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Bert Hadders & De Nozems – De Bosklopper Tapes

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Former Platex CEO Bert Hadders and his band De Nozems are just everywhere. Not only is their Veenkoloniana (a musical blend of rock n’ roll, folk music, blues and what have you, drenched in the peat moors of Tweede Exloërmond and sung in that region’s dialect called ‘knoalsters’) played continuously on tv and radio, are they playing live shows at every single imaginable festival, street corner, school, theater, club, bus stop, train station, museum, hospital (you name it) within a 100 mile radius of the city of Groningen (getting every school kid to play the ukelele in the process), but they’ve now found time to return to the record shops with their third full length CD in a little over four years: De Bosklopper Tapes. 

Difficult third? Ha! Better think again. These steady musical mules have ploughed the fields of the music business longer than yo’ mama! The singer (who used to be a drummer, used to be a DJ, actually still is a DJ) worked his way through three decades worth of rock n’ roll bands, soulful lounge acts, fashion-victim-pop outfits, a gazillion pots of brylcreem and every DJ booth you can think of. The guitar player and the bassist have been around the block so many times they regularly bump into themselves in parrallel universes. The drummer may be the new kid, but has already played (and is playing) in more bands than Gene Simmons has registered trademarks. The sleeve was drawn by, you guessed right, legendary artist Peter Pontiac.

Listen to the album here: http://open.spotify.com/album/5x18cQV8UtrzPxC9k7nIL9

Bert Hadders posterThe story behind ‘De Bosklopper Tapes’ is as follows (in dutch):
Zoals overal waar arme mensen uit diverse windstreken bij elkaar komen om in het zweet des aanschijns hun brood te verdienen hadden ook de Drents-Groningse Veenkolonien een rijke muziekcultuur. Helaas is daar maar weinig van vastgelegd of bewaard gebleven.
Van groot belang is daarom de vondst van een tiental bandrecordertapes die muzikant Bert Hadders tijdens Koninginnedag 2012 deed op een rommelmarkt te Groningen. Bij de aanschaf van een tweedehands bandrecorder kreeg Hadders een plastic tas met  banden. Uit de opschriften op de dozen bleek dat het ging om tapes uit de nalatenschap van antropoloog drs. Gradus J. Bosklopper.

Op de tapes, die in bijzonder slechte staat verkeerden, bleek de onderzoeker opnames verzameld te hebben van Veenkoloniale artiesten uit zowel het religieuze als het seculiere circuit. Zo bevat de verzameling dansnummers, opwekkingsliederen, veengospels, turfblues en volksliedjes, bedoeld voor begrafenissen, bruiloften en politieke bijeenkomsten.

Op ‘De Bosklopper Tapes’ spelen Bert Hadders en de Nozems,  afkomstig uit de stad Groningen, een selectie uit deze unieke verzameling liedjes.

De band bestaat sinds 2008 en bracht eerder cd’s uit: In 2010 ‘Over De Badde’ (Dagblad van het Noorden: ‘****’) en in 2012  ‘De Cooperoazie’ (Dagblad van het Noorden: ‘*****’, Music Maker: ‘tien juweeltjes’, Cd van de Week Omrop Fryslan, RTV Noord).

De Nozems zingen in het Veenkoloniaal Drents, een taal die zeer nauw aan het Gronings  verwant is en onderdeel uitmaakt van het Nedersaksisch.

Bert Hadders: zang, gitaar, percussie

Wyno Bruinsma: gitaar, zang, percussie, produktie

Johan Viswat: bas en zang

Marcel Wolthof: drums, percussie, zang

Gastmuzikanten:

Herman Grimme: toetsen, pedal steel (v/h Jazzpolitie)

Bonnie Boonstra: zang (Harlequin Hovers)

Richard Koster: mondharmonica (Cuban Heels)

Hette Gubbels: mandoline (Cochon Bleu)

Joop van der Linden: trombone (Amsterdam Klezmer Band)

Lotte Dunselman: zang (theatergroep Echo)

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Mansell – Just won’t say

This year, summer on the northern hemisphere ends at 16.49 hrs, september 22nd. So that leaves us an ENTIRE WEEK to release the Platex summer hit ‘Just won’t say’ by indierockers Mansell! Right on time! Spot on!

Just about a week ago Platex Records’ co-CEO Bert Hadders was complaining about the lack of a Platex summer hit on our facebook page. Mansell was quick to react, and the next day this song was in the mail! Including a sleeve design!! How’s that for being superefficient and hyperprofessional, heh?

This is how that conversation went:

(it’s in Dutch, of course)




That’s it. I’m squeezing my fat arse in my speedo trunks and I’m off to the beach. This song is not leaving my mp3-player ever again.

Btw, Mansell have also just recorded an awesome, temperamental full-length album that you can listen to on their website: http://www.mansellmusic.nl, and you can also buy it ridiculously cheap -5 euros- at bandcamp: http://mansell.bandcamp.com/album/mansell. But what you really want to do is go to your record store and buy the real thing, because it comes with the coolest cd package evah!

