December 21, 1999
JEZUS SUPPORTS KISS MY JAZZ
Groep Jezus, see our demo-section
for an introduction of the band, will be releasing a promo-single "My Alarm
Goes Off When You Cry". This song is yet again a production by Rudy Trouvé
(see dEUS, Dead
Man Ray ...), who keeps supporting the band to the full, since he is taking
the startup band with him on the Kiss My Jazz
tour of next month and has offered them a place on the Heaven Hotel label.
Groep Jezus have a website of their own, at www.groepjezus.org.
JAN LEYERS KNOWS HOW TO SPELL "WATJEKOUW"
Jan Leyers, of Soulsister & My
Velma-fame, stunned the Low Countries by finishing 4th in the yearly "Groot
Dictee der Nederlandse Taal" (a dictation-contests in the Dutch parliament
in which the Netherlands & Flanders try to write correctly, not an easy task
to accomplish). He had only 11 mistakes in his text, whereas the average was 33
(in 8 sentences!). This made him the first of the VIP's competing. Marcel
Vanthilt, another singer now turned tv-personality, also among the leading
group of the VIPS. Among the words they had to spell right where things like "millennium",
BREL AT N° 1 in BRITAIN
The race in Britain for the honour of being #1 in the UK Charts around
the last Christmas of the new millennium (that's two times "l",
two times "n", or so I learnt watching the previous item) has been won
by a Belgian song (sort of). Neither Cliff Richard's "Millennium anthem",
nor the re-release of John Lennon's "Imagine" snatched it, but boysband
Westlife with "Seasons in the Sun", a song by Jacques
Brel (original is "Le Moribond", which already was recorded
once in English - with lyrics by Rod McKuen - by Canadian Terry Jacks, who took
it to #1 in the States in 1974).
EDEN POSTPONE JANUARY TOURDATES
Eden, are having yet more troubles. They
already had cancelled a number of shows in the past months, and postponed them
to January & February. Due to health problems (something wrong with
the vocal chords of Sofie), these new shows sadly also had to be cancelled.
All plans (new single, new video, tour) will probably have to be postponed another
three months into the new millennium.
MIEL COOLS SAYS NOT TO BE AFRAID
Now that the frenzy of last-Christmas-of-the-millennium-shopping
is at its peak, very few new releases to announce, but just at this moment comes
the news that Miel Cools is releasing
a new album. "Niet Bang Zijn" (Don't be afraid) is the title, and "durf
te leven!" (dare to live) is the message of the old bard (64 nowadays) from
Hasselt. His hopes are not extremely high, but "I have my audience and
that will buy this cd. But inundate Flanders, I don't think so". Miel
Cools is currently also touring with a programma that is a mix of old an new songs.
WE WILL BURY YOU ...
Phoenix, the rock-pages of newspaper Het Belang van
Limburg, have buried Belgian rock anno 1999. Not so much out of the conviction
that "rock is dead", but just out of millennium-madness.
They did it by collecting all kinds of "memorabila" which have something
to do with Belgian rockers, put them in a wardrobe, and bury that in a secret
place in Limburg.
Things that future generations of archeologists might encounter include the gall-stones
of Stijn Meuris, singer of Noordkaap, the
first guitar-case of K's Choice, a thermos-flask
of Soulwax and an electric guitar of Praga
Khan (never played on before, i guess).
December 16, 1999
WIM MERTENS RELEASES A NEW "CYCLE"
Wim Mertens, the very talented & very
productive minimal composer from Belgium, has just released a batch of new CD's
on the Les Disques Du Crépuscule label.
The cycle is called "Kere Weerom", and consists of 7 CD's, totalling
no less than 83 tracks:
- Poema (2CD), with pieces that carry english titles (such as "As
a rule", "Blank Verses", "Leap in the dark", "Relatively
- Kere Weerom (3CD), with tracks that have dutch titles (such as "Van
hot naar haar", "Wederom verdwenen", "Dat schelden",
"Amper beschut", "Achter me niets", "In U", "Onderlinge
onmin", "Van eeee", "En aaaaa" and my favourite title
"Maak dat de kat wijs".
- Decorum (2CD) with songs that have Latin or French titles (such as "Aneantir",
"Cadastrer", "Galoper", "Kss! Kss!", "Oremus"
Each of the parts sits in its own box.
Buy it at Proxis
NOG 1 MAAND WACHTEN OP ... DE NACHTEN
Howie B presents the Pussyfoot Revue
Bonjour Micro (Kamagurka
Doughty (Soul Coughing)
Solid vs. Green
Think of One
Tin Foil Star
Vive La Fête
Tom Lanoye & Paul Mennes (de Nichten)
My Morning Jacket
Neotropic vs Flash Didact
Soulwax (special set)
Daan Stuyven & Herman Gillis
El Tattoo del Tigre
Thou & John Parish
are just some of the names that will be appearing at the festival "De Nachten",
at the Antwerp cultural shrine "De Singel", on Friday January 28 and
Saturday January 29, 2000. This festival mixes "literati" (eg. Tom Lanoye,
Paul Mennes ...) and "culturally approved" rock.
