December 28, 2000
WIZARDS OF OOZE SPLIT
Sad news: Gazet van Antwerpen
today carries a little article saying Wizards
of Ooze are wrapping it up. The band will do a club-tour in March, April
and May of the next year, but then will call it a day and stop existing ...
"We had already made the decision a long time ago that when the third
CD wouldn't put us in a more comfortable position we would stop. "Almost
... Bikini" hasn't reached the sales we hoped for, and the German company
we were in business with has gone broke." said Wim Tops.
It's already clear that the end of the Wizard of Ooze will not necessarily mean
that the cooperation between the tandem Peter Revalk-Wim Tops will end, as they
are already plotting future plans in their home-studio "Weird shit again",
said Tops about this.
The farewell club-tour starts on March 3 in Merelbeke, then travels to Kortrijk
(De Kreun, April 12), Turnhout (Wollewei, April 19), Ieper (JOC, April 21), Leuven
(Stuc, April 25), Gent (Vooruit-café, April 26), Hasselt (Muziek-o-droom,
April 27), Brussel (AB-club on May 3rd) and finally Antwerp (Monty, May 6th).
DAS POP TO EUROSONIC
Studio Brussel has chosen Das Pop as
the representative for the radio station to this year's European Broadcasting
Union showcase festival Eurosonic. The band will be performing a showcase at the
festival in Groningen on January 5th, which will be (partly) sent out to the 17
Das Pop will not be the only Belgian act at the Noorderslag / Eurosonic
festival this year, as Hooverphonic, Mauro,
& Tom Helsen were already scheduled by
the organisers themselves.
Das Pop finds itself in a tradition of Stu-Bru-sent bands, as there's already
a long tradition: in 1984 TC Matic was the
first band to be sent off to Nürnberg, in the next years followed by The
Scabs, The Pop Gun, Elisa
Waut, Won Ton Ton, The
Paranoiacs, The Wolf Banes, La
Fille d'Ernest, Betty Goes Green,
Evil Superstars, Hoover,
and last year's contribution Arid.
Echo's of the festival will be broadcasted one week later, in the programme Radar
from January 8th. More info at the site of Eurosonic/Noorderslag.
SHARKO TO BOURGES
On the other side of the linguistic frontier, there's also talent wanting to be
discovered, but they are still facing South to get that done.
Radio 21 has chosen Sharko (David Bartholomé) to figure as the Belgian
entrance to the "Découvertes" section of Le Printemps de Bourges,
one of the main festivals in France, held in .
Sharko, who won Concours-circuit three years ago, also has a Belgian "reputation"
to hold up at that occasion, as both Venus
2 years ago and Daniel Hélin last
year made a very good impression on the French audience in Bourges.
AERTS = TRANSHUMAN
JMX, the incarnation in the nineties of guitarist/producer Jean-Marie Aerts has
written the soundtrack to the film "My Transhuman" by Eric Kint.
The film, which will be broadcast on Canvas on January 2nd at 22:40 carries 7
instrumental tracks by JMX, and one song written by Tom Barman (of dEUS).
My Transhuman is a "poetic evocation on the evolution of today's Technology,
its impact on the human being and our human society. Will men become eternal?"
This is done by 8 deep-content interviews (e.g. John Rodriguez (specialized in
the field of deepfreezing organisms), Margareth Wertheim (looking for releations
between science & religion), Joseph Rosen (machine-enhanced human senses),
David Pearce (author who states that we are biologically capable of implementing
Paradise), Terence McKenna (controversial ethnobotanist), Dr. Robert White (controversial
brain surgeon who has pioneered 'full-body' transplants in which primate heads
are exchanged), Natasha More (transhumanist, wanting to go towards a technologically-enhanced
Godlike being) and Gregory Stock (author of "Meta-Man", a book on how
humankind is creating a collective being with enormous powers). These interview
are intercut with the 7 "illustrative and relaxing music clips"
by JMX and 1 by Tom Barman (who recorded "My Trancehuman (stay unfaithful)"
with Jmx and Peter Vermeersch).
