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24 of the BEST Indie Music tunes from the middle east in 2017

Posted on | January 13, 2018 | No Comments

I am easily the luckiest guy in Dubai.

Every week Adam, the guy in the picture above, joins me for the price of a cup of decaf, to talk about the coolest indie music in the middle east and along the way we actually get to play the tunes.

So, not only do I get to hang with one of the coolest guys in Dubai but I get to learn about some cool music that many have not heard of and then we get to play it out on DubaiEye!

So, as I was saying I have it pretty good.

Well over the last several weeks we have been playing out the best of 2017, as far as our ears are concerned.

We could have gone on, and on, and on but I capped the best of shows at 3.

So we have 3 volumes of best of for 2017 which translates in 24 songs.

Here we go.

Vol #1 of the best of 2017.

Yasmine Hamdan_Douss
Hamza Hawsawi – Frame Of Mind
Nur Alfayez – Khaleek
Postcards – Bright Lights
The Bunny Tylers_E?te?
We Speak In Colors_Nobody’s No One
Zeid Hamdan_Oulouleleh Feat Muhammad Abdallah

Here is the Podcast link.

Vol #2 of the best of 2017

Coffee & Cigarettes_AlcoB

Anas Arabi Ft Speech – Al Sheir Wa Al Balagha

Etyen feat. Tala – Homosapiens

The recipe fool you

Hana Malhas_Nasi

Sean Warner we are one

Gurumiran – ‘Hingala’

Hollaphonic – Spaceship ft Bxrber

Here is the podcast link.

Vol #3 of the best of 2017

Nadah El Shazly_Afqid Adh-Dhakira (I Lose Memory)

Ala Ghawas – Red

Abri and The Dreamfleet_Unborn

Hello Psychaleppo – ANQA

LUMI – Talk to You (The Night Was a Liar Edit)

Tania Saleh – In Other Peoples Land – ?? ???? ????? 3:46

Muhaisnah Four_Home

Lekhfa_Kont Rayeh (I Was Going)

Here is the podcast link.

You can find us on iTunes and every week Adam and I have a great conversation about new music and Shania Twain if possible.

Tool Time with James? Naaah the Nightline Fit-it show

Posted on | January 13, 2018 | No Comments

So, way back when I was a grad student in Montreal I spent some time working with St. Remy Multimedia and the project I worked on as an assistant editor was the rewrite of the Time-Life Home Repair and Improvement Series.

I didn’t work on all the books but I worked on several and it was a really fun job to learn how to do everything from clean anything off of anything to building a log cabin.  But it was not just about learning it was about teaching as well.

If I had to pick my favourite book to have worked on it would have to have been the log cabin edition. 

So, I have been playing with my mu Nightline show grid on DubaiEye and trying to find a nice fit for the Wednesday at 9pm spot where I had been doing Doctalk.

Well, an opportunity came up to have the guys from WeWillFixIt join me on the show and talk about home repair and improvement.

So, here we go with a new show that is all about keeping your villa, apartment, shack in tip-top shape.

What are we doing?

Answering DIY questions.

This week we talk thermostats, curved glass, and 2 way mirrors.

I was impressed with the interaction.

And Dan and Colin talk about how WeWillFixIt started.

Two guys, one working for SONY and one The ONE come together to shake up the home maintenance industry in the UAE.

Well, this is a show that follows the Nightline information, education and entertainment model to the letter.

Looking for an informative and entertaining hour of radio in podcast form, this is it.

Click here for the podcast.

We all love to talk tech!

Posted on | January 13, 2018 | No Comments

If you are looking for an educational, informative and above all entertaining look at what is going on in the world of TECH then you want to sit down with myself and Andrew Thomas from NEXA.

For almost an hour a week we deconstruct the world of consumer technology.

This week was all about the cool things we landed on our holiday.

Andrew has the cool retro gaming console and James has a cool beach rinse kit to talk about.

And then there is a little look at what was happening at CES.

So, what was the take home form this show?

Always remember you are on the air! There was a point where we were both talking about a product and looking at the computer and pretty much ignoring the fact that there was an audience listening in.

And then there was the moment that Andrew was talking about Facebook watch and I was too busy looking at all the shows and left andrew to keep talking.

So the lesson was simply to remember to engage with the audience!

Give the show a listen and let us know what you think.

And even better share with us the coolest tech you landed over the holiday!

Click here for the podcast.

Fix that ride but via the radio

Posted on | January 11, 2018 | No Comments

We are always surprised by how many people are literate about the latest models of cars on the road but have very basic or zero ability to perform even the most basic maintenance on their rides.

When I say we I am talking about Glenn Power and myself.

Funny story how this show came about, I had a gap in the schedule and Glenn sent an email at the right time and boom here we are.

Glenn joins us every week from GT Auto Centre in Dubai, @glennthatcarguy, and we help you get a your head around what repairs you might need and what the repairs mean to you, your wallet.

Lesson this week.

Do not over fill the oil in your engine.

Great little review of octane and a nice chat about what to expect from an aging car as far as repiars

Click for the podcast.

The best message was about the Mazda RX7 that a listener wants to bring in and of course Glenn knows one that is sitting, the catch is the owner loves to look at it.

This show is always a lot of fun and worth a listen.

Talking Cars in Dubai

Posted on | January 9, 2018 | No Comments

Because we all love to have a conversation about cars, trucks, mods and more I manage to sit down with the guys at MotoringME.com once a week and have a national conversation about all that is on our minds about automobiles.

If you have not had a chance to look at the stuff MotoringME.com is publishing you need to click over to YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and the website for what is sure to start you thinking.

