kinky stars

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Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 02-03-2014

Early November 2013 we did a show in Gent, which is a beautiful town in Belgium. It rained all day, but we couldn’t care less. I mean, this wasn’t a show out in the open, we played in a warm and dark club called the  ‘Kinky Star’. Where the hell did they get that name from? I like it though, it has flavor.

While I was standing in front of the club to smoke a cigarette a car pulled over. A guy approached me, his face shiny and hot from anticipation. ‘Is this where Andre Williams is playing tonight?’ he asked me in some weird Flemish accent. I said: ‘No, the Bingo Trappers are playing here tonight.’ All I got back was a hollow stare. Then he ran back to his double-parked car. ‘Wait!’ I said. ‘I’ve heard he’s playing in the neigboring venue. So you’ve reached your destination.’ But the car had already sped away in rain and darkness. I’d never realised that ‘Bingo Trappers’ was such a scary name…

But I know Andre Williams. I mean, not personally, but somewhere back in the nineties I saw him doing a steamy show in Paradiso, Amsterdam. A brilliant performance. Hence, so much for that old bad  motherfucker.

‘Cause that night we were kinky stars.

Somewehere in that fall we made an acoustic cdr to sell after shows, just like the one in Gent. Here are two songs from ‘Seven More Furlongs’.

I’m gonna buy new swimming shorts

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Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 30-11-2013

Straight from the airport, Loretta, Roelie and I drove with my friend Luigi along the beautiful Adriatic coast from Bari to Monopoli. On the right there was dry brown soil with very old and twisted olive trees, and on the left there was this enticing Mediterranean  scenery of rocks, beaches and, of course, the sea. It was so goddamned hot there that the first thing we wanted to do on that sunday in August was to jump into the water and stay there as long as possible. But I couldn’t find my swimming shorts anywhere when packing for this trip.

Somewhere in the old centre of Monopoli we finally found a shop that was open, and I’m not gonna show you a picture on where I’m actually wearing the green swimming shorts I found there.  Instead of that, a picture of a Bingo Trapper and Almost Halloween Time Records-boss in Alberobello, world famous home of the trulli, a congregation of very old small white houses that reminded me a bit of the Smurfs-village. And a picture of the Bingo Trappers-show in Aquaviva della Fonti, on our last evening in wonderful Puglia, and that’s a region in the south of Italy…

Oh, and I added two appropriate songs as well. ‘Solar Holiday’ (called track 6 here – my mistake), from Nine Songs of the Handsome Pouch, and a brand new acoustic version of ‘Water Boy’, originally from the Girlie Food-cassette (’96). Guess it’s a long time since you’ve heard that one…

going up the country

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Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 29-08-2013

I could almost hear Alan Wilson’s wonderful voice and the fife-and-drum borrowed flute when I drove to Morgny en Thierache some weeks ago. Bye, bye, dirty old town, I’m going up the country. In a rented Fiat 500 cabrio, I opened the roof when I passed the French border to let the sunshine in, after 5 minutes I was sweating all over. Here’s your country life… By the way, the French radio played Get Lucky from their national pride Daft Punk, and at the same moment I got this friday-noon-fever.

Girlfriend C. mentioned the Bingo Trappers-song ‘Killing Third Floors’ in her going-up-the country-inspired blog (connyspuybroek.blogspot.com), but I have to add some small corrections here. The song is called ‘Prettier’, and you can find it on our latest album Sister Planet.  Guess we’re all looking prettier with our feet on the ground.

The other song is called ‘Call me Zippy’, an outtake from SP and dedicated to our beloved dachshund Snoopy, who also loved to have her four feet on the ground. Boy, did she love the countryside. Especially water, mud and dead birds.

new release sister planet by the bingo trappers on morc/aht records

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Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 20-04-2013

Well, it lasted more than two years since we took off, but our supersonic rocketship finally landed safe and sound on Sister Planet (28031962 x 51 lightyears from home) . And the good news is we will be serving delicious champagne from Bernard H. in Royal Class, Business Class and Tourist Class… While waiting for the locals to unleash us here we’ have a little party popping up. Oh, I mean a big party – sure thing. You’re endorsed with 12 new Bingo Trappers-songs to play over and over again on the little turnplayer in front of you. Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance to the radio. It’s just a manual for a safe trip…

In case you’re not on board, please notion this: you can obtain the new Bingo Trappers album Sister Planet(vinyl-only, with mp3 code) via Morc records (Gent, Belgium) or AHT-records (Bari, Italy – hand drawed sleeves!). Distribution: Clear Spot, NL.

All in dedication of my own sister planet, ruled by Loretta & Roelie. This is your captain speaking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

the precipetous stairways of oud-west

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Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 05-11-2012

So, on Sunday october 21th, at 14.00 hr sharp,  mr. Simon Joyner stood waiting at my door with a suitcase and a guitarcase. I was late, and a bit hung-over from a party in West-Noord-Brabant, but he just gave me the same confident smile as 12 years earlier. That’s where friends are made for.  Well, we drank some coffee and talked, then I took a shower and a shave. I don’t know how many precipetous stairways up and down third-floor dwellings in A’dam Oud-West we took (and in the meantime Conny learned Simon to appreciate nasi goreng with some sambal on the side) but finally it was showtime in De Nieuwe Anita, and what precious (if not precipetous) moments we shared on that old basement stage… Needless to say it was a wonderful show on a young misty autumn night.  Legendary. The next morning the sun rose to make the old leaves even more crispier.

if you’d like to hear and see:

 

http://youtu.be/LC79cSEXu9M  (just Bingo Trappers)

or

http://youtu.be/zfVIaviFORk  (Simon & BT’s)

