Entries tagged with: Beirut
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....
DOWNLOAD: David Bowie - It's Hard To Be a Saint in the City (Springsteen) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Last Town Chorus - Modern Love (Bowie cover) (MP3)
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 email@example.com 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.
DOWNLOAD: Beirut - Elephant Gun (MP3 from new EP)
Inside Room (Beggars):
- Voxtrot (playlouder)
- CALLA (Beggars Banquet)
- The Early Years (Beggars Banquet)
- Future Of The Left (too pure)
- iLiKETRAiNS (Beggars Banquet)
- Blonde Redhead
- The Mountain Goats
- Emma Pollock
- Wolf & Cub
In other Beirut news, Zach is currently holed up in New Mexico, resting, and working on a new album. The rest of the world is listening to his awesome EP that just came out called "Lon Gisland" (get it? Long Island):
You can buy it at Insound who have also announced a little SXSW party of their own:
Friday, March 16th-That party is in direct competition with the Pitchfork party.
Le Tigre, Death & Taxes Magazines, and Hot Freaks Present Insound SXSW w/
@ Club Deville- 900 Red River, Austin, TX.
Noon-6pm, $3 at door. Free beer & bbq.
PLUS, I don't think I ever mentioned that Mastodon and Okkervil River are also playing SXSW this year.
Blonde Redhead is also touring.
And in other Voxtrot news, don't be surprised if you run into any one of them in NYC for the next couple of weeks. Like Jared, they're all here visiting.
ANDREW BIRD @ GOOD SHEPARD FAITH CHURCH, NYC | NOV 15, 2006 (CRED)
This was an amazing night. Bird seemed to channel his music in a way that I have never experience. He swayed, paced, tossed his head, and generally exuded joy throughout the entire concert. He made use of several live recording devices, which allowed him to layer his own music on top of more of his own music. Simply orchestrating this complicated bit of art was amazing enough on its own. Some of the songs he played were arrangements of his vocal versions, other were brand new. It was fantastic. [fuzzyblu]And speaking of Beirut, the rest of the band must be less exhausted than Zach because, unlike me, they were there:
First up was A Hawk and a Hacksaw, a violin/accordian duo who played music that sounded straight out of eastern Europe...which I suppose is inescapable with that perticular instrumentation. Halfway through their last song, a horn sounded in the back of the church (they held this event in a church btw) and suddenly Beirut...an eight-piece band comprised of guitar, drum, accordiant, clarinet, and trumpet, among other things...comes marching down the aisle to join the two performers in stunning orchestral madness.[cait]Don't worry, Zach was probably home sleeping - this show required no singing. T-Sides has a full review.
The next Wordless Music Series show will most likely take place on January 24th, 2007. It hasn't been 100% confirmed yet, but Charles Spearin (Do Make Say Think, KC Accidental, Broken Social Scene) may be performing. The show after that is 100% confirmed and already on sale. That one features Explosions in the Sky.
Andrew Bird's next two shows are November 24th & 25th in Chicago at Logan Square Auditorium.
"Brooklyn's Beirut have signed to 4AD for an expanded re-release of The Gulag Orkestar (Ba Da Bing), their impressive debut record of Eastern-European-inspired waltzes and folk songs. Beirut, the solo project of Zach Condon, has grown to a full band, which includes strings, horns, ukeleles and even a hype man. The re-release will coincide with Beirut's first shows in the UK, opening for the equally-cinematic Calexico this fall. The European version will also include a new EP, titled Lon Gisland[sic]. Chouette will release the EP in limited vinyl." [CMJ]
4AD is part of the Beggars family of labels who, collectively, also recently signed Voxtrot, Serena Maneesh, Tapes 'n Tapes, The Ponys and another buzz band from NYC that I'm not allowed to announce yet. Beirut's deal with 4AD does NOT include North America where they will remain with Ba Da Bing.
Beirut played a free show at McCarren Pool in Brooklyn yesterday (Aug 13, 2006). Not only did they sound great, their professionalism as a band continues to grow. Recently back from playing Moscow, everyone on stage seemed to have a much better grasp of their instruments (and the songs they're playing with them) than the last time I saw them at Northsix (which was infinitely better than their first show at Knitting Factory).