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  • Beirut @ Via Funchal, São Paulo (September 11th '09)

    12 sep 2009, 16:50 av memeco

    Fri 11 Sep – Beirut

    Best concert ever. Hands down.

    There are no words to describe what happened at Via Funchal last night. I have never seen a show with no stage effects, yet so intense and full of energy as Beirut live -- and I've been to several concerts before.

    Those guys were absolutely amazing, way beyond my expectations. Despite the short set -- it lasted for about 1 hour and 20 minutes only -- and the lack of essential songs, such as Cliquot (which they've never played live, afaik) and The Penalty --, Beirut managed to cheer the crowd up in a way I had never seen. :)

    Looking forward to their return to Brazilian lands, I'll definitely be there! :D


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  • Beirut - “March of the Zapotec and Realpeople Holland EP”

    21 feb 2009, 22:19 av Batman_Forever



    Pisząc niespełna półtora roku temu list o potrzebie odpoczynku i wymyśleniu się na nowo, Zach Condon wywołał spory niepokój wśród miłośników Beirutu. Na szczęście, wydanie nowej podwójnej EP-ki jest sygnałem, że niedawny kryzys jest już przeszłością.

    Ówczesny kryzys szczególnie zapadł w pamięć polskim fanom grupy. Dla wielu z nich niedoszły występ formacji na gdyńskim Open’erze miał być jedną z głównych atrakcji festiwalu. Nie muszę chyba pisać, jak duże rozczarowanie spowodował wspomniany list. Dziś to wydarzenie może odejść w niepamięć. Zapewne w niedalekiej przyszłości czeka nas ich występ w Polsce - a kto wie, może jego miejscem będzie właśnie tegoroczny Open’er?

    Tak czy inaczej, warto skupić się na ich nowym wydawnictwie, bowiem to ono pokazuje w jakiej obecnie formie znajduje się Beirut. Od samego początku rzuca się w oczy różnorodność obu albumów. Rzeczywiście, nie było sensu wypuszczać tych piosenek na jednej płycie, ponieważ “Realpeople Holland” to w większości eksperymenty z electro-popem, a “March Of The Zapotec” stanowi kawałek charakterystycznego dla nich folku.

    Brzmienie “Realpeople Holland” nie było dla mnie dużym zaskoczeniem. Zarówno na “The Gulag Orkiestra” jak i “The Flying Club Cup”, można znaleźć próby zabawy tą konwencją. Na początku trzeba się oswoić z faktem, że to nie trąbka i akordeon, lecz keyboardy, występują na pierwszym planie. Kiedy człowiek już do tego przywyknie, okazuje się, że Realpeople (dawny pseudonim Zacha) i w tej sferze ma coś ciekawego do zaoferowania. Najlepszymi kompozycjami na epce są jej 3 końcowe utwory. “Venice” jest przyjemnie flegmatyczne i leniwe; “The Concubine”, w którym wykorzystano cymbałki przypominające dźwiękiem dzwonek od roweru, to najbardziej folkowa piosenka z całego krążka; z kolei “No Dice” wyróżnia się specyficzną elektroniką, nadającą jej klubowy wręcz charakter.

    “La Llorona”


    Druga epka przenosi nas do Ameryki Łacińskiej, konkretnie do Meksyku. “March of The Zapotec” to Beirut dobrze nam znany, dla którego główną inspiracją jest muzyka ludowa z różnych części świata. Zespołowi udało się osiągnąć autentyczność, zawdzięczaną w znacznej mierze zaangażowaniu podczas nagrań The Jimenez Band, 19 osobowej orkiestry z Teotitlán del Valle. Wszyscy członkowie orkiestry są tytułowymi Zapotekami, czyli rdzennymi mieszkańcami Meksyku. Szkoda jednak, że nie położono mocniejszego akcenty na gitary i rozmaite ich wariacje, z jakich znany jest ten krąg kulturowy. Co prawda odgrywają one pewną rolę w “My Wife” i “The Akara”, ale niestety giną w natłoku innych instrumentów. Najbardziej przypadł mi do gustu “On A Bayonet”, którego melancholijny klimat kojarzy się z pogrzebem. Krótka, ale intensywna i piękna kompozycja.

    Na podstawie tych dwóch minialbumów jeszcze trudniej niż przedtem jest powiedzieć, w którą stronę uda się w swoich twórczych poszukiwaniach Zach Condon. “Holland” jest raczej rozwinięciem pewnego przewijającego się na poprzednich krążkach motywu, niż rozpoczęciem czegoś zupełnie nowego. Z kolei “March of The Zapotec” wydaje się być pewnym pomysłem, który artysta w pełni zrealizował na tej płycie. Czas pokaże, co następnym razem zaintryguje młodego kompozytora. Rozmaitych odmian i gatunków folku na naszym globie jest tak dużo, że z pewnością zdoła on jeszcze znaleźć coś egzotycznego i świeżego dla słuchacza z tzw. Zachodu.



