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Lebanese electro-pop duo LOOPSTACHE (Carl Ferneiné & Salim Naffah) were the guests of Ruptures, a few days prior to the launch of their first album, for an interview covering different aspects of their career and musical influences.

Listen to Part 1: ruptures loopstache (part 1)
(Loopstache / Loopstache / Scissor Sisters / Chromeo / The Beatles / Sister Sledge)

Listen to Part 2: ruptures loopstache (part 2)
(James Brown / Ray Charles / Loopstache / Loopstache)

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Lebanese up-and-coming folk band POSTCARDS were the guests of Ruptures on Monday 11 November 2013, for an interview and some exclusive live performances.
The band released its first EP, Lakehouse, during the summer of 2013.

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

Line-up:
– Julia Sabra / vocals, ukulele & guitar
– Marwan Tohme / guitar & vocals
– Pascal Semerdjian / drums & backing vocals
– Rami Bechara / bass & backing vocals

You can listen to their gorgeous music here, as well:
https://soundcloud.com/postcardsmusic

[Pictures by Tanya Traboulsi]

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A few days prior to the launch of their 1st album at Metro al-Madina in Beirut, the French / Lebanese / Swiss trio of Stéphane Rives (laptop), Fadi Tabbal (guitar & iPad) and Paed Conca (electric bass & clarinet), better known as Under The Carpet, were the guests of Ruptures 96.2FM for an interview and live performance.

They played two extended pieces, which can be heard by clicking on the links below:

UTC Ruptures (part 1)

> Track listing: Under The Carpet – Under The Carpet (live #1) – Paed Conca (solo)
[Live sound by Fadi Tabbal]

+ UTC Ruptures (part 2)

> Track listing: Imaginary Soundscapes – Under The Carpet (live #2)
[Live sound by Fadi Tabbal]

Produced and released by the Ruptured label, Under The Carpet’s CD can be found in various points of sale in Beirut:
Music Now (Hamra), Chico Video (Hamra) and Beirut Art Center (Sin el Fil).

It is also available from Cargo Records UK:
http://www.cargorecords.co.uk/release/20154 (digital download)
http://www.cargorecords.co.uk/release/19938 (physical album)

[Photos for the radio session were taken by Rachel Tabet]




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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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Singer/songwriter Sandra Arslanian, aka SANDMOON, was the guest of Ruptures to present the release of her first album, RAW. Accompanied by guitarist Elia Monsef, she performed three excerpts from the album, live inthe studios of Radio Lebanon.

Sandmoon was one of the finalists of Radio Liban 96.2FM ‘Nouvelles Musiques’ competition, which took place in 2009 and saw a host of young Lebanese artists sending their demos to Radio Lebanon.

Track listing: Sandmoon / Syd Matters / Radiohead / Emily Jane White / dEUS / Beth Gibbons / Angus & Julia Stone

Listen hereSandmoon 1 + Sandmoon 2

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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:

http://soundcloud.com/diamond-setter/scrambled-eggs-a-trio-beach-party-at-mirna-el-chalouhi-diamond-setters-whatever-you-want-rework

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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So here it is at last.
The first CD to be recorded in the studios of RADIO LEBANON 96.2FM, during the RUPTURES radio show…

Featuring music by the likes of NADINE KHOURI, CHARBEL HABER, YOUMNA SABA, CRISTOBAL, and the INCOMPETENTS
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We are releasing the CD, in the presence of the artists, over the course of a unique celebration at our favorite hot-spot, the WALIMAT Restaurant in HAMRA, on APRIL 30, from 5-8pm.

There will be wine, food, singing and dancing.
No, seriously:

– Acoustic Performances by CRISTOBAL, YOUMNA SABA, and The INCOMPETENTS
– The Projection Premiere of Youmna Saba’s ISMAK, a videoclip by Youmna Habbouche and Joe Elias
– Music by Dj Eject
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[Design by Youmna Habbouche]

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eggs-friendsSCRAMBLED EGGS:

Dedicated To Foes Celebrating Friends (Incognito, 2009)

Hot on the heels of the haunted soundtrack they’ve created for the Joreige/Hadjithomas film ‘Je Veux Voir’, Lebanese punk icons Scrambled Eggs end their busy year with this “modest” 2-song release, which does however hold a host of surprises.

The year 2008 saw the Eggs part ways with their guitarist, Marc Codsi, an active contributor to the band’s sound since 2001. Codsi’s tumultuous departure, in addition to the wealth of experience gathered from working with various musicians throughout the year, infiltrate the tracks featured here, and lend them a primal, DIY quality. The sophistication of the ‘Je Veux Voir’ soundtrack is eschewed in favor of a raw, abrasive sound, harking back to the punk aesthetic of the ‘Happy Together Filthy Forever’ EP, released in 2006.

The single was recorded with little budget, in lo-fi conditions that seep through the music and lyrics. The band, reduced to the core trio of Haber on guitar and vocals, Elieh on bass, and Rizkallah on drums, displays a frantic desire to land back on its feet after a period of artistic self-doubt, and succeeds in doing so admirably. Of the six or seven songs that the Eggs wrote and tested on the road in September 2008, 2 were selected for this single release, and a third, a furious cover of Abba’s ‘Lay All Your Love On Me’, is hidden at the far end of the CD. Also hidden away at the far reaches of this release are a selection of musical snippets and oddities, selected by band-leader Charbel Haber with able help from Tunefork Studio’s maestro Fadi Tabbal.

This basic, back-to-the-roots package is a masterful way to end a difficult year, and an able return to form from one of the most revered band on Beirut’s alternative music scene.

Ziad Nawfal.

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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:

Fadi Tabbal: musician (Incompetents), producer, sound engineer, owner of Tunefork Studios in Beirut

 

“The LIST. Pa-Pa-Paaaaa:

It s not in any particular order.”

Deerhunter – Microcastle
Department of Eagles – In Ear Park
The Walkmen – You and Me
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes / Sun Giant EP
Portishead – Third
TV on The Radio – Dear Science
Bon Iver – For Emma. For Ever Ago
Sun Kil Moon – April
Wolf Parade – At Mount Zoomer
Spiritualized – Songs in A&E

Brian Wilson – That Lucky Old Sun
MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
Sigur Ros – eð suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend

“Well, I guess that s it.”

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