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  1. Northwestern University's Dillo Day- May 29, 2010

    one more funny thing that i don't believe has been mentioned yet. while she was performing "Bobbin' For Apples," security walked by the front of the stage and, as she was singing, she very quickly and jokingly said, "Am i in trouble?" she said this so fast between words of the song that my friend standing right next to me didn't even notice.
  2. Northwestern University's Dillo Day- May 29, 2010

    i guess this is the complete, official lineup: Regina at Dillo Day
  3. Northwestern University's Dillo Day- May 29, 2010

    does anyone know what time she'll be playing? i know she is confirmed as the "daytime headliner," but i'd like to know a more concrete time so i know when to get there. should i be there at 8am? 9am? 10am? has anyone been to one of these in the past and has an idea of when the daytime headliner typically plays?
  4. Media Literacy Project: RESPEKT?!

    i've got a degree in media studies, and i'm happy to see that some high schools offer a media literacy class. i wish more did. as far as your request goes, keep in mind that Regina's songs are almost never autobiographical so finding one that relates to her "life and experiences" would be very tough since we are never sure of that. there are, however, quite a few songs in which Regina comments on social issues and/or the media itself. i would go with a song like "Making Records" or "Ballad of a Politician" which would be very fun to analyze and could be interpreted to be commentaries on the media. the connection to "Making Records" and the media is obvious. "Ballad of a Politician" would take some harder analysis on your part, but Regina's description of the song's character shaking their ass could be interpreted as a politician having to sell oneself through the media. good luck!
  5. Concerts?

    not going to list everything, but... seen: Regina (2x) The Dresden Dolls (2x) Ingrid Michaelson Michelle Branch Vanessa Carlton Bob Dylan Little Richard Little Joy (opening for Regina) have tickets to see soon: Tegan and Sara St. Vincent want to see: Nellie McKay Jenny Owen Youngs Amanda Palmer (solo) Fiona Apple Emmy the Great Milla Traylen
  6. reg in the news

    a couple of mentions of Regina in this article giving out awards for the past decade. http://frequencymagazine.net/a...ist-of-music-awards/
  7. Grammys 2010

    quote: Originally posted by Reginaoverdose: THIS article pretty much sums up the bullshit of The Grammys. wow. i wrote that over a year ago. thanks Reginaoverdose and Dominic for the recognition and compliments. kinda sad that it's just as relevant now, but nothing is going to change as it relates to the Grammys. for those of you speculating on a Regina nomination and what exactly that would mean, here's my two cents: anyone who gets nominated is nominated for a reason, and it has nothing to do with his/her/their musical talent. the Grammys are a marketing tool for the industry. if Reg got nominated, it wouldn't necessarily mean she has sold out, but it would mean that the industry is attempting to commercialize her sound/style/aura in a fear that it is a threat to them...think punk music and how the industry commercialized it through Green Day. that being said (uh-oh, i hope Larry David isn't reading this), the industry only commercializes what is easily recreated. Green Day's music was easy to replicate. our Regina would prove a much more difficult task. your average American Idol winner can't rap, play jazz, blues, country, rock, pop, punk, art rock, folk and classical. they tried (briefly) to commercialize anti-folk through Kimya Dawson after the Juno, and that failed miserably. Regina will never be super popular or win tons of awards unless the industry wants her to, and, if the industry wants her to, that only means they are building her up to tear her down and replace her with puppets--example: think the fall of Vanessa Carlton (all but off the map) and Michelle Branch (forced into another genre and still getting screwed over by label) for the rise of Avril Lavigne. i am actually writing a book right now for McFarland Publishing about contemporary female singer/songwriters struggling to balance business and art in the modern music industry. i will have chapters on all of the above mentioned names including an entire chapter on Regina. a lot of what happens in the music industry is tragic, but artists such as Regina prove that there is hope coming from that music community in New York often referred to as the Anti-Folk scene.
  8. Regina is who's daughter??!!

