Celebrating the 25th album release from Ruptured today!
“ARAN STORIES” is a collaboration between prolific French rock quartet HIFIKLUB and celebrated British singer and guitarist MIKE COOPER.
It is available from Cargo Records UK here.
For the occasion, we produced a radio program entirely dedicated to the music of these fine gentlemen. Listen below!
1. Hifiklub + Mike Cooper: Naked bridges (Ruptured, 2019)
2. Hifiklub: Jeu dit sous le vent (2019)
3. Mike Cooper: Worried life blues (2014)
4. Hifiklub + Mike Cooper: Aran stories (Ruptured, 2019)
5. Hifiklub + Lee Ranaldo: Weapons (2018)
6. Hifiklub + Jean-Marc Montera & Kramer: Vega-Tapes (Beach Boys cover, 2012)
7. The Recedents [Cooper, Coxhill & Turner]: Zombie bloodbath on the isle of dogs (1988)
8. Hifiklub + Mike Cooper: Wild torrents (Ruptured, 2019)
9. Mike Cooper: Masters at war (Bob Dylan cover, 2012)
10. Hifiklub + The Legendary Tigerman: One more chance (Nico cover, 2013)
11. Hifiklub + Mike Cooper: Gaelic falling (Ruptured, 2019)
Sunday 20 September 2015, Radio Lebanon 96.2FM (10am-12pm)
On the occasion of British musician MIKE COOPER‘s three concerts in Beirut, organized by Ruptured, we prepared a radio program showcasing his numerous releases of the last decade, as well as a generous side-order of American blues singers and guitar players, added for good measure!
1. Mike Cooper, from Elio Martusciello: Concrete Songs
2. Mike Cooper, from Various artists: I Never Meta Guitar
3. Mike Cooper, from Beach Crossings – Pacific Footprints
4. Mike Cooper, from Truth In The Abstract Blues w/ Leila Adu & Fabrizio Spera
5. Skip James
7. Mike Cooper, from Spirit Songs
8. Mike Cooper, from Rayon Hula
9. Mike Cooper, same as #4
10. Mike Cooper, same as #3
11. Mike Cooper, from Blue Guitar
12. Mike Cooper, from Finding Other Worlds
13. John Fahey
14. John Renbourn
15. Blind Willie Johnson
16. Son House
17. Bukka White
18. Mississipi John Hurt
19. Robert Pete Williams
20. Karen Dalton
21. Mike Cooper, same as #1
22. Mike Cooper, from Avant Roots w/ Viv Corrigan
23. Mike Cooper, from Oceanic Feeling Like w/ Chris Abrahams
24. Mike Cooper, same as #4
25. Robert Johnson
26. Blind Lemon Jefferson
27. Blind Willie McTell
28. Little Willie John
29. Howlin’ Wolf
30. John Lee Hooker
31. Mike Cooper, same as #11
32. Youmna Saba
In collaboration with Irtijal Festival and Tunefork Studios,
Lebanese independent label RUPTURED is proud to present three concerts with renowned British folk/blues singer & performer MIKE COOPER,
Held in Beirut in different venues in September 2015.
> SEPTEMBER 18, 8.30pm: Solo set @Dawawine, followed by Mike’s ‘exotica’ Dj set
Tickets 10,000 LL For Facebook event, click here
We support the peaceful protests against the corruption and paralysis of Lebanese politics, and would like to encourage everyone to join in this historical movement. We also believe that music and arts should go on.
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.
Experimental folk musician Mike Cooper was in Beirut for a few days last week, to take part in the Johnny Kafta Summer Extravaganza live event, alongside some renowned musicians from Canada and Lebanon. On a whim, I asked Mike if, instead of the traditional interview – songs – performance format, he would agree to play live for a full hour, uninterrupted… With his usual calm, he replied ‘Sure, I can do that for you’.
And there you have it: a full hour of Mike Cooper improvising live in the studios of Radio Lebanon, with whatever instruments and materials he disposed of, on that evening. Fadi Tabbal engineered the whole thing, and it was rather splendid.
I asked some of my favorite musicians from Beirut and beyond, to tell me what their favorite records of 2011 were…
The wonderful Mike Cooper chose to share with me some of the travel music playing on his iPhone in the past year:
– Robert Pete Williams: Louisiana Blues
– Elliott Sharp: Live in Dachau
– John Zorn: Interzone
– Rova Saxophone Quartet: Electric Ascension
– Marc Ribot: Spiritual Unity
– Dele Abiodon: Time for JuJu Music
– John Zorn: IOA
– Elliott Sharp/Frances Marie Uiti: Live
– Fennesz: Black Sea
– Adrian Sherwood & Dub Syndicate
In September 2011, I had the good fortune of traveling to Rome for work. I had the even better fortune at staying at my friends’ Mike Cooper and Maria Galante’s house (more like a cavern of Ali Baba, actually)… Mike arranged for us to appear on an Italian radio program called BATTITI [Beats]. A lovely fellow by the name of Pino Saulo interviewed the two of us for an hour or so, and I played music from both the Ruptured catalogue and other Lebanese labels that I’m fond of (Al Maslakh, Annihaya, Johnny Kafta’s Kids Menu, etc.).
Track listing: 1. MUNMA: Bits and Dust, from “Previews & Premises” – Ruptured #002 2. TAREK ATOUI: Un-drum #3, from “The Ruptured Sessions #2” – Ruptured #003 3. JOSEPH GHOSN: Drone 1, from “Je Veux Voir (OST)” – Incognito 4. SCRAMBLED EGGS: See You In Beirut, from “Peace Is Overrated But War Misunderstood” – Ruptured #004 5. MASHROU’ LEILA: Imbibillilah, from “The Ruptured Sessions #3” – Ruptured #005 6. EILEEN KHATCHADOURIAN: Sari siroun yar, from “The Ruptured Sessions #3” – Ruptured #005 7. MIKE COOPER: If I Get Lucky, from “Radio Paradise” – Johnny Kafta’s Kids Menu #003 8. SHARIF SEHNAOUI: Trane, from “Old and New Acoustics” – Al Maslakh #011 9. YOUMNA SABA: Tehfi, from “The Ruptured Sessions #1” – Ruptured #001 10. THE INCOMPETENTS: Urinal Blues, from “The Ruptured Sessions #1” – Ruptured #001 11. RAED YASSIN: All About Siham, from “The New Album” – Annihaya #001