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Regina Spektor gives birth to son

Regina Spektor gives birth to son | Regina Spektor Story | Scoop.it

Regina Spektor has had a baby, she announced yesterday (April 1, 2014). 
The New York-based singer-songwriter revealed on Facebook that she has given birth to her first child, a son with her partner and fellow singer-songwriter Jack Dishel. The pair married in 2011. 


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Regina Spektor: My 'Orange Is the New Black' Theme 'Really Fits' | Music News | Rolling Stone

Regina Spektor: My 'Orange Is the New Black' Theme 'Really Fits' | Music News | Rolling Stone | Regina Spektor Story | Scoop.it

Netflix's new series Orange Is the New Black has gripped audiences  and the media with its clever portrayal of female prison life. It's a quick hit,  and then some: before the show started streaming on July 11th, it had already  been picked up for a second season.

 

One asset of the show is Regina Spektor's original theme song "You've Got  Time," which she wrote exclusively for the show's creator, Jenji Kohan (who also  created Weeds). This isn't the first time the two have collaborated:  Spektor covered the Weeds theme song "Little Boxes," and a few of her  other tracks were used in the show. However, this was the first time that  Spektor had ever written a theme song from scratch.

 

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Regina Spektor- The Call

REGINA SPEKTOR- THE CALL
It started out as a feeling
Which then grew into a hope
Which then turned into a quiet thought
Which then turned into a quiet word

And then that word grew louder and louder
Till it was a battle cry
I'll come back
When you call me
No need to say goodbye

Just because everything's changing
Doesn't mean it's never been this way before
All you can do is try to know who your friends are
As you head off to the war

Pick a star on the dark horizon
And follow the light
You'll come back when it's over
No need to say goodbye

You'll come back when it's over
No need to say goodbye

Now we're back to the beginning
It's just a feeling and no one knows yet
But just because they can't feel it too
Doesn't mean that you have to forget

Let your memories grow stronger and stronger
Till they're before your eyes
You'll come back
When they call you
No need to say goodbye

You'll come back
When they call you
No need to say goodbye...

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Regina Spektor's accidental prop

Regina Spektor's accidental prop | Regina Spektor Story | Scoop.it
The New York singer/songwriter opens up about dramatic entrances and what is in store for the future.
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I was fortunate to see Regina Spektor at the Sydney Opera House on 11th December.....she is a one woman rock show. ♥♥

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The Fresh Air Interview: Regina Spektor : NPR

Regina Spektor plays the piano so loudly, she has to convince piano tuners to adjust the instrument to her liking.

 

"It gets so loud that the strings reverberate in a certain way," Spektor says. "And I always want them to work on the voicing and to soften the hammers, and they get kind of argumentative with me — they're like, 'You're not supposed to play this loud.'"


Classically trained from age 6, Spektor knows what she's doing, though. What We Saw From the Cheap Seats is her sixth solo record, which entered the Billboard charts at No. 3.

 

Spektor spent the first nine years of her life in the Soviet Union, where she and her family faced discrimination as Jews. "You couldn't go to synagogue, but we did have little relics of religion passed down here and there," Spektor tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

 

At Passover, her grandmother "would make chicken soup with matzo balls, but then we would have bread alongside that because we didn't know you weren't supposed to eat bread."

 

When the country opened up under perestroika, Spektor left for New York with her parents, knowing no English and feeling like an outsider. For instance, she says she was surprised that her peers didn't act like World War II had just happened. The 32-year-old says that, in Russia, she grew up in the long shadow of World War II, where everybody was affected by the war. When three of Spektor's grandmother's brothers were killed, her grandmother had to hide their death notices. She "would intercept them and sew them into the inside of her coat, because she thought her parents wouldn't survive the war if they found out."

 

In the Bronx, Spektor's parents couldn't afford a piano, so she practiced in the basement of a neighborhood synagogue. After a chance encounter on a train, she was able to take free piano lessons with a well-known music professor. She didn't think to combine her singing with piano until after an "artist kid trip" to Israel.

Spektor performed in Russia this summer, her first time back in 23 years.

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Regina Spektor - "All The Rowboats" [Official Music Video]

© 2012 WMG Directed by Adria Petty & Peter Sluszka "All the Rowboats" from Regina's forthcoming album 'What We Saw From The Cheap Seats' will be available worldwide May 29.

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Regina Spektor unveils surreal video for 'All The Rowboats'

Regina Spektor unveils surreal video for 'All The Rowboats' | Regina Spektor Story | Scoop.it

Singer shoots nightmarish promo for new track from forthcoming LP 'What We Saw From The Cheap Seats'

 

The nightmarish promo sees the singer-songwriter submerged in water, and also includes spooky, fragmented shots of her being bound by ropes and crushed by closing walls.

The track is taken from her new album 'What We Saw From The Cheap Seats', which will be released on May 12. Another song from the album, 'Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)', was also made available online earlier this week (March 27) – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to listen. It was previously released on Spektor's 2002 album 'Songs' and has been re-recorded for her new LP.

