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The 2nd part of our tribute to the great Mark E. Smith and British band The Fall, on the “Ruptures” radio show, spanning the years 1995 to 2017:

1) “The Joke” (Cerebral Caustic, 1995)
2) “Powder Keg” (Light User Syndrome, 1996)
3) “Bound” (The Marshall Suite, 1999)
4) “Aphid” / live version (In The City…, 1997)
5) “Dr. Bucks’ Letter” (The Unutterable, 2000)
6) “Gotta See Jane” (Are You Are Missing Winner, 2001)
7) “Theme From Sparta FC” (Country On The Click, 2003)
8) “What About Us” (Fall Heads Roll, 2005)
9) “My Door Is Never” (Reformation Post-TLC, 2007)
10) “Hot Cake” (Your Future Our Clutter, 2010)
11) “Greenway” (Ersatz GB, 2011)
12) “Hittite Man” (Re-Mit, 2013)
13) “Dedication Not Medication” (Sub-Lingual Tablet, 2015)
14) “New Facts Emerge” (New Facts Emerge, 2017)
15) “Family Feud” / by Von Südenfed (Tromatic Reflexxions, 2007)

Listen to the show:

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The 1st part of our tribute to the great Mark E. Smith and British band The Fall, on the “Ruptures” radio show, spanning the years 1979 to 1994:

1) “Psykick Dancehall” (Dragnet, 1979)
2) “Rowche Rumble” (Totale’s Turns, 1980)
3) “Totally Wired” (Grotesque / CD edition, 1980)
4) “I Feel Voxish” (Perverted by Language, 1983)
5) “The Classical” (Hex Enduction Hour, 1982)
6) “R.O.D.” (Bend Sinister, 1986)
7) “Spoilt Victorian Child” (This Nation’s Saving Grace, 1985)
8) “Hit The North” (The Frenz Experiment / CD edition, 1988)
9) “Yes, O Yes” (I Am Kurious Oranj, 1988)
10) “Free Range” (Code: Selfish, 1992)
11) “The Book of Lies” (Shift-Work, 1991)
12) “Popcorn, Double Feature” (Extricate, 1990)
13) “Why Are People Grudgeful?” (The Infotainment Scan / CD edition, 1993)
14) “Kimble” (1993)
15) “The Reckoning” (Middle Class Revolt, 1994)

Listen to the show: 

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For our second “Ruptured Session” of 2018, we were thrilled to welcome in the studios of Radio Liban 96.2 FM Lebanese band POSTCARDS, consisting for this particular occasion of Julia Sabra (guitar & vocals), Marwan Tohme (guitar & backing vocals), and Pascal Semerdjian (bass & backing vocals).

The three musicians spoke at length about the making of their most recent release “I’ll be here in the morning” (T3 Records + Ruptured, 2018), presented some of their favorite tracks, and performed two songs from the album.

Listen to the show: 

[Live sound by Fadi Tabbal]

It’s that time of year again!
Plenty to choose from in 2017, and it’s been tough bringing this list down to 30 releases.
Here are Ruptured’s 30 favorite records of 2017, in alphabetical order:

– Broken Social Scene “Hug of thunder”
https://open.spotify.com/album/3XfF7C3kpI1yo0np3HrtiC

– The Bunny Tylers “Chance meetings”


– Calamita “Calamita”


– Alex Cameron “Forced witness”

https://alkcm.bandcamp.com/album/forced-witness

– Michael Chapman “50”
https://paradiseofbachelors.bandcamp.com/album/50

– Benjamin Clementine “I tell a fly”
https://mrbclementine.bandcamp.com/album/i-tell-a-fly

– Mike Cooper “Raft”
https://room40.bandcamp.com/album/raft

– Richard Dawson “Peasant”
https://open.spotify.com/album/1Yg57d0GXf7ko3fiEmUBvb

– James Elkington “Wintres woma”
https://paradiseofbachelors.bandcamp.com/album/wintres-woma

– Future Islands “The far field”
https://open.spotify.com/album/5fhDKNsP4aDsSLjd4JLXrz

– Godspeed You! Black Emperor “Luciferan towers”
https://godspeedyoublackemperor.bandcamp.com/

