(2016 end-of-year lists) – WANTON BISHOPS

We asked some of our musician friends and collaborators to tell us about their 10 favorite albums of 2016.

NADER MANSOUR (Wanton Bishops)

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
David Bowie – Blackstar
The Last Shadow Puppets – Everything You’ve Come To Expect
The Kills – Ash And Ice
The Growlers – City Club
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Forever Pavot – Le bon coin forever
La Femme – Mystère
The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Third World Pyramid
Beak – Couple In A Hole (Soundtrack)



(2014 end-of-year lists) – WANTON BISHOPS

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


Eddy Ghossein

In no particular order:

– Leonard Cohen: Popular Problems
– Hamilton Leithauser: Black Hours
– Timber Timbre: Hot Dreams
– Damon Albarn: Everyday Robots
– Temples: Sun Structures
– Jack White: Lazaretto

Nader Mansour

In no particular order:

– Brian Jonestown Massacre: Revelation
– Mamani Keita: Kanou
– Majid Bekkas: Al Qantara
– Jack White: Lazaretto
– Dirty Three: Toward The Low Sun
– Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Push The Sky Away + Abattoir Blues
– Grinderman: Grinderman 1 + 2
– Soft White Sixties: Get Right
– Tinariwen: Emaar



WANTON BISHOPS // Ruptured Session // 18 Feb 2013

Lebanese blues/rock duo THE WANTON BISHOPS (Nader Mansour on vocals, guitar & harmonica / Eddy Ghossein on lead guitar) 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 1st album, ‘Sleep With The Lights On’, some weeks earlier. For this session, the Bishops were accompanied by regular cohorts Faysal Itani on bass and Anthony Abi Nader on drums.

ruptures wanton bishops (part 1) + ruptures wanton bishops (part 2)

Track listing:
Skip James
Rolling Stones
Black Keys
John Lee Hooker
Wanton Bishops LIVE
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Alan Lomax comp.
Wanton Bishops LIVE *2
Eric Clapton
R.L. Burnside

[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]

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(2012 end-of-year lists) – NADER MANSOUR

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.

Nader Mansour (musician, The Wanton Bishops)

– Various Artists: Negro Work Songs & Calls (compiled by Alan Lomax)
– Seasick Steve: You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks
– Skip James: Devil Got My Woman
– R.L. Burnside: A Ass Pocket Of Whiskey
– Brian Jonestown Massacre: Aufheben
– The Black Keys: El Camino
– Kid Koala: 12 Bit Blues
– Scott H. Biram: Bad Ingredients
– The Dead Weather: Live At Third Man Records West
– Ben Prestage: One Crow Murder