Thursday, June 21, 2007

Beirut's new record!

Oh sweet jesus, I don't know how I missed this one (must have been during my absence from the blogging world) but a while ago, Zach Condon of Beirut talked to Pitchfork Media about his new record coming out this year. After the wild success of last years Gulag Orkestar and the Lon Gisland EP released earlier this year, my expectations are through the roof for this next one, to be released October 9th on Ba Da Bing. The name hasn't been officially confirmed but Condon told Pitchfork that it will be called The Flying Club Cup.
Evidently, Condon's phase of middle-eastern, Balkan-influenced indie pop has eclipsed to make way for a more classical pop influenced sound.

I was listening to a lot of Jacques Brel and French chanson music-- pop songs shrouded in big, glorious, over-the-top arrangements and all this drama...very much throwing myself in the world of classical pop music

As was seen on Lon Gisland, Condon has been growing from one-man-band status to full orchestral numbers, which we can expect to upgrade once again on this record with help from Owen Pallet of Final Fantasy contributing string arrangements and guest vocals.

00 A Call to Arms
01 Nantes
02 A Sunday Smile
03 Guyamas Sonora
04 La Banlieu
05 Cliquot
06 The Penalty
07 Forks and Knives (La FĂȘte)
08 In the Mausoleum
09 Un Dernier Verre (Pour la Route)
10 Cherbourg
11 St. Apollonia
12 The Flying Club Cup

Tour Dates
06-22 Dublin, Ireland - Tripod
06-24 Pilton, England - Jazz World Stage (Glastonbury Festival)
06-26 London, England - KOKO *
06-28 Malta, Poland - Malta Festival
06-30 Istanbul, Turkey - Radar Festival
07-03 Paris, France - Trabendo *
07-05 Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof *
07-08 Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07-10 Athens, Greece - Vrahon Theater (Gagarin Open Air Festival)
09-23 Princeton, NJ - Terrace F Club #
09-24 New York, NY - Society for Ethical Culture (Wordless Music Series) #
09-26 New York, NY - Delacorte Theater #
09-30 Montreal, Quebec - La Sala Rossa #
10-02 Toronto, Ontario - Danforth Music Hall #
10-04 Chicago, IL - Portage Theater #
10-08 San Francisco, CA - Herbst Theater #
10-09 San Francisco, CA - Herbst Theater #
10-10 Los Angeles, CA - Avalon #
*with dirty projectors
#with Colleen

...and a little Gulag Orkestar to get you psyched:


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