Regina Spektor, live at the Cabaret Voltaire Edinburgh, 1st February 2006
I've got a little bit of a fetish for the solo singer-songwriter, preferably a little fun and quirky, and Miss Spektor is just one of those, and she's pretty to boot. As many artists here seem to be, Regina hails from NYC...well, at least that's where her musical career has been based anyway, she actually has a Russian-Jewish background.
Her first self-released album was called 11:11, the same title as a song by fellow NYC-based pianist, and-just-about-everything-I-listed-Regina-as-being-except-a-man, Rufus Wainwright. Suprisingly though, Miss Spektor hasn't really recorded with the many well known artists of the New York scene, other than The Strokes (a couple of their B-sides), their guitarist Nick Valenci appearing on Better from her Shortlist Music Prize nominated Begin To Hope album of 2006.
01. Eight Miles High 02. Ezra Pound 03. Talk 04. Carbon Monoxide 05. Baby Jesus 06. The Flowers 07. Small Town Ruin 08. Melody 09. Prisoners 10. Ode to Divorce 11. Aprés Moi Le Deluge 12. Bobbin' For Apples 13. That Time 14. Twenty Year's of Snow 15. Better 16. Us 17. Field Below 18. Poor Little Rich Girl 19. Talk 20. Dance Anthem of the 80s 21. Samson 22. UGH...merica