Regina Spektor is an American singer/songwriter whose music is associated with the anti-folk scene based out of New York City’s East Village. Born and raised in Moscow until she was nine, Spektor spent her childhood listening to her father’s bootleg tapes of Western pop and rock music and learning to play the piano. Later, Spektor and her family would move to the Bronx where they would be the first Russian family in the borough in 20 years.
She continued to take classical piano lessons at the SUNY Music Conservatory where she was introduced to blues and jazz artists like Billie Holiday. These genres would be a signature sound on her self-released 2001 debut album, 11:11. Spektor spent a lot of her time playing gigs around New York City. In 2002, she released her second album, Songs, an album that grabbed the attention of They Might Be Giants’ drummer, Alan Bezozi. He would introduce Spektor to the Strokes’ producer Gordon Raphael, and they would both work with Spektor on her third album, Soviet Kitsch—first self-released like her previous albums, but it would eventually receive a wider release with Sire Records.
Regina Spektor became more well known because of tours with the Strokes, Kings of Leon, and the Moldy Peaches’ Kimya Dawson. In 2006, she released Begin to Hope, an album that went gold in America. Begin to Hope was followed by 2009′s Far, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200. In 2012, Regina Spektor released her sixth album, What We Saw from the Cheap Seats.
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We've already had a few listens to some of the work Regina Spektor did with producer Mike Elizondo on her upcoming album What We Saw From The Cheapseats, and now we get another in the piano-laden "How," streaming at New York Times Magazine to go along with the feature profile they're running. What We Saw From the Cheap Seats will be out on May 29th.
Listen to a new Regina Spektor song, "Small Town Moon"Regina Spektor threw fans for a bit of a loop when she revealed the second single off her upcoming What We Saw From The Cheap Seats and it ended up being a re-written version of a song she put out on her second album way back in 2002, but unlike "Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)," "Small Town Moon" is an all new original song off the singer's upcoming follow-up to 2009's Far. And since we're all about convenience, you can listen to both below. What We Saw From The Cheap Seats hits stores on May 29th.
Watch the new Regina Spektor video, "All the Rowboats"We first heard "All the Rowboats" from the upcoming Mike Elizondo-produced Regina Spektor album a month ago, and now the percussive song has gotten the video treatment. "All The Rowboats" shows Spektor looking a little more stylized than you might be used to seeing, a change that perfectly matches the music here. It was directed by Adria Petty (daughter to Tom), who has done several videos for Spektor before, but might best be known for Beyonce's "Countdown." It also features some graphic and stop motion effects courtesy of Peter Sluszka & Ivan Abel. Spektor's new album What We Saw From the Cheap Seats will be out May 29.
Listen to a new Regina Spektor song, "All The Rowboats"Regina Spektor announced her upcoming album This Is What We Saw From the Cheap Seats via her Facebook in November, and while release details still aren't confirmed, today we get a listen to what we're in store for. "All The Rowboats" sounds at once straightforward and brooding, with harder beats and flourishes from producer Mike Elizondo. So far, so good. Listen to it below. [via Twenty Four Bit] All The Rowboats by reginaspektor
Regina Spektor announces new album, 'What We Saw From the Cheap Seats'Yesterday, Regina Spektor announced via her Facebook page that her new album would be out next year, hopefully sometime around May. The note read: Hi! So! I'm very excited to say that this summer I recorded a new record with Mike Elizondo in LA land! It's been finished for a little while but I had no idea when it would be out in the world until now. We're trying to get everything ready for it to come out in May (but I will share some stuff before then for sure!!!)" She also shared the name of the record, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats. It'll be her first since 2009′s Far.