(2012 end-of-year lists) – STEPHANE RIVES

I asked some of my favorite musician and artist friends, from Beirut and beyond, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2012…
Alternately, they could also provide me with a list of the records they listened to the most in 2012, regardless of date of release.

Stéphane Rives (musician, The Incompetents / Under The Carpet / The Imaginary Soundscapes)
https://soundcloud.com/stephane-rives

1- Tindersticks: The Something Rain
2- Godspeed You! Black Emperor: ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
3- The Caretaker: Extra Patience (After Sebald)
4- Swans: The Seer
5- Grizzly Bear: Shields
6- Animal Collective: Centipede Hz
7- The Flaming Lips: The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends
8- Of Montreal: Paralytic Stalks
9- Venetian Snares: Affectionate
10- The XX: Coexist

(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