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  1. I know people have posted about the show here on the Stix and on Facebook groups, but I wanted to type up my thoughts about the new material as well...


    The show itself was capital "I" incredible. It was like 3 hours long because Regina was nervous as shit and kept messing up -- which was awesome for us because, like, then we could hear the stuff again...and sometimes again and again ;) -- but I felt awful for her! She was real freaked out, but powered through was characteristically badass. I can't wait to watch it again!


    Pretty sure she played the whole album, and at least one song from the deluxe version. Some Begin to Hope songs were played as well, and Us. This is the setlist as far as I can remember. It's sort of in chronological order, but don't take it for gospel. :) I think she followed the tracklisting of the CD for the most part.


    On the Radio

    Better (after Better and before Bleeding Heart, Regina hilariously issued "Not a warning...and not a disclaimer...but this is the first time we've ever played these new songs...")

    Bleeding Heart

    Older and Taller

    Grand Hotel

    Small Bill$

    Black and White

    Hotel Song

    The Light

    The Trapper and the Furrier

    Tornadoland (maaaybe...)



    Sellers of Flowers

    The Visit

    New Year

    You've Got Time


    On the Radio (again)

    Trapper and the Furrier (again)

    Bleeding Heart (again)



    The new stuff is so good. These are my rambly thoughts about each new song:

    • Bleeding Heart: Sound much more "classically" Regina live, with a string section. Go figure. The song has grown on me a whole lot since it came out, so hearing it live was, like, triply joyous. The second time she played it she forgot the words to the final part "How long must I cry...till you know that you really tried..." The whole evening she was talking about how things seemed so surreal and looked weird, so I hope she felt all right! Eventually Jack told her the words through her headset, prompting a "Thank God for Jack Dishel" from Regina and copious cheers from the audience.
    • Older and Taller: IS SO GOOD. "I remember you older and taller, but you're really younger and smaller..." (Not exact lyrics, but gisty.) It's real fun and beautiful.
    • Grand Hotel: One of my standouts for the evening. All about a hotel with an "elevator to hell" underneath.
    • Small Bill$: This song was craaazy. It's Regina at the mic with a very sinister sounding string part (I think, in that video of Regina dancing while her orchestra practiced, they were rehearsing Small Bill$.) She does this cool "La la la la..." part, and exaggerates the pronunciation of "Coca Coooooola." I loved it!
    • Black and White: This was a pretty song, but I don't remember it very well, unfortunately. (I guess my memory can only fit in so much awesome shit for one night. ;) ) Kind of How-y. I'm excited to hear it again!
    • The Light: Oh my God, guys. This song is so, so beautiful... Lines I remember: "I know that the morning is wiser than the evening..." "You and your daddy look like poets..." and an incredible chorus of "The light is shining in my eyes, the light is shining in my eyes..." with Regina going real high.
    • The Trapper and the Furrier: HOLY SHIT DUDES. THIS SONG. BALLS TO THE WALL. Song starts with Regina standing at the mic, singing about a trapper and a furrier taking a walk through paradise and collecting the pelts of "clawless and toothless" animals. The chorus/bridge thing is Regina balladry, ending with her yelling "More, more, more, MORE!" before the song EXPLODED into this incredible drum/cello driven part...I've had this song stuck in my head. There's a line about PowerPoint presentations, which Regina calls "power presentations" and reminds me of that line in The Clocks Were Asleep ("The gentleman giving the power presentation felt a bayonet scar on his shoulder reopen...") 
    • Tornadoland: The song I think is Tornadoland may or may not be Tornadoland. The lyrics of the song in question dealt with storms. Another song I don't remember very well, but not because it wasn't incredible! Again, my memory, I guess, has an awesome quota.
    • Obsolete: Man, this was heartwrenching. All about feeling useless. It reminded me of how I felt when I was struggling with depression. Pretty sure Regina was crying by the end...could have been my mind playing tricks, though. :) She also played it after she fucked "Us" up and had to take a couple-minute breather, so I think she was feeling kind of shitty, too. Regardless, she knocked this song out of the park. Fuck, it was good.
    • Sellers of Flowers: Very pretty! About roses surviving winter in street lights. That's all I really remember, along with some stuff about fathers and daughters...
    • The Visit: Another pretty ballad! Don't remember a lot -- the narrator is glad someone came to visit because "You always make me smile."
    • New Year: A knockout song. "She sets her alarm for five minutes to midnight" so she can wake up and greet the New Year. The narrator is reflective and glad to be alive, to see another spring "come to this town." Kind of love-lettery to New York City. Very, very pretty.


    In general, the new stuff seems really concerned with light, specifically light shining in your eyes. Lots of songs have lines about opening eyes and seeing light...I'm sensing a theme? :)


    Neither Stay nor Party Upstairs made an appearance. I was hopeful when Jack came onstage and grabbed his guitar, but it ended up being You've Got Time. I talked to Jack after the show, and mentioned Party Upstairs and he said they haven't even recorded it yet! Regina did say they're thinking about playing it later in the tour, though.


