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You heard it here first, ex-soviet, a blog for all the soviet music fan in us all.
posted by drezdn (18 comments total)

 
I type english good.
posted by drezdn at 9:54 AM on February 28, 2005


in soviet union, blog downloads you
posted by Swampjazz! at 9:54 AM on February 28, 2005


Damn. I thought it was going to be a blog from one of the (former) members of the NYC band, Soviet.
posted by shoepal at 10:01 AM on February 28, 2005


Just what I needed!
posted by andrewmlin at 10:09 AM on February 28, 2005


Where is Gorky Park, anyway? : )
posted by SisterHavana at 10:20 AM on February 28, 2005


Just follow the Moskva.
posted by Wolfdog at 10:48 AM on February 28, 2005


I like this one. Good work, Tatyana.
posted by pracowity at 11:22 AM on February 28, 2005


"You arrogant ass! You've blogged us!" *BOOM*
posted by indiebass at 11:45 AM on February 28, 2005


No discussion of Soviet music is complete without a nod to Vladimir Vysotsky.
posted by loquax at 1:35 PM on February 28, 2005


Great find, drezdn! Oh does this brings me back. I haven't heard Anna German for years. I thought it would just be a lot of Ukrainian covers of Soviet classics.

Liza Umarova's an odd one. Her songs are so derivative of Soviet hits about the 'Great Patriot War' one almost suspects parody. But she's pretty humorless. She sounds a lot like Zhanna Bichevskaja would, if Zhanna smoked papirosy.
posted by gesamtkunstwerk at 2:40 PM on February 28, 2005


If anyone is interested in downloading Russian music you can find a bunch of sites here.

If you'll excuse me, I am going to go listen to the Internationale in Armenian, Turkish and Korean.
posted by gesamtkunstwerk at 3:39 PM on February 28, 2005


shoepal, I was thinking (and hoping) the same.
posted by Venadium at 6:30 PM on February 28, 2005


Heh. Funny. When I do marathon coding sessions, I find I like to play -- over and over, without respite -- various covers of the The Internationale and later versions of Soviet national anthems. Indeed, I've been playing them for the last three days or so.

The' 44 Soviet Anthem (the one Stalin commissioned), as sung in English by Paul Robison, always thrills when that baritone rumbles out "...and Stalin our Leader..." Ironically it's off the album Songs for Free Men. But the Red Army mass chorus version is the best. It just rolls over you like a human wave attack.

There's something about totalitarian music. Though I don't really enjoy, so and so much less frequently listen to, Der Fahne Hoch a.k.a. Horst Wessellied which memorializes the murder of socialists by the eponymous Nazi "martyr".

But the national anthem of the former East Germany is a pretty tune.

You can find lots of songs for your Cold War nostalgia here.
posted by orthogonality at 7:15 PM on February 28, 2005


No discussion of Soviet music is complete without a nod to Vladimir Vysotsky.

Well, you can listen to him as well.
posted by c13 at 9:36 PM on February 28, 2005


Best. Use. of No. 897. EVAR.
posted by dhartung at 10:30 PM on February 28, 2005


shoepal and Venadium, Amanda B from soviet is now in a new band, Fiasco, that has put on some fun shows and a couple of great tunes. She last told me they would be putting some songs on itunes shortly. Dunno the status, but watchout! :-) Soviet is supposedly re-tooling at the moment, but i haven't seen much from them for a while.
posted by jba at 12:12 AM on March 1, 2005


Never forget Kino. They were amazing. They carried the torch after Vysotsky died.
posted by cindileper at 12:15 AM on March 1, 2005


Thanks JBA! You rock!
posted by shoepal at 6:09 PM on March 5, 2005


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