We have a winner. One of the few artists that actually wrote their own songs, kudos for that!

(yes, that's playback fiddling, not his fault, eurovision doesn't allow live instruments...)

Did anyone else watch? What did you think?
The Armenian contribution was my favorite in the semis, but in the end the Estonian song was just so darn catchy and unique (and might just turn into the first eurovision song I'll actually buy...)
I was very glad to see less Skirts than last year, and at least a few very simple (but great) performances without an overload of glitz (hope that message arrived in Greece, Germany and the Ukraine). A lot of mediocre songs this year, way too many divas (poor Chiara was simply outdivaed), but overall an ok show.

Because I like it so much, Estonia's Urban Symphony with Rändajad

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([personal profile] ennika May. 12th, 2009 11:45 am)
Band: BB Brunes
Country: France
Genre: Pop/Rock/Indie
Language: French
Myspace: myspace.com/bbbrunes
Website: bbbrunes.fr/
Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/2Z16ru2mLotvuRY9y9AjiB
Short bio:
Uhm, they're French! Have been around for a few years, but didn't really take off until 2007. They've released one album so far (Blonde Comme Moi), another one seems to be in the works.

One of my favorite bands at the moment! Light rock with just enough anger and dirt between the seams to stay interesting. Very good for nice sunny days (and any other time really).

Dis Moi

Another Video )

Band: Wunderkammer
Country: Norway
Genre: Rock, Gipsy, Klezmer, Pop, Punk (iTunes says World)
Language: English, Instrumental

Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/artist/2D31a6bV1muneCjRlcVTok

Short bio:

Wunderkammer was (yes, past tense, sadly) a Norwegian band that made mindblowingly beautiful and emotional music while more stubbornly avoiding categorization than any other band I know of. Their lyrics consist mostly of poetry from Edgar Allen Poe to Egon Bondy, with the occasional instrumental in between. The B-Sides EP is a little more punk-influenced and occasionally reminds of a more tones down Gogol Bordello, their other stuff occasionally gets compared to Tom Waits, Nick Cave and fellow (actually Wunderkammer-inspired) Norwegians Kaizers Orchestra, but doesn't really sound like any of the above.

The band was led by Paal Jackman, with a core of a handful of musicians from rock/jazz/klezmer backgrounds, and an ever-revolving list of guests depending on which town they happened to be playing in. Today I Can Not Hear Music got pretty great reviews when it was released in 2002, among others from both metal and folk zines, so I guess it's safe to say that it doesn't only appeal to Gipsy-Rock fanatic English Lit students :)

The bad news: there is no website, there is no myspace, there isn't anything online besides spotify :/ The only thing I can point you to is this trailer for Paal Jackman's movie Jernanger, for which he wrote the music and used some old Wunderkammer tracks (the good stuff starts about halfway in), and the myspace of Jackman solo (of the songs on there Erlkoenig is by far closest to Wunderkammer).

(or if you have a buck or two to spare, download some songs from iTunes , it's worth it! (I'd recommend Sheepster & Wolf (instrumental) and The Sun Was Setting...)

the only English review I could dig up: http://www.metal-observer.com/
and two interviews: with a metal mag, and the kaizers orchestra fanpage

Band: Jann Wilde & The Neon Comets 
Country: Finland.
Genre: Indie / Pop / Rock / Glam
Language: English
Myspace: myspace.com/jannwilde
Here you will find 6 songs to listen.
Website: www.jannwilde.com
Short bio:
Jann Wilde is a singer/songwriter from Tampere, Finland. After playing in many local bands in southern Finland he moved to Tampere and started writing and recording songs under the pseudonym Jann Wilde. The last name came from Oscar Wilde and the first name from his real name. The autumn 2004 saw the release of his first demo EP (Boys Out Of New York) which instantly sold well and received critical acclaim. Jann Wilde was then asked to front the new glam group Rose Avenue. This meant numerous gigs and a steadily growing cult following in Finland...
However, the end of the summer of 2007 brought bad news as the band announced that they have split up due to musical and personal differences.
Jann Wilde and drummer Tender Rexx soon formed a new band with new members Dean Martini (bass), Kaide Palmer (keyboards) and Robin Savage (guitar) and in 2008 Jann Wilde & The Neon Comets were born. The first single from the new album was the title track Neon City Rockers which was released as a digital download. The album hit the stores on August 27th, 2008.

Lover Lover Lover live @ vastavirta klubi in Tampere, July 12th 2008. Great gig. :D

Boys Out of New York from the Rose Avenue project:song sample player behind cut )

Album review of Neon City Rockers.

I'm still trying to stare dreamwidth into submission concerning tagging. Unfortunately the options for tagging are a bit odd, so for now you can only add tags that already exist. I'll add a bunch of genres to the tagslist in a minute, if you need a different or more specific one just add a line at the end of the post and I'll include it. I'll add country:artist tags to all entries myself for now. What do you guys think about language tags?

Anyway, done with the adminny things. How about a nice round of the good old "who are you and what do you listen to?"
Nothing more fitting than starting a community on good European music off with the good old crappy cheesebag Eurovision, is there? Gotta love it. I don't usually look into it too much beforehand, because half the fun is the "surprise" of the desperate attempts of various countries to win this darn thing, but I doubly enjoy the occasional good band in between. Is there anything exciting going in this year?

I haven't seen Gipsy.cz live yet and from the small bit of the song I've heard the lyrics are awful, but with the current gipsy/balkan music hype they might actually have a chance to not fail miserable in the semis. With a good live show they might even place well. Outside of Eurovisionland a somewhat disappointing song from an otherwise quite good gipsy hop group.

Don't really know that many other contributions. As for the given dreadful, not even Dita von Teese will be able to save Germany, but at least there'll be something for the eyes. France will be difficult, great singer (obviously), not really a eurovision song though (and I doubt many of her fans will watch). England will be my loo break, have actually heard neither the song nor the singer, but after having to sit through Cats once I'm sufficiently prejudiced against Andrew Lloyd-Webber to flee.

Anyone have any favorites from the last years (either awful, cheesy or actually good)?