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[personal profile] glinda
Can anyone recommend me any German rock/pop/indie acts? Especially ones that sing in German? I'm very fond of Wir Sind Helden and I'd like to discover more bands in the same sort of vein as them.

(I enjoy 2raumwohnug, MIA and Silbermond too if that helps?)


Nov. 20th, 2011 11:17 pm
sylvaine: Dark-haired person with black eyes & white pupils. ([music] OMNIA)
[personal profile] sylvaine
I've wanted to rec this band ever since I discovered this comm, and now I'm finally getting around to it. They're one of my favourite bands ever, and also seriously underappreciated.

Omnia is a self-described "neoceltic pagan folk" band based in the Netherlands whose members come from all over Europe. They originally started out trying to recreate the music of ancient Rome and Celtic tribes, but have since grown into a style that's more inspired by celtic music, rather than directly trying to recreate it. They still play quite a bit of instrumental music, though.

The band itself is fully self-managed and produces their albums under their own label, PaganScum Records. They have a strongly anti-government, anti-commercial, pagan, anarchic, free-spirit message which definitely translates into their lyrics. I find their blog posts to be just a bit extreme for me, sometimes, but I think even if you don't agree fully with their message you can still enjoy the music.

Omnia currently consists of five members. I say currently because in the past three years since I started actively following their blog their lineup has changed... oh, about seven times or so. The core of the group are Steve Sic and Jenny, who are also the ones who write the music. The range of instruments played by these two is quite impressive: at current count they have used the double flute, overtone flute, whistle, bouzouki, darbukka, dombek, mouth harp, seljefloit, kaval, shawm, davúl, cajon, Celtic tall harp, piano, hurdy gurdy, bodhrán, hammered dulcimer, guitar, as well as voice. And that's not even counting what the other band members play. They're also a really prolific band; they put out a new album about once a year, and by now have produced 14 albums. Some of their older albums are practically impossible to get a hold of, which is a shame because they are really beautiful and atmospheric.

Anyway, to the actual music! (I tried to stick to representative samples. It was... kind of difficult):

Alive!. I love this song so much. It's an amazing anthem for life.

5 more songs under the cut. )

There's a bunch of music you can download from their website if you sign up to their fanclub, including a live CD from the PaganFolk Fairy Ball 2008 - just go here. You can also buy their music on their discography page. Their newer music is on iTunes and Amazon (linked from their discography), as well as on Spotify, but I strongly urge you to get the actual physical albums, as the artwork is always amazing. Case in point - the artwork for their 2007 album "Alive!" was created by Alan Lee, the artist who designed a large part of the Lord of the Rings movie sets.
[personal profile] alexbayleaf
Can anyone rec me political rap music?

Some stuff I've liked:

Rage Against the Machine <--- probably my favourite
Ice T / Body Count
Chuck D. / Public Enemy
dan le sac vs. scroobius pip
The Herd (but I find them a little musically fluffy for my tastes)

Listened to but haven't really grabbed me yet (but would welcome recs for particular tracks/albums):


I've investigated Zack de la Rocha's side projects and discovered One Day As a Lion, and bought their EP. Here's the video for the single off that, which I really liked:

More along those lines would be amazing!
[personal profile] alexbayleaf
I have no particular theme or reason for posting these, other than that I really like TISM and think more people should know them.

How to explain this band? They're from Melbourne, Australia, and they play music that's somewhere in between quirky, funny, horrifying, and undergrad philosophy, all while wearing masks. They're like evil, scatologically inclined mirror universe version of They Might Be Giants. They're rumoured to be accountants and schoolteachers by day. Their members go by names like "Ron Hitler-Barassi" and "Humphrey B. Flaubert" (references to footballer Ron Barassi and children's television character Humphrey B. Bear, for the non-Australians reading.)

This quote from Wikipedia will give you an idea of what they're like: "By 1985 the band was playing regularly around Melbourne and soon released their début single, "Defecate On My Face" (1986), a 7" vinyl packaged in a 12" sleeve with all four sides glued shut"

I never saw them live but one time, I was meeting a friend who was working reception at a community radio station, and I had to wait a while for her to finish her shift. While I was sitting there, a stampede came through, shouting and pushing people out of their way, all dressed in black and wearing ski masks. It was TISM on their way to an interview.

