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  1. 2012 US Tour

    outrageous. less than one minute in and sold out. You get to go if you can decipher the CAPTCHA?
  2. European Tour

    Regi on Facebook this morning: quote: Regina Spektor These shows will soon go on pre-sale! Boston Philly New York London Manchester, UK Los Angeles If you live in these cities/ signed up for the email list/ and want to come to one of the shows- please look out for the info soon... they go on sale for the public a few days after the pre- sale! gooooo touring! many thanks reg PS to say i'm excited is a major understatement... And thanks to everyone who is coming to the Wellmont Theater in Montclair- it's sold out!
  3. Chemo Limo full cover

    Very nicely done.
  4. Other good music

    Is this even allowed? Norah Jones, too? A merry month of May, to be sure. Watching Norah and Regina singing together and hugging during the Dylanfest is almost too much for me. (the better video is no longer available) Now they are releasing albums in the same month.
  5. Housing Works reading w/Jack Dishel

    There are times when dentistgirl's closing line seems particularly apt. This is one of those times. Thanks.
  6. HIAS Benefit - 2/23/11

    Excellent. Well done. Much, much appreciated. quote: Originally posted by Kb93: Here Is my recording of the show, it includes all of the songs split and with my custom album art based on the cover of the pamphlet from the concert. It's just a place holder until the other one is released.
  7. HIAS Benefit - 2/23/11

    Is this close enough? I overheard someone pointing out Culkin. I generally looked in that direction, saw nobody I recognized and then continued out to Columbus Circle looking for a cab. quote: Originally posted by makingstuffup: The people who paid for VIP tickets were likely hoping that Regina would be there, but I kinda figured she wouldn't be. Before I purchased my tickets I asked the organizers if she would be attending, and their response was "we're hoping she will attend". Seeing as I was already on an extremely tight budget, I decided that I couldn't risk it. I'm sure it would've been hard for her to attend being so sick and all. Did anyone spot Macaulay Culkin at the show? He was apparently there, because I ran into him outside smoking. Very cool.
  8. HIAS Benefit - 2/23/11

    So well written. My much older eyes and ears, sitting about two dozen rows behind you, saw and heard much the same things, with many similar feelings. For me, it had been even longer since I last saw her play and then briefly at the memorial for Dan Cho in Williamsburg. I thought the piano was the right size for the hall and given the absolutely perfect acoustics, its richness was beyond anything I have heard recorded. I am certain the word is "wisdom" btw. I hesitate ever to try to interpret Regina since she, rightly so, believes the meaning of the words should be divined by the listener (or reader) and their author permitted to stand by what has been sung or written. To me, then, the idea of God as the Almighty Witness reminds me of a sort of horrible prayer Jews say during the High Holy Days generally called the Unetane Tokef. This little soul bearing ditty describes God as the witness of all that takes place so that He may judge us between Rosh Ha-Shanah and Yom Kippur and determine whether we will live yet another year. When you are eleven years old, as once I was, that kind of thing can keep you up at night. Many of us have rebelled at this barbaric concept, but it doesn't seem all that out of place for the deniers of the holocaust. They can deny it all they want; God knows better. For the rest of us, the prayer---at least the Reform Jewish version of it with which I am familiar, tells us that "repentance, prayer, and charity temper judgment’s severe decree" which is at least something.... quote: Originally posted by dentistgirl: It’s been dead around here lately so I thought about not writing this post, but then I remembered my signature and realized that I should write it regardless of who else is around to give a crap. So here it goes...
  9. HIAS Benefit - 2/23/11

