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XEFM (Tony Elieh, Charbel Haber, Abdallah Ko & Fadi Tabbal) – Performing ‘Man With A Movie Camera’ at The Basement, Beirut, February 2009 XEFM (Tony Elieh, Charbel Haber, Abdallah Ko & Fadi Tabbal) – Performing at Irtijal Festival, Art Lounge, Qarantina, April 2009 XEFM (Tony Elieh, Charbel Haber, Abdallah Ko & Fadi Tabbal) – Performing […]

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ABDALLAH KO et CHARBEL HABER, membres du groupe de rock expérimental Libanais XEFM, en interview sur 96.2FM… Ils présentent leur Cinemix / Concert ‘MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA‘, programmé au club The Basement le Vendredi 6 Février. Liens audio: xefm-ruptures-2-fev-09-part-12 Track listing: DJ Shadow / Cinematic Orchestra / Jeff Mills / In The Nursery xefm-ruptures-2-fev-09-part-2 […]

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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 […]

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On the surface of things, and upon repeated listens, this record sounds like the product of four musicians entirely in tune with each other’s possibilities and musical scope(s). What makes this venture supremely interesting, paradoxically, is that this statement is not exactly true. The four musical minds at work on this, the XEFM’s first recorded […]

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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, […]

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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: […]

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[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. […]

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Bio

Ziad Nawfal started playing records in Beirut’s government radio station, Radio Liban, in 1992. Early on, his eclectic music programming took in such different genres as indie rock, alternative pop, 60’s and 70’s psychedelia, dance music and electronica, with little care for political correctness or ‘proper’ merging of styles. Nawfal’s thirst for sharing musical oddities and discoveries […]

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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 could have been Yasmine Hamdan’s tremulous voice, when the Soapkills took their first steps on a makeshift stage in […]

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