Lebanese post-rock quartet KINEMATIK released its gorgeous second album “Murur Al-Kiram” in February 2020, with Beirut-based label Ruptured and Portland-based label Beacon Sound. A track from this album is featured in The Wire Tapper #52, a promotional CD given away with the April 2020 issue of leading UK magazine The Wire.
This CD has been compiled by Shane Woolman, Astrud Steehouder and James Gormley and is packaged in a heavy duty card sleeve designed by The Wire’s art director Ben Weaver, and featuring artwork by Brian Lucas. It contains a range of new, rare or exclusive tracks from across the spectrum of the kind of underground and outsider musics covered in The Wire.
LISTEN & DOWNLOAD:
Live broadcast from “Ruptures” [Radio Lebanon 96.2FM] with song-by-song audio commentary, in tribute to the late producer & DJ Andrew Weatherall:
1. Andrew Weatherall – Fail we may, sail we must 
2. Andrew Weatherall – We count the stars 
3. Two Lone Swordsmen – Feast dub 
4. Fuck Buttons – Sweet love for Planet Earth (Andrew Weatherall Remix) 
5. Wooden Shjips – Crossing (Andrew Weatherall Mix) 
6. Grinderman – Heathen child (Andrew Weatherall Mix) 
7. Daniel Avery – Movement (Andrew Weatherall Remix) 
8. Ricardo Villalobos – Dexter (Two Lone Swordsmen Mix) 
9. Saint Etienne – Only love can break your heart (Andrew Weatherall Remix) 
10. Primal Scream – Loaded 
Live broadcast from “Ruptures” [Radio Lebanon 96.2FM] with song-by-song audio commentary, in tribute to the late Andy Gill, frontman of punk rock legends Gang of Four:
1. Ether 
2. Damaged goods 
3. At home he’s a tourist 
4. It’s her factory 
5. I found the essence rare [Peel Session, 1979]
6. Paralysed 
7. To hell with poverty 
8. I love a man in a uniform 
9. Is it love 
10. Soul Rebel [Bob Marley cover, 1991]
11. Sleepwalker 
12. He’d send in the army [Melvins Dub Remix, 2005]
13. A fruitfly in the beehive 
14. England’s in my bones [feat. Alison Mosshart, 2015]
15. White lies 
Kinematik – Murur Al-Kiram
LP & Digital Release by Ruptured / Beacon Sound, 28 February 2020
“Murur Al-Kiram”, the new album by Lebanese post-rock ensemble Kinematik, uses electronics, intricate double-drumming, guitar and bass to construct ambient soundscapes and hypnotic, propulsive rhythms – conjuring the ghosts of a diminishing future, as well as an unresolved past. Subtle in both angst and joy, “Murur Al-Kiram” celebrates small victories in the face of great defeats.
Recorded by Fadi Tabbal at Tunefork Studios, Beirut, with assistance from Marwan Tohme.
Photography by Joe Saade.
Limited edition vinyl release by Ruptured Records [Beirut] & Beacon Sound [Portland].
Wordwide distribution by Cargo Records UK.
Buy from Bandcamp HERE and from a whole lot of other nice places HERE
IN MY HEART’S EYE: THE LOVE PROJECT
A performance by Zoukak Theatre Company
14, 15, 16 and 20, 21, 22 February, 8:30pm at Zoukak Studio, Beirut, Karantina
“The Love Project” studies a succession of ephemeral moments that have defined people’s various journeys. The performance involves the audience in a series of tableaux that encapsulate various love encounters; playing with the mechanisms of attraction, infatuation, daydreaming, and loss, as a process of endless re-enactments and a way to see the world through the Other.
Directed by: Maya Zbib
Performers: Lamia Abi Azar, Louloua Ghandour, Junaid Sarieddine, Nasri Sayegh and Maya Zbib
Scenographer: Nathalie Harb
Assistant director: Line Itani
Music selected and played by Ziad Nawfal — all tracks taken from the Ruptured Records catalog, 2012-2019
Light designer and technical director: Nadim Deaibes
Technical Team: Bahaa Baddour, Nourhan Fakhoury, Salim Bou Ayash, Jean Kisswany, Fadi Ajlan
Sound Engineer: George Abou Zeid
Stage managers: Line Itani, Sari Shrayteh and Marianne Kortbani
Graphic designer: Maya Chami
Communication officer: Marianne Kortbani
English translation: Rayya Badran and Ziad Nawfal
Production manager: Mohamad Hamdan and Nancy Nasreddine
Buy tickets from Ihjoz. Facebook event here.