De Fuckups – Stuff

ImageDe Fuckups – Stuff 10″ vinyl
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De Fuckups live up to their name. The first recordings for this album were made at the Pot Sounds studio way back in 2008, but they needed another 3.5 years to finally get it finished and published. What caused this ridiculously long delay? The long discussions the band had about the artistic and social impact of their music and lyrics? Not really. Was it the strenuous creative proces that made them suffer so much they had to resort to alcohol, or the subsequent rehab in a small mountain village in Nepal? Not that either. Did their helicopter crash while they were chasing their manager who ran off with a suitcase full of royalties? No. None of that.
It took them so long because they’re De Fuckups; one guitar player suddenly had a baby and left the band, the guitarist that replaced him broke his spine jumping from a roof, the band felt they needed to make 168 different sleeve designs, the drumsticks broke, the entire band had a bad hair year, the rhythm guitar player had a cardiac arrest, the bass player had a flat tyre, the singer grew a pimple on his elbow, they couldn’t decide what color vinyl to pick, et cetera. You know; the usual shitload of fuck-ups. That’s why it took so long.
And to top it off they had a big party to present the album in december 2011 and waited until may 2012 to send out press releases and post this notice on this website. What a bunch of amateurs!
But then again; punkrock is not about professionalism. Stuff eventually happened and stuff got made, and now it’s up to you to download or buy stuff.
Because it’s good stuff. It’s loud stuff.

Available at the record stores, free download at www.defuckups.com

De Fuckups: Menno – vocals, Nix – drums, Marjan – bass, John & Joris – sologuitar, Tuppus – rhythm guitar.
Special guest Arjan Grooten plays pedal steel on Peacock.
Recorded by Edwin Pot at the Pot Sounds Studio Groningen
Mastered by someone else, I forgot who.

Download the sleeve, made by Menno an Tuppus here.

Dia del Mercado – Rain and Fire trilogy

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Travel in the comfort of your own home! From his living room in Groningen, songwriter and guitar player Ruud Slingerland grabs us by the ear and takes us on a trip through the southern states of the USA and Mexico. Dia del Mercado’s Rain and Fire is the soundtrack to an intense roadmovie that hasn’t been made. Yet.

Ruud Slingerland vocals, guitars, banjo, piano, Hammond organ, harmonium,
xylophone, drums and percussion
Aimée Terburg harmony vocals, button accordion, flute
Fons Sluijter cello, double bass
Obed Brinkman trombone
Jehannes Elzinga trumpet

Mastered by Darius van Helfteren

These 4 tracks are taken from the album ‘Seven Years of Dirt’, available on cd-baby and bandcamp.
More info at www.diadelmercado.com


Click on the button on the right side of the player to download these songs.

Download the sleeve here – diadelmercado.pdf
Sleeve made by Ruud Slingerland, original sleeve design by Henk Gruppen.

Bert Hadders en de Nozems – De Coöperoazie

The entire month of september last year, Bert Hadders secluded himself from the city life in Groningen and went to stay at an old abandoned school in swingcity Eerste Exloërmond (pop. 390) in rural Drenthe, close to where he was born. There he wrote ten beautiful songs about the environment where he spent his youth.

To record the album, the three Gubbels brothers from Cochon Bleu, Bonnie Boonstra and Tollak were added as deputy-Nozems.

Bert Hadders guitar, vocals
Wyno Bruinsma guitar, vocals, production, ukelele, percussion
Johan Viswat bass, vocals
Jeroen de Jong piano, organ, accordion, zaagbas, harmonium
Hette Gubbels ukelele, banjo, guitar, mandolin, vocals
Henk Gubbels guitar, vocals, violin, mandolin
Andre Gubbels drums

Sleeve design by Kitty Lolkema, the portrait of Bert Hadders’ great great grandfather Berend Trip was painted by Margriet de Vries.

Visit berthadders.nl for videos, downloads, live shows and more.

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Buy at the iTunes store | Buy at Bol.com | Go to www.berthadders.nl

Bert Hadders och punkare – jag Daans dörren

Bert Hadders en de Nozems – Ik daans deur
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Nu när Bert Hadders äntligen har avgått från sin härliga karriär som VD för Platex Records, bestämde vi oss för att ge honom en liten avskedspresent, hans egna virtuella Platex singel.
På fritiden är Bert en medlem i Vändare, en traditionell skandinavisk dansgrupp, och han har alltid varit enivrig samlare av svenska folkmusiken. Så vi skickade Bert Hadders in i studion för att spela in sin egenSvenskt folksång!
Bert gav oss bevis på hans musikaliska professionalism som avslutning “Ik daans Deur” på nolltid, och vårpersonal på Platex Records har också lyckats minska produktionstiden genom att arbeta extra hårt. Så nu,efter bara sex månader, har allt vårt hårda arbete gett resultat och vi stolt presentera denna fantastiska nyacyber singel, precis i tid för …
Bert Hadders födelsedag! Hurra! Grattis Bert!

I eftermiddag kommer det att finnas ett kalas som du alla inbjudna, på Platon skivbutik i Groningen. För att göra det en extra speciell dag för vår födelsedag pojke har Platex A & R människor lyckades få den endaskyhöga upp norra sjökort (för låtar sjungs på svenska språket), där det har fått en respektabel 4: e plats!Kolla in det här.
Extra Special Platex tack till Harry, aka den digitala Magician, för att göra den här sköna klipp:

Återigen: grattis Bert!

Click the arrow on the right side of the player to download this song.

Download the sleeve -made by Tuppus- here – platexberthaddersdaanshoes.pdf

Enjoy.

www.berthadders.nl

Zienemaan


Harry
the video wizard made an extremely cool clip for our next upcoming (any minute now) hit release ‘Ik daans deur‘ by Bert Hadders & de Nozems. Yesterday  evening it premiered at the Vera club’s open air movie festival ‘Zienemaan‘ in Groningen.
I tried to get a good shot with my camera but these two geezers kept blocking my view.