More TV

Today we taped the interview part of the TV programm, and I made a mistake in my previous post: the programm starts at 20:00 with the part of ‘De Muzen’, of which this is a summer special will start at 20:20, all on september 3rd and repeated for little over 24 hours, so total about 28 repeats. When it comes online I’ll post the link here.



Today we shot the first part of a small local TV documentary about me and my work. Since it will focuss on many different aspects of what I do, and not the scare away those who never saw anything out of the ordinary, we taped a small concert by Beequeen, performing three songs: ‘Breathe’, ‘Fine Day’ and ‘The Honeythief’. We did them about three times, with the second full version being the best, and the third for extra close ups and such. On my Beequeen archives blog there will be, tomorrow perhaps, that version. The next taping will be on wednesday when Bas will do an interview with me. All of which is scheduled for local broadcast on Nijmegen1 on September 3rd. Somewhere between 19:00-20:00 and will last about 25 minutes. It will be online somewhere too, I’ll post about it when time comes. The programm will be repeated 28 times, until september 5th, 0:00 CET.

Denmark concert

here is the flyer for the concert Ezdanitoff will play in November. The website is here. Wouter and I plan to play more concerts after that, in Scandanivia, Northern Germany, Poland and/or Czech Republic. Contact me if you can be of any assistence.

Zebra in Slovenia

Here’s a link to the festival in Slovenia where the next Zebra concert will be:


Someone left a comment on my Youtube film of White Bike. “tis suucks sooooooo much!!!!!!!”. To quote Tony Wilson: “You are entitled to an opinion, but your opinion sucks”.

new releases soon

Today I am sending two new productions to the pressing plant. The first is a compilation CD to celebrate 25 years of Kapotte Muziek and it contains various recordings from the long weekend in february with pieces by Radboud Mens, DMDN, Asmus Tietchens, Asra, Jos Smolders, Howard Stelzer and Kapotte Muziek. The other new release is by Flim, his first release in some years and the third on Plinkity Plonk. Quite modern classical stuff there. More on these when they are out, hopefully this month

This says enough, I guess

A little advertisement

Those of you who are subscribed to Vital Weekly, have read this little text below, but since I like this tape quite a bit I post it again here. I met Barry when we were recording ‘Sandancing’ and we spend a whole afternoon laying down his guitar part on ‘Breathe’. Quite a perfectionist. His tape is well made and limited to only a 100 copies. I don’t have a digital version of the cover yet…

TAPAJAWA – CRITICAL MAGIC (cassette by Beam Ends)
Devotees to the work of The Legendary Pink Dots will no doubt remember their first guitarist who went by the name Stret Majest, and who plays on such fine old works as ‘Apparition’, ‘Basilisk’, ‘The Lovers’ and some of Edward Ka-spel’s solo works. He didn’t join the band’s relocation to The Netherlands and sort of disappeared from the radar. A few years ago he guested his guitar playing on Beequeen’s ‘Sandancing’ and that relationship lingered on with Beam End’s owner Freek Kinkelaar, who now makes the circle round again, by releasing a solo cassette of Stret Majest, whose real name is Barry Gray, and prefers to be called Tapajawa. Gray plays guitars – lots of them it seems -, bass, vocals and programming. I quite like this tape, I must admit. But at the same time, its nothing for Vital Weekly. Gray bangs out rhythms from his drum machines, plays lots of guitars on top and sings his songs. Not like early Pink Dots – devotees should be warned – but, well, hell, what do I know? To me, the blind man in the world of rock music, it could be like anything from the world of rock music. I have no idea if this is highly original, the worst copy cat around, a genius at work, a third range clown. It doesn’t matter. Since I have no solid point of reference, I can only say I had genuine pleasure in this music. Maybe because its I hear so much ‘weird’ music all day, that this sounds refreshing, or simply because I like it. Nice retro cover on this, limited, cassette. (FdW)
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I know, I should be working hard on all sorts of things, like my own youth fantasy novel (still untitled, but already 44 pages are done), but its summer time, so always a bit slow, and I was early buying myself two birthday presents. Scream City 5 is a fanzine dedicated all things Factory and just released. I have number 4 too, and would love to get the first three issues. At the same time James Nice also published his book on Factory Records, called ‘Shadowplayers – The Rise And Fall Of Factory Records’, and obviously you know I love Factory Records. I named Korm Plastics after Factory Communications, not wanting to be called ‘Records’. The book is a great, though, in Nice’s own words ‘an accountants history’, but it sets various popular myths straight. I know there is a lot of Factory music I still haven’t heard, and a lot is crap also, but there is something about the label which I really like and that’s the sheer anarchism of it. All those mistakes, money spending – in many ways it reminds me of my years with Staalplaat, although on a much smaller scale. Anyway a great read at 400+ pages. I read Wilson took eleven different drugs on his 40th birthday. I don’t think I can top that in a few days when I turn 45. Back to my own small world.

Well, now moving to here

Recently I have been in contact with Wouter Jaspers a lot and he suggested I should have a website that ends all the various websites I have, so it would be more ‘professional’, ho-hum. He guided me through this wordpress thingy and then here it is. I still have to fill in a few blanks here and learn a bit more about how these things go, but let’s start.

Otherwise there is not much news to report. Freek is still mixing the new Beequeen with Erik Drost, I still have to finish my record for ini.itu, Scott and me are still looking for a label for the best LP ever (The Tobacconists – Smoking Is Green), still looking for gigs for Ezdanitoff (contact me right away), etc etc. Thank god its less sunny so I can finally move about again.