Friday, March 20, 2015
Balkan New Mexico: Beirut and "The Gulag Orkestar"
Our random tune of the day had its roots right here in New Mexico! The Gulag Orkestar is by Beirut, a band initially formed as a solo project by Albuquerque-born Zach Condon and later expanded into a full band. Condon recorded the bulk of Beirut's debut album, Gulag Orkestar, in his bedroom and finished the album with the assistance of Neutral Milk Hotel and A Hawk and a Hacksaw's Jeremy Barnes. The strength of the recordings brought Condon a contract with Ba Da Bing Records under the name of Beirut, and the album was released in 2006 in conjunction with some live shows in New York - Condon recruited some friends to play the concerts and they became the band Beirut. Beirut has released three albums, the last in 2011, and Condon has been involved in several side projects. The Gulag Orkestar is from Beirut's 2006 debut CD, Gulag Orkestar.