    Phillipa Soo (of Hamilton fame) was present, and we (the group of 9 who waited to meet Reg at the end of the show) saw her leave the parking lot. None of us knew her name at the time, though, and we weren't totally confidant it was her, prompting us to joke about calling "the Hamilton girl" over for a picture.


    Regina came out about 2 hours after the show, and she was so damn awesome. She totally used my Sharpie to sign everyone's shit...I got a pic with her and a funny one with Jack (I asked him to look bored, because hey, funny!).


    I hung out with a fellow Stixer (Czenia! Did I spell that right? Probably not. :) ) who was wearing a bomb "Never never mind" shirt (the one from the Bleeding Heart single cover) that Regina and Jack loved. I think Jack pointed it out to Regina first, who went "WHAT! You made it real!"


    Everyone was so awesome and the show was awesome and awesomeawesomeawesome. This was real rambly, but I'm tired and wired and was temporarily homeless in Chicago after getting locked out after the show What. An. Experience.

  2. I'm so excited! I don't know what my address will be September 30, so I'm holding off on the preorder for a bit...but I'm super excited to hear Bleeding Heart in an hour-ish!


    REGINA'S BACK, GUYS. I'm too pumped!


    Edit Okay, just heard Bleeding Heart...hmmm. I am...perplexed, to say the very least. I have a feeling it'll grow on me, but for now...huh.

  3. Check this out!



    Singer-songwriter Regina Spektor will unveil two rare vinyl pieces. The first, Soviet Kitsch, is Spektor’s first major label release pressed on red vinyl. The album, championed as one of the 100 greatest albums of the decade by NME, will feature a bonus 7″ single with three additional tracks: “US (video edit),” “Scarecrow & Fungus,” and “december.”


    The Soviet-born artist will also release a deluxe 10th Anniversary 2-LP set wrapped in a special gold jacket. Spektor’s fourth album, 2006’s Begin To Hope, will be accompanied by a bonus LP of ten additional tracks and the previously unreleased song “Baby Jesus.”




    Very cool. I wonder what the other 10 tracks on the BTH release will be? I assume the tracks from the deluxe CD's EP will be included, but that still leaves 5 whole songs.

  4. 1. Making Records

    2. Loveology

    3. 8th Floor

    4. The Clocks Were Asleep

    5. The Virgin Queen

    6. Devil Come to Bethlehem

    7. Dulce et Decorum

    8. You

    9. Dog and Pony (but only kind of...the recording we have now is so charming and sad and sweet...not sure a new recording/more live performances could ever top it.)


    This was hard. I'm so excited for a new CD!


    Edit Obviously Regina could always just record a quadruple album with ALL of these unreleased songs on it... :D

  5. Also, in case anyone is having trouble viewing the page ('cause I did!) here's the article's text:



    As one of the top hit makers in the music industry, Greg Wells has notched up collaborations with a host of artists including Adele, Katy Perry, Elton John, OneRepublic and Celine Dion. His songs have appeared on over 85 million albums and his work as a musician, producer and songwriter has earned him multiple Grammy nominations.


    Although he has worked at recording studios all over the world, Greg Wells prefers the comfort and privacy of his own studio in Los Angeles ? a single storey warehouse that used to be car mechanic's workshop but has been his base since he converted it into a four room recording studio 14 years ago.


    "I never rent it out as it's all customized to exactly how I want things set up," he explains.


    In recent months the main control room has become an even better place to work thanks to the inclusion of PMC MB2S-XBD speakers. As a development of PMC's successful MB2S range, these speakers are hugely popular in quality conscious facilities thanks to their exceptional transparency, accuracy and extended LF performance.


    "These are the only speakers I've ever worked on where I only hear the music itself," Greg Wells explains. "There are no speaker artefacts, and nothing to get "used to".  The very first mix I did on them was one of the best I've ever done and I thought it was a fluke.  I had the same reaction to the second mix.  It's enormously helpful to be able to listen like this at my studio."


    Greg Wells is currently producing a new album for singer-songwriter Regina Spektor and says the PMC speakers are playing an integral part in the success of this project.


    "We are building everything on these speakers, and prior to that I mixed the latest Mika album on the PMC's. I have also acquired a pair of PMC twotwo.6 nearfield monitors, which I fell in love with after PMC lent me a pair during a recent song writing session in London. Once again, the mixes done on the twotwo.6's translated effortlessly everywhere else and that inspired me to buy some for my home studio."


    Given the breadth, diversity and sheer impressiveness of Well's CV, it is not surprising that he is in huge demand as a producer and songwriter. Describing himself as a 'guiding Sensi' in the studio rather than an overshadowing presence, he believes in supporting artists and giving them the space and confidence they need to deliver a great performance, regardless of the genre they work in.


    "You have to jump into the pool with the artist and quickly assess what?s happening,? he says. "You want to hear somebody lost in their own performance with a complete lack of self-consciousness. For me, the goal is to shine the best light on the artist themselves and help them be as true to themselves as possible."