Opening night screening introduced by Mike Maryniuk, with a special live performance by Rob Crooks.
With an all star cast of Winnipeggers including Rob Crooks, Al Simmons,Washboard Hank Fisher, Mike Olito, James “Pinhead” Miller, Winnipeg mayoral candidate Ed Ackerman, and Maryniuk veterans Rob Vilar and Tim Roth, The Goose is a marvel of inventive storytelling and imagination. Filmmaker magician Mike Maryniuk has conjured up weird visions like you’ve never seen before. The Goose (Rob Crooks) is a mute young man who attempts to regain his voice and escape his oppressive surroundings with the help of the inventive, but behind the times, Travel Agent. The Goose must traverse a gauntlet of miscommunication, small town bravado and his Snowbird weirdos to achieve this goal. He meets a woman known as the Escape Artist (Bea Solsberg) in the hospital and they hatch a loose plot to migrate to Arizona, where The Goose can receive new-age voice therapy and the Escape Artist can escape winter’s clutches.
My new album “And the Nothing From Which Nothing Comes”* is now available to stream on all streaming services. I mean, I don’t know about all streaming services. I can only name two: Apple Music and Spotify. It’s available on those two services for sure. But I think Jay-Z has a streaming service too, right? I don’t know if you can listen to my album on there or not. But check it out if that’s all you’ve got. First listen to the Jay-Z song “22 Twos” and then listen to my album. And listen to it a bunch. Leave it on repeat while you sleep. I think I get .009 cents every time you stream it. So hook me up with some love. Some fraction-of-a-cent love.
If streaming isn’t your thing, you can also purchase the album in either it’s digital or it’s physical form on Disintegration Record’s bandcamp. The physical copies are in the form of cassette tapes. When I tell people about the cassettes they often give me a puzzled look and ask why I would make copies of my album in an obsolete form. It’s not an altogether inappropriate question. But at the speed of which technology is moving, we’re soon going to turn the corner and the only non-obsolete form of music will be streaming, like through the services mentioned above. And as we all should know, streaming services are terrible for artists. So I wanted to produce a physical copy of my album which people can buy as a way to show support for what I’m doing. I thought seriously about CDs, but I personally hate them. Plus, CDs are more obsolete to me than cassettes are: I have no way of playing a CD at home or in m car. I have no CD player nor disc drive in my computer. I do, however, have a cassette deck. But even if you don’t have a cassette deck, cassettes look way cooler than CDs! CDs are a waste of space, but you can put a cassette on your mantel and show it off to guests. It’s fucking retro as shit. And in case you needed more convincing, we’ve included download codes with the cassettes which include 2 additional songs which are not available anywhere else. Because we are marketing geniuses.
Anyways, I hope you can listen to the album and enjoy it, through whatever means available to you. If the only thing you listen to is CDs, there may be some CDs coming down the pike at some point. If you’re waiting for the album to come out on vinyl, all I’ll say is this: “You and me both, friend. You and me both.”
*Please note that for the European release of “And the Nothing From Which Nothing Comes” through Marathon of Dope, the album is called “The Nothing From Which Nothing Comes” due to legal issues regarding U2’s album of the same name.
Rob Crooks is a musician, songwriter and performance artist based in Winnipeg, Canada. With a masters degree in Philosophy and an ear for heavy rhythm and relaxed melodies, Crooks’ newest album, And The Nothing From Which Nothing Comes, is a collection of uncommon, highly listenable songs. Known primarily as a hip hop producer and collaborator (Pip Skid, Ismaila Alfa, John Smith, etc) Crooks has a reputation for taking risks with sound and pushing technological limits in performance. His music is not easily categorized but it is absolutely easy to listen to.
The Nothing From Which Nothing Comes, available on cassette and in digital format, is a shared release between Canada’s Disintegration Records and Belgium’s Marathon of Dope.
“Crooks has a one-of-a-kind ability to combine hip-hop and electronic styles in a way that elevates both the aesthetic energy and uniqueness of his music, as well as the socially informed narrative within his storytelling. He is easily one of the most original and interesting artists in Manitoba”
Ted Turner: CKUW, Stylus, DJ Nocontact
Cherry Cherry is a new electronics/voice duo based in Winnipeg.(Hailey Primrose and Greg MacPherson)
Video for “We Are Not Famous” from my upcoming album The Nothing From Which Nothing Comes out soon on Disintegration Records and Marathon of Dope. The video is directed by the incomparable Mike Marynuik. It was filmed on location at the abandoned Target store in Winnipeg.
