", which won the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest (previously
), is a #1 in several countries, including Ireland
, and Switzerland
Of course, it's not the only song charting internationally that you might never hear on US radio. It should come as no surprise that one can readily find international hits online.
For instance -
Sweden, #4: Panetoz - Dansa Pausa
Sweden, #9: Mange Makers - Drick Den
This doesn't purport to be an exhaustive list, but rather a jumping-off point. [more inside]
posted by LSK
on Jun 13, 2012 -
- In Search Of Lost Time - is a streaming mix of beautiful 78s from around the world, collected and curated by Ian Nagoski. "I started sifting through boxes of junky old 78s that no one else wanted about 15 years ago, and almost right away, I made a rule: Anything that wasn't in English, buy it." [more inside]
posted by carter
on Jan 29, 2012 -
were the winners of the Liet International 2009 song contest
for minority european languages and cultures. Sámi rock, you say? But wait, there's more! There's Alit Boazu
from the Norwegian side, and Tiina Sanila
, a Skolt Sámi
singer from Finland. And yes, there is Sámi metal
, from the band Intrigue
. There are plenty other Sámi musicians across Sápmi
and outside of the genre of rock, of course. There's Amoc
, an Inari Sámi rapper from Finland; Adjágas
who are folky and bluegrassy at times; Niko Valkeapää
, who is more ambient and electronic; and of course, Mari Boine
, recently knighted for her long career of artistic work
). [Sound, MySpace warnings] [more inside]
posted by taursir
on Dec 25, 2009 -
Anglo-Finnish artist Sanna Annukka
's vibrant, flat design work (especially her Icons
series) got me curious about her, well, iconography.
She mentioned The Kalevala previously
, the Finnish national epic poem (in Finnish here
), a tale of creation and heroism that arguably spurred the Finns to independence from the Russians.
Like so much else epic and awesome, it spawned a '70s prog band, with three albums
posted by klangklangston
on Feb 25, 2008 -
A new, controversial law
making its way through the Finnish parliament is confusing
, but its implementation may infringe on already existing Finnish laws of free speech. With decisions set to be made later this week, a demonstration has already been planned for Tuesday
. On the other hand, some sources seem to be saying that this new law should present no major issue.
Thus, it seems like there's a small amount of confusing legal voodoo going on: while the law wouldn't make it illegal to copy music to MP3 players, it would mean that "the breaking of copy protection for the copying of the content of a sound or video recording for personal use would be prohibited." It looks like no one knows exactly what they want out of this law, or how to interpret it. DMCA
posted by taursir
on Oct 2, 2005 -
An enduring fad in Finland.
For a few years now, musicians in Finland have coopted Humppa, traditional polka-style music, and given it a punk sensibility. Eläkeläiset, the focus of the above link, are the most popular Humppa band. The most fun for folks who don't speak Finnish (like me) are covers of songs with which we're familiar like "Viva Las Vegas
" ("Humppaleka") and "London Calling" ("Vanhamiljonäärihumppa"). Even after the novelty wears off, Finnish is oddly beautiful even when it's shouted over an accordion. There are plenty of samples for download on the site.
posted by Mayor Curley
on Feb 10, 2003 -