Posted in music | pictures on February 5, 2009

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Beirut

Last night's show (2/4) at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn was a solid bill from start to finish begining with headliner Beirut playing after Inlets who played after Tune Yards...

For musician Merrill Garbus -- whose one-woman band Tune-yards features ukulele, voice, and found sounds filtered through a hand-held digital voice recorder and then sent to her laptop for mixing -- self-releasing her debut Bird-Brains was all about empowerment. "Bird-Brains was very intentionally done all through 'free' media, i.e. the digital-voice recorder, my laptop, free Audacity software -- and all by me. I was very much in a feminist frame of mind when I chose to use those as my limitations," she says. "As a woman musician, I'm in the world of men a lot. I catch myself, even, assuming that women musicians don't record, produce, or even write their own stuff." [Venus Zine]
Like at the recent show at Coco66, Beirut played a mix of old and new. Unlike at Coco6, Beirut played a cover of "Brazil", an Ary Baroso/Ed Russel standard that Arcade Fire also covered and released.

Beirut's current band incarnation isn't as large as we've seen in the past. Friday and Saturday night at BAM it will be bigger than ever. More pictures from last night below...

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setlist?

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Comments (49)

Bjork was there

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 10:35 AM

Posers

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 10:37 AM

inlets = yawn

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 10:41 AM

10:41 - agreed. Inlets were painfully boring.

Posted by mp77 | February 5, 2009 10:43 AM

set list?

enjoyed beirut but can't tell which song is what.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 10:48 AM

Beirut on Letterman Friday(taped Monday afternoon)

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 10:49 AM

I think Inlets may have been decent, but how would I know?...no one was listening and the crowd was louder than the band. Seriously, there's a bar downstairs if all you want to do is talk.

Beirut delivered. Great show.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 10:52 AM

I tawt Inlets were byootiful actually. Delicious harmonies and classy songs.

Posted by monymony | February 5, 2009 10:54 AM

Didn't see this show but have seen Inlets in the past and they are excellent. Agree with BV - this was a solid bill from top to bottom.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 10:56 AM

beirut sounded amazing. show started way too late though, which took some energy from the crowd. and the openers were kinda boring. But the Beirut line-up seemed smaller than normal, which kinda hindered the fullness of some of the songs. They did not play the Penalty, which was a kinda bummer, but all the new stuff sounded fantastic. Looking forward to seeing them at BAM.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 10:56 AM

Did anyone else think the Inlets sounded like a bad Radiohead band?

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 10:58 AM

inlets, amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 11:06 AM

M Ward tickets at the Apollo are back on sale - off-topic but maybe helpful.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 11:13 AM

whats a Radiohead band?

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 11:14 AM

kyle, did you notice that the Tune Yards saxophone player looked so much like you?

Posted by sarahana | February 5, 2009 11:15 AM

Amazing show! I liked the smaller band, it was like getting to see a new side of Beirut. They were fantastic and beautiful; as always.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 11:18 AM

Bjork!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 11:22 AM

I thought Tune Yards was better then the inlets but agree with other post about the crowd was awful during the inlets. The inlets played two songs that I really liked the rest of their set wasn't that exciting.

Beirut were different with a smaller band but I still thought most of the night they nailed it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 11:26 AM

"Brazil" isn't an Arcade Fire song. It's an old standard by Ary Barroso that has been covered by a lot of musicians.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 11:30 AM

inlets were the highlight of my night. really, really excellent. can't wait to hear their new record.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 11:36 AM

the "realpeople" songs sounded great live

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 11:44 AM

thanks for the M. Ward info...just got two orchestra seats! :)

Posted by Pedro | February 5, 2009 12:07 PM

i'm pretty sure beirut played the brasil song at coco66 as it was fresh in my head and i was not surprised when they bust it out last night.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 12:31 PM

Oh my god - that inlets band is the most boring band I have ever seen. The crowd wasn't being rude so much as the band on stage just sucked really bad.
REALLY BAD. You cannot blame the crowd - they would listen if it were good. Pretty sure not many people heard Tune Yards before, but they didn't have the issue with people talking. I wish I had brought fruit or tomatoes to throw at the Inlets. Christ they were terrible!

