Regina Spektor

25 Things to Read, Watch, and Listen to If You Loved ‘Orange Is the New Black’

We’re still adjusting to the new model of Netflix-produced television, in which a whole season of a TV show is immediately available for anyone with an account to stream. In the case of the recently released and highly acclaimed prison dramedy Orange Is The New Black, we were all for this. Like many others, we devoured the 13 episodes of the first season within a few days and are ready for more. But it’s going to be a while before the next season, and one of the best features of this show was the hunger it instilled in us for more knowledge about both the world of the characters, the actors who play them and the all too real issues that their struggles are based on. We’ve put together a list of things you should definitely check out if you’re jonesing for the next season, from silly sitcoms comedies to harrowing investigative journalism and everything in between. … Read More

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Photo Hightlights from the 2012 Outside Lands Festival

Now in its fifth year, San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival took over Golden Gate Park this past weekend, with a diverse lineup that included everyone from long-established legends like Neil Young and Stevie Wonder to more emerging acts like Tanlines and Zola Jesus. Flavorpill sent photographer Scott Dudelson into the crowded park — which was packed with some 200,000 music fans — to cover the three-day festival for us; click through to see our favorite shots that he captured. … Read More

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25 Great Songwriters on the Art of Songwriting

Thomas Edison’s famous and oft-abused quote about genius being 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration is one of the great truisms of our time. But is it actually, y’know, true? How creativity actually works — in terms of the nuts and bolts of actually getting things down on the page/tape/canvas/etc. — is perhaps the most mysterious aspect of art, a process that’s both romanticized and often misunderstood. And in view of this, we thought it might be interesting to see what some of our favorite songwriters had to say about how they approach the process of writing. Click through to read opinions from Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Björk, Patti Smith and a whole heap more. We hope they provide some measure of inspiration, interest, or insight. … Read More

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5 Albums to Stream for Free This Week: Sigur Rós, Regina Spektor

Welcome to another edition of our regular Monday stream-a-thon, wherein we hunt down the best and/or most notable records streaming for free over the Internet. This week, there’s the return of Sigur Rós, which has got us very excited indeed. There’s also the return of Regina Spektor, which will no doubt have gotten her notoriously devoted fans very excited, and the return of Edward Share and the Magnetic Zeros, which… well, yes, anyway. And also, there’s a new album from The Cult (yay!) along with a fine debut from amusingly named producer Chet Faker. Click through and get involved. … Read More

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10 of Indie Rock’s Finest Summer Anthems

The new Beach House record is out this week, and while we’ve always thought the band’s name was more wry irony than genuine summeriness — Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally’s music evokes the atmosphere of boarded-up resorts and empty beaches, as far as we’re concerned — we’ve got no doubt that Bloom is gonna be the soundtrack to many, many people’s summers. And, indeed, every summer needs a good soundtrack, so we thought we’d take this opportunity to take a look at some of our favorite indie summer anthems — songs that celebrate the sun, or just do a fine job of capturing the atmosphere of the season in all its complex, sweaty glory. … Read More

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Literary Mixtape: Nancy Drew

If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble, or hallucinated a soundtrack to go along with your favorite novels, well, us too. But wonder no more! Here, we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. What would be on the personal playlists of Holden Caulfield or Elizabeth Bennett, Huck Finn or Harry Potter, Tintin or Humbert Humbert? Something revealing, we bet. Or at least something danceable. Read on for a cozy reading soundtrack, character study, or yet another way to emulate your favorite literary hero. This week: the teen detective queen, Nancy Drew. … Read More

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10 Fantastic Multilingual Musicians

We’ve always had a soft spot for Shakira, and we were thus interested to see this week that she’s planning to record an album in Arabic. Of course, she already speaks (and sings in) Spanish and English, so adding a third language will be yet another string to her lingustic bow, although she has to actually learn Arabic first – apparently her command of the language is currently limited to saying, “Can I have a kiss?” Which is obviously the first phrase you learn in any language. Anyway, she’s only one of a bunch of interesting musicians whose use of language in their music extends beyond a single native tongue – here’s a selection of ten of our favorites. … Read More

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The 2010 New Yorker Festival's Most Quotable Moments

It’s October again, which means that the annual conference of literary types and the people who love them that is The New Yorker Festival appears on our cultural radar. This year’s festival was held last weekend, and in addition to a heaping serving of high-falutin’ book-writin’ folks — Seamus Heaney, Michael Chabon, and Zadie Smith, to name a few — there was also a substantial does of television actors, comedians, rappers, and, of course, Justin Timberlake. We’ve rounded up the best quotes from the panels, from Alec Baldwin’s thoughts on Tracy Morgan to Cynthia Nixon’s riveting defense of gay marriage — after the jump. … Read More

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White House Rock: The Top 5 Presidential Performances

We’re always up for scoring a hot concert ticket, but we regret to inform you that we are not on the list for tonight’s most exclusive VIP-only show. In honor of Jewish American Heritage month, piano phenom Regina Spektor will perform tonight at the White House for the Obamas. Though it has a long tradition of hosting musicians, the president’s pad has historically been booked with classical instrumentalists and Broadway singers. Yet over the past few decades (minus those eight years of George W. Bush, who was never terribly popular among musicians), more pop and rock acts have graced the nation’s top stage, including current tween sensations Justin Bieber and the Jonas Brothers. After the jump, check out our five favorite performances from the Clinton and Obama administrations. … Read More

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Anyone Can Play Guitar: Radiohead Cover Love

It’s no surprise (pun intended) that everyone loves Radiohead. Because the Oxfordshire four-piece takes so notoriously long to produce new material under the Radiohead moniker, and with individual band members constantly fussing over side projects (Thom Yorke supergrouping, Jonny Greenwood soundtracking, Phil Selway and the drum kit solo tour), we’re grateful for any covers we can get our hands on — even if it’s just Coco in a faux-Yorke accent jamming along to our Rock Band guilty pleasure, “Creep.” After the jump, our twelve favorite love letters to the band, inspired by Regina Spektor’s March 23rd Irving Plaza performance of “No… Read More

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