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  1. 2012-08-14 Los Angeles, CA | Greek Theatre

    quote: Originally posted by PilingAndTwisting: But I am still slightly disappointed that Regina's shows have turned into "Regina's Greatest Hits Live". I miss the days when she would play non-album, unreleased tracks. Eh, oh well. I understand what you're saying, but the thing is that Regina keeps putting those non-album, unreleased tracks on her albums, and they therefore become less obscure and less novel, and we get used to them being around and no longer consider them a treat. If Regina had performed a one-off show at the Greek, say, a year ago, and played this exact same setlist, I'm sure people would have been freaking out at all the gems, which today are old news to us, but up until quite recently were 'rare' or 'unreleased' songs.
  2. 2012 Fall Tour

    quote: Originally posted by dentistgirl: quote: Originally posted by almostspotless: quote: Originally posted by himynameism: I think she has taken to facing the other direction now...At least she played that way at the show last night. Oh no, for real?! well that just messes everything up! And oy vey, $100 for the Beacon? WAAAA... I mean, i think the whole idea is to have the piano facing the proper direction so the open part delivers sound outwards, right?! I think that depends... it's my understanding that at these types of concerts, piano lids are left open only if a mixture of the piano's real sound and a midi sampling of the piano are being used. If the piano's real sound is being 100% used, with no midi sampling, the lid is left closed. (I learned this from an interview with Tori Amos's sound engineers, so I don't know if it applies to all artists, but I've extrapolated that if there are mic's in the piano and the lid is open, it probably doesn't matter which direction the piano is facing, in terms of acoustics and sound travelling, since the sound is being projected into the speakers anyway.)
  3. July 15, 2012 Crocus City Hall, Moscow

    Cute cute cute, when she introduced Jack, she said she wanted to invite Jack of Only Son to the stage, then she said "he's also my husband."
  4. Regina in the Live Room (Warner Sound)

    Such a shame that they altered the pitch of her voice- it was really not necessary!
  5. 2012-07-07 Regina in Super Bock Super Rock Festival at Meco, Portugal

    The performance of Apres Moi is so cool! As a sidenote, I really think Reg needs a fashion consultant, because some of the outfits she wears make her look 30 pounds heavier than she is.
  6. Regina on the Colbert Report June 7th

    In Russian, she said this man is nice, I really love him. I didn't catch the last sentence though, she said something about America, maybe someone more fluent could chime in.
  7. Reg in Voxpop Magazine (FR)

