Posts Tagged ‘The Basement’

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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DJ résident et propriétaire du club The Basement à Beyrouth, un des rares clubs digne de ce nom au Liban, et membre de la formation Blend, l’unique groupe de rock de la de la région à avoir été signé avec un label majeur (EMI), Jade est un poly-actif de la propagande musicale sur tous les fronts. Pendant que la guerre de 2006 entre Israël et le Liban fait rage, il organise même des soirées clubbing internationales de soutien à la Croix-Rouge Libanaise.

Invité de l’émission Ruptures sur 96.2FM, dans le cadre du projet Don’t Border me/Bande à Part, il donne aux auditeurs de Radio Liban (et de Radio Canada..) un aperçu de la scène musicale libanaise électronique à Beyrouth.




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On February 6, 2009, Lebanese experimental rock band XEFM will take to the stage at The Basement, in Beirut, and create a new soundtrack to famed Russian art-house film Man with a Movie Camera.

XEFM are no strangers to the Cinemix tradition, as they have already contributed a short piece of music to a Lebanese silent film shown recently at the ‘Né à Beirut’ festival. On this occasion, however, they will tackle an altogether grander task; that of providing a live musical accompaniment to a full-length, celebrated feature.


Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera was created in 1929. This controversial film is an extraordinary piece of film-making, a montage of urban Russian life, showing the people of the city at work and at play, and the machines that keep the city (Odessa and others) going. Shooting shops, traffic, children, coal miners, workers, human bodies, and nature, Vertov creates visual rhymes and graphic portraits of the structure of life and the explosion of perception.

It was Vertov’s first full-length film, and he used all the cinematic techniques at his disposal – dissolves, double exposure, fast and slow motion,  freeze-frames, jump cuts, split screens, extreme close-ups, tracking shots, footage played backwards, and animations – to produce a work that is exhilarating and intellectually brilliant, a sublimely fluid vision of man, machine, and society.

The XEFM quartet of Charbel Haber (electric guitar), Tony Elieh (bass), Fadi Tabbal (electric guitar), and Abdallah Ko (guitar and electronics), created on their 1st release from 2008, a superb tapestry of sounds, hovering between ambient electronica and outlandish noise. It should be fascinating to hear them transpose their sound, one that is suffused with Beirut’s urban maze, into 1930’s Russian art-house cinema.

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