 

an evening with simon joyner and the bingo trappers

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Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 14-10-2012

I’m very proud to announce that we’re gonna do a show with mr. Simon Joyner, all the way from Omaha, Nebraska. And even more so, the Bingo’s are accompanying him on a couple of songs. That’s legendary stuff, I would say. Simon is a long time friend. Don’t know exactly the first time we’ve met, but that we met is evidently so. I guess it was 1995, or make it a year later. He’s my hero, cause he co-released Bingo Trappers first vinyl-attempt Sierra Nevada (together with Dennis Callaci), and that’s another thing to be proud of. That’s right, I’m not in a humble mood today. Say it loud. Well, hardly two years later, during my USA-roadtrip in 1997, I didn’t meet Simon Joyner in the noble town of Omaha, NE . But I met his brother. Simon was off to a wedding in L.A. But he’d set up a show up for me, and there was another local band; I tend to remember that they wore all white T-shirts and had white Fender Stratocasters. Anyway, there was a bright young dude in that band whose name was Conor Oberst. And I had no guitar with me, so I borrowed one of those white Fender Stratocasters. Still don’t know if it was his white strat.

 

sunday october 21

venue: De Nieuwe Anita, Amsterdam

doors: 20.30

income: 5 eu

 

 

nine songs from the handsome pouch

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Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 08-06-2012

Nine Songs from the Handsome Pouch. Well, what can I say. Apart from the fact that I’ve got tons of time now – my job’s been cancelled, that’s what happened. Here’s your 2012. Basically. Well, let’s see what we’ve got in the pouch, so you can save  all your blessings for later. Shit happens sometimes, that’s the main lesson. How about some vlierbloesemlimonade on the side. Wow, what’s that? Generally, I’m providing you some BT-stuff we recorded in 2007-2008, and I’m still feeling raveneous about it. Yes, I really do.  The thing is, Nine Songs from… had a boastful announcement on our former website, but then the server crashed and on top of that there was also something definitely wrong with the server’s back-ups… That’s why I (and so the rest of the world) kinda lost track of these songs, nine in fact,  ready to beat all worldwide crisis with the bottom line:  it’s gotta be good… It’s an album, I’m a fan of this band.

If you’d like to order Nine Songs from the Handsome Pouch (comes with a unica textile sleeve): mail to bingotrappers@gmail.com. We’ll figure something out…

 

 

 

 

 

cactus & incense

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Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 11-01-2011

I have a poor memory for years and seasons, let alone dates, but I think it was somewhere Winter 01 that Wim and me started the Cactus & Incense-sessions, as I mildly label it now. They took place at the home of a friend who lived in a renovated warehouse. Everytime we arrived there he had some incense burning in a ceramic shell. There was also this abundant collection of succulents and stuff like that, and I specifically remember a huge, and I mean HUGE cactus, lonesome and proud before a window. It gave me the impression that we’d land in some kind of indoor-desert, some holy resort to relief your senses. Whatever. 

When we first walked in there we were blinded by sunlight, but when our eyes got accustomed Wim started to yell and dance around this prophetic place. A piano, a real piano! Yes there it stood, almost as proud as the cactus.

So here are some unreleased songs from these sessions, with a real piano. When you hear drums it’s Henk Jonkers, of course.

The image is the sleeve I made for this very rare cassette, inspired by the album Stage Fright by The Band and the Vondelpark-posters I vaguely remember from my early seventies youth, but why the hell did I entitle it ‘Sundays’? Beats me.

whistling (under your breath)

clear day

marigolds

we will be there

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Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 04-11-2010

This piece is a kind of bridge, I suppose. Between here and now; here is where I’m sitting and writing this at my lovely desk, now is when you’re reading this from your lovely screen. Here and now and still. Yes, I’m becoming a smart-ass philosopher, slopping pearls from a sister planet.

The Bingo Trappers – Wim and me – have been busy recording a lot of songs for our new album lately, due to appear somewhere in the beginning of 2011. Well, hopefully I’m counting right, but I think it’s gonna be our 10th full-length release, that’s cassette/cdr releases included (the image left is the first BT casette sleeve ever, by the way).

If you’d like to check my maths, go to www.underwaternow.com/ihearstrangemusic/bands/bingotrappers ,

it’s a brave effort from my Italian friend Luigi to nail down all released BT-songs. Quite prolific, I guess we were there. Bari rules!

Here’s an unreleased song, as a bridge for my next item: the infamous Cactus & Incense sessions, winter 01 – 02! An embryonic Javastraat-version of a tune we worked out during those weird metamorphic days in a yuppy warehouse on the waterside. The view! Don’t meant that musically speaking, although I’m not even sure about it. More about that next time…

Guess you were here

noordwijkerhout

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Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 24-10-2010

After we returned from our notorious US-tour we started to rehearse in Noordwijkerhout, just a twenty minute drive from Amsterdam. But what a difference: a shed on the countryside – space, clouds, fields of tulips and close to the beach. We never went there of course, but you can always feel that the sea is near. And that’s comforting. So, after this 2-men-in-a-rental-stationcar-tour we decided  that we could form a real BAND, too. Why not? We decided on this:  (Bingo Trappers, Fall 2001) Marc on drums, Jan on bassguitar, Freek on turntable and guitar, Wim on guitar and what else not and me on guitar. And oh, I did some singing as well. We did a couple of shows with this line-up and recorded the song Intended Youth for the Morc/Luveable Nurse splitsingle with Mongrell, Wio and Pernath. Fond memories, love you guys. Here’s another song we recorded there. We are made of this.