Wandering in Brussels

 

06/19/12 – HEADWAR @ KHEDIVE

WHAT
Headwar
are wild children from Amiens. They also happen to be the best french live act for a few years: love of dissonance, no-wave/punk guitars, dementia shriekings, frenzied avalanches, crushing bass, hammered tribalism, ear-drilling synth. Plus something which reveals the Beast laying in each of us.
Headwar generate a creepy golem out of sound and then they tame it, control it, alter it, caress it, until it is unleashed and swallows everyone. And then people return to a primal state, sweat, bleed, climb on each other, bite each other (it actually happened to me. I was the victim). Headwar is the Monolith and we are a gang of monkeys discovering fire.

Here is a video recording of their full show at Grnd Zero in 2009. Watch it full screen. Entirely. If you don’t have the time or if you’re suffering from interweb’s attention disorder syndrome, download it and keep it for later.

Download the video – 500 mb (Right click/Save as)
Download the audio-only version – 85 mb (Right click/Save as)

+ Another more recent live with a lot of new songs :
Headwar @ GrndZero 06/14/12
– 444 mb RAW BUT LOSSLESS AUDIO (Right click/Save as)

WHERE
Khedive
is an unlikely venue, right accross the street from the very official Botanique. The owner tries to make a living of it, but doubtless the place doesn’t reach any safety standards and he really seems elsewhere.
Frequency of good music: No idea, first time I went there. The Headwar show was organized by a friend of them.
Other remarks: Probably won’t last long if they continue to leave the door open while noisy rock roars and neighbours are sleeping not far away.

 

 

6/20/12: ZEA + KING AYISOBA @ ATELIERS CLAUS

WHAT
Zea already wrote about King Ayisoba recently on A&D, and we mumbled a few clumsy words about Zea too, so I’ll be brief. Zea = pop-punk anthems, african guitar riffs and cheap drum machine colliding (+ delicate folk side). King Ayisoba from Ghana = KILLER, with at least half a dozen persons living in his head.

 

 

WHERE
Ateliers Claus
holds its name from his owner, Franz Claus. Weird, isn’t it? If you blink very quickly you can see a subliminal fresco of his face behind the stage. At first Mr Claus was hosting shows in his living room, but then the Brussel’s city council wasn’t happy about it and there was a dispute and then they played Rock-Paper-Scissors and the city council lost so they lent him a new place.
Frequency of good music:
Around a third of great shows in Brussels happen there.
Other remarks: The barmaid, after years of practice, still doesn’t know how to pour a beer. Tech guys are über competents (one of them is Deerhoof’s sound enginneer when they tour europe).

 

 

6/20/12 – DON VITO @ RTT

WHAT
Don Vito
are a spontaneous, concise, dense and disruptive trio from Leipzig. They navigate with dexterity between structure and chaos, and none of their tracks last more than the time to smoke half a cigarette. Their music is nifty like math rock, ferocious like punk, boiling over like free jazz, and it makes everyone dance like spuds.

Don Vito – Jean Luc Cora (Right click/Save as)

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Don Vito – Banana (Right Click/Save as)

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Don Vito – Mihaha (Right click/Save as)

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Check their bandcamp.

WHERE
RTT
is one of my favourite venues in Brussels. The building mainly hosts artists’ residences, but sometimes shows take place on the 1st floor. No security guards, (very) cheap entrance tickets and drinks, you can smoke, bring your own booze, there is a garden, shows finish late… Crust heaven on earth.
Frequency of good music: Good (expect mainly punk, noise, math-stuff)
Other remarks: Feels like home (if your home is messy). Will close on summer 2013, boo boo.

 

 

06/21/12 ANDY MOOR & YANNIS KIRIAKIDES @ RECYCLART

WHAT
Andy Moor (The Ex’s guitarist) and Yannis Kyriakides (macbook laptop from Hell and various bleep bloop machines) play LEGO with rebetika music, the “blues” music of the Greek diaspora of the early 20th century. The record they made and the liveshow are both stunning.

 

Andy Moor & Yannis Kyriakides – Minores (Right click/Save as)

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Andy Moor & Yannis Kyriakides – Vamvakaris

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Get the record via Andy and Yannis’ label Unsounds.

WHERE
Recyclart
organises parties, concerts, art exhibitions, debates…
Frequency of good music:
Sometimes. Fantastic non-western music shows happen there (from Omar Souleyman to Shangaan Electro).
Other Remarks: the place, located in an abandoned train station, is gorgeous.

