When I heard that Beirut had a new album coming I got excited. I’ve loved all of the previous albums including Mr. Condons electronic explorations with the March of the Zapotech EP.
Anyhow, when I heard the lead single, “East Harlem,” from the new album, The Rip Tide, it felt instantly familiar. Where had I heard it?
Turns out it is the opening track to my favorite Beirut album –which is actually not even a legit album at all. July 1, 2009 I came across “Beirut – Live at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.” It is one of my very favorite Sunday morning albums and like I said, is my go to when I want to hear Beirut. It’s tough to believe an album this well recorded, mixed & produced was never officially released.
So, my friends, I am happy to present that concert in full for you here. I hope you like it.
Beirut - East Harlem
Beirut - The Shrew
Beirut - The Concubine
Beirut - Mimizan
Beirut - La Javanaise
Beirut - The Akara
Beirut - Cozak
Beirut - My Night With the Prostitute from Marseille
Sleigh Bells, one of my favorite new bands since literally the first time I heard them, came to SLC last week opening for Yeasayer. The crowd was mostly into it. “Crown on the Ground” was definitely recognized and the performance was good. It was quite a bit different than seeing them at SXSW but few performances are as intense as SXSW shows. Fortunately they did play a full set and I got it all recorded. They played all 5 songs they had released up to that point plus the one I recorded at SXSW and two new songs. Hopefully in time they can move away from the pre-recorded backing tracks and get some live electronics to add more of a band element but I still see Sleigh Bells one of the most promising bands of late.
I haven’t been able to upload much of my content but I have some great audio and visual recordings from most of the shows I’ve seen. I was hoping to be able to update each morning but my internet connection here in Austin is too unstable.
The best show I’ve seen yet was Sleigh Bells. Unfortunately they were only allowed to play 4 songs as the club was 2 hours behind schedule due to bad sound guys. It all came together for Sleigh Bells though. Their first SXSW performance and they had jj as an opener and Salem playing after. Sleigh Bells stole the show from both (not hard to do, both those other bands sucked live.) This new track is by far the most metal track they’ve done. Guitar line almost reminds me of Green Jelly’s “Three Little Pigs” which sounds like it would be awesomely bad but I mean it in a good way.
This is a recording I took while standing in the audience. It was the first song they played and the only one I hadn’t heard before. If anyone knows the name of it please shoot me a message.
Sleigh Bells - New Song (Live at SXSW)
Picture thanks to Stereogum, click here for many more from the show. Look for the rest of my content next week including an interview with Active Child, live tracks/vids from The xx, jj, Titus Andronicus, Delorean, Salem and more.
These are some videos I shot of the live Salt Lake City debut of Girls.
Before the actual show the band did an in-store at Slowtrain Records These videos are from that.
These are from the actual show at Urban Lounge later that evening:
Before launching into “Lust for Life” the band began with “All I Have to do is Dream,” a song most know as an Everly Brothers original though it was actually written by husband wife duo Felice and Boudleaux Bryant (according to the all knowing wikipedia).
“Carolina” was a personal highlight as back in 2008 when “Hellhole Ratrace” was on constant repeat there was only another song or two from Girls available in any form. The band had only had a handful of performances and youtube clips were difficult to come by. Even now it looks like the only version of “Carolina” on YouTube was from the 2008 Midi Fest. This is the same video I was jamming to way back then. I’m excited to have another version to share. I’m not sure if they’ve been playing this one every night on tour or not but it’s definitely worth sticking around for the encore. I hope this ends up being released as a b-side on an upcoming single.
Then after the show I whipped out my Flipcam and asked The Magic Kids a hard hitting question or two. **UPDATE 02/16/10** Apparently Bennet is not a fan of this video and wishes to rescind his comments and appearance. He just called and asked I take it down. “I don’t want my grandma to see it and she’s way more computer literate than I am.” He has agreed to do another interview, maybe down in Austin a few weeks from now. It’s tough to be in a band when you’re worried about your grandma but hey, removing it seems like the right thing to do.
On Jan 16, 2010 Memory Tapes played their first ever live show. The show took place in Manchester and lucky for us youtube user Blikeng86 show a really great looking video. The yellow glasses wearing asshat singing over Dayve is obnoxious but this is a great video. I’m particularly impressed with how organic the song comes off –organic is not what I would call the record.
Here are a couple of Memory Tapes remixes I haven’t had a chance to play/post yet including a brand new one for a new Tanlines track.
Browsing around the world wide web on Monday I came across this fairly excellent recording of the full The xx set at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show took place August 17th, 2009. There is a lot of chatter that cuts through some of the quieter moments but for a crowd taping this is as good as it gets.
The new Grizzly Bear album, Veckatimest, leaked on Monday. The quality isn’t the best and the band hopes you will wait and base your opinion on the sonically superior version. Me? I couldn’t wait. I’ve already placed my preorder for the vinyl, and I also ordered a poster that is awesome (pictured below, get yours here).
Knife is the song that really got these guys noticed back in 2006; give it a listen and you will get an idea for what this band is about.
Grizzly Bear - Knife
So this new Grizzly Bear, well, it’s one of the big ones of 2k9.
Since opening for Radiohead last year there have been a lot of eyes on this band and a lot of ears starving for a listen. Everything Grizzly Bear has done has been better than what they did before that (see Horn of Plenty to Yellow House to Friend EP to the couple of songs they debuted on late night talk shows in the latter half of last year). So, this album is important. It will either launch Grizzly Bear into the stratosphere or they will be one of the many, many bands who started with a ton of potential but fizzled when the pressure mounted.
Grizzly Bear - While You Wait for the Others
(Live on Morning Becomes Eclectic)
Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
(Live on Letterman)
Grizzly Bear - Mother and Child Reunion
(Paul Simon Cover)
Lucky for us and them Veckatimest is great –really great! The album starts with Southern Point, one of the more uptempo songs on the album and so far one of my favorites. Two Weeks and While You Wait both sound better than they did live. Foreground is an excellent piano based finale –I wish there was another song similar to that one on the album. Ready, Able might be the best song these guys have ever written. It is really good. Though Fine For Now is currently edging it out for me personally. Robin Pecknold, singer of Fleet Foxes just called (via Twitter) Veckatimest ‘the best album of the 00s.’ Lofty statement but after about 10 spins through this thing it is getting more and more difficult to find anything wrong with it.
Grizzly Bear - Cheerleader
(new song, live)
Go back and listen to some of the old Grizzly Bear; (Yellow House is an excellent starting point) get studied up and prepare for the release of Veckatimest. If you get a chance, catch the band on their just announced tour. It will probably be the last chance to see these guys before they really blow up.
Here is a live show the band did back in 2007. This is a seven song in-store which took place in Dallas. The quality is really quite nice and I found it pretty cool to hear the banter between the guys (which you can hear in the intro). Knife and On a Neck, On a Spit are both stand outs from this performance.
On August 14th Girls recorded these 4 tracks in the studio of St. Louis’ KDHX. None of these tracks appear on Album and I don’t find them all that remarkable with the exception of “Broken Dreams Club,” but as a fan, I find them interesting as collectibles.