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  1. Announcement about DVD :)

    FWIW I love the cover. I guess we can disagree sometimes. There is not one note here that I have not heard and preserved live. Nonetheless, I will have to be sedated between now and then since I cannot wait until these thing is in my grubby little hands. If you were as old as me, the phrase "November 22" would send chills up your spine the way "9/11" does. I have not looked forward to that date since it first came up as an anniversary in 1964 (there's a hint). This year it will be different. Next year, I will dread the date again.
  2. New Yorker Festival - 10/2/10

    As previously noted, you people are all truly wonderful. I was wondering how to find a way to convert FLV streams an issue beyond my limited time, if not abilities. As a true obsessive, I need to force everyone I know to watch and listen to this and you and Aaron Eshbach have so contributed to that mission that I will be forever grateful and indebted to y'all. This is a great community, isn't it? Now here is a P.S, based on watching all of this again, since it is so beautiful and so interesting. Today's relistening allowed me to hear Reg's view of the "why don't you play the same thing" meme, a complaint I remember hearing John Mayall and Joni Mitchell addressing in years gone by. And just watching her, and listening to her again and again, you will have to bear with me once more as I see so much Joni the Canadian in this Russian born Jewish woman. And the longest tv apperarance of Joni, especially at roughly the same age, that I can remember or find on the net is the Dick Cavett Show which followed Woodstock in August, 1969. If you are willing, take the trip back to those days---it is a great show---musical history, which starts here: Joni, like Regina, does not want to talk about her work specifically and Cavett has more talkative Crosby, Stills and Grace Slick to fill the talk time, but when she does get a sentence or two in there, the connection is breathtakingly clear. And, obviously when she plays, particularly on the piano (ABC just had no idea how to televise a woman playing a piano and, frankly, tv has not improved much on that score), the comparison is truly amazing. They need to meet.
  3. New Yorker Festival - 10/2/10

    You always come through with such flying colors. I am quite able to skip over "the junk" to get to the so many goodies in this thing. (I need to hear, for instance, the part about young Rivka---apparently her yeshiva name---asking questions which the older rabbis considered in a talmudic way and the younger ones considered blasphemous. There is, I think, at least a little insight there as to what fundamentalism does to rot people's ability to process ideas, and why these new "tea partiers" find an audience). Thank you, thank you, thank you. quote: Originally posted by eshbach: I'm having some issues re-encoding the stream, so I'm probably going to call it a night on that and just post the as-webcast .flv file. I think I mentioned after bonnaroo exactly how much and why I hate working with flv files, so I won't get back into that. Sorry, this has about 5 minutes of junk at the beginning, including a commercial which you can hear, but not see, so I recommend skipping that.
  4. New Yorker Festival - 10/2/10

    Saw the wave of course. Didn't know to whom she was waving. How great. I was almost in tears half the time she was singing. Don't jump on Michael Specter. He does not know her the way we do. I thought he did quite well. I wish he followed up a bit more about their departure from Moscow and, since he wanted to talk about her yeshiva time, a little bit about Fair Lawn High School, (why she went there and whether it was different) might have been interesting, but what the heck. I love hearing her talk, and what she has to say is always breathtakingly and heartbreakingly interesting. And then there is the music. I quite agree, it was a perfect set. quote: Originally posted by almostspotless: Just got back. All I can say is wow. She is... amazing. I smiled so much my cheeks hurt. It wasn't really the right kind of situation to stay after and talk to her (lots of casual fans caught reginitis right then and there I think, and for that reason there was a rather sizable, very excited crowd,) but man she just keeps getting better and better. Words can't even express, and I don't even think watching the webcast can express how truly breathtaking each song was that she played tonight. I just felt like I was going to explode, I had too many emotions stuffed inside of me. She's so articulate in her own Regina-y way. <3 And hey, did anyone see her wave at srg? I smiled even harder.
  5. Well done. All great IMHO. (Yes, of course, wish you had Rachel Platten's sensational set, and Last Person from Jenny, which was truly great, as it always is).
  6. New Yorker Festival - 10/2/10

