Weapon Of Beauty


2010 in 10 – TEN: Last year’s albums

THIS IS THE TENTH OF 10 POSTS ABOUT WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2010.

There’s a handful of records that should have seen the light of day in 2009, but were postponed for some reason or other. Here’s a quick overview.


The Van Jets – ‘Cat Fit Fury!’
Belgium’s glammest rockers return with a new eyeliner pencil and a second full album. Out 1st of March.
First single will be ‘The Future’, but you can download album track ‘Matador’ for free right here.

Goose – title TBC
All we know about the album is that it should be quite a departure from the old material. No release date has been set so far.

Melissa Auf Der Maur – ‘Out Of Our Minds’
This album was finished in 2007 and will finally be out on March 16th.

Magnus – title TBC
Tom Barman + CJ Bolland’s second album featuring Tim Vanhamel and De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig. No release date set.

Mauro & the Grooms + Hitsville Drunks + …
Mauro Pawlowski’s new Grooms album is his personal Chinese Democracy but cheaper and no doubt better. And without Axl Rose.
Will it be out in 2010 or will it be on the shelf for a few more years? And what about the equally finished Hitsville Drunks album? And all the other stuff he recorded? No one knows.

Nicole Atkins – ‘Mondo Amore’
Her second album will be harder than debut ‘Neptune City’. There’s already a whole bunch of live versions of the new tracks floating around on YouTube . Check out a video of the excellent ‘The Tower’ below. Release date: Spring 2010.

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2010 in 10 – NINE: the art of LIEVEN SEGERS
January 25, 2010, 10:13 pm
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THIS IS THE NINTH OF 10 POSTS ABOUT WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2010.

WoB is looking forward to the new art that Antwerp based artist Lieven Segers will show in 2010. Last year must have been his most prolific year to date, with 5 exhibitions of his artworks or photos in Belgium, Holland and Germany.
Segers originally started out as a photographer but has been making loads of drawings as well. These drawings have often been compared with those of David Shrigley, but I like Segers work way more.

Last year Segers also set up several projects and exhibitions with Cakehouse, the art intiative he hosts with Canvas Collectie winner Michèle Matyn. Most notable was the ‘7000 Cakehouse Poster’ project where the inhabitants of one village were invited to put up one of the 7000 posters with artworks from young Belgian artists, in order to invade the village with art.

The most impressive exhibition was ‘She ran away over the mountains and under the valleys‘  where Segers made drawings all over two science classrooms in an abandoned school building. Visitors had to walk around the rooms on top of the lab tables to see all the drawing on the walls, floor, ceiling and classroom furniture. The unsual perspective and the abundance of tongue-in-cheek drawings had all the visitors walking around with a big smirk on their face.
More of this, please.



2010 in 10 – EIGHT: The Knife ‘Tomorrow, In A Year’
January 21, 2010, 2:30 pm
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THIS IS THE EIGHTH OF 10 POSTS ABOUT WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2010.

The Knife are to release the studio version of the opera ‘Tomorrow, In A Year’, on the 1st March 2010.

Commissioned by Danish performance group Hotel Pro Forma to write the music for their opera based on Charles Darwin and his book ‘On the Origin of the Species’, The Knife decided to make this a collaborative process, working with artists Mt. Sims and Planningtorock for the first time, to capture the huge width of the Darwin and evolution theme. They extensively researched Darwin related literature and articles, with Olof attending a field recording workshop in the Amazon to find inspiration and to record sounds.

A couple of weeks ago The Knife released a free mp3 of the 11 minutes long ‘Colouring Of The Pigeons’ to give us a first taste of the album. Click the download button on this site http://soundcloud.com/theknife/colouring-of-pigeons to have a listen.
But do give the song a couple of listens and some time before you make up your mind. It also took me a couple of days, but now I really love the Pigeons track and I can’t wait to hear the full opera album. Opera, people! Me! Opera! There’s no more certainties in life…

Tracklist:
CD 1

01. Intro
02. Epochs
03. Geology
04. Upheaved
05. Minerals
06. Ebb Tide Explorer
07. Variation of Birds
08. Letter to Henslow
09. Schoal Swarm Orchestra

CD 2
01. Annie’s Box
02. Tumult
03. Colouring of Pigeons
04. Seeds
05. Tomorrow in a Year
06. The Height of Summer

Bonus track
07. Annie’s Box (alt. vocal)



2010 in 10 – SEVEN: new FUTURE OF THE LEFT album
January 20, 2010, 2:03 pm
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THIS IS THE SEVENTH OF 10 POSTS ABOUT WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2010.

