Omar Souleyman plays New York’s SummerStage, expands European tour as he turns his glance fearlessly towards more North American dates

Omar Souleyman plays New York's SummerStage, expands European tour as he turns his glance fearlessly towards more North American dates

As we reported recently, Syrian dabke pop kingpin and mastermind Omar Souleyman is set to release Jazeera Nights, his third collection of live and previously unreleased tracks, next week for Seattle-based institution Sublime Frequencies. (The album follows last year’s Dabke 2020, which by the way made our 2009 list.) Word also spread that he will be venturing out of his homestead to tour a bit of the UK in support of this release.

Well good news to you, mainland Europeans: it turns out that Souleyman has decided to extend his tour and spread the dabke love to an exponential portion of the continent. Beginning early July, the man will be hitting France and keeping it funky on a nightly basis for the next few weeks until his last stop in Helsinki.

Wait up though, that’s not all he’s got as far as tour destinations! Souleyman apparently has a clean calendar through the month of June, aaaaaaaaaaand according to the man’s PR, with any luck he’ll be performing limited dates in the US and Canada! Shit yeah! So far, the only show confirmed is on June 26 at Central Park’s SummerStage in Manhattan with Tinariwen and Toubab Krewe. Stay tuned for more dates.

05.11.10 - Bristol, UK - Metropolis *
05.12.10 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo
05.13.10 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
05.14.10 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control (Future Everything Festival)
05.15.10 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties
05.17.10 - London, UK - Scala
06.26.10 - New York, NY - SummerStage in Central Park #
07.03.10 - Belfort, France - Eurockeennes Festival
07.04.10 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Metropolis Festival
07.06.10 - Nantes, France - Le Lieu Unique
07.07.10 - Paris, France - Nouveau Casino
07.08.10 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje
07.09.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Recyclart
07.10.10 - Kortrijk, Belgium - Kortijk Conge Festival
07.13.10 - Porto, Portugal - Casa Da Musica
07.14.10 - Vigo, Spain - Festival Sinsal
07.15.10 - Lisbon, Portugal - Lux Fragil
07.17.10 - Cartagena, Spain - La Mar de Musicas
08.12.10 - Cannes, France - Festival Pantiero
08.13.10 - Berlin, Germany - Wassermusik Festival
08.14.10 - Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival

* Konono No. 1
# Tinariwen and Toubab Krewe

• Omar Souleyman:
• Sublime Frequencies:

The Go-Go’s are still a band? I guess they are, because they’ve announced a farewell tour!

Shocking news today, as it seems The Go-Go’s have in fact, unbeknownst to most fans, been an active band for at least the last couple of years. Once it was firmly established that, as the band states, “we have been a ‘fully active band’ for the last couple of years,” a second round of shocking news was delivered wherein the band announced that they would be calling it quits after a 14-date farewell tour entitled “Happily Ever After.” I guess you just don’t know what you got until it’s gone.

The Go-Go’s have always been a vibrant band, entertaining fans for 30 years blah blah blah. They were great inspirations to women the world over and were the first all-female band to write their own material and end up on the top of the Billboard charts yadda-yadda-yoda-yadda. Listen, seriously, Beauty and the Beat is a fun, catchy album, but I bet you can’t even name their 2001 album. I bet you didn’t even know they had a 2001 album. I bet the most recent news story you heard about The Go-Go’s was that Belinda Carlisle was in Playboy, and that was in 2001. In fact, I bet the breakup doesn’t even surprise any member of the band. Except for the idiot who sang “Heaven Is a Place on Earth.” She was a moron.

