(2014 end-of-year lists) – RIBAL RAYESS

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014…
Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release

Ribal Rayess (Escape to Venus)

In no particular order:

– Arthur Satyan: Artology
– RadioKVM: Issrar
– Various artists: Bidia (Al Widad Records)
– Yasmine Hamdan: Ya Nass
– The Beach Boys: Smile
– Pink Floyd: Animals
– Radiohead: Kid A
– Secret Circuit: Tactile Galactics
– Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet: Afro Latin Soul

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(2014 end-of-year lists) – KHODOR ELLAIK

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014…
Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release

Khodor Ellaik (Kid Fourteen)

In no particular order:

– Kirin J. Callinan: Embracism (2013)
– Xiu Xiu: Angel Guts Red Classroom (2014)
– Lust For Youth: International (2014)
– Dirty Beaches: Drifters/Love Is The Devil (2013)
– Cough Cool: Lately (2011)
– Sleaford Mods: Divide And Exit (2014)
– John Maus: We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves (2011)
– Permafrost: Dracula Lewis (2012)
– Wild Beasts: Present Tense (2014)
– Rowland S. Howard: Pop Crimes (2009)

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(2014 end-of-year lists) – SALIM NAFFAH

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014…
Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release

SALIM NAFFAH (Loopstache)

In no particular order:

– Mac Demarco: Salad Days
– Beck: Morning Phase
– The War On Drugs: Lost In The Dream
– Jack White: Lazaretto
– Spoon: They Want My Soul
– Allah-Las: Worship The Sun

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(2014 end-of-year lists) – AZIZA

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014…
Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release

Aziza

In no particular order:

– St. Vincent: S/t
– Sia: 1000 Forms Of Fear
– Fka Twigs: LP1
– Chet Faker: Built On Glass
– Coldplay: Ghost Stories
– Jungle: Jungle
– Alt-J: This Is All Yours
– Banks: Goddess

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(2014 end-of-year lists) – RADWAN GHAZI MOUMNEH

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014…
Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release

Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (producer, sound engineer & musician, Jerusalem In My Heart)

In no particular order:

– Abdel Karim Shaar: live
– Charles Cohen: MDT, GM & TMD LP’s & live (Morphine)
– Fatima Al-Qadiri: Asiatich LP (Hyperdub)
– Hailu Mergia & The Walias: Tche Belew reissue LP & live (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
– Holly Herndon: Chorus EP & live (RVNG Intl.)
– Lewis: Romantic Times reissue LP (Light In The Attic)
– Maurice Louca: Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan LP (Nawa)
– Le Révélateur: Extreme Events LP & live (Root Strata)
– Shabazz Palaces: Lese Majesty LP & live (Sub Pop)
– Sote: Architectonic LP (Morphine)

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(2014 end-of-year lists) – ANTHONY KHOURY

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014…
Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release

Anthony Khoury (Adonis)

In no particular order:

– The Neighbourhood: I Love You
– Daft Punk: Random Access Memories
– Lana Del Rey: Ultraviolence
– Mount Kimbie: Cold Spring Faultless Youth
– Paolo Nutini: Caustic Love
– St. Vincent: S/t
– Coldplay: Ghost Stories
– Lykke Li: I Never Learn
– Beck: Morning Phase
– Azealia Banks: Broke With No Taste

Local Favorite:
– Ramly: Drown The Morning Sun

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(2014 end-of-year lists) – TANIA SALEH

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014…
Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release

Tania Saleh

1. Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett: Cheek To Cheek
2. Tania Saleh: Shwayit Souwar
3. Various artists: Songs From A Stolen Spring
4. Dina el Wedidi: Tedawar w Tergaa
5. Beck: Morning Phase
6. Elbow: The Takeoff And Landing Of Everything
7. Tori Amos: Unrepentant Geraldines
8. Mary J. Blige: The London Sessions

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(2014 end-of-year lists) – POSTCARDS

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014…
Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release

POSTCARDS

Julia Sabra

In no particular order:

