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Beirut on World Cafe | September 23, 2011

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The story of Beirut, the sweetly melancholy musical venture of Zach Condon, is like something out of a movie. The New Mexico native dropped out of college in 2006 to focus on writing and recording music. He produced Gulag Orkestar, celebrating old-world weirdness and nostalgia with bawdy Balkan organ pumps and trumpets. The album sparked a meteoric rise for the young artist.

Condon's success was built not upon signing with a major label or playing hundreds of tiny shows, but by word of mouth online. In the five years since Gulag Orkestar, Condon has expanded the band to include six members, fleshed out Beirut's sound both on stage and off, and released five EPs and two other albums, including a new one called The Rip Tide.

The Rip Tide was recorded in New York during the winter of 2010 and takes a surprise turn away from the group's early, Čoček-influenced sound and toward more mainstream indie rock. Listen to the group play live and describe finding its true sound as part of this session for World Cafe. (link)

Playlist

HOUR 1

XTC "The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead" Nonsuch
Washed Out "Eyes Be Closed" Within and Without
The Zombies "Time Of The Season" Greatest Hits
The XX "VCR" The XX
Beirut "Sante Fe" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Beirut "East Harlem" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Beirut "Port Of Call" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Brazzaville "East L.A.Breeze" East L.A.Breeze
The Shins "Kissing The Lipless" Chutes Too Narrow
Wilco "I Might" The Whole Love
Ry Cooder "Humpty Dumpty World" Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down

HOUR 2

Van Morrison "Queen Of The Slipstream" The Best Of Van Morrison
Laura Marling "Sophia" A Creature I Don't Know
Middle Brother "Me Me Me" Middle Brother
The Replacements "Achin' To Be" Don't Tell A Soul
Travelling Wilburys "Tweeter And The Monkey Man" Travelling Wilburys, Vol. 1
James Blake "Limit To Your Love" James Blake
The Police "Driven To Tears" Zenyatta Mondatta
Mayer Hawthorne "A Long Time" How Do You Do
Little Dragon "Shuffle A Dream" Ritual Union
Brian Eno "One Word" Wrong Way Up
Deer Tick "Miss K." Divine Providence
The War On Drugs "Baby Missles" Slave Ambient
Joe Cocker "Hitchcock Railway" Joe Cocker!