kontorkeller - Greifswald (DE)
25-02 Waschhaus Potsdam (DE)
26-02 Cinema Quadrat - Mannheim (DE)
27-02 Treppenhaus Rorschach (CH)
28-02 BScene Festival - Basel (CH)
01-03 Kulturladen KFZ Marburg (DE)
02-03 PRIVATCLUB Berlin (DE)
03-03 Ostpol - Dresden (DE)
04-03 Wärmehalle Süd - Leipzig (DE)
05-03 Molotow - Hamburgd (DE)
06-03 FFT Düsseldorf (DE)
07-03 Burgerbahnhof - Wuppertal (DE)
08-03 Cafe Nun - Karlsruhe (DE)
09-03 Hafen 2 - Offenbach (DE)
10-03 Musikbunker Aachen (DE)

Kaufen Sie jetzt Ihre Tickets! Viel Spaß!

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I am Oak releasetour

19 dec 13

I am Oak - Ols Songd (cd/lp/digital) will be out January 31, read all about the album at 3VOOR12.

We are proud to present the Dutch release-tour:

21-03-14 De Spot Middelburg
26-03-14 Quite Quiet, Leiden
28-03-14 Paradijskerk Oud-Katholieke Kerk Rotterdam
29-03-14 Poppodium EKKO, Utrecht
05-04-14 Hedon Zwolle
12-04-14 De Kapel, Eindhoven
22-04-14 Paradiso Amsterdam

Tickets on sale now!

 

Thank you for a wonderful party!

16 dec 13

 

Thank you all for partying with us last Friday in Tivoli Utrecht, it was beautiful. Check out our aftermovie and feast your eyes on all the great photos on our facebook!

Thank you Mcklin Fotografie, Gerard Kollaard, Patricia Kuiper, Marjolijn Wolf and Melanie Marsman. 
If you want more, check out these photo-reviews from 3VOOR12/Utrecht and The Daily Indie.

TONIGHT!

13 dec 13

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Herrek - A M on 3OOR12/Luisterpaal

12 dec 13

It was only February this year that Herrek presented their debut album 'Waktu Dulu', justly proclaimed "Best music from across the map" by The Guardian (UK).
Now, 10 months later, Herrek releases a new EP about memories and dreams. All these songs been created in the silence of the night, and influenced by red wine intoxication. Hence the title; A M; referring to the inner world, the time of creating this record, and the adviced time to listen to it.

The EP will be released in a limited edition of 200, and will be presented tomorrow, in Tivoli Utrecht
You can stream the EP at 3VOOR12/Luisterpaal

 

Brand new release: Herrek - A M

11 dec 13

Herrek made a new EP about memories and dreams. All songs were created at night, so maybe you should listen to this at night as well. For example; Friday night! In Tivoli Utrecht, where they will present this new and beautiful record at our party. Listen to first song 'Fading Waves' here:

Press roundup

10 dec 13

There's been a lot of great press on our 10 Year Anniversary. A roundup:

* 3voor12/Utrecht did an interview with Cedric about the most memorable moments of 10 years of Snowstar Records: read the interview; 3voor12 shared our Anniversary Sampler (incl. a new The World of Dust song) on their 'Luisterpaal': listen here.

* Our Belgian friends of the music blog Cutting Edge also did an interview: read the interview;

* Cedric was host for De platenkast van...: listen to the podcast and his music collection and selection here;

* Cedric made a V.I.P. playlist and did an interview with Dutch music blog Cortonville: listen here // read here;

* Snowstar Records has been nominated for 'Best Utrecht Initiative' by 3voor12/Utrecht: read the interview.

Other exciting news: Bart van der Lee has been nominated for a 3voor12/Utrecht Award for 'Best Utrecht album' : read the interview;
Bart van der Lee's video for 'A Mothers Song' has been nominated for 'Best video': read the interview.

I Am Oak - Ols Songd

10 dec 13

I Am Oak is back. The fourth album of the Utrecht folkband surrounding Thijs Kuijken is titled 'Ols Songd' and will be released on January 31st, 2014 on Snowstar Records.

The band's pre-release party will coincide with the Snowstar 10 Year Anniversary, at Tivoli Utrecht on Friday December 13th. We have been eagerly awaiting this album, for it contains live-favorites as ‘Birches’ and ‘Honeycomb’. These songs had thus far remained unreleased.

Kuijken talks about the album with Noisey, and lets you hear first song 'Kites in the Canopy' 

Snowstar coffee at The Village

06 dec 13

This is &*#@%&* amazing!
Our friends at The Village Coffee & Music found a new way to do what they do best; combine coffee and music!
Because of our 10 Year Anniversary, you can now buy a 'White Snowstar Cinnamon Mocha' and get a free download sampler including songs from all artists that play at our Tivoli party!
No wonder this is the best coffee bar in the Netherlands...

Anniversary discount: Bart van der Lee - Between Tall Pine Trees (Sadness & Thunder)

04 dec 13

One of the things we wanted to do in our anniversary year, is help you discover all the beautiful releases through those 10 years. Just like the last few months, we will pick one release this month and present it to you for a discounted price.

For December, the last anniversary-discount-month, you can buy Bart van der Lee's album 'Between Tall Pine Trees (Sadness & Thunder)' for only 6 euro. Released on September 17, 2010. This was Bart's first album we released.

"Een prachtplaat die tijdloos mag worden" - MusicMaker
"Een jonge nazaat van Leonard Cohen" - BN De Stem
"Onze 'eigen folkzanger' met enorme baard" - LiveXS

Order right here

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From The Subhuman to The World Of Dust - Bhava

04 dec 13

Today it's exactly 6 years ago that we released A World Full Of Melodies by The Subhuman. Since then, Stefan Breuer worked on an epic follow-up. Writing, recording, and glueing pieces of music together to create one giant progpop record.

That record will be out next week, and it's called Bhava. You can listen to the first two excerpts now, or watch the teaser on youtube. 

The album is intended to be a (musical) rebirth, a psychedelic view of the path Stefan went on over the years, loosely inspired by Hermann Hesse's Siddharta.
Musically, inspiration can be found somewhere between Robert Wyatt, Sparklehorse, Moondog and Robert Pollard.
The new artist name used for this record is The World Of Dust. You can hear the album on an exclusive listening party during our 10 year anniversary party in Tivoli, December 13th.
Subscribe for this event on www.theworldofdust.nl or via Facebook.

Kindamuzik interviews Cedric

03 dec 13

Founder of Snowstar Records: Cedric Muyres talked with Kindamuzik about punkrock, psychology and Snowstar's 10 Year Anniversary.
You can read it all right here: 

©2013 Jelmer de Haas

After the party… there’s an afterparty!

03 dec 13

When the last band has played on our 10 year Anniversary Party December 13, we will continue in the Spiegelbar upstairs in Tivoli Utrecht with a lot of friends of the Snowstar family doing DJ-sets.

23.00 - 00.00 Shakalaka Boom Boom
00.00 - 01.00 Snowstar Records dj-set
01.00 - 02.00 Friendly Fire dj-set
02.00 - 03.00 Michieltjee dj-set
03.00 - 04.00 Kensington dj-set

So get your tickets while you still can!

 

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Official 'Drown In These Arms' video

02 dec 13

We start this new week with Bart van der Lee's brand new stop motion video for 'Drown In These Arms', made by Harro van Aalderen. 160 kg of clay, a set of 1 by 1,5 meter, and six weeks of hard work.
His starting point was totally based on intuition, and his main goal was to create an stopmotion that would enhance the space of the viewers associations and linkages in relation to the music. His appropriation and additions developed during the making of each shot based on the rhythm, lyrics, melody and the arrangements of the song.