'What We Saw From The Cheap Seats' will contain 11 tracks, with a further three available on the LP's bonus edition. The album has been produced by Avenged Sevenfold/Maroon 5 man Mike Elizondo and is the follow-up to her 2009 fifth album 'Far'.

Regina Spektor will play two UK shows in July. She will first play London's Royal Albert Hall on July 2, before moving onto Manchester's O2 Apollo on July 4.

The track listing for 'What We Saw From The Cheap Seats' is as follows:

'Small Town Moon'
'Oh Marcello'
'Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitter Pas)'
'Firewood'
'Patron Saint'
'How'
'All The Rowboats'
'Ballad Of A Politician'
'Open'
'The Party'
'Jessica'
'Call Them Brothers'*
'The Prayer Of Francois Villon'*
'Old Jacket'*

* = Bonus Tracks



 

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Regina Spektor Is The Special Guest On The Tom Petty U.S. Tour

Regina Spektor Is The Special Guest On The Tom Petty U.S. Tour | Regina Spektor Story | Scoop.it

We are excited to announce that Regina Spektor will be the special guest on the upcoming 2012 U.S. Tour.

 

Regina's shows with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers are listed below and come prior to the spring release of her forthcoming album, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats.

 

For more information on Regina and her music, visit reginaspektor.com or facebook.com/reginaspektor

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers with Special Guest Regina Spektor

 

April 19 2012
Broomfield, CO
1st Bank Center

April 21 2012
Little Rock, AR
Verizon Arena (on-sale 1/28)

April 24 2012
Albuquerque, NM
Tingley Coliseum

April 26 2012
Wichita, KS
Intrust Bank Arena

April 29 2012
Alpharetta, GA
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park

May 1 2012
Estero, FL
Germain Arena

May 3 2012
Orlando, FL
Amway Center

May 5 2012
Austin, TX
Frank Erwin Center (on-sale 1/20)

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Regina Spektor | MyBatMitzvahStory

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When she was nine years old, Regina Spektor's family left the Soviet Union and moved to New York City. She took lessons in classical piano until, at the age of 17, she discovered she had a knack for songwriting.

After touring with the band “the Strokes,” Regina launched her own solo career and quickly became popular around the world.

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Are You There, God? It's Me, Regina Spektor

Are You There, God? It's Me, Regina Spektor | Regina Spektor Story | Scoop.it

You'd think an artist whose current single mentions God 33 times would have her views on the concept all worked out, especially considering her well-known backstory: She's a Russian Jew, whose family immigrated to the Bronx in 1989 for religious freedom. But no, she's actually pretty wishy-washy on the whole subject: "I don't even know half the time what exactly I believe," she says, sighing impatiently. "I do know that in some moments, I'm sarcastic about religion, and sometimes, I'm in awe of it, and sometimes, I'm angry at it, and sometimes, I love it."

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Regina Spektor - Eet

Regina Spektor said in an interview that whenever she would forget the words of a song, she would replace it with "eet". So, she uses this as a metaphor for forgetting something you love or having something you once loved lack that old special charm. Like growing old of a person. Not about backspacing your life.

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Regina Spektor - Laughing With

I believe this song questions the fact that we are never "laughing at g-d" when we are put into unpleasant situations. "Why not laugh?", she may be asking. Life itself is such an ephemeral thing, and many of us take it far too seriously. We see death, we see destruction, and we squirm. Why should these things matter anyway? We are all but grains of sand laying on the beach, and no matter what, at some point, we will all get stepped on, and, possibly at a separate time, we will all be washed to the sea. Regina may be questioning the fact that we look for a positive ending in others' lives, for we know that all lives end anyway. This particular interpretation is egged on by the fact that the final chord resolves in this song, unlike the rest of the song, and unlike may of Regina's other songs. She may be questioning the fact that we are all looking for a resolution: the truth is it is rather impossible for us to find one.

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Regina Spektor - "Samson"

As far as I know this song is about cancer with an allegory towards Samson and Delilah. His hair was longer when they first met. He didn't have much hair left on his head from chemo. He had to eat wonderbread because its soft. She cut his hair because it was going to fall out anyway. She loved him first, her first love and her sweetest downfall because his cancer killed him. Emmalpop hit on the fact that their story wasn't important enough to put in the Bible or History book. But it was to her.

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Regina Spektor - "You've Got Time"

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The latest chapter in the grand saga of the made-for-Netflix television kinda-revolution is Orange Is The New Black, a new show from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan about a woman who goes to prison. (It’s a comedy, obviously.) The show is set to debut later this week, and it will feature “You’ve Got Time,” a fast and gleaming song from Regina Spektor, who no longer sounds remotely like Fiona Apple. It’s not quite as indelible as that badass House Of Cards orchestral-drone thing, but it’ll do. Listen below.

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Regina Spektor segment on 7.30 News (AU)

Regina Spektor 2012-12-14 Australian news show 7.30 Interview and bits of Small Town Moon and How
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New York's queen of quirk captivates as piano pop strikes a resonant chord

New York's queen of quirk captivates as piano pop strikes a resonant chord | Regina Spektor Story | Scoop.it
THE Opera House Concert Hall has hosted bigger names than Regina Spektor, many of whom have, for whatever reason, disappointed.
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Regina Spektor's live performance was phenomenal.

