August 18, 2000
K'S CHOICE ALMOST HAPPY
"extremily happy" by now, since K's Choice
has been dominating the entire news of the past week as they got the promo machine
of Double T/Sony rolling again for them. First of all because they have released
the first single
of the forthcoming brand new album, both of which are named "Almost Happy".
The single was aired exclusively on Studio Brussel and Radio 21 for the entire
week, but is in the shops
as of today. The album itself isn't released until September 25, although the
USA, Japan and United Kingdom will have to wait a few more months.
According to Sarah, the single describes a feeling she gets quite often, being
on the very verge of happiness, while never quite getting there.
K's CHOICE CHATS BIZARRE
The band is one of the attractions at the German Festival "Bizarre"
this weekend. Due to the tight coöperation of that festival with the German
TV-station WDR, fans can chat with the band at 8PM tonight. Large chunks
of the festival are also broadcasted during the Rockpalast programs during the
small hours of the night, but none of the Belgian bands in the Bizarre line-up
Khan & K's Choice) are scheduled to
appear on TV.
More info : Bizarre festival, or Rockpalast.
K'S CHOICE IN VORST
On the European tour that the band will do to promote the new album, K's
Choice will be playing one "exclusive" concert in Belgium, but it'll
be largest and most prestigious concert hall they'll be hoping to fill. With a
"special guest" doing the opening, October 31st is the date set for
Info about & tickets for this concert (at 980 Bfr + reservation costs) can
be obtained from Make It Happen or
telephone n° 099-00.991. Pre-sales at the usual ticket-dealers starts on August
K'S CHOICE REPLACES EMINEM
The aforementioned "exclusivity" of the Vorst-concerts doesn't appear
to be intended to be taken in the literal sense : unconfirmed as of yet is that
there'll be a fanclub-day in the AB on October 7th, but more sensational is the
news that K's Choice has been asked to fill
in the wide-open gap that was left on the Pukkelpop-lineup
after rapper EMINEM had to admit he can't leave the country due to his legal hassles.
August 8, 2000
DRANOUTER ON CD
The Dranouter festival (held last weekend) wasn't only blessed with the luck of
making it through the weekend without getting soaked (Sfinks festival closed with
only half the visitors of last year and a deficit of 10 million, Coulour Café
had enough people but had their cash register stolen), they also were the host
of no less than 4 CD-presentations : an acoustic guitar / flamenco CD by Myrdinn
De Cauter (one of the strangely named children - Waso, Vigdis, Dajo &
Myrdinn - of folkmusician Koen de Cauter, best known for his work as a Brassens-
or Gezelle interpreter, or with Waso or Les P'tits Belges) and a folk-sampler
double CD that the organisation of Dranouter itself put together with a large
number of flemish folk acts (41) performing songs of different foreign folk-repertoire.
This CD will be distributed to all kind of folk-outlets in the whole world, in
the hope of raising some more awareness of the current "Flemish Folk Boom".
CD-presentation 3 & 4, on major labels Virgin & Universal, are below:
A first release after their step towards major Virgin is Ambozijn's
"Naradie". The record firm markets it as "acoustic music"
instead of folk, but the cd still contains a number of reworked traditionals
and self-written songs with lyrics from medieval songs. The band could well become
what El Fish is to the blues-scene, by giving
the scene new life and fresh ideas, while not accepting its traditions as the
same time. As Wim Claeys said to "De Standaard" : "Our first
album could be situated as Flemish Folk. But this one can't. We all have found
our places within the group : Wouter's jazz and Irish music, my Scandinavian and
Flemish roots, Tom's love for music from Britany, and Ludo's music from the Mediterranean.
Ambrozijn, that is Flanders on a trip trough Northern & Southern Europe".
More info from their website, or straight
to buy it.
URBAN TRAD RELEASED "ONE-O-FOUR"
Trad is a group that was assembled by Yves Barbieux (of the Folk/chanson band
Coïncidence) on instigation from
some of the folks at Universal, who were looking for a way to bring new life to
André Bialek's classic song "La
Belle Gigue". He assembled a really large band with all kinds of musicians
working in and around Brussels and put the tune in a modern cross-over style which
includes soundscapes, rap, voice-decoders, technobeats as well as pipes, lyres
and fiddles on "La Belle Gig" .
The rest of the album "one-o-four" also can be captured under
the label "Urban Folk".
The CD was released already a while back, but was presented for the first time
with the complete band at the Dranouter folkfestival. Among the members of the
band are musicians from Orion, Ialma, Ambrozijn, Kadril,
Shantalla, Kadril etc ...
More info on Urban Trad from their really nice website
(don't forget to check out the "gallery"
where the musicians that cooperated in this project all present themselves with
a short audio-clip. And then tell me what they were smoking in there...), or to
TOM BARMAN WILL DIRECT A FILM NEXT YEAR
Other news that could be gathered at the same festival came from dEUS-frontman
Tom Barman, who performed an acoustic set with dEUS-songs and covers of
songs from Palace, Elliott Smith, Neil Young or David Bowie (memories of a festival)
while inviting a bunch of friends to sit on the stage, singing in duet with Tom
Van Laer (Admiral Freebee) or Axelle Red,
and wearing a "debardeurke" (the english word for this seems to be a
"slipover", but that doesn't sound nearly as silly as a "debardeurke").
The plans for him directing a movie are now getting very real : the script is
ready, the title found ("Vrijdagavond, zaterdagochtend" - Friday
evening, Saturday morning), and the subsidizing appliaction filed. If money is
awarded, the full-length film will be shot early next year, with actors such as
Dirk Roothooft, Natalie Broots or Frank Vercruyssen, telling the story of nine
seemingly unrelated people spending their time in Antwerp.
The sad part to all this is of course that a new dEUS-release won't probably be
released until 2002, but that was no news.
BELPOPNEWS ... FROM THE NETHERLANDS
"If you can't beat them, employ them", seems to be the motto
of a number of Dutch bands looking at the continuing succes of Belgian acts in
their country. Two nice examples of this new trend (?) are Flemming and Bettie
Bettie Serveert (you should
at least know their "Palomine" or "Lamprey" albums) at long
last has recorded a new album, called "Private
suit", and it features contributions of members of Thou
and Mauro Pawlowski (with whom they also share
the producer John Parish), DAAU (funny
quote from an interview
with Carol Van Dijck "... there was a violin player and a cello player
from DAAU, Deutsch Amerikanische Abenteurliches Unterhaltung. Not to be
confused with Thou. You got the Belgium band Thou and then there's the Belgium
band DAAU.", very helpful indeed!) and Metal
Molly (backing vocals).
Flemming not only found inspiration
here for their name (a feature they share with a band called "Zea",
btw), but also for a number of other aspects of their debut album : it was recorded
in the Vitanova studio's (owned by Joost Zweegers,
and with Karl Broeckaert behind the knobs), it was produced by Tom Pintens (Flowers
for Breakfast, Zita Swoon). As they
kindly put it "Flemming also took the opportunity of using the kind services
of the rich music-scene of Antwerp, through which Tom Pintens kindly navigated
them. The following nice people and brilliant musicians lent their talents to
make a great album" mentioning Roel Poriau (Think
of One), Stoffel Verlackt (Metal Molly),
Tomas de Smet & Tom Pintens (Zita Swoon)
or Bart Maris (Janez Detd. to name just
one band he plays the horns with).