It’s not a secret that Weapon Of Beauty likes Future Of The Left. Built front the remnants of the equally brilliant Mclusky, FoTL have so far released 2 studio albums and one live album.
Late last year FoTL singer Falco announced that they had parted company with the Too Pure record label, with whom he had been signed since the second Mclusky album. The reason for the split might be that Too Pure  merged into 4AD late 2008 and the fact that the promotion for the last FoTL album, was less than perfect.

But the band carry on regardless. They’ve already announced that they will hit the studio in February to record their third album. Falco hopes to “channel the spirit of Freddie Mercury (nb. not Brian May) through Slayer’s backline”.
Let”s hope they find a new record company soon so we can hear the result later this year.

In the meantime you can get yourself the limited edition tour 7″ from their 2010 Australian tour, which includes brand spanking new b-side ‘Pre-occupation therapy’.



2010 in 10 – SIX: ‘HAUNTED’ THE MOVIE
January 18, 2010, 9:38 pm
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THIS IS THE SIXTH OF 10 POSTS ABOUT WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2010.

‘Haunted’, one of my favourite Chuck Palahniuk books (along with ‘Fight Club’ and ‘Rant’) is being turned into a movie by Belgian director Koen Mortier.

Haunted is a novel made up of stories. Twenty-three of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you’ll ever encounter. Guts is probably the most notorious story in the book, so disturbing that reportedly over 60 people fainted while listening to readings of the story during Chuck’s book tours. The short story is available for free on chuckpalahniuk.net.

Koen Mortier will write and direct a big screen adaptation of  the novel. No small feat as the novel is told as a modern-day ‘Canterbury Tales’ or ‘Decameron’: a journey-narrative interrupted by each storyteller’s tale, essentially creating 23 separate stories. Turning the book into a screenplay will ask for some serious pruning.

The Belgian director is mostly known for writing and directing the excellent Ex-Drummer, a movie that also had it’s fair part of disgusting and disturbing images. So Mortier seems like the right choice to take on ‘Haunted’.

Chuck himself has a book scheduled for 2010: ‘Tell All’, a novel fictionalizing the life of American playwright Lillian Hellman (out May 4).



2010 in 10 – FIVE: Canvas Collectie – La Collection RTBF
January 14, 2010, 9:32 pm
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THIS IS THE FIFTH OF 10 POSTS ABOUT WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2010.

Belgian television channel Canvas just launched the second edition of De Canvas Collectie – a mix between the RCA Summer Show and the BBC’s School of Saatchi – where they issue an appeal to all creative folk, both the well-known and the unknown, to help produce a snapshot of todays art.
In 2008 a total of 4,500 candidates responded; the works of 250 of these were approved by a demanding jury and presented in an exhibition that attracted 15,000 visitors interested in getting an idea of the diversity and creativity of art in todays Flanders.

The idea caught on the other side of Belgiums linguistic divide and the French-language RTBF is now involved in the 2010 edition: the new, Belgium-wide project now includes a competition, television programs and, already, a retrospective at the Bozar from 07.05.2010 until 06.06.2010.

The 2008 revealed some really great artwork and the exhibition at the Bozar in Brussels was surprisingly good. Let’s hope the tv program is equally entertaining as 2 years ago and that the quality of the submitted work is equally high.



Tim Vanhamel + Philip Metten = Powerhouse


In 1963 Fluxus artist Robert Filliou declared his birthday as the official birthday of the ‘arts’. This statement made in a Parisian bar led to a whole sling of “Art’s Birthday” parties worldwide.  Next Sunday the  17th the M_HKA museum in Antwerp is also hosting a party.

What interests me most is a rare musical/visual performance by Philip Metten. He usually asks a muscisian to perform into an environment and costume that he created especially for the occasion.

This time Tim Vanhamel (Evil Superstars, Millionaire, dEUS…) will do a performance in a sound costume with imbedded electronic pads and neon lights. This is third time they work together, after earlier performances at Art Brussels in 2008 and last November at the opening night of an exhibition with Belgian art in a New York gallery.

This is not the first time Metten merges his visuals with music. Before collaborating with Vanhamel he did several performances with Quasar Noise Lab (feat.  Aldo Struyf and Dave Schroyen (both from Millionaire & Creature Withe The Atom Brain)) and even released a 7 inch single. See some old visuals below