November 13, 2000
AXELLE RED ... ALIVE
week after Axelle Red performed the
last concert of her year-long tour promoting "Toujours Moi",
at the prestigious venue that is the Olympia in Paris, and just a few days after
she was one of the ravishing guests at Arno's
Amnesty-benefit here in Brussels (she did a version of TC
Matic's "Que Pasa", and a duet with Stephan Eicher in "Lean
On Me"), she is releasing her fifth album.
"Alive" is her first live album, recorded on various "etappes"
of the French tour in 2000, and it spans songs from her entire career (songlist
= sensualité, Ce Matin, A Tâtons, A quoi ça sert, Elle danse
seule, Le monde tourne mal, Just the 2 of us, A 82 ans, Parce que c'est toi, La
réponse, Ma prière, Je t'attends, Aretha et moi, Rester Femme).
Even more interesting is the fact that the first batch of the CD's is a limited
edition, that comes with an extra DVD, containing a really large amount of images/film
from during the concerts, live, backstage and other unreleased photo material
or shoots (1,5 hours in all).
You can buy the limited edition CD of Axelle
Red "Alive" already at.
LEUVEN KORT ... AND DIGITAL
Leuven Kort, the short-film festival in the university town of Leuven has taken
a slightly different form this year: no longer the venue is 't Stuc, no longer
you need to get out of your lazy chair to vote on the candidates for three categories
of short movies (animated, fiction, and videoclips). It is that last category
that is most relevant within the context of this site.
The selected video's are :
- "Cheezy" (music of Wizards
of Ooze), a clip by Hans Buyse
- "Electronica for Lovers" (music by Das
Pop), a clip by Sam Vanoverschelde
- "Love" (music of Praga Khan),
directed by Raf Wathion
- "Mud Stories" (by the nimphette An
Pierlé), a clip by Koen Gisen
- "Right from Wrong" (by the Dutch band Caesar) in a clip by
Jürgen van Gemert
- "When Logics Die" (by Soulwax),
directed by Soulwax's own Stephen Dewaele.
- "Your Shadow" (a song of Lunascape), by Walter Hilhorst
Voting (and of course : viewing the videoclips in broadband if you've got the
fat pipe it takes to do so) can be done at www.kortfilmfestival.be.
The prizes (from a professional jury and of your votes) will be handed out on
December 17th at 't Stuc in Leuven.
ZWEEGERS ... GANGSTA
Joost Zweegers (if you don't know the man: he's the singer from the deathmetalcore
band Novastar and the Belgian version of
Eminem), has been caught in the act: several newspaper report on the fact that
he was sentenced in court in Turnhout last Friday. The felony which cost him a
fine of 45.000 fr. and a suspension of his driver's licence for 14 days is that
he drove away from a terrible car crash (he dented a rear view mirror, parking),
came back to view the damage, and still drove away despite a witness pointing
out the damage done (that dent in the mirror).
His dirty gangsta tactics are proving their worth however: his album was the fastest
rising in the album top of last week here in Belgium, despite it being over half
a year old already and having already sold 40,000 copies of it. Maybe this is
also due to the ultraviolence of the clip for his newest single "Lost &
, which features footage of the singer being totally pulvarized (eat that, Robbie
MIAM MONSTER MIAM ... HEY TANK!
Monster Miam, one of the stranger & surreal artists/songwriters from
the south, has just released his second album (the first one was "Cum at
the Liquid Fancy Fair" in 1998): the album is entitled "Hey Tank!",
and features 19 shortish songs which hover between "en vrac, aux Pixies
de Franck Black, aux Beatles, aux Beach Boys ou ŕ Beck" (as said Le Soir).
Miam Monster Miam is the music project of the 21-year old Benjamin Schoos.
To promote the album, La Soundstation in Liège is staging a Miam Monster
Miam week, with an exposition (of "Interplanetary drawings from Hey Tank!"),
videoclips (a video has been shot for the song "A Desperate Trail" )
and free concerts : on the 14th in duet with Sasha Toorop (Zop Hopop), on the
15th in duet with Loïc of Flexa Lyndo,
and on the 17th in conjunction with Sharko).
More info at La Soundstation, the site
of Miam Monster Miam, or at the
Tank at .
November 12, 2000
THE GALLERY OF SJOEBIDOE
Friday, the very first edition of Radio 2 Eregallerij was handed out in the posh
surroundings of the Casino in Knokke.
The aim of the prize - organized by the show Sjoebidoe - is to give a sort of
"badge of eternity" to "popular songs from Flanders". (they
refer to the American Hall of Fame as an example). The process of election was
done by a jury (Jos Baudewijn, Ward Bogaert, Jan Schoukens, André Vermeulen, Frans
leven, Roger Van Ransbeek, Al Van Dam, Jan Jaspers, Etienne Smet, Marc Brillouet,
Guy De Pré, Jan Heymans en Rino Ver Eecke) that elected 25 songs from pre-1970
(next year's edition will cover 1970-1980).
