Entries tagged with: Beirut
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
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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?
So while the Black Lips were busy puking on stage, marching and whatnot....
Beirut played a free secret show at Coco 66 in Greenpoint last night and completely wrecked the place! They played a drunken 1 1/2 hour set (including one “pee break”) of new and old songs to prepare for their three upcoming NYC shows. You can catch them tonight (9/20) at The Brooklyn Masonic Temple in Fort Greene. More photos of the show can be found here. [Obscene NYC]Beirut's new album The Flying Cup Club is officially released on 4AD on October 9th, 2007. La Blogoteque recently took a trip from France to Brooklyn to tape a take-away-show-style video for every song on that album, and so far four of them are available for your listening and viewing pleasure.
Jamie Lidell (not playing BK) & Ed from Grizzly Bear
The September 24th "Wordless" Beirut show is right around the corner (not really wordless - just the name of the series), and word has just come in that - around a few more corners after that - Beirut's good friends Grizzly Bear will also be playing one of these Wordless shindigs...
Grizzly Bear + special guests and classical performers TBAYes, Grizzly Bear have a lot of friends, so why not include some of them in their next album, and why not call that album "Friend"? And why not put a big picture of them all on the inside of the CD? In fact, why not put this picture? (click it for a much larger view):
The Wordless Music Series
Nov. 3, 2007
New York Society for Ethical Culture
6:30 PM doors / 7:30 PM show
Tickets on sale Monday 9/17/07 via www.wordlessmusic.org
FRIEND TRACKLISTING:Atlas Sound = Bradford from Deerhunter - you can see him there in the photo in his dress. How many of the other people can you name? Own the picture when the album comes out ("November 5 in the UK/Europe and November 6 in North America via Warp Records").
Alligator (Choir Version- feat. Zach Condon of Beirut and Dirty Projectors)
He Hit Me (Crystals cover)
Little Brother (Electric)
Shift (Alternate Version)
Plans(Terrible vs. Nonhorse: Sounds Edit)
Knife (as covered by CSS)
Plans (as covered by Band of Horses)
Knife (as covered by Atlas Sound)
Deep Blue Sea(Daniel Rossen Home Recording)
Going to Austin for ACL this weekend? Stop by the Hot Freaks (BrooklynVegan and other bloggers) afterparty to see Grizzly Bear for free. Make sure you add your self to the waiting list (RSVP) though, and get there early. All tour dates (and some more friends) below.....
It went something like this...
1) It leaked that Beirut would play NYC 3 times in September
2) Two NYC shows were announced
3) One @ the Society for Ethical Culture went on sale
4) One in Central Park went on sale
Now finally today the third show is announced, and tickets are on sale, and it's in Brooklyn @ The Brooklyn Masonic Temple in Fort Greene (map) on September 20th. The opener is Fifth Veil - a clarinet-with-string-quartet group from the Bard College Conservatory of Music that will perform composer Osvaldo Golijov's "The Dreams and Prayers of Issac the Blind" (1994), which combines Klezmer clarinet playing with classical string quartet writing. Three shows - three intersting venues.
In other Beirut news....
* Old Beirut demos have surfaced
* Someone posted a Beirut live show for download
* Someone posted another live show for download too
* La Blogoteque posted a new Take Away Show starring Zach
* Zach Condon played instruments for Alaska in Winter
* Jon Natchez played instruments for White Rabbits
All Beirut tour dates below....
Joe's Pub is throwing some shows at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park in NYC in September Some of them are free, and some of them are not. Tickets are now on sale for the one on September 26th with Beirut, Balkan Beat Box & NY Gypsy All Stars ("Presented in association with The NY Gypsy Festival"). This is a Beirut tour date we already knew about, but this is the first time ticket information has become available (unlike the wordless show that is/was on sale a while ago).
Full Joe's Pub in the Park schedule below....
Zach @ Primavera sound 2007, 9:00 am soundcheck (more about that)
Back in May it kind of leaked out that Grizzly Bear-fan Zach Condon and his band Beirut would be playing three NYC shows in September, but the tour dates I just received only list two September dates - so either plans changed, or they'll announce the third one after the first two sell out. All dates, and new album info, below....
In today's installment of 'Indie Rock Orgy'....
Ed really gets around....
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DOWNLOAD: David Bowie - Cat People (putting out fire) (MP3)
Arcade Fire @ Radio City Music Hall, NYC - May 9, 2007 (CRED)
I thought David Bowie would at least introduce Arcade Fire, or say something to kick off the "festival", but nope. He was there though - I saw him. He was wearing a gray suit, and looked happy & healthy - sort of like how he looked two nights earlier at the Met........
Iman & David Bowie @ The Met, NYC - May 7, 2007
He came out the backstage door into the orchestra area at some point. For the encore at least - he was standing against the same wall (stage left) that the trumpet player (Kelly Pratt) (also in Beirut) ran along to do this....
Arcade Fire @ Radio City Music Hall, NYC - May 9, 2007 (CRED)
Arcade Fire were great, but it sounds like maybe United Palace was more fun. At Radio City there was lots of fighting (literally) between the crowd and security. A bunch of people got dragged out. The security didn't know what to do when Win encouraged people to dance in the aisles.
