Posts Tagged ‘The Basement’

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 (or tracks, in this case) they listened to the most in 2012, regardless of date of release.

Jade (DJ & producer)

1- Luca C & Brigante ft. Roisin Murphy: Flash Of Light (Solomun Remix)
2- Kate Simko ft. Jem Cook: Go On Then
3- Adonis: Stouh Adonis (Jade’s Rainbows in NYC Remix ft. TM)
4- Storm Queen: Look Right Through (Art Department Remix)
5- Who Killed Bruce Lee: Pool Party (Jade’s Poolness Remix)
6- Catz’N Dogz ft. Monty Luke: They Frontin’
7- Shadow Child: So High (Hot Since 82 Remix)
8- Radiohead: Idioteque (Jade’s More Oomph Edit)
9- Florence & The Machine: Spectrum (Maya Jane Coles Remix)
10- Jade & The Forty Thieves: Yours vs Loving Arms
11- Claptone: Good To You
12- Julio Bashmore: Au Seve
13- Claude Von Stroke & Jaw: Le Fantome
14- Djuma Soundsystem: Come Together
15- Aldo Cadiz: Move (Soliman Remix)
16- The Doors: Roadhouse Blues (Jade’s More Oomph Edit)
17- M83: Midnight City
18- Rodriguez Jr. : Ocean Drive
19- Adam Port: Sally
20- Monty Luke: Yesterday & Today


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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 is proud to present FOND FAREWELLS,

Three final nights of concerts at The Basement,
To celebrate the famed venue’s departure in style

< Monday 3 January, 9pm >

— CD launch party —

< Tuesday 4 January, 9pm >

Featuring Djs AYLA & GEORGES

< Wednesday 5 January, 9pm >

Opening by Jad ATOUI
Featuring Dj CAROLINE

[Design by Youmna Habbouche]

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I stumbled on an archive of old photographs (well, not that old, as they are all digital) while going through my PC desktop at home. Local bands and musicians, foreign musicians playing in Lebanon, etc. Some interesting, most of them serving archival purposes, more than anything else.  I will be posting a selection of those photographs in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, here are some that my friend Salim took during Jeff Martin‘s concert at The Basement, last August. Jeff Martin used to sing with Canadian rockers The Tea Party, sometime during the 1990’s. Quite successfully, I might add; I have fond (listening) memories of a particular album entitled ‘The Edges of Twilight’…

A bit of a surprise, then, that a large part of Martin’s repertoire that night in Beirut consisted of covers, hovering over a large palette of the musical board: Massive Attack, Dead Can Dance, Nine Inch Nails, Joy Division, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Keane (!), and of course Daniel Lanois…

[Photographs by Salim Hbeiliny]

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RADWAN GHAZI MOUMNEH The Basement, Beirut, December 2009

The INCOMPETENTS The Basement, Beirut, December 2009

SCRAMBLED EGGS The Basement, Beirut, December 2009

[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]

[Design by Lana Daher]

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XEFM (Tony Elieh, Charbel Haber, Abdallah Ko & Fadi Tabbal) Performing ‘Man With A Movie Camera’ at The Basement, Beirut, February 2009

XEFM (Tony Elieh, Charbel Haber, Abdallah Ko & Fadi Tabbal) Performing at Irtijal Festival, Art Lounge, Qarantina, April 2009

XEFM (Tony Elieh, Charbel Haber, Abdallah Ko & Fadi Tabbal) Performing ‘The Adventures Of Prince Achmet’ at Metropolis, Beirut, November 2009

[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]

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Pour clôturer en beauté la première édition du projet Don’t Border me/Bande à Part, Jade (DJ résident et propriétaire du club The Basement à Beyrouth) livre un «DJ set» impressionant de maîtrise, et majoritairement dédié à la scène électronique locale.

Lien audio:


Track listing:

1. SHANT: Kids

2. ROMAX: Not Meant To Be

3. AISHA: Get Togetha

4. FADY FERRAYE: Hashtray

5. MUNMA: City Traffic

6. ROMAX: Rosha

7. SHANT: Wandering

8. AISHA: Twist

9. MUNMA: Polymorph 2 + 3

10. SOAPKILLS: Tango

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