On USA, UK Go Beirut Sign In Tour To & 4AD

Beirut are currently experiencing a lot of activity. They are on the cusp of the new retro-style trend in music, in which bands name themselves after a geographic location. America, Kansas, & Chicago begat Beirut, Canada, & America, again (because they're coming back with a new album featuring the likes of Ryan Adams, James Iha & Adam what'shisface from Fountains Of Wayne). They (Beirut, not America, don't get confused) also recently signed to 4AD in Europe, giving the legendary label the right to release the band's Gulag Orkestar on that continent in an expanded form. Said expansion will consist of the original album plus a new EP, entitled Lon Gisland (misspelled on purpose, smarty). The EP also will come out in the U.S. this fall as a limited-edition, one-sided 12-inch.

If that weren't enough, and, let's face it, in this fast-paced world of 60-hour workweeks and dwindling paychecks, it sure as hell isn't, the band also have a couple tours lined up. Late September will find the group in a cross-country jaunt, which, after about a month, will be interrupted by a six-date trek with Calexico, which has the band visiting various United Kingdom cities. Then it's right back to the home of liberalism in America, (the country, not the band, please don't get confused) the East Coast, for a few shows on the way back to their home base of Brooklyn. Who knew the rocket ship to the top of the musical heap would be influenced by Eastern Europe (I have no idea what this means. I guess I will leave it up to you, dear reader, to come to your own conclusion)?

Lon Gisland EP:

1. Elephant Gun
2. My Family's Role In the World Revolution
3. Scenic World
4. (Interlude)
5. Carousels


09.22.06 - Durham, NC - Duke Coffeehouse
09.23.06 - Greensboro, NC - Flying Anvil
09.24.06 - Atlanta, GA - Variety
09.29.06 - Swarthmore, PA - Swarthmore Campus
10.04.06 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe
10.05.06 - Ottawa, QC - Zaphod Beezlebrox
10.07.06 - Montreal, QC - Le National
10.12.06 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
10.14.06 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
10.17.06 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile
10.18.06 - Portland, OR - Holocene
10.20.06 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
10.21.06 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
10.24.06 - Santa Fe, NM - Santa Fe Brewing Company
10.26.06 - Albuquerque, MN - Launchpad
10.28.06 - Austin, TX - Emo‘s
10.31.06 - Gateshead, UK - Sage #
11.01.06 - Glasgow, UK - ABC 1 #
11.02.06 - Dublin, UK - Olympia #
11.03.06 - Liverpool, UK - Academy #
11.04.06 - Sheffield, UK - Octago #
11.05.06 - London, UK - Camden Roundhouse
11.16.06 - Providence, RI - Leung Gallery
11.18.06 - Bennington, VT - Bennington Campus
11.21.06 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
11.22.06 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

# w/ Calexico