AROUND MIDNIGHT CD BY BEEQUEEN NOW AVAILABLE

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The brand new Beequeen CD ‘Around Midnight’ is here! It has taken some time, but what joy it is to finally hold it in my hands! I am very proud of the work we achieved on this album. The cover looks beautiful – a job well done Catsun records! Copies are for sale for 13 euros including shipment. If you want to order your copy, please contact me at info@beequeen.nl and we will be TCB – that’s Taking Care of Business…

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ANYONE WHO’S EVER HAD A HEART – LOU REED

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“Anyone who’s ever had a heart, wouldn’t turn around and break it”

Lou Reed has died. Poet and guitarist. A larconic voice – and personality for sure – but always real and human. Lou has always been my favorite guitarist and perhaps even favorite songwriter. “Anyone should be able to play my songs” he said. Think about that. There’s a huge storm in the Netherlands today. Lou is gone.

 

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S(OH!)AJT – A SHORT FILM FEATURING THE HONEYTHIEF

I know very little about this odd film, apart from the fact that “Sóhajt” translates as “Sigh” and “Sojt” as “Cheese”. What I also know is that it has been made by Csoma Emõke, who, apparently, is a Beequeen fan from Hungary. The third thing I know it that it uses the song “The Honeythief” to great effect. A surreal short film with an unhappy end. Nice to hear Beequeen in its soundtrack. Check out the movie here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTU4b-BB4hM&feature=youtu.be

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PORT OUT STARBOARD HOME – NEW BEEQUEEN CD

Good news! The brand new Beequeen album PORT OUT STARBOARD HOME will be available from Important records, USA in the first week of September 2011. Just in time for the Russian tour. The front cover art of the album is pictured here. We have worked long and hard on this album, which we feel is our best one so far. If you want to pre-order your copy, please send an e-mail to info@beequeen.nl

For updates on the Russian tour of October 2011, please see the previous post below.

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ACHTERADEM

Sunday 20 February 2011 Nijmegen poet Frank-Anthonie van Alphen presented his latest volume of poetry Achteradem. For this series of poems, written after a trip to Thailand, Frank-Anthonie asked several musicians to provide backing to a poem of their liking. Being the first to be offered the set of poems, I look the one that I really liked; the one with the least words – even though that doesn’t sound quite right I have to admit. To these words, I made a short soundscape which worked really well with the words. The original idea was to publish Achteradem as a CD with book, but that is still in the works. As it is, Achteradem, is now a virtual publication and can be downloaded from the internet. At the presentation, at the now defunct Vasim factory in Nijmegen, Frank offered a CDR version with a handmade cover. The presentation itself was great; the concrete wall of the very dim-lit room formed a perfect setting to Frank’s reciting and backing by several musicians. As I didn’t perform myself, I suggested I made a loop out of my contribution and play that at the start of the performance as backing/intro music. It all worked very well. There were lots of photographers present (and even a few people filming the event), and here is one nice shot; here’s… Frankie!

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