All this and more can be found out by visiting the brand new website that
was pieced together from the impressive career of JMA-JMX : www.jmx-jma.com,
which touches briefly on all the periods from the career of this guitarist and
December 19, 2000
LUNASCAPE GETS LEUVEN KORT AWARD ...
was awarded the Telenet public choice award at the short-film competition Leuven
Kort, for their video to the song "Your Shadow"
(this video, and the other nominees, can still be seen at this
page, until the 31st of January).
This video of Lunascape was directed by bandmember Walter Hilhorst himself,
who in daily life is a director for Kanaal 2 (On Air Promo), who explained the
concept of it as : "Kyoko (the first name of the singer in the band) is
a Japanese name that literaly means opening flower. That gave me the idea to make
her blossom in a room, dressed as a rose. Apart from the shadow side of her life,
Kyoko, as a rose, goes in search of happy moments, making appear shadows and episodes
from her past"
Meanwhile, a Lunascape site is slowly shaping up at www.lunascape.net,
and there has just been the release of a second single "Tears from the
moon", all gearing up towards the release of the debut-album of this
intriguing band, set for next year.
... AND SO DOES SOULWAX
The professional jury of the same short-film annex videoclip competetion did not
follow the votes of the surfers, but awarded the title of best videoclip from
the bunch presented to Soulwax for their clip
to "When Logics Die". This video features an extreme close-up
of a French kiss, and was directed by Stephen Dewaele himself.
Other news about Soulwax to reportis that they have announced yet another small
tour of England & surroundings, in February, and that the band will probably
be hopping over the the USA in January, to perform two showcases there. In the
UK, there will also be a "new" single in February, although "new"
is slightly off-truth since the song in question will be "Conversation
Intercom" (another track from Much Against Everyone's Advice, an album
already over well over 2 years old).
On Christmas-night, you can catch the brothers doing their stuff on TMF, on a
special night-long show of their "Alter@", and there's also the possibilty
to go from 2000 to 2001 watching the bro's on tv, as TMF
will show a DJ-set of theirs at that moment.
NEWS FROM THE AB
The programme of the Ancienne Belgique
sometimes reads as a "Belgian poptelex", announcing upcoming releases
and the showcases for them in the next months. Some of the recent additions include:
- Pieter-Jan De Smet has assembled a
band yet again, as always featuring his compadre Geoffrey Burton, and also Mirko
Banovic on bass and Frederik Vandenberghe on drums. After a first single "I
know that tune" after a long silence at the beginning of this year, the stand-in
for Patrick Riguelle in de Laatste Show, is currently recording his third album.
The avant-première of this new material will be presented at the AB-club
on February 6.
- Flat Earth Society, the
band of Peter Vermeersch (X-Legged Sally
etc ...) with 17 other zappa-aficionados such as David Bové (Think of One ...)
and Benjamin Boutreur (ex-zita swoon) also are finishing a new (second) album.
The Cd will be entitled Bonk!, will be released on Zonk! Records
(distribution Lowlands), and will be presented to the world at the AB-club on
- De Mens, are currently in the studio
(ICP Brussels), recording the follow-up to 1999's "Sex
verandert alles". They'll mix it and finish it in January, and hope to
release the album in February of next year. Guests which have been signalled in
the studio includ Tine Reymer (Flowers for Breakfast),
Steven De bruyn (El Fish), Jeroen Ravesloot
and Jean-Marie Aerts. Frank van der Linden &
Co will present the album, the name currently still a secret, at the Ancienne
Belgique on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd of February.
- Last, but not least, the Kids will be
celebrating their 25th year of existence in 2001, and the festivities to commemorate
the finest Belgian punk band will also be held at the AB-club, February 5th. On
that occasion, the band will record a live album. Free tickets can be won by the
dozens at the site of the band.
There will be no next time!