Blondie’s back with LP9 and the band’s first in eight years. During their time off, the NYC new wave icons got turned onto contemporary NYC-based indie notables Beirut — Zach Condon plays trumpet on a track, but moreover Blondie’s Panic Of Girls includes a cover of Beirut’s “A Sunday Smile.” It’s one of Beirut’s more bacchanalian, trumpet-lined warblers, but here it gets wrapped up in some “The Tide Is High” styled Blondie ska. Hear a snippet at Amazon. The album’s out via the band’s own Eleven Seven label.
On a related note (via P4K), Beirut offer a new single this Monday, also on their own label (Pompeii): Close observers/Beirut ticketstub holders may recognize one or both sides of the “East Harlem” b/w “Goshen” single from live shows over the past few years — “East Harlem” is a ukulele song with Stephin Merritt leanings that Zach Condon wrote when he was 17 but first started playing out in ’09, and “Goshen” is a track that’s dotted this past month’s setlists. UK people can pre-order the limited-to-1000-copies run of the 7″ on white vinyl via Rough Trade. Hear live versions of both below: