Last May, Ruptured Records released “Aran Stories”, an amazing collaboration between notable British singer Mike Cooper and explosive French quintet Hifiklub.
Scroll below for some of the reviews that were written about this unique collection of songs.
The album can now be purchased via Bandcamp here.
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 Ruptured’s Bandcamp page 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, RUPTURED is proud to present three concerts by British singer & guitarist MIKE COOPER,
In Beirut in different venues in September 2015.
SEPTEMBER 18, 8.30pm: Solo set at Dawawine, followed by Mike’s ‘exotica’ Dj set
Facebook event here
SEPTEMBER 20, 8.30pm: “Beach Crossings” ensemble performance at Beirut Art Center, with guest musicians from Beirut
Mike Cooper (guitar, conduction)
Paed Conca (clarinet)
Tony Elieh (electric bass)
Abed Kobeissy (buzuk)
Ghassan Sahhab (kanoun)
Sharif Sehnaoui (drums)
Fadi Tabbal (electric guitar)
Raed Yassin (synth)
Ahmad Ghossein (narration)
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. Thank you, Mr. Cooper.
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: MUNMA: Bits and Dust, from “Previews & Premises” – Ruptured #002 TAREK ATOUI: Un-drum #3, from “The Ruptured Sessions #2” – Ruptured #003 JOSEPH GHOSN: Drone 1, from “Je Veux Voir (OST)” – Incognito SCRAMBLED EGGS: See You In Beirut, from “Peace Is Overrated But War Misunderstood” – Ruptured #004 MASHROU’ LEILA: Imbibillilah, from “The Ruptured Sessions #3” – Ruptured #005 EILEEN KHATCHADOURIAN: Sari siroun yar, from “The Ruptured Sessions #3” – Ruptured #005 MIKE COOPER: If I Get Lucky, from “Radio Paradise” – Johnny Kafta’s Kids Menu #003 SHARIF SEHNAOUI: Trane, from “Old and New Acoustics” – Al Maslakh #011 YOUMNA SABA: Tehfi, from “The Ruptured Sessions #1” – Ruptured #001 THE INCOMPETENTS: Urinal Blues, from “The Ruptured Sessions #1” – Ruptured #001 RAED YASSIN: All About Siham, from “The New Album” – Annihaya #001
British guitar player MIKE COOPER has established himself in the past decade or so as an international musical explorer, performing and recording, solo and in a number of inspired groupings and a variety of genres. His roots and inspiration range freely through traditional country blues, folk, original songs, free improvisation, pop songs, exotica, electronic music, electro-acoustic music, and ‘sonic gestural’ playing. Mike Cooper was the guest of RUPTURES to talk about his two concerts in Beirut, on May 24 at EM Chill (along with Scrambled Eggs, Beirut’s punk/experimental rock musical activists), and on May 26 at Beirut Art Center. Cooper was accompanied in this interview by Lebanese musician Sharif Sehnaoui.