The musicvideo unfolds itself before your eyes.

Creator Harro van Aalderen made five beautiful multiples from the clay that was used to make the music video. These are distinctive forms in the story molded by Harro. Only three will be given away, of which only one this week. All you have to do is share the video online, and maybe you’ll be the lucky one to receive multiple 3/5!


Title: Point of no return
Material: ceramics and engobe
Dimension: 11 x 11 x 4.5 cm
Edition: 5
Year: 2013

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Snowstar at Pinguin Radio

29 nov 13

Our labelboss Cedric is this weeks Stationchief at the wonderful Pinguin Radio. This means he made a playlist of 25 tracks, featuring Snowstar Records gems of course, but also personal favorites. And an interview with Bazz that you can hear tomorrow from 19.00 - 21.00.

So listen to Pinguin Radio!

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Italian praise for Town of Saints

28 nov 13

Tomorrow, Town of Saints will play their last show of the Italy tour. Reactions have been really great and Italy seems to be conquered! Next: Germany!

A highlight of Italian press:

"It's hard to image a better debut for Town Of Saints." (XTM!)
"The cd released by these three musicians seethes of energy and passion." (IyeZine)
"Town Of Saints has something really special in its way of making music." (VivaLowCost)
"If you want an hour of pleasure, Something To Fight With is what you seek." (Mumble)
"There's so much life in this album." (Sound Magazine)
"We really like this folk album with its sharp lyrics." (Livin Cool Magazine)
"Something To Fight With reflects a crossroad of warm and enveloping sounds, physical horizons ready to embrace the whole universe." (Rock Action)
"Delicious." (Rock Garage)

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A broeder Dieleman and Richard Buckner show

27 nov 13

On wednesday December 4, broeder Dieleman will perform at De Roode Bioscoop, Amsterdam.
He will host and support Richard Buckner's show. This will be an extraordinary evening at a beautiful location. And the only Dutch Snowstar Records show this week. So don't miss it!

Here you can buy tickets and get information.

Nominated for 3voor12 award: 'Best initiative'

26 nov 13

We are very proud to have been nominated for a3VOOR12/Utrecht award as 'Best Initiative/platform'. Perfect timing in our 10 year anniversary year. Other nominees are Knalland and Woot!Woot!Woolf.

The award ceremony will be on Saturday december 14 in Poppodium EKKO. The day after our 10 year anniversary party in Tivoli Utrecht.

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I Am Oak presents new album in Tivoli, Utrecht on December 13

26 nov 13

January 31, we will release I am Oak - Ols Songd. The long awaited new album, that will have its own pre-release-party in Tivoli Utrecht at our 10 year anniversary, December 13. On this day only, the album will be available for purchase before it will be officially released on CD, LP and digital formats on January 31st 2014.

Read all about it on Kicking the Habit

Snowstar at Explore The North

25 nov 13

Last weekend we hosted a 'Snowstar Records presents' at the beautiful Explore The North festival in Leeuwarden. People attending these magical locations enjoyed wonderful shows by broeder Dieleman:
"Zeldzaam mooi" - 3voor12/Leeuwarden

Bart van der Lee: "Deze jongen is subliem in het schrijven van teksten die perfect de duistere kant van de ziel uitspreken." -3voor12/Leeuwarden

And Kim Janssen:
"Een van de grootste hoogtepunten" - Explore The North Festival
"Eén van de vele hoogtepunten van Explore The North 2013" - 3voor12/leeuwarden

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broeder Dieleman & Town of Saints at Kapelsessies

22 nov 13

Klein Zieltje is a beautiful and dark song of broeder Dieleman.
This time Town of Saints and Saint Helena Dove played along at Kapelsessies.

Town of Saints at Eurosonic and Noorderslag

22 nov 13

We happily announce Town of Saints will be playing at both Eurosonic AND Noorderslag! Yesterdaynight 3FM's Domien Verschuuren called the band in Italy to tell them they will play at Eurosonic Noorderslag.

You can hear the surprise-phone call right here.

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broeder Dieleman at EKKO & Le Bazarre

21 nov 13

On November 30, broeder Dieleman is going to host a stand at Le Bazarre, Utrecht with selfmade prints and tickets for his christmas show in Podium EKKO (with Meindert Talma & Cairo Liberation Front), December 22nd. Even more special; for only 1 euro you can listen to one new song at Le Bazarre!

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Snowstar at Explore the North

20 nov 13

Next weekend we will host our own 'Snowstar Records Presents' at Explore the North festival in Leeuwarden with Kim Janssen, Bart van der Lee, and broeder Dieleman. Hope to see you there!

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Teaser / Tickets @ Plato

20 nov 13

Because of our 10th anniversary, we asked people in Utrecht for their reactions to our music. These were some of them on Town of Saints' song 'Stand Up'. Also, if you buy tickets for our Tivoli party (13-12) at @Plato Utrecht, the first happy few will receive a FREE cd! So don't wait on it!

'Blyth Farjeon Choir' recorded in Cavriglia

19 nov 13

Kim Janssen is still touring in Germany and Italy. He even recorded 'Blyth Farjeon Choir' in an old church in Cavriglia with a choir from Florence! The official video will be released soon!

Furthermore Kim Janssen will do supportshows for Jacqueline Govaert's in Vredenburg Leeuwenbergh, Utrecht and De Duif, Amsterdam.

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Marie Claire raffles tickets for 10 Year Anniversary party

18 nov 13

Meanwhile we are preparing our 10 Year Anniversary party, Marie-Claire hosted a campaign to win tickets and our compilation album! You can buy tickets or join the Marie Claire Netherlands action. WIN tickets here!

German reviews for Town of Saints

18 nov 13

At the moment, Town of Saints is touring Italy till the end of December. After that they will directly go to Germany, they'll only come back to play our Tivoli Utrecht party December 13. Here's an excerpt from German press:

"Dem musikalischen Wanderzirkus sind seit rund drei Jahren nahezu ununterbrochen auf Tour." - Intro Magazin.de (http://bit.ly/I0Pzry)

"Zauberschöne Untermalung ... Ich würde auch im Publikum stehen, keine Frage." - motor.de Redaktion(http://bit.ly/1fO8iSC)

"In dieser Stadt der Heiligen regiert Euphorie, Sehnsucht und die Liebe zur Musik!" - Musikblog.eu (http://bit.ly/1c5nAzn)

"Melancholie und Hoffnung, mit etwas Sarkasmus gesprenkelt." - Acousticshock.eu (http://bit.ly/1fO8pgX)

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The World Of Dust

15 nov 13

On our ten year anniversary party in Tivoli, we will release something special, called The World of Dust.
Coming from Stefan Breuer (The Subhuman, Lost Bear, I Am Oak) this is a project like no other; collaborations, collages and cosmic space songs.
The new record Bhava will not be found on the internet, nor played live. We will release it as a book + cd, and there's an
exclusive listening session on December 13th in Tivoli, somewhere between 5 and 8 pm. In a room set up especially for this event, you can listen to the album the way it was meant to be heard.

The entrance is free, but you have to enlist yourself by emailing, saying you want to attend. When you've done that, you will receive more information. There are VERY limited slots available, so be quick. There will also be a possibility to purchase a physical copy of BHAVA (cd + book, limited to 100 handnumbered copies).
Notice that this event is the official release of BHAVA, and (besides buying the physical copy) also the ONLY way of hearing the album. The music will not be available on the internet, nor played live.