    I hope you got that. I imagine I got the audio. Aside from Bonnaroo, I found that to be one of the best videoed nights of Regina I have ever seen. I was quite moved by many things she said in the interview and her performance (yes, the Reg and piano that so many people seem to crave) was absolutely wonderful. And, yes, Ink Stains. Know your audience. Aside from that night in Amsterdam after a day at the Ann Frank house, it is a song to be played only in New York, and that makes sense to me. It's funny, and perhaps one of those signs of my age being on the other end of where most of you are but when the camera angle started giving us straight on shots of Regina, her Joni-ness was almost screaming at me. And her descriptions of the process for Sleeping Beauty blew me away. This is going to be something very special. I think that is a lock. (I don't think Broadway completely understood what Nellie McKay was bringing them, or was capable of doing for them. They do not appear to be making the same mistake twice.) I wish her a great trip, but I am eager for her return to us.
  7. New Yorker Festival - 10/2/10

    I am starting to think of lyrics about how nobody laughs at Eshbach when there is something that needs recording. quote: Originally posted by eshbach: I know srg is going, and he may come back with some videos, but I'll record the stream just in case
  8. New Yorker Festival - 10/2/10

    I see the same thing, but I am not sure whether that is for other events fromthe New Yorker Festival. On this event only it says: "Regina Spektor talks with Michael Specter: A Conversation with Music (Live Stream Only, On-Demand Viewing Not Available)" I will be glued to my computer screen at 10pm, and assume you will be, too. quote: Originally posted by dentistgirl: ^Wow! thank you, thank you, thank you for the info! I had no idea. This will stave off my suicidal ideation for a few more hours at least. Edit: Just bought the access and got the following message. We hope you enjoy the live stream and exclusive, on-demand viewing for 30 days following the program.
  9. New Yorker Festival - 10/2/10

    Two pieces of related information are quite exciting. First, she is apparently going to play as well as talk to Michael Spector, the unrelated former New Yorker correspondent covering Russia. This will be very interesting, I am certain. Second piece makes it even better. I can't make it into town tonight, especially for something that begins at 10, but it will be webcast for about $5.00: They say it will not be archived. In other words, you can watch it as it happens and then that's that. I have such faith in the people who post here, though, that I wonder if that is necessarily so, if you catch my drift. (I am pretty sure I can record the audio, for instance, but some of you folk are far more talented at this than am I.)
  10. Very nicely written. For various reasons, I sat next to Regina's family most of the night and my own brief conversation with Reg is consistent with what you have conveyed. quote: Originally posted by NOJ ROBAT: Wow. ^ That was very well written and thouroughly enjoyed, I felt like I was there. =] It's odd though--I admit this somewhat reluctantly for fear that I'm just crazy. I wasn't able to make it to the Tribute but I actually stayed up to see when some videos were posted, and the impact and sentiment so obviously expressed in Regina's segments alone made me very, very sad and empathetic. I felt so much for her--so much so I couldn't sleep. It makes me feel kind of silly to say it, but I haven't even seen her in person but the events leading up to this, and how she is depicted make me feel like I know her, and should support her in any way a fan like me is able. I question if attending the show was a way for me to do that, though--If I cried watching the videos, I can only imagine the emotional fit I would be in had I been there in person. ;P On a lighter note, and hopefully not unpleasant--I am jealous you were given a regina hug--and a significant one, too. I am sorry if I decreased the significant of your post with this. =/
  11. Honestly, from my own brief conversation with Regina and the night in general, I think the better times was a reference to the sadness that brought us together. Ah but the us was quite something. Yes, for me Regina and Jenny (with Chris Kuffner, singing the Bess Rogers' parts---) were the main attraction, but there was nobody who was not absolutely excellent. Jupiter One, and K, as always, Jack is a treasure in his own right. But Cooper, The Candles----everyone, Wes, Carina Round---all great. Of those I have no heard enough of in the past, Rachel Platten knocked my socks off, and, I expected Tracy Bonham to do so as well, and she did. Great, if somber night. Quite a tribute to someone who meant a lot to those of us who did not know him, and more so to those who did. And then I woke up to a a new Nellie McKay album. Things are looking up already. quote: Originally posted by eshbach: I'm home, so time for the usual brief status report: Recordings -- Jenny and Regina seem ok. Jack's set did not record properly (dammit), which means no audio for 'Call them Brothers'. Hopefully someone else got a nice video of it instead. Pictures -- I got at least one decent photo of every band that played and I'll be posting those shortly. We (for various definitions of 'we') had various interaction with Jenny, Jack, and Regina throughout the day. I actually forgot my tickets (!) and, as I was arriving at the venue at about the same time as Jenny, I told her about it and she said some prayers for me, but ultimately it was the hand of srg that got me a ticket. Jack and Regina said hello on their way into the venue and Regina told us to try to keep out of the rain. Jack and Jenny came into the restaurant we were eating dinner at (just as we were getting ready to leave, unfortunately) and they asked if the food was good. We told them it was and they got a table. When Jenny came out on stage, she was slightly concerned about performing immediately after the 'tribute slide show', because 'she was going to sing a bunch of songs about boning'. Her on-stage banter with the front row was definitely the best. When Regina came out during Jack's set to do 'Call them Brothers', she was still wearing her giant flowery rubber boots, and said something like "Oh, I meant to take these boots off..." I told her they looked fantastic (she was about a foot away from me at that point) and she just smiled After the show, we asked Jenny if she needed help carrying her stuff out to her car, but she turned us down. We got to talk to her about various things, like her upcoming show in Cleveland, what music video I'm going to make her do, etc. She was very good-humored and it was a fun time. We all got high-fives at the end. Jack and Regina came out a little later and I mostly talked to Jack so I missed most of what Regina said (sorry, Jamie will fill you in, I'm sure), but I think in general she just thanked us for coming and said that there'd be better times (for socializing I assume) coming. So that's my off-the-cuff initial recap. Hopefully it has whet your appetite for the photos and audio I'll be posting and the various videos and such that Jamie and others are sure to have.
  12. quote: Originally posted by altered ego: First video's up: Quality is still being processed at the moment. Regina starts talking about Dan in the beginning. Thank you. Thank you. I was there, upstairs.
  13. I will be there in Dan's memory as for any other reason. Still, I have wanted to see Bruce Hornsby for a long, long time, and Tracy Bonham for a shorter (but no less significant) time. I have seen Jenny live once and Regina live thrice (Jupiter One twice with her and, of K Ishabashi). I listen to Reg and Jenny both so much that I feel as if they are part of my family. And on the same bill! And Only Son, too and Cooper and... can't wait.
  14. Show Calendar

