Period : March 30 - April 5, 1999
In this issue : Axelle Red, Boogietown, Buscemi, Zita Swoon, dEUS, Ronde van
Vlaanderen, BasSta, Red Rock, Kloot Per W.
April 5th, 1999
AXELLE RED hits n°1 spot in France Axelle
Red's new album "Toujours Moi",
which came out about two weeks ago, is taking France by storm. The album entered
the album charts in that country on the n°1 spot. This is a feature which
apparently no other Virgin record has ever done in France.
In a reaction to Studio Brussels programme "Nox" (in which she presented
her favourite records), she said that gave her quite a kick, but she also said
she was unsure of what would happen next.
Currently, the singer is looking for a good nurse to look after her newborn child
Janelle (no, Louise W. - no need to apply).
After that, Axelle will kick off a six-week tour of Latin-America to promote the
"Con solo pensarla"-album. At the moment she's also planning a number
of concerts in Europe in the fall. In Belgium she'll give a concert in "Vorst
Nationaal" (capacity 8,000).
BOOGIETOWN announces 6th edition
Boogie Town Festival, the most important blues-festival of the French-speaking
part of the country, has the following interesting line-up ready for the 6th edition,
which will take place on May 1st at the "Tennis Club du Parc"
in Louvain-la-Neuve :
11.15-12.00 Bob Brozman
12.10-13.00 T-Model Ford
13.25-14.25 Southside Johnny
14.50-15.50 Andre Williams
16.15-17.15 Fred & The Healers (Belgian blues band, already quite high on
17.40-18.45 Jason & the Scorchers
19.05-20.05 Rory Block
20.35-21.50 The Gourds
22.20-24.00 Ten Years After
Entrance is 850 (in presales), 950 BEF at the counter. Tickets in all stores of
Caroline Music, Fnac ( tel 0900 00600), HVH Megastore, Music Mania and Connecticket
(070 345 543).
More info : Tel 0032.6.855.11.67, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or their website
BUSCEMI did best version of "My Suitor"
A jury (actually a televoting + a jury consisting of Jan Hautekiet, Peter Vermeersch,
Chantal Pattyn, Jan Sprengers & Simon Rigot) has chosen Buscemi as the winner
of de Basstaard.
This contest (which was reported on earlier here) was between 7 new groups (Buscemi,
Vive la Fete, De
Bossen, The Nothing Bastards, Cinerex,
Das Pop, Boenox/Wineguns) doing their own version
of the charming song "My Suitor" by 80's Brussels-based group Bernthöler.
The prize (apparently a sort of tattood pig by Wim Delvoye) was handed out during
the first broadcast of "Club Brussel" from the Ancienne Belgique in
There are other signs that things might be going well for Dirk Swartenbroeckx
(the man behind the group) : he even was asked to do a bit of programming on Axelle
Red's latest record "Toujours Moi".
She said about him "I like his record a lot, especially the south-american
influences in it, so when I heard that it was done by a guy from Hasselt, I had
to ask him".
More info on Buscemi : his official site.
April 3rd, 1999
ZITA SWOON zoekt dansers
Stef Kamil Carlens and C° are looking for a number of people to play a role
in a videoclip they'll be shooting soon. For that purpose, they are organising
a casing, today, April 3rd, between 14:00 and 16:00 o'clock in de "Monty"
The profile they are looking for : know how to dance, between 16 and 18 years
of age and resemble (somewhat) to the band members of Zita
Swoon. Good luck.
Other recent Zita Swoon news is that the group now also has been signed for the
Dranouter folk-festival this summer (and in doing so is without a doubt the first
group to do the combination Pinkpop / Werchter / Dranouter. Only the "Antilliaanse
Feesten" and "Dynamo Open Air" seem to elude them).
If you don't catch dEUS now, when will you ?
Just a quick reminder of a number of dEUS-net-events
this weekend :
- The internet-broadcast of their gig at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels of
last night can be listened to for a few days more (and in better circumstances
than the live broadcast) at the website
- This evening the first emission of Club Brussel (with in it dEUS, Neeka, Das
Pop, Buscemi en Bernthöler). On
Studio Brussels, between 18 & 20 o'clock.
- Sunday, the group will perform at the "Östernacht"-fest at the
Philipshalle in Düsseldorf (together with Paul Weller, Silverchair, Fun Lovin'
Criminals, The Cratrures, The Cardigans, Reef, King's X and Liquido). A large
number of these gigs will be transmitted on television later on in the night :
The Rockpalast show starts at 1:30 on WDR. Earlier in the evening, there will
also be another chat with the band, via the internetpage of Rockpalast
- Surf-inn (the "youth-site" of newspapers Het Belang van Limburg and
Gazet van Antwerpen) has just published a nice & exclusive photo-documentary
of the adventures of the band during the recent mini-tour of Ireland and Great-Britain.
