Posted in music | pictures on September 28, 2011

photos by Vincent Cornelli

Beirut

Over the last five years -- since Mr. Condon began recording as Beirut, at an earnest 19 -- it has been easy to accuse him of cultural tourism, and easy to forgive him for it. Early on he was deep in his Balkan folk phase, which still defines Beirut's instrumentation, if not always the expression of its style. Later there came an infatuation with French chanson, and later still a fascination with Mexican funeral bands and electronic music.

Last month brought us "The Rip Tide" (Pompeii/Revolver), an album of more sustained clarity and concision than anything else in the band's catalog. (In addition to two previous full-length albums, there has been a handful of EPs.) Recorded in Brooklyn and in the Catskills, it's an album of modest self-possession, from a band known for only one of those qualities. Small wonder that the songs from the new album in Wednesday's set list -- "Vagabond" and four others, including "Santa Fe," a chirpy love note to Mr. Condon's hometown -- sounded so breezy and right. [NY Times]

Like they did last Wednesday, Beirut & Laetitia Sadier played a show together on Terminal 5 on Thursday (the next time). Here are pictures from that show. They continue, with most of the setlist, and new tour dates, below...

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Beirut Concert Setlist at Terminal 5, New York, NY, USA
on September 22, 2011

Scenic World
The Shrew
Elephant Gun
Vagabond
Postcards From Italy
The Concubine
Santa Fe
A Sunday Smile
East Harlem
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Nantes
Port of Call
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Carousels

Encore:
Goshen
After the Curtain
Mount Wroclai (Idle Days)
Payne's Bay
The Gulag Orkestar

Encore 2:
The Penalty
Siki Siki Baba
(Kocani Orkestar cover)
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Beirut -- 2011 Tour Dates
Sep 28 Denver CO - Fillmore w/ Laetitia Sadier
Oct 01 Oakland CA - Fox w/ Laetitia Sadier
Oct 02 San Francisco CA - Independent w/ Laetitia Sadier
Oct 04 Los Angeles CA - The Greek Theatre w/ Laetitia Sadier
Oct 06 Sante Fe NM - Warehouse 21 w/ Laetitia Sadier
Oct 07 Santa Fe NM - Santa Fe Center w/ Laetitia Sadier
Oct 09 St Louis MO- Pageant w/ Laetitia Sadier
Oct 11 Royal Oak MI - Royal Oak Music Hall w/ Laetitia Sadier
Oct 25 Richmond VA - The National w/ Basia Bulat
Oct 27 Atlanta GA - Variety Playhouse w/ Basia Bulat
Oct 29 Austin TX - Stubbs Waller Creek w/ Ramesh
Oct 31 Houston TX - Warehouse Live w/ Ramesh
Nov 01 Dallas TX - Prophet Bar w/ Ramesh
Nov 04 Mexico City - Cuervo Salon
Nov 05 Mexico City - Cuervo Salon
Nov 07 Nashville TN - Cannery
Nov 09 Lexington KY - Kentucky Theatre
Nov 11 Cincinnati OH - Bogarts
Nov 13 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory w/ Basia Bulat
Nov 26 Providence RI - Lupo's w/ Perfume Genius
Nov 28 Cleveland OH - House of Blues w/ Perfume Genius
Nov 30 Milwaukee WI - Turner Hall w/ Perfume Genius
Dec 02 Minneapolis MN - First Avenue w/ Perfume Genius
Dec 04 Knoxville TN - Bijou w/ Perfume Genius
Dec 05 Asheville NC - Orange Peel w/ Perfume Genius
Dec 07 Athens GA - Georgia Theater w/ Perfume Genius
Dec 08 Carrboro NC - Cat's Cradle w/ Perfume Genius
Dec 10 Pittsburgh PA - Alter Bar w/ Perfume Genius
Dec 13 Washington DC - 930 Club w/ Perfume Genius

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Comments (12)

Where did the color go?

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 11:42 AM

whats with the question marks? new songs?

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 11:46 AM

Black and white only looks good if it's film whether it be motion picture film or still film. These pics really suck.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 12:21 PM

I don't see the problem with b/w.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 12:51 PM

NORTHSIDE!!!! So much more fun seeing these guys outdoors with a double rainbow.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 12:55 PM

Looks like a Biscuit Head to me!

Posted by Laraby | September 28, 2011 12:57 PM

^wow...this will never catch on!

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 1:09 PM

yea, what's with the biscuit head?

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 1:14 PM

Biscuit Head is Clown Shit. Hummus!

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2011 11:09 AM

Perfectly composed content material , Really enjoyed reading .

Posted by jocuri | September 3, 2012 5:24 AM

I could say the same thing about your commenting, jocuri.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2012 6:26 AM

I gotta say I like the haircuts

Posted by tim | August 18, 2013 1:02 PM

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