    Tekst pochodzi z portalu www.uwolnijmuzyke.pl
  • Beirut: Dos Nuevos Ep's en 2009

    11 nov 2008, 18:25 av Wanko1



    Beirut ha aprovechado su reclusión para preparar nuevo material y deleitarnos con él. El resultado es un poco confuso, pero trataremos de explicarlo claramente: resulta que Zach publicará dos EPs, uno bajo el nombre de Beirut, y otro bajo el nombre de Realpeople (el grupo que tenía antes de Beirut). Resulta que ambos EPs contienen canciones nuevas, seis en el caso del de Beirut (que se llamará March of the Zapotec) y cinco en el de Realpeple (llamado Holland), y que saldrán el próximo 16 de febrero bajo el propio sello de Condon, Pompeii Records. En fin, ya saben que el amigo Zach no es un chico normal. Así que pasen dentro para el tracklist de ambos EPs, y alegrémonos de que haya anunciado que el año que viene volverá a salir de gira.

    Beirut - March of the Zapotec
    01. ‘El Zocalo’
    02. ‘La Llorna’
    03. ‘My Wife’
    04. ‘The Akara’
    05. ‘On a Bayonet’
    06. ‘The Shrew’

    Realpeople - Holland
    01. ‘My Night With a Prostitute From Marseille’
    02. ‘My Wife, Lost in the Wild’
    03. ‘Venice’
    04. ‘The Concubine’
    05. ‘No Dice’

    Fuente: Indiespot
  • Beirut Announce EP/Solo Project Package in 2009

    11 nov 2008, 18:31 av Wanko1



    When Beirut's Zach Condon canceled his European tour earlier this year to collect himself, he didn't just sit around reading On the Road, watching "Oprah", and wolfing down Ben & Jerry's by the tubful. Well okay, who knows really, maybe he did. But he also spent some time cooking up a nifty little double-disc release.

    Come February 17 in the U.S. and February 16 in Europe, Condon's own Pompeii Records (with an assist from Ba Da Bing!) will issue a pair of EPs from the Zachster, packaged together but spread out over separate CDs for maximum EP-ability. The first, March of the Zapotec, collects six new tracks partially recorded in Mexico recently by Beirut, while the second, Holland, is credited to Realpeople and features five solo jams from Zach's early home-recording days. UPDATE: Though Realpeople was the name of Condon's early project, these are new recordings.

    Astute readers will recognize Realpeople track "My Night With the Prostitute From Marseille" from that Natalie Portman-curated Big Change comp (billed to Beirut), while "Venice" previously turned up on the CD accompanying The Believer's 2007 Music Issue (billed to Zach's given name). Icy Demon Griffin Rodriguez engineered and mastered the March of the Zapotec/Holland two-fer, and the guy's Obey Your Brain imprint will be responsible for putting it out on vinyl.

    Check back tomorrow to read Condon's thoughts on the new release and other matters Beirut, and brace yourself for the band's return to the road, planned for next year.

    Beirut: March of the Zapotec:

    01 El Zocalo
    02 La Llorna
    03 My Wife
    04 The Akara
    05 On a Bayonet
    06 The Shrew

    Realpeople: Holland:

    01 My Night With a Prostitute From Marseille
    02 My Wife, Lost in the Wild
    03 Venice
    04 The Concubine
    05 No Dice

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  • Beirut + Laura Barrett - The Commodore (Vancouver, BC; May 22, 2008)

    17 jun 2008, 04:50 av mel-opho-be

    It's a little late, but here's our Beirut concert photos from the Vancouver show plus a review of course!

  • Beirut canceled all Summer concerts

    29 maj 2008, 09:43 av rsvmarques

    All Summer Beirut concerts where canceled. I found Zach explanation in Beirut official site: http://www.beirutband.com/ read it above.

    "NEW NEWS!
    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.

    -Zach"
  • Albums for kissing

    24 apr 2008, 00:01 av Xylemicarious

    A list copied verbatim from my RYM. Because I'm super cool and original like that.
    It's in alphabetical order, by the way.

    1. Arcade Fire- Funeral
    I still think it's over rated, but not for kissing in the snow it isn't.

    2. Asobi Seksu- Citrus
    If Arcade Fire is music for kissing in the snow, this is music for kissing in the high noon sun with clouds drifting by and a breeze washing over you.