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I had my doubts, hearing all of the warnings, but in my heart I knew you would manage. What a great night. quote: Originally posted by altered ego: Vids are up!--> This is the only angle I could manage, lest I got thrown out. Setlist: Ain’t No Cover Small Town Moon Better The Flowers The Piano is Not Firewood Yet Blue Lips Ballad of a Lovable Dictator Baobabs Prayer of Francois Villon (Bulat Okudzhava cover) Oh, Marcello! Pound of Flesh Poor Little Rich Boy Music Box One More Time With Feeling Ink Stains Après Moi Silly Eye-Color Generalizations The Old Jacket (Bulat Okudzhava cover) Human of the Year On the Radio Fidelity Encore: Samson
  10. HIAS Benefit - 2/23/11

    quote: Originally posted by jellybeanjules: EEEEE so excited!!! Cannot wait for new album madness to begin again...I will be checking later tonite for a set list from this show! I know you lucky attendees won't disappoint Would you believe Small Town Moon was second up---first from the piano?
  11. Boardwalk Empire Song - My Man!

    I just found this clip on the net and it says so much about the "music industry". Put aside the fact that Alicia Keys cannot mourn Etta James without a mention of Whitney Houston, the subject of a thousand tributes that night. Listen instead to her voice against the much older Bonnie Raitt's. A music industry that cannot tell the difference between these two, will never understand why Regina's music is so actually important (not to mention Bonnie's and so many others who don't make VH-1 lists or anything else.)
  12. Boardwalk Empire Song - My Man!

    http://www.atlanticcityweekly....-hbo--139315128.html : quote: For some, however, the CBS broadcast and the Los Angeles ceremony itself took a backseat to a phone call or, in the case of music man Vince Giordano, a text message. Vince Giordano and his band the Nighthawks took home a Grammy (Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media) for their classy work on the Boardwalk Empire: Vol. 1, Music from the HBO Original Series soundtrack album, which also includes performances by Regina Spektor, Catherine Russell, Leon Redbone, Stephen DeRosa and Kathy Brier. Regina noted the Grammy on Facebook a couple of days later: quote: Regina Spektor Wow! my dad just sent me this- http://www.atlanticcityweekly....-hbo--139315128.html Big congratulations to Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks! I had the pleasure of recording "My Man" for Boardwalk Empire with them- they are incredible musicians and super nice people!yay! Well, a few years ago, the Grammy for best album went to Herbie Hancock's great covers of Joni Mitchell songs,, and yes, there was a little bit more of a nod to indie music this year, so I can no longer say the Grammys are completely worthless. Almost completely worthless, but when they recognize Regina, Jenny Owen Youngs, Aimeee Mann, Ben Folds....oh, c'mon, this list could go on forever....but when they do, I will pay them attention. Glad for this one, though. Well deserved. I hope they have Regina back next season.
  13. HIAS Benefit - 2/23/11

    The New Yorker suggests we are in for something very special. (I hope they are right about the new stuff): Goings On About Town: Night Life Regina Spektor Feb. 23: The songs of the spellbinding Russian-American singer and pianist Regina Spektor reach beyond standard pop-music boundaries, delivering honest and intelligent lyrics in a powerful and dynamic voice. At this concert, Spektor will perform material from her forthcoming LP, “What We Saw from the Cheap Seats,” which is due out later this year. Read more The Times, with a star: ★ Regina Spektor (Thursday) Downtown’s anti-folk ingénue packs her ivories and heads to one of the Upper West Side’s most regal halls, Jazz at Lincoln Center, in this benefit for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, or Hias. It should serve fine, if small-scale, preparation for her spring gig: opening for the quintessential everyman, Tom Petty, on his American arena tour. At 8 p.m., Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway, (212)721-6500,; $55 to $250. (Anderson)

    quote: Originally posted by dentistgirl: Happy Birthday Regina!!! No doubt this is going to be an awesome year! I can't wait for the album, and I REALLY can't wait to see you on Thursday! Sending lots and lots of love and good vibes your way. <3 ~ <3 ~ <3 dentistgirl, too. Wow. So many people to see on Thursday. (I will be the oldest guy way back in the orchestra seats). Jamie
  15. Boardwalk Empire Song - My Man!

