(2016 end-of-year lists) – CARL GERGES

We asked some of our musician friends and collaborators to tell us about their 10 favorite albums of 2016.

CARL GERGES (Mashrou’ Leila)

ABRA – Princess
Anderson.Paak – Malibu
Kaytranada – 99.9%
Bon Voyage Organisation – Géographie
Flume – Skin Companion EP
Beyoncé – Lemonade
The Last Shadow Puppets – Everything You’ve Come To Expect
Nicolas Jaar – Sirens
Her – Her Tape #1
Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered



(2014 end-of-year lists) – MASHROU’ LEILA

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


Firas Aboufakher & Carl Gerges

In no particular order:

– Jungle: S/t
– Sbtrkt: Wonder Where We Land
– Chet Faker: Built On Glass
– Leonard Cohen: Popular Problems
– Damon Albarn: Everyday Robots
– Hans Zimmer: Interstellar OST
– Wild Beasts: Present Tense
– Feu Chatterton: Chatterton
– Azealia Banks: Broke With Expensive Taste
– Taylor Swift: 1989

Haig Papazian

In no particular order:

– David Byrne & St. Vincent: Love This Giant
– St. Vincent: S/t
– Damon Albarn: Everyday Robots
– Jungle: S/t
– La Roux: Trouble In Paradise
– Lykke Li: I Never Learn
– Wild Beasts: Present Tense
– Owen Pallett: In Conflict
– Christine & The Queens: Chaleur Humaine



(2012 end-of-year lists) – CARL GERGES

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.

Carl Gerges (musician, Mashrou’ Leila)

1- Leonard Cohen: Old Ideas
2- Lana Del Rey: Born To Die
3- Jack White: Blunderbuss
4- Grizzly Bear: Shields
5- Passion Pit: Gossamer
6- The Shins: Port Of Morrow
7- Hot Chip: In Our Heads
8- Norah Jones: Little Broken Hearts
9- Killers: Battle Born
10- Metric: Synthetica

(2011 end-of-year lists) – CARL GERGES

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

Carl Gerges: musician (Mashrou’ Leila, formerly with White Trees)

1. Kasabian: Velociraptor
2. Black Keys: El Camino
3. Arctic Monkeys: Suck It And See
4. Florence + The Machine: Ceremonials
5. Radiohead: The King Of Limbs
6. Daft Punk: Tron Legacy (OST)
7. Justice: Audio, Video, Disco
8. Lady Gaga: Born This Way
9. Kate Bush: 50 Words For Snow
10. Amy Winehouse: Lioness / Hidden Treasure

WHITE TREES // Ruptured Session // 4 Jan 2010

Le  groupe de rock libanais WHITE TREES, soit Paul Tyan au chant et a la guitare, et Carl Gerges (du groupe Mashrou’ Leila) a la percussion électronique, en interview et mini-concert sur Ruptures 96.2FM.

White Trees 1 + White Trees 2

Track listing:
Arctic Monkeys
The Beatles

[Photos de Tanya Traboulsi]

MASHROU’ LEILA // Ruptured Session // 12 Oct 2009

This band needs very little in the way of introduction…. Recent winners of the 96.2FM music prize, fresh from a string of concerts in the south of Lebanon, truly outstanding neo-rockers Mashrou’ Leila graced the studios of Radio Lebanon with an impromptu interview/mini-concert. Present in the studio were violin player Haig Papazian, guitarist Andre Chedid (playing acoustic), drummer Carl Gerges (on djembe), guitarist Firas Abou Fakher (on tambourine), vocalist Hamed Sinno… and of course indispensable sound engineer Fadi Tabbal.

Mashrou3 1 + Mashrou3 2

Track listing:
Mashrou’ Leila
Arctic Monkeys
Pink Martini
Mashrou’ Leila LIVE
Erik Truffaz
Mashrou’ Leila LIVE
Sarya el Sawass
El Gits Band
Mashrou’ Leila LIVE

[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]