(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) – FIRAS ABOU FAKHER

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.

Firas Abou Fakher (musician, Mashrou’ Leila)

1- Mumford & Sons: Babel
2- Lana Del Rey: Born To Die
3- Patrick Watson: Adventures In Your Own Backyard
4- Grizzly Bear: Shields
5- Grimes: Visions
6- The Tallest Man On Earth: There’s No Leaving Now
7- Bob Dylan: Tempest
8- Flying Lotus: Until The Quiet Comes

Older releases listened to extensively in 2012:

1- The Beatles: Revolver
2- Cliff Martinez: Drive OST
3- Jay-Z & Kanye West: Watch The Throne
4- Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie XX: We’re New Here
5- Yoko Kanno: Cowboy Bebop OST

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]