Barth

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  1. pictures and videos of interest...

    This somebody is something. Both are unbelievably great. Her French and English are flawless as, I am guessing, is her Russian. She writes something about waiting to see Regina in Vienna which may be a hint as to where she lives, but her name suggests some Russian connection, too. Thanks and wow. quote: Originally posted by davidh: Somebody called Mira Perusich has put up two covers of Regina, which I think are very good versions:
  2. Grammys 2010

    This is part of something posted elsewhere: Yes. I know the Grammys are truly insipid and foolish and only a bleephole pays them the slightest attention, but a couple of years ago---in 2007--- it named Herbie Hancock's great covers of Joni Mitchell songs as album of the year, annoying young people to no end. I loved that record (still do) and thus, cannot complete discount them anymore. Hence. reading their almost shockingly absurd nominations I was required to advise The New York Times that the Grammys were Out of Bleeping Touch. Amazingly out of touch. No Regina Spektor, but Lady Gaga. No Ben Folds in any category? Neko Case? Nothing. Diana Krall, Sonya Kitchell, Eilen Jewel—all had really good records out this year. Nothing. An old word from my college days long ago—-lame—-comes to mind. But out of touch works better. Someone else reminded me that Yes #4 [that's me, Barth] no Regina Spektor. But Bob Dylan didn’t win a best album award as a solo artist until 1995. Go figure. — Monty but even better was the Times' blogger recognizing the point: One of the usual complaints about the Grammys is that it over-rewards older, established, familiar acts at the expense of newer, fresher ones. MGMT, the Brooklyn synth-rock duo, was nominated for best new artist, a big coup although not unexpected. But some of the shoulda-been names that have been circulated and Tweeted: Grizzly Bear, another acclaimed Brooklyn group; Regina Spektor, a young New York songwriter who started in the underground and has found some mainstream popularity; Diane Birch, a young soul-style singer, just the revivalist type the Grammys usually adore; and the Decemberists, an alt-folk-rock band from Portland, Ore., that released an ambitious concept album this year. My counter Grammys (anti-Grammys?) are at http://edsbarth.blogspot.com/2...-and-why-i-like.html
  3. DAR WILLIAMS

    Dar Williams is one of the treasures of our time. She and many others, topped by Regina, contradict the idea that music is dead.
  4. pictures and videos of interest...

    Here is a video of a young late 20s woman, playing the piano and singing a song of her own composition: I was following this wonderful singer back then and do not remember people saying how much they liked this version, just the piano and the singer rather than with that clarinet on the supposedly overproduced recording. Both the original and this version are, in my mind, perfect and bring to mind someone I currently follow religiously.
  5. Jenny Owen Youngs

    I loved Jupiter One as this tour arrived in Radio City, but the idea of seeing Jenny AND Regina in the same night is really breathtaking. What a night that must be.
  6. Glasgow 1st Dec 2009

    The idea of seeing Jenny Owen Youngs followed by Regina Spektor makes me wonder how much it would cost to fly to Europe.
  7. Reg @ Mountain Stage in WV (10.4.09)

    Funny how nobody seems interested in this. Anyway, the podcast of this edition of Mountain Stage (the whole show and then some) is now up at http://itunes.apple.com/WebObj...Podcast?id=270327012 and Regina starts at about 1:36 in. She is, of course, sensational in every way. It is a particularly string performance in my opinion.
  8. Reg @ Mountain Stage in WV (10.4.09)

    Heard it on the radio today. Very, very nice. Of course. It is here: http://www.npr.org/templates/s...hp?storyId=120250919 though NPR seems to have messed up the title to The Sword and the Pen. I guess the radio people may not have wanted the word "whore" uttered, but that would have been a cool place to end the concert the way she did a month or so ago in NYC and Mahwah.
  9. Norah Jones