    i made a shirt that reads "MY REGINA SPEKTOR SHIRT," and people constantly ask me who Regina Spektor is. i usually explain and then that's that. the other day, my cousin's girlfriend asked me who Regina Spektor was, and after my explanation, she inquired, "so, like, is she like Phil Spector's daughter or something?" the logic that had to go into thinking Regina is Phil's daughter is so dreadfully uninformed about both of those people that i began laughing very hard and could not even answer her question for a few minutes until i finally caught my breath. i didn't really mean to, but i think i really made her feel like a fool...then again, she's probably used to that. does anyone else have a funny story about people thinking Regina Spektor is someone she's not?
  9. Regina should make an album like this!

    we often debate over which version of "OMTWF" or "Blue Lips" or any number of Regina songs sound better than some other version--usually the debate comes down to a studio version vs. a live version. indie band The Age of Rockets have come up with an idea to change all this. check it out here: choose your own adventure album i'm pretty sure Regina knows and is friends with the people in this band. they all came up through the same area. they are all part of that Jenny Owen Youngs, Ingrid Michaelson crew. Bess Rogers, who cowrote and played instruments on JOY's Transmitter Failure and is also a guitarist in Ingrid's band is in The Age of Rockets. when i read about this album concept, i couldn't help but think how cool it would be if Regina did something like this. then again, knowing how long she spends in the studio perfecting just one version of each song, it would probably be 5 years before she finished. what do you all think?
  10. Regina should make an album like this!

    we often debate over which version of "OMTWF" or "Blue Lips" or any number of Regina songs sound better than some other version--usually the debate comes down to a studio version vs. a live version. indie band The Age of Rockets have come up with an idea to change all this. check it out here: choose your own adventure album i'm pretty sure Regina knows and is friends with the people in this band. they all came up through the same area. they are all part of that Jenny Owen Youngs, Ingrid Michaelson crew. Bess Rogers, who cowrote and played instruments on JOY's Transmitter Failure and is also a guitarist in Ingrid's band is in The Age of Rockets. when i read about this album concept, i couldn't help but think how cool it would be if Regina did something like this. then again, knowing how long she spends in the studio perfecting just one version of each song, it would probably be 5 years before she finished. what do you all think?
  11. Review of "Far"

    i agree and disagree with the reaction to the album version of "OMTWF." the live version is probably one of the most passionately performed and emotional songs i've ever heard, but the do-we-oo-we-oo chorus always made the whole thing sound a bit off-balance to me. i think Regina's studio version of this song brings out what she was really trying to do when she wrote the song. it isn't often that a Regina performance isn't congruent with what she meant when she wrote the song, but that's what seems to be going on here. the studio version makes more sense of that lighter chorus that Regina wrote into the song. after hearing "OMTWF" on the album, i got a sense that Regina was playing with the idea of Fate again (think Daniel Cowman). that poor soul in the hospital is fighting for his life, and things don't look good. that patient is going to fight for their life, but they realize that if Fate says this is the time to go, then that's the way it is...do-we-oo-we-oo-we-oo. it gives the song a bit more of an accepting and optimistic look on potentially dying. IMO Regina meant for this song to have a bit more of an optimistic spin from the beginning because of the way she wrote that chorus in there, but it just came out WAY too emotionally powerful and engaging when she was playing it for the first times. one could almost break the live and studio versions into two completely different songs about two completely different things...just by taking out the do-we-oo-we-oo's in the live version. i love them both and find it hard to compare them because they are so different. it's like trying to compare "BYOS" to "Genius Next Door." then again, i understand how a not necessarily bad but 'different' version of a song can leave a sour taste in one's mouth. i have the same problem with "Blue Lips." the studio version isn't necessarily all that bad, but it's not nearly the same thing as one of my 3 favorite Regina songs that i grew to love.
  12. restored recording of 2002-03-13 - The Living Room, New York

