The KEXP or KCRW of Europe
November 6, 2008 7:45 PM   Subscribe

Best alternative-music podcasts in Western Europe and Latin America?

I would like to know: what are the best alternative-music podcasts from Western Europe and Latin America?

There are several U.S. podcasts I enjoy on the iPod, such as KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic and Today's Top Tune; KEXP's Song of the Day; NPR's All Songs Considered and World Cafe.

These play artists like Loudon Wainwright, Rodney Crowell, Damien Rice, Magic Numbers, Zap Mama, Iron and Wine, Jim White, Conor Oberst, Kings of Convenience, Jose Gonzalez, Okkervil River, Julieta Venegas, Calexico, etc.

But I would like to know more about podcasts that feature such music beyond the U.S., preferably in English, or a Romance or Germanic language.

Thank you for any information.
posted by apollo3000 to Media & Arts (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Forgot to mention - I think NPR's Jazz Profiles, PRI's Afropop Worldwide, and NPR's Open Mic Music are great too.

Thanks in advance!
posted by apollo3000 at 7:47 PM on November 6, 2008

You can give El Invernadero Radio a try. They play music in the same vein as the one you like. Its based in Mexico, so you will get an ocasional song in spanish, but its worth it.

You can find their podcast in itunes and the playlist for the recent shows in

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posted by edmz at 9:24 AM on November 7, 2008


To be clear, I am especially interested in hearing songs in Spanish (or other languages) precisely in order to broaden my horizons in that respect, therefore the occasional song in Spanish is especially welcome.

I asked here, mentioning the artists above, because the "top podcasts" in the various European and Latin American iTunes Stores seem to be dominated by techno and house music and I'm not looking for that.

Finally, I've heard good things about the BBC's Steve Lamacq, Zane Low and Huw Stephens but their podcasts seem to be unavailable outside the UK - any way around that?

Thanks again!
posted by apollo3000 at 12:58 PM on November 7, 2008

An answer to a recent question might also help you:
posted by edmz at 1:45 PM on November 7, 2008

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