The Mechanics on tour

After playing a few critically acclaimed concerts last summer, all-star avant-rock ensemble The Mechanics embark on a four-date tour later this week. Drummer Eric Thielemans is joined by Rudy Trouvé on guitar and slow dance moves, Mauro Pawlowski on bass, Jean-Yves Evrard on guitar and Roman Hiele on electronics. In this case the sum really is even bigger than its parts, which means these upcoming shows are not to be missed! 17/03: Beursschouwburg, Brussel 18/03: Café Café, Hasselt 19/03: L’Entrepôt, Arlon 20/03: De Ruimte, Amsterdam Links and addresses can be found in our tour dates section.  

Rudy produziert DAAU spielt DAAU

You may already be aware of the fact that Rudy Trouvé curated, produced and arranged Die Anarchistische Abendunterhaltung‘s forthcoming 25th anniversary album “Hineininterpretierung – DAAU spielt DAAU”. As well as making the artwork and live visuals, he also put together a promotional video with Fairuz Ghammam. You can watch the result below. Elko and Jeroen had Yves De Mey as a guest on last week’s Het Kralenspel radio show. Feel free to (re-)listen here:

Elko B.’s first solo album

So here’s the news we weren’t allowed to disclose in the last update: Elko B(lijweert) is releasing his first ever solo album on the 8th of February through Ekster! You can take a look at the artwork, read the tracklist and promo text and, most importantly, pre-order here. The official record release concert will take place on 5 February at 1 pm (!) at Bosbar. This Saturday, 28 January at 4 pm (!), Elko will already play a semi-improvisation preluding a “displacement of works” by Luciano Mergo at said artist’s exposition at Haecken & Ooghen, Klapdorp 35, Antwerp. Exactly one week later,…

Happy New Year

Although this website has been suspiciously silent for a while, Heaven Hotel’s key members certainly haven’t. The follow-up record to “Pawlowski, Trouvé & Ward”, which came out ten years ago, has finally been released through Jezus Factory and Heaven Hotel. You can stream it and buy a digital copy here. Cd and vinyl copies are available through Jezus and should soon be stocked in our shop as well. Elko Blijweert is featured as Elko B. on Ekster‘s eksellent (sorry) second instalment of its “Exo” compilation series. He is currently finishing the follow-up record to “Left Bank Drive” together with Joris Caluwaerts, Simon Lenski and Frans Van Isacker. Rudy Trouvé has…

Godfather curates Antwerp city festival Exposed Music

On the 19th of November (this Saturday!), Heaven Hotel godfather Rudy Trouvé presents an event not to be missed. At Exposed Music, a guide will lead you from one unusual concert location to another, enabling you to witness special performances by – among many others – Elko Blijweert, Joris Caluwaerts, a children’s choir, Geert Waegeman, Teuk Henri and Daan Stuyven. Find all info and book tickets here, and/or listen to Rudy himself explaining it all on Radio Centraal’s Het Kralenspel by clicking “play” below.

Tape Cuts Tape announce tour

Tape Cuts Tape (Trouvé – Cassiers – Thielemans) will be exploring (some of) the roads of Belgium and Holland this coming November. Catch them sharing the bill with TaxiWars, Dans Dans or Robin Verheyen’s New York Quartet at one of the following venues: 11.11 Bozar, Brussel * 12.11 Muziekodroom, Hasselt * 13.11 De Zwerver, Leffinge * 14.11 Het Bos, Antwerpen * 15.11 El Negocito, Gent * 09.12 TAC, Eindhoven (NL) ** 11.12 Parazzar, Brugge *** *+ TaxiWars ism Autumn Falls **+ Dans Dans ***+ Robin Verheyen NY Quartet   As per usual, all these dates and more can also be found in Tourdates section. Below…

Rudy & Mauro play duo show at Oude Beurs – Mauro rushes off to Klappei

Tomorrow, October 1st, Rudy Trouvé and Mauro Pawlowski will play a duo set at Oude Beurs to help celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Radio Centraal’s “De Wolkenbreiers” programme. This will happen at 8 pm sharp after which Mauro will rush off to Filmhuis Klappei where he will play a solo set after “Ashik Kerib”, his film of choice, has been shown to the audience. Find the full addresses in the tourdates section. Both events seem rather unmissable. As was last Tuesday’s Het Kralenspel – another Radio Centraal show – featuring (albeit in spirit) a mystery guest mentioned in this very post:…

Rudy Trouvé drops Chinese cat

The friendly folks at Jezus Factory Records have announced the forthcoming release of Pawlowski, Trouvé & Ward 2, the follow-up to the first volume which was released ten years ago. Rudy Trouvé has dropped a digital single with accompanying video (featuring one of those funny Chinese cat dolls) as a nice little teaser for this joyful event. You can preorder the album, which should come out late November/early December, by clicking here. Below, you can listen to Elko & Jeroen’s latest episode of Het Kralenspel, featuring special guest Milan Warmoeskerken.  

Pop monuments Rudy Trouvé & Daan share the stage, The Archetypes reunite

Another eventful weekend is coming up! Tomorrow, Thursday 8 September, The Archetypes are reuniting for a one-off show at Café Cosmopolite in Antwerp. Miguel Sosa, Elko Blijweert and Jeroen Stevens will be improvising together for the first time in years. Scroll all the way down to see the flyer for this concert. On Saturday, Rudy Trouvé, Daan and many others will be playing seperate sets at special (monumental) locations in the Dutch town of Bergen-Op-Zoom. Info and links about both of these shows can be found, as always, in our Tourdates section. Argentina’s finest Miguel Sosa of The Archetypes, Cassini…

Angels Die Hard live at Het Bos

Angels Die Hard will present their fresh LP “Mood Ring” this Friday at Het Bos in Antwerp. Also on the bill are Ulrika Spacek (UK) and Fake Indians (B). Check out ADH’s latest video below to get in the right – wait for it – mood!   And here’s today’s episode of Het Kralenspel: