Regina Spektor Hosts Internet Listening Party for ‘Begin to Hope’


    While it might sound a bit preposterous coming from an online music magazine, this whole internet thing is starting to get a bit out of hand. In support of her forthcoming major label debut, Begin to Hope due out on June 13, Sire records has set up an online interactive listening party for prodigious pianist Regina Spektor on the popular 3D online world Second Life.  For those unfamiliar, Second Life members, known as residents, build and own their own content in this interactive world.  Anyone who creates a free basic membership will be able to visit a virtual New York City loft where the album will be playing in the background. Feel free to sign up and discuss your thoughts on Spektors new expanded repertoirewhich now includes the electric guitar and drum machinewith fellow shut-ins who happen to be present. 


    Begin to Hope track list:


    1. Fidelity

    2. Better

    3. Samson

    4. On The Radio

    5. Field Below

    6. Hotel Song

    7. Apres Moi

    8. 20 Years Of Snow

    9. That Time

    10. Edit

    11. Lady

    12. Summer In The City


    Those amongst you who havent completely forsaken the idea of physical human gatherings might be interested to know that Ms. Spektor will also be launching a festival-heavy, month-long jaunt across Europe at the end of June to support the new album, including sets at T in the Park and Oxegen. Dates are as follows:


    06-24 Paris, France Café de la Danse

    06-25 Brighton, England Concorde

    06-27 Portsmouth, England Wedgewood Rooms

    06-28 London, England Queen Elizabeth Hall

    06-29 London, England Queen Elizabeth Hall

    07-01 Nottingham, England Rescue Rooms

    07-02 Cambridge, England Junction

    07-03 Malmo, Sweden Folkets Park (Accelerator Festival)

    07-05 Gothenburg, Sweden Tradgarn (Accelerator Festival)

    07-06 Stockholm, Sweden Munchenbryggeriet (Accelerator Festival)

    07-08 Punchestown, Ireland Oxegen Festival

    07-09 Balado, Scotland T in the Park

    07-10 Sheffield, England The Leadmill

    07-12 Madrid, Spain Moby Dick

    07-13 Barcelona, Spain La 2

    07-15 Ferropolis, Denmark Melt Festival

    07-16 Suffolk, England Latitude Festival

    07-18 Birmingham, England Academy 2

    07-19 Gateshead, England Sage

    07-21 Leeds, England Cities Variety Music Hall

    07-22 Manchester, England The Lowry Centre

    07-23 Oxfordshire, England Truck Festival


    Finally, late-night channel surfers should mark June 14th off on their calendars, as Spektor will be performing on Late Night with Conan OBrien.

    Related Links:

    Prefix Review: Regina Spektor [Soviet Kitsch]

    Regina Spektor home page

    Sire Records home page