    3. Be Your Own Pet- be your own PET
    For when biting, punching, scratching, kicking and kissing are all acceptable forms of showing your love.

    4. Beach House- Devotion
    For slow, tender kissing (preferably mixed with heroin). Their other album works too.

    5. Beirut- Gulag Orkestar
    I feel the only way I can boil down my reasoning on this one is by the following formula:
    Gulag Orkestar = Amazing
    Kissing = Amazing
    Gulag Orkestar + Good whiskey = Amazing^2
    Kissing + Good Whiskey = Amazing^2
    Good Whiskey(Gulag Orkestar + Kissing) = SO AMAZING

    6. Andrew Bird- Armchair Apocrypha
    Sensual layer of strings layered upon sensual layer of strings. This is like the music they play in the movies for kissing, except it works for kissing in real life too.

    7. Blonde Redhead- Misery Is a Butterfly
    For tear-stained break-up kissing.

    8. The Boy Least Likely To- The Best Party Ever
    Twee kissing!

    9. Calexico- Feast of Wire
    Brings me back to my years in the Southwest... Like mariachi music of dreams...

    10. CSS- Cansei de Ser Sexy
    Brazilian disco rave kissing. And possibly more than that.

    11. Chromatics- Night Drive
    Kissing for martinis and sleeping pills and long nights on the town.

    12. Cocteau Twins- Heaven or Las Vegas
    Blissed out dreamy kissing for warm nights.

    13. John Coltrane- A Love Supreme
    I feel no comment is necessary.

    14. Cut Copy- In Ghost Colours
    Pretty dance party kissing.

    15. Miles Davis- Kind of Blue
    Lie beside the fire with a couple glasses of wine and some sleeping pills...

    16. The Delgados- Hate
    Despite the title, this album is really all about love.

    17. DeVotchKa- How It Ends
    This album will transport you to entirely foreign lands of kissing.

    18. El Perro del Mar- El Perro Del Mar
    Tearful moving away forever kissing.

    19. Elf Power- A Dream in Sound
    Blissful arse-over-tits in love kissing.

    20. The Flaming Lips- Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
    I don't know where the sunbeams end and the star lights begin,
    It's all a mystery.
    And I don't know how a man decides what's right for his own life,
    It's all a mystery.

    21. Gotan Project- La Revancha del Tango
    I'm pretty sure tango is the quintessential kissing music, and adding chill beats and accordion loops only helps.

    22. Grizzly Bear- Yellow House
    Stoned kissing with no one else around for miles and miles.

    23. Interpol- Turn On the Bright Lights
    Another on the long list of spaced out and beautiful kissing music.

    24. The Jesus and Mary Chain- Darklands
    It's dark and rainy out there, but in here we're kissing.

    25. Justice- Cross
    Ecstasy and dancing and kissing.

    26. The Ladybug Transistor- The Abermarle Sound
    Running through the streets of Oxford, and the sun is shining.

    27. The Magnetic Fields- 69 Love Songs
    Very very long kissing sessions.

    28. Aimee Mann- Bachelor No. 2 (Or, the Last Remains of the Dodo)
    Depressing and slow, but oh so pretty. For the confident kisser who knows none of the stuff Aimee is talking about will happen to them.

    29. Joni Mitchell- Blue
    This is really good background music for anything, kissing included.

    30. My Bloody Valentine- Loveless
    More blissful spaced out kissing music. Note: Should be turned up as loud as possible to emulate the feeling of bathing in a tub full of fuzz.

    31. Neutral Milk Hotel- In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
    Intense and cathartic kissing.

    32. The New Pornographers- Mass Romantic
    Happy fun kissing!

    33. Pavement- Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
    Cutting school and work to go to a playground and sit on the swings and kiss.

    34. Philip Glass- Music in 12 Parts
    For very long, slow, amazing kissing.

    35. A Place to Bury Strangers- A Place to Bury Strangers
    Sexy angry kissing.

    36. Portishead- Dummy
    Noir lounge kissing. But anyway, it's druggy and seductive and generally awesome.

    37. The Postal Service- Give Up
    I don't know, but the ladies love it.

    38. Primal Scream- Screamadelica
    Don't know what to say about this except that you will probably get some.

    39. Radiohead- OK Computer
    Radiohead pretty much makes a good soundtrack for whatever.

    40. Ride- Nowhere
    What can I say, yet MORE spaced out dreamy shoegaze. Spaced out dreamy shoegaze is great for kissing!

    41. Sally Shapiro- Disco Romance
    I don't think I know any Scandanavian electropop that would make BAD kissing music, but this is probably the best.