The nominated songs were "Eenzaam zonder jou" (Will Tura), "September Gouden Roos"
(Bob Benny), "Oh lieve vrouwe toren" (La Esterella),
"Marina" (Rocco Granata), "Seven horses in
the Sky" (The Pebbles), "Een eiland in groen
en blauw" (Marva), "Oh oh, ik heb zorgen" (Louis
Neefs), "De troubadours" (Miel Cools), "De
Ranke Roos" (Ronny Temmer), " Annemarie" (Bob Davidse), "Ring Ring, I've got to
sing" (Ferre Grignard), "Concerto voor jou
Natascha" (Johan Stollz), "Zo mooi, zo blond en zo alleen" (Jimmy
Frey), "Venetië" (Jean Walter), "Christine" (Will Ferdy), "Waarom" (Jacques
Raymond), "Bluesette" (Toots Thielemans), "Welkom
thuis" (Jo Leemans), "Het liedje van de zee"
(Marva), "Eerbied voor jou grijze haren" (Bobbejaan
Schoepen), "Wat een leven" (Louis Neefs),
"Zing Signorita" (Ray Franky), "Hou toch van mij" (Bob Benny), "Op De Purpren
Hei" (various) and "Er speelt een orgel" (Rina Pia). There was even a shortlived
piece of controversy surrounding the nominations, as newspaper Het Volk reported
on a protest by Lize Marke (she found it a bit suspicous that her song "Luister
naar de wind" was neglected, while Rina Pia's song "Er speelt een orgel"
- written by one of the members of the jury, Sabam-bonze Al Van Dam - did get
Anyhow : Prizes went to "Bluesette"
of Toots Thielemans, "Eenzaam zonder
(as performed by Will Tura, written by himself with Ke Riema and Van Aleda) and
as sung by Rocco Granata. A special mention
for a "life full of music" was given to La
Esterella, and to Bobbejaan Schoepen.
The 25 nominated songs have also been put on a double cd (the second is filled
with stuff like Perez Prado, Shakin' Stevens, Agnetha Faltskog, Lou Rawls, Ray
Conniff, Gerard Lenorman, Engelbert Humperdinck, Helmut Zacharias, Camillo Felgen,
Joe Dassin & Charlie Rich, how's that for confidence in the material at hand),
which is out on Sony
November 9, 2000
Trouvé (the lofi guitar hero of the Antwerp scene and brain behind
bands such as Gore Slut - new cd coming up - and Dead
Man Ray, and formerly of dEUS & Kiss
My Jazz), is going on exhibition. Together with his relatives Alfred, Carlo
& Sonja, he is doing an exhibition of his artwork in Antwerp. Best known are
the sleeves he did for dEUS or Kiss My Jazz, but he has an active career as a
painter as well. As Peter Bernaerts of the equally named auction house said to
Belga "he is a very busy bee, yet his drawings, paintings and blow-ups
are characterised by emptiness, paranoia and boredom".
Het Veilinghuis (Verlatstraat 16) in Antwerp, will be the place of this exhibition
of the four Trouvés from the 17th until the 25th of November.
To view some of the works of Rudy Trouvé, you can check out the art section
of excellent "Rudy's Great Ideas"-website.
SUKILOVE & CAMDEN SLIDE STORE
One advantage of the internet is that it gives beginning musicians a cheap way
& lots of chances to promote their band (eg. belgiummp3.be,
Poppunt D-tracks, Stubru's Radar,
the demo-section of this site). And not only that,
it also gives "established" musicians a chance to develop & tell
us about new projects, which brings us back into the scope of these pages. Here
are two of those:
Now that the Metal Molly come-back has
died down a little, the nights are long, and the campfires warm, Pascal Deweze
(Metal Molly) & Stoffel Verlackt (Flowers
For Breakfast, El Tattoo Del Tigre,
Metal Molly) & Pieter Van Buyten (Marjan Debaene,
The Kids, Flip
Kowlier, Chitlin' Fooks) have started
a new project, entitled Sukilove. The style this mellow trio is developing
: "Jonathan Richman-blues" with influences. The band already has a fun
website, with plenty of demo-MP3's which are well worth a listen: www.sukilove.com.
Camden Slide Store, on the other hand is a brand new project in development
by Axl Peleman (the naked one in Ashbury
Faith, formerly the bassplayer of The Paranoiacs
(that band is still looking for a new bassplayer, btw), and currently one third
of the heavily marketed Angelico. Contrary
to the other projects of Axl, this one promises to in singer/songwriter style,
citing the influences of Beck, Ben Harper & Elvis Costello. This band will
start recording a cd for Universal in January or later, produced by Jo Francken
Janez Detd. e tutti quanti). Other musicians
who'll be joining the fun are Michael Schack (of Blue Blot, of who a new compilation
CD will be released shortly), Ruben Block (of Sin
Alley & Angelico), Mario Pesic, and
Stef de Rijcke (of The Paranoaics). The birth of this band can be witnessed at
the personal site of the bass-guru himself.