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October 18, 2006

Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor

I have a confession to make.

I have totally, and completely fallen in love with Regina Spektor. I’m, unfortunately, one of the heathens who didn’t know about this amazing talent until, well, this week. I pretty much ignored recommendations from friends and now I look particularly stupid because of it. I have now discovered that Regina Spektor is some kind of musical goddess.

Basically, as the story goes, I was looking for some tracks to play on our comeback radio show last Monday and I came across one of her tracks, admittedly the first one I’d heard, Better. I thought it was okay, but in the end the track was cut from our playlist at the last minute due to time constraints. Ironically, when we were on air Natters requested some Regina Spektor but we couldn’t find any in the studio, so we said we’d play one on the next Monday. So, when I was tracksurfing on Sunday night for a playlist for the show, I found Hotel Song in one of my compilations I’d bought recently, liked it, and stuck it on the playlist. After the show, I went and ordered her album, Begin to Hope and oh my Christ, if it isn’t the bestest thing ever.

Regina Spektor is a pianist singer/songwriter from New York, but is originally from the old Soviet Union before emigrating with her parents to the Bronx in 1989, aged just 9. Her music is predominantly marked as anti-folk, a mixture of charged lyrics with a folk sound, although her influences seem to be from traditional Russian, classical, folk and hip-hop music. A lot of the stuff on Begin to Hope is more towards pop music (leading to cries that Regina has sold out) but personally I think it works really well, and certainly I think the album is a masterpiece. The most startling thing about Spektor’s style is her vocals, mixing a dainty, angelic voice at the top of her range with an almost trumpet-like lower-range that reminds me of The Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer.

Oh, and by the by, sorry James, but she is also a cutie. Listen away…

Regina Spektor – Us MP3 Expired
Regina Spektor – Samson MP3 Expired
Regina Spektor – That Time MP3 Expired
Regina Spektor and The Strokes – Modern Girls and Old Fashioned Men MP3 Expired

Regina Spektor – Fidelity

(Check that trumpet-voice out!)

Buy Begin to Hope
Buy Soviet Kitsch

July 09, 2006

Meet the Contributors: James Riley

As much as I hate having to choose favourites, this is a list of things…

Name: James Riley
Number one in UK when I was born: Michael Hardcastle '19' (n-n-n-n-nineteen)
First album bought: Suggs – The Lone Ranger
First single bought: Coolio – Gangsta's Paradise (had to get that in there)
First gig attended: Coldplay at the Manchester Apollo (they were good back then godamnit)
Favourite album: The Shins – Oh! Inverted World
Favourite song: The Walkmen – We've Been Had
Favourite gig: A cross between the Dirtbombs in Manchester's Night and Day, The Rapture at Manchester Academy 2 and maybe Afterburner at the White Horse (haha, gotta fit some self–love in here somewhere)
Favourite band: Right now, it's probably Broken Social Scene
Favourite genre: Four (sometimes 3 or 5!) middle–class guitar lads playing indie rock. I can't help it.
The band you like but are embarassed about/feel is a little out of place in your collection: Smashing Pumpkins… I mean, what's an indie kid doing with loud music in his collection? Especially five albums of it…
Number of CDs bought since 1st January 2006: Around about 20… I'll update you in a week when the loan comes through.
What musical event would you most like to see happen: All the members of The Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene and The Polyphonic Spree forming a mental orchestral supergroup with David Bowie as frontman...obviously
Musical heroes: I'd choose David Bowie, but apparently he's taken (curse you Mat!), so I'd have to say Mick Collins from the Dirtbombs... Detroit garage rock legend
Music's biggest enemy/ies in my opinion are: Band stylists… it's almost cringeworthy some of these photo shoots nowadays.

Today's tunes, brought to you by the letter 'S' (and my love of guitars):

Spoon – Sister Jack MP3 Expired [buy Gimme Fiction]
The Strokes w/ Regina Spektor – Post–Modern Girls MP3 Expired [buy Reptilia single]
The Shins – They'll Soon Discover MP3 Expired [buy Spongebob Squarepants soundtrack]
Supergrass – Grace MP3 Expired [buy Life on Other Planets]

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