Town of Saints Italy Tour

14 nov 13

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Town of Saints nominated for 'Song of the Year'

13 nov 13

Town of Saints just got nominated for 3VOOR12's 'Song of the Year '. For the next two weeks you can vote for their single 'Carousel'!

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Town of Saints and broeder Dieleman in OOR

12 nov 13

This month's OOR has two wonderful reviews of both Town of Saints and broeder Dieleman.
See for yourself:

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Town of Saints on Amazon.de

08 nov 13

Meanwhile in Finland.... Town of Saints is touring and touring, and found some time for an interview with 3VOOR12Radio on 3FM.

ALSO, their album 'Something To Fight With' is now in discount on Amazon.de, get it for only 5 euro:
http://bit.ly/SomethingtfwNf5

The World Of Dust

06 nov 13

We already mentioned this name but now we can tell you more about it! Coming from Stefan Breuer (The Subhuman) this is a release like no other; collaborations, collages and cosmic space songs.
This unique release will not be found on the internet, nor played live. We will release it as a book + cd, and are proud to present the one and only releaseshow (somewhere in a hidden part of Tivoli at our 10 Year Anniversary, December 13), where you can listen to the album the way it was meant to be heard. Soon we will give you details about how you can attend this experience.

Town of Saints christmas tour

05 nov 13

In December, Town of Saints will tour Germany for the About Songs Christmas tour together with HONIG and Dad Rocks! They even recorded a special Christmas-song together, which you'll be able to hear soon!

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Kim Janssen tour

04 nov 13

This week, Kim Janssen goes on tour again! There's 14 shows in Italy and Germany, plus something very special happening at Explore the North Festival, so check it out!

Anniversary Discount: The Secret Love Parade - Mary Looking Ready

01 nov 13

Anniversary Discount:
One of the things we wanted to do in our anniversary year, is help you discover all the beautiful releases through those 10 years. For the following months, we will pick one release every month and present it to you for a discounted price.

This month, you can buy The Secret Love Parade's second album 'Mary Looking Ready' on vinyl only 8 euro. Released on valentinesday 2012, co-produced by Jacco Gardner and praised for its Beautiful vocal harmonies, electronic samples, 80’s synths, vintage organs and original guitar riffs.

Town of Saints NL tour

31 oct 13

Yesterday, 3FM interviewed Harmen from Town of Saints and presented their first own headline-NL-tour, in March/April 2014:

Check out al the details here

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10 year anniversary party

29 oct 13

Friday December 13, we would love you all to come to Tivoli Utrecht to celebrate our 10 year anniversary with us. It will be one big Snowstar adventure full of shows, listening sessions, dj-sets and a label market.

Line-up: I am Oak, Town of Saints, Herrek, Kim Janssen, Bart van der Lee, Lost Bear, The World Of Dust and the first Utrecht edition of Excelsior Recordings's Onafhankelijke Label Markt!

Tickets: http://www.tivoli.nl/agenda/3608/Snowstar-10-Year-Anniversary-
Full press release: http://bit.ly/1bxUY1B

New Lost Bear songs

28 oct 13

One year ago we released Lost Bear's record Shingolai on transparent vinyl. They have been writing new songs ever since, and now decided to release a preview of four of these new songs, recorded on 4-track cassette recorders. It's called 'Baboon Deluxe' and a limited edition of 50 was released on their very own Shaky Maracas label last Friday, when Lost Bear was supporting their long-loved heroes of Sebadoh.

Kindamuzik interview with Bart van der Lee

24 oct 13

Bart van der Lee is doing his albumrelease tour for 'Ballads for the Heathens or Dying' at the moment. KindaMuzik did an interview with him about children, The voice of Holland, and Wovenhand.

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Town of Saints at 3FM

23 oct 13

Since some weeks now, you can hear Town of Saints quite regularly on 3FM. Be it on playlist, or because of their 'Serious Talent' label and studio-visits.

Yesterday, they got invited again and played also their single 'Carousel' and Arcade Fire's new single 'Reflektor'.

Heta even sings the French lines in Finnish!

broeder Dieleman audio interview

22 oct 13

Yesterday, VPRO De Avonden interviewed broeder Dieleman about his new EP 'Klein Zieltje'. While walking to and through the Zeeuws Museum, they talked about authenticity, nostalgia and Zeeland.

The interview starts at 33:00

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Kim Janssen interview

21 oct 13

Only one more show of Kim Janssen's Dutch tour (Luxor Live, Arnhem) before he will go to Italy and Germany for a big tour there.
Kindamuzik interviewed him right before his sold out show at Kargadoor about punk, SXSW, and Sufjan Stevens. You can read it here. 

broeder Dieleman at Omroep Zeeland

17 oct 13

Yesterday, Omroep Zeeland aired a special on broeder Dieleman including footage from his show at Paradiso, watch it:

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Town of Saints press

15 oct 13

Since their sold out album release at Vera last week, Town of Saints is going like crazy. Tons of shows coming up (see www.snowstar.nl) and raving reviews:

"***** Ze pakken de luisteraar bij de strot" - MusicFromNL
"**** Town of Saints staat op dezelfde hoogte als zijn grote voorbeelden” – Revolver's Lust For Life
"***** On-Nederlands goed" - Muzify
"Een topplaat!” – 3VOOR12
"Een waardevolle verrijking voor het muziekgenre" – Rootstime (BE)
“Een sterke plaat met mooie liedjes, zorgvuldige orchestratie en de juiste dosis pit” - mousique
“Een uniek debuut van wereldklasse afgeleverd.” – Krenten Uit de Pop

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Video: broeder Dieleman - Klein Zieltje

14 oct 13

Watch broeder Dieleman's new video for 'Klein Zieltje'. A beautiful, dark and mysterious video made by Eduard Walhout. Dark country-gospel the way we like it!

Town of Saints at 3VOOR12/3FM

09 oct 13

In case you missed it, last night Town of Saints visited 3VOOR12radio on 3FM for an interview, to drink some wine, and to play a few songs:

 

Town of Saints at DWDD

08 oct 13

Yesterday Town of Saints played their new single 'Carousel' at Dutch tv-show DWDD:


At the show, they were surprised to be anounced 3FM Serious Talent! 

Releaseday Town of Saints

04 oct 13

Happy October 4! Releaseday of Town of Saints!
We LOVE their new album, here's what others think of it:

"We're expecting to hear a lot of this!" - Festivalinfo(http://bit.ly/15LYtUd)
“An addition for the popvenues” + Album of the week- Ingeplugd (http://www.ingeplugd.nl/)
“Qualitypop” – mousique (http://bit.ly/1aQMoeA)
Best new Dutch act of the Month – 3VOOR12

Catch them on their never ending tour:http://townofsaints.tumblr.com/shows

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Listen to Town of Saints - Something to Fight With

01 oct 13

From today on, you can listen to Town of Saints' entire album at 3voor12 Luisterpaal. 
Furthermore, they are the new 'Hollandse Nieuwe of the Month' at 3voor12! Read all about it in this interview with Harmen.
You may have seen their enormous releasetour already, but now they are also doing a list of instores over the following weeks. Expect more and more tourdates from Town of Saints.

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3VOOR12/Utrecht interviews Bart van der Lee

27 sep 13

Yesterday, 3VOOR12/utrecht did an interview with Bart van der Lee about his new album, about love and about Giel Beelen.
Read it! (3VOOR12)

New Town of Saints single

24 sep 13

Today we launch Town of Saints' new single and video 'Carousel'! Head over to Noisey for an interview with Harmen and to see the video!

