Period : June 9-20, 1999
In this issue : Hof Van Commerce, Zita Swoon, Soulwax, Groep Jezus, Arno,
TMF-Awards, Hooverphonic, Kris Dane, Daan, Frontstage-Monsterboard.
June 20, 1999
The really hungry readers are starting making complaints that there hasn't
been any new news here since a week or so. And right they are !! I'll give them
a complete refund. To the last penny.
The others might be interested to learn that :
is the name of the brand new album of 't
Hof Van Commerce, that has been released on Kinky
Star, last Thursday. The first reactions that are in are quite positive, talking
about a very varied album with more extreme sounds than on the first (rather commercial)
"En in Izzegem". The single "Mag
et ntwa mjir zin?" apparently is a sort of an inbetween-track, merging
the catchy tunes of the first one with the more heavy beats of "Herman".
ROCK FOR SPECIALS is a festival that is specifically aimed at handicapped
people. For the third time, this festival will take place in Evergem, on June
30th and July 1st. The bands that will play for the always very enthousiastic
audience are : Das Pop, Gorki,
Zap Mama and Arno
on Wednesday. Likalo, 't Hof van Commerce,
De Mens and Clouseau
on Thursday. Info about tickets at 09/253.63.53.
FRIENDS OF FOLK. Erwin Libbrecht (of Kadril
and the producer of the new folk bands such as Laïs, Ambrozijn etc ...) has
had the honour of compiling a number of cd's with folk music that will be released
by the company Arcade Music. The series will be called "Friends of Folk".
So far, there are three volumes available, each containing about 20 different
artists from all four corners of Europe, and beyond (Alan Stivell, Kadril,
Tri Yann, Dervish, Rum, Clannad and the likes).
ZITA SWOON has a new single : finally "My
Bond With You And Your Planet : DISCO" has been released. There is also
a video out (watch out for it on TMF's Alter@). For the moment, the single is
out as a promo for the radio stations only (containing two versions of the song,
a "radio-edit" and the original), but later on it will also be released
for the eager masses.
PEER. The guys from the Belgian Rhythm & Blues Festival in Peer
(July 16-18th) want the world to know that Ruth Brown & Her Band will NOT
be performing on July 17th on the Festival, as was announced earlier, but that
a replacement has been found in the person of Wilson Pickett. Even more important
could be the news that they have a brand new (and very good) website : it's at
SOULWAX. The record company of Soulwax (Play It Again Sam) has had a
good AND a bad idea : they have compiled a new cd of the band with live-tracks
from their impressive tour in Belgium and Holland (including the casio-act!).
The bad news is that they are putting out the album as a "special
edition" of "Much Against Everyone's Advice" (link to Fronstage-shop),
so that the fans have to buy this a second time. David Dewaele has been quoted
saying he wanted their fans to give their original CD as a birthday present to
their friends and buy the limited edition. Ha Ha Ha. :-(
VERDUR'ROCK. DAAU (with their
flamenco project Alma Flamenca), Electric Groove Temple, Senser, Wizards
of Ooze, Speaking T, Melon Galia, Moxie
will be at the Verdur'Rock (Namur) on Saturday 26 June 99. But the question remains
: will you?
ZWEMDOKROCK in Lummen is complete : Vandal
X, Daan, Extince, Noordkaap,
Bloodhound Gang, The Afghan Whigs and Praga
Khan. Place to be : sportvelden St.Ferdinand, Lummen. Date : Saturday July
10th. Tickets are 400 frank in presales, 500 frank at the counter.
June 14, 1999
JESUS IS A GROUP Just at a time when it almost became official that "Rock is dead",
there is help coming from an unexpected (and also threathened) source : "Groep
Jezus" (that is "Group Jesus" in English) is a band from
Overijse (Iwein Segers, Seppe Vandenhouten, Floortje Vanderlinden, Maarten van
Hecke). Very promising is the fact that they are being taken care of by Rudy Trouvé
(see Dead Man Ray or dEUS
or Kiss My Jazz ...): the band has just
released a first cd (a three-track mini-cd called "Please") and will
finish the recordings for a full-cd with Rudy Trouvé somewhere in September.
They have also been signed by the label Heavenhotel (label of the likes of Mitsoobishy
Jacson, Daan, Gore Slut ...).
Despite the Dutch name, the group sings in English and describes their own music
as "Autumn music, yet also Spring-music. A mix of sobriety and sudden explosions.
Happy and then suddenly down again.". The musical quotes vary from The Smiths
& Lemonheads to Hans de Booy and Björk.