– Grandaddy “Last place”
https://open.spotify.com/album/7B5nBX1PoAs8HBsZqrBnzT

– Grizzly Bear “Painted ruins”
http://grizzly-bear.net/

– Jlin “Black origami”
https://jlin.bandcamp.com/album/black-origami

– Kinematik “Ala'”


– Laura Marling “Semper femina”

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/semper-femina/1179022496

– Lumi “The night was a liar”
https://lumiofficial.bandcamp.com/releases

– Mount Kimbie “Love what survives”
https://open.spotify.com/album/54FblbvyHNrWeAuEJqnyit

– The National “Sleep well beast”
https://open.spotify.com/album/6zG9PHw8dlMLIyRE9TEGGk

– The Necks “Unfold”
https://ideologicorgan.bandcamp.com/album/unfold

– Oh Sees “Orc”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJfBATT0Ins

– Oiseaux-Tempête “Al-‘An”
https://oiseaux-tempete.bandcamp.com/album/al-an-and-your-night-is-your-shadow-a-fairy-tale-piece-of-land-to-make-our-dreams

– Pere Ubu “20 years in a Montana missile silo”
https://ubumusic.bandcamp.com/album/20-years-in-a-montana-missile-silo

– Perfume Genius “No shape”
https://open.spotify.com/album/7awgq3vvlsIeA7dZduR9x4

– Postcards “I’ll be here in the morning”


– Nadah el-Shazly “Ahwar”

https://nadahelshazly.bandcamp.com/album/ahwar

– Youmna Saba “Arb’een”


– Two or the Dragon “Prelude for the triumphant man”

https://twoorthedragon.bandcamp.com/album/prelude-for-the-triumphant-man

– Alan Vega “IT”
https://open.spotify.com/album/1Gd5dKcAET1DS2eDtSS8Km

– Jane Weaver “Modern kosmology”
https://janeweaverfire.bandcamp.com/album/modern-kosmology

 

Calamita Album Launch by Sharif Sehnaoui & Tony Elieh, w/ guests Khyam Allami + Sam Shalabi

For its new CD release “Calamita” (Sehnaoui / Elieh / Zolli), Lebanese indie label Ruptured presents a concert with a unique line-up of experimental musicians:

Sharif Sehnaoui (electric guitar) & Tony Elieh (electric bass), from bands Bao, Electric Wormholes and Karkhana, will be joined by special guests Khyam Allami (drums) & Sam Shalabi (electric guitar), playing live for the 1st time at Beirut Open Space.

// Facebook event here

// Excerpt below

Egyptian musician Youssef Abouzeid aka PanSTARRS was the guest of Ruptures on Radio Liban 96.2 FM, for an interview revolving around his performance at Beirut & Beyond International Music Festival (December 7-10, 2017) and concert at Dawawine the following week.

Listen here: Ruptures with Panstarrs

Monday 27th November 2017, Radio Lebanon 96.2FM (8-9pm)

Lebanese electro-pop band GIZZMO were the guests of Ruptures on Radio Liban 96.2FM, for an interview about the release of their first EP “System Failure”.

Listen to the full show: ruptures w/ Gizzmo

The Bunny Tylers – Chance Meetings [CD/LP to be released January 2018] 

On celebrating cold tobacco and cheap aftershave, eternal sunsets and surfer suicides, Film Noir and Thomas Pynchon, and the mighty power of the drone…

The Bunny Tylers is a drone/ambient group from Beirut, Lebanon, whose core consists of guitarists Charbel Haber (Scrambled Eggs, Malayeen, Johnny Kafta’s Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra) and Fadi Tabbal (The Incompetents, Under the Carpet, Safar), often joined on stage by Pascal Semerdjian and Marwan Tohmé from folk band Postcards. Operating firmly outside of any musical trends, at the heart of Bunny Tylers is the desire to tie musical loose ends and threads derived as much from the two men’s solo records, as a very tangible teenage dream of remaking My Bloody Valentine’s “Loveless”.

The duo initially came together in 2013 to compose and record incidental music for Nadim Tabet and Karine Wehbe’s video essay “Summer of 91”. They began exploring different guitar bowing techniques, set amidst a loose and free-flowing musical frame, away from rigid compositional stratagems. Preoccupied with texture rather than finite structure, guitar drones and intricate pedal-work set the ambience and mood for Haber’s lyrics of self-reflection and existential bleakness. Love stories indeed, albeit ones engrossed with the inexorable progress of the Grim Reaper.