Happily Ever After tourdates:

07.07.10 - San Diego, CA - Lilith Fair
07.08.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Lilith Fair
07.10.10 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Rays
07.11.10 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
07.14.10 - Portsmouth, VA - NTELOS Pavilion
07.15.10 - Morristown, NJ - Mayo Center for the Arts
07.16.10 - New York, NY - Good Morning America
07.17.10 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues
07.19.10 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap
07.20.10 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
07.22.10 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore
07.24.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
07.26.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
07.27.10 - Austin, TX - Paramount Theater

• The Go-Go’s:

Department of Eagles announce tracklisting for Archive 2003-2006

Department of Eagles are currently known as Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear’s side project band with longtime friend Fred Nicolaus. But have you ever wondered what the duo was like back when they were just students together at NYU? Their new collection of songs from the beginning of their time together, Archive 2003-2006, will solve that mystery for you when it comes out July 20 on American Dust. For now, check out the tracklisting below:

01. Practice Room Sketch 1
02. Deadly Disclosure
03. While We’re Young
04. Grand Army Plaza
05. Practice Room Sketch 2
06. Brightest Minds
07. Practice Room Sketch 3
08. Flip
09. Practice Room Sketch 4 (Tired Hands)
10. Golden Apple
11. Practice Room Sketch 5

• Department of Eagles:
• American Dust:

Maritime sign to Dangerbird, new album due out later this year

Davey von Bohlen — formerly of The Promise Ring and now playing with Maritime and the newly reunited Cap’n Jazz — just got a whole lot busier now that Maritime has signed to Dangerbird Records and is readying a brand-new album for release later this year. While you’re waiting for their new album to come out, you can busy yourself by listening to Maritime’s recent cover of the Depeche Mode classic, “Enjoy the Silence,” which they recorded for The Onion A.V. Club’s “Undercover” series. You can also catch Davey on the road with the rest of Cap’n Jazz this summer, if you’re into that sort of thing.

• Maritime:
• Dangerbird:

Jeff Mangum performs a five-song Neutral Milk Hotel set at the Chris Knox Benefit last night

When word was out that Jeff Mangum was scheduled to perform a short acoustic set at Manhattan’s (Le) Poisson Rouge — as part of a benefit show for Chris Knox, who needed help with the bills after suffering a series of strokes last year — indie rock fans appropriately lost their shit. This would be the first time Mangum was specifically billed to play a show in over a decade since the last Neutral Milk Hotel show. But would he perform Neutral Milk Hotel songs or new songs? Last night, those who attended the benefit show had that question answered, as they were treated to an acoustic set that was indeed comprised solely of Neutral Milk Hotel songs.

According to our friends at Flavorwire, Mangum played five songs, including three from In The Aeroplane over The Sea (“Two-Headed Boy Pt. 2,” “Oh Comely,” and the title track), one from On Avery Island (“A Baby for Pree”), and B-side “Engine.” Thanks to a couple fans in the crowd, we can catch a glimpse of these performances through some grainy YouTube videos (check out the spectacular sideways action in the last video!).


• “Oh Comely”:


• “A Baby for Pree”:


• “Two-Headed Boy Pt. 2”:


• Chris Knox:

Reschedule your summer vacation: Neu!’s box set delayed until July, Rother to perform Neu! tracks live with members of Sonic Youth, School of Seven Bells, Tall Firs

Perhaps it’s best not to get into the stereotypes of German punctuality and work ethic. Whether or not you want to give it that unrelated cultural significance, Neu!’s retrospective vinyl box set (TMT News), for which we’ve all been waiting für immer, will not be released May 10 (so soon!), as previously announced. The date has now been pushed back until July 27, and Krautrockers are not happy. A quick refresher: the box set, released by Grönland Records, includes four vinyl LPs and one vinyl maxi-single (Neu!, Neu! 2, Neu! ‘75, Neu! ‘86, and Neu! ‘72 non-public test), plus a pretty sweet book, Neu! stencil, t-shirt, and a download code. Yes, the box set will be awesome when it comes out. But in the meantime, we demand compensation.

Luckily, Michael Rother is a dear and he heard our cries (or, rather, was inspired by compiling the set). On Friday, August 6, he begins a short series of concerts as Hallogallo 2010, accompanied by Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), Benjamin Curtis (School of Seven Bells, Secret Machines), and Aaron Mullan (Tall Firs). This first scheduled show will be at the Lincoln Center in New York, with free admission. For the first time in 35-plus years, Rother and co. will be performing music live by Neu!, as well as by Harmonia (Rother’s 70s side-project with Cluster’s Roedelius and Moebius) and Michael Rother’s solo work. Okay, Rother. You’re off the hook this time.

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[Photo: Peter Lindbergh]