Posts Tagged ‘Charif Megarbane’

More news this month from our lovely friends at Hisstology:

Hisstology is pleased to announce our second release of the year: “As The Suntanned Shared A Toast” by Heroes & Villains.
This one was recorded by all three members of H&V (Dominique, Jeremy and Charif) in various cities spanning 4 continents in late 2012. It was compiled in Mogadishu, Somalia last month and is Heroes & Villains’ 10th album. Will not wax poetic about the theme of this LP here, the lyrics and titles speak for themselves.
You can listen/download the album for free here.
’til the next one,


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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.

Charif Megarbane (musician, Cosmic Analog Ensemble / Heroes & Villains)

– Allessandro Alessandroni: Romance And Drama
– Kaidi Tatham: Various releases
– Pond: Beards, Wives, Denim
– Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal: Chamber Music
– Janko Nilovic: Rythmes Contemporains
– Broadcast: Various releases
– Large Professor: Unreleased instrumentals

Memorable 2012 choruses:

– Bat For Lashes: “Laura”
– Tame Impala: “Why Won’t They Talk To Me”
– F. Gibbs & Madlib feat. BJ The Chicago Kid: “Shame”

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Charif MEGARBANE & Dominique SALAMEH
On multiple instruments (acoustic & electronic)
Accompanied by several surprise guests

[Design by Aline Khokaz]

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A word from our lovely friends at Hisstology, encountered this morning while sipping a less-than-average morning coffee:

Dear all,

A quick, mandatory – albeit belated – beginning of the year message to wish you all the best for 2012. No exclamation mark needed for such things.

Most importantly, HISSTOLOGY is happy to announce Heroes & Villains‘s new LP, entitled “œ”.

For non-French speakers, it is pronounced ‘e dans l’o’ or ‘oeufs dans l’eau’. It was recorded on 14 tracks in Nairobi and no computer was involved in the making of the record. The cover artwork integrates a picture of rarely encountered members of the Amazonian tribe Mashco-Piro (the photograph was released during the recording’s week-long session). They never asked to be photographed.

You can stream/download H&V’s “œ” here:   http://hisstology.bandcamp.com/album/oe

In other Hisstology-related news:

. “Mutatis Mutandis” from Cosmic Analog Ensemble has been selected among the 12 best tracks of 2011 by the Free Music Archive’s Jason.


. A Sabyl Ghossoub video for Cosmic Analog Ensemble‘s “Ya3tik el 3afieh” title track.


. An interview we did last November with Radio Liban’s Ziad Nawfal, which includes a live improvisation and other exclusive tracks.


Last but not least, you can still feast your ears on the 146 original tracks released on Hisstology in 2011.



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

Charif Megarbane: producer, musician (Heroes & Villains, Cosmic Analog Ensemble)

– Piero Piccioni: various
– Damu The Fudgemunk: various
– Tame Impala: Innerspeaker
– Omar Khorshid: various
– Roc Marciano: Marcberg
– Dorris Bochaberi: various
– Freddie Gibbs: Thuggin’
– Joe Hisaishi: various
– Staff Benda Bilili: Tres Tres Fort
– Cosmic Analog Ensemble: unreleased tracks

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Lebanese musician CHARIF MEGARBANE, from COSMIC ANALOG ENSEMBLE and HEROES & VILLAINS, was the guest of Ruptures for an interview & live performance in two parts.

Audio links: Charif Megarbane (part 1) + Charif Megarbane (part 2)

More on Charif and his various projects: http://hisstology.bandcamp.com/

[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]

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DECALAGES / Dimanche 28 Decembre, a 11h:

Le musicien Libano-Canadien CHARIF MEGARBANE, leader du groupe HEROES & VILLAINS, était l’invité de l’émission DECALAGES, le Dimanche 28 Decembre sur 96.2fm….

Il a présenté son premier album solo, “Concrete Abstracts Vol.1”, dont la sortie est prévue début 2009, un morceau des HEROES & VILLAINS (inédit probablement), une salve de jazz orchestral, de la pop seventies, soul sixties et un peu de hip hop underground contemporain (de dimanche matin).




Track listing: Charif Megarbane / Heroes & Villains / Charif Megarbane *2 / Fifth Dimension / Heroes & Villains / Charif Megarbane


Track listing: Charif Megarbane *2 / Candi Statton / Heroes & Villains / J Dilla / The Fortune Tellers / Charif Megarbane *3 / Heroes & Villains

Disque du jour:

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