October 23, 2000
ARNO BENEFIT FOR AMNESTY, AND A "BEST OF"
Arno will show his good heart again next
month : for the cause of Amnesty International, he will be hosting a concert in
the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels. To spruce up the evening he'll be inviting
a whole bunch of guests on the stage : the names confirmed so far are Tom Barman
(of dEUS), Axelle
Red, Stef Kamil Carlens (of Zita
Swoon), Starflam, The
Fucking Dewaele Brothers, Zohra, Sandy Dillon, Reggie
(once part of Technotronic), Jean-Luc
Fonck (of Sttellla) and ... Stephan
Place to be : AB, November 11 2000.
Tickets (750 fr) still available.
This is not the only news, as Netbeat reports
that Arno plans to release a "Best Of" album in November (just
in time for your X-mas trees) : There will also be a few "inédits"
on the album, such as a version of "Look What They've Done To Our Song"
which has become "Ils ont changé ma chanson" in a duet with ...
According to the same source, he is currently already recording material for a
new release, although no data is set for that.
& WANNES: NOMADS ON CD
Roland Vancampenhout (with a career
that went from folk to blues and rock) and Wannes Vandevelde (with a career
that went from jazz to folk and flamenco), have now recorded some of the songs
from the program with which they have been touring the country together on a cd,
not surprisingly entitled "Nomaden
van de muziek" (the nomads of music).
The album was recorded "live in the studio", and is released on Virgin.
On it, there are a number of songs from both artists, plus a number of cover versions
such as Dr.Hook's "Baby makes my blue jeans talk" and Bob Dylan's "Masters
of War" and a few traditionals, such as "The Cuckoo" and "As
Time Goes By".
Overview of the new tourdates can be found at the site of Garifuna.
Buy the album "Nomaden
van de Muziek" at .
At the end of this week, Brussels will be the gathering point for the Belgian
music industry in all its aspects again, as the second edition of Viva Musica
will be held in the "Palais de Congrès".
The programme for the four days is absolutely crammed with a lot of interesting
debates, exhibitions, showcases (and unfortunatly also with a lot of less than
interesting debates and showcases).
A try at pointing out the most intersting workshops & themes :
- Thursday October 26: conference on the legal position of the artists in Belgium,
and Jazz-evening, with the celebration of the Django d'or (Belgian jazz award).
- Friday October 27 : conference on 'the future of copyright", and concerts
by Yel (french rock), Mundane (rock-pop), Asskickers (cross-over), Citizen Pain
(emocore), Jean-François Maljean (variété), Funky Fly (funk),
Groovy's Band (world-groove).
- Saturday October 28 : Conferences on "installing a home-studio" and
"Downloading, illegal or not". Concerts by The Grand Piano, Rhythm Wicked,
Disfunktional, Mud Flow, Scarrots, Vanilla Coke, Gloin, Sharko
and Admiral Freebee. In the evening, there's link night, with a party in
the parking tower, with dj's such as Sven van Hees, Charles Chillings,
Superfunk, Derrick May, Steve Stoll, Michel Traxx, Cj Bolland, Marco
- Sunday October 29 : classic and electronics.
The entry prize has been fixed at 250, but you have to be really careful not to
get hit with free tickets (just listen to a radio station or check a serious website
to get yours).
All this info and more (although considerably more 'flashy') is at http://www.vivamusica.be
The Soulwax boys & girls are making
it harder and harder for their die-hard fans to follow their every move: today,
a concert they did in Cardiff was broadcasted by the English Radio 1. On
November 4, they'll do an even more "exotic webcast", as the gig they'll
play "UK Live" show will be broadcasted live via sattelite in Japan (on
the channel Viewsic, available to 3 million Japanese viewers, on 16 big screens
throughout Japan and in 22 Virgin Megastores & 16 HMV shops).
Today, PIAS has released a limited edition of the album "Much Against
Everyone's Advice", only in the UK. The album comes in box with an extra cd
containing 7 tracks : Saturday (Morning After Thrill), Conversation Intercom (live),
Overweight Karate Kid (live), Temptingly Yours (live acoustic version), Conversation
Intercom (Vocoder Intermix), Mike Rule (Joe Cream Mix) and Saturday (Roger Manning
mix), and comes in an unusual orange sleeve. Belgian or other non-UK fans can
buy the album from online cd-outlets such as Amazon.co.uk
(who lists the cd as "Much Against Everyone's Advice Box Set").