    English Translation: Diva La Vida Text: written by Jean-Vic Capus (translated by Lauren). Interviews occurred in March 2005 and May 2009. Photos by Mathew Zazzo. The lovely side is there. The melodies crossing roads between jazz, pop, and Eastern music are equally present. The sales of her albums in the U.S., well over half a million, are there as well. The ravishing Regina, 29, isn’t some new star stamped as the new Bjork, the new Kate Bush. To label her thus would be to conceal a secret. This Moscow-born, Bronx-raised girl protects herself from overexposure to the media and above all protects her biggest asset- her voice. Just a few weeks after the release of her newest and best album yet, far, Regina remains a diva who keeps her art close to the bone and above all, is a professional. Regina: Attention, poor little Regina Spektor, such a fragile little girl. Attention, here’s the big bad press out to get her… (laughs) Interviewer- Cancelled photo shoots, timed interviews- is it all ever a bit too much for you, Regina? Regina: That reminds me of when I was in Stockholm, in Sweden; I did a bunch of interviews. There was this one- the questions I was being asked were just stupid, but I was tired- I hadn’t slept. But I assure you everything’s fine. I’m not this person who has to have everything sugar coated. When attacked, I defend myself. Interviewer- Since your last album, Begin to Hope, sold so well (500,000+ units sold in the U.S.)- do you get the impression that your life has changed? Regina: In every way- think of how many thousands of cds I’ve signed- my rapport with the music has just become so much more professional. I don’t treat it so lightly. I’m also more on my guard. The media and the public want a piece of me- that’s just how it is. Since I’m not the epitome of a celebrity, I sometimes escape my responsibilities. That kind of thing would just really sap me of all my energy and my vital private space. Sometimes I feel very feeble and as though I can’t really guarantee everything that’s demanded of me. To want to be a celebrity is just about as deluded as to say, “I don’t want to die, I want to become immortal, that’s all.” Interviewer- The ransom, the price paid for being an artist who sells so well is to have to deal with the public and to answer invasive questions. How do you manage the feat of not belonging completely to anyone? Regina: People talk of “the price that must be paid” in artists’ careers, but I find it absurd: bow before allegedly important people, get room service in every hotel they put me up in. These things distort your spontaneity. Sometimes, I’m embarrassed to give in to this life of ease in which I see all of these wonderful things happening all around me. I wasn’t educated to be a little lazy princess. It’s weird to me to think that when I sign my name on papers I’m invoking the identity that people interpret for me in the music. It makes it seem crazy that all I do all day some days is answer questions- it’s a job in itself. There are so many other things to take pleasure from in life- writing songs is uniquely culled from inspiration. No one can control it an inspiration like this. I just have to let it happen and know that sometimes my day gets interrupted in order to capture it. Writing songs has never been a problem for you? As we speak, I have enough material to put together 6 whole albums. What a luxury. It’s like this treasure that I’m keeping by my side, in case in a few years the inspiration, the ability just melts away. Don’t be shocked- these things happen. But I have confidence in my own brain. To write melodies- it’s a little like falling in love. After that first break-up, you cry a lot, and you say, “It’s over, I never want to fall in love again, it’s too difficult.” Finally you learn very quickly to love again, sometimes even better than before when you experienced that sensation. It’s something in everyone’s genes. You have to just have confidence and wait for things to pick up again. Do you feel the ability advance at your own pace without worrying about requirements for albums? Yeah, I know. I must be very difficult to deal with on a daily basis (laughs nervously.) Already, I need more time to make records than most artists do. I know that taking this time is useful, it serves the music best when I’m just being myself. I even take a long time getting out of bed. I take a long time walking from my room to the kitchen, but I do it precisely, deliberately. I don’t want my function to be slave to the profession of singer-songwriter. I want to still read books, to be able to go out and get a coffee with friends. I want to continue making cakes at my house without being asked if I wouldn’t rather order from my label’s catering service. I’m going to pass as someone lazy- but for me, the human condition is already an occupation. See what I mean? With your beautiful but easy to listen to songs, your charm and your sales, you could be a lot better known than you already are. Do you think you’re not making the ‘necessary effort’ to be number 1? I’m way too inconsistent for that. I pass through these phases. At my house, frantic, busy moments are succeeded by times in which I can’t motivate myself to do a single thing. With time, I realized that the older I get, the more I become the little anguished, dreaming girl that I was. That just doesn’t exist in adults. At school, I was always like that. First I was last in the class following the first trimester, and then, by some miracle, I got good enough grades to be at the top by the end of the year. I never knew how to just get to the middle, the happy medium. I get lost and suddenly I’m dreaming. But I can adapt wherever I go. I’m not exaggerating when I say this. When I was nine, my parents fled Russia. It was in the middle of Perestroika. To leave your country and your roots- that forces you to mature and deal. We went to live in New York, in the Bronx. How did you adapt to the new culture? Before we got to the U.S., we went to Austria, then to Italy, all these changes in the hope of eventually reaching the U.S. I remember being really excited when we got on the airplane. I pranced around. I was going to meet a whole new world. Once in New York, I felt at home. It was noisy and dirty to the extreme- all the stuff I loved! For a little Moscow girl, it was like a huge attraction. I love big cities. I felt depressed in the countryside. Whenever I see a metro station I feel in my element. I remember a few newspapers wrote about my family and our arrival to the Bronx. We were the first new Russians to show up in our neighborhood for 20 years. When was the first time that you felt truly American? I had to wait until age 18. I got a letter in the mail telling me I was officially an American. After that, I became ‘normal’ in the eyes of others. I was equal to my classmates. This sudden Americanness was overwhelming, I was almost in tears. Even still, there’s still a little voice in me that says that I am and I will always be without a country, a little Jew always looking for her home. Did you and your family suffer in the judgmental eyes of others- given you were expatriates? -I remember perfectly the cruelty of my classmates from my first school in the U.S. They looked at me sideways- some were even scared to sit next to me. Others mocked me mercilessly for my heavy Russian accent. In high school, there was even a guy who came up to me and said, “Go back to your country.” At first I wanted to cry, but then I realized, and I said, “My