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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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In the summer of 2010, Heroes & Villains, another enticing Lebanese rock band settled in Canada, released their 5th album, ‘Innertimes / Outerspace’, on their own HISSTOLOGY imprint. Now down to a two-piece (Charif Megarbane and Dominique Salameh), the band recorded and produced the album in Baskenta, in the Lebanese mountains, in the summer of 2009.

The album is songwriting-based rock n’ roll music, encompassing themes such as roads replacing trees on the Lebanese hillsides, lonely eyes, cold shoulders and other joyful themes. Influenced by David Axelrod, Ziad Rahbani, Gene Clark, J Dilla and other soulful cats, and for the moment released digitally, it will be available in physical format in the forthcoming months.

Charif Megarbane‘s other releases in 2010 include Volumes 3 & 4 of his ‘The Mundane and Cosmic’ series, a collection of 30 cinematic instrumentals which highlight the composer’s affinity with abstract, underground hip-hop. Recorded on cassette tapes with no computers involved, like the vast majority of Megarbane’s input, it is dirty, hissy, dusty, reflecting the narrative of Charif’s solo moniker – the Cosmic Analog Ensemble – and more generally, HISSTOLOGY’s output.

In a more dubby, Lee Scratch Perry-esque melodica-and-echo vein, the first 3 E.P’s of the Infant/Children/Teenagers/Adults/Elders series, released in early 2010, follow the narrative of a fictional character, Guildford Kings (whom Megarbane used when he needed quotes at school) through the chronological trials and tribulations of his invisible life. May sound pretentious in words, not in musical notes.

Last but least, ‘Sad Stories from the Ghetto’, recorded with ex-H&V Jeremy Proville in 2007, is an acoustic, meditative affair. It rests on the strength of strings, made of nylon, steel, cat ribs, rope and hope.

All the music is available for listen at hisstology.com

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