Regina Spektor performs “Bleeding Heart” on Colbert — Consequence of Sound - watch
“A singular songwriting voice that spans genres and personas with grace and apparent ease.” — NPR Music
"Her lyrical pop style is personal, poignant, and wise, and never lacking in lighthearted moments.” — The New Yorker
“Spektor has one of those capital V-Voices that sticks out no matter what genre, what song, what compilation you put them in.” — Time
“Regina Spektor has become her generation’s Joni Mitchell—a singer-songwriter who nail-guns emotional trusts between wisecracks.” - Rolling Stone
Regina Spektor returns with her seventh album Remember Us To Life out September 30 on Sire/Warner Bros. Records. Fans who pre-order the standard or deluxe edition digital format of the album from iTunes or Amazon, or any format via ReginaSpektor.com will receive downloads of 4 tracks, including the first single “Bleeding Heart,” in advance of the September 30th album release date.
The new LP marks Spektor’s first outing since 2012’s What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Album Chart and her Grammy-nominated theme song “You’ve Got Time” for the hit Netflix show Orange Is The New Black.
Remember Us To Life is composed entirely of all new songs recently written by Spektor, a change from past albums when she would record songs written throughout her career. Spektor gave birth to her first child in 2014 and she spent considerable time writing during and after her pregnancy. Says Spektor “I made more art and felt more inspired than I had in a long time.”
Spektor recorded with producer Leo Abrahams (David Byrne/Brian Eno, Frightened Rabbit, Paolo Nutini) in Los Angeles at The Village Studios. Says Spektor of Abrahams, “he is such a kind and talented musician. And person! I felt very grateful to work with him.”
Born in the Soviet Union, Spektor began studying classical piano when she was six. Her family emigrated in 1989, landing in New York City, where she continued her classical training. Spektor eventually studied composition at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College where she graduated with honors. She began writing pop songs in her late teens and made her recorded debut in 2001 with the self-released 11:11, a collection of songs heavily influenced by jazz and blues. Songs followed in 2002 and Soviet Kitsch in 2004. Spektor’s commercial breakthrough came in 2006 on her fourth LP, Begin to Hope. The gold-certified album included the singles “On the Radio,” “Better” and “Fidelity,” which climbed the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Spektor’s fifth album, Far released in 2009, and sixth album, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats released in 2012, both debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Spektor’s songs have appeared in TV shows and movies including Orange Is The New Black, Grey’s Anatomy, Weeds, How I Met Your Mother, Veronica Mars, The Good Wife and (500) Days of Summer. Spektor played for the Obamas and guests at the White House and performed as part of philanthropic campaigns for Tibet, Doctors Without Borders, and many more. Her most recent tours included her first concerts in her native Russia plus sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, The Royal Albert Hall in London and two nights at Sydney Opera House in Australia.
Newski’s story is certainly no fairy tale. He didn’t get signed to a big label early in his career. He wasn’t endorsed by cool guitar companies or big-time management. At age 25, he took matters into his own hands by quitting all of his part-time jobs and becoming a full-time nomad. The past four years have sent Newski into the nooks and crannies of earth, sub-letting rooms in Vietnam, South Africa, Germany and Wisconsin to write songs and recharge between tours.
Newski’s sophomore LP “Land, Air, Sea, Garage” was recorded at a surf camp in the Sri Lankan jungle, and at home in Wisconsin. The album is about diving into the world with no safety net and landing on your feet. It’s a smart indie rock n’ roll record with tongue-in-cheek moments that show parallels to Jonathan Richman, Mountain Goats, early Weezer, Frank Turner, & Elliott Smith.
Brett Newski is not a “cool” band. In fact, he’s not a band at all. The former McDonalds employee now makes a living driving a sh!tty car around the world, playing shows from America to South Africa to Europe. With the lifespan of bands growing shorter every year, Newski planned for longevity by setting up a one-man touring band that could be fit in both cozy lil’ venues and raucous festival environments.
“My ‘band’ won’t break up until I’m dead,” says Newski.
Over-time, Newski became an anti-hero who didn’t play by the rules of the music business, operating with unconventional booking tactics like the “One Man Garage Band Tour” or “Weirdest Venues in the World Tour”, setting up shows in old garages, kitchens, attics, and murder houses. His tireless touring inspired a few of his songwriter friends to quit their jobs and play music full-time.
“You don’t need a fancy label or big wig industry exec to represent you. I didn’t want to wait for lightning to strike, so I just started hitting the road and taking the beatings as they came. It’s worth it.”
