If you are a fan of Gogol Bordello, you will be a fan of Leningrad. They are largely the same; Eastern European music with high energy levels. Of course, Leningrad sings in Russian, but to borrow my own, increasingly cliched vernacular, you don’t have to understand the language to understand the music. I can’t say I’ve appreciated much of the ska lyrics that are sung in English anyway, so why not do it in Russian? The results are so goddamn amazing that I’d rather listen to them than write this post that will never do them justice anyway. While their music is outstanding, the icing on the proverbial cake is that they have eight albums up for free. I suppose you should listen to these songs first, before you go downloading willy-nilly. If you are interested in either punk or ska, I cannot recommend this band enough.

Unfortunately, the site apparently doesn’t allow direct linking to their files, so you will have to conquer their MP3 directory all by yourself! I will be so kind as to recommend some songs, of course; try Menya Zovut Shnur, Huynija, and Raspizdijay off of Dlya Milionov.