country? What country? I myself don’t know what my country is, how could you?” This puts me in mind of something else from my childhood. I was playing in a public park and these boys ran past and called out to me, “Go back to Israel!” And with time, these experiences made me proud to have a house within my own heart. When you’re a little kid, you want to be taken by the hand- led into the midst of all of these words, this music and these images. I remember clearly that it was my parents who laid the groundwork for my artistic sensibilities. Once, when I was 15, I think, they sent me outside, to look at nature. They said, “Look, Regina is grown now, she can take your hand. She can go to the opera all by herself. Shecan buy herself a cd that makes her cry. You can let her choose what movies she wants to watch all on her own.” And gradually, through this learning, this independence, I became this receptacle to artistic sensations. Do you remember your first musical experiences? I’ve played piano since age 7. It’s what we do in my family. At my house, music always had this great importance. Often, to have a good time, we would just sing. Later, I studied classical music and all the great composers at the conservatory of SUNY Purchase. I had to audition to get into the program. I was so sure that the excerpt I played was badly performed, but to my great surprise, I was accepted. The panel must have found me cute or nice or something. It was during your classical training that you got directed towards more popular, contemporary music. How did that happen? Without my friends, I never would have had this amazing collection of music. Without that, I wouldn’t have been able to distinguish between ‘cool’ and ‘not.’ My American friends were the ones to burn me cds. Thanks to them, I started listening to Radiohead, Tom Waits, Bjork. For me, it was like diving into a new world. An unknown and dangerous world. It was hanging out in Brooklyn that made me feel the need to know hip-hop. For me, New York is rap. I dove into Outkast, Public Enemy, Eminem, Talib Kweli, all of those. That’s why I, for a minute, became a surrealist rap composer with a classical piano. My friends found it funny. I know one day, I’m gonna wanna make a whole rap album. I already started that with far- they say my ‘flow’ is good. [Note from translator: I’m wondering if the interviewer misunderstood Regina here- I can’t think of anything on far that has rap elements, but whatever, maybe they’re just referencing her ability to sing quickly, i.e. Poor Little Rich Boy, the end of Blue Lips, etc.] Isn’t this also around the same time you started intermingling with the Anti-Folk scene in New York leading to your open mic performances at Sidewalk Café? One day a friend told me about this place, the Sidewalk Café. It was in the middle of the Anti-Folk scene, a place where groups like the Moldy Peaches would play. Everyone was so amicable. I was ecstatic the first time I made my way there. No one was ashamed of their art- they just took their places. I felt very at ease and during my trips there, I would try to familiarize myself with the regulars, from the sidelines. Since I had already written a bunch of little songs at this time, they pushed me to come and perform there. At first, it was a no- my little songs were too friendly- they sounded like Buckley or Dylan but without the force. It was the Sidewalk Café that allowed me to become more theatrical. I remember perfectly the night when I went to play and I closed my eyes and though- this is too funny. It’s like I’m taking myself to be Edith Piaf and Billy Holliday at the same time! What’s more important to you now, to read words, or to see images or to listen to sounds? As soon as I have a minute to myself, I plunge into reading. It’s my nourishment for my spirit and I’m always hungry for it. At first my tastes were limited to Scandinavian stuff, Hans Christian Anderson, stories of trolls and fairies. I felt so at home when I read this stuff. My other favorites to reference include Jules Verne, Mikhail Boulgakov, and Alecander Dumas. The day of my Bat Mitzvah, at 12, my parents gave me a collection of sonnets by Shakespeare. I’ll never give those up, in the same way I can’t give up the brilliant works of Fitzgerald, Silvia Plath, Hemingway, Tolstoy, Dostoievski, Gertrude Stein, “Nine Stories” by Salinger which I read recently. Actually I was completely absorbed recently by “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving. You taste for words- did this start when you were little? My parents read me poems by Pouchkin when I was a little girl. It helped me go to sleep. I shiver when I think about the gorgeous use of the Russian language Pouchkin manages. I discovered the poetic possibilities of language this way. My Jewish education also plays a big part in who I am today. Love, reading, and the idea of nomadism, it’s all very Jewish. Reading and understanding the Torah is a really fundamental step for that. Each word has its own importance in Jewish tradition in Europe and the East. I feel so attached to my Jewish roots but at the same time I pose a lot of questions to which I myself don’t have the answers to understand the world. Your parents really seem central in your interviews. My parents are really the people who have influenced me the most. They’ve always been there for me when I’ve gone through rough patches. Belonging to a family is really significant for me. It’s really affected me- this tradition of welcoming and of curiosity that’s central in my family. Extreme liberty also. At my house, no one worried about what I was doing or the choices I was making, they just let me follow my logic. When I was young and first had friends come over to the house, my parents insisted that they be introduced properly. This wasn’t because they were distrustful, they were just curious about me as a person. This carried over- I would go to a friend’s house and immediately introduce myself to their mother- “Lovely to meet you, I’m Regina.” Only then, I’d bound off to play with dolls. -My voice didn’t just appear like that. I really had to find it. I’m not a very technical singer. You can’t imagine how many hours I spent singing in the shower and annoying the neighbors. The bathroom is also ways the spot in the house with the best acoustics. In the beginning, I had the best professors in the world sitting right there by the stereo: Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley, and Edith Piaf, of course. Since I was gifted at imitating, I started, in this most typical way, trying to master the vocal tricks of my favorite singers. Then I started synthesizing those voices. So if I gave you an Ella Fitzgerald cd, you could imitate her voice perfectly? Seriously? Yeah, I’d be able to and you’d be astonished at how good I am at it. One day I figured out that it was just too impersonal. I found that I did it too much. So I skipped some steps and I took some classes from a woman who was lovely, but very strict as well. She got me to loosen up a bit when she explained to me that really, that wasn’t such a technique. To interpret a song, you have to really put yourself inside the words you’re pronouncing and figure out what’s responsible for its conscience, what’s buried in the resonances of the words. When you can let go of your voice you can profoundly rediscover yourself. Even the darkest corners- sometimes it’s just so liberating. -far is available from Sire records. -~-
  8. post your favorite photos of regina