    quote: Originally posted by sweetness in my lungs: quote: Originally posted by abbottANDcostello: quote: Originally posted by Kb93: any suggestions on what the next show i should do is? i don't mean to sound presumptuous, but... ...perhaps, instead of cleaning up songs on a show by show basis, you would create a new, cleaned up version of the complete spektography. i know some sensationally spectacular human being created a complete spektography for everyone a long time ago, but you could make one with the songs that have been recorded live since then and exchange versions of songs on the old one for different versions that have better fidelity (or just clean up some of the older ones). i'm sure there are many brumstixers (including me) who would help you out by getting you the tracks you don't have, or offering an opinion on which live performances to use. i have a feeling this would be even more appreciated than cleaning up a bunch of individual concerts. that being said, i know this would be an ENORMOUS undertaking. it's just a suggestion. hm. If you guys want this to happen I really think you should talk to gavin who owns the spektography channel. I suppose you mean the youtube one... (it wasn't that long ago actually. last year) If you want to clean up recordings and improve the spektography I suggest you send him the cleaned-up versions so he can exchange the ones that are up for now. and P.S. he has added the new songs as well. i don't really know anything about the whole youtube thing. i just remember someone put most of Regina's songs together (live versions) and posted it in a zip file for others to have. i don't know if it is the same thing you are talking about or not. i was just making a suggestion. if this gavin person is the one who originally created the spektography, then they would likely be a good person to talk to. but, i have no clue whether this is something others would be all that interested in, or that Kb93 would be interested in doing. it just sounds like a good idea to me.
  13. restored recording of 2002-03-13 - The Living Room, New York

    quote: Originally posted by Kb93: any suggestions on what the next show i should do is? i don't mean to sound presumptuous, but... ...perhaps, instead of cleaning up songs on a show by show basis, you would create a new, cleaned up version of the complete spektography. i know some sensationally spectacular human being created a complete spektography for everyone a long time ago, but you could make one with the songs that have been recorded live since then and exchange versions of songs on the old one for different versions that have better fidelity (or just clean up some of the older ones). i'm sure there are many brumstixers (including me) who would help you out by getting you the tracks you don't have, or offering an opinion on which live performances to use. i have a feeling this would be even more appreciated than cleaning up a bunch of individual concerts. that being said, i know this would be an ENORMOUS undertaking. it's just a suggestion.
  14. Chicago recordings 9/12/09

    i was at the Chicago show too, and i am "saved my first born from a ferocious swarm of fire-breathing monsters" grateful to everyone who recorded, posted and hosted the bootlegs of the concert. and a special thanks to everyone that created and keeps RSO running. i don't personally know of any other artists who have fans that have created such an enormous and spectacularly well organized and user-friendly media site like that.
  15. Chicago Theatre 9/12/09

    the last time i saw Regina was in October of 2007 when she was very sick. she put on a wonderful concert, but i only got to see her SING. this time, she was healthy and i feel like i got to see her ENTERTAIN. two things to add to what others have already said: 1) after "Blue Lips," somebody screamed, but it sounded more like the shriek of a murder victim. without missing a beat, Regina laughs and says, "Who done it?...on the balcony, with a drumstick! 2) Regina's performance of "Apres Moi" was particularly passionate. i'm not sure why. i don't know if anyone actually even HEARD her performing this song. it's like she was just entering the audience's collective brain and injecting them with the emotion in a more direct way. after the song, the girl in front of me had tears running down her cheeks as she turned to her friend and managed to peep out a "oh my God..." to which her friend responded, "i know. that wasn't even one of my favorites, but i feel like i never truly heard the song till now." after the show, i heard a few different groups talking about Regina's performance of that song, and, to show the range of people that go to Regina concerts, i heard one VERY old couple talking about. i also heard a couple of teenagers talking about, "that song she sings in French" (clearly, they don't know their linguistics, but at least they have good taste in music). i also have to mention Little Joy who were TREMENDOUS despite flying through their set to fit in as many songs as they could. the Chicago Theater is beautiful, and i had a magical time. i just wish Regina could consistently draw big crowds like that in the Midwest. of all the shows that have been announced in support of Far (that she's done and will do) only a very small handful of them are in America and in a noncoastal state).
  16. Chicago Theatre 9/12/09

