Entries tagged with: Beirut
words and photos by Ryan Muir
DOWNLOAD: Department of Eagles - Balmy Night (live @ the Bell House) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Inlets - Pictures of Trees (MP3)
Last Saturday, December 13th, I found myself at an intimate loft party in Williamsburg to see Sebastian Krueger's sad-pop song writing project, Inlets. The show was a pretty low key affair. People sitting on the center-of-the-room-staircase made the place seem full and active, but i'd be surprised if there were as many as 100 people there. The bartender was friendly and served complimentary beer and wine. Everybody seemed conversational and friendly and space didnt seem to be that much of an issue.
Fred Nicolaus of Department of Eagles played only a couple of songs (including one Dept of Eagles song), and Angel Deradoorian of Dirty Projectors also played a short set. It seemed to take a long time for the third band Glass Ghost to get set up and then I didn't really enjoy their set as much as the people around me seemed to.
Inlets was a very nice professional step up in sound and presence. The arrangements at times were very full and accomplished, but also sounded appropriately sparse as well-- in some songs band members would drop out completely as the set went on.
Favorite moments were the toy piano melodies on one of the later songs, and when Beirut's Zach Condon watched from the upper balcony and joined on trumpet for the last song of the evening. Overall a pleasant and mellow show that was well-suited to the well-manicured loft space.
Beirut is back, with a double dose of EP goodness for your listening pleasure!Beirut is also back with random Brooklyn shows popping up one by one. First there was the February 6th show at BAM, and now February 4th at Music Hall of Williamsburg. $20 tickets for the latter go on sale Friday at noon.
Entitled March of the Zapotec, the first EP consists of songs written by Beirut and recorded in Mexico with the help of Oaxacan march masters The Jimenez Band. The second EP, Holland, showcases Zach's latest bedroom-style recordings under his former moniker Realpeople, including the previously released "Venice" (in the 2007 Believer music issue), and "My Night With the Prostitute From Marseille" (on the Natalie Portman curated Big Change charity album). Taken together, the two EPs proudly display the scope of Beirut's work over the last year.
Keep an eye out for a February release on Zach's own Pompeii Records, distributed by Revolver in the U.S. and Forte in Europe.
Beirut also has a song on the new Dark was the Night comp coming out in February.
Beirut's last show at MHOW was in May of this year.
Tickets are on sale for the Beirut / Kaki King show at BAM.
A bunch of shows also went on sale Thursday.
DOWNLOAD: Beirut - Elephant Gun (MP3)
Beirut @ Sasquatch 2008 (more by Chris Graham)
Sounds Like Brooklyn Music Festival is a borough-wide celebration of Brooklyn's musical talent, comprising mainstage events at BAM (performances by Beirut, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Kaki King, and Chairlift), music in BAMcafé, off-site performances at thirteen Brooklyn venues (The Bell House, Bodega, bushbaby, Le Grand Dakar, Frank's Lounge, Goodbye Blue Monday, Monkey Town, Pete's Candy Store, Solomon's Porch, Sputnik, Southpaw, Union Hall, Zebulon), and a BAMfamily event (featuring Guy Davis).Tickets are now on sale for Friends of Bam only. Public sale begins Friday December 12th. More dates and details below...
BAM Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo commented, "Sounds Like Brooklyn Music Festival demonstrates BAM's continuing commitment to celebrate the borough's vibrant music scene and its wealth of talent. We're thrilled to partner with many of Brooklyn's most dynamic clubs and venues, and we're excited to present exceptional artists in our own house."
"What a fitting day to announce the complete list of artists involved with our upcoming album DARK WAS THE NIGHT - the February 17th 4AD release that will benefit the Red Hot Organization. It's World AIDS Day, and in honor of that, we bring you the exciting news."More info on the previously mentioned comp below...
Team B @ Union Pool (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Everything (ok, maybe not everything) you need to know about Team B in the video below...
words and photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Last night (11/10) I caught the first-ever performance of Team B at Union Pool in Brooklyn. I normally wouldn't try to hit a concert two hours after flying back from Austin, but the night was too tempting. Team B is Kelly Pratt (Beirut/Arcade Fire) 's brainchild, and the record features appearances from many great musicians including other members of Arcade Fire and Beirut.
I'm glad I made the effort. The group of multi-instumentalists played about half of the new album, along with a few other songs. "On My Mind," "Empty Hallways," and "Papa's Waltz" were personal favorites. Overall, I was overwhelmed with the amount of musical talent on the stage.
