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Lebanese rock band Who Killed Bruce Lee were the guests of Ruptures, for an interview detailing the making of their 1st full-length album, “Distant Rendezvous”.

Listen: ruptures who killed bruce lee


[Photographs by Romy Kassab]

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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

WHO KILLED BRUCE LEE

Hassib Dergham

In no particular order:

– Thom Yorke: Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes
– The War On Drugs: Lost In The Dream
– Beethoven: Symphony 7, Allegretto (mvt 2)
– David August: Epikur
– Snarky Puppy: We Like it Here
– Tame Impala: Lonerism
– Fat Freddy’s Drop: Slings And Arrows
– Men Without Hats: The Safety Dance
– Sigur Rós: Takk… + The Rains of Castamere + Àra Bàtur at Abbey Road Studios
– Jack White: Lazaretto

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Wassim Bou Malham

In no particular order:

– Arctic Monkeys: AM
– Arctic Monkeys: Humbug
– Isaac Hayes: Black Moses
– Mos Def: The Ecstatic
– Queens Of The Stone Age: Like Clockwork
– Queens Of The Stone Age: Songs For The Deaf
– Various artists: The DFA remixes (Chapter one)
– Various artists: The DFA remixes (Chapter two)

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Lebanese rock quartet WHO KILLED BRUCE LEE (Wassim Bou Malham, guitar & vocals / Hassib Dergham, synths / Malek Rizkallah, drums / Pascal Sarkis, bass) were the guests of Ziad Nawfal’s weekly radio program Ruptures, for an interview and three exclusive live performances, to mark the release of their first, self-titled EP.

Click on the following links to listen to the show:
WKBL on Ruptures (part 1)WKBL on Ruptures (part 2)
[Live sound by Fadi Tabbal]

Playlist:
WHO KILLED BRUCE LEE [live #1] / Metronomy  (Hassib’s choice) / Eagles Of Death Metal (Malek’s choice) / Queens Of The Stone Age (Malek’s choice) / Who Killed Bruce Lee / WHO KILLED BRUCE LEE [live #2] / Tuneyards (Wassim’s choice) / Groundation (Pascal’s choice) / WHO KILLED BRUCE LEE [live #3] / Foals (Wassim’s choice)

[Pictures by Tanya Traboulsi]

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eggs-friendsSCRAMBLED EGGS:

Dedicated To Foes Celebrating Friends (Incognito, 2009)

Hot on the heels of the haunted soundtrack they’ve created for the Joreige/Hadjithomas film ‘Je Veux Voir’, Lebanese punk icons Scrambled Eggs end their busy year with this “modest” 2-song release, which does however hold a host of surprises.

The year 2008 saw the Eggs part ways with their guitarist, Marc Codsi, an active contributor to the band’s sound since 2001. Codsi’s tumultuous departure, in addition to the wealth of experience gathered from working with various musicians throughout the year, infiltrate the tracks featured here, and lend them a primal, DIY quality. The sophistication of the ‘Je Veux Voir’ soundtrack is eschewed in favor of a raw, abrasive sound, harking back to the punk aesthetic of the ‘Happy Together Filthy Forever’ EP, released in 2006.

The single was recorded with little budget, in lo-fi conditions that seep through the music and lyrics. The band, reduced to the core trio of Haber on guitar and vocals, Elieh on bass, and Rizkallah on drums, displays a frantic desire to land back on its feet after a period of artistic self-doubt, and succeeds in doing so admirably. Of the six or seven songs that the Eggs wrote and tested on the road in September 2008, 2 were selected for this single release, and a third, a furious cover of Abba’s ‘Lay All Your Love On Me’, is hidden at the far end of the CD. Also hidden away at the far reaches of this release are a selection of musical snippets and oddities, selected by band-leader Charbel Haber with able help from Tunefork Studio’s maestro Fadi Tabbal.

This basic, back-to-the-roots package is a masterful way to end a difficult year, and an able return to form from one of the most revered band on Beirut’s alternative music scene.

Ziad Nawfal.

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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:

Charbel Haber, Tony Elieh, Malek Rizkallah: musicians (Scrambled Eggs)

“Ten 2008 releases that can help keep Beirut weird”

CSS: Donkey
MGMT: Oracular Spectacular
Liars: Liars
Deerhunter: Microcastle
Radiohead: In Rainbows
Raveonettes: lust lust lust
Sonic Youth: Master-Dik
The Incompetents: More Songs From The Victorious City
Silver Mt. Zion: 13 blues for thirteen moons
Christine Sehnaoui/Michel Waisviz: Shortwave

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