13 & God are back; four horsemen of the apocalypse ride to celebrate new album

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The Anticon collective has been edging away from its hip-hop roots more and more these days, what with WHY?’s evolution into merely rap-inflected pop and the release of beat-centric quasi-chillwave Baths. Anticon’s genre-bending nature goes all the way back to 1999, but it was in 2005 that 13 & God made it all the more obvious. 13 & God combined Themselves (Adam “Doseone” Drucker, Anticon founder, plus Jeffrey “Jel” Logan and Dax Pierson) and German electronic group The Notwist (siblings Markus and Micha Archer, with Martin Gretschmann) for a self-titled album (TMT Review) that was nothing if not interesting as a sum of its parts.

After all this time, 13 & God have announced triumphantly that Anticon will release their sophomore full-length, Own Your Ghost, on May 17. For the new album, Doseone recruited Jordan Dalrymple from Subtle, and voilà: 13 & God become a “bona fide band,” that “[carves] out a genre that is distinctly theirs” — which was Anticon’s original intention as a label, wasn’t it…?

Own Your Ghost tracklisting:

01. Its Own Sun
02. Death Major
03. Armored Scarves
04. Janu Are
05. Old Age
06. Et Tu
07. Death Minor
08. Sure as Debt
09. Beat on Us
10. Unyoung

• 13 & God: http://www.myspace.com/13andgod
• Anticon: http://www.anticon.com

Group Doueh tour Europe in May to minimize the number of ironic “Freebird” requests

After 27 years of roughin’ it in the Western Sahara, Group Doueh have had quite a good run these past few years, with three albums under their belt courtesy of Sublime Frequencies, a co-headlining tour with Omar Souleyman, and an invitation from none other than Animal Collective to play at their ATP. Now, using the ATP show as a springboard, Bamaar Salmou (simply known as Doueh) and his band comprised of mostly family members will be sporting their provincially inspired guitar wanderings to a vast European audience. On May 11, the band will embark on a European tour spanning the rest of the month and covering Britain as well as the mainland. According to the band’s PR they’ll be playing as a six-piece, with Doueh’s son on keyboard, wife Halima on vocals, and two backing vocalists/percussionists. Get ready for some sand in your boots, Europe, cause this is gonna be some serious desertification.

Dates:

05.11.11 - Manchester, UK - Islington Mill $
05.11.11 - Reading, UK - South Street Arts Centre
05.13.11 - London, UK - The Barbican
05.14.11 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties (curated by Animal Collective)
05.16.11 - TBD
05.17.11 - TBD
05.18.11 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje
05.19.11 - Aarhus, Denmark - Atlas
05.20.11 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Global
05.21.11 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Nefertiti Jazz Club
05.23.11 - Helsinki, Finland - Korjaamo (Vaunusali)
05.25.11 - TBD
05.26.11 - TBD
05.27.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
05.28.11 - Paris, France - Villette Sonique
05.29.11 - Lille, France - Aéronef Club

$ The Brothers Unconnected (Sir Richard and Alan Bishop)

• Sublime Frequencies: http://www.sublimefrequencies.com

Matmos tour Europe with J. Lesser clad in suits of 14 karat gold; John Wiese opens

Matador Records’ Matablog (not to be confused with Matmos’ “Matmoblog,” which doesn’t exist, but should) claims that electronic duo Matmos are the best-dressed men in San Francisco. I’ve never been to San Francisco, but a Google search for Matmos does produce numerous images of two sharply dressed fellows, while doing the same for San Francisco just produces a bunch of bridges and houses. Weak threads, Frisco!

Matmos will be taking their excellent fashion sense (along with buddy J. Lesser, who shall be playing with them) all the way to Europe for a tour this May. Interestingly enough, John Wiese will be opening for most dates. Surely there will be a fair deal of speculation concerning the pair’s clothing choices, so let me shut that down right now: M.C. Schmidt will be wearing a three-piece suit made entirely of 14 karat gold, while Drew Daniel will be a little more modest with a simple slacks and button-up combination, albeit while wearing the gauntlet of a dead king.

Matmos dates:

05.14.11 - Glasgow, UK - Old Fruitmarket
05.15.11 - Birmingham, UK - MAC Art Centre *
05.17.11 - Belfast, UK - SARC *
05.18.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory *
05.19.11 - London, UK - Auto-Italia *
05.21.11 - Torino, Italy - Museum Arte Contemporanea Rivoli *
05.23.11 - Rome, Italy - Circolo degli Artisti *
05.24.11 - Bologna, Italy - Locomotiv *
05.26.11 - Paris, France - La Gaite Lyrique *
05.27.11 - Brussels, Belgium - VK * #
05.28.11 - Metz, France - Les Trinitaires *
05.29.11 - Leipzig, Germany - Centraltheater *
05.30.11 - Berlin, Germany - Hau1 *

* John Wiese
# Oval

• Matmos: http://brainwashed.com/matmos
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

The Octopus Project head out on West Coast tour, learn a thing or two opening for Devo

Austin, TX-based quintet The Octopus Project have been practically married to the road lately as they’ve traveled the country in support of their fourth album on Peek-A-Boo Records, Hexadecagon, and to make sure the marriage lasts, the band has announced a West Coast tour along with a handful of dates supporting Devo.

