Period : January 24 - February 5, 2001
In this issue : Flat Earth Society, Zita Swoon, Neon Judgement, Thierry Coljon,
Soulwax, Lords of Acid, Bar8.
February 5 , 2001
SOUNDTRACK FOR AN ENEMA Flat
Earth Society, one of the bands of Peter Vermeersch (best known from the
band X-legged Sally), has just come out
with "Bonk!". F.E.S. is a 17-piece Zappa-ï-esque big band, featuring
people such as Think of One's David Bovée
& Roel Poriau, FFb's Benjamin Boutreur and
some XLS-colleagues such as Bart Maris & Michael Mast. It features two Residents-covers
and one particularly sick song called "Lavementlied"
(song for an enema), which was explained by Peter Vermeersch in Cucamonga
as "there are songs for all kinds of occasions : funeral songs, music for the
wedding of a princess, lift music ... so we thought: why not make music to go
with an enema, which makes you forget the inconvience of an enema. It features
lyrics I found on the internet about the Sint-Vitusdance, a disease which makes
you itch like mad, and for which the cure was thought to be do dance oneself into
a trance. But this had the adverse effect as by dancing the metabolism gets very
active and the people fell to the ground on the spot". <insert gratuituous
joke here about which effect listening to Lavementlied has on your digestive system
The CD was recorded with Karel de Backer (the sound technician of Zita
Swoon), in the very studio ZS was setting up to record "Life = A Sexy Sancturary".
The Cd was released on a newly founded label, called "Zonk!", distributed
In the next months, there'll be no more live shows of F.E.S., but instead there'll
be a number of performances of Larf (the celebrated play Vermeersch & Vervloesem
wrote with actor Josse de Pauw), and then the band will start rehearsing for the
next big thing, which is being the "house band" of Brugge 2002 (European Cultural
January 31, 2001
ThIs sItE hAs bEEn hAckEd by UnItEd yOUth
or not. Maybe it's just I'm working on a big cosmetic update of
this site, leaving me no time to put up things here right now.
Some quick newsfacts :
Zita Swoon have premiered the
new single "Hot Hotter Hottest"
today on Studio Brussels. Release date of the album "Life = A Sexy Sanctuary"
still set for March 16. After that, the band will be touring extensively (already
15 dates in France, Greece, Holland and Belgium have been confirmed.
The Neon Judgement - who
revoked their split last year - are planning on a number of new concerts (Stockholm
etc), and are even considering a live album. For this, they will record two concerts
they'll be doing in Sint-Niklaas on February 17 (Bal Fatal) and March 31 in Dendermonde.
To celebrate the new look of their website at neon.grmbl.com,
they are temporarily also giving away a MP3-recording of the track "Nion
Nion". More info about the Bal Fatal gig (also featuring EBM-bands such
as Dive & Suicide Commando) can be found here.
Thierry Coljon is not only a music journalist for Le
Soir (search the archive for his name to find some interesting articles),
he is also the author of a second book on Belgian music. After the biography of
Helmut Lotti, he has chosen the subject "Petite histoire belge de la chanson
française". In this excellent source, he portrays some 25 artists
from the rockscene in Wallonia & Brussels, ranging from Salvatore
Adamo to Arno & from Marka
to Axelle Red. The title of the book is
"La Belle Gigue" (as the song of André
Bialek), and is published at Editions Luc
whOrEs And have been to Japan for a 4-day
promotrip signing their authographs on Japanese teenage bellys, drinking loads
of sake and laughing with the ridiculous accents of Japanese music execs trying
to speak English. They had a wristwatch camera with them, and posted the results
of this cam to www.maomagazine.be.
They'll be doing a few shows in England now again, hoping to making their first
appearance on Top of The Pops with the new single. ScrEw
January 24, 2001
LORDS OF ACID GO "FARSTUCKING" Lords
of Acid, one of the alter ego's of Maurice Engelen & Co (in these parts
of the world better known as Praga Khan),
have another album ready. It will be called "Farstucking", and will
as usual contain dark industrial house, kinky dance & horny lyrics, as witnessed
by track-titles such as Scrood Bi U, Pain & Pleasure Concerto,
Slave To Love, Lucy's F*ck*ng sKy (A Treatise on the Practical Methods
Whereby one can) & Lick my Chakra.
"Farstucking", still on Antler/Subway, will be launched in New York,
after which they'll do a short series of gigs in Chicago, Los Angeles & Detroit.
In Belgium, the CD will be presented in the AB in Brussels: after the Club was
sold out for this occasion in no time, it was now decided to move the concert
to the Big Hall, so there are still tickets to get at abconcerts.be.
More info on the Lords of Acid & even some samples of the album (release date
in Belgium: March 7) can already be found at the LOA-site.
PUTS UP "DWARFISH SPECTACLES"
Although the Bar8's debut album technically already been launched in December,
the band is getting it out to the press now, with a concert in the stylish venue
of "De Markten" in Brussels on January 26. This full-length debut album,
entitled "Dwarfish Spectacles" is one of the first releases on
Luc Van Acker's BMG/Ariola's-sublabel "Les
Bar8 is the band of Bart-Amand (in 1996 in the Rock-Rally finals as the keyboards-player
of the band 801 KD Concept) with a number of classical musicians.
"Traditional Music from Flanders" on CD
Paul Rans, musician & radioproducer, has released the first 3 in a series
of 8 CD's that will cover most aspects of traditional music in Flanders. The material
on these CD's stem from the so-called "Liedboeken" (songbooks) from
the middle ages to the last century and is reproduced here as "authentical"
as possible. The CD's are launched by Eufoda, a label related to Davidsfonds,
who want the current generation, succeptible to folk music as witnessed by the
success of Laïs & Co, to get in touch
with the music of their ancestors. In the spring of next year, there will also
be an accompanying book to the series, written by Wim Bosmans.
"Van liefde komt groot lijden" is the first in the series, and
contains 24 songs about love & eroticism, as sung by traditional folk-artists
such as Herman Dewit, Mark Hauman, Wannes van de Velde, Dirk van Esbroeck...
- "Werkman, komaan" contains 23 social & workman's songs
- "'t Ros Beiaard doet zijn ronde", the third CD that is already
finished, contains music of procession, guild-festivities etc..
the next cd's will be "Historische liederen, balladen, strijdliederen"
(historical songs, war songs), "Ik ging laatsmaal op jacht" (hunting
songs) "Speelman, gij moet strijken" (traditional instruments &
dance-music), "Sa lieden, wij komen wat wensen" (calender & children's
songs) & "Mogen wij vreemd gaan?" (on which the current generation
of folk musicans can show their stuff).
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