    quote: Originally posted by legerdemain: quote: Originally posted by Lost in the Sounds: My goodness, she has lost weight! Yes she has. I recall she was jogging in 2010 Yeah I remember reading or hearing her say that somewhere, someone asked her how she stays fit and she said she liked to run for an hour on a treadmill (dedication!). Looks like her hard work paid off.
  9. post your favorite photos of regina

    quote: Originally posted by RJLupin2: No big deal, just Regina being adorable as all hell. Posted on Facebook: "Hello? Operator? I'd like to speak to the steamer in charge please?" My goodness, she has lost weight!
  10. 2012-04-10 Montclair, NJ | Wellmont Theater

    quote: Originally posted by dentistgirl: Guys i'm really sorry for being so slow. Rough patch after I left you guys last week that had me debating whether or not the world even needed me in it anymore. But I'm still here and if I'm here, I'm gonna write this cause I love ya'll and regina too. I don't know you, but there is no doubt in my mind that the world needs you. When you feel down, just remember the way Regina smiled at you. xx
  11. 2012-04-10 Montclair, NJ | Wellmont Theater

    Wow, she is really straining her voice on "How." Granted it was the last song played (according to that dude's blog) so maybe her voice was a bit worn after singing for a block of time but I seriously hope that was a fluke. Otherwise, sounds like a great song.
  12. 2012 US Tour

    quote: Originally posted by RJLupin2: quote: Originally posted by Lost in the Sounds: quote: Originally posted by RJLupin2: ^just... don't knock it till you hear it, please. I have already heard what synths sound like. They displease me greatly most of the time. I do not foresee them adding anything to Regina's music. And all I'm saying is wait to hear what she does with it. Regina's an amazing artist who I'm sure can do wonders with it, not to mention the thousands upon thousands of different sounds you can create. Have a little faith. I certainly hope it sounds good. The thing that bothers me is that Regina is not going to be playing it, someone else will. I feel differently about her hiring people to play instruments that she herself cannot play, like cello or violin or what have you, but hiring someone to play an instrument she is very capable of playing weirds me out a little. I understand that it's not possible for her to play all the parts at once, but this is where my concern about her concert turning into an hour and a half of 'recreating the album' comes in. Sometimes in concert, less is more.
  13. 2012 US Tour

    quote: Originally posted by Be like the water, people.: ^^oh, dear... well, i go to a school with bagpipes out the wazoo, so a little synth can't be the worst thing to bombard my ears, no matter the sound of it xD seriously, though, as long as it's tastefully done, we have nothing to worry about. and i'm sure it'll only be for a song or two; she always has simple piano+voice parts in her shows i just imagined Patron Saint with an electronic voice effect... i hope that's not what we're in for! lol which songs would call for a synth?? First of all, I'm sorry about the bagpipes, lol. Second of all, with the last section of your post, you have just hit the nail on the head of why I think a synth doesn't bode well for Regina's show: With far, whether or not you liked the production of the album, the songs took on a very different sound live in concert because of the instrumentation, with the strings and drums in addition to Regina's piano and voice. If there's going to by a synth player on stage, it's likely to recreate the sound (i.e. complete with cheesy electronic noises that tend to mar studio versions of songs, and not just Regina's) of the album live, which is not why I go to concerts. I go to concerts to hear the artist reinterpret themselves live, not to listen to a sonic carbon copy of what's on the record.
  14. 2012 US Tour

    quote: Originally posted by RJLupin2: ^just... don't knock it till you hear it, please. I have already heard what synths sound like. They displease me greatly most of the time. I do not foresee them adding anything to Regina's music. quote: Originally posted by Be like the water, people.: ^how broad of a sound can you get from a synth? maybe i should stop asking questions and just go youtube it... either way, i hope it works out! synth + old regi songs = some vveerryy unhappy old-school fans... i consider myself an newcomer to the old-school fandom, but i'm trying not to be a fogey. Like Raph says, maybe it'll be cool! i know some people want to see her do hiphop and other very new styles, and that's all the more likely as she continues to try new things! this makes me nervous, i must admit Synths have quite a broad range of voices. I generally dislike them. :/
  15. 2012 US Tour

    quote: Originally posted by Appt: http://littlegreygirlfriend.co...with-regina-spektor/ Regina didn't have a synth player on either far or BTH tour, did she? UGH. This does not bode well.