I am happy to announce that on Saturday, April 14th, I will be joining my good friend and sometimes collaborator Speed Dial 7 on stage at the Pand.A club in Kortrijk, Belgium. I am very excited to travel back to Europe, and I look forward to seeing some of the friends that I was lucky to have made the last time I visited. Although my stay will be short and jam-packed, I hope to experience all that I possibly can while I am there.
Unfortunately, my time in Europe will only include one performance. However, for those of you who are fans of film, I will also be participating in another event that may interest you. Back a couple years ago, I played the lead role in a film called The Goose. On Saturday, April 7th, that film will be playing at Lichter Filmfest in Frankfurt. Not only will I be in attendance during that screening, but I will also be introducing the film to those in attendance. If you are a fan of psychedelic coming of age stories, or you think you might be, please come and say hi.
If you happen to be in Rotterdam or thereabouts I suggest you go see Mike Maryniuk’s new feature film The Goose, which is screening three times this week at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The Goose is worth seeing for the bare fact alone that it is a psychedelic thrill ride sure to leave you entranced from the opening shot until the credits roll. But! beyond that, you should also go see it because I play the titular character. The Goose is a mute man-boy who gradually comes to the idea of escaping the dead ends of his close-minded rural Manitoban town and heading south to Arizona before another long harsh winter hits home. Travelling by foot through a tripped-out version of the Interlake, soundtracked by Paul Leary of the Butthole Surfers, the Goose meets a deli-platter of uniquely Manitoban caricatures, impeccably dressed by the incomparable Gwen Trutnau and portrayed by the likes of Al Simmons, Washboard Hank and Lee White of the Crumbs (among others).
Getting the chance to work on this film has been a highlight of my stupid life. Not only was it as fun as all hell to drive around the back country roads, from town to village to hamlet, searching for some strange location that Maryniuk has had stored in his mind since childhood; nor was the fun confined to the fact that I got to join the film’s small crew of tight-knit filmmakers coming together with more love than money to see this thing through; not even the fact that I was hanging out with a bunch of Winnipeg Weirdos™ issued the artistic license to act even weirder than usual is what made this experience as enjoyable as it was. Ultimately the most rewarding part of this whole dang thing was the fact that I got to be involved in the realization of a Mike Maryniuk project. I believe so deeply in what he is doing, and it was a great honour to be allowed on set, let alone to play the main character. This film is unlike anything I’ve ever seen and I’m overfrickinjoyed that I got to be a part of it.
If you aren’t in Europe this week, don’t worry. You will also be able to catch the film elsewhere sometime soon. I’ll keep you posted.
This past summer, Pip Skid and I participated in an artist residency put on by Synonym Art Consultation at The Tallest Poppy in Winnipeg. We spent a whole weekend in one of the booths at the diner making beats, writing lyrics and recording songs while dining customers stared at us in bewilderment. We had a few friends stop by to help us out, and the result is the Poppycock mixtape. The mixtape features guest artists Birdapres, Greg MacPherson, Charlie Fettah, Nestor Wynrush, Watg Steve of 3peat and Mic Holden. Currently the only place in the universe to hear it is at the Tallest Poppy. It is on constant loop, playing out of a jukebox that was crafted by Pip Skid himself (pictured below). If you happen to be in Winnipeg, head down and grab a spot close to the earphones!
Disintegration Records and The Windsor Hotel Presents:
Rob Crooks – Releasing new single
Figure Walking (Rob Gardiner + Greg MacPherson) – releasing new single
Johnny Phantom (members of Haunter)
DJ No Contact
All proceeds going to Bar None Prison Ride Share
Friday December 23
The Windsor Hotel
Tickets $10.00 advance/$12.00 at the door
There is a new Marathon of Dope compilation complete with all new and exclusive songs by some of the great artists I’m proud to be associated with, such as Pip Skid, Bazooka Joe, Nestor Wynrush, Birdapres, Zucchini Drive, Nomad, Mike Ladd and more. Download the whole thing here for free.
Listen to the brand new song I did exlcusively for the compilation:
“Marathon Of Dope is proud to present our second compilation. We have drawn from this community’s diverse pool of talent, and built a collection of new and unreleased tracks as a special thanks for all of your support. Please enjoy this free smorgasbord of M.O.D. exclusives. Whether you’re searching for an old favorite flavor, a glimpse of a secret side-project, a nostalgic melody, an intricately wound instrumental, or just something to dance to, this compilation has something just for you.”