Beirut, The Flying Club Cup
Official release date: October 9
We think: Beirut's 2006 debut, Gulag Orkestar, hit the blogosphere with the explosive force of a large atomic weapon, so it's hard to imagine this one will go ignored, especially since it's pretty much just more of the same — more Balkan pastiche enhanced by accordion, mandolin, ukulele, and horns. Still, Zach Condon's songwriting is getting better. "Forks and Knives (La Fête)" and "A Sunday Smile" might actually warrant some of the Internet hype they'll inevitably get.