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Best 7 Lebanese records of 2012:
– A-Trio: Music To Our Ears
– Charbel Haber: It Ended Up Being A Great Day Mr. Allende
– El Rass & Munma: Kachf el Mahjoub (Unveiling The Hidden)
– Fareeq el Atrash: ‘Al Mawjeh el Tarcha
– Infinite Moment Of Composure (Munma & Liliane Chlela): Turbulence
– The Incompetents: Of Minor Differences… And Narcissism
– Under The Carpet: Self-titled

Best 7 Folk/Pop/Rock records of 2012:
– Beach House: Bloom
– David Byrne & St. Vincent: Love This Giant
– Disappears: Pre-Language
– Eric Chenaux: Guitar & Voice
– 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
– Grizzly Bear: Shields
– Patrick Watson: Adventures In Your Own Backyard

Best 7 Electronica records of 2012:
– Acid Pauli: mst
– Andy Stott: Luxury Problems
– Burial: Street Halo/Kindred EP
– Demdike Stare: Elemental
– Monolake: Ghosts
– Moritz Von Oswald Trio: Horizontal Structures
– Tasjiil Moujahed: Self-titled

Best Post-Rock records of 2012:
– Earth: Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II
– Godspeed You! Black Emperor: ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
– Swans: The Seer

Best ‘Out-There’ records of 2012:
– Hanetration: Tenth Oar EP
– Scott Walker: Bish Bosch
– Shalabi Effect: Feign To Delight Gaeity Of Gods

Best Free Jazz records of 2012:
– Fire! & Oren Ambarchi: In The Mouth – A Hand
– The Thing & Neneh Cherry: The Cherry Thing

Best French record of 2012:
– Dominique A: Vers les lueurs

Best Hip-Hop record of 2012:
– Frank Ocean: Channel Orange

Best ‘Comeback’ records of 2012:
– Bill Fay: Life Is People
– Bobby Womack: The Bravest Man In The Universe
– Dexys: One Day I’m Going To Soar
– Dr. John: Locked Down
– Leonard Cohen: Old Ideas

Best ‘Debut’ record of 2012:
– Half Moon Run: Dark Eyes

Best ‘2nd album’ of 2012:
– The XX: Coexist

Best ‘Soundtrack’ (or not) of 2012:
– Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury: Drokk (Music inspired by Mega-City One)

Best ‘Covers’ record of 2012:
– Iggy Pop: Après

Best Reissue of 2012:
– Gareth Williams & Marie Currie: Flaming Tunes (1985)

Best Compilation of 2012:
– To What Strange Place: The Music of the Ottoman-American Diaspora, 1916-1929

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UNTITLED TRACKS: On Alternative Music in Beirut
Photographs by Tanya Traboulsi
Edited by Ziad Nawfal and Ghalya Saadawi
Design by Youmna Habbouche
Published by Amers Editions, Beirut, Lebanon

Untitled Tracks: On Alternative Music in Beirut is a collection of texts and photos which begins to chart the manifold, mutating and increasingly visible alternative musical landscapes in Beirut. Through a generous series of photographs taken from Tanya Traboulsi’s ongoing project Music is Life, as well as reflective texts on topics such as the melancholy sound of Soapkills, the politics and relevance of noise, and the interference of genres, this publication investigates the resonances of music and noise in the organized chaos and politics of everyday life.

Contributions by Serge Abiaad, Seth Ayyaz, Rayya Badran, Charbel Haber, Nizar Mroueh, Ziad Nawfal, Ghalya Saadawi, Walid Sadek and Kaelen Wilson-Goldie.


The book can be purchased from the following retailers:

– LEBANON: Librairie Antoine, Beirut Art Center, Papercup, Librairie Al Burj, and Virgin Megastore, among others

– AUSTRIA: Substance Recordstore, Tongues

– FRANCE:  Seconde Nature (Aix-en-Provence), Librairie de l’IMA (Paris)


ONLINE: Antoine Online (worldwide)






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