The Bunny Tylers’ first album, “Glitches & Drones 2013-2016”, was released by Ruptured in 2016. The duo’s second album was recorded by Benoit de Villeneuve (from Team Ghost and a collaborator of M83) in Paris in the summer of 2017. The CD version of the album was released during the 2017 edition of Wickerpark Festival, while LP and digital versions will be available starting January 2018.

http://www.thebunnytylers.com/

Listen to an excerpt:

Fadi Tabbal – Museum of Disappearing Buildings [LP to be re-released October 2017] 

Fadi Tabbal, guitarist with Lebanese alternative rock bands The Incompetents and The Bunny Tylers among many others, self-released his second solo album, “Museum of Disappearing Buildings”, in November 2015.

This album continues further the work of sound exploration through guitar treatments, which began with “On the Rooftop Looking Up” in 2013. While the young guitarist’s first album featured a finely-devised interaction of ambient soundscapes and John Fahey-inspired finger-picking acoustic meanderings, this second solo outing adopts a different approach: it relies on an interplay of ambient guitar drones and grainy electronics, which recalls to a degree the work of early Krautrock vanguard artists from the 1970’s, the leftfield exploration of British electro-acoustic practitioners from the mid-1970’s, as well as the radical works of American minimalist composers from the 1960’s.

Similarly to his first outing, Tabbal preferred a radical and direct approach to composition and recording, opting for the intimacy and self-reflection of home recordings, rather than the traditional environment of a recording studio. At the heart of the album, resides one unifying concept, which finds its way into the resulting musical bed: the sketches and impossible structures and urban configurations of Russian paper architects Brodsky and Utkin.

The album will be re-released in October 2017 in a limited vinyl edition of 300 copies, the result of a collaboration between Lebanese label Ruptured and Portland-based indie label Beacon Sound.

Listen to an excerpt:

September 9th
DJ set by Ziad Nawfal at Wickerpark Music Festival 2017

The 7th edition of this outstanding Lebanese festival, set on the shores of the coastal city of Batroun, will feature concerts by Alko B., The Bunny Tylers, Kinematik and Who Killed Bruce Lee, among others.

[Facebook event here]

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September 9th
The Bunny Tylers: “Chance Meetings”
Album launch by Ruptured during Wickerpark Festival 2017

Ruptured releases the CD version of this Lebanese duo’s (Charbel Haber and Fadi Tabbal) 2nd album, recorded by renowned French producer Benoit de Villeneuve during the summer of 2017.

Listen to an excerpt:



September 13th

Postcards: “I’ll Be Here In The Morning”
Album launch by Ruptured at Beirut Open Space

Ruptured is proud to welcome in its roster exemplary indie folk quartet Postcards, for the release of the CD version of its latest album.

The launch will take place in recently-opened live venue Beirut Open Space, with a DJ set from Ziad Nawfal.

[Facebook event here]

Postcards


September 22nd
I Am Not A Robot vol. II
DJ night at Yukunkun Club, Beirut

The 2nd installment of this high-octane techno event, featuring the talents of Tamira Soufic, Ziad Nawfal and Essabbagh.

[Visual by Maria Kassab]

ROBOT


October 1st
Munma / Mme Chandelier / Fadi Tabbal
Cine-concert “The Woman One Longs For” at Metropolis Cinema

Ruptured, Metropolis and Goethe Institute Lebanon collaborate on this newly commissioned cinemix for Curtis Bernhardt’s classic film from 1929, featuring three of Lebanon’s most talented experimental musicians.


Later in October 2017
Fadi Tabbal: Museum of Disappearing Buildings
Album release by Beacon Sound and Ruptured

Lebanese guitarist and producer Fadi Tabbal‘s breathtaking 2nd solo record, initially self-released on CD in 2015, is made available on vinyl by Ruptured and USA-based label Beacon Sound.

Listen to an excerpt and read the review by Fractured Air:
First Listen: ‘Crystal Palace’ by Fadi Tabbal

Fadi Tabbal