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Begin to Hope (Bonus Track Version), Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor

November 30th, -0001

Born:
February 19, 1980 in Moscow, Russia

Genre:
Alternative

Years Active:
'00s, '10s






Regina Spektor

Biography

A veteran of New York's anti-folk scene, songwriter Regina Spektor makes quirky, highly eclectic, but always personal music. Born and raised in Moscow until age nine, Spektor listened to her father's bootleg tapes of Western pop and rock as a young child and also learned to play piano. She and her family moved from Russia to the Bronx, where she was immersed in American culture (at the time, hers was the first Russian family in the borough in 20 years). Eventually, Spektor and her family became part of a community that balanced her Russian Jewish roots with her new home's culture. Meanwhile, she continued to practice piano anywhere she could, including at her synagogue, until her family got a piano of its own.. A veteran of New York's anti-folk scene, songwriter Regina Spektor makes quirky, highly eclectic, but always personal music. Born and raised in Moscow until age nine, Spektor listened to her father's bootleg tapes of Western pop and rock as a young child and also learned to play piano. She and her family moved from Russia to the Bronx, where she was immersed in American culture (at the time, hers was the first Russian family in the borough in 20 years). Eventually, Spektor and her family became part of a community that balanced her Russian Jewish roots with her new home's culture. Meanwhile, she continued to practice piano anywhere she could, including at her synagogue, until her family got a piano of its own.

Spektor further developed her classical piano training by attending the SUNY Purchase Music Conservatory. During her studies, she was exposed to blues and jazz artists, including Billie Holiday. These sounds made such an impact on Spektor that they became a big part of her self-released 2001 debut album, 11:11. At the same time, she was also playing gigs anywhere she could in the city, in venues ranging from basements to parties to comedy clubs. On the strength of her frequent performances and another self-released album, 2002's Songs, Spektor developed a following that included Alan Bezozi, They Might Be Giants' drummer. He introduced Spektor to the Strokes' producer, Gordon Raphael, and both worked with Spektor on her third album, Soviet Kitsch, in both New York and London (where she collaborated with the band Kill Kenada). Soviet Kitsch was initially self-released like her other work, but it eventually found a wider release with Sire Records.

Tours with the Strokes, Kings of Leon, Mates of State, and the Moldy Peaches' Kimya Dawson further raised Spektor's profile. She also toured the U.K., where the success of "Us" as a European single led to the release of the CD/DVD retrospective Mary Ann Meets the Gravediggers and Other Short Stories early in 2006. That summer, Begin to Hope, her first album of original material for Sire, arrived. Begin to Hope enjoyed popularity on both sides of the Atlantic and went gold in America, where it also cracked the Top 20. After taking several years to tour and compose new material, Spektor returned in 2009 with Far, which featured a bevy of star producers, including Jeff Lynne, David Kahne, Mike Elizondo, and Garret "Jacknife" Lee. Spektor’s first-ever live release, Live in London, was recorded and filmed at London's legendary Hammersmith Apollo, and released in 2010. In summer 2011, Spektor reunited with Elizondo in Los Angeles to begin recording her next album, What We Saw from the Cheap Seats. The dark, driving single "All the Rowboats" arrived the following February, and the album itself was released in May 2012.

Top Albums

Begin to Hope (Bonus Track Version), Regina Spektor
1. Begin to Hop..
Far (Bonus Track Version), Regina Spektor
2. Far (Bonus T..
Begin to Hope, Regina Spektor
3. Begin to Hop..
Soviet Kitsch, Regina Spektor
4. Soviet Kitsc..
What We Saw from the Cheap Seats, Regina Spektor
5. What We Saw ..
11:11, Regina Spektor
6. 11:11
Far, Regina Spektor
7. Far
What We Saw from the Cheap Seats (Deluxe Version), Regina Spektor
8. What We Saw ..
Live In London, Regina Spektor
9. Live In Lond..
iTunes Live from SoHo - EP, Regina Spektor
10. iTunes Live ..
Live In California 2006 - EP, Regina Spektor
11. Live In Cali..
Live At Lollapalooza 2007: Regina Spektor - EP, Regina Spektor
12. Live At Loll..
Soviet Kitsch (Deluxe Version), Regina Spektor
13. Soviet Kitsc..
Live At Bull Moose - EP, Regina Spektor
14. Live At Bull..
You've Got Time - Single, Regina Spektor
15. You've Got T..
Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas) [Russian Version] - Single, Regina Spektor
16. Don't Leave ..
Don't Leave Me (Ne me quitte pas) - Single, Regina Spektor
17. Don't Leave ..
All the Rowboats - Single, Regina Spektor
18. All the Rowb..
No Surprises - Single, Regina Spektor
19. No Surprises..
The Call - Single, Regina Spektor
20. The Call - S..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
CallCall - Single3:07$1.29
2.
You've Got TimeYou've Got Time - Singl..3:09$1.29
3.
FidelityBegin to Hope (Bonus Track ..3:46$1.29
4.
SamsonBegin to Hope (Bonus Track ..3:09$1.29
5.
EetFar (Bonus Track Version)3:50$1.29
6.
UsSoviet Kitsch4:52$1.29
7.
Call (Live In London)Live In London3:09$1.29
8.
Blue LipsFar (Bonus Track Version)3:31$1.29
9.
On the RadioBegin to Hope (Bonus Track ..3:20$1.29
10.
Don't Leave Me (Ne me quitte pas..What We Saw from the Cheap ..3:37$1.29
11.
Laughing WithFar (Bonus Track Version)3:14$1.29
12.
Us(500) Days of Summer (Music..4:48$1.29
13.
Folding ChairFar (Bonus Track Version)3:33$1.29
14.
My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy New Ye..Gift Wrapped - 20 Songs Tha..2:51$1.29
15.
Hero (Bonus Track)Begin to Hope (Bonus Track ..3:44$1.29
16.
BetterBegin to Hope (Bonus Track ..3:21$1.29
17.
HowWhat We Saw from the Cheap ..4:45$1.29
18.
Hotel SongBegin to Hope (Bonus Track ..3:27$1.29
19.
FidelityBegin to Hope3:46$1.29
20.
All the RowboatsWhat We Saw from the Cheap ..3:33$1.29
21.
EetFar3:50$1.29
22.
Genius Next DoorFar (Bonus Track Version)5:05$1.29
23.
CalculationFar (Bonus Track Version)3:11$1.29
24.
Real LoveInstant Karma: The Amnesty ..3:56$1.29
25.
Après MoiBegin to Hope (Bonus Track ..5:08$1.29

Top Music Videos

Fidelity, Regina Spektor
1. Fidelity
Laughing With, Regina Spektor
2. Laughing With
Better, Regina Spektor
3. Better
You Don't Know Me (feat. Regina Spektor), Ben Folds
4. You Don't Kno...
Us, Regina Spektor
5. Us
Eet (Viral Video), Regina Spektor
6. Eet (Viral Vi...
Dance Anthem of the 80's (Viral Video), Regina Spektor
7. Dance Anthem ...
Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas), Regina Spektor
8. Don't Leave M...
Man of a Thousand Faces, Regina Spektor
9. Man of a Thou...
All the Rowboats, Regina Spektor
10. All the Rowbo...
Us, Regina Spektor
11. Us
The Survival Guide to Soviet Kitsch (A Short Film) [Bonus Track], Regina Spektor
12. The Survival ...


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