If you were there, you probably also remember the constant yelling of a drunken friend of the band in the front row. After they played "Hang Me", she yelled "Yay! Suicide!!!".... This spoiled some of the intimacy of the small venue, but, to accentuate the positive, I guess it also helped ease some of the tension of the band's first-ever-show and made for less awkward transitions between songs.
Kelly and band-member Jon Natchez are getting ready to hit the road with Herman Dune for a month or so (including 2 NYC shows this week), so don't expect to see any upcoming Team B shows soon, BUT Kelly told me he's trying really hard to make sure this band happens. Based on what I saw last night, I really hope it does. More pictures and the setlist below...
DOWNLOAD: Team B - On My Mind (MP3)
Team B is the new musical endeavor of Kelly Pratt. While written and recorded primarily on tour with Arcade Fire and Beirut in 2007 and 2008, help was also found with his amazing friends Pat Mahoney on drums (LCD Soundsystem), Jon Natchez and Perrin Cloutier from Beirut, and Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) on a track or two.Check out the three songs streaming at MySpace. Download one of them above. Check out Team B live, TONIGHT (November 10th) at Union Pool in Brooklyn (11 pm). It's their first show ever, and they're promising it will be their last this year. The full band looks something like this:
We don't have a label yet, but the cd is available now through this website, and will be available in a couple of weeks through other online outlets. If you want a copy just click on the link below and ye shall receive. Price is only $10 plus $2.50 for shipping (in the U.S). If you live outside the US please include $6.50 for shipping.
Kelly Pratt (Beirut, Arcade Fire)Special guests have also been promised.
Tracy Pratt (Beirut)
Ryan Smith (Twin Thousands, Stars Like Fleas)
Jon Natchez (Beirut, Stars Like Fleas)
Jason Poranski (Beirut, FreeTime)
Mike Fadem (The Jealous Girlfriends)
Stars Like Fleas have a track on Habitat, "a two disc set including 29 artists, covering the various manifestations of 'electronic music,' and produced as a benefit for Habitat for Humanity." You can get that at Asthmatic Kitty.
A video of Kelly, Tracy and Jon playing with Herman Dune at Union Hall below...
Grizzly Bear @ Hammerstein Ballroom (more by Zach Dilgard)
Grizzly Bear & Final Fantasy will be performing with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, conducted by Michael Christie, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 8 PM. Tickets go on sale October 20th.
Nico Muhly will be writing the arrangements for GB. FF writes his own. Grizzly Bear's last NYC show was at Hammerstein Ballroom with The National. Their next one will be a few songs at an event for Obama.
"Last spring, Final Fantasy and members of Beirut went outdoors with instruments, microphones, and Alan Lomax's headphones for an ethnomusicological exercise in fake field recordings that captures the culture of the fictional land of Spectrum.' Final Fantasy's Spectrum, 14th Century is out now from from Blocks Recording Club. Final Fantasy's next EP, Plays To Please, is out October 21st, "as part of the Pregnancy Series, presented jointly by Slender Means Society, States Rights Records and Blocks Recording Club. It is six songs written by Toronto genius Alex Lukashevsky, delivered by a 35-piece big band, including Nick Fraser (Drumheller), Paul Mathew (The Hidden Cameras) and Andrew Bird."
Expect very short sets. UPDATE: I was told this is a private event (sorry). More info and the other side of the flyer below...
Photos by Chris La Putt
Margot And The Nuclear So & So's w/Last night (9/23) Shugo made his NYC debut at Mercury Lounge with an all-star cast featuring members of Beirut, The National and So Percussion. More pictures and the setlist below...
Wild Sweet Orange / Love As Laughter / Audrye Sessions / Shugo Tokumaru / Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons
Shugo Tokumaru's first-ever NYC show (it was his first US show, but then he added one earlier this month at Chicago) happens tonight (9/23) at Mercury Lounge in NYC. This who you can expect to see on stage with him:
* Jon Natchez (Beirut)Twi the Humble Feather open the late show.
* Bryan Devendorf (The National)
* Perrin Cloutier (Beirut)
* Lawson White (So Percussion)
(Lenka plays the early show at the same venue)
If you miss him, Shugo is back in the area in exactly a month, but next time as an opener for The Magnetic Fields, and in Jersey City. Tickets for the Loew's show are still on sale. All tour dates below...
this is pretty cool....