Broeder Dieleman on Dutch tv

23 sep 13

Yesterday, VPRO's Vrije Geluiden aired their IntoTheGreatWideOpen-special featuring broeder Dieleman and a children's choir on NL1. There will be a rerun next Saturdaymorning at 9.00. Or you can watch it right here, right now!

 

Two really nice Lost Bear shows

18 sep 13

Lost Bear is currently working on new material, but they're also doing some mighty fine shows! The first dates for the (now) quintet are coming up very quick, first up is the Molotow club in Hamburg on the 21st of September. Joris Diks designed a beautiful handprinted 4-color screenprint!

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Also: Lost Bear will support their long loved, all-time favourite, indierock heroes of Sebadoh in Tivoli de Helling on October 25th.

Bart van der Lee made a mixtape

18 sep 13

To celebrate the release of his new album 'Ballads for the Heathens or Dying', Bart van der Lee made a mixtape for mixed-tapes.nl. It's a selection of songs that inspire him, and you will recognize the themes and sounds of Bart's albums. Plus there is a LUIK-song in there, so enjoy!

Bart van der Lee - Between Tall Pine Trees

17 sep 13

Today it's exactly three years ago Bart van der Lee's album 'Between Tall Pine Trees: Sadness & Thunder' was released. It was his start at Snowstar Records, and press loved it:

"Perfect fit between the work of Jason Molina, Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen.” Kindamuzik

“Between Tall Pine Trees is a beautiful record that can become timeless” Music Maker

“A young descendant of Leonard Cohen” BN de Stem

He toured and ended his tour at Noorderslag festival that year. Check it out, especially since two weeks ago we released his new album 'Ballads for the Heathens or Dying'.

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Herrek Kapelsessie

16 sep 13

Last Friday, Herrek opened Popronde Nijmegen in the Valkhof Museum. They also did a 'Kapelsessie' in the museum and recorded three songs in a special, acoustic session, including a beautiful six-minute-version of 'Rain':

Town of Saints album release tour

12 sep 13

October 4 is the releasedate of Town of Saints - Something to Fight With. To celebrate they will do a HUGE releasetour. First announcement: The Netherlands. Also near you cause they play everywhere!

Pre-order now and get bonustrack 'All You Need (Ian Fisher & the Present cover)' for free!

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Kim Janssen - Britten (redone)

10 sep 13

Good morning! Kim Janssen surprised us with a new video for a new version of his song 'Britten'. Synths and beats in a forrest! Enjoy:

Broeder Dieleman joins the family

02 sep 13

We are very happy to let you know that we are going to release both broeder Dieleman's debutalbum 'Alles is ijdelheid', and his new EP 'Klein Zieltje'. His songs about the mystical landscapes of his home, Zeeland, have filled our office many times over the last year, so it feels more than right to have broeder Dieleman join our family.

On the EP that will be released on vinyl on October 12, broeder Dieleman digs deeper into his roots. Side A holds two songs that have been recorded for the radioshow 'Onder de Groene Linde' in the 60s in Zeeuws Vlaanderen. Side B has 'Land van Verandering', coming from the soundtrack broeder Dieleman made with Pim van de Werken for the documentary with the same title about West Zeeuws-Vlaanderen and its people.

The album 'Alles is ijdelheid' will be released on September 19, with two new bonustracks as an encore.

Listen to the first new song 'Dankt dankt' here:

Pre-order both releases now, and receive free bonustrack 'Water'.

Town of Saints - Trapped Under Ice

27 aug 13

October 4, we will release Town of Saints' debutalbum 'Something To Fight With'. Here's first song 'Trapped Under Ice':

Pre-order the album now, and get bonustrack 'All You Need (Ian Fisher & the Present cover)' for free!
More info in our store.

Bart van der Lee - A Mothers Song video

19 aug 13

Proud to present 'Bart van der Lee - A Mothers Song': the first video (and song!) of his new album 'Ballads for the Heathens or Dying'. Made by Job Kind & Nick Liefhebber.

Out September 6; pre-order in the webshop

Anniversary discount: Compilation

01 aug 13

One of the things we wanted to do in our anniversary year, is help you discover all the beautiful releases through those 10 years. So we are picking one release every month to present it to you for a discounted price.

This month, we present you our compilation album on cd for only 5 euro. It holds 10 previously unreleased tracks from all our artists. It's a free download, but we made a physical cd for Record Store Day. We still have some in stock, so are offering them for only 5 euro on cd (valid until August 31).

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Bart van der Lee tour

24 jul 13

Behold! Bart van der Lee's new album will be out September 6 and you can go see him live on these dates!

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Pre-order the album Ballads for the Heathens or Dying in our store.

Brand new I am Oak song

23 jul 13

During his stay in Tokyo, I am Oak took the time to play a BRAND NEW song for ON THE SHELF TV. Check out this new song called 'Kulta'.

Kim Janssen tour + free song

10 jul 13

With Kim Janssen's vinyl release of 'Ancient Crime & The Lonely Mountains' comes a Dutch clubtour:

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Go get your tickets now!

To celebrate this good news, we give you this free download of a Damien Jurado-cover Kim recorded in LA:

Kim Janssen - Ancient Crime & The Lonely Mountains

08 jul 13

Last Friday, we surprised Kim Janssen with the vinyl release of his albums 'Ancient Crime & The Lonely Mountains'. Everything was realized thanks to the help from friends, without Kim knowing anything about it, as a gift for his 25th birthday he spent in LA.

Kim's look in this picture says it all; Thanks to everyone for joining, and enjoy this LP!

Anniversary discount: Lost Bear

03 jul 13

One of the things we wanted to do in our anniversary year, is help you discover all the beautiful releases through those 10 years. So we are picking one release every month to present it to you for a discounted price.

This month, you can buy Lost Bear's debut album 'Limshasa' for only 5 euro. In 2011 this release introduced these seven hungry (and hairy!) bears. 3voor12 called them "THE 2011 act of Utrecht", OOR wrote that "indierock rarely sounded as fantastic as Lost Bear" and Music Maker said "Wonderful! We want more!"

Get it now for only 5 euro on cd or digital (valid until August 1).

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Bart van der Lee - Ballads for the Heathens or Dying

02 jul 13

On September 6, Bart van der Lee's new album will be released. A lot happened since his 2010 debut. Van der Lee became a father. He found happiness, love and hope outside of religion, and took distance from it.

Inspired and strengthened he writes and records his new album 'Ballads for the Heathens or Dying' on which he sings about the sadness of letting go, but also of that what was missed. Raw, autobiographical lyrics, sung by a dark, raspy voice, in honest songs. A staggering ode to life.

If you pre-order now the first lucky few will receive a very limited riso print, while stock lasts:

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Best Kept Secret Labelmarket

20 jun 13

This weekend, we will travell to the very first Best Kept Secret Festival. We are looking forward to this already sold out festival. We won't just be enjoying the great line-up, but will also be present at their labelmarket on Saturday, from 11 - 15. We'll bring some sweet goodies, incl. some 10-year-anniversary-compilations, so see you there!

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Interview with Noisey

09 jun 13

Snowstar Records CEO Cedric did an interview with Noisey about the label's 10-year-anniversary, its artists and their crazy relations. And he had to answer who in 'the family' is the funniest drunk. (Guess!)

Read the interview (In Dutch) here.

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Anniversary Discount

31 may 13

One of the things we wanted to do in our anniversary year, is help you discover all the beautiful releases through those 10 years. For the following months, we will pick one release every month and present it to you for a discounted price.

