Posts Tagged ‘HISSTOLOGY’

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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News from our lovely friends at Hisstology — thank you Mr. Virtual Postman!

Hisstology Records are delighted to announced the release of the Cosmic Analog Ensemble‘s latest opus “Fish Fingers“. You can download/stream the album for free here.

This 31-track album was recorded in 2011-2012 in Nairobi, Beirut and Paris.

“Fish Fingers” is an instrumental LP about the abstract journey of a fish from its death to its transformation into a fish finger. This album closes the “The Mundane and the Cosmic” 10-volume suite, launched in early 2009 with the CAE’s first release “Concrete Abstracts”.

The LP was recorded without using any laptops or modern computer technology. You are thus encouraged to listen to the album in hi-def format (wav, aiff) and on good speakers/headphones. Just a friendly recommendation, of course.

’til the next one,



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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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