SANDMOON // Ruptured Session // 5 Nov 2010

Singer/songwriter Sandra Arslanian, aka SANDMOON, was the guest of Ruptures to present the release of her first album, RAW. Accompanied by guitarist Elia Monsef, she performed three excerpts from the album, live inthe studios of Radio Lebanon. Sandmoon was one of the finalists of Radio Liban 96.2FM ‘Nouvelles Musiques’ competition, which took place in 2009 and saw a host of young Lebanese artists sending their demos to Radio Lebanon.

Listen hereSandmoon 1 + Sandmoon 2

Track listing:
Syd Matters
Emily Jane White
Beth Gibbons
Angus & Julia Stone

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.

Listen: Mashrou3 1 + Mashrou3 2

Track listing:
Arctic Monkeys
Pink Martini
Sarya el Sawass
El Gits Band
Erik Truffaz
Led Zeppelin

[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]





The Ruptured Sessions Volume 1  

“The Ruptured Sessions” is a series of live recordings that take place in the studios of Radio Lebanon 96.2FM, during Ziad Nawfal’s weekly Ruptures program. These recordings focus on musicians from Lebanon’s alternative music scenes (alternative folk & rock, electronica, improvisation, etc.), as well as visiting foreign musicians.

Ziad Nawfal’s eclectic music tastes and his deep knowledge of a wide array of musical genres have made him one of the best DJ’s in town for over 2 decades now, and his name has been tied to the most mythical underground places of post-war Beirut. His radio programs on Beirut’s governmental radio station, Radio Liban, are also a reference for a whole generation of young alternative music lovers. These shows, as well as numerous other professional activities related to music — from working in Beirut’s sole alternative record store, La CD-Theque, to writing reviews for all new releases of Beirut Incognito’s collection, as well as for local and foreign magazines, have led to his extensive involvement with the local music scene. He often acts as a manager, producer, or event organizer for alternative rock, experimental and electronic music artists and bands from the Lebanese scene.

Following in the footsteps of one of his mentors, the BBC’s famed radio host John Peel, Ziad Nawfal presents ‘The Ruptured Sessions, volume 1’: the first CD to be recorded live in the studios of Radio Lebanon, during his ‘Ruptures’ show. The sessions were recorded in the studios of Radio Lebanon over a period of eight months, between June 2008 and February 2009. There was initially no actual intent for the sessions to be released onto CD format, which explains the lo-fi quality of some of the final tracks. Artists came to the studio to present some of their favorite musical selections, with an emphasis on their own artistic output, and were eventually invited to grab their guitar and perform a number of songs, live on the spot.

The best tracks from these impromptu sessions were then carefully selected, mixed and mastered by Tunefork Studio’s (one of Beirut’s most prestigious recording studios, for alternative-minded musicians) master-of-ceremony Fadi Tabbal, in collaboration with Ziad Nawfal. The resulting CD features exclusive music by Nadine Khouri, Charbel Haber (the lead singer from punk-rock band Scrambled Eggs, caught in rare acoustic flight), Youmna Saba, Cristobal (aka Christophe Katrib), and The Incompetents.

(Karma Tohmé)

THE INCOMPETENTS // Ruptured Session #1 // 26 Jan 2009

Le Lundi 26 Janvier, le groupe de rock psychédélique libanais The Incompetents, un favori de ces émissions, se produisait en concert dans les studios de Radio Liban, 96.2FM.

incompetents-live-ruptures-1 + incompetents-live-ruptures-2

Track listing:
Disposable Valentine
Monster Song #2
Urinal Blues
Bloody Rainbow (Daniel Johnston cover)









(2008 end-of-year lists) – FADI TABBAL

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:

Fadi Tabbal: musician (Incompetents), producer, sound engineer, owner of Tunefork Studios in Beirut


“The LIST. Pa-Pa-Paaaaa:

It s not in any particular order.”

Deerhunter – Microcastle
Department of Eagles – In Ear Park
The Walkmen – You and Me
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes / Sun Giant EP
Portishead – Third
TV on The Radio – Dear Science
Bon Iver – For Emma. For Ever Ago
Sun Kil Moon – April
Wolf Parade – At Mount Zoomer
Spiritualized – Songs in A&E

Brian Wilson – That Lucky Old Sun
MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
Sigur Ros – eð suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend

“Well, I guess that s it.”

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”.

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

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

[Photo de Tony Elieh]


YOUMNA SABA // Ruptured Session #1 // 27 Oct 2008

L’émission Ruptures du Lundi 27 Octobre accueillait en invitée spéciale l’artiste libanaise Youmna Saba. Elle a présenté en exclusivité sur les ondes Radio Liban des extraits de son premier album, “Min 3Afesh El Beit”, dont la sortie est prévue pour Décembre 2008.

Youmna a aussi interprété plusieurs de ses morceaux en “live” dans les studios de Radio Liban, sous les oreilles avisées de l’ingénieur du son Fadi Tabbal, qui est aussi le producteur et co-musicien sur l’album. Un grand moment d’émotion, et l’occasion de découvrir une voix et un talent spectaculaires, promis a un brillant avenir…

ruptures-youmna-saba-27-oct08-part-1 + ruptures-youmna-saba-27-oct08-part-2

Track listing:
Emilie Simon
Rima Khsheish
Vashti Bunyan
Devendra Banhart
Jon Bryon
Les Triplettes de Belleville OST
Youmna Saba [live]