Newsletter Bookmark and Share   # 29, September 2011  

"Hello Europopmusic fans..."


The summer is splashing it's last rays (or should that be rains) over Europe. Meanwhile we enjoyed our beautifull continent with visits to Prague, Bordeaux and the Basque region of Spain. This gave us the opportunity to stack up on some recent French, Czech and Spanish releases. And some are worth bringing under your attention. Check the review section for the albums that already passed our critical ear.

Between travelling and the daytime job we also found the time to write another chapter in our quest concerning 1968. This we visit Belgium and see if our hypothesis, that 68 was crucial for the European local musicscene, still sticks. You can read the result on the website.

Over the summer we also found that more and more record stores are closing their doors. In Bordeaux three of the five stores mentioned were closed, in Prague a large secondhand store disappeared with the collection scrambled over the city (I found a big chunk in a bookstore across the street). Also the Bontonland megastore in Prague was a desolate place, we were the only customers on saturday afternoon. The FNAC's in Bordeaux and Bilbao were still operational but even there the music section was critically downsized. And in Holland the Da Capo - indiestore in Utrecht closed and the FAME megastore in Amsterdam is about to. Is this the end of an era? It's worthy to write a blog about so maybe in the next newsletter.

Meanwhile support your local musicdealer as much as you can, he needs it. As always enjoy this editions reviews and articles!


  1968 in Europe, focus on Belgium  


As said on our introduction page we define European pop music by the unique social-cultural elements present in each European country. Language is the main focus but sometimes these elements can also be found in the instruments or arrangements that are being used. In describing the individual music scenes we also found that the political situations in a country were often of influence on the development of a musical identity. Like a match held to a can of gasoline. Especially one year seems to form a turning point, even a starting point for many countries to develop a local pop/rock scène. It was a year that Europe burned with riots and student protests. That year was 1968.

In previous chapters issues like unemployment, criticism on American imperialism in Indochina, criticism on Russian interference in Prague and the desire to give socialism or kapitalism (depending on which side of Europe you lived) a more human face were the basis for the protests. In Belgium the issue was language. Things got out of hand when the university of Leuven made plans to expand their French-speaking faculty onto Dutch-Flemish speaking territory. The governement, unions and even the Catholic church started to intervene in the discussion. The end result was a hardening of the language barrier. A problem lasting to this day. Musically this division could also be felt with New Left themes mixing with Flemish sung pop. Go to the article.

  Danish anti-childabuse campaign with Anna David  

Danish singer Anna David (remember her hit ‘Fuck you’) released a single as ambassador for the campaign “Our responsibility – No to Violence against Children”, organized by the Service Agency in conjunction with the Council for Children, Children’s Conditions, Save the Children and UNICEF Denmark. The campaign is part of the larger ‘Behind closed doors’ campaign. The song ‘Kun hjertet slår’ (Only the heart beats) is written by David herself together with Casper Lindstad and Mads Haugaard. The refrain stating: “It is the hardest start you can get / When you let down by those youshould rely on / A scar that no one deserves to get / Only the heart must beat” says it all.

  Jean Louis Murat announces new album  

France's prince of gloom announced that his new album will be released at the end of september. Titled 'Grand Lièvre' the album handles themes like loneliness, depression and crisis. With which Murat shows himself an heir to the legacy of deceised Bashung. Oh goody! just the soundtrack we need for a dark and windy autumn. More info can be found on his website.

  Urszula backcatalogue finally re-released  

Urszula was one of the popular singers in Poland at the first half of the Eighties. Strangely enough her albums made with Budka Suflera were never available on CD before. It may be a bit late but this year all four albums finally get an official re-release. With original liner notes, extra photo's and lyrics you can order them exclusively at the Empik store. Get them while you can!



In this newsletter...
Latest album reviews
Newly added artists pages
1968 in Europe
Day of Hungarian music - festival
Rosenstolz receive Bundesverdienstkreuz

Danish anti childabuse campaign by Anna David
Murat annouces new album
Urszula backcatalogue finally available


  Latest album reviews  


  Vetusta Morla:
  Tata Bojs:
Premiere Phalange
Materia Obscura
  Sezen Aksu:
  Jeanne Mas:
Bleu citron
  Darkwood Dub:
Vidimo se
Day of Hungarian music

This September 11 Budapest is bursting with Hungarian bands and talent. It is ‘Magyar Dal Napja’ or the day of the Hungarian song. The idea originated in 2008 by legendary Hungarian musician Gabor Presser as a counterwait for the all the Anglo-American acts flooding the Sziget festival. It became harder and harder for local bands to get attention at the festival. Gabor Presser says: "in today's world is not easy to get attention. Magyar Dal Napja is a grassroot, voluntary, structured fun day for Hungarian music”. The program features popular bands such as Bikini, Pál Utcai Fiúk ,100 Folk Celsius, SP, Weszely Ernő, and  Karthago. But also established names like Kati Kovacs will be present. The festival has a special jazz-programm as well with impressive names like Veronika Harcsza. For more information about the festival go to the website.

Rosenstolz awarded with Bundesverdienstkreuz


On 31 August Berlin's mayor Klaus Wowereit handed the Bundes-verdienstkreuz (Federal cross of Merit) to the Rosenstolz duo AnNa R. and Peter Plate at his office. It is the only state decoration you can receive in Germany. Wowereit: "Honored be the artists AnNa R. and Peter Plate for their voluntary work in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Since the beginning of their musical career to Rosenstolz supported the German AIDS Foundation with benefit galas, and with appeals for donations during their concerts. Both artists have a social role model for volunteer work. " In a brief acceptance speech the duo emphasized that they are very proud and honored. They accepted the award on behalf of all people who work in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
  Newly added artists pages  

We add new artists pages to our website regurlarly. Recently added artists pages (click to link directly to the page):
Karat (Germany)
Kent (Sweden)
Le Orme (Italy)
Goran Karan (Croatia)

  Any comments?  

Naturally, all opinions are 100% subjective and strictly our own. However, we do our utmost best to present you the information as correctly as possible. Should you have any comments on this website, please let us know via e-mail: info@europopmusic.eu. Any comment that might help the evolution of this website is highly appreciated. We look forward hearing from you!


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