Ruptures Radio Show // 12 Aug 2016

Friday 12 August 2016, Radio Lebanon 96.2FM (8-9pm)

1. Alif: I’tiraf (iq/eg/ps/lb)
2. Tamer Abu Ghazaleh: Takhabot (ps)
3. Karkhana: Nafas (lb/ca/eg/us/tr)
4. Shalabi Effect: Beauty Queen Crime Scene (ca)
5. Malayeen: Najwa (lb)
6. ‘A’ Trio & Alan Bishop: Gently Johnny (us/lb)
7. Dwarfs Of East Agouza: Hungry Bears Don’t Dance (us/ca/eg)
8. Nadim Mishlawi: Dream 5 (lb)
9. Kid Fourteen: It’s A Lovely Night (lb)
10. Heroes and Villains: Before The Film (lb/ca)
11. Wake Island: Bend Again (lb/ca)
12. Seamus Cater: Smoking And Smiling (uk)
13. Scrambled Eggs: Building A Nest (lb)


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(2011 end-of-year lists) – MAZEN KERBAJ

I asked some of my favorite musicians from Beirut and beyond, to tell me what their favorite records of 2011 were…

In the case of improv musician Mazen Kerbaj (whose many projects include A-Trio, Johnny Kafta’s Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra, and AnArchy TV), here’s a list of the records he listened to the most in 2011:

– Evan Parker: Monoceros
– Sun City Girls: Gum Arabic
– Peter Brötzmann: Machine Gun
– Vinko Globokar: Discours II / Sequenza V / Solo Für Melodie-Instrument Mit Rückkopplung / Consecuenza
– Mike Cooper: Radio Paradise
– Sweet Smoke: Just A Poke
– La Monte Young: The Well Tuned Piano (boxset)
– Captain Beefheart: The Mirror Man Sessions
– Bill Dixon: Odyssey / Solo Works (boxset)
– Brigitte Fontaine: Comme à la Radio

Review // Scrambled Eggs // Johnny Kafta’s Kids Menu

[April 2010]

A few hours ago, I caught myself trying to remember the first time I watched Scrambled Eggs perform live, here in Beirut or elsewhere. I couldn’t. Either my memory has started to fail me, or I’ve seen Charbel & co perform so often, and under so many guises, that the performances have merged into one gigantic, noisy blur in my head. Which makes these CD releases that much more vital, and evidently indispensable.

Both of these albums were released in April 2010, during the 10th edition of Irtijal Festival. They are the product of a new label, equipped with a fabulously sleazy logo (see below), entitled ‘Johnny Kafta’s Kids Menu‘. The records mark an intense bout of activity for Scrambled Eggs (a trio of Charbel Haber -guitar-, Tony Elieh -bass-, and Malek Rizkallah -drums-), beginning towards the end of 2008, and extending early into 2009. The tracks were completed in Fadi Tabbal’s Tunefork Studios.

The first of the CD’s consists of sessions recorded with the ‘A’ Trio (Mazen Kerbaj -trumpet-, Sharif Sehnaoui -guitar-, and Raed Yassin -double bass-), comprising two long tracks, epic, dissonant, and sinuous, and a third, shorter, “rockier” ditty, a tribute of sorts to early Japanese animé “Grendizer”. Interesting to hear Yassin, Kerbaj and Elieh scream Arabic insults over noisy, distorted accompaniment. And highly recommended. Also recommended is local Lebanese producer Diamond Setter‘s remix of the title track, “Beach Party at Mirna el Chalouhi”. You can listen to that one here:

http://soundcloud.com/diamond-setter/scrambled-eggs-a-trio-beach-party-at-mirna-el-chalouhi-diamond-setters-whatever-you-want-rework

The 2nd album, “Scrambled Eggs & Friends”, was recorded with various musicians hailing from Beirut’s (and Paris’) experimental scenes, namely Joe Ghosn (laptop & electronics), Abdallah Ko (guitar & electronics), Stéphane Rives (saxophone), Fadi Tabbal (guitar), as well as the aforementioned Kerbaj and Sehnaoui. Here, Scrambled Eggs indulge in newfound musical directions and tangents, far from the regular rock format, and marrying with grand ease experimentation, improvisation, and noise. I love the stuff. And the visuals too (these are by Mazen Kerbaj). Ya 3akarit.