The songs I'm about to link are those that are easiest to find on Youtube, which means the more recent stuff. But I got to know them through their earlier albums, "Hot Dogma" and "Great Truckin' Songs of the Renaissance", from the late 80s/early 90s. Those have a different sound (more like Australian pub rock, less like dance music) so it's worth hunting down some of that if you can.

Anyway, without further ado...

1) (He'll never be an) Old Man River

"I'm on the drug, I'm on the drug, I'm on the drug that killed River Phoenix."

4 more songs: Greg the Stop Sign // Thunderbirds Are Coming Out // Everyone Else Has Had More Sex Than Me // We Are the Champignons )

If you're interested in more, pretty much all their stuff is on iTunes. Best Off is their greatest hits compilation.
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[personal profile] ein_myria
Hi, discovered this community through /latest. Was wondering if anyone had any awesome remixes to share? The reason why I'm posting about remixes is because they're fairly common and easy to get for free these days; it does, however, takes something special if the remix sounds better than the original song. :) The ones I'm sharing are mostly electro/electronic. :)

5 remixes )
[personal profile] alexbayleaf
(CanCon is "Canadian Content", which Canadian broadcasters are required to play in a certain proportion relative to non-Canadian content.)

I started out making a general Canadian recs set but wound up posting a whole bunch of folk-hyphen-something genre, and then it got really long, so I'm going to leave it at that. If anyone wants to post other genres of Canadian music today in honour of Canada Day, that would be excellent!

5 artists, 10 videos: Arrogant Worms, Captain Tractor, Dust Rhinos, Ashley MacIsaac, Great Big Sea )

For your convenience, I saved all these videos to a Youtube playlist so hopefully the following embed will let you just play the whole lot from end to end:

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[personal profile] littlemousling
So possibly everyone else has already heard of Angel Haze? But perhaps not. She was sold to me as "a 19-year-old bisexual Native American lady with a song about 'Bitches On My Dick,'" which is both accurate and the primary source of awesome from my perspective.

In essence, she covers all of the same basic themes as, eg, Young Money, like "I am the best in the history of the world" and "no but seriously, I am so unbelievably rad" and, of course, "bitches on my dick," but, you know, she's a 19-year-old woman. Which makes it a lot more fun to listen to, in some ways.

Until pretty recently you could listen to her (very, very long) mixtape for free and buy the whole thing for $5, but I am getting the impression from The Internets that she's been signed, because her MySpace now features a bunch of, like, Nicki Minaj collabs. Which is cool! Just, I don't know those songs (YET). So instead here are two from the mixtape:

A remix of Bitches On My Dick )

6'7 Freestyle )

Plus a freestyle poem called I Like the Girls )
[personal profile] alexbayleaf
So I thought I would put together a recs set of some great female-fronted punk and pop-punk bands. All of these are current or recent (within the last decade) and all are American. Just one Youtube video per band, so you get a taste of each.

Compton SF (San Francisco, California; 2005(?)-present)

These are a local (San Francisco) band I saw play a few months ago. They put on a great show! I love this video too -- the best kind of hand-made tour video, lots of good times and rocking out. These girls are basically everything I want in a great local band... I just wish they played more shows! If you're in the SF area and you get a chance, go see them live.

Compton SF on Myspace (EP for sale, $3), iTunes

3 more: The Soviettes, Tsunami Bomb, The Butchies )
[personal profile] alexbayleaf
The other day I discovered this awesome woman who is a rapper and spoken word artist.

Here she raps in a combination of Tagalog and English about race and identity:

2 more )

(As far as I can tell, Ruby doesn't have any of her music for sale yet. But you can follow her on Twitter as [ profile] rubyibarra or on tumblr at [ profile] rubyibarra.)

I have to admit this isn't usually my genre. I discovered Ruby's work when googling for Asian-American rappers for a mix I was making. I didn't find what I needed for the mix, but from what I did find, Ruby was the stand-out artist. I love her poetry and the puns and double-meanings in her words, and I'm wildly impressed by the rhythms she manages to wrap her mouth around. This is worth checking out even if (like me) you're not much into hip hop.