Ruptured Live // XEFM “Man With A Movie Camera” // The Basement

On February 6, 2009, Lebanese experimental rock band XEFM will take to the stage at The Basement, in Beirut, and create a new soundtrack to famed Russian art-house film Man with a Movie Camera. XEFM are no strangers to the Cinemix tradition, as they have already contributed a short piece of music to a Lebanese silent…

(2011 end-of-year lists) – CHARBEL HABER

I asked some of my favorite musicians from Beirut and beyond, to tell me what their favorite records of 2011 were… Charbel Haber: musician (Scrambled Eggs, Johnny Kafta’s Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra, XEFM) 1- Tim Hecker: Ravedeath, 1972 2- Mike Cooper: Radio Paradise 3- Gil Scott Heron & Jamie xx: We’re New Here 4- M83: Hurry Up,…

(2011 end-of-year lists) – FADI TABBAL

I asked some of my favorite musicians from Beirut and beyond, to tell me what their favorite records of 2011 were… Fadi Tabbal: producer, sound engineer, musician (The Incompetents, Under The Carpet, XEFM, Robert Polson) – Tim Hecker: Ravedeath, 1972 – Fleet Foxes: Helplessness Blues – Bon Iver: Self-titled – Destroyer: Kaputt – James Blake:…

Review // Scrambled Eggs & Friends // Tunefork Studios

[From left to right, clockwise: Haber, Elieh, Rizkallah; Tabbal; Sehnaoui; Ko; Kerbaj; Haber; Elieh; Rizkallah] Charbel Haber, singer, guitarist and composer with Lebanese rock band Scrambled Eggs, told me a few days ago that he had been planning for these sessions for three years, and the end result was ‘a dream come true’, for him.…

Review // Beirut’s Alternative Musical Scene // Version 2

[“A glance at Beirut’s contemporary alternative musical scene” was written for & published by ELLE ORIENT MAGAZINE in 2008] To this day, I am not entirely sure what the initial spark was. I keep going through different scenarios and different events in my head, but I’m still unsure as to what started it all. It…