April 2nd 1999
TOUR OF FLANDERS
This sunday is a big day again : 200 plus cyclists peddle for fame and the eternal
glory of a victory in a "Ronde Van Vlaanderen", the biggest flemish
cycling classic (if, if there are no more suspicious substances found in hotels
between now and then). A fine event for Flanders but - apart from the hooting
cars that follow the race, the eurodisco at the finish line and the local marching
band - not really a musically edyfying happening.
To change this last bit, César Janssens (known from The
Kids, but nowadays an often-heard session musician, eg. on the last Raymond
vh Groenewoud) & Ad Cominotto (known from Charles
et Les Lulus, Arno and Leuven Centraal) will
put up their drums & accordeon gear at the start (in Bruges) and finish (in
Meerbeke), to give some added musical lustre to the occasion.
To "het Nieuwsblad" (the organizing newspaper) they declared that "it's
the athletes who are important, we aren't. We are there, we play music, and who
thinks that's ok can enjoy it. I think it's a good thing that the people will
hear live music and not some junk from a box. We will play a lot of songs from
the old days, lots of popular stuff ..."
More info (about the sport-side or the practicalities) : the site
of the ronde van vlaanderen
April 1st 1999
SAVE THE DEUS MAILING LIST
Might be a bad day to launch such an appeal (beware the fish), but the vivid discussion
list about dEUS (and related bands) is in trouble : "Due to the continuous
high load on listserv.cc.kuleuven.ac.be and the congestion of the connection from
K.U.Leuven to Belnet, K.U.Leuven has decided to stop non-university related mailing
list server activitities." This is the message list manager Serge Goossens
got, hence this is the end of the dEUS mailing list at K.U.Leuven (since the university
refused to stop the list about geopractical implications of the theorem of Wizslawsky).
Therefore this appeal : if you own or know of any non-advertising alternatives
to host such a popular mailing list, contact the current
BYE BYE BASSTA ! Yesterday
was the last day of the old Studio-Brussels programme schedule : today is their
anniversary and the start of the new management by Jan Hautekiet (who aired his
last show on radio & tv, leaving only one more phone-terrorist to go !). It
was also the last presentation of Geert Hoeck, the last Frituur Victoria, but
worst of all ... the last "Bassta".
In their typical style, the show said goodbye with three intersting guests in
the studio, by the Ghent-based funky rapper Krewcial (has a first cd out), DJ
4T4 (who talked about his cd "Cosmick Relief" by Magik Ballet Ensemble),
and Daan Stuyven, who played "Boots" & "Jerk", two songs
All's not lost however : starting tomorrow from 19:00 to 21:00 there'll be "Puls",
a "music magazine with demo's, sessions, interviews and live bits".
For the complete overview of what's new at Stubru : see their
Wednesday March 30th 1999
KLOOT PER W LANCEERT SITE Kloot
Per W, the busy bee that has been terrorising the Belgian music scene for about
30 years now (with groups such as The Misters,
The Employees, De
Lama's), has launched an all-out attack on the internet-front : this week
KlootPerW.com will be officially launched.
We're talking about an offensive in true NATO-style : the site is loaded with
information, exclusive tracks, jokes, paintings, polaroids, opinions, news (the
new milennium will nog be Lama-free, there will be a new record coming soon, KPW
has composed the music for the film "Blue Belgium" - about the Dutroux-Nihoul
craze - etc.. etc..). The information is only available in Dutch for the moment.
Just about as busy a site as the life of the man himself, but this makes it one
of the most complete Belgian musician-sites, in one blow.
RED ROCK '99
Saturday evening, April 3rd, there will be a small but fine festival going on
in youthclub 't Bosjoenk in Ostend : Red Rock.
On the billing of this fifth edition are Gwyllions (Punk from Kontich), Spaceman
Spiff (Pixies from Bruges) and Arid (hype in the making), with a party afterwards.
Entrance : 300 fr. pre-ordered, 350 at the counter. More info: http://www.mja.be/mja328/
On May 1st (the club is part of a socialist youth movement) the same club will
also organize the fifth edition of the Red Rock Rally door, a little contest that
wants to give starting bands a chance (laureats of the previous editions are the
illustrious At Last, Seed and Sower, Jazzlypsy and the much better known Soul
Sucker). The line-up for this May 1st-festival has not been finalized yet
(the jury is still pondering), but after the beginning bands, there will be a
gig by a sort of "superband from Bruges" ... the formation Split Window
will play the first role, but will be joined by musicians from a number of local
bands such as Arid, Crazy Chester, Red Zebra,
Paris Texas, Jazzylipsy, Vippers, Red Rooster, Dynamic Blues Band, Elisa
Waut (not confirmed), ... .
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