Julian Casