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Regina Spektor playing a benefit, choosing a Gabriel song

Regina Spektor @ Tibet House benefit on Feb. 26th (more by Chris La Putt)
Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor will follow up her set at Tibet House benefit at Carnegie Hall last Friday (2/26) with a benefit of her own at Irving Plaza on March 23rd to support Doctors without Borders’ Relief Program in Haiti. Tickets should be going on sale some time today (3/2).

Regina Spektor is one of the artists (with Bon Iver, Bowie, Magnetic Fields) covered by Peter Gabriel on his new all-covers record, Scratch My Back, which is out today in the US.

[Gabriel] chose the material in a kind of social-networking experiment. “Scratch My Back” got its title because when Mr. Gabriel picked a song, he also asked the songwriter to record a Gabriel song in turn. The original plan was to release two albums in tandem. The songwriters agreed — except for David Bowie, whose collaborator on “Heroes,” Brian Eno, will participate — but the deadlines came and went. “We may not get everybody, but I hope we will.”

The Arcade Fire has been working on Mr. Gabriel’s “Games Without Frontiers,” while Regina Spektor is still choosing her Gabriel song. “Scratch My Back” includes the Arcade Fire’s “My Body Is a Cage” and Ms. Spektor’s “Après Moi.” In a telephone interview Ms. Spektor said: “It’s cool not to hear the song in my voice. The leash has been let go from my voice, and now it doesn’t just belong to me.” [NY Times]

Peter Gabriel will be performing at Radio City this May.

Regina will be at Bonnaroo. She performed her song “Machine” on Jimmy Fallon in early February. That video is below…

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