A few audio-fragements and more can be found on the Groep
Contact : Waf Producties, Kokerlaan 3, 3090 Overijse. Tel : 0032.(0)2/687.58.20
10 juni 1999
ARNO GOES "ARTY FARTY" Publishing
company Imschoot, specialized in expensive art books, has published a book in
coöpereration with Arno under the title
"Arno, A White Ass European Cowboy", although "book"
might be a poor description of the thing at hand here. The pages are made of vinyl-records
(cut out in rectangular shape, it's not the goal to play them on a pick-up). On
these records there are the labels of 17 albums that Arno has selected as being
very important in his life (including Bob Dylan, The Ventures, Dr. John, Tom Zé,
P.I.L., Kevin Coyne, Sonny Boy Williamson, Rod Stewart, Jacques Dutronc, Humple
Pie en Robert Wyatt). These labels can be unfolded and hide 34 mostly unpublished
photo's that give an overview of "his exceptional carreer on and off the
stage. Arno as a young beginner, stonded, as a rock'n'roll animal in front of
a huge crowd, in his hotel-room, as a superdandy ...". The goal of this
publication is clearly aimed at becoming a collector's item : it exists in four
modes (black and red vinyl, unsigned or signed+numbered) that will be published
in a in between 10 and 3000 copies and will cost between 4.500 and 1.500 franks
(223-37 euro). It can be bought at the "better book- & cd-store"
of at Imschoot uitgevers,
Burggravenlaan 20, 9000 Gent, tel 09/222.55.08, fax 09/222.55.07.
Even better news is that Arno has started with a number of try-outs for the offensive
he will be waging in the Fall ("Le European Cowboy" will be released
in September, in a French and International version) : recently he performed a
show at "Zotte
Morgen" in Geel. On their site you can find a nice review and some pics
of the 50-year-old in this small venue.
TMF IS GIVING OUT AWARDS
Now that TMF has succesfully managed to surpass
MTV as far as video-clip-viewing goes in Flanders - the station seems also eager
to make it's mark on the rest of the music scene in this country : with this purpose
they will hand out the first "TMF Awards" later in the year. In the
months ahead, viewers will be able to express their favourites in some 20 categories
such as "Best Boysband", "Best @lter 8 act", "best group", "Best live-act", "Best
nieuwe act", "Best videoclip" etc ...).
The actual handing out of the awards will be done during a "grand show"
on October 22 in the Zillion in Antwerp, with a bunch of Belgian and international
stars attending the ceremony that is of course also broadcasted live.
Humo's Pop Poll, The gouden Prospers and the Zamu-Awards are already crying for
June 9, 1999
HOOVERPHONIC CUTS OUT LUNG After
"Club Montepulciano", "This Strange Effect" and the wonderful
"Eden", Hooverphonic have put out
a fourth single from their album of last year "Blue Wonder Power Milk".
This time it's a more danceable, funky track called "Lung",
featuring the prominent bass of Mark Plati (who was the producer of the album,
known from his productions of for the likes of Janet Jackson, Talking Heads, Prince
and Natalie Imbruglia, and his programming on David Bowie's Earthling). The lyrics
are probably about the biology lesson of "dissecting a frog" as they
go "Let's open it, be strong, cut out, it's lung".
DAAN IS EVERYWHERE
A big interview in Humo today, a live show on the Dutch Radio (Leidsekade Live,
June 12th, together with the upcoming band Arid),
a second single-release from his album "Pro-Fools" ("Boots")
out in the shops, a contract to pay a second visit to Pukkelpop this year (with
Dead Man Ray who will have a new album
out by October or so), free advertising on the popular show "Het Leugenpaleis"
(I'm Daan from Leuven from Dead Man Ray from Berchem ...), a single with another
project of his called Supermarx ("De Koning
funny song about his annoyance with yellow-black signposts), and now in the Belgian
Pop & Rock Telex also ... bref, it is absolutely impossible to escape Daan
Stuyven these days. In Belgium that is.
KRIS DANE - BOY, 26
Kris Dane, who has a history as a drummer with dEUS
(at the very beginning until he got replaced by Julle de Borgher) and 801 KD Concept
(finals of the Rock Rally 1998, described as "wayward funk, Captain Beefheart
madness, lingering cello's, trumpet and guitarlicks à la James Blood Ulmer all
put together in an adventurous group-sound"), now has a second album out.
A year after the almost unnoticed "Fe is a male mystic", there is now
"Boy, 26". Once again it seems to be a combination of a singer-songwriter
à la Mike Scott of the Waterboys and a funky animal such as Prince, as
is witnessed by this excerpt : "Goldmine".
To be discovered.
Jobsite "Monsterboard" and internet-CD
are putting on a joint initiative (probably their names known better) : a talent
Bands who want to participate (no genre or other limitations it seems) can send
in a demo to Monster.Be, Elisabethlaan 54, 1780 Wemmel. Those who are selected
will get to play on the Lokerse Feesten (on a seperate stage, August 7), and will
be able to put a song on the "Monsterstage"-cd.
The winner of the contest will headline a tour that Monsterboard will be undertaking
in and around the opening of the new academic year (October '99).
So : who knows what the VDAB and Proxis
are plotting now ?
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