Being involved in college radio to any meaningful degree, you're going to be aware of Einstürzende Neubauten. It's just one of those bands who, even if you haven't listened to them, have contributed enough to independent music that people are just....aware of them. Until recently, I also hadn't heard their music. The foreboding full of umlauts and Germanic "warmth" (which translates into "collapsing new buildings"), a legacy of performing using trash as instruments. It just seemed too dour and arty for my usual tastes. But one day, listening to Nick Cave "radio" on last.fm, the song "Sabrina" popped up and I was entranced. It occupied that Nick Cave-ian niche of dark and sexy. Some research informed me that Nick Cave's long-time guitarist Blixa Bargeld was one of the founding members of EN. I was sold. I picked up a copy of the "Silence Is Sexy" album that "Sabrina" was found on, and I have not regretted that decision one bit. Full of slithering bass lines and fascinating textures and hushed vocals. It's no Nick Cave, but what is?
Pick it up at the band's website or Amazon.