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>> The Incompetents‘ latest full-length CD, Of Minor Differences… And Narcissism, released in November 2012, is now available for sale in Lebanon at the following spots:
Beirut Art Center (Sin el Fil)
Dar Bookstore (Hamra)
Chico Video (Hamra)
Music Now (Hamra)

>> The following 2 CDs, which were released by the Berlin-based Syrphe label in the summer of 2012:
Infinite Moment Of Composure (Jawad Nawfal & Liliane Chlela): Turbulence
Tasjiil Moujahed (Munma & Kirdec): Self-titled
… are now available for sale in Lebanon at Beirut Art Center (Sin el Fil, 5 copies of each) and Music Now (Hamra, 5 copies of each)
Very nice artworks by Liliane Chlela and Maria Kassab, too!

>> There are only 10 copies remaining of the CD compilation The Ruptured Sessions volume 3, released in the summer of 2010, out of an initial run of 500.

This compilation features exclusive radio versions, recorded during the Ruptures program on Radio Lebanon 96.2FM, of tracks by Intensive Care (now Wake Island), Eileen Khatchadourian, Mashrou’ Leila, and others…

These last 10 copies are found at Beirut Art Center (Sin el Fil, 5 copies) and Music Now (Hamra, 5 copies)…
There will be no reprint — hurry up and get yours 🙂

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Lebanese singer/songwriter Charlie Rayne was the guest of Ruptures for an interview & live performance, a few days following the release of his first CD, Thirty Sunsets.

Click on the following links to listen to the show:
Charlie Rayne (part 1) + Charlie Rayne (part 2)
[Live sound by Fadi Tabbal]

Playlist:
Bob Dylan / Bright Eyes / Daniel Johnston / The Felice Brothers / The Incompetents / Mississippi John Hurt / Robert Leslie / The Tallest Man On Earth

[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]

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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.

Stéphane Rives (musician, The Incompetents / Under The Carpet / The Imaginary Soundscapes)
https://soundcloud.com/stephane-rives

1- Tindersticks: The Something Rain
2- Godspeed You! Black Emperor: ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
3- The Caretaker: Extra Patience (After Sebald)
4- Swans: The Seer
5- Grizzly Bear: Shields
6- Animal Collective: Centipede Hz
7- The Flaming Lips: The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends
8- Of Montreal: Paralytic Stalks
9- Venetian Snares: Affectionate
10- The XX: Coexist

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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)
http://www.tuneforkstudios.com/

– 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 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.

Serge Yared (musician, The Incompetents)

1- Scott Walker: Bish Bosch
2- Dr. John: Locked Down
3- Julia Holter: Ekstasis
4- 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
5- Beach House: Bloom
6- The Weeknd: Trilogy
7- Spiritualized: Sweet Heart Sweet Light
8- Sun Kil Moon: Among The Leaves
9- Ry Cooder: Election Special
10- Frank Ocean: Channel Orange

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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…

Serge Yared: musician (The Incompetents)

“I start the list by cheating. The album was recorded in 1966-1967, was available as a bootleg but was released officially for the first time this year! As a long-time Beach Boys obsessive I have to put at the top of my list the …

1SMILE boxset. And by boxset I mean the hardcore one with 5 hours of outtakes and demos. The idea of listening to a work in progress might sound tedious and in most cases it is. But when you have a piece of art that complex being built sonically brick by brick before your eyes (ears, actually – your friendly editor), it takes this game to another level.

2– For the sake of coherence I will include another reissue here: the release of the legendary 1973 concert by the Rolling Stones titled A Brussels Affairs: The Rolling Stones Live In Belgium, only available here… http://www.stonesarchivestore.com/Product.aspx?cp=53655&pc=BGDDRS67 .

This album is a masterpiece of raw energy. The band is literally propelled by Mick Taylor and reaches its zenith with the proto-post rock of “Street Fighting Man”. You can listen to this version on YouTube and you will see the missing link between the Stooges and Spiritualized.

3 & 4–  Now the ‘political’ albums: British polls almost unanimously praised PJ Harvey‘s Let England Shake, I preferred its American counterpart, the excellent Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down by Ry Cooder, adapting Woody Guthrie’s protest-song tradition in the late 2000s’ economic crisis context. A highly rich melting-pot mixing pop, rock, mariachi, folk, jazz, reggae, ragtime etc. To me these two albums capture the spirit of 2011 in terms of content and themes.

5, 6 & 7– 2011 marks the comeback of three voices and sounds. Duane Eddy‘s legendary twang guitar sound rejuvenated by Richard Hawley in the excellent Road Trip. In these days of rockab’ revival his style remains unmatched. The second good surprise comes from Kate Bush‘s 50 Words For Snow. This album is totally… off, showing, if need be, another display of her artistic insularity. Kate is in her world: a world preserved from economical and political crises, a world unaffected by contemporary sounds — why should it be, since most contemporary artists try to replicate hers, a world in which collaborating with Elton John is still a good thing. Last but not least 2011 marks the Return of the Sweet Ogre. Tom WaitsBad As Me is an almost perfect album: traditional and experimental, sometimes political, sometimes sentimental and nostalgic: there is something for everyone

8, 9 & 10– I managed to absorb in extremis three contemporary albums that captured the sound of 2011 to me. M83Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, Bon Iver‘s and James Blake‘s self-titled albums.

I will definitely listen a lot to M83’s epic double album in 2012. It is in line with the tradition of classic double albums in which each song explores a genre. One can think of course of the BeatlesWhite Album, The Clash‘s London Calling, Stevie Wonder‘s Songs In The Key Of Life, Prince‘s Sign O’ The Times, Bruce Springsteen‘s The River, Smashing Pumpkins’ Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness, etc.
I picked an album I admit I won’t listen to very often: it is Bon Iver’s. He forced my respect by (already…) reinventing himself, breaking this loner folky image he built with his first album.
Last but not least, I chose James Blake because he managed to mix perfectly the warmth of white soul with dubstep. He reminded me of Bowie‘s similar effort three decades or so ago to mix white soul with motorik sounds in Station to Station (1976).

11– Forget about Lady Gaga! My favorite pop album is Beyonce‘s 4.

12– Impossible not to cite it. ‘It’ is of course Loutallica‘s Lulu that kept me busy on Facebook for almost two months. A glorious first-degree nadir that could have been totally forgotten had Lou Reed restrained from arrogantly proclaiming it ‘best album ever made’. Reed got used of seeing his albums vilified by the critics before being later re-appraised: it happened with White Light, White Heat, it happened with Berlin, it happened with Metal Machine Music, it happened again with Street Hassle. But no! Lou, it won’t happen with The Raven and it won’t happen with Lulu either, despite its elegiac ending (“Junior Dad”).”

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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…

Fadi Tabbal: producer, sound engineer, musician (The Incompetents, Under The Carpet, XEFM, Robert Polson)

– Tim Hecker: Ravedeath, 1972
– Fleet Foxes: Helplessness Blues
– Bon Iver: Self-titled
– Destroyer: Kaputt
– James Blake: Self-titled
– M83: Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
– Tom Waits: Bad As Me
– The Weeknd: House Of Balloons
– Wilco: The Whole Love
– WU LYF: Go Tell Fire To The Mountain
and of course,
– The Beach Boys: The Smile Sessions (boxset)

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