Lou Reed & Bowie @
Syracuse W Hotel - Apr 26, 2007 (INFO)
I missed the National - not on purpose.
And just in case you were wondering, Zach Condon from Beirut was there too - it would have been the only one of the three shows he would have been able to make. Actually, they were ALL probably there - the whole indie trumpet player mafia.
Radio City setlist below....
Everyone's around, and here's what happened at Bowery Ballroom Sunday (May 6, 2007) night: Final Fantasy (Owen Pallett) played first. Beirut came out to play with Final Fantasy for one song. Beirut played second. Final Fantasy played with Beirut for about half of their set. Four members of the Arcade Fire, Final Fantasy, and even more musicians who I didn't recognize, came out to play a song with Beirut during the encore. Sufjan Stevens, members of the National and Grizzly Bear were in the audience. Too bad Amy Winehouse didn't stop by. Great show....
Arcade Fire, David Bowie, & Final Fantasy @ Radio City Music Hall - 2005 (MORE)
Highline Ballroom opened with Lou Reed. The David Bowie Highline Festival. Sunset Rubdown. Ted Leo. Blonde Redhead. Two Dan Deacon. Two Modest Mouse Man Man shows. Two Amy Winehouse. Two Daniel Johnston. Two Type O Negative. Three Patrick Wolf. Three Bjork & Konono. Three Arcade Fire & National. AND three Final Fantasy & Beirut. It's a big two weeks of shows going on right now in NYC.
BEIRUT & FINAL FANTASY NOW
Beirut's three sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom are this Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Final Fantasy (who, like Craig Wedren, Jake Shears, Kanye West, Antony, Ed Droste, and Elijah Wood, were spotted at Bjork last night) is opening all three shows. Coincidentally, Owen (Final Fantasy)'s sometimes-other band the Arcade Fire are playing two of those nights in NYC too.
Sun 06 - Beirut @ Bowery Ballroom,
Mon 07 - Beirut @ Bowery Ballroom, Arcade Fire @ United Place
Tue 08 - Beirut @ Bowery Ballroom, Arcade Fire @ United Palace, Bjork @ Apollo
Wed 09 - Arcade Fire @ Radio City
Beirut is playing three more NYC shows in September at the Society For Ethical Culture in conjuction with the Wordless Music Series, except unlike last time Beirut showed up at a Wordless show, these shows WILL HAVE WORDS. Exact dates TBA, and whether these shows coincide with the next Beirut album release TBD.
Beirut is also putting out a single for Elephant Gun on 4AD in Europe on June 25th. It includes the songs 'Elephant Gun', 'Transatlantique' and 'Le Moribound' (a Jacques Brel cover, recorded live at Austin City Limits for KEXP).
Tour dates below...
DOWNLOAD: The National - Fake Empire (MP3)
All three Beirut shows are sold out, and three of the four National shows are sold out. There are still tickets for the Tuesday National show, and tickets go on sale Wednesday for a fifth National show with The Philistines Jr opening (June 1st). Will Beirut try to catch up?
"Boxer", The National's new album, is out on May 22nd via Beggars Banquet (the new home of St. Vincent). MP3 from that National album above. More tour dates at the National's site. An MP3 of Beirut live at SXSW is here.
"Despite significant sound problems, the crowd lurved Condon's every move, whether he was singing or playing either ukulele or trumpet (or maybe it was a cornet). He sang in French and in vibrato-filled English, covering Gulag Orkestar and Lon Gisland material." [Pitchfork]
Beirut @ Emo's, Austin, TX - Mar 14, 2007 (CRED)
We are looking for people of all ages to be extras. The video shoot is on Wednesday, March 21st and the hours you will need to spend with us are between 4-8pm. Dancing and costume-wearing may well be involved. If you're interested and free on that date please email to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you can.Grab more KEXP SXSW MP3's on KEXP's blog.
Beirut in Santa Fe - Oct 2006 (CRED)
* Final Fantasy (Owen) is opening all three shows which is sweet.
DOWNLOAD: Beirut - Postcards From Italy (you probably have this MP3)
Beirut @ McCarren Pool, Brooklyn (MORE)
May 6 @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC
May 7 @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC
And as previously announced, those going to Austin for SXSW will have the chance to see Beirut much sooner even - first at the Beggars showcase (Mar 14), and 2nd at a daytime Austin City Limits KEXP taping (Mar 16).
I'm also happy to report that Zach is currently doing well in his original home of New Mexico. In fact:
He's completely rested and working furiously on the next album. The band - minus trumpeter Kelly Pratt who is performing this year with Arcade Fire and is being replaced by his wife. Tracy Pratt - will be headed over to Albuquerque after SXSW to record their parts. Zach is borrowing the A Hawk and a Hacksaw studio/practice space while Jeremy and Heather spend the next six to nine months in Budapest, preparing for a big May UK tour with the Hun Hangar Ensemble. The whole new Beirut album is already in Zach's head, and about 50% recorded. It's very French.Speaking of French, Ear Farm presents "An evening of rock from Paris to (Zach's second home) Brooklyn" at Union Hall on March 3rd.