This month, you can buy The Secret Love Parade's self-titled debut album for only 5 euro. In 2009 it was the perfect introduction to these dreamy indiepopsongs. LiveXS called it "an amazing record", 3voor12 found it "tasteful" and OOR warned us for "dangerously addictive songs".

Get it now for only 5 euro on cd or digital (valid until July 1).

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Le Mini Who?! at Kapitaal

20 may 13

I am Oak at Kapitaal Picture by: Tim van Veen

Last Saturday we had a tremendous Le Mini Who?! at Kapitaal. The Future's Dust played a beautiful set. I am Oak played a great show, with a very large attendance (sorry to everyone who couldn't get in), and Herrek (ft. Lukas of LUIK) surpriced us with some amazing covers!

Fortunately somebody in the crowd captured the last two songs. We don't know which one we like best, so we recommend them both!

Revenge (Sparklehorse cover):

Wounded Knee (Ratbone cover):

Thanks to everyone who was there and helped make it happen!

I am Oak - On Claws (reissue)

15 may 13

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In 2010 we released I Am Oak’s debut-album ‘On Claws’. Three years, two albums and a sold out 7" later, On Claws is sold out and deserves a reissue! This reissue is the same warm record based on acoustic guitars and vocals, completed with banjo, bass, organ and beats, but with the addition of two beautiful bonustracks, also recorded in 2009.

We've sent the master to print today, so you can pre-order the 'On Claws' (reissue) cd now, all items will be shipped within two weeks: Pre order in our store

If you already own 'On Claws' and are anxious to hear the new songs, they are available to check out at our bandcamp:

Snowstar special in The Daily Indie

14 may 13

The Daily Indie, a cool free Dutch magazine that brings you the latest and finest indie published their fifth issue, with a 14! page counting Snowstar special.

Interviews with Herrek, Kim Janssen and Cedric Muyres to read and 3 goodie bags to win. Read the Daily Indie here:

The Snowstar special starts on page #69, enjoy!

The Endless Unknown tourmovie

11 may 13

On their German tour, Town of Saints made a video for 'The Endless Unknown', check it; it is the perfect tourmovie! The song is from our Anniversary Compilation, which you can download (pay what you want!) on our bandcamp.

Spotify Mixtape #2 by Stefan Breuer

07 may 13

Earlier this year we started making Spotify playlists to introduce you to the gems of our release-collection. This time we've asked Stefan Breuer for his favorites:

"For the Snowstar Records 10-year-anniversary, I made a selection of my favorite Snowstar-released songs (first half of the playlist). My Secret Love Parade by The Secret Love Parade always meant a lot to me and therefore opens the playlist. This was the first song I mixed for Snowstar Records and it's still an amazing song. I had to add some of my own projects (Lost Bear, The Subhuman), to have enough songs to create a proper playlist. It's not that I prefer my own songs, that's why I put them last :) The tracks by Herrek and Kim Janssen prove that this year is also a very good year for new music; these beautiful songs blew me away.

The second half of the playlist consists of songs which in one way or another remind me of, or relate to, the Snowstar songs of the first half, arranged in the same order. For instance, the choir of Herrek's My People always reminded me a bit of The Microphones' song, and the vibe of LUIK's I am Oak cover Pollen of the Plains is similar to me as the Sparklehorse song's vibe. Altogether, the songs on this part of the playlist has been HIGHLY influential to my own music, and all these songs mean a lot to me. I hope people start exploring the beautiful catalog of Snowstar Records through this playlist, and maybe gain a little bit of an insight to where my own influences and taste is coming from."

Kim Janssen announces German and Dutch tour

01 may 13

Earlier this year, Kim Janssen released the impressive ‘The Lonely Mountains’, the sequel to ‘Ancient Crime’, Kim’s second full length released in 2012. Because of this Kim was invited to the SXSW showcase festival in Austin, USA.

After returning from the United States, Kim now leaves for a Geman tour of two weeks, and announces a Dutch clubtour at the same time.

02-05-2013 Gueterbahnhof Halle 11, Bremen
04-05-2013 Motoki, Cologne
05-05-2013 Brause, Düsseldorf (w/ Honig)
06-05-2013 Nelson, Mannheim
08-05-2013 Heimathafen Im Pools, Göttingen
09-05-2013 Blaue Fabrik, Dresden
11-05-2013 Livingroom concert, Berlin
12-05-2013 Franz Mehlhose, Erfurt
13-05-2013 Pension Schmidt, Münster
31-05-2013 De Klos, Emmeloord
31-05-2013 TU Delft, Delft
18-08-2013 Mezz, Breda
19-09-2013 De Kargadoor, Utrecht
22-09-2013 PLLEK, Amsterdam
25-09-2013 Burgerweeshuis, Deventer
26-09-2013 Patronaat, Haarlem
29-09-2013 Gigant, Apeldoorn

Go see him live, you won't regret it.

First press on our Anniversary Compilation

29 apr 13

Last week we've been amazed with the kind words on our anniversary compilation!

A small selection:
- “Enough reason to call ten times 'Hurrah!'”Kicking the Habit
- “Gefelicitaart, amigo’s!!” - FHM
- “Quality music released with love for the music and therefore 10 years with a modest but very strong catalog.”Caleidoscoop
- “Beautifully orchestrated….. exciting rootsmusic….. intangible pearl ….. slowcore is in safe hands” - Mousique
- “Ganz grandiosen Songs….Hurra und auf weitere (mindestens) zehn Jahre mit Snowstar-Musik!”YouSoundGreat (DE)
- “It’s an exhilarating listen, starting with the stellar ‘City of the Dead’”Knox Road (US)
- “They have some really cool releases on Snowstar, you should check them out.”Dedicated Ears (US)
- “We ought to have gifts for them, seeing as they’ve been treating us for the last 10 years” - Incubate blog
- “All nine songs hit the sweet spot.”Daan's muziekblog

Thank you on behalf of all artists and people involved with Snowstar

I am Oak on Swiss radio

25 apr 13

I am Oak is still touring Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Right now they are in Italy, but when they were in Switzerland for three shows, they also visited Radio 3Fach for an interview and two songs. Check it all out below.

10 Year Anniversary Compilation

20 apr 13

Let's do this!; Today, on Record Store Day, 5.000 people will find our '10 Year Anniversary Compilation' in their goodiebag. It will be a great day, with six instores by Herrek and Kim Janssen!

Yesterday 3voor12 published their interview about our anniversary and the story behind our label (in Dutch) which you can read here.

Listen, stream and download our compilation for free on our Bandcamp and on this website.

Feel free to share it, and we can't wait to hear your reactions!

Kim Janssen at 3FM's Xnoizz

16 apr 13

Yesterday, Kim Janssen played at 3FM's Xnoizz. He took the challenge to write and create a brand new song in an hour. The result is called 'Make Me Belong' and we're glad to share it with you!

Town of Saints signs with Snowstar Records

15 apr 13

Great news: Town of Saints signed to Snowstar Records!

We are very proud to announce that Town of Saints will be the next addition to our label! This Finnish/Dutch indie folk trio has been touring Europe and Great Britain for three years, and blew us away at the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival this year.

We will realease their debut album on October 4, but from today you can already listen to the first song 'The Endless Unknown', that will be released with our '10 Year Anniversary compilation' this saturday.

I am Oak tour

28 mar 13

I am Oak will be heading South for their 'Take it Slow' tour next month. So people of Germany, Switzerland and Italy, go say hi!

