Entries tagged with: Beirut

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Shugo and Bryan

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)
* Bryan Devendorf (The National)
* Perrin Cloutier (Beirut)
* Lawson White (So Percussion)
Twi the Humble Feather open the late show.
(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...

Continue reading "Shugo Tokumaru - tonight w/ all star backing band & updated 2008 Tour Dates (w/ the Magnetic Fields) "

this is pretty cool....

Coloring book

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.

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]

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.

photos by Chris Graham


Fleet Foxes


The Sasquatch Music Festival went down in Gorge, Washington this past Memorial Day Weekend. More pictures from day one below....

Continue reading "Sasquatch 2008 - day 1 in pictures (Saturday May 24)"

British Sea Power @ MHOW - May 11, 2008 (more by allan)
British Sea Power

Thurston Moore & Nancy Garcia @ No Fun Fest 2008 (more by Seth Tisue)
Thurston Moore and NAncy Garcia

Zach Condon & ring @ MHOW last night (more by Bao Nguyen)
Beirut and ring

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...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Monday?"

photos by Ryan Muir

Beirut @ MHOW

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....

Continue reading "Beirut @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, NYC - pics & setlist"


In April, you canceled a bunch of European tour dates and posted that letter on your site. What led you to cancel those shows?

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....

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

DOWNLOAD: Beirut - A Sunday Smile (MP3) -- (MHOW tix are on sale)


April 3

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.


Tickets are on sale for the Sunday Brooklyn show

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...

Continue reading "BEIRUT are playing Brooklyn on Sunday, 2008 Tour Dates"

Tickets are now on sale for the Wordless Music Series Grizzly Bear show. Beirut played a "Wordless" show at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple last night.....

Beirut in Brooklyn Masonic Temple

More pics like the one above at ThatGreenPlanet's Flickr. Beirut has two more NYC shows coming up - one more "Wordless" one in Manhattan, and one that is part of Joe's Pub in the (Central) Park.

So while the Black Lips were busy puking on stage, marching and whatnot....

Beirut @ Coco66

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 TBA
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
Yes, 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):


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)
Granny Diner
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)
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").

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.....

Continue reading "GRIZZLY BEAR & friends, a "wordless" show, ACL this weekend & other 2007 Tour Dates"

Masonic Temple

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....

Continue reading "BEIRUT playing Brooklyn Masonic Temple & other news"

Joes pub in the park

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....

Continue reading "Joe's Pub in the Park - Beirut, Patty Griffin & more"

Tickets are on sale for the September 24th Beirut show, a Do Make Say Think show, and the Mum shows. (note: Zach will be singing at the "wordless" show)

Did anyone notice a member of Beirut playing a horn with The Citizens Band when they opened for the White Stripes at Irving the other night? I could be wrong.

Zach @ Primavera sound 2007, 9:00 am soundcheck (more about that)
Zach Beirut

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....

Continue reading "BEIRUT - new album & 2007 Tour Dates"

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Arcade Fire @ Radio City Music Hall, NYC - May 9, 2007 (CRED)
Arcade Fire @ Radio City

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
Bowie & Iman

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 @ Radio City

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.

If Bowie had played with them, it would have looked something like THIS and THIS. Was David Byrne there? I didn't see him, but someone told me they did see Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson.

Lou Reed & Bowie @ Syracuse W Hotel - Apr 26, 2007 (INFO)
Lou Reed & David Bowie

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.


I believe there are still tickets available for the Air, TV on the Radio, Kate Havnevick show tonight (the 2nd High Line Festival show).

Beirut is back for three shows in September. Tonight Arcade Fire hit Boston.


Radio City setlist below....

Continue reading "David Bowie didn't play with Arcade Fire @ Radio City"

Shoving as many people on stage as possible is all the rage. Here's a video by Jason Schupper of the infamous Beirut encore at Bowery Ballroom Sunday night....

Continue reading "VIDEO: Arcade Fire, Beirut + Final Fantasy on stage"

Beirut @ Bowery Ballroom

Beirut @ Bowery Ballroom

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....

Beirut @ Bowery Ballroom

Beirut @ Bowery Ballroom

Beirut @ Bowery Ballroom

Continue reading "Beirut, Arcade Fire & Final Fantasy @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC - pics"

Arcade Fire, David Bowie, & Final Fantasy @ Radio City Music Hall - 2005 (MORE)
Arcade Fire

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'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...

Continue reading "Crazy time, 3 BEIRUT shows next week, 3 in September"

DOWNLOAD: The National - Fake Empire (MP3)

The National

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.

DOWNLOAD: Beirut live on KEXP during SXSW (MP3) (more)

"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)
Beirut @ Emos

I missed both Beirut shows @ SXSW, partly because there are three more chances coming up to see them in NYC. Currently in Los Angeles, the band needs some extras to star in a new video:

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 jib0613@yahoo.com as soon as you can.
Grab more KEXP SXSW MP3's on KEXP's blog.

Beirut adds 3rd NYC (Bowery) show -- Final Fantasy