 


 

06/23/12 IGNATZ @ MICROMARCHE/DIY Day

WHAT

I know it is unfair, but when you’re an inconspicuous redhead with a beard, some people will always think you just escaped from Lord of The Rings. But as soon as Ignatz/Bram Devens sits down, picks his guitar & pedals and starts to sing his fractured blues, no doubt is allowed : he comes from Mount Olympus and has the power to suspend Time, to reveal the Secrets of the Universe, to make hearts of mortal men vacillate and beat stronger while feeling simultaneously doleful and happy and lonely and surrounded with love and wasted and straight-edge. Praise him.

 

Ignatz – “I Hate This City” Boogie (Righ click/Save as) from I Hate this City Lp

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Ignatz – Dance For Two Hundred (Or A Drink) from I Hate this City Lp

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Ignatz – The Blue & Windless Dusk (Right click/Save as) from Selected songs from cassettes 2005-2009

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Get his last Lps here (Conspiracy records) and there (Kraak records).

WHERE
DIY Day
is a out-doors festival where post-hippies gather and play djembe and fiddle necklaces and do bodypainting while schmoozing about social participation, cultural exchange and environmental approach (actually I didn’t go and only bad faith allows me to write this). Micromarché hosted a bunch of experimental shows during this DIY Day event. Hundreds of people came but 98% of them stayed in the courtyard drinking beer in the sun. I agree it is a reasonable occupation, but they missed the epiphany occuring inside.
Frequency of good music:
Sometimes. Problems with neighbours have limited the amount of shows happening there.
Other remarks: Micromarché is above all an art/blahblah market where various creators sell their stuff, and a restaurant.

 

 

6/25/12 TENNISCOATS @ LA BEAUHAUS

WHAT
I met Saya, Ueno and Tetsuya a few years ago, when we hosted OneOne at Grnd Zero in Lyon. OneOne is the project of Saya and Satomi from Deerhoof, but Greg Saunier (Deerhoof’s drummer), Ueno and Tetsuya accompagnied them for this tour. The result was an euphoric and energetic rainbow pop show. This time the set up is totally different, they play without any mic or amp. Saya walks around, sings and plays melodica. Ueno plays acoustic guitar. Tetsuya plays altered sewing machine, ventilator, beer can, loaf, water pot… Sometimes he takes a stick and wanders about. The result could have been vacuate and simple-minded but instead they kept walking on a tightrope of absolute grace.
Below is a video we were sent of the song Oide No Umi transcribing 1% of the magic that transpired. I’d be ready to give a lung to see again the song they played right before this one. But everyone was crying, and it ain’t easy to hold a cam in these conditions.

A Tenniscoats’ classic:

Tenniscoats – Marline (Right click/Save as) – from The Theme Of Tenniscoats – Majikick Records – 2000

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They will release a new album, All Aboard! July 6th on Chapter Music. Here is a track:

Tenniscoats – Mosha Mosha Mo

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WHERE
La Beauhaus is a micro-venue (30 square meters), organizing art exhibits and shows, notably run by our friend Max (also playing in the band Hoquets and running the Matamore record label). Even if I hated Max, i’d have to admit this place is great.
Frequency of good music: Excellent (expect accoustic/experimental music)
Other remarks: Way too small.

 

 

6/26/12 XXL @ ATELIERS CLAUS

XXL is Xiu Xiu teaming-up with italian band Larsen. Well, it was just Jamie Stewart with his tanned skin, skinny shirt and penetrative look, as Angela stayed home so he could enjoy naughty sightseeing in London. XXL delivered a Loud (they blew a speaker in less than 10 minutes) and angry rock scattered in multiple directions (psychedelism, wistful 80′s pop, experimental digressions). An unknown person Felicité of A&D said we could deduce their sexual behaviours from the way they move on stage: Jamie’s probably consists of whips and twirls, Fabrizio (guitar, dildo) starts softly then becomes a fierce grizzly, while Il Bue (drums, but he missed his True Destiny: acting in Oz), Paolo (synth, accordion) and Roberto (guitar) are more the stoic-but-virile-powerful type. Most of the tracks were instrumental, although Jamie granted us three songs with his delightful agonizing goat’s voice. The show was exalted and staggering, my only problem being that Fabrizio, who also has an enchanting croony voice, didn’t open up his throat.

XXL – Vaire (from Düde, to be released July 2nd on Tin Angel records)

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You can download another mp3 (Disco Chrome) and buy Düde on Tin Angel records’ website.