Group Doueh mercilessly announce new album Zayna Jumma, effectively bankrupting Sublime Frequencies fans

Group Doueh mercilessly announce new album Zayna Jumma, effectively bankrupting Sublime Frequencies fans

Time moves slower when you live on the outskirts of the Sahara desert, but while you and I click “Page 11” on another animated GIF Tumblr and suddenly realize it’s almost April, Group Doueh put the finishing touches on yet another album for Sublime Frequencies. No, I’m not talking about Beatte Harab — that came out, what, three weeks ago? Yesterday’s business, madam, leave that one to the historians. The new thing is Zayna Jumma, an eight-track CD-shaped beast that will be set loose on May 24. It is the opinion of many thoughtful Doueh fans that each album they release manages to outdo the previous, so by my calculations Zayna Jumma is going to be four times as mind-bending as 2007’s Guitar Music from the Western Sahara — which is frightening since that one had me doing footwork up a down escalator.

Recorded last year in Dakhla on the very edge of the Western Sahara by longtime Sublime Frequencies compiler/filmmaker Hisham Mayet, the new album inches closer to Western rock territory than ever before with the addition of bandleader Doueh’s eldest sons El Waar and Hamdan on synth and drum kit, respectively. Three female backup singers were also thrown into the mix, positioning the band one saxophone away from re-recording Dylan’s Street-Legal.

Zayna Jumma is being released when it’s being released (May 24) because the Group will be doing the Tuareg shuffle all over the UK and Europe in May. Check below for the updated dates, as some TBAs have now been A’d. Oh, and US tourdates are all but imminent.

Zayna Jumma tracklist:

01. Zayna Jumma
02. Ishhadlak Ya Khey
03. Zaya Koum
04. Met-Ha
05. Jaguar Doueh
06. Aziza
07. Ana Lakweri
08. Wazan Doueh

Updated tourdates:

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 (curators: Animal Collective)
05.16.11 - Eastbourne, UK - Winter Gardens *
05.17.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Acienne Belgique
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 - Stockholm, Sweden - Södra Bar, Södra Teatern
05.26.11 - Cologne, Germany - Stadtgarten
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)
* Animal Collective

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Radiohead release newspaper called The Universal Sigh, forcing me into deep thought about Universal Studios Orlando

Unless you downloaded The King of Limbs (TMT Review) illegally, you didn’t have the option to get the album for free like you did with In Rainbows (TMT Review) and its pay-what-you-want model. But don’t worry, because you now have the option of getting a free newspaper called The Universal Sigh! On Tuesday, March 29 (Monday, March 29 for those outside the US and Canada), Radiohead will have “accredited vendors” deliver the limited-edition newspaper at various locations all over the world in celebration of the physical release of The King of Limbs.

Worried about the energy you’ll consume to get there? Don’t, because who gives a shit, right? Well, apparently, Radiohead do. According to the fancy website set up for The Universal Sigh, “Radiohead will measure the carbon footprint of this project, and to offset the potential ecological impact we will retire the carbon credits used.”

Click here to find a location near you. Maybe you’ll see me at the Minneapolis Uptown location. I’ll have my balls hanging out of my front zipper so you can easily identify me.

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Ben Weasel makes a gigantic ass of himself, remaining four Screeching Weasels leave the band

Number one lesson in pre-school: you don’t make friends by hitting people. Number two lesson in all the days that follow: you don’t make friends by hitting girls. By now, you’ve probably seen at least some version of the video (extended cut, LA Times report) in which Ben Weasel whales on both a girl in the audience and a female security staff member at Screeching Weasel’s SXSW show.

Well Ben, after over 20 years of weaseling, you’re all alone now. The other four members of Screeching Weasel have issued a letter to their fans, in which they again apologize for Ben’s behavior and quit the band. What happens next? No one knows! Read their touching epistle, courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan, via Punknews:

The members of Screeching Weasel (Dan Schafer, Adam Cargin, Justin Perkins, and Drew Fredrichsen) would like to offer a sincere apology to our fans, our management (Ben Perlstein @ Motivation Management), Chad and Vanessa @ Fat Wreck Chords, Deborah Toscano @ Devil Dolls Booking, The Scoot Inn and it’s employees, all the support bands, and anyone else negatively impacted by the scene that developed in Austin last Friday night, March 18th.

The un-calculated act put forth by Ben Foster leading up to and including the violence that erupted on stage is seen by the band as shameful and embarrassing. The sentiments and actions expressed were completely out of our control and in no way represent the band members’ view points or moral compasses. As a result, the band has discussed at length and has come to the conclusion that as a group we will not likely be able to muster the dignity to attempt a live performance as “Screeching Weasel” in the for-seeable future. We each look forward to re-evaluating our involvement in the band as we move forward if we are given the opportunity.

Collectively, as musicians, we feel that it is imperative that the music do the talking. We have made every effort as a group to ignore the gossip, Internet feuds, and general negativity that has (at times) overshadowed what we believe being in a band is really about. It is pointless to try to place the blame where those actions are concerned and we don’t care to get involved other than to say we don’t condone or support any of it. We are very proud of the effort we put forth in creating what we believe to be a fantastic new album in “First World Manifesto” and it deeply saddens us that we will not be able to bring that excitement to audiences around the world in the form of a live show in the coming months.