    quote: Originally posted by eshbach: Hooray, 4 tickets acquired to the Dan Cho Tribute Show... GA though Yes, me, too. Of course, you---Eshbach---have Other Responsibilities, but this elderly gent, either needs to sit in the balcony or find some other way to keep from collapsing through what might be a long night, with so many different people playing. Hornsby will be great, Jupiter One, too and both Only Son and Tracy Bonham will be quite a treat. I am certain that I will like Cooper though I never heard them with (or without) Dan. But Regina and Jenny on the same program!!! I was quite jealous of the Europeans who got them touring together and others who saw them touring together years ago. It's enough to want to send thank you notes to SUNY Purchase for whatever they did to help produce two of the best of all time, as far as I am concerned.
  15. Dusseldorf

    Listening to Joni Mitchell's "Blue" for the umpteenth time last night, I wondered whether the "redneck" from "the Grecian isle" has ever met the clown whose nose was "red-do" or the dwarf with "bad breath and a very good tan." After all the redneck "did the goat dance very well [and] gave me back my smile" and the clown or dwarf helped the narrator to remember "how to laugh / And I never, ever forget it again." I shudder to think about how I would have grown up without Joni and am so grateful to have Regina pick up the slack today.
  16. Show Calendar AND Jenny Owen Youngs AND Jupiter One. For such a beautiful little family. Dan was certainly loved by many. What a great show. quote: Originally posted by almostspotless: quote: Originally posted by bum bum bum: I got an e-mail from eventful today and it says Regina will be playing at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 27 with Tracy Bonham, Rachel Platten, Cooper, and Bruce Hornsby. I don't see it on any official site yet, but I think this might be a tribute to Dan. Wasn't his band's name Cooper? Oh yay, I am so there too! By the by, bum bum bum, are you coming to Ingrid Michaelson?
  17. I am disqualified being neither a musician, nor a woman. But I am sure there are others on this site who can respond.
  18. I am disqualified being neither a musician, nor a woman. But I am sure there are others on this site who can respond.
  19. Dusseldorf