The band started their tour a few days ago, but lucky for you, the bulk of the dates can still be referred to in the future tense. The Project will be joined by surf-rockers Man or Astro-man on most of those dates, and then they will head back on the road in March to open for Devo. The Octopi got the gig as Devo’s opening act after Devo’s guitarist broke his hand at 2010’s Moogfest and The Octopus Project (who were also playing the show) were called in as a replacement backing-band. The two groups got along splendidly and one thing led to another, and now The Octopus Project are helping the devolutionists fill in the shows they had to reschedule because of the injury.

The Octopus tourdates:

02.21.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
02.23.11 - Portland, OR - The Doug Fir Lounge *
02.24.11 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *
02.25.11 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret *
02.26.11 - Bellingham, WA - The Wild Buffalo *
02.28.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
02.28.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Urban Lounge
03.01.11 - Denver, CO - The Hi-Dive - Denver, CO
03.02.11 - Albuquerque, NM - The Launchpad

Backing-up-Devo dates:

03.15.11 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theater &
03.16.11 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom &
03.18.11 - San Franciso, CA - Warfield Theatre &
03.19.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia &
03.20.11 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up &
03.25.11 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live &
03.27.11 - Austin, TX - ACL Live &

* Man or Astro-man
& Devo

• The Octopus Project: www.theoctopusproject.com
• Peek-A-Boo: http://www.peekaboorecords.com

Arcade Fire show off their Grammy and newsboys costumes to all of America on spring tour

BREAKING: did you hear that Arcade Fire won the Grammy for Album of the Year?! Yes, fellow Katy Perry fans, I’m afraid to say they did, and to celebrate the victory Arcade Fire are traveling the US to show off the statue and rub the accolade in the face of every Eminem fanatic across the country.

The band, who won the award for last year’s Merge-distributed The Suburbs (TMT Review), have already ordered the construction of a Pope-mobile-style car that will caravan the award through all 50 states as it trails the band on their month-long tour. The award will also be on view at every gig, secured behind bullet-proof glass and two guard-tigers, spinning on a spot-lit marble rotunda.

Finally, as the ultimate commemoration, the award will be copied and mass-produced, then sent to the homes of every single person who bought the album, or watched the Grammys, because Arcade Fire are just so darn proud; also, they feel that the Grammy is unquestionable proof that indie rock never died.

The tour includes previously announced dates at Coachella, a three-night stand at Chicago’s UIC Pavillion, and an appearance at New Orleans’ Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Arcade Fire’s Grammy presentation tourdates:

04.09.11 - Broomfield, CO - 1st Bank Center *
04.11.11 - Orem, UT - The UCCU Center *
04.13.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre *
04.14.11 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel *
04.16.11 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.18.11 - Santa Fe, NM - Santa Fe Convention Center
04.20.11 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Amphitheatre **
04.22.11 - Chicago, IL - UIC Pavilion **
04.24.11 - Chicago, IL - UIC Pavilion **
04.25.11 - Chicago, IL - UIC Pavilion **
04.27.11 - Indianapolis, IN - The Lawn at White River State Park **
04.28.11 - Memphis, TN - Orpheum Theatre
04.30.11 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion ***
05.03.11 - Austin, TX - The Backyard ****
05.04.11 - The Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion ****
05.06.11 - New Orleans, LA - Jazz and Heritage Festival

* Local Natives
** The National
*** Okkervil River
**** Explosions in the Sky

• Arcade Fire: http://www.arcadefire.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

Björk readies collaboration with Ömar Souleyman

Oh Björk. It’s only two months into 2011 and already you’ve out-awesomed approximately 98% of the world’s musician’s plans for the year. As you may recall, Björk recently participated in a karaoke contest for some Icelandic holiday about elves and saving the environment or something. Well now she’s collaborating with much-buzzed-about Syrian performer Omar Souleyman to create what a press release declares “the first-ever major western pop release to feature Syrian dabke and Iraqi choubi music.”

For those unacquainted with Souleyman, recently the dude has been riding his own unique blend of traditional Arabic music with synths and dance beats across the globe, while the always intriguing American label Sublime Frequencies has also made some of his recordings available to Western fans. The as-yet-unnamed Björk/Souleyman collaboration does not have a release date, but will be available as a limited 12-inch, CD, and digital download later this year.

Omar Souleyman dates:

03.05.11 - Perth, Australia - Perth International Arts Festival
03.06.11 - Melbourne, Australia - North Cote Social Club
03.09.11 - Brisbane, Australia - The Hi-Fi
03.11.11 - Adelaide, Australia - WOMADelaide at Botanic Park
03.12.11 - Sydney, Australia - Annandale Hotel
06.02-05.11 - Austin, TX - Chaos in Tejas Festival
06.09-12.11 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival
08.05.11 - Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival
08.06.11 - London, UK - Field Day Festival
09.08-11.11 - Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival

• Björk: http://bjork.com
• Omar Souleyman: http://www.myspace.com/omarsouleyman

  

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