    since this show is way towards the start of this tour, i'm not sure what to expect as far as accompaniment goes. i've already seen Regina alone with just the piano so i'd kinda like to see her with some extra instruments this time. has anyone heard whether she will have a band or some strings with her on this tour?
  17. Review of "Far"

    regina review from Frequency Magazine What separates Spektor from most artists is that she rarely comments or preaches her opinions through her lyrics like Bob Dylan or even fellow Anti-Folk artist Kimya Dawson. Spektor is an observationist at heart, and it comes through in her songs. *the article also responds to and comments about the evil review from Pitchfork*
  18. Review of "Far"

    i find it a bit odd that The Onion and Blender, who gave SK and BTH a couple of their best reviews, have not reviewed Far yet...at least i haven't found any reviews from them.
  19. Chicago Theatre 9/12/09

    i got tickets to this show. they are assigned seats and only priced at $41 at the most, which is considerably cheap for this venue. i've never been there so i didn't really know what seats to get. everything was available except for the pit, which is just the name for the first four rows on the floor. i ended up getting the special "booth" seats in the mezzanine level. i barely have a clue what i purchased, but they sound cool. the only diagrams i've been able to find online make it look this booth seating is like your own little two person area just above the average seats on the second level. does anyone know any details about the "booth secion" at this place?
  20. reg in the news

    "Spektor Fans Divided on Effects of New Album’s Studio Production" ...Spektor commented about fans who had a problem with the production on Begin to Hope: “ome of them are really freaked out by the new record. They want what they had. Me, I’m very unimpressed by purists." http://frequencymagazine.net/a...9Cfar%E2%80%9D-away/
  21. HBO's True Blood

    my only problem with this show is that i don't like the male lead...actually, i don't even know if i truly DISlike him. i just don't care about him at all. he is very boring. all of the other characters are interesting for one reason or other, but his character makes the whole show drag for me at times.
  22. "Far" Regina's Next Album :D

    i don't quite understand the people who are afraid of the music being produced differently than the acoustic tracks we are used to. isn't that the whole point of a record...to add in the stuff that she can't accomplish with just her voice and the piano? if Regina just recorded all of these familiar songs the same or very similarly to the way she plays them live, then there would be absolutely no point to making the album. and, i don't see why any of us would have any reason to be excited for a new album because we wouldn't really be getting anything different. "Blue Lips" is one of my two favorite Regina songs and i, for one, am very glad she did what she did to the song. it's only 30 seconds, but what i hear sounds great. maybe i'll prefer the live, raw version and maybe i won't, but i would rather she push past the creative limits of a live show when she's in the studio. wondering what she's going to create and then listening to this new sound is like hearing a whole new song.
  23. "Far" Regina's Next Album :D

    i don't feel like "Laughing With" has much to do with God or religion. most of Regina's lyrics are based on observations of humans in all our quirky glory. even "Baby Jesus" is more about the way certain humans express their faith than it is about anything else. to me, "Laughing With" is more of an observation on HUMANITY. the theme of this song could work with any number of things (sports, music, friendship...). the bottom line is, different humans have extremely different relationships with things for different reasons, and the vastness of the range of these relationships to the same things is amusing.
  24. Jenny's got a new song

    quote: Originally posted by Karl Prejekterinski: Jenny's got a new Video for Clean Break. What do you think? ahh? AAHHHH? i like this a million times better than "Led to the Sea."
  25. Let's go to the Movies...

    quote: Originally posted by NYCstargirl: I saw Adventureland last night. It was different than what I expected. But I liked it. i also liked Adventureland...i liked it quite a bit, actually. the way the director offset 80s culture with the "rides" people (materialism) and the "games" people (poetic) was interesting and funny--kinda makes me feel bad that materialism took over the country and won that culture clash though. i could have gone without the highly conclusive "Hollywood" ending, but the characters were all written beautifully. Ryan Reynolds proved he isn't just a character actor and Kristen Stewart showed there's more to her than just "Twilight." this movie is pretty much what "Juno" got credit for being...while "Juno" was a disgusting commercialization of the indie teen movie, this film is much more honest and unforced.