Period : September 23- October 1, 2001
In this issue : K's Choice, Raymond van het Groenewoud, Dear Liza, TMF Awards,
Zita Swoon ...
October 1, 2001
K'S CHOICE LIVE After
two live albums that were reserved for members of their fanclub only ("2,000 second
live" in 1999 and "home" in 2000), K's Choice
have taken the step to release a live album for everybody. And while they were
at it, they made it a double CD.
The title of the 2 CD's is simply "Live", and wants to give as good a summary
as possible of the band's complete works: on both of the CD's are eleven tracks,
with the first one showing the "not an addict" rocking side of the Bettens-family,
and the 2nd disc demonstrating the more introverted folksy side of the band. The
album has been produced by Werner Pensaert, who recorded some 20 concerts and
a couple of festivals during the latest tour. There's also some material of a
live session which was done in the Galaxy Studios at the end of May. Recordings
from 4 different countries were selected: Holland, Germany, France and Belgium.
The bad side of it is that the cd's are of the dreaded "protected" kind (the first
one I encountered) meaning you can only play this disc on a genuine CD-player,
not on a DVD, or a computer CD-Rom. It sucks, Sony!
If you want to see them really "live", K's Choice will be touring Germany this
month, with Weezer (although it now seems Weezer has cancelled everything and
the tour is off), and will be doing a tour of some 20 gigs in France in the beginning
of next year. Concert dates are here.
RAYMOND VAN HET GROENEWOUD KEINEIG VERLIEFD I
don't know exactly the how-many'th CD by Raymond
van het Groenewoud this is, but the strongholder of the song in Dutch
has delivered one again, with the title "Een jongen uit Schaarbeek"
(a boy from Schaerbeek). The CD was recorded with César Janssens on drums
again, and the young Thomas Vanelslander (Overflow) on guitar. Strangely enough,
the production was done by Christine Verschorren, who also happens to be the current
Ms. Van Het Groenewoud. The CD-release itself is for October 4th, but there is
already a track that gets lots of airplay, the single "Keineig (verliefd
(I'm so like totally in love with her).
A link to the previous story (about K's Choice)
is that one track on the album, the titlesong "Een jongen uit Schaarbeek"
is being sung by Sarah Bettens, about which track he tells Humo "it's
a lullaby for adults. It had to be sung by a woman. I had it so bad (lovesickness)
that I wished I had someone who would sing for me softly, make me feel as if I
was in the warm bath of a womb again".
Raymond fans should also buy newspaper De Morgen, next Thursday, as there will
be a special CD of him included in the paper: it's a seven track disc, with some
old songs and two tracks from the new album, called "Water en Brood"
(water & bread).
DEAR LIZA LETS US KNOW Sometimes
it takes a band ages to get some airplay, spanning years of trying to convince
people with cheap demo's. And sometimes it takes just a few months. The right
time, the right place, and the talent that there. Such an act to come on strongly
this year is Dear Liza (and no, it's not the twin sister of Darling
Nikkie, although I'm beginning to spot a trend here).
Behind dear Liza is singer Els Artois, who started out doing backing vocals
and practising in cover-bands. When she and Roel de Ruijter started experimenting
with drumloops and samples, things "clicked", and the project was born.
A demo was sent in to Studio Brussels, but instead of airing in their demo-poll,
Stubru shoved one track of the demo "Time"
straight onto their main playlist (and hotlist). A
bit later, the act found Ars productions (normally very dance-oriented stuff,
eg. Technotronic) prepared to put the
And now, Dear Liza is already up to the second stage: a second single, and a totally
different one for that matter, as after the wild breaks of "Time", "Let
is much more quiet and held-back. There's a video out for the track, shot by Peter
Van Eyndt (who also responsible for recent video's of Zornik
and Lords Of Acid), and an album in the
If interested in Dear Liza, keep an eye out for the next Belpoptop
(next week or so), because we've got plenty of singles of Els & Co to give
away in there. More info about Dear Liza at www.arsproductions.com.
September 25, 2001
TMF NOMINEES TMF
is gathering steam for their annual "we are still here you know"-party
called The TMF-Awards, which will be held in Flanders Expo on October 27th.
The nominees are (in the Belgian sections, there's also an international award
in each of these categories):
- as live-act : Lais, Zita
- as most promising artist : Lasgo, VandaVanda, Zornik
- as best dance act : Milk Inc., Lasgo
- as best RnB/Rap act : ABN, KIA,
- as best singer : Gene (X-Session), Joost
Zweegers (Novastar), Stijn Meuris (Monza)
- as best female singer: Belle Perez,
Geike (Hooverphonic), Sarah Bettens (K's
- as best rock band : Zornik, Monza,
- as best pop band : X-Session, VandaVanda, K3
- as best CD : Hooverphonic "The
Magnificent Tree", Zita Swoon "My Life=A Sexy
Sanctuary" or Laïs "Dorothea".
- as best videoclip : Zita Swoon
"The Bananaqueen", Milk Inc. "Never
Again", Zornik "It's so unreal",
Hooverphonic "Out of sight"
or Monza's "Van God los"
- as best single : "Something" by Lasgo, "It's so unreal"
by Zornik, "Scream for more" by Kate
Ryan, "Never again" by Milk Inc.
and "The bananaqueen" by Zita Swoon.
Most of these artists will be playing live (or with playback written on their
hands) during the show, which will of course also be aired live on TMF. From the
international stars, confirmed acts that will be performing are Faithless, Atomic
Kitten, Twarres, Atomic Kitten, Blue, Kosheen, Placebo and the lovely Alizée.
You can vote on which of these nominees gets the statuette, and find more info
about the event at http://www.tmfawards.be
September 23, 2001
STEF KAMIL EXPO Many
a heated barside discussion has already been held about the question if the "antwerp
scene" is just a bunch of arty-farty wankers, or if they are just musicians
who are also rich personalities (and happen to have a keen interest in other arts
than music). After Rudy Trouvé already came out of the closet with exhibitions
of his art, now Stef Kamil Carlens of Zita
Swoon is doing the same thing.
An exposition of his paintings, texts and other stuff was put together, and got
the title "Gentle Ruddy Turnstone in an expanding collection of thoughts".
It's on display from september 20, until October 14 in Rotterdam (Tent).
More info about the expo at the site of Nighttown.
A nice exposition of some of the artwork of Zita Swoon members and Elke Boon is
included on the funky zita swoon website
Related to this is the news that Zita Swoon are releasing a third single from
their "Life=A Sexy Sanctuary"
CD: after the upbeat "Hot Hotter Hottest" and the excentric "Banana
Queen", the choice came on the beautiful "My Heart Belongs to Someone
Else (I Wish It Was Mine)"
(at last a titlelength worthy of a Zita Swoon song again).
Hey, and now it seems that there's even more coming from where that came from
: on October 5, Zita Swoon will be releasing as "semi-live" cd, apparently!
It's a session they have recorded in that Jet studio in Brussels, taped for airing
on TMF, which will now make it to a CD. Can be pre-ordered already from the Proxis-site
("TMF Jet Session", 415 fr.), although there's no details or
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