We all feel extremely deflated following this public spectacle and would no doubt be doing the music an injustice if we were to force a performance. As friends and band mates, we are absolutely positive that Ben regrets his actions last Friday night. We have no doubt that his apology is sincere and that if he could take it all back, he would. We don’t wish to place any more hardship upon him with our decision to discontinue our involvement at this time, but it is something that can not be avoided.

In the future we would love to see these wounds heal and for the opportunity to play together in a positive light materialize. If Ben feels the need to immediately carry on with a new cast of characters–we support his right to do so. Again, we would like to thank our fans for all of their past support and hope that they will continue to support us should the opportunity to perform as “Screeching Weasel” present itself again in the future.

Thanks for everything,
Dan, Adam, Justin, & Drew

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Thao & Mirah plan debut LP, tour West Coast, nix previously planned buddy cop flick

Thao Nguyen (of Thao and The Get Down Stay Down) and Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn (of… Mirah) may prefer to write and record by a single name (hey, it’s worked wonders for that Prince guy, and Donovan ain’t gonna be hittin’ ya up for bus fare anytime soon), but they’ve decided two heads are better than one when it comes to a collaborative LP and brief tour. The self-titled debut LP will see release on April 26, care of Kill Rock Stars, and will include songwriting contributions from both musicians. The album was co-produced by pal Merrill Garbus who also guests on the LP.

Kill Rock Stars gushes, “The album is a collection of songs from two distinctly different, highly respected songwriters, threaded and woven together with the creative energy and freedom of collaboration. Such freedom allowed for varied and rewarding levels of innovation, and a determination to keep the music-making as in-house as possible: both Thao and Mirah assume many of the instrumentation duties: from drums and bottles to slide guitar and knee caps. All songs maintain the writers’ shared gifts: profound emotional poignancy with lyrics and melodies to match and stay with you.” Top that, Drake!

You can check out a track from the forthcoming album, “Eleven,” right here.


05.01.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
05.02.11 - Santa Barbara, CA - Soho
05.03.11 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish
05.05.11 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore
05.06.11 - Bellingham, WA - Western Washington University
05.07.11 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile
05.08.11 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
05.09.11 - Olympia, WA - The Northern

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Apple pushing to launch Music Locker in April… wait, Apple’s pushing who into a locker??

It may be Windows folks who keep exclaiming “to the cloud!” all over my TV when I’m trying to watch my beloved Phineas and Ferb on Disney Channel (oh, so what?), but I have a feeling that by the time they race their sweat-drenched asses over to that cloud, they’ll find a cool-as-a-cucumber Steve Jobs sipping a latte, listening to “Freddie Freeloader” and asking “where ya been?”

According to The Music Void, Apple is cracking the fiberoptic whip on major labels to have all of their shit (music licenses) in order for the re-launch of their cloudtastic MobileMe service in April. The plan, if you’ll allow me to please make up a few words that don’t exist to avoid plagiarism, is the eventual allowification of users to storify their music online and accessinate it any time from their mobiletastic devicinators.

Brilliant! Anyway, so yadda yadda yadda: Apple recently announced that a new, $1 billion data center is expected to open this spring in Maiden, North Carolina and prior reports have stated that we could expect a chance of clouds (HAHAHAHAHAHA) as early as June. Meanwhile, Apple has allegedly seal-ified the deal-ination with Warner Music Group and is currently goading the other big boys (EMI, Universal, Sony) to get on board by calling them “pussies” and whatnot.

And considering Apple accounts for some 70% of their digital revenue, the labels more or less don’t have a pot to piss in. “The reality is that, no matter what Jon Bon Jovi says, the record industry is Steve Jobs’ bitch,” The Music Void columnist Wayne Rosso says. “Jobs knows it and so does everyone else.” So yeah, if all goes according to plan, we might see this “locker” thingy in April, with a reported price tag of somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 a year, and with other companies presumably scrambling in Apple’s wake to launch their clouds. But at least now they will probably be able to cue up the Benny Hill theme music from Apple’s music locker while they scramble. Nice!

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Modest Mouse announce four tourdates to make sure you don’t forget about them

Q: If a band doesn’t have a new album to promote, why would they go on tour?

A: To remind people that they still exist, of course!

Case in point: Modest Mouse. Their most “recent” album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (TMT Review), came out in 2007 and since then all they’ve done is toured a little bit and released an EP, 2009’s No One’s First and You’re Next. I didn’t even know they were still a band or that Isaac Brock was even alive until a friend of mine found Brock rooting around in a dumpster in Portland. It’s a good thing Brock will be getting back on the road in a few months; it seems like the dude is going a little stir crazy.


05.26.11 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory ^
05.27.11 - Missoula, MT - Big Sky Brewery ^
05.28.11 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory ^
05.29.11 - George, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival ^

^ Talkdemonic

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