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2010 in 10 – FOUR: Mintzkov ‘Rising Sun, Setting Sun’ CD
January 11, 2010, 7:32 pm
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THIS IS THE FOURTH OF 10 POSTS ABOUT WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2010.

Today, Mintzkov released their new single ‘Opening Fire’. It’s the first track from the new album they recorded last November with producer Jagz Kooner (Primal Scream, Reverend & the Makers, Kasabian). It’s called “Rising Sun, Setting Sun” and will be available February 19th. The album comes unusually quick according to Mintzkov standards. At this very moment they’re still promoting their last album in France! (ok ok, it was released a lot later over there, but still.)

Not much attention was paid to this in the national press, but Mintzkov are doing quite good outside Belgium as well. Proof is in the fact that later this month they will embark on a 3 month club tour that will take them to the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Scandinavia. You can find all the tour dates on their MySpace.
They start off the tour with a try-out gig tomorrow night, after which it’ll be easier to tell if the new songs are as good as the previous Mintzkov material. For now the new single left me quite underwhelmed, but maybe it needs a few more listens before I can really judge it.

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2010 in 10 – THREE: Admiral Freebee ‘The Honey & The Knife’ CD
January 10, 2010, 12:50 pm
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THIS IS THE THIRD OF 10 POSTS ABOUT WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2010.

On February 22nd, Admiral Freebee releases his fourth album. It will have 11 tracks recorded in just 3 days and is announced as a return to the vibe from the first album

The album was shaped during a string of unannounced pub gigs – of which I was lucky enough to see two (I reviewed one of them on this blog). If it is as good as those gigs were, it will be absolutely fabulous. If it’ll be like the solo festival gigs he played last summer, it’ll be a stinker. Oh, the excitement!
‘The Honey & The Knife’ is out February 22nd.
First single ‘Always On The Run’ gets it first airplay  January 13th.

PS. The album cover is a photo by former pro skateboarder, turned artist Ed Templeton. Templeton happens to be represent by Tim Van Laere Gallery in Belgium and Tim van Laere happens to be the Admiral’s brother.  Full circle.



2010 IN 10 – TWO: THE EAT LIONS
January 8, 2010, 7:32 pm
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THIS IS THE SECOND OF 10 POSTS ABOUT WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2010.

Tim Vanhamel in search of a band. That was the tag line of a big marketing campaign in the Fall of 2009, set up by Vice Magazine and sponsored by vodka brand Absolut . Tim Vanhamel (of Millionaire, dEUS and Evil Superstars fame) was looking for a new band to write some songs with and do a mini tour early 2010. Everyone was able to follow the auditions on a website and even vote for the contenders.

In the meantime, all band members have been chosen, they got themselves a band name and they’ve played a few jam sessions.
The Eat Lions are Jonas De Houweron drums , Michaël Vanderhasselt on guitar, Damien Vanderhasselt on drums, Zahnoun Ben-Younes on guitar, Tom Vanlaer on Bass and Tim Vanhamel behind the microphone. The fact that Vanhamel won’t play the guitar himself and thus might have a limited influence on the actual song writing makes me doubt the outcome of the whole enterprise. The first videos show Vanhamel shouting heavily distorted vocals over layers of noise. Mmmm. Although Tim Vanhamel’s back catalogue is pretty flawless, I’m afraid I have to hereby award the 2010 Benefit Of The Doubt to The Eat Lions. I guess we’ll just have to wait for the soon to be released tour dates and see for ourselves if all the fuzz was justified.



2010 in 10 – ONE: Roadburg ‘Raise Cain’ cd
January 7, 2010, 11:23 pm
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THIS IS THE FIRST OF 10 POSTS ABOUT WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2010.


Roadburg were my personal favourite to win HUMO’s Rock Rally 2008. They were the band with the most surprising and exciting sound of the evening. Mixing Pavement guitars, with Sonic Youth noise wit jazz and loads of youthful enthusiasm. They were not perfect, but they were the most promising band of the evening. Alas the award went to Steak No. 8.

The 2 main song writers are also the key members of The Galacticos, who released 3 singles and the aptly named ‘EP Phone Home’ in 2009. Now they’ve finally directed all their attention to Roadburg. They went to Malta to record their debut album ‘Raise Cain’ with Luuk Cox (see Shameboy and production of Tim Vanhamel solo CD). The first single ‘Instant Flowers’ is out now and sounds surprisingly laid back and poppy. The version from their 2008 demo was much louder, up tempo and crazy. Compare the MySpace single version with this MP3 of the demo version and decide for yourself which one you like best.

Anyways, my reaction to the full cd will largely depend on the extend in which they were able to get their live vibe on tape. Always a tricky issue with bands that are best savoured in a live setting. Wait and see, but I predict they can make it pretty big in 2010. The CD is out February 22. But please go see them live!