European Music Nerds!
March 19, 2010 6:30 AM   Subscribe

European Music Nerds! I'm putting together a show for a local community radio station and am looking for (preferably foreign-language) not very mainstream music from Europe.

The show's theme is European rock, pop and electronic music, and in the past we've been successful with stuff like Stereolab, Pia Fraus, Komeda, Miss Kittin, Hooverphonic, Arno, Ladytron, and Superpitcher.

While all these artists are European (and damn good in my opinion), what I'd like to get is both more European artists that sound like them and, if possible, that sing in something that's not English.
posted by dunkadunc to Media & Arts (23 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
That's a pretty broad sweep of music you're asking about. There are 450 million people in Europe, and many of them have made records.

Having said that you should play Justus Köhncke 'So Weit Wie Noch Nie' and Lützenkirchen '3 Tage wach'

posted by dydecker at 6:36 AM on March 19, 2010

Actually scratch that. Play the Jurgen Paape version it's much better.
posted by dydecker at 6:37 AM on March 19, 2010

Movits, cool Swedish rap group with a speakeasy twang.
posted by Hurst at 6:44 AM on March 19, 2010

Stereo Total, Yelle, Junkie XL.
posted by transporter accident amy at 6:50 AM on March 19, 2010

posted by josher71 at 6:51 AM on March 19, 2010

Barbara Morgenstern would fit nicely I'd think.
posted by applemeat at 6:55 AM on March 19, 2010 [1 favorite]

I got some great answers in a question I asked last year--surely needs to be updated, but there's gold in them thar replies.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 7:00 AM on March 19, 2010

Villa Nah. Spacious retro-electro pop, but in english. Very much in lift in Helsinki.
posted by Free word order! at 7:13 AM on March 19, 2010

El Guincho
posted by the foreground at 7:18 AM on March 19, 2010

Hm. I really liked that MedienGruppe Telekommander track "Bis Zum Erbrechen Schreien" from this recent post. (But you will probably be swamped by Germans.)
posted by koeselitz at 7:20 AM on March 19, 2010 [1 favorite]

posted by Dr Dracator at 7:33 AM on March 19, 2010

At the Close of Every Day sing most of their songs in Dutch, but may be a little slow for your needs.

Monsiuer Mo Rio sings a lot of songs in French.
posted by god hates math at 7:46 AM on March 19, 2010

Something from the Welsh-language scene? Maybe Gorkys (YouTube) or my old faves Anhrefn (YouTube)?
posted by Abiezer at 7:55 AM on March 19, 2010 [1 favorite]

Doh. Managed to link to an English-language Gorky's track (crappy Chinese proxy delay!), but check out the links in related.
posted by Abiezer at 7:57 AM on March 19, 2010

Mickey 3D (French).
posted by dnash at 7:57 AM on March 19, 2010

Recently sent to me by a friend: Roots Intention Crew (French). I'm not really into their dance/techno/reggae stuff (it may fit your playlist genres though), but the flamenco stuff off El Yanto is pretty good. The page I linked to has downloadable MP3s.
posted by AzraelBrown at 8:02 AM on March 19, 2010

Opgezwolle - Rustug laid back Dutch rap
Sticks & Delic - Welkomswoord Dutch rap
De Dijk with Solomon Burke blues/rock (with parts in English)
Voicst - Everyday I work on the road Pop/rock
Coparck - A good year for the robots Pop/rock
posted by swordfishtrombones at 8:35 AM on March 19, 2010

One more:

Bastian - Groceries Cheesy Electro Funk
posted by swordfishtrombones at 8:38 AM on March 19, 2010

You guys are wonderful, just WONDERFUL. Keep 'em coming.
posted by dunkadunc at 10:18 AM on March 19, 2010

Apparat Organ Quartet (Romantika)
Stina Nordenstam (Little Star, The Diver, Clothe Yourself for the Wind), though she sings in English.
200.000 naglbítar & Lúðrasveit verkalýðsins (Láttu mig vera).
Mammút (Svefnsýkt, Geimþrá).
posted by Kattullus at 10:56 AM on March 19, 2010

Short documentary about Mammút.
posted by Kattullus at 11:06 AM on March 19, 2010

Balkan wedding bands, notably Ivo Papasov and Yuri Yunakov as well as the "mysterious" Bulgarian Women's choir.
posted by theora55 at 1:49 PM on March 19, 2010

From France, try Têtes Raides who sort of remind me of Gogol Bordello with their folky circus theatricality (here's a youtube link).
posted by tractorfeed at 2:39 PM on March 19, 2010

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