    I am not comparing Norah Jones and the great Regina (I am so looking forward to the Late, Late Show tonight and World Cafe this afternoon), but in my opinion the record companies only decided that Regina was commercially viable after Norah Jones opened the door (or their eyes and ears) to a new kind of female vocalist---a bit of a throwback to an earlier era, but a sound that seemed, ten years ago, to be long gone. Norah's new CD comes out next week, but you can hear it here: http://www.npr.org/templates/p...20013389&m=114342673 and it is spectacular. (Can't be the best CD of the year, because that is unquestionably Far, but this is real good.)
  10. The Nellie McKay Appreciation Thread

    Can you even imagine how great a cover of Inner Peace Regina could sing? Or Sari for that matter? quote: Originally posted by kot: In my opinion her voice isn't as lovely as Regina's (still very good though), but in all other respekts Nellie is just as talented. Inner Peace. My favorite Nellie's song. I actually prefer studio version, but it's not on YouTube. Sari. Amazing live performance. Happy Flower. Also one of my favorites. Nellie can also be really funny, check out next 2 songs. Mother of Pearl. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORfG4rpZv6Y Won't U Please B Nice. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjZz5wn-9eA
  11. Regina on Craig Ferguson (11.06.09)

    Reg last night or early this morning. I was sleeping, but DVR'd it and found this today: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...ln_M&feature=channel
  12. Norah Jones

    Man of the Hour, which closes this new CD, is as Regina-like as it can be. (It bears no resemblance though, other than the title, to anyone whith a thousand faces). It is hard to avoid politics, btw, in times such as these, as Mrs. E. Roosevelt would attest.
  13. Norah Jones

    I am not comparing Norah Jones and the great Regina (I am so looking forward to the Late, Late Show tonight and World Cafe this afternoon), but in my opinion the record companies only decided that Regina was commercially viable after Norah Jones opened the door (or their eyes and ears) to a new kind of female vocalist---a bit of a throwback to an earlier era, but a sound that seemed, ten years ago, to be long gone. Norah's new CD comes out next week, but you can hear it here: http://www.npr.org/templates/p...20013389&m=114342673 and it is spectacular. (Can't be the best CD of the year, because that is unquestionably Far, but this is real good.)
  14. Radio City Music Hall on October 14, 2009

    Almost two weeks later, I am finally able to collect my thoughts about a stupendous evening to a guy who has sat through concerts for what seems to be about 125 years. What all of this amounts to is too long and maybe too personal to paste here, so I will invite any interested party to http://edsbarth.blogspot.com/2...a-at-radio-city.html my own blog I hope that at least one of you come visit and tell me what you think of my ramblings and scribbles.
  15. Radio City Music Hall on October 14, 2009

    I am sure many others will post and I will have much to say as soon as I can say it. Work tmrw required me to miss the after party f(something I will regret for the rest of my days, I am certain, for all the thoughts I didn't say) but before I fall asleep I can simply say I have never seen any musical concert of any type (and I have seen many over many years, including Regina)that was as flawless, spectacular, moving, special, and incredible as the one I saw tonight. The next time someone wants her to be on tv, they should just tape a concert such as this one. As I hear the young folk say: Oh my God.
  16. Radio City Music Hall on October 14, 2009

    quote: Originally posted by RJLupin2: Oh wow, The Call, how did that sound? Beyond anything imaginable. Five musicians playing the part of a full orchestra. It at least bordered on the miraculous.
  17. Regina on SNL!! - Oct 10 2009

    quote: Originally posted by srg: quote: Originally posted by Barth: quote: Originally posted by Greenyz: I would have loved if she performed On the Radio. It's a great song, but that is not what the SNL gig was all about. It is about Far. Not disagreeing, but I'll never forget this Pete Townshend appearance on Letterman, where he chose to tear it up with Pinball Wizard instead of something off Psychoderelict (the record he was ostensibly there to promote). And, at least in the case of this impressionable fourteen year old, it worked like a charm, because I ran out the next day to buy a Who greatest hit CD...and Psychoderelict. The day will come when Regina can go on tv and play whatever she wants to, but that day has not yet come.
  18. The Nellie McKay Appreciation Thread