    I have as much respect for the Grammys as I have for Rick Santorum. Don't hold your breath. quote: Originally posted by Anthony Minsky: Just read this article about The Boardwalk Empire Album is up for a Grammy. The article doesn't talk much about Regina, but it does mention that she's on it with 'My Man' and there's a pretty little picture of her in the article too. So kind a cool.
  16. Jenny's got a new song

    It is simply fantastic. As a kickstarter person, I got it both as it was released and an acoustic version. They both work on their own merit and sound almost as if they were different songs. Romer's version, with so much interesting stuff on it (the people who did not like th arrangements on Far will disagree, of course) is really top notch rock n' roll. The acoustic version of So Long has a piano that is very Regina-ish and, as such, burrows its way into your bones. And, of course, there is plenty of ah-ah-ahs and oh-oh-ohs. I am imagining SUNY/Purchase had or has a course in tricky use of vocals.... And, of course, Reg has noted the new album on her Facebook page describing Jenny as "super-talented." 'Tis quite true, but it is fairly incredible that so many great musicians were at the same slightly obscure college at the same time. A year with a new J.O.Y. and a new Regina to come. This is good.
  17. Actually, when you think of it, Regina is an American Girl. Y'know? (try to ignore the stupid Super Bowl over production)
  18. HIAS Benefit - 2/23/11

    quote: Originally posted by eshbach: Impressively fast turn-around on the tickets Well, mine are the same as yours up to which door I enter. Almost a whole alphabet back. But it ill be, I am certain, a great night.
  19. Oh God. Just too far away. But for a guy who grew up on the music of Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) and Joni Mitchell, this is a pairing that seems perfect to me. (And, if maybe Jack and Regina could try to reprise their Mr. Tambourine Man, this would be the time to do it, since Mr. Petty can play the McGuinn 12 string version of that song---the far more famous version----as well as anyone.
  20. Regina is everywhere

    I think it is fair to say that if you like Regina you should also like Ella. And, Regina's version of My Man tells us that an album where she sings standards (the way Ronstadt did twice and Carly Simon at least once) would be nothing less than spectacular. She has no easy access to that music, since her parents did not grow up here, but I know she knows a lot of it.
  21. Regina is everywhere

    quote: Originally posted by almostspotless: I mean... She's Ella Fitzgerald. Totally agree with you BLTWP. Completely different talents. Two different styles completely. Ella was the best at what she did. The Songbooks alone are treasures she left us, and then there is the stuff she did with Louis Armstrong, and, oh, so much more. Regina is in a different genre. No need to compare. Is Ella's singing voice richer than Regina's? Of course. Doesn't make one better than the other. We have been graced by both and I am grateful.
  22. Regina is everywhere

    quote: Originally posted by bum bum bum: Regina is one of the artist's Obama wants support from. I wonder if she will... already did: By the way, the list (if it is real),, has our Regina in really interesting company. I would like to ask the list maker why Regina is just a "singer" while others are called "musicians" but, I'll get over it. Listen to our Regina. Vote.
  23. HIAS Benefit - 2/23/11

    quote: Originally posted by eshbach: I'll be there, Orchestra C 111. I'll bring my usual recording gear, of course. So, who else decided to spend $258 on a 'VIP' ticket? Please, someone, say that I won't be standing awkwardly alone at the reception afterward... I so wished I could have afforded that, but I cannot, even for such a worthy cause. And I take it, "featuring" or not, that this a full Regina concert. Not like Tibet, or even MoMA.
  24. HIAS Benefit - 2/23/11

    quote: Originally posted by almostspotless: Anyone going? I'll be there! Pricey, but for a good cause... Quite pricey, but, having read David Bezmogis' spectacular book,, I know the cause to be a very good one. So I'll be there.
  25. Jenny Owen Youngs

    New album soon, she has given us something to listen to while we wait, with (and produced by) Greg Laswell: http://jennyowenyoungs.bandcam...rack/great-big-plans From twitter, it is clear that much of Reginapolis (it's a real place, I think) has already found, treasured and loved this little taste, but this post is to alert anyone who has not heard this. gh I gather this will not be part of the album but if this is what was left over, the album to come is going to be quite JOYful. I am up to about ten listens so far.