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 12:49 PM

inlets were fantastic. they just got stuck in the middle of a long night and people were antsy and drunk. i have the feeling you'd say something similar about grizzly bear being boring in concert - it's kind of true, but the music is just fucking great.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 12:56 PM

Great bill! Tune Yards was original, Beirut was great (not a surprise here) and Inlets would have been even better without all the noise... everyone was here for Beirut, got that, but come on, respect the opening bands AND the people who actually enjoy (good) music.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 1:13 PM

inlets were great. the crowd wasn't.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 1:17 PM

Inlets were the best band of the night!! really, the show would not have been very good without them.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 1:44 PM

tune yards killed it. the weird and catchy tunes had the audience rapt.

Posted by conor | February 5, 2009 1:50 PM

savages

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 1:54 PM

Beirut DID play brazil at the coco66 show last week. And come on people setlist??? They threw on three of them into the crowd.

The inlets have to stop with the boyz II men harmonizing for every freaking song. They have potential but after the second song with that crap it just became laughable.

Tune yards all day!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 1:58 PM

Loved Tune Yards- Loved Beirut. Inlets were horrible. I would have paid to not listen to them. Their dull harmonizing and the singers poor Chris Martin impression made my ears bleed.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 2:07 PM

yea Tuneyards were kind of killer.

Posted by parx | February 5, 2009 2:11 PM

What's this I hear about Bjork??

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 2:18 PM

all hail the mighty williamsburg SNARK! if you couldn't at least appreciate inlets last night you are stupid. ugh, so snarky.

Posted by nart | February 5, 2009 2:37 PM

Why don't all you haters just start a band or something? I bet it would sound great.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 2:49 PM

Here's some of the setlist:
Nantes
Mout Wroclai
East Harlem
Cherbourg
Elephant Gun
The Shew
Concubine
Postcards from Italy
Javainaisse (The Serge Gainsbourg song)
After The Curtain
Bratislava (?)
something I can't read
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My Night with the Prostitute from Marseille
Scenic World
Gulag Orkestrar

know how I know?
http://s6.photobucket.com/albums/y250/happy_water_bottle/?action=view¤t=039.jpg

They also played Forks and Knives and A Sunday Smile.

Posted by Rbrunn | February 5, 2009 2:54 PM

snark is the crap being spoken after that great coco66 show that 99% of those people didn't go to. Or the whole 100+ comment post for Animal Collective.

This is honest criticism for a new band that if they want to be successful should take these comments seriously. I hate to be critical but i see a good band in the Inlets but the "harmonizing" simply doesn't work.

Great show as always Beirut, but can we get a reason for the smaller band?

Posted by MRCnyc | February 5, 2009 2:58 PM

Oh if only. This will be the last time I craigslist fake tickets.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 3:17 PM

Tune Yards blew my mind the first time I saw them/her.

Posted by Liz | February 5, 2009 3:18 PM

and they played a hawk and a hacksaw song. dont know the name though.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 3:29 PM

Bjork was at the show in the balcony. With Matthew Herbert and some others. She stayed for the whole time and hung out afterwards. Amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 3:44 PM

Nantes (The Flying Club Cup)
Mount Wroclai (Idle Days) (Gulag Orkestar)
East Harlem (Unreleased)
Cherbourg (The Flying Club Cup)
Elephant Gun (Lon Gisland)
The Shrew (March of the Zapotec)
The Concubine (March of the Zapotec)
Postcards From Italy (Gulag Orkestar)
La Javanaise (Serge Gainsbourg cover)
After The Curtain (Gulag Orkestar)
The Akara (March of the Zapotec)
Cocek (Unreleased)
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My Night With The Prostitute From Marseille (March of the Zapotec)
Scenic World (Gulag Orkestar)
The Gulag Orkestar (Gulag Orkestar)

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 4:24 PM

"Cocek" as written on the setlist is a cover of A Hawk and a Hacksaw's "Serbian C«ícek."

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 4:36 PM

who the fuck is beruit?

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2009 5:46 PM

ahahaha. .. how dare you ask such a question while gracing the pages of brooklyn vegan?

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 3:52 AM

TuNE YARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by gorbert | February 6, 2009 9:27 AM

Were they selling the new ep at the Music Hall show?

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 10:07 AM

suuuuuuucked

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2009 5:38 PM

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