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Kim Janssen shows

27 mar 13

Kim Janssen had a great time playing the SXSW festival last week!
The coming months Kim will play in the Netherlands again:
06-04 Lakei, Helmond
10-04 Paradiso, Amsterdam
21-04 De Unie, Rotterdam
25-04 Hedon, Zwolle
25-05 De Klos, Noordoosterpolder
31-05 ZOMERfestival, Delft

To set the mood, we have this beautiful song played during the releaseparty of 'The Lonely Mountains' for you.

Let's celebrate our 10 year anniversary!

22 mar 13

We might have told you that this year is our 10 year anniversary. Of course we are proud of this fact, so let's celebrate! On April 20 (Record Store Day), we will release a free compilation album with new songs from all artists of our beautiful roster; our '10 Year Anniversary Compilation'. This album will be presented to the first 5000 people to purchase anything in Dutch independent record stores this day.

The ’10 Year Anniversary Compilation’ serves as a prelude for our big anniversary event, on December 13 in Tivoli Oudegracht, Utrecht. So please mark your calendars.

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Kim Janssen at SXSW

18 mar 13

Last week Kim Janssen played the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. He took the occasion to play 'The Lonely Mountains' on the 18th floor of the Hilton, with this beautiful panoramic view.

Kim Janssen in Ziggo Live

14 mar 13

Kim Janssen plays the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas (USA) this week. When he returns he will play some shows:
06-04 Lakei, Helmond (NL)
10-04 Radio Mortale, Amsterdam (NL)
25-05 De Klos, Noordoosterpoort (NL)
31-05 ZOMERfestival, Delft (NL)

For now, we have three beautiful songs played during the releaseparty of 'The Lonely Mountains' for you.

New Bart van der Lee album

11 mar 13

Bart van der Lee is working on his new album called 'Ballads for the Heathens or Dying'. It's going to be a very special album that he is finishing right now. It will be released in this year's fall.

Bart van der Lee

Kim Janssen - The Lonely Mountains video

04 mar 13

Watch this new video with Kim Janssen's title-track: 'The Lonely Mountains'. Filmed by Roald van Stijn (Pyropix Viral Videos) on the building of Station Vaartscherijn.

Press on 'The Lonely Mountains'

02 mar 13

Last week we've been overwhelmed by these wonderful reactions on 'The Lonely Mountains'

"The EP is nearing perfection ... a masterpiece." – Recensies en Meer
"Enough to stop listening to any other music for at least one day." – Mousique
"An incomparable, breathtaking and majestic little gem!" - Caleidoscoop
“The Lonely Mountains ist – wie sein Vorgänger “Ancient Crime” auch – ein kleines, warmherziges und meisterhaft ausgedachtes Wunderwerk." – You Sound Great (DE)
"Ein Unvergessliches Erlebnis!" - Vampster (DE)
“Continue to watch over us, Kim.” – On Da Rock (IT)
"Kim: Thanks again for a wonderful album." – Stilllife

Listen to Kim Janssen - The Lonely Mountains now

26 feb 13

This Thursday Kim's new EP will be released, and you can listen to it now on 3voor12/Luisterpaal.

There are still a few tickets left for the releaseparty in Club Ziggo, Amsterdam. And the best thing is, they are FREE! Add yourself to the guestlist and come celebrate with us. See you Thursday!

Pre-order Kim Janssen

22 feb 13

Here's a little teaser for Kim Janssen's new EP 'The Lonely Mountains'.
Pre-order now at our webshop and receive it on February 28!

Herrek on air

20 feb 13

Herrek is on air these days. Last week they played 5 songs at Live @Lloyd on RTV Rijnmond, listen to the full hour here: http://bit.ly/Zad8Rj.
Sunday they were invited at Radio 1's 'Nacht van het Goede Leven', which you can listen here: http://bit.ly/ZrpYyL 
and the next day, they played 3 songs at 3voor12/radio on 3FM, listen to these songs here: http://bit.ly/WHqJ2g.
Herrek surprised us with a new song called 'Fields' Listen it here:

Kim Janssen - Drift video

19 feb 13

Today we release the new video of Kim Janssen: 'Drift'. It's the first single of his upcoming EP 'The Lonely Mountains' The video is shot and directed by Martijn Bastiaans. Watch it here!

Waktu Dulu release

15 feb 13

Today we release Herrek - Waktu Dulu!
You can now listen to the full album on our Bandcamp, Soundcloud, YouTube, Spotify and it's still on the 3voor12 Luisterpaal, so there's something for everyone!

Great reactions reached us this day:
"Herrek's music is of an almost unreal beauty" - Krenten uit de Pop

(4/5) "Beautiful debut" - Nederlands Dagblad
(3,5/5) "This debut is promising" - Festivalinfo
(3/5) "Authentic and Mysterious" - Dagblad van het Noorden

Also 3voor12 had an interview with Thomas Azier, mentioning Herrek and LUIK as two beautiful new bands which arose out of his Zero's hero: Adept.

You can buy or download Herrek's debut now in our store, on iTunes or on our Bandcamp.

Herrek vinyl

Kim Janssen FREE release show

13 feb 13

We already told you Kim Janssen will release his new EP 'The Lonely Mountains' on Thursday February 28, but now we have more news!
Here is the artwork of the EP, and this will be the tracklist:

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1. Britten
2. The Stiles
3. Drift
4. Op. 15, No. 3
5. The Lonely Mountains
6. Can I Not Come To Thee?

On ‘The Lonely Mountains’, Kim again collaborates with Marla Hansen, known from The National and Sufjan Stevens. He rearranged Chopin and Britten, and added new verses to poems by Robert Herrick and W.N. Hodgson. He also wrote new material and rearranged his earlier work.

‘The Lonely Mountains’ will be presented in Club Ziggo, Amsterdam. The performance will be recorded by television program Ziggo Live. This will be the only Dutch show for Kim Janssen as after this he’ll be playing the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, followed by a German tour. Best news about this: The show in Club Ziggo is FREE to visit. For guestlist, go to www.ziggo.nl/ziggolive.

The first single and video will appear next week, when the EP will also be streamed on 3voor12/Luisterpaal.

Herrek on 3voor12/luisterpaal

12 feb 13

Herrek's debut 'Waktu Dulu' is ready for your first listen. You can pre-listen the full album on the 3voor12/luisterpaal.

Press is receiving "Waktu Dulu" very well. Herrek had this great interviews with VICE and FileUnder and there we're lots of reviews:

"Beautiful slow, sometimes slightly mystical folksongs" - OOR
"It's early February, but I think that we might have a nominee for our yearlist already." - Mousique
"With the song 'Tiger Eyes' Herrek gives me the feeling that he has a beautiful career in prospect" - Magazino
"Waktu Dulu is a beautiful piece of indie" -3voor12/zuid-holland
“4/5: A fascinating listening experience.” - 8Weekly

'Waktu Dulu' vinyl

05 feb 13

Herrek - Waktu Dulu vinyl is in the making, and Yes, the vinyl has a different cover than the cd! 'Waktu Dulu' will be released on February 15, pre-order it now to get that free tote-bag.

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New Kim Janssen EP "The Lonely Mountains"

01 feb 13

Good news everyone! Kim Janssen is recording a new EP at the moment. It’s been almost a year since "Ancient Crime" took us into a world of ambition, loneliness, disconnection, desire and friendship. And because it is as good as sold out already, we thought it deserves a sequal. Kim has been writing new material, rewriting his old songs and rearranging parts of Chopin and Britten. The result will be released as “The Lonely Mountains”. A new EP, following the same themes and sounds of 'Ancient Crime'.

Kim already recorded strings, a choir, and, again, Marla Hansen (known from The National and Sufjan Stevens). “The Lonely Mountains” will be released on February 28.

