RADWAN GHAZI MOUMNEH & CHARBEL HABER // Ruptured Session // 4 Apr 11

Lebanese musicians Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Jerusalem In My Heart) & Charbel Haber (Scrambled Eggs) were the guests of Ruptures on Monday 4 April, to present the 11th edition of Irtijal Festival of Experimental Music, which took place in Beirut in various locations between April 5-8.

Listen:
ruptures haber + moumneh #1 + ruptures haber + moumneh #2


Track listing:
The Ex
Joelle Khoury
MoHa!
Harris Newman
The Ex


[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]

SCRAMBLED EGGS // Ruptured Session + RADWAN GHAZI MOUMNEH // Interview // 21 Dec 2009

RADWAN GHAZI MOUMNEH, musicien (Jerusalem In My Heart), ingénieur du son, producteur (Clues, Land of Kush), fondateur du studio montréalais Hotel2Tango en 2005 (le studio qui a accueilli entre autres les Godspeed You! Black Emperor, A Silver Mt Zion, le regretté Vic Chesnutt, etc.)… Radwan est accompagné de Pierre-Guy Blanchard, l’un de ses compères au sein du groupe Jerusalem In My Heart.

Et en concert (électrique!) durant cette même émission, le groupe de punk-rock libanais SCRAMBLED EGGS (Charbel Haber – guitare; Tony Elieh – basse; Malek Rizkallah – batterie), pour la promotion de leur concert au Basement le 27 Décembre. Belle façon de clôturer cette année 2009!

Ecouter: Radwan SE part 1 + Radwan SE part 2


Track listing:
Feu Thérese
Pacha
De La Caucase
Clues


[Photos de Tanya Traboulsi]

BAO // Ruptured Session // 30 March 2009

Le trio de musique improvisée BAO — Sharif Sehnaoui et Mazen Kerbaj (fondateurs du label Al Maslakh et du Festival de Musique Improvisée Irtijal) et Charbel Haber (leader du groupe de punk rock Scrambled Eggs) en interview et en concert dans les studios de Radio Liban 96.2FM.

Ecouter: BAO 1 + BAO 2


Review // Scrambled Eggs // Dedicated to Foes Celebrating Friends

[January 2009]

SCRAMBLED EGGS: Dedicated To Foes Celebrating Friends (Incognito, 2009)

Hot on the heels of the haunted soundtrack they’ve created for the Joreige/Hadjithomas film ‘Je Veux Voir’, Lebanese punk icons Scrambled Eggs end their busy year with this “modest” 2-song release, which does however hold a host of surprises.

The year 2008 saw the Eggs part ways with their guitarist, Marc Codsi, an active contributor to the band’s sound since 2001. Codsi’s tumultuous departure, in addition to the wealth of experience gathered from working with various musicians throughout the year, infiltrate the tracks featured here, and lend them a primal, DIY quality. The sophistication of the ‘Je Veux Voir’ soundtrack is eschewed in favor of a raw, abrasive sound, harking back to the punk aesthetic of the ‘Happy Together Filthy Forever’ EP, released in 2006.

The single was recorded with little budget, in lo-fi conditions that seep through the music and lyrics. The band, reduced to the core trio of Haber on guitar and vocals, Elieh on bass, and Rizkallah on drums, displays a frantic desire to land back on its feet after a period of artistic self-doubt, and succeeds in doing so admirably. Of the six or seven songs that the Eggs wrote and tested on the road in September 2008, 2 were selected for this single release, and a third, a furious cover of Abba’s ‘Lay All Your Love On Me’, is hidden at the far end of the CD. Also hidden away at the far reaches of this release are a selection of musical snippets and oddities, selected by band-leader Charbel Haber with able help from Tunefork Studio’s maestro Fadi Tabbal.

This basic, back-to-the-roots package is a masterful way to end a difficult year, and an able return to form from one of the most revered band on Beirut’s alternative music scene.

Ziad Nawfal


CHARBEL HABER // Ruptured Session // 17 Nov 2008

CHARBEL HABER, du groupe de Rock Libanais SCRAMBLED EGGS, était l’invité de RUPTURES ‘ZOOM SUR’, le Lundi 17 Novembre, a 20h sur les ondes de RADIO LIBAN…

Accompagné uniquement de sa guitare (électrique), il tente le périlleux exercice du live… L’occasion de découvrir un talent gigantesque, qui prend toute son ampleur dans ces conditions de studio “minimales”.

Ecouter:
charbel-haber-17-nov-08-part-1 + charbel-haber-17-nov-08-part-2


Track listing:
Scrambled Eggs
Smashing Pumpkins
Nirvana
Sonic Youth
Charbel Haber LIVE
Stone Roses
Faith No More
Charbel Haber LIVE
Portishead
Charbel Haber LIVE *2
Pulp


[Photo de Tony Elieh]

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(2008 end-of-year lists) – SCRAMBLED EGGS

I asked the main actors of this here blog (mostly musicians, of course, but also friends, family, support-givers…) to provide me with a list (5 to 20 albums) of their favorite records of the year.

The results are slowly coming in. There are surprises, resemblances, similarities, incongruous choices… I’ve left the responses intact, exactly as I received them, along with my friends’ comments. So here goes:

Charbel Haber, Tony Elieh, Malek Rizkallah: musicians (Scrambled Eggs)

“Ten 2008 releases that can help keep Beirut weird”

CSS: Donkey
MGMT: Oracular Spectacular
Liars: Liars
Deerhunter: Microcastle
Radiohead: In Rainbows
Raveonettes: lust lust lust
Sonic Youth: Master-Dik
The Incompetents: More Songs From The Victorious City
Silver Mt. Zion: 13 blues for thirteen moons
Christine Sehnaoui/Michel Waisviz: Shortwave

CHARBEL HABER & TONY ELIEH // Bande à Part Session // 21 Nov 2007

Don’t Border me est né officiellement le 9 juin 2007,  à Montréal, grace aux efforts des journalistes Christelle Franca et Serge Abiaad. Le projet s’intéresse aux musiques et la création faite où les frontières géopolitiques sont trop rigides; là où la circulation des individus, des idées et d’une information honnête est aussi complexe qu’essentielle. Pour ses premiers pas, Don’t Border me a souhaité donner la parole à la musique libanaise actuelle.

Guitariste et compositeur autodidacte, Charbel Haber co-fonde le combo post-punk Scrambled Eggs à 20 ans. 9 ans plus tard, multipliant les projets et les collaborations, on le retrouve, entre autre, à la tête du label Those Kids Must Choke. Quant a Tony Elieh, s’il est aussi le bassiste et un des co-fondateurs du combo post-punk Scrambled Eggs, il est surtout photographe. Dans ce travail de création parallèle, il fusionne la réalité et la fiction, suit les sautes d’humeur de Beyrouth et met en image les tensions contradictoires qui l’habitent.

Dans le cadre du projet Bande à Part/Don’t Border me, Charbel et Tony ont soumis un soundscape (ou paysage sonore),  ainsi que quatre photographies.


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