Vashti Bunyan – Lookaftering (2005)
Vashti Bunyan – Just Another Diamond Day (1970)
Beach House – Bloom (2012)
Belle & Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister (1996)
Belle & Sebastian – Tigermilk (1996)
Nick Drake – Pink Moon (1972)
Other Lives – Tamer Animals (2011)
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues (2010)
Luluc – Passerby (2014)
The Walkmen – You & Me (2008)

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Pascal Semerdjian

In no particular order:

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Other Lives – Tamer Animals
Nick Drake – Pink Moon
Luluc – Passerby
The Tallest Man On Earth – Shallow Grave
The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream
Vashti Bunyan – Lookafterings
Fleet Foxes- S/t
J. Tillman – Vacilando Territory Blues
Animal Collective & Vashti Bunyan – Prospect Hummer EP

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Rany Bechara

In no particular order:

Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights
Foals – Holy Fire
Other Lives – Tamer Animals
Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Belle & Sebastian – Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant
Sigur Ros – Takk

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Marwan Tohme

In no particular order:

Nick Drake – Pink Moon
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Other Lives – Tamer Animals
The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream
The Walkmen – Lisbon
Pentangle – Basket Of Light
Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me
Simon & Garfunkel – Wednesday Morning, 3AM
Jackson C. Frank – Jackson C. Frank
The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead

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(2014 end-of-year lists) – JOSEPH GHOSN

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014…
Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release

Joseph Ghosn (writer & musician)

2014 a été une année un peu étrange durant laquelle j’ai tenté de désapprendre à acheter des disques (sans succès), à aimer la pop sans que ce soit un exercice théorique (sans grand succès), à trouver autre chose que de la musique abstraite pour me nourrir (avec plus ou moins de succès), à ne pas céder unilatéralement aux rééditions de toutes sortes (sans aucun succès). Cela dit, au bout de l’année, quelques disques m’ont vraiment captivé et capturé les oreilles. Parmi eux, il y a pas mal de maxis de techno que j’ai aimés sincèrement mais que je ne retiens pas parce qu’ils sont passés trop vite, il y a aussi les 3 albums de NeoTantrik, le groupe d’Andy Votel et Demdike Stare qui auraient fait un seul disque splendide, il y a toutes les cassettes, maxis, rééditions, projets de Demdike Stare qui ne me quittent pas, il y a aussi pas mal de trucs New Age eighties assez beaux – à commencer par la compilation I Am The Center trimballée partout ces 9 derniers mois… Bref, 2014 a été riche mais ne m’avait pas donné envie de faire une liste. Jusqu’à la demande de Ziad pour son blog. D’où ce qui suit, subjectif et sûrement déjà obsolète – à vous de voir :

Dirty Beaches – Stateless
Shinichi Atobe – The Butterfly Effect
Metronomy – Love Letters
Andy Stott – Faith In Strangers
Dean Blunt – Black Metal
Locust – After The Rain
Wolves In The Throne Room – Célestite
Oren Ambarchi – Quixotism
Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
Kassel Jaeger – Toxic Cosmopolitanism
Bitchin Bajas – double album
Scott Walker + Sunn O))) – Soused
Trevor Jackson – Yesterday Today Tomorrow Forever
Grouper – Ruins
Aphex Twin – Syro
Forever Pavot – album
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Rééditions : Craig Leon / Phill Niblock / Ariel Kalma / Crime / Polyphonic Size / Louis de Meester / Jean-Claude Risset / François Bayle / Francis Bebey

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(2014 end-of-year lists) – JAD MROUE

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014… Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release

Jad Mroué (Funny Death)

In no particular order:

– Death Grips: The Powers That B
– Ariel Pink: Pom Pom
– Andy Stott: Faith In Strangers
– Mister Lies: Shadow
– Saint Pepsi: Fiona Coyne/Fall Harder
– White Lung: Deep Fantasy
– BADBADNOTGOOD: III
– Mac DeMarco: Salad Days
– Caribou: Our Love
– Iceage: Plowing Into The Field Of Love
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