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THE BLUE MASK PLAYS LOU REED

Last few months I have been very busy working on the start of a new musical adventure: The Blue Mask. Named after the 1982 album by Lou Reed, the band will focus on playing the album in full in theaters. The live performances feature, pictured from left to right, Stefan van Rijswijk on bass and vocals, me on guitar and vocals, Jeroen van den Berg drums and Maurice Snijders on guitar. The first show, a try-out, is planned for 10 January in Pand P in Eindhoven. More information about the performance can be found here. We intend to do more shows, starting in the summer of 2017. These shows will also feature visual aspects, such as films and slide projections. A new website http://www.thebluemask.nl will be online soon.

Other updates: I’ve recorded two songs, which might find their way out into the open later in 2017. Under which name they will appear is not decided yet. Brunnen? Beequeen? Freek Kinkelaar? The Smurfs? We’ll see. No rush.

A re-release of Korla Pandit’s best album ‘Meditation Volume 1’ has been realized for Lovington Industries. It is available on cassette; both a regular and a very special edition. Get your copies here. Meanwhile, ‘Korla, the movie’ featuring all of 30 seconds of me, has been released on DVD. Cool!

Picture courtesy of Johan Hahn, SKIDIZ

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WANDER AVAILABLE ON BANDCAMP

On Friday May the 13th, 2016 Wander performed at Extrapool in Nijmegen, The Netherlands supporting Andrew Liles. Despite the somewhat ominous date, it turned out to be a very special night featuring one of the best Wander performances so far. The recording has been made available via the Beequeen Bandcamp pages. Go. Go!

Recordings of that night’s performance were made by Frans de Waard, Freek Kinkelaar and Peter Johan Nijland, who also did the mastering. Edited by Frans de Waard.
Image provided by Terry Bennett.

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STURMWIND – THE VIDEO!

STURMWIND- the video: best to go with a BLAST…. and return with a BANG…

Achtung! Beequeen goes pop. But Beequeen being Beequeen, it is not pop as we know it. Sturmwind, as the title suggest, is sung in German and probably the first single in history to paraphrase German Dada artist Kurt Schwitters in the chorus of “Du, deiner, dich, dir” from his famous poem An Anna Blume. Couple this with an existentialist lyric about overwhelming all-consuming love at the end of the world and an uplifting melody and rhythm and you end up with the typical surreal-twist that was also present on Beequeen’s latest album “Around Midnight”. And with this single the Beequeen bids us, after more than 30 years, goodbye.

Sturmwind was produced and mixed by Peter van Vliet (The Use Of Ashes) and was released on March 19 2016 as a limited edition 7inch (300 copies) in a numbered sleeve designed by Carl Glover.

Copies can be ordered via Tonefloat records

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NEW BEEQUEEN SINGLE STURMWIND OUT NOW!

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The time has come: Beequeen’s final single “Sturmwind” is now available on Tonefloat records! With this single, surely our most ‘pop’ release ever, comes an end to nearly 30 years of Beequeen. What a beautiful and fun ride this has been, so much we have seen, heard and learned for which we have so many people to thank. Do things really end here? Who knows? As always, I keep working on new material. “Sometimes my arms bend back” – to the future…

Meanwhile, the “Escape” CD, featuring covers of the songs on “Asylum”, the 1985 album by The Legendary Pink Dots will be released soon. It features my solo version of “Golden Dawn” of which I’m actually quite proud 😉

THE PRESS BIT: Achtung! Beequeen (Olga Wallis, Freek Kinkelaar and Frans de Waard) goes pop. But Beequeen being Beequeen, it is not pop as we know it. Sturmwind, as the title suggest, is sung in German and probably the first single in history to paraphrase German Dada artist Kurt Schwitters in the chorus of “Du, deiner, dich, dir” from his famous poem An Anna Blume. Couple this with an existentialist lyric about overwhelming all-consuming love at the end of the world and an uplifting melody and rhythm and you end up with the typical surreal-twist that was also present on Beequeen’s latest album “Around Midnight”. The other side of this single tells the story of Gilbert; who hungers for love, but fails to understand what the concept of ‘love’ actually is. Gilbert is set to an 80s shoegazing tune where desperation gets mixed-up with hope. And with this single the Beequeen bids us, after more than 30 years, goodbye. Sturmwind/Gilbert was written by Freek Kinkelaar and Beequeen, produced and mixed by Peter van Vliet (The Use Of Ashes) and mastered by Raymond Steeg. Sturmwind/Gilbert will be out on March 19 as a limited edition 7inch (300 copies) in a numbered sleeve designed by Carl Glover. Check the Tonefloat pages for details and your purchase! http://tonefloatrecords.blogspot.nl/

 

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FREEK BY VAL

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I am flabbergasted by this portrait Val Denham painted of me. It’s fantastic and I am amazed and touched. Val Denham is a very important artist who is probably best known for her artwork for album and single covers by Marc Almond and Psychic TV. Thank you Val!

