(If there’s one thing I learned from running this blog, it’s “relatively well-known people google themselves, too” and so I think it is time to use this knowledge for good)
First off, I want to say that I’m a big fan of your radio show on KEXP, and thank you for it. Thanks especially for introducing me to Turkish psych-rock, to Googoosh and for always playing so much quality Brazilian music. Nevertheless, today I am writing to complain! Specifically that from Russian music, you seem to play almost exclusively Mumiy Troll and Zemfira. Not that you shouldn’t play these, but there is much more to Russian music.
You could play some traditional-influenced music: Starostin and coworkers, Inna Zhelannaya; Soviet non-state sponsored rock: Nol’, Akvarium, Zvuki Mu; Siberian suicidal lo-fi: Yanka Diaghileva, Egor Letov; Bard music, whether 90’s or 60’s: Venya D’rkin, Vladimir Vysotsky, Novella Matveyeva; There is some excellent russian rap: Noize MC, Krovostok, Noggano, Kunteynir; Jazz-rock kinda: Auktyon, Billy’s Band, Vezhlivyj otkaz; Pop or electronics: KDIMB, NII Kosmetiki, Dolphin. You could even play shanson, much as I hate the style, wait, actually on second thought, don’t do that. And, well, if you must play some more Russian pop-rock, consider in addition: Flёur, Obe Dve, Chizh & Co., Spleen, etc., etc.