    42. Slowdive- Souvlaki
    Really slow, really spaced out, and really really pretty.

    43. Songs: Ohia- Magnolia Electric Co.
    Farewell Transmission is its own self enclosed kissing epic, but the whole album works quite well too.

    44. Sonic Youth- Daydream Nation
    I'm not ashamed to say that it would be pretty amazing to lose my virginity to this album.

    45. Tarkio- Omnibus
    While I would never try to say that Tarkio are better than The Decemberists, they are definitely more consistently good for kissing to.

    46. Yann Tiersen- Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain
    Not much to say on this one except waltzes are amazing.

    47. The Twilight Sad- Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters
    Another slow, pretty, spaced out thing, but this one has a guy with a super thick Scottish accent.

    48. The Waterboys- Fisherman's Blues
    Badass violins and generally rocking Irish music is good for kissing.

    49. Wilco- Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
    I am trying to break your heart.

    50. Yo La Tengo- And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
    The fact that this album ends with Night Falls on Hoboken makes the entire album ridiculously worthy for a list of good albums to kiss to.


    Oh yeah, before I forget, I actually ahven't tried any of these, I kinda just went through my albums thinking what would be good. I do plan on trying them ASAP though. :-)
    Also note that I was purposely staying away from cliche things, so don't bother telling me I need some Marvin Gaye. I know already, I know.
    So yeah, it's really just supposed to be silly list. So don't try o, I don't know, read giant generalizations about me or my taste or whatever into it.
    Blah.

    Edit: I got rid of Tap Tap to stick in Ride. Sorry Tap Tap, it wasn't you, it was me.
    Edit 2: Changing Slowdive- Pygmalion to Slowdive- Souvlaki because I've just heard it and it's entirely more beautiful and wondrous and good for kissing. Although Pygmalion is still one of the few ambient albums I can actually sit through without passing out. But my comment still stands: "Really slow, really spaced out, and really really pretty."
    Edit 3: Got rid of MGMT in favor of Portishead. Because DAMN is Portishead some good kissing music.
  • Jubilation of the Obscene

    12 dec 2007, 23:01 av nefolk

    Sun 2 Dec – The Tiger Lillies

    The traditional video of mr. Huge destroying his drumset on Banging in the Nails, including the introduction/farewell of the band. Shot with Canon Powersomething...



    The Tiger Lillies
  • Beirut Live on KEXP 20070316

    22 nov 2007, 23:28 av richpr

  • Beirut: The Flying Club Cup, and Elephant Gun single

    20 aug 2007, 15:11 av puddlegum

    Originally posted at Puddlegum.net

    Beirut is releasing The Flying Club Cup Monday, October 8, through their new European label, 4AD Records. The US release will arrive October 9 on Ba Da Bing. Zach Condon and band began recording The Flying Club Cup in April, relocating the sonic scape from the Balkans to France. The album is promising to be, “just as captivating as its predecessor.”

    “Although the new album is closer in spirit to France than the Balkans - combining lyrical orchestral arrangements with romantic vocals like the chansonniers of yore - its confidence and melodic grace prove beyond doubt that Zach Condon is a prolific and unique talent.” (4AD Records)

    Recorded in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in A Hawk and a Hacksaw’s practice room, Griffin Rodriguez (A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Man Man) was brought in to produce and engineer most of the album. Owen Pallet (Final Fantasy) at Arcade Fire’s Masonic recording studio. Zach Condon and his eight piece band recorded the instruments, and Heather Trost (A Hawk and a Hacksaw) added violin on several songs. (Amazon)

    Beirut - The Flying Club Cup track listing:
    1. A Call To Arms
    2. Nantes
    3. A Sunday Smile
    4. Guyamas Sonora
    5. Le Banlieu
    6. Cliquot
    7. The Penalty
    8. Forks and Knives (La Fete)
    9. In The Mausoleum
    10. Un Dernier Verre (Pour la Route)
    11. Cherbourg
    12. St. Apollonia
    13. The Flying Club Cup

    Beirut quietly released Elephant Gun single with two b-sides, Transatlantique and Le Moribond. Ba Da Bing released the single without any mention on their website, nor have they announced the new full-length album, but fans can purchase the three song single on Emusic. Transatlantique and Le Moribond gives us a glimpse of what to expect from his new album. Sung in French, Le Moribond is a Jacques Brel cover, written in 1961, that closes with the band breaking into My Family’s Role In The World Revolution.

    November will find the eight-piece band traveling through Western Europe: UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. No word yet on a North American tour, but one can only expect the announcement will be coming soon.


    http://puddlegum.net/beirut-the-flying-club-cup-and-elephant-gun-single/