June 19, 2000
Feeling hot, hot, hot. And dissapointed, ...ointed, ...ed.
June 14, 2000
JO LEMAIRE GOES RELIGIOUS
Jo Lemaire, the talented singer who was the
female idol of the eighties rock and wave generation, is venturing more and more
from rock's roads these days. After the huge success of her show with Edith Piaf
songs (also on CD as "Une Vie"), she announced that she is working on
a new show, which will consist of religious music : psalms, gospel, and christmas
songs (as the programme will be staged for the first time around the year's end.
The backing music will be done by the Flemish Radio Choir and accordionplayer
NEW DAAU ALBUM IN OCTOBER?
De Standaard went to visit DAAU
when they opened for Matt Johnston in Brixton Academy in London. Apparently, the
gig was kind of lousy (no soundcheck, bad sound). Die Anarchiste Abendunterhaltung
are in the middle of recording what will eventually become their third album,
but were invited to do this gig as they also contributed a song to The The's "Shrunken
The four guys have taken on a fifth member into the band : Adriaan Lenski,
the older brother of Buni and Simon, who has just graduated from music academy
on piano and hopes to bring some harmony into the eclectic mix that DAAU represents.
The new material, which they are recording in a home-studio, involves some dub
and even drum'n'bass. The album won't be released on the Sony Classical album,
since that experience was not an altogether happy one. The most likely candidate
is Columbia, the most likely time October.
FILMING WALTER DE BUCK
Filmmaker Juul Vandevelde (a tutor at the academy of Ghent in the departments
of art film and photography) has shot a film about Ghent-based cultural icon Walter
De Buck. The 30-minute portrait of the bearded folksinger and sculptor was
done by following him one day (from breakfast till midnight) during the fortnight
of party extravaganza that is the "Gentse Feesten". As De Buck talks
in the local dialect, subtitles are provided.
Première on July 8th, during the Dekenijfeesten in Ghent (Vrijdagmarkt
NEW SOULWAX SINGLE
Over a year after it was released as a single over here, Soulwax
are upping the attack on the UK market again by releasing a third single from
their second album. "Much Against Everyone's Advice"
. To promote the single (also available in blue vinyl), the band has shot a new
video for the song : it features the band on the run in the streets of London
for some giant-sized and quite agressive letters which together form the lyrics
to the song. The video has been picked up by MTV already.
June 13, 2000
FREE CD ANYONE ?
As reported a few weeks ago, a cd is in the making to promote the "startbanenplan",
a employment plan for belgian youngsters. From the 120 or so demo's that were
sent in, a jury selected thirteen bands which can now record a track at "De
Rockfabriek" in Brussels.
The selected bands are : Nailface (guitarrock), Disfunktional (previously
Limbomania-winner, crossover), Cunzi (no nonsense guitarrock), Dirty
Dogs (blues), Spaceman Spiff (indierock from Bruges), Crosseyed
Monkey (fine female voice), Dijenik (best demo) Phuma (Jazzy
slow-funk), Paralyze Funky (tense, swinging, groovy), Bolchi 'n Imagu
(sultry and funny), Garçons Débilles (frithop from Aalst), The Heartaches
(streetpunk), The Jamdown Experience (haven't left school yet).
The cd will be finished only by July 15th or so, and will be handed out a number
of summer festivals in Flanders (Marktrock, Gentse Feesten, Pukkelpop, Cactus).
However, you can also get a cd by simply visiting the website that was set up
with info on the Startbanen at the VDAB.
FREE PODIUM ANYONE ?
As last year, the organisation Poppunt (providing info of all sorts to , best
known for organizing "Popverdorie" in Leuven), will be setting up an
open stage at a few of the summer festivals once again. An ideal chance to present
your unknown band to an apathic audience that is fleeing from the noise of the
main stage ;-)
The organization provides the instruments and sound equipment, you'll have to
provide the songs and the sounds.
For Werchter (June 30-July 2) and the Dour festival (July 6-9), you need to have
a ticket to the festival itself. At Suikerrock in Tienen (July 29-30) or Marktrock
in Leuven (August 13-15), there's no ticket to pay. Inscriptions at Poppunt.be,
or at the actual venues.
TALENT HUNT ANYONE ?
Monster.be, the American jobnetwork with a Belgian site, is also trying to grab
a bit of attention through a music contest.
The setup here : demo's can be sent in (to Monster Talent Hunt 2000, Koningin
Elizabethlaan 54, 1780 Wemmel). A song from the 10 best demo's they will receive
each week will be put online and will be the subject of a public and jury vote.
The 2 most favoured bands of each week that the contest runs (from June 19 to
August 11) will go to a preselection, a live gig at either the Botanique in Brussels
on August 27 or the Vooruit in Gent on September 3.
The eight best bands of these preselections will be able to take part in one of
the festivalhappenings of "Festival van Vlaanderen", and will be invited
to the closing show of that classical festival, which is announced as a "boundary
More info : Monster.be
June 12, 2000
No news, good news ??
Reason for this sudden dip in info-bytes seems to be that all eyes are aimed at
Euro 2000 (hope that they didn't all see the opening ceremony, cause that
featured Hooverphonic giving a new meaning to the word playback : the sound
that Geike was singing to must've been over 2 seconds earlier than the image that
reached us) and at the books everybody seems to be having in front of 'em.
A few short bits :
- The Neon Judgement, who split
up only a few years ago and went their seperate ways with Bonjour Micro and Neon
Electronics, have decided that there's no place better for a reunion than
the Eurorock-festival in the North of Limburg (a festival that was accused by
the Sisters of Mercy of being too doom, too Goth and too new-wave ...). Not only
will the electronic duo be there, they will also play a set consisting of eighties
- Boterhammen in het Park (sandwiches in the park, a yearly happening that
used to take place in the Brussels royal park, but nowadays on a square in the
city-centre and features a number of flemish artists giving concerts around noon)
will be held this year (there was some doubt about that earlier in the year).
The programme features a tribute to Wim De
Craene "Nu laat ik je niet los'' and concerts by El
Tattoo del Tigre, Fluxus, Olla Vogola, Naft, Gorki
(with assistance of members of DAAU),
Zakformaat XL, Roland
en Wannes van de Velde, Michel Bisceglia, Geert Houtekiet en Frank Boeijen. Entry
is free for all of these concerts. Info : 02-548.24.24.
- Katastroof have already sold over 15,000 pieces of their anthem for
the year 2000 "Zuipe"
(boozing), which is good for a golden single. In the slipstream of the success
of that single, the guys from Antwerp are giving their previous best-known song
"Met de Wijve niks dan last" also a beat-treatment. Will be released at the end
of June. The "best of" that the band release earlier this year has also
earned gold status, which may lead to a "Best of ... part 2". Don't
say we didn't warn you ...