Kim Janssen, recording The Lonely Mountains

First reactions on 'Waktu Dulu'

28 jan 13

It’s three weeks before we release Herrek’s ‘Waktu Dulu’ and the international press already confirms our feeling about this album. The first single ‘Rain’ was tipped by the Guardian (UK) as ‘best music from across the map’ and there are many more positive reactions, here is a selection:

"Fantastic slowcore" -Perfect Porridge (US)
"Herrek makes the best music in the world" -Radio 501 (NL)
"a succesful album with a very authentic sound" -Keys&Chords (BE)
"Un altro buon colpo targato Snowstar" -OndaRock (IT)

We also added package-shots to our webstore, where you can pre-order 'Waktu Dulu', so check it out!

Crowdfunding project Bart van der Lee

24 jan 13

There are only seven days left for Bart van der Lee to achieve his goal on VoordeKunst.nl.

Bart has been working on new songs to make an album. The Voordekunst project is at 68% now. If the limit of 80% is exceeded, it is a successful project, so you can really help out here by donating those last percentages.

Listen to the almost instrumental summary of the new album "Ballads For The Heathens Or Dying" or visit VoordeKunst for more updates.

Lost Bear - Sohilait video

22 jan 13

Check out the brand new split screen Lost Bear music video, shot in Utrecht, Deurne, Vlaardingen, Zwolle, Bordeaux st. Clair and Harderwijk.

 

Spotify playlist

17 jan 13

We're going to try and start a new tradition here, for our 10-year-anniversary. We present to you a semi-regular Spotify Playlist, in which we'll ask people in and around Snowstar Records to make a playlist of their favorits. Starting with our brand-new intern Jacky. Nine songs from our catalog and one special bonustrack. Enjoy!

For everyone who just wants to listen to everything, here is our entire catalog that's available on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/10BI41R

Dutch I am Oak & Herrek tour

16 jan 13

Great news, I am Oak announces their new tour in the Netherlands and Herrek will support! So all you Dutch snowstar folks.. Get your tickets now and go see them in Zwolle, Arnhem, Leeuwarden, Haarlem and Breda!

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Herrek - Rain video

15 jan 13

After the Music Alliance Pact (a collective of impressive blogs worldwide) already selected 'Rain' as their featured track for the Netherlands, we now proudly present you the video of the song.  
 
It is a video that's shot 20 years ago, in the village in Papua where Gerrit grew up. You can recognize a very young Herrek, as well as locations that also serve as artwork for the album. Enjoy:

 

Pre-order Herrek - Waktu Dulu

10 jan 13

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Snowstar Records at Eurosonic/Noorderslag

09 jan 13

We hope to see you in Groningen this week because it's going to be a fun ride. Herrek will be playing both Friday and Saturday, so come say hi:

20.45 - 21.25 Groninger Museum Auditorium
14.20 - 14.45 Sign Gallery (this one is free for everyone!)

Plus we will be present at the Onafhankelijke Labelmarkt #2 on Saturday. From 11.00 - 16.00 at Ebbingekwartier.
We can secretly tell you that we will be selling Herrek's debutalbum (releasedate 15-02) there.

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Yearlists / Song of the Year

08 jan 13

It is amazing to have seen all our releases from 2012 appear in all your yearlists. We did our best to collect them all on our facebook. One in particular we wanted to share:

We are very proud that I am Oak's 'Palpable' is voted Song Of the Year 2012 by 3voor12/Utrecht. And even better; the rest of the list is filled with Snowstar artists: The Subhuman at #2, Kim Janssen #6, Lost Bear #11 and LUIK #13. That's why we love this Utrecht-scene.

The Subhuman made a video for his winning song, and the album it came from is now available for free.

Here's all the releases we did in 2012, please enjoy them, for free:
- I am Oak - Skulk
- LUIK - Owls
- The Secret Love Parade - Mary Looking Ready
- Kim Janssen - Ancient Crime
- I am Oak - Nowhere or Tammensaari
- Lost Bear - Shingolai

Happy newyear!

01 jan 13

Happy new year everyone!

We hope you had a great night full of party, champagne and friends. 2013 is going to be a special year for us because it marks the ten year anniversary for Snowstar Records.

There will be good music, great shows, and surprises!
Thanks for all the support, and enjoy!

Christmas concert I am Oak + Herrek

12 dec 12

Next week, Saturday December 22, I am Oak and Herrek will give a Christmas concert in Ekko, Utrecht. The unofficial end of the concertseason comes with a fully decorated Ekko.

It's the most wonderful time of the year, so wear your most comfortable knitted sweater and come drink some hot chocolate or an even hotter gluhwein, jah!

Buy One Get One Free!

12 dec 12

Because Christmas is coming up: Until December 25 it's 'Buy 1 get 1 free' for both The Secret Love Parade albums! So order any cd, and receive two copies of it so you can give one away to a friend, or someone you love or like, or one you want to like you!

Get them while it's cold.

Le Mini Who

07 dec 12

Last weekend, we hosted a party at Le Guess Who?'s Le Mini Who, in Tilt Utrecht. It was a really great afternoon and we want to thank everyone involved and everyone who came to see The Secret Love Parade, The Subhuman, Herrek and sang along with Lost Bear.

Big Kim Janssen update

06 dec 12

A lot of Kim Janssen related news today! First of all, he is one of the first six Dutch artists that will be playing the worldfamous SXSW festival in Austin, Texas (USA) March 2013. There will be more US-shows added over time.

Also, Kim's album 'Ancient Crime' is nominated for Best Album of the Year by 3voor12/Utrecht, together with Blaudzun and Bodypolitics. The winner will be announced at the award ceremony in Ekko December 15.
And then there's a new song Kim sang for How To Throw A Christmas Party, check it out here:

Herrek signs with Snowstar Records

05 dec 12

You could have already seen them live at our Le Mini Who party last Saturday, but now it's official: we will release Herrek's debutalbum 'Waktu Dulu'.

Partly inspired by the contemporary Brooklyn-scene, but most of all doing their own thing, Herrek made a beautiful debutalbum full of atmospheric, dark folk with haunting vocals and keys.
Listen to the first song 'Tiger Eyes' here:

On January 11, Herrek will play Eurosonic in Groningen. From February 15 on, 'Waktu Dulu' will be available on vinyl and cd on Snowstar Records.
Pre-order now, and receive a free tote-bag when the album will be released.

The Subhuman anniversary

04 dec 12

It has been five years ago since The Subhuman released his first album on Snowstar Records, the full-length A World Full Of Melodies (2007). Since then, The Subhuman played shows in various countries, put out self-released cd-r's and worked with other artists.

To celebrate the 5th year anniversary of A World Full Of Melodies, he released four new songs online on his bandcamp. In the vaults of his old computer he found some 4-track cassette tape recordings, from the era in which A World Full Of Melodies was recorded (the course of 2007). If you like pure and honest songs (say Sebadoh meets The Mountains Goats meets Smog), you can listen to the songs here:

If you're more into indie space opera, it's better to wait until the next full-length release (scheduled somewhere 2013). In the meantime, you can still hear The Subhuman's latest (2012) release Planet Buddha here:


Kim Janssen Onder Invloed

19 nov 12

Here's a nice video of Kim Janssen playing 'Drift' for Onder Invloed:

New album Bart van der Lee

13 nov 12

Bart van der Lee has been working on new songs to make a new album, and he is now asking your help to make this happen. Read all about this crowdfunding project on Voordekunst.nl, watch the movie and donate if you like what you see and hear. It is promising to be a big step forward from his already beautiful 'Between Tall Pine Trees: Sadness and Thunder'.