For his final project as an undergrad at England's Huddersfield University, Miller came up with Colour It (Red), a book/compilation combo inspired by his favorite indie rock jams and the (Red) organization, which raises money for the AIDS/HIV-battling Global Fund.Feist, who played Hammerstein Ballroom last time she was here, plays the Prospect Park Banshell in Brooklyn this Wednesday July 9th. The show is sold out, but you can always listen for free from outside the fence. Feist is also back in NYC on July 25th to appear on Good Morning America.
Taking a cue from such indie megahits as LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends", Panda Bear's "Comfy in Nautica", and Joanna Newsom's "Peach, Plum, Pear", Miller crafted a coloring/activity book sure to tickle pink-- er, make that red-- even the most hardened, poker-faced, arms-crossing indie music fiend.
Can you "help James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem find all his friends" by completing a maze? Care to "make Beirut's carousel pretty by colouring it"? Are you man or woman enough to "find the grizzly bear that does not fit"?? [Pitchfork]
photos by Chris Graham
The Sasquatch Music Festival went down in Gorge, Washington this past Memorial Day Weekend. More pictures from day one below....
photos by Ryan Muir
DOWNLOAD: Stars Like Fleas - I Was Only Dancing (MP3)
British Sea Power @ MHOW - May 11, 2008 (more by allan)
Thurston Moore & Nancy Garcia @ No Fun Fest 2008 (more by Seth Tisue)
tonight in NYC & NJ
* Dandi Wind @ Knitting Factory
* The Swell Season @ Radio City Music Hall
* Joey Ramone's Birthday Bash at Irving Plaza
* The Mary Onettes & Blacklist @ Mercury Lounge
* British Sea Power & Jeffrey Lewis @ Maxwell's
* Los Campesinos & Titus Andronicus @ Bowery Ballroom
* Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra @ Music Hall
The Mary Onettes are from Sweden, are on tour, are not twee, and also playing Union Hall on May 23rd.
Check out more pictures and stuff from last night's Beirut show.
Another big show that happened this weekend was Hercules and Love Affair at Studio B. Video from that below...
photos by Ryan Muir
It was almost two years ago that Beirut played in the venue that occupied the same space that they played last night (May 18, 2008). I don't know what my point is. Last night's last-minute Brooklyn show at MHOW was really great (2 encores, some covers, all the hits, and kick ass new songs). More pictures & comments, and the setlist, below....
In April, you canceled a bunch of European tour dates and posted that letter on your site. What led you to cancel those shows?The rest of the Beirut interview can be found @ The Stranger. It definitely doesn't give the impression that they are breaking up. They kick off their sort-of-tour this Sunday in Brooklyn. Tickets are now sold out. Read an older interview with Beirut here
Zach: I was on tour again for maybe the fifth or sixth time that year. I'd been away from home for so long. And it wasn't homesickness, it was literally just... it's funny, I wanted to make this record, and I realized there was no way I could actually do it if I was still doing these tours.
So you're working on a new record?
Yeah, I'm working on it right now as we speak. I went down to Mexico to do that, and I'm going back soon, after this tour--finishing what I've started....
April 3Tickets are on sale for the Sunday Brooklyn show
A Letter from Zach
It's with great regret that I have to tell all of you that Beirut is canceling their summer European shows. My reasons for doing this are many, a lot of them personal, but I still feel I need to provide something of an explanation.
The past two years have been a mindblowing experience. From the first indications that people were putting songs from Gulag up on their blogs to our incredible tour of Australia and New Zealand that we just completed, everything that has happened has been beyond anything I'd ever hoped could happen with the music I wrote and recorded in my bedroom. Once things started happening, I decided I wanted to do everything as big as possible. So, I set about putting together a large band, and giving that band a huge sound, and making the most spectacular records we possibly could.
I know this can sound like an artist shithead kind of comment, but going through all that really does have its low points along with the highs. The responsibilities of gathering people around your vision, working with great people like those who work directly for the band and those at the label, wanting to insure that every show is as good as humanly possible so that every single person in the audience sees that we put in a real effort, all of that leads to a lot of issues in terms of doing right by people who have done you right.
It's come time to change some things, reinvent some others, and come back at some point with a fresh perspective and batch of songs.
Please accept my apologies. I promise we'll be back, in some form.
The show will be a warm up for their West Coast tour and possibly the last NYC show-ever for the current incarnation of Beirut - whatever that might mean.
Beirut are playing a last minute show at Music Hall of Williamsburg THIS SUNDAY May 18th. $20 tickets will be on sale soon. stay tuned.
UPDATE: Tickets are on sale.
More tour dates below...
"In the Mausoleum" by Beirut in video format below (and Winger). What else?