Friday, September 07, 2007

New Queen of Anti Folk

Regina Spektor has to be one of the most prodigiously talented musical performers on the modern stage. Born in Russia, she learned piano and violin from an early age, moving to America at age 9. Now only 27 years old, she has already written 700 songs, though few have actually been recorded.

Her lyrics are sweet, touching, and often make odd literary allusions to high Greek tragedy, like Oedipus Rex, or F. Scott Fitzgerald or Hemingway, in "Poor Little Rich Boy."

While she has attracted a loyal fan base, including yours truly, she has barely broken out into the mainstream in the way such a rich and descriptive talent deserves. Here's my little Friday offering of viewing and listening pleasure:


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