    OK. I'll bite: Here are the lyrics from Joni Mitchell's california to which I was referring: quote: I met a redneck on a Grecian isle Who did the goat dance very well He gave me back my smile But he kept my camera to sell Oh the rogue, the red red rogue He cooked good omelettes and stews And I might have stayed on with him there But my heart cried out for you, California and of course, this is the same song where Joni sings about quote: Sitting in a park in Paris, France Reading the news and it sure looks bad in a story which our beloved Regina has updated: quote: joseph and mary are so sad sitting in a park in paris, france reading the news and it sure looks bad a pile of empty postcards on their laps nothing bright to write and nothing good to send Really, really, really. Regina is a gift to those of us who have missed our does of Joni wisdom for so many years. quote: Originally posted by Reginaoverdose: (Thought I'd just post the lyrics) In Dusseldorf I met a clown His nose, it was red In Gelterkinden I forgot to frown Then remembered again In Paris I saw a big fish Swimming slow in the Siene It made me hopeful that someday our water Would be breathable again... In Frankfurt I heard eins zwei drei Counting cookies and no one was shot In Berlin stopped by the Polizei For drunk driving and everyone smiled In Prague I knew I'd been a witch Burnt alive, a pyre of Soviet kitsch It made me miss my Moscow muttdom It made me miss my New York nothing... In Montpelier I stayed in a chateau A boy climbed into my bed and he knew no boundaries In Amsterdam I got quite crazy It might have been all the tulips and canals Or it might have been all that hash, and in Barcelon, buenos dias, chocolato, le Picasso And in Brussels, clean-cut hostel And in London, me and the French existentialists... In Corsica I floated away, all the way to Marseilles I should have held an after party for all the thoughts I didn't say In Dusseldorf I met a dwarf With bad breath and a really good tan In Gelterkinden I remembered how to laugh And I never ever forgot it again
  20. New music we should all hear

    Any new Nellie McKay fans should be congratulated. If somehow, somewhere, Regina and Nellie could share a stage, the world would immediately become a better place. Respectable and Poor Little Rich Boy belong together, of course. Ah, if I was still doing radio.... The foolish word "quirky" is almost always applied to both of them: Extremely talented, creative and original are the words that come to my mind. I don't know what I would do without wither of them. Really.
  21. "Far" Regina's Next Album :D

    What a year for a great piece of music. Yes, I loved the record on first hearing it, but, yet, it has grown on me through the year. I have begun almost every working day with Laughing With, as sort of a morning prayer. And, today, the New York Times discussed the idea that an indie artist who broadens his/her/their appeal has to be torn down by people who have to have something to complain about. The article is about Arcade Fire but every word could apply to our Regina and to Far.
  22. ingrid michaelson

    I don't remember. Was Chris required to lift Regina up when he played with her? Allie Moss looks like she is trying to fly.
  23. hey remember that time...

    quote: Originally posted by mikael253: It talks about Regina smoking, did or does she smoke as of now? It seems like she wouldn't smoke since her voice is her career but that doesn't matter since a lot of artists smoke It is a mistake to consider Regina the narrator in the songs she sings. The narrator is often just another character.
  24. Dusseldorf

    Listening to Joni Mitchell's "Blue" for the umpteenth time last night, I wondered whether the "redneck" from "the Grecian isle" has ever met the clown whose nose was "red-do" or the dwarf with "bad breath and a very good tan." After all the redneck "did the goat dance very well [and] gave me back my smile" and the clown or dwarf helped the narrator to remember "how to laugh / And I never, ever forget it again." I shudder to think about how I would have grown up without Joni and am so grateful to have Regina pick up the slack today.
  25. does Regina have a boyfriend?

    Jack Dishel was born in Moscow and emigrated with his family to the United States to escape from, among other things, the rampant anti-Jewish (aka antisemitic) culture there. Does any of this sound familiar? quote: Originally posted by PerksOfAWallflower: ohhhhhh... i had no idea who Only Son was until this post... i have a recording where regina says... "can we get some more light, unlike Only Son i dont have spots on my gitar or whatever, but i need to see shit" i was like where is she pulling this from????? okay... got it.. up to speed.. Is Jack jewish also??? anyone know?