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Period : April 14 - 20, 1999
In this issue : Mitsoobishy Jacson, Fence, Poësie Noire, Sint-Andries MC's, Lokerse Feesten, Studio Brussel Werft, Irisfeesten in Brussel, Ivan Heylen, Get Out CD-Magazine.

April 20 1999

Mauro Pawlowski (of former Evil Superstars-fame) & Pascal Houben (of Nemo) will release a new album of the Mitsoobishy Jacson project later on this week. Three years after "Nougat in Koblenz", "Boys Together Outrageously", as the newborn will be called, now also features drummer Herman Houbrechts (of Nemo & Dead Man Ray); Guy van Nueten (ex-Sands) and a few Metal Molly's (on bass & behind the mixing table). It's a small world (Antwerp city, that is), isn't it ?
There are already a few tracks from the album out in the open, such as "Mitsoobishy Jacson" ("take a little bit of weed ..." - britpop), the funny "Soul Survivor"(daft disco) and "Insatiable" (title could also be "Cash is beautiful" or "lesbian sixteen, in a Jacuzzi" - chaosrock à la Evil Superstars).

Fence, 2nd in the Rock Rally 1998 and another group that performed on the Viva Velinx-festival last Friday, is quietly developing something very good : with only a mini-cd and the small radiohit "Singapore Airlines" under their arm they are already getting loads of gigs (among which : support-act for Elliott Smith at the Vooruit, tonight, Sebadoh at the AB, May 25th, probably also supporting the same band in Amsterdam, Eindhoven & Utrecht the days after).
However, this poses some problems to the band : since the members are still in school, the band has to cancel the concert that was scheduled for this Tuesday, at Cartoons in Antwerp.

19 april 1999

Fans of the group Poésie Noire that gather around the official site, launch an appeal to record company Antler to re-release old material of the band, as it seems that about everywhere in the world the cd's of PM are out of stock.
This appeal takes the form of an online-petition that will be handed - hopefully with a lot of signatures - to the record firm. Located at

April 16 1999

The Sint-Andries MC's have just released a maxi called "Werelduniek". Although the band already had a radiohit with "Represent 2000 Antwaarpe", this is in fact their first own release, since that song hadn't been released on single (it only appeared on the compilation "Frithop is Dood").
The band is now touring Flanders : together with ABN, Philly Bustaz, Krewcial & Vaginaal they will appear on April 17 (Paddestoel, Groot-Bijgaarden), April 24 (Badhuis, Menen), April 28 (Kaaiman, Antwerpen), April 30 (CC Neeroeteren), May 1st (I love techno, St-Denijs-Westrem), May 14 (Rex, Essen) & May 22 (Club 9, Koersel).
Too Tuff of the S-AMC's (in real life working as an aid to a socialist Europarlementarian Freddy Willockx!) is also developing a career as a columnist : once every three weeks he writes the opening column in Metro, the cultural agenda of newspaper De Morgen. In his latest column, he wrote about the Pakistani-owned nightshops in his city quarter.

The Lokerse Feesten, the free festival in Lokeren that will be celebrating it's 25th edition this year, have made public 4 new names : Dutch singers Frank Boeijen & Bram Vermeulen, and Belgian singers Will Tura and Arno. Earlier the names of De Mens, Loudon Wainwright III, The Seatsniffers, Dr. John, The Blind Boys of Alabama & Richard Thompson were already given.
The organization now also has a website at that features a good deal of info on the artist that will be performing & further details about the festival.

Studio Brussel has decided to take to the streets, to meet up with there rejuvenated "target audience". To attain this goal, they organize a day filled with activities in the centre of Sint-Niklaas (there a bus-services from 15 cities to get there).
On the menu April 24th : a music quiz, a dj-workshop, a websitebuilding-contest, a grafiti-course, a free stage (the best participants will be aired live in Club Brussel), sports (dunk, skating, challenges ...), spoken word & stand-up comedy, Nintendo-games, a live-broadcast of Kamagurka's "Studio Kafka" & concerts by Clement Peerens Explosition (world-première of their new show !) & Noordkaap (introducing the wonderful cd "Massis" + a big party to close the day. All these activities are free.

On that very same day, April 24th, there'll be a big free concert in Brussels : Iris-day is the celebration of the 10-years existance of the "Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest". There will be a number of circus-related activities, a giant marching band ... but also a number of nice and free concerts by Belgian artists at "het Jubelpark" (aka Cinquantenaire) : Will Tura, Daniël Hélin, Jo Lemaire, Marka, Perry Rose & Mr. John. Top of the bill is the formation Hooverphonic.
The programming was done by an organization called "Jubel" that was founded for that very occasion and consists of Ancienne Belgique & Les Halles de Schaerbeek.

14 april 1999

Ivan Heylen was the guest in the weekly Canvas-talkshow "Wijlen de Week" yesterday. The former singer came talking about the bankrupcy of his one-man firm "BVBA Ivan Heylen" due to troubles with the IRS. In this way, we found out the singer has some plans for the future :
- after the song and the film (in May there will be a final verdict in the case with Wendy Van Wanten), there will shortly also be a book about "de wilde boerendochter" (the wild farmers' daughter), after the characters in his biggest hit of some 25 years ago. In his own words, it will be "the first peasant-novel to come out in the last 30 years, with the exception perhaps of Hugo Claus, but by a writer who can do other things". If the book becomes a succes, a painting or a sculpture with the same title are possible.
- He currently lives in Monaca, and hopes to direct a film to a scenario of his own called "Monaco Blue", an observation of the beautiful people in the little country on the Côte d'Azur. He apparently even had a budget for the film, but one of his financers recently backed out because of troubles in his marriage.

Starting next week, from April 19, there will be a brand new youth magazine for sale at various belgian shops (cd-stores, videoshops, newspaper stands ...). The magazine in question will be called "Get Out" and will come in the shape of a cd-extra : the articles & interview can be read & seen on the PC, while a number of soundclips can also be played on a stereo.
There will be 50,000 copies of the magazine printed, for a price of 99 franks.
There is also a website out in the open for Get out, but we hope this is not a bad omen for the project (haven't seen this much "under construction" signs since the beginning of the high-speed railway line between Brussels & Leuven). One of the few informations there shows the project will probably reside in club-, dance- & techno-spheres.
Links : Get Out.

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