THE INCOMPETENTS // Ruptured Session #2 // 17 Oct 2011

With a new album (almost) in hand, two concerts scheduled for late October and early November 2011, and another full-blown album in the works, it was high time that The Incompetents (Serge Yared and Fadi Tabbal) took over the studios of Radio Lebanon again, with their ranting, raving, on-air arguments, and of course, some pretty competent music playing!

Listen: Incompetents (part 1) + Incompetents (part 2)

Track listing:
Disposable Valentine
Cannibal Blues
This Gun’s for Hire
Prelude To An Abyss
Bloody Rainbow (Daniel Johnston cover)
When God’s Away On Business (Tom Waits cover)
Cannibal Blues [again, because the first one did not work out so well]
After Hours (Velvet Underground cover)
High Horse (feat. Wissam Charaf)

[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi + Ghalas Charara]

THE INCOMPETENTS // Ruptured Session #1 // 26 Jan 2009

Le Lundi 26 Janvier, le groupe de rock psychédélique libanais The Incompetents, un favori de ces émissions, se produisait en concert dans les studios de Radio Liban, 96.2FM.

incompetents-live-ruptures-1 + incompetents-live-ruptures-2

Track listing:
Disposable Valentine
Monster Song #2
Urinal Blues
Bloody Rainbow (Daniel Johnston cover)









(2008 end-of-year lists) – SERGE YARED

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:

Serge Yared: musician (Incompetents)

“Avec grand plaisir
Voila mes selections. As usual j’ai rajoute quelques trucs”

Top erm…. 16:

1- Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes
2- TV on the Radio: Dear Science
3- Portishead: Third
4- Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago
5- She & Him: Volume 1
6- Sparks: Exotic Creatures from the Deep
7- Erykah Badu: New Amerykah Part One
8- Randy Newman: Harps and Angels
9-The Last Shadow Puppets: The Age of Understatement
10- Goldfrapp: Seventh Tree
11- Willard Grant Conspiracy: Pilgrim Road
12- Hot Chip: Made in the Dark
13- Department of Eagles: In Ear Park
14- Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: “Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!”
15- Brian Wilson: “That Lucky Old Sun”
16- Sebastien Tellier: “Sexuality”


1- Dennis Wilson: Ocean Pacific Blue
2- Nina Simone: To Be Free
3- Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rock and Roll

Odds and Ends (various singles, iTunes only LPs or EPs, guilty pleasures and other niceties)

1- John Howard: “Songs from the Room Upstairs” and “More Song from the Room Upstairs” (iTunes Only)
2- The Bird and the Bee: “Live at the Palms” EP, “One Too Many Hearts” EP, “Please Clap You Hands” EP
3- Robert Wyatt/ Bertrand Burgalat/ Hot Chip: “Perfect Night” (single)
4- Various: Mojo’s “White Album Vol.1 + 2” compilations
5- Antony and the Johnsons: “Another World” (EP)
6- Various: “The Radio 1 Live Lounge” compilations

They’re good, yet they’re annoying because they’re over-hyped:

1- Black Kids
3- Tings Tings

Best Concerts I saw in 2008:

1- Akron Family in Barcelona
2- Roisin Murphy in Barcelona (Sonar Festival)
3- Sparks’ extravaganza concerts: Plagiarism/ Lil Beethoven/ Exotic Creatures of the Deep in London (Islington)
4- Goldfrapp in Barcelona (Sonar Festival)
5- Sebastien Tellier in Beirut (Byblos Festival)