Period : April 22-26, 2001
In this issue : Nikkie Darling, Moiano, Starflam, Werchter, Dill Brothers,
K's Choice, Arno, Stubru.uit
April 26, 2001
Absolutely fabulous, Nikkie Dahling ... Darling
Nikkie, that's the current alias of Nikkie van Lierop, the German-born
girl who made her musical career over here with dance projects such as Shakti,
Jade 4U, 101 ("Rock to the Beat"), Praga
Khan ("Injected with a Poison"), Lords
of Acid ("Sit on Acid"), Milk
Inc ("La Vache"), CJ Bolland ("Sugar is Sweeter")
and many others. She has recorded and self-produced a full-CD now, which will
be released in May on RoadRunner-Arcade (where Jo Casters, of Poesie
Noire, is doing the bizz for her). The album will go by the name of "www.darlingnikkie.com",
which should be giving you some clue as to
the whereabouts of mrs. Nikki's site on the internet.
A first single to come from the album is "Sugar Cane"
(temporarily you can download an full MP3 of the song in the audio-section of
The album will be presented at the Ancienne
Belgique, on May 28th.
2nd EP for Moiano Moiano
is the brainchild of Peter Lesage. This keyboard player from Ghent developed
it after projects as diverse as DJ 4T4's Magik Ballet Ensemble & Atomic,
Krewcial, the jazz-band Jim Tonik (with drummer Steve Slingeneyer
of Soulwax & bass-player Mirko Banovic
of Arno), jazz-band Flow ... and does rhodes,
moog, wurlitzer, clavinet ànd vocals. Currently the other members of this
"jazz-, HipHop-, soul- en jazz 'n bass live band" are Maxime Lenssens
(Axelle Red) on drums, Maarten Standaert
(Harscore) on bass, Gus (The Hop) as Dj & lyricist and Melissa & Sybil
Jacob as the backing vocals.
About a year after the debut-EP "It's Time" ,
the band has now recorded a 2nd EP/single: "Keep my Heart With It"
another funky/sexy track that should get them some decent airplay. The EP is out
on Brick 900, as the first one, although the label now is called B9000.
Moiano is the supporting act for the exciting new hiphopband Spooks on
their concert at the AB on May 1st. Even more imminent is their gig at the festival
Schoolrock, on April 28th in Kontich, alongside AngeliCo,
Cut La Rock ... (see www.schoolrock.com)
More info about Moiano : www.moiano.com.
April 24, 2001
The Malfrat Linguistiques better known as Starflam
are stepping up the offensive to convince the world of the quality of their 2nd
album "Survivant", which was released at the end of March.
First up, they have released a single from the album, the cheerful & poppy
hiphop track "La Sonora" .
Secondly, they have finally opened the long-awaited website for the band, which
make beautiful use of the great artwork that was made for the album. The obvious
URL = www.starflam.be
And thirdly they are putting together a string of shows where they'll do their
stuff live. An important event in this tour will be the concert they'll be giving
in the Halles de Schaerbeek on the 31st of May, as they have invited a lot of
the guest that are on the album to come join them on stage. In France, they will
be doing a tour with Assassin. And in the summer, there are already dates set
for Couleur Café (June 30), Dour (July 8) & the Francopholies at Spa
Buy "Survivant" at Proxis.
Werchter complete (but not sold out, yet)
& Rock Werchter have announced the last names that complete this year's line-up
of the Werchter Festival : Manu Chao, Feeder, Ash, Wheatus, Talvin Singh, Stereo
Mc's, Dandy Warhols, Black Crowes, Aimee Mann, George Thorogood & The Destroyers,
Laïs, Everlast, Muse, Incubus, Weezer, Afro Celt Sound System. Coldplay &
Lucy Pearl are not coming.
As far as "Belgian interest" goes, this means these will be the compatriots
- Buscemi (in the pyramid Marquee, Friday
June 29 at 20:40)
- Hooverphonic (Main stage, Friday at 23:10)
- Das Pop (Main stage, Saturday June 30 at
- Monza (Marquee, Saturday at 12:00)
- D.A.A.U. (Marquee, Saturday at 13:20)
- Laïs (Marquee, Saturday at 20:20)
- Novastar (Marquee, Saturday at 21:50)
- De Mens (Main Stage, Sunday July 1st, 11:00)
- Mauro (Marquee, Sunday July 1st, 11:30)
- Zita Swoon (Marquee, Sunday 22:55)
The entire line-up can be seen on your t-shirt soon, or else on your ticket that
can be bought at the Go
For Music website.
Somewhat related to the previous is the news that Mao-Magazine
reports on Werchter selling out to the Americans: they claim to know that Rock
Werchter will be handed over to the "world-entertainment group" SFX
in one of the next weeks.
April 23, 2001
Dill Brothers' Remedy The Dill Brothers have earned a reputation as Belgum's best ska band over
the years (no Edje Ska, you don't qualify for that title, but keep trying), but
were never prepared to be a one-trick pony as a band: they blend their ska with
reggae, afro and a unusual amount of energy. Three years after "Kafou",
the Dill Brothers have now
released their second full-cd "Remedy".
The album was recorded in Geel (home of Belgian reggae, and many a nutcase) and
produced by the dutch Robert Curiel, who mixed the lot in The Dub Cellar in Amsterdam.
To emphasize the release of this album, there's also a single release out in the
shops: the reggae-ska of "Right Time" .
More info about the band can be found on their official website www.dill-brothers.com.
Buy "Remedy" at Proxis.
April 22, 2001
Choice Limited & Live K's Choice have been thinking about their fans
again: just as 2 year ago with "2000 Second Live" they are issuing
a live-recording to the members of their fan club (which goes by the name of "The
Great Unconscious Club").
This time the name is "Home - Live at The Ancienne Belgique"
and it is a limited edition album that features a live recording of the acoustic
concert performed at the fan club convention in Brussels on the 7th of October
2000. As a bonus track, there is an interview with the band. It can be obtained
through the fanclub only.
Arno Limited & Live, also Arno is currently on a small tour in Belgium
with a "nude formula" backed by a band that consists of two of his ex-TC
Matic colleagues Serge Feys (synth) & Rudy Cloet (drums) and Geoffrey
Burton on guitar, Mirko Banovic on bass, and Gwen Cresens on accordion. To
gather a bit of attention for the compilation album "Le Best Of"
of last Christmas (which got somewhat pushed under the carpet by the "Compil
Complèt" album of TC Matic got released at the same time), Delabel
(Virgin) is now releasing a limited edition of the same album: temporarily, there
is an extra CD in the box, with 15 tracks that Arno recorded live at the Jet-studio's
in Brussels last year.
Buy it at Proxis.
STUBRU.UIT Studio Brussels is coming out in the
streets again, on April 28th in Ghent (Citadelpark). They've in fact assambled
a mini-festival, with as performing bands Guano Apes, Luke Slater, 28 Days, Postmen,
Cut La Roc, The Morcheeba-dj's & Bad Company (or B:C as they're called now).
Another stage will host all kinds of acoustic sets, with performancec by Thou,
Venus in Flames, Joost Zweegers, Das
Pop, Monza, Luc De Vos, Tom
Other animations will be the taping of the last "French Quiz" of the
season, an avant-première of the "One Night At McCools", free
entry to the Panamarenko-exhibition at S.M.A.K. etc.. Tickets are 550 fr. More
info at this minisite
about the event.
If you're not going, you might as well lend an ear to it, as Studio Brussels will
make a broadcast from the event from 19:00 until 3:00.
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