Beequeen concert


On tour

I am now in Sonderborg with Wouter Jaspers and played a rather nice set this evening, with some public participation. Maybe a film soon, but for now this one:

A Fine Day

Today the weather  is really lovely – really my kind of weather. About twenty degrees, very sunny, some clouds, hardly any wind, so I went out on my battered old bike, going outside into the woods around Nijmegen and did a long ride. A lovely ride indeed. I left the house uploading the video from yesterday and now’s it ready. So anyone who missed that can watch it now on Vimeo. Not the greatest quality, but there you go. And no there is no translation or subtitles available:


follow this link and until tonight you can watch the show, albeit the whole hour thing. the interview with starts around minute 27 and lasts 26 minutes. when its proper online I’ll post another link


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.


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”.

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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