What amazed me was, her music live was better than in the recording studio.

Her live show is testament to the fact that what makes her music great is not production, but 100% pure talent. – FasterLouder

This show was equal parts epic, lovely and entertaining, all underscored by strong musicianship and sincerity of writing. – Musicfeeds

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Regina Spektor - "How"

© 2012 WMG Regina Spektor's official music video for "How," as heard on her new album "What We Saw From The Cheap Seats." "What We Saw From The Cheap Seats" ...
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Regina Spektor - Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)

This "new" Regina Spektor actually first appeared on her 2002 album "Songs" as the album's closing track, but now as part of her new album "What We Saw From The Cheap Seats" she's re-recorded the track, as she's done with other songs on the album.

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Check Out: Regina Spektor - "Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)"

Check Out: Regina Spektor - "Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)" | Regina Spektor Story | Scoop.it

Another track from What We Saw From the Cheap Seats.

 

As previously reported, Regina Spektor returns with her sixth LP, and first in four years, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats, on May 29th via Sire/Warner Bros. Records. Along with the lead single, “All the Rowboats”, the 11-track album includes an original called “Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas”). Check out the new version below.

 

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Regina Spektor opens up about new album 'What We Saw From The Cheap Seats'

Regina Spektor opens up about new album 'What We Saw From The Cheap Seats' | Regina Spektor Story | Scoop.it

REgina Spektor has spoken about her new album, 'What We Saw From The Cheap Seats', and revealed that some of the songs included on the album are almost 10 years old.

 

Speaking to NME about the record, which will be released on May 12, Spektor said that a couple of the album's tracks are over eight years old, but that they range in age across the record.

 

Asked about this, she said: "I wrote 'Open' when I was still living at my parents' house, so that's maybe 2003 or 2004. There's a bunch of songs that are older, but there are songs like 'Firewood' that were written more recently. 'All The Rowboats' has been around since 2004 or 2005, 'Patron Saint' is quite old too. In my mind, they're always in vague places."

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regina spektor sets may release date for new album

regina spektor sets may release date for new album | Regina Spektor Story | Scoop.it

Regina Spektor will release a new album, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, in May 2012. That’s over five months from now, so try not to use up all your freaking out at once.

The album was recorded over the summer in Los Angeles with producer Mike Elizondo, who produced four of the songs on 2009′s Far (five if you include the bonus track ‘Time Is All Around’). “It’s been finished for a little while but I had no idea when it would be out in the world until now,” says Reg.

More info when we get it.

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Regina Spektor - Biography

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Regina Spektor (born 18.2.1980)

Regina Spektor is a Soviet-American songwriter, singer and pianist. She is widely associated with New York's anti-folk scene.

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Regina Spektor, 'Far'

Regina Spektor, 'Far' | Regina Spektor Story | Scoop.it

Off-kilter diva composes entrancing beach soundtrack.

Three years after her major-label splash Begin to Hope, New York pianist Regina Spektor went back into the studio with four (!) multiplatinum producers of varying pop backgrounds, including Dr. Dre/Eminem/Fiona Apple enabler Mike Elizondo and former McCartney/Harrison/Wilbury collaborator and ELO founder Jeff Lynne. Yet despite so many hands at the controls, the only prints and smudges to be found are Spektor's own. Far snuggles between her previous efforts, linking the heady sweep of 2003's Soviet Kitsch to the roundabout pop treats of Begin to Hope.

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Regina Spektor - Man Of A Thousand Faces

I think this song is about ACCEPTING what you cannot know, and being content to not know.

The man in the song has tried really hard to find out the meaning of life (he used to burrow through book pages and stuff them in his pocket, he's tried on a thousand faces and beliefs), but no matter what religion or philosophy he tries out, no matter how much he bleeds his fingers by his strenuous efforts, no matter what "sturdy instruction" he seeks out, a full understanding of life is still BEYOND his reach.

The moon is a symbol of the unknowable, an ancient Goddess worshipped by people gone by, and even today, visited by only a handful of humans. The moon represents our yearning for understanding of the universe, and the moon landings are still the most awesome attempt ever by mankind to reach out and explore what we do not know, explore the places we have not seen, know things we don't yet know.

The lump of sugar represents those few sweet facts we can establish about our reason for existence, but the bulk is unknowable.

Religion ("sturdy instruction"" tries to explain everything, but ultimately cannot quell all a human being's doubts. This is why the man who ACCEPTS DOUBT, the unexplained, the mysterious moon goes to a "place where no religion has found a path to or a likeness." Though he cannot know "the moon" (the metaphor for the meaning of life), the man still "Smiles at the moon like he knows her," embracing the mystery of life, and quitting his 1000 faced fruitless search for THE "answer".

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Regina Spektor - Better

“Better” is a song by Regina Spektor. Three versions of this song are known. First, the version that appears on her 2006 album Begin To Hope, the second version is a re-recorded radio re-cut, and third version is called Better (Piano & Voice cut), which is simply the re-cut version, only with the piano and Regina’s voice.

The Strokes-guitarist Nick Valensi played guitar on the track.

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