Tickets online at http://www.desingel.be
RAYMOND HITS 50
Raymond van het Groenewoud, fine purveyor
of slows to royalty since 1999, will be hitting the halfway mark on Valentines
Day next year. To celebrate the fact that he will see Abraham that day, he and
his record company EMI throw a party at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels on February
It wasn't yet disclosed what will happen exactly, but you can expect an extensive
concert, lots of musical friends & instruments, a number of surprises, gifts,
confetti ... and beer (I hope).
Tickets are 500,-, for sale at the AB-site.
December 14, 1999
FREE CD WITH HUMO ...
surprise in the weekly magazine Humo this week, since record company Double T
cd has put a cd with five of their artists in the package.
The tracks are of great quality :
- Noordkaap has put on a version
of their current single "Goed Nieuws voor slechte mensen", with lyrics.
Funny is also how singer Stijn Meuris is used in the radio-clip of this Humo (audio-file
on the Humo-site)
- Arid with the great song "Soirée"
(previously unreleased, but it will feature on the American version of "Little
Things of Venom" which will be called "Arid" in the States).
- Metal Molly with "Hopelessness"
(a brand new song, which will feature on their album "The Golden Country",
to be released early in the year 2000)
- "Saving Up Skin for the Summer" of Ozark
Henry (again, a completely new track. These days, you can also hear Piet
Godaer on the radio quite often on a song called "If this is love" a
band called "Latchak",
a side-project of Front 242's Richard 23).
- "Lane Navachi" by the new band Lunascape (that's a triphopband
featuring Kyoko Baertsoen - for a short while singer with Hooverphonic - and pianist
More info : http://www.humo.be
DJ 4T4 becomes ATOMIC
4T4, aka de beatmaster van 't Hof Van Commerce,
aka Magik Ballet Ensemble, aka Kristof Michiels, aka Cosmic Relief, is now also
known as Atomic.
In this new project - an EP "Atomic"
has been released on Kinky Star - he takes on the form of a mysterious and funky
superhero from outter space. "His music suffered from arduous space travelling
adventures, affecting his concept of various time eras, thus mixing up the pop
and hip hop of the 80's, the intergalactic funk of the 70's, and the cheesy psychedelica
of the 60's, producing a cocktail well into the 90's !!!" says the bio.
More info : Kinky Star.
K'S CHOICE HAS HIT THE STUDIO
K's Choice have gone into the studio, starting the recordings of what should
become their fourth album. After a number of try-outs and a intensive rehearsal-period
in November, Sarah & Gert have elected to have the album produced by "Bird
& Bush", a duo from New-Zealand whose biggest release so far is "Cocktails
& Performance" by the British indie-rockers Sterophonics.
For the moment, the release date of the project is scheduled in and about April/May
December 12, 1999
THE RETURN OF THE FAT BELGIAN BASTARDS
was a 1988 headling in the English New Musical Express on top of a piece about
the Belgian New Beat explosion. A few of
those Fat Bastards (borrowed from a Monty Python-sketch) have teamed together
to put together an album with the best of that period.
Roland Beelen, Jo Casters en Patrick De Meyer introduced the cd (out on Antler/PIAS)
in the Boccacio, at the time one of the "temples" of the dark dance
craze. On the double-CD "Rock To The Beat, The Ultimate Collection"
you can find mostly Belgian material from the period 1988-1990, from the A Split
Second-song "Flesh" (which was the "historic" cause of the
trend when it was played at 33 rpm) to a rarity such as Arbeid
Adelt's NB-version of the PIL-song "Death Disco", and everything
inbetween (Erotic Dissidents, Snowy Red, Taste of Sugar, Nux Nemo, Jade 4 U, Amnesia,
Confetti's, 101, Lords of Acid, Code 61
NEW OLD ANN CHRISTY SINGLE
"Waarom" was a single at the time in 1984 when Ann Christy, the sweet
singer of the seventies, died. The (stupid disco-)single was rapidly pulled from
the shelves, to make way for something that was more approriate for the occasion
("Ik leef voor jou"). But now there's "Waarom 2000"
a re-mastered version of the same song.
In january there will be a full-cd release of previously unpublished material
of the dead singer (eg. "Blue Moon", "The Rose" in an English
version...), and a exhibition of her favourite clothes desinger An Saelens.
The proceedings of this release - a production of VRT-Radio 2 producers Gery Cabeke
& Edwin Ysebaert - will partly go to an "Ann Christy Fund", which
will serve as a financial aid for re-releasing old recordings of "forgotten"
flemish artists and new talent.
SHORT MESSAGES WITH NOTHING BUT GOOD NEWS
- Rival has released a single of his mighty rap-solo-debut "Rival".
- Soulwax has recorded a violin-supported
version of the song "When Logics Die"which
will be released as a single in the Benelux only.
- Gorki have finished recording a completely
new album, which will carry the name "Eindelijk Vakantie" (The holidays,
finally) and should be released in and about February 2000. Showcase in de AB
op 9 november.
- Olla Vogola, who have just released their second cd "Gnanamo" on the
brand new Belgian EMI-sublabel ZOKU, will present this cd on Thursday December
16 in the "Blauwe Zaal" of the Vooruit in Ghent, in a duo-concert with
the weird jazz-band AKA Moon.