Live in Chicago: Beirut + live podcast!


photos by Susana Meza

Each day of the Chicago broadcast, we will podcast one of the live performances from Engine Studios. Today, we are presenting Beirut‘s fantastic session, which features four new songs from their upcoming, and much anticipated, album The Flying Cup Club, due out next Tuesday on Ba Da Bing.

Beirut live on KEXP in Chicago 10/03/07 (Download)

Those who hear Zach Condon and his traveling band, which sometimes consists of up to nine other members, are often surprised to learn that the very European sounds come from a band based out of New York. Blending Parisian and Balkan styles, Beirut has explores an Old World niche rarely sought by other indie bands. Surely, Condon’s experiences as a busker on the streets of Paris have influenced the theatrical style he and the rest of the “ramshackle orchestra” that is Beirut partake on stage, and you’re not likely to see another band leader jump from one instrument to the next as often as he does.

Here’s what John Richards had to say about their performance:

Beirut are a great band. Not just a great band but one of the greatest bands playing today. As I watching this young band for maybe the 5th time and 3rd time on KEXP, I just once again got caught up in the sincere emotion and musical skill they possess. Beirut loves music and you can feel that when they play. This in-studio was no different.

They came off an overnight drive from Montreal to play on KEXP, which we really appreciated. Some bands wouldn’t have made the trip early, but they did. They were tired and road weary but ready to play. You see them and they’re so funny and nice to be around and you just want to put ‘em up in a nice hotel for hot showers and take em out to buy nice new clothes. They’d say no, but you just want to take care of them to make sure they’re playing music for years.

In studio they set up and circled around one another with no less then 3 people in there taking pictures, including our friends from Pitchfork. They played 5 songs from the new album plus one traditional song. Then they signed off on us launching them on a podcast, packed up and continued on their journey, heading for a show in Chicago Thursday night and then the around the world — this is a band you should support.

If you want to support Beirut, they playing several shows in the U.S. before heading over to Europe. Check out the dates on their MySpace page. You can bet they’ll be back next year touring behind The Flying Cup Club, which hits stores next Tuesday!

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  1. Posted October 4, 2007 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    Kudos to the engineering crew for making a really unique instrumentation sound beautiful on every song. That couldn’t have been easy!

  2. Flavio
    Posted October 4, 2007 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Incredible presentation! Congratulations Beirut and KEXP!

  3. DiscountSounds
    Posted October 4, 2007 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    I love that first photo with the tat in the foreground and the out of focus guy in the background. Very nicely done!

  4. Posted October 4, 2007 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    I first heard Beirut on the KEXP Vol. 3 CD, and now I can’t get enough of them. I make everyone else listen too. I was really looking forward to this and it was every bit as good as I’d hoped it would be.

  5. Posted October 14, 2007 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Amazing web where a frenchman finds on chicagoan podcast hosted on a seattle webradio broadcasting a newyork based band of parisiano-balkan influences singing a song about the small port where he lives : Cherbourg… It’s a small world! Love from Normandy!

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