October 18, 2000
TOM IS DOING GREAT
all kinds of woo and rumours of things not going so good in the music scene in
Belgium (Erik & Sanne are doing their last tour together! Get Ready
retreats for "at least half a year", not without using the attention
this message has got to sell you new cd! Boysband calls it a day!- help
me out here : who was Boysband?), there is hope at the end of the tunnel : Tom
Helsen is doing Great!
After a few years of relative silence (after a second place in the Rock Rally
of 1996, behind Novastar, he released a titleless debut album in 1998), Tom Helsen
will now be releasing his second album "Tom is Doing Great" on Zomba
(Rough Trade). If you pay some attention, you will have already heard the current
single, the emotional "When Marvin Cries"
. The production of the album was done by Joost Zweegers of Novastar,
who also co-wrote some of the songs on it.
The album will be in the shops as of October 23 (can already be ordered online),
and it will be presented live at the Club of the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels
on October 28. The band (Tom Helsen is a band now, with drum, bass and guitar)
be going on a club-tour after that, the dates of which you can see at the Humo-site.
October 15, 2000
CINEMA MUSICA LIVE
Tuesday (October 17), the movie festival of Ghent is hosting a new edition of
the "night of Cinema Musica", in cooperation with VRT Radio 1.
On the programme are the Flemish Radio Orchestra, who will be accompanying other
performers and will be bringing a "cop movie"-suite (themes from Serpico,
Usual Suspects, Untouchables ...). The artists in front of the orchesta will be
Jan Leyers (songs from "Team
Spirit"), Paul Michiels (some
of the songs he did for the Dutch-spoken version of the Disney-movie "Tarzan"),
Eva Van der Gucht & Tekla Rheuten (the two female protagonists
of the movie "Iedereen Beroemd", who will be singing the van
het Groenewoud songs of the soundtrack such as "Lucky Manuelo"),
and last but not least Wim Mertens,
who'll be playing some of the songs he wrote for "Father Damien" (the
music was eliminated from the director's cut of the movie, btw).
Location of the "Nacht van de Film en Cinema Musica" will be the big
tent near Decascoop-Gent. Tickets are available in limited amounts via e-mail
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (070 225 225). Mind you, the prize of this
extravaganza is 1500 Bf a piece.
The filmfestival in Ghent has it's own website at filmfestival.be,
Cinema Musica has a little page at the Radio1-site.
as we were talking about Flemish Movies : the much hyped movie soccer movie "Team
Spirit" has just hit cinema's across the country (the pic on the right
is from the movie, and depicts Michael Pas & Tine Reymer, who you might
also remember as the singer of Flowers for Breakfast).
The trailer features music by Praga Khan,
but the soundtrack was written by Jan Leyers (one half of the Leyers,
Michiels & Soulsister combination) : there is of course also a cd (predictibably
entitled "Team Spirit O.S.T."), out on Sony Music. Besides the
yummy theme song "Only Your Love Will Do"
there are a number of existing songs which were re-used (eg. Sunny Side Up "She
Makes Me Happy", K’s Choice "Dad")
and a number of new compositions sung by others (Coco
Jr, Salomé, Paul Michiels, Geert Hunaerts).
More info about the Jan Verheyen movie can be found at teamspirit.be,
the sountrack can be bought at.
as we were talking about Jan Leyers : this talented composer has just received
a certificate the American equivalent of SABAM that the song "That's as
close as I'll Get To Loving You"
, as performed by Aaron Tippin, has hit the milestone of being played over
1,000,000 times on American radio stations. This sad country song is a
Jan Leyers composition, and already gave him some reasons to be proud of 4 years
ago, when the song topped the country billboard listin the United States. In Belgium,
this song hasn't even been released at all. In an interview with Gazet van Antwerpen,
Jan said he was of course happy about that ("it sure helps to keep my
4 daughters happy"), and that he will probably be putting the song on
the repertoire when he starts touring again with Frank
Van der Linden in November.