We had an interesting conversation about Patrol’s and Land Cruisers this week.  The takeaway from this conversation is simple, get the big engine.

The team also carpooled into the studio this week which meant we has a good long chat about the car being tested, the KIA Stinger.

The Stinger is far more of a car than we all expected. And  at least 2 SUV’s had a second look at us as we drove to the Studio!

A bit of our conversation about the Stinger!

Here is the link to the entire show.

An alternative way to listen to Nightline’s Podcast.

There is no shortage of opinion on the CarTalk hour and not only is the show informative but also very entertaining.

So, the big question is would I go and have a look at the KIA, YES.

Fitness Spotlight

Posted on | January 9, 2018 | No Comments

Every week I have the opportunity to sit down with Marcus Smith and talk fitness.
Marcus is the man behind Innerfight, more than a gym, healthy lifestyle way of thinking.
Although a healthy fit body does lead to everything else falling into place.
This week we had a great chat about Apps and there are 2 in particular that Marcus points to.

  1. MyFitnessPal this is a great tracker
  2. TrainingPeaks  this is a great training app if you have a coach

Myself I am also using the FitBit app with a FitBit Ionic and love it.
As is the usual we have a very fun, informative and educational conversation about all sorts of things that touch on wellbeing.
Below is one way to listen to the show and you can get it to load via iTunes!

Click here for the podcast also.

One of the moments that was particularly interesting and important to all of us on the show this week was the conversation about hydration.
Here is a great link to get you thinking.
Here is the conversation from the show about hydration where Marcus and myself compare our own experiences with being under hydrated and what our suggestions are.

The Hydration conversation.

Have a fitness question or story or idea or just want to bounce an idea our way, email is at Nightline@dubaieye1038.ae




Nice article where to start weight, diet or exercise?



How to do better in life even the gym!



Q.Marcus what are your goto fitness apps?


Myfitness pal


  1. What is the difference between a personal trainer ,coach and fitness instructor? All the same?


This is cool, fun little slideshow on how to sneak movement



-metro and bus stops are prime movement places wonder why nobody is promoting activity in those venues

-needs to be fast, fun, inclusive, for all attire


Walking, you were in to this on your break.

-love the charts that talk about how far you need to walk to burn the excess calories





Flanners on Insta, love it, there is never a good time to start something


-marathon training is on target and a commitment


  1. Marcus I know you have been asked this can you walk me through a running, training, crossfit, gym shoe choice? How do we pick footwear?


  1. Marcus thoughts on Calorie counting?


Time to start! Like this post as it really does talk mindset, change and ownership.



This is a great list of fitness goals!



  1. why would we use a monster tire in the gym saw a pic on insta of the guys with one


  1. How important is sleep?


Q.water vs fitness drinks your thoughts?

Volume 1 and 2 of the ME Indie Jukebox best of 2017

Posted on | December 22, 2017 | No Comments

As you are no doubt aware I spend 6 hours a week writing, producing and presenting Nightline on DubaiEye 103.8 fm.

Well, easily the single show with the greatest reach and greatest engagement is the JukeBox our feature of indie music from across the Middle East.

We recently featured 2 episodes of the best of the year as we heard it.

Here is the playlist and PODCAST from Volume 1

Yasmine Hamdan_Douss

Hamza Hawsawi – Frame Of Mind

Nur Alfayez – Khaleek

Postcards – Bright Lights

The Bunny Tylers_E?te?

We Speak In Colors_Nobody’s

No One Zeid Hamdan_Oulouleleh Feat Muhammad Abdallah


Here is the playlist and podcast for Volume 2

Coffee & Cigarettes_AlcoB

Anas Arabi Ft Speech – Al Sheir

Wa Al Balagha Etyen feat. Tala – Homosapiens

The recipe fool you

Hana Malhas_Nasi

Sean Warner we are one

Gurumiran – ‘Hingala’

Hollaphonic – Spaceship ft Bxrber


Great Indie Music from the Middle East

Posted on | November 4, 2017 | No Comments

This is easily the best hour of radio in the UAE.

For just under an hour we play some of the coolest Middle Eastern indie tunes and have a conversation about what we think.

Adam is the music detective here.

There are always a few surprises on the playlist!

Play this show and share it.

Here is what we were up to this week.

Souad Massi_Ghir-Enta
Palayan_Empty Seed
Mais Harb_Jouan O Ari O Hafi
Tarek_adam and eve
Peter Martin – medicineman
Mo Zowayed _ Going Away
Sharmoofers_El Helm

Click for the podcast.

What about that workplace bully?

Posted on | November 4, 2017 | No Comments

We had a great question on Nightline this week, we asked how you are dealing with the workplace bully.

I was joined by Dr. James Kelley www.drjameskelley.com, a professor of business at UAEU and we tried to unpack the issue.


We had a great chat with an educator and school psychologist, Marie Carmen, who gave us her take on the issue.

It is always interesting to hear what our callers think.

The reality is workplace bullying is a real issue and too many people do not want to address it out of fear.

Click for the podcast.


Talking to Bikingman these guys are cool

Posted on | November 1, 2017 | No Comments

It is always interesting to speak to people who have had a cool idea and then gone and taken it and turned it into something

Well Axel and Andreas have done that with BIKINGMAN.



I love the fact that these guys fell into cycling and it is a pretty recent thing.

I love that they still feel the thrill of the challenge even though they are organising adventures as much as riding them.

But what really stuck for me is the idea that anyone could succeed at anything if they get their mind into the game and they are prepared.

Click to listen to the conversation.


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