Qntal www.qntal.com - I'm still really, really enjoying this. The most recent album is Dead Can Dance crossed with BT, maybe?
Ohhh, yes. We loves the QNTAL - love it. I've got all five albums.
You should share some of your QNTAL goodness with me! I like what I've heard a lot but haven't managed to obtain any albums yet.
Amy Winehouse and Lacuna Coil. The former sounds like a boozed up Etta James and the latter is well...an Italian metal band with a gorgeous, opera-trained frontwoman (most of her singing is in English).
I ran across Mission of Burma's The Obliterati (2006) at the very beginning of this month and several of its songs are still stuck in my head.
If you want punk, I can make you some awesome mixes.
Collide is a good electronica act that reminds me of Recoil. Morgan recommends My Chemical Romance. I'll second the Qntal rec above. Of course, you probably already know about my love for the Dresden Dolls.
I've been really enjoying the new Interpol album. Rasputina's latest and Melora Creager's solo album are both amazing. The Secret Meeting's first album (with members of both Curve and Collide) just came out and is rightly named Ultrashiver. Emilie Simon kind of reminds me of Bjork at times or almost Tori Amos at others and some of her stuff I just can't think of comparisons. Bowery Electric's album Lush Life is good mellow trip-hop in the same general vein as Portishead but with a different feel. And I just got Ego Likeness's latest album The Order of the Reptile, which is more goth club electronic but with gorgeous female vocals. Ok, I'll stop now.
I have to revise my description of Ego Likeness after listening to it in the car on the way to work. It's got far too many guitars to really be considered electronic, but it's still got that feel. And I think the best way to describe the vocals is "enchanting".
I've been diggin' hard core on Linkin Park lately. You've probably heard some of their music on the radio, but I think the best stuff is the music that doesn't make the airwaves.
Allow me to pimp up some of the fine local bands you may like, too:
Null Device, Excursions
The Sensuous Enemy, Deadly Sins
Stochastic Theory, Opposite Extremes
Van Morrison's "Healing Game" and "Magic Time" albums
Cheb Mami's "Meli Meli" album (rai music kicks ass)
David Gray's "Life In Slow Motion"
Stars' "Set Yourself on Fire"
Bif Naked's "Superbeautifulmonster"
Golden Smog's "Another Fine Day"
Steve Earle's "Trancendental Blues"
Howlin' Wolf- “His Best “ (has "Moanin' After Midnight on it, which sends chills every time I hear it), Sonny Boy Williamson “His Best” Hell, anything that was featured on Chess was excellent- and get anything by Robert Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Little Walter, Leadbelly, John Lee Hooker (hey, check out his mirror album to Healing Game called "Don't Look Back"), and to heck with Amy Winehouse, get the original Etta James.
And then there's Mozart...
I'm big on Dresden Dolls [Gothy Punky Rock] now and Goldfrapp [Gothy Techno].
And I love everything Our Lady Peace [Alt rock] has ever done ever. EvAR!
Oh. And Juno Reactor [electronica].
OLP's album "Age of Spiritual Machines" and "Gravity" are favorites of mine.
I like about half the things you named as current interests and I also really dig The Waifs and Jalan Crossland. Both are modern evolutions of folk and crossland is countryish and very clever.
Klezmer is with a k.
I can make you some classical/folk/international mixes! And then if you like 'em you can ask for more...
We've been listening to Bloc Party a lot lately. Also loves me some Iron & Wine (especially since he's been calming my 2 year old since birth). I put Air's "Run" on my summer 07 CD, and I'm kind of obsessed with that whole Air album.
E Nomine - Finsternis (crunchy German electric/heavy wonderfulness)
Cowboy Mouth - Are you with me?
Kirsty MacColl - Tropical Brainstorm (sort of mamba, but quirky and wonderful)
I've got a couplefew groups.
On the Roots/Rock (folk rock) side of things
On the "If you like Barenaked Ladies" side:
I ditto the Qntal, there's also Gnarls Barkley and Land of the Loops. All good stuff.
If you like Gogol Bordello, you might like Balkan Beat Box. They're similar in a perpendicular kind of way (and I think they collaborated on something).
Fort Minor - dance-y but dark.