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JB Meijers is releasing his 2nd solo album “The Secret Year” (the first was Catching Ophelia, 2009/V2), due out on March 22nd via Basta Music. The album was recorded in Brussels’ ICP Studios, contains 10 self-written and -produced songs.

“J.B. Meijers (1972) is a respected producer and musician. He has worked with an impressive list of names on the Dutch music scene, including De Dijk, Carice van Houten, Acda en De Munnik, Go Back To The Zoo, Eboman, Metropole Orkest, Daryll-Ann, and Frank Boeijen.  He has also shared stages and studios with such non-Dutch artists as Solomon Burke, Van Dyke Parks, Ken Stringfellow, (The Posies, REM), Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) and Howe Gelb (Giant Sand). He recently produced albums by Dusty Stray, Sonja van Hamel and Eva Auad, all released on Basta Music. JB continues to be involved with Basta, this time as recording artist.” –Basta Music

From the album The Secret Year’” by JB Meijers, set for release March 22, 2013.

“Because I love Andy Williams so much I tried to re-create Can’t Get Used to Losing You last weekend, a song written by Jerome “Doc” Pomus and Mort Shuman and made famous by Andy Williams.”  –Berend Dubbe

Berend Dubbe (formerly of Bauer and Bettie Serveert) is an Amsterdam-based professional voice-over artist and a composer for film, TV and commercials. Also he’s currently working on a solo album called ‘The Summer of Berend Dubbe’ (working title) in the Orchestral Pop style.

Dusty Stray – Henry’s Room
Video by Arturo Baston for Dusty Stray song ‘Henry’s Room,’ an homage to outsider artist Henry Darger. The song appears on Amsterdam-based indie folk-noir pop band, Dusty Stray‘s 2nd album “Light Years Away” (2011), produced by Ken Stringfellow (of The Posies) and JB Meijers.
Available on Basta Music.

This video is dedicated to Henry Darger’s neighbors Nathan and Kiyoko Lerner. Darger’s work and room photographs were used with permission from Kiyoko Lerner.

Up Close And Acoustic with Dusty Stray by dustystray

Charlie Silvestri’s radio show “Up Close And Acoustic” broadcast November 23, 2011: Jonathan Brown, the man behind Dusty Stray, visits Up Close And Acoustic to talk about his new album “Light Years Away.”

Cover design: Piet Schreuders

Last month, Amsterdam-based, an American songwriter, arranger, and producer G.T. Thomas (Gwendolyn Thomas) has released her debut full-length album “The Luckless Pedestrian Years 2004-2010” via Smoking Ant Records. This album is dedicated to the memory of Chris Dedrick (1947–2010). Recorded in Caledon, ON, Canada; Seattle, WA, USA; & Amsterdam, Nederland.

Produced by G.T. Thomas and Chris Dedrick.

“she has composed and orchestrated films and tv ads with husband berend dubbe (ex-bettie serveert, bauer) as well as session work (most notably on the fleet foxes’ debut album). ‘the luckless pedestrian years’ collects the best of her songs from the six year period when she led jazz-pop orchestrette *the luckless pedestrian.”

*luckless pedestrian is from the line in a song called ‘Don’t Take Me Alive’ originally appeared on the Steely Dan’s fifth album “The Royal Scam” (ABC, 1976).

Composed, arranged, and produced by G.T. Thomas.

“G.T. Thomas served her professional apprenticeship in writing, arranging and producing with Chris Dedrick (of the Free Design), which complemented her work in recent years with such artists as Fleet Foxes, Berend Dubbe, TW Walsh (ex-Pedro the Lion), Josh Ottum and Benny Sings.”

G.T. Thomas – Song for a Walk (Official Video)
‘Song for a Walk’ is track #2 off the G.T. Thomas album “The Luckless Pedestrian Years.”

元ベティ・サーヴァート〜バウアーのベレンド・デュベと結婚後アムステルダムで活動を続けるG.T. トーマスのデビュー・アルバムは、2010年に他界したクリス・デドリック(フリー・デザイン)に捧げられたもの。そして一方、元サドゥンリィ・タミー!のベス・ソレンティーノはアーウィン・チュージッドのバックアップで、カート・ベッチャー(ミレニウム、サジタリアス)に捧げた『Would You Like To Go: A Curt Boettcher Songbook』を来年早々にはリリースする予定デス。

Dusty Stray – To Love You Only Leaves Me Lonely

Amsterdam-based indie folk-noir pop band, Dusty Stray‘s 2nd album “Light Years Away” will be released October 17th, 2011 via Basta Music.

Born in Taiwan and raised in Texas as a son of a preacher man, Jonathan Brown is the man behind Dusty Stray. “Light Years Away” was recorded in Paris and Amsterdam with the production duo of Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, REM, Big Star) and JB Meijers (Solomon Burke, De Dijk).

James Avati – A Life in Paperbacks (VPRO television, 2000)
Excerpt from the documentary “James Avati – A Life in Paperbacks” by Koert Davidse and Piet Schreuders, an independent graphic designer based in Amsterdam, also known as a co-founder of Beau Hunks with Gert-Jan Blom and a contributor of Basta Music.  Camera: Ton Peters Sound: Gusta van Eijk

JAMES AVATI (1912-2005) earned renown as a pre-eminent paperback cover artist in an illustrious 40-year career that began during the paperback revolution of the 1950s. His work helped popularize the literature of Erskine Caldwell, James T. Farrell, William Faulkner, Alberto Moravia, Ayn Rand, Louis Bromfield, Robert Penn Warren and many others.

Boulevard of Broken Dreams
“It’s the Talk of The Town
(And Other Sad Songs)”
original release: Idiot Records/1985,
available now via Basta Music
Liner notes and art direction
by Piet Schreuders,
cover painting by James S. Avati
for the paperback novel
‘Down All your Streets’ by Leonard Bishop
(Signet Books D1009, 1953)


Boulevard Of Broken Dreams (Gigolo And Gigolette)
Music by – Harry Warren
The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams Orchestra (an inspiration of Ton van Bergeijk and Gert-Jan Blom (Beau Hunks)— has it’s roots in the Dutch small bands discipline, from which it emerged around 1984)
Featuring [Tenor Sax] – Roland Brunt
Album: It’s The Talk Of The Town (And Other Sad Songs)

“It should be noted that the Broken Dreams Orchestra did not really exist as a band. It was as they advertised; “… a dream, purposely evoked each Spring and shattered each Fall”. Until 1987 when The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams ceased to exist.”