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RIYL: Frank Turner, Spoon, Okkervil River, Ben Kweller
TRY: #1, 2, 3
"Stage Four is quite possibly Touché Amoré’s best album yet." - Drowned In Sound (9)
"Stage Four is a monumental record of melodic hardcore for Touché Amoré" - The A.V. Club (A-)
"A harrowing and unrelenting record, Stage Four is a glowing testament the post-hardcore band's melodicism, honesty, and unconditional empathy... Bolm’s hyper-confessional lyrics are a beacon of hope to anyone plagued by anxiety, depression, toxic relationships, and general self-doubt." - Pitchfork (8.1)
"As with Against Me!’sTransgender Dysphoria Blues, this is a case where a punk band’s singer is dealing with some heavy, life-changing personal sh!t, and where the rest of the band steps up and becomes its best self. Touché Amoré have always been a hard, dynamic, powerful group of musicians. And on Stage Four, they find new levels of climactic clang. They sound bigger and louder and grander, and there’s a richness and a detail to the album’s sound that wasn’t quite there before. " - Stereogum (Album Of The Week)
RIYL: Tigers Jaw, Balance And Composure, Polar Bear Club, Title Fight
TRY: #3, 4, 5, 7, 11
Defend The Rhino is a cinematic instrumental music project conceived by singer-songwriter / composer / audio engineer, Nathaniel Sutton. A multi-instrumentalist with a flair for musical drama, he first studied guitar and drums, adding bass and piano to his repertoire as time went by. Always inspired by the depth of film music, he knows first hand how the turn of a musical phrase can completely change the tone of a moment, and to that end, has been chasing his muse through darkened hallways and empty rooms, filling the space between their walls with a sound that is in turns ethereal, romantic and hypnotic.
Sutton’s lifelong passion for music and music production began in high school, after which he pursued a degree in audio engineering, developing a deft touch for exploiting emotion through sonic texture and expansive soundscapes. He went on to compose the soundtracks for several independent films, and came up with the concept for Defend The Rhino along the way. He imagines Defend The Rhino as a musical entity, in which the music itself is as much a part of the visual interpretation as what’s on screen. With deep, dark tonalities that constantly sidestep the line between ambient electronica and post punk gloom, he has conspired elegantly with the dark side of a grand piano, plumbing the depths to uncover a living thing, complete with a pulsing heartbeat all its own. In Sutton’s world, reverb is an instrument, delivering a shimmering wall of half-lidded dream states that hint at what could be, and what lies beyond the veil.
Nathaniel cites influence from instrumental artists such as Mogwai, Explosions In the Sky and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. He is currently presenting Defend The Rhino for licensing opportunities for film and visual media. His debut album There's No Place Like Home will be released on September 27th, 2016 through Mint 400 Records based in New Jersey, USA.
RIYL: Tycho, Mogwai, Explosions In the Sky, Godspeed You! Black Emperor
TRY: #1, 2, 3
“Raging, tender, organic, erotic and liberating…an album that hits both the brain and the body, simultaneously and without apology.” - NPR
“‘Shape Shift With Me’ is a collection of songs about living, and loving, with improvisational necessity. It’s as bitter as it is utopian: low dirges alongside driving ballads of fleeting love, drizzled with images of death and the occult. Grace wants to build connection, and she builds them throughout ‘Shape Shift With Me’ with ruthless honesty.” - WIRED
“‘Shape Shift With Me’, with its provocative title and explicit, non PC cover art no major label would approve, continues the band’s string of powerfully uncompromising but surprisingly tuneful albums that make you think, but only if you’re not busy thrashing in the mosh pit.” - American Songwriter
"Bolstered by whip-smart lyricism and indelible riffs, Grace bares her sensual, sentimental side – but not without a few swift kicks in the eye." - Rolling Stone
“‘Shape Shift With Me’ has catchy anthems, heavy rock songs and speed rants; it's yet another excellent, and complicated, Against Me! album.” - MAGNET
“Grace is reveling in her mess, resulting in an album that is lighter, fleeter, hookier, and more fun than its predecessor.” - Allmusic
“Those who like their alt-punk laced with introspection and intellectualism will continue to like Grace’s music, and perhaps learn a bit about what it’s like to be her as well.” - The A.V. Club
“A sharply penned love letter both to the idea of romance and the people who engage in it, brimming with deep yet concisely expressed emotions that can only be worked out through topof-the-lungs bellowing.” - The Boston Globe
“‘Shape Shift With Me’ finds the veteran punk band reveling in singer Laura Jane Grace’s newfound freedom with hard-hitting results.” - Newsday
“Against Me!’s past is still present, as there’s plenty of angst to confront and demons to battle. Laura Jane Grace wrote the best album of her career with ‘Shape Shift With Me’,” - Houston Chronicle
RIYL: Menzingers, Descendents, Clash, Beach Slang
DIRTY: #2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
CLEAN: #1, 4, 5, 12
Clean edits of #3 (Boyfriend) and #6 (333) included in downloads folder!