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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.

Fadi Tabbal (producer, sound engineer & musician, The Incompetents / Under The Carpet / Youmna Saba)

– Dr. John: Locked Down
– Grizzly Bear: Shields
– Julia Holter: Ekstasis
– Scott Walker: Bish Bosch
– Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
– Beach House: Bloom
– Spiritualized: Sweet Light Sweet Heart
– The XX: Coexist
– Tame Impala: Lonerism
– Swans: The Seer
– Godspeed You! Black Emperor: ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
– Eric Chenaux: Guitar & Voice


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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…

Charbel Haber: musician (Scrambled Eggs, Johnny Kafta’s Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra, XEFM)

1- Tim Hecker: Ravedeath, 1972
2- Mike Cooper: Radio Paradise
3- Gil Scott Heron & Jamie xx: We’re New Here
4- M83: Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
5- The Fall: Erstaz GB
6- Gang Gang Dance: Eye Contact
7- Wilco: The Whole Love
8- Jim O’Rourke: Old News # 5
9- Thurston Moore: Demolished Thoughts
10- PJ Harvey: Let England Shake

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Tashweesh (Basel Abbas, Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Boikutt) – performing at The Cave, Saifi Urban Gardens, Beirut (October 2011) / photos by Tanya Traboulsi

(Jawad Nawfal) – performing at The Cave, Saifi Urban Gardens, Beirut (October 2011) / photos by Tanya Traboulsi


Scrambled Eggs (Charbel Haber, Tony Elieh & Malek Rizkallah, with guest Fadi Tabbal) – performing at DRM, Hamra, Beirut (November 2011) / photos by Tanya Traboulsi

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A series of concerts organized by Ruptured in order to bid a farewell-of-sorts to notorious Beiruti venue The Basement. This event took place over a period of two weeks, and included concerts and album launches.

Scrambled Eggs (Charbel Haber, Tony Elieh, Malek Rizkallah) – 23 December 2010

The Incompetents  (Serge Yared, Fadi Tabbal, Abed Kobeissy, Marc Codsi) – 3 January 2011

Jad Atoui – 5 January 2011

Munma (Jawad Nawfal) – 5 January 2011

[All photos were taken by Tanya Traboulsi]

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RUPTURED presents

A new album by Lebanese rock band SCRAMBLED EGGS

A collection of songs recorded between 2006 and 2009,
and which had never seen the day before (on record, that is)



Audio 1: Scrambled Eggs: Let It Go (Extended Take)

Audio 2: Scrambled Eggs: That Fancy Behavior



x Read Time Out Beirut‘s review (February 2011)

[Design by Lana Daher]

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A few hours ago, I caught myself trying to remember the first time I watched Scrambled Eggs perform live, here in Beirut or elsewhere. I couldn’t. Either my memory has started to fail me, or I’ve seen Charbel & co perform so often, and under so many guises, that the performances have merged into one gigantic, noisy blur in my head. Which makes these CD releases that much more vital, and evidently indispensable.

Both of these albums were released in April 2010, during the 10th edition of the Irtijal Festival. They are the product of a new label, equipped with a fabulously sleazy logo (see below), entitled ‘Johnny Kafta’s Kids Menu‘. The records mark an intense bout of activity for Scrambled Eggs (a trio of Charbel Haber -guitar-, Tony Elieh -bass-, and Malek Rizkallah -drums-), beginning towards the end of 2008, and extending early into 2009. The tracks were completed in Fadi Tabbal’s Tunefork Studio.

The first of the CD’s consists of sessions recorded with the ‘A’ Trio (Mazen Kerbaj -trumpet-, Sharif Sehnaoui -guitar-, and Raed Yassin -double bass-), comprising two long tracks, epic, dissonant, and sinuous, and a third, shorter, “rockier” ditty, a tribute of sorts to early Japanese animé “Grendizer”. Interesting to hear Yassin, Kerbaj and Elieh scream Arabic insults over noisy, distorted accompaniment. And highly recommended. Also recommended is local Lebanese producer Diamond Setter‘s remix of the title track, “Beach Party at Mirna el Chalouhi”. You can listen to that one here:


The 2nd album, “Scrambled Eggs & Friends”, was recorded with various musicians hailing from Beirut’s (and Paris’) experimental scenes, namely Joe Ghosn (laptop & electronics), Abdallah Ko (guitar & electronics), Stéphane Rives (saxophone), Fadi Tabbal (guitar), as well as the aforementioned Kerbaj and Sehnaoui. Here, Scrambled Eggs indulge in newfound musical directions and tangents, far from the regular rock format, and marrying with grand ease experimentation, improvisation, and noise. I love the stuff. And the visuals too (these are by Mazen Kerbaj). Ya 3akarit.

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The Ruptured Sessions, volume 2 / CD release + live performances

At Beirut Art Center, Wednesday 4 August 2010 at 8 pm
Entrance + CD: 20 000 LL

A CD compilation gathering some of the most notorious protagonists of Beirut’s experimental music scene, captured live in the studios of Radio Lebanon

For the release of Ziad Nawfal’s “Ruptured Sessions volume 2”, Lebanese electro-acoustic musician Tarek Atoui, an all-too-rare presence on Lebanon’s music scene, will hold two performances, different in outlook and scope:

Set 1 (Auditorium):
Tarek Atoui – live processing
Tony Elieh – electric bass
Charbel Haber – electric guitar

Set 2 (Bar area):
Tarek Atoui – electronics
Uriel Barthélémi – drums

<< About the sessions >>

“The Ruptured Sessions” is a series of live recordings that take place in the studios of Radio Lebanon 96.2FM, during Ziad Nawfal’s weekly “Ruptures” program. These recordings focus on musicians from Lebanon’s alternative music scenes (alternative folk & rock, electronica, improvisation, etc.), as well as visiting foreign musicians.



Audio 1: Sharif Sehnaoui: To Badly

Audio 2: Stephane Rives: Islets Of Memories – Anything But Sax



x To read Dan Warburton’s review for The Wire, click here

x To read the Daily Star – Lebanon review of the album launch (August 2010), click on the following link: RS2, Daily Star 06-08-2010


[Design by Youmna Habbouche]

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