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UPDATES FROM THE NORTHERN SHORES

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Time for some quality time at Chez Kinkelaar! I know, it has been an inexcusable period of silence – it’s not that nothing has happened believe me. A while ago, for instance, I was contacted by Andrew Liles, who is not only a great musician whose albums you should buy, but is also a dear good friend. Andrew asked me if I wanted to participate in his ’10 Questions’ project, in which he asks ten identical questions to, in his words “inspirational friends, creative individuals, artists and musicians that I have either worked with or whose art I respect and admire”. Who could resist an invitation like that? My paltry answers are lost in an ocean of really interesting ones, which you can find here.

I am very proud to announce the imminent release of the new Beequeen single “Sturmwind” coupled with “Gilbert”. It’s a double A side single really, both songs are quite special. The single will be released on Dutch quality label Tonefloat records, home of many-a-great artists including The Use of Ashes. Incidentally, it was The Use of Ashes’ Peter van Vliet who turned both songs into something quite extraordinary in the studio. Quite recently we received test pressings of the single – yes, the one I’m holding in the picture – which unfortunately we had to reject due to distortion and low dynamics. Both songs really cry for the highest pressing quality possible. The single will be out this year. 2015. Promise.

Already available is the Freek Kinkelaar song “The Speed Of Now” on a compilation CD entitled “A Brained Hefty Yeti Fry”. No kidding. 515 numbered copies were made to celebrate the label, Beta Lactam Ring records’ birthday. I am very happy to be featured on the CD, even though I haven’t heard the results yet. Soon, no doubt. Also on the disc are Legendary Pink Dots, La STPO, Rick Reed and a host of others.

A few months ago I was invited by Jeff Benech of French label Mecanique Populaire to participate in his Asylum-project. Asylum being the 1985 double album by Legendary Pink Dots of which, thirty years after its initial release, MP intends to release a CD featuring cover versions of all its tracks. Jeff asked me to cover the beautiful song Golden Dawn, which is one of my favourites on the album. I jumped at the chance. Curious what I made of the song? Why not contact Jeff and reserve your copy?

For those interested in my whereabouts on a slightly more day-to-day level, you can seek me out on Facebook, where I post the occasional titbit. I’m a bit selective when it comes to accepting friends, so if you post in some foreign language beyond my comprehension (Russian, Chinese etc), if you enjoy posting pictures of your daily food, update your photo every day and nothing else or post political/racial nonsense, don’t be offended if I don’t add you to my online friends. We’re both better off without each other.

Allow me to sign off with some of my recent purchases, which have made me very happy: Virginia Astley’s beautiful From Gardens Where We Feel Secure LP, the quite bizarre Chant For Your Plant by Ann Chase, the Music For Mark Ryden’s Blood by Stan Ridgway and Pietra Wextun, the soundtrack to Solaris by Eduard Artemiev, jazz singer Rita Reys 1956 debut The Cool Voice Of Rita Reys, my favourite John Bender album I Don’t Remember Now, records by Gary Wilson, Takumi Akaishi, Bernard Herrmann, the debut cassette by The Marine Girls on In Phaze, the beautiful reissue of And Life Is by Moral and many many more…

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KORLA, THE FILM

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In August last year a Kickstarter campaign was organized to finish the documentary filmmakers John Turner and Eric Christensen were filming on Korla Pandit. Within a brief period, the money needed was raised. Quite recently, the resulting film Korla, was entered in various film festivals in the US. Being filmed for the film, I had the privilege of viewing the film last night. Often hailed as the godfather of exotica, the film shows there is so much more to Korla Pandit that his turban and his incredible playing. The film is a revelation – in more than one way.

As you will understand it is impossible for me to spoil the fun for all you potential viewers by telling you about the content in detail, but allow me to say that I was both impressed and touched by the film. I would highly recommend everyone with an interest in Korla Pandit, his person, his music or a genuine interest in the workings of the human psyche to catch Korla at one of its appearances at film festivals. It’s a flabbergasting and very human story.

As ‘curator’ of the Korla Pandit website, I am in the film for maybe a minute. More than enough I’d say.

All you need to know about Korla the film can be found on the Facebook site, including screening dates and locations.

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