Lost Bear releaseshow

10 nov 12

Tonight is the night the release of 'Shingolai' will be celebrated. Press already did;


- MusicMaker: “Delicious! We want more of this!”

- Up Magazine: “recommended for any lover of lo-fi poprock”

- Kindamuzik: “Opener 'Sohilait' is one of the best guitar songs of the year." 

And now so can you; starting 20.30 in De Vechtclub, Utrecht. Be early because you will want to see Herrek, who are also playing. We have the feeling they will be huge soon.


Dutch tour Kim Janssen with Rue Royale

09 nov 12

Kim Janssen is currently doing a small Dutch tour with Rue Royale. For this tour he recorded a new song, 'City of the Dead', which is released on a limited (100) edition split-cassette which also holds a new Rue Royale song.

Listen to 'City of the Dead' on Soundcloud.

On this tour, Kim is on stage with nine musicians, which sounds absolutely amazing. Yesterday was the first show in Den Bosch, don't miss the other three shows:

Friday: De Spot, Middelburg

Saturday: Ekko, Utrecht

Sunday: Trianon, Nijmegen

I am Oak in Ziggo Live

30 oct 12

Before their tour to Germany, Switzerland and Indonesia, I am Oak played for Jan Douwe Kroeske's Ziggo Live Sessions.
You can now watch part of that show, including the extended live-version of 'Palpable' here:

Tip: Watch it in HD

Shingolai on 3voor12 Luisterpaal

29 oct 12

The new Lost Bear 12" will be released on November 1. but you can already stream it on the 3voor12 Luisterpaal.

You can still pre-order the transparent 12" vinyl with different covers here.

Lost Bear - Science video

16 oct 12

Check out the first song of the upcoming Lost Bear record in this great video. Pre-order in the store to receive free vinyl and cd's!

I am Oak and The Secret Love Parade to Indonesia

15 oct 12

I am Oak and The Secret Love Parade will fly to Jakarta, Indonesia tomorrow for a couple of shows together. If you happen to be in the neighbourhood, this is where you can catch them:

18-oct-12 / Stingray Club | Crown Plaza Hotel / Jakarta
19-oct-12 / Erasmus Huis / Jakarta
20-oct-12 / Rolling Stone Cafe / Jakarta

I am Oak just returned from their tour through Germany and Switzerland, where they sold out 3 shows and visited at least that amount of recordstores.

Pre-order Lost Bear - Shingolai now

10 oct 12

'Shingolai' is the new alternative rock record from Lost Bear. Released only on transparent 12" vinyl, and with different covers. Five songs in cooperation with Shaky Maracas. If you pre-order now, you will be buried in extra gifts on releasedate November 1:
- a free The Subhuman 7"
- a free Monotones 7"
- a free surprise Shaky Maracas release
So that's 4 releases for the price of 1! I wouldn't wait. Click on the picture for more detail:

 

New Lost Bear vinyl coming soon

04 oct 12

Lost Bear has been working on a new release. Five new songs on clear vinyl will be released here November 1st under the name 'Shingolai'. We will start a pre-order with fabulous gifts next week. In the meantime, check out their releasetourposter. More shows will be added soon.

I am Oak tour

01 oct 12

After the first half of their tour last week, I am Oak played Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands. This week they will continue on route to Germany, and Switzerland again. Don't miss it!


New website

19 sep 12

You've seen it, we have a brand new website. Do you remember this?

This is what this place used to look like. Hope you like the new environment as much as we do. Best enhancement according to us: you can listen to all our releases, on this very website. So enjoy!

LUIK vinyl

10 sep 12

Last January we released LUIK's debutalbum 'Owls' with success. Both we, and the press loved it.
Some quotes:

**** -nu.nl
**** "Prachtig" -volkskrant
"verbijsterend mooi" -3voor12
"Betoverend" -NRC
"geen woorden nodig om te ontroeren" -OOR

So now we decided to still release it on vinyl as well. We made a limited (300) handnumbered, silkscreened, beautiful release of it that we sold for the first time at the labelmarket and will be released on Incubate Festival. But you can pre-order it from today to make sure you won't miss it. All pre-orders will ship on September 14.

I am Oak tour

10 sep 12

I am Oak announced a lot of new tourdates. There's two Dutch dates:
September 28 - De Oosterpoort - Groningen (with LUIK)
September 29 - Effenaar | Studentenkapel - Eindhoven (with Broeder Dieleman)

and right after that they will be on another German tour. Check all the dates on this poster:

 

 

Labelmarket in Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam

23 aug 12

On September 2nd The First Dutch Independent Label Market is going to take place at Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam-Noord.

During this record market various record labels are showing and selling their stuff directly to the audience. The market is free of charge.

Among many other Dutch indielabels, Snowstar Records is present with a stand, of course. Next to us you’ll be seeing NON Records, Top Notch, Excelsior and many more.

This label market is going to be a celebration of the independent pop culture. Among the stands there are small acoustic performances, dj-sets and some fine drinks. Hope to see you there, come say hi!

I am Oak - Palpable video

04 jul 12

I am Oak releases their video of single ‘Palpable’ today! The video is recorded in one single shot and directed by Wouter Stoter. Watch it here:

Nowhere or Tammensaari

15 jun 12

After our release of I am Oak’s new album more and more international press gave beautiful reviews. Cutting Edge gives ‘Nowhere or Tammensaari’ four stars and says that “The Netherlands can be proud of this musical export product”, Platomania calls it a better album than the two predecessors and God Is In The TV Zine gives 4/5 stars for “A gem of an album”. These weeks, the album is also being released in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, the UK and Ireland. And more good news; next week, a video for first single ‘Palpable’ will be released. It was shot in Slovenia and is going to look very nice. Can’t wait!

Snowstar Special

04 jun 12

Ondarock.it wrote a beautiful article about Sowstar Records, including interviews with Cedric Muyres, I am Oak, Kim Janssen en LUIK. Read it here!

Snowstar Records at Le Mini Who?

30 may 12

Le Mini Who? was a big success! Thanks to Le Quess Who?, Plato and everybody who was there! 3VOOR12 and 8 weekly agreed with us in their reviews, which you can read here and here.
Alice Nell made beautiful pictures that day, which you can see here.

 

I am Oak - Palpable

29 may 12

I am Oak’s new album ‘Nowhere or Tammensaari’ will be released on june 1, but you can download their first single ‘Palpable’ already now here!

It is still possible to pre-order ‘Nowhere or Tammensaari’ in the store.

First press on Nowhere or Tammensaari

28 may 12

This Friday is the release of the new I am Oak album, and we are already more than happy with the first reviews. Nu.nl gives 5/5 stars and says it’s even better than ‘Oasem’, which they called “hard to surpass”. German Intro.de tells Bon Iver and Iron and Wine to “watch out for this big band from those small Netherlands”. OnDaRock from Italy calls the album a succes
and there’s more and there’s more coming.

Le Mini Who?

17 may 12

Snowstar Records will be present at festival le Mini Who? in Utrecht on May 26th. The small version of Le Quess Who? added five Snowstar acts to their line-up yesterday. The Secret Love Parade, Lost Bear, Kim Janssen, LUIK and Bart van der Lee and will play at Plato between 12.00 and 18.00.

More information: www.facebook.com/leminiwho or keep an eye on our website

Kim Janssen: De Kemenade Sessies

14 may 12

Last week Kim Janssen played “LA” and “Casket” backstage in the Vera for “De Kemenade Sessies”.