BANANA COGNACS // Ruptured Session // 11 March 2013

Lebanese rock band The Banana Cognacs were the guests of Ziad Nawfal’s weekly radio program Ruptures, for an interview and exclusive live performances. The band released its first, self-titled EP in November 2012. For this session, the line-up consisted of Double A The Preacherman (vocals), Angie Nassar (vocals), Ghassan Khayyat (guitar), Ramzi Bashour (guitar), Johnny Seikaly (bass) and Mustapha Khaled (drums).

banana cognacs ruptures 1 + banana cognacs ruptures 2

Track listing:
Banana Cognacs *2
Frank Zappa
The Verve
Banana Cognacs LIVE
The Beatles
Banana Cognacs LIVE
Lightnin’ Hopkins
Syd Barrett
Banana Cognacs LIVE

[Photos by Raymond Gemayel]

IMG_2158 copy IMG_2167 copy IMG_2211 copy IMG_2347 copy IMG_2475 copy

(2012 end-of-year lists) – GHASSAN KHAYYAT

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.

Ghassan Khayyat (musician, The Banana Cognacs)

1- Beck: Beck Hansen’s Song Reader
2- Soundgarden: King Animal
3- The Flaming Lips: The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwendz
4- Spiritualized: Sweet Heart Sweet Light
5- Snoop Lion: Reincarnated
6- Simon White: Silver Silver
7- Norah Jones: Broken Little Hearts
8- Groundation: Building Ark
9- Jack White: Blunderbuss
10- The Banana Cognacs: Self-titled EP