    right Nellie is now with "Verve, instead of Sony" (a lyric from Clonie which could not have made Sony all that happy). I do not think their "visions" are all that different but Regina's discovery of pop music came, for the most part, much later in lfe for obvious reasons. Her cover of Peggy Lee's "My dear Acquantance" shows what Regina can do in that area though. (There is little she can't do, in my opinion.) Nellie took a detour with "Threepenny Opera" and time will tell whether that was a good idea. Both Regina and Nellie have been wary about big labels, but I think both of them are now seeing what the benefits are, while resisting whatever pressure's there are to compromise their work. Norah Jones, I think, made all of this possible. For these ears, Regina and Nellie have been the best of what else has finally interested the majors but there are many more, Fiona Apple, K.T. Tunstall, Brandi Carlile and even the still relatively unknown Eilen Jewell come to mind, all of which have been boons to world of music as far as I am concerned. Radio City tonight. I can barely sit still all day waiting for this, even though I got a preview of it a few weeks ago.
  19. The Nellie McKay Appreciation Thread

    OK. I inadvertently posted this elsewhere where it belonged here. In the meantime, the thought of them singing together is really something. I do not mean to start the same silly discussion about Regina and her supposed doppleganger in Nellie McKay. Other than their complete originality, and unspeakable talent, of different sorts, their approximate age similarity and ability to emit unusual sounds, I do not really think the comparison holds too far. But Nellie's so-called "tribute" to Doris Day, of all people, called "Normal as Blueberry Pie" is out today and all I can say is Doris Day never even remotely approached the greatness of this album.
  20. Nellie McKay

    I do not mean to start the same silly discussion about Regina and her supposed doppleganger in Nellie McKay. Other than their complete originality, and unspeakable talent, of different sorts, their approximate age similarity and ability to emit unusual sounds, I do not really think the comparison holds too far. But Nellie's so-called "tribute" to Doris Day, of all people, called "Normal as Blueberry Pie" is out today and all I can say is Doris Day never even remotely approached the greatness of this album.
  21. Nellie McKay

    Oh. Sorry. I actually posted there, too.
  22. Nellie McKay

    I do not mean to start the same silly discussion about Regina and her supposed doppleganger in Nellie McKay. Other than their complete originality, and unspeakable talent, of different sorts, their approximate age similarity and ability to emit unusual sounds, I do not really think the comparison holds too far. But Nellie's so-called "tribute" to Doris Day, of all people, called "Normal as Blueberry Pie" is out today and all I can say is Doris Day never even remotely approached the greatness of this album.
  23. Regina on SNL!! - Oct 10 2009

    quote: Originally posted by BitsOfBone: OK so I've finally found a way to view SNL... Is this show for real?! It's had better days. OK, it's no Monty Python, but an improvement over Benny Hill.
  24. Regina on SNL!! - Oct 10 2009

    quote: Originally posted by Loganoc: I managed to get a standby ticket and get into the dress rehearsal, and the two songs were *much* better than what was on the TV later. I guess it must have messed with her nerves to know that she was live on TV after all! I'm a bit miffed that I didn't stick around to try and meet her now, but plenty of time for that after the Radio City gig on wednesday! She apparently said as much last night in Northampton, Mass from where a reviewer reports: “That was a lot more fun to play than on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ she said, after crooning through “Eet” from her grand piano. “You guys are not as scary as those cameras.” http://www.masslive.com/entert...acle_at_the_cal.html
  25. Regina on SNL!! - Oct 10 2009

    > not sure. Maybe someone put it on You Tube and maybe it is on Hulu or whatever that thing is called. It */is/* in the "ginormous" download as the file called "closing" and you also get the three beautiful pictures of Reg that SNL used as billboards. But you know that little wave of hers from Conan, Letterman and even the Conan show with Ben Folds and Reg. The woman can do wrong as far as I am concerned. I wanted the SNL thing to convince those with whom I associate and think I have lost my senses that she is worth all the attention. (I am from a different generation than most of those who post here.) I gather it did not do the trick given the somewhat rocky version of Eet. But we know better, of course. SNL is notorious for crappy mixes and it is often not the best venue for music these days. (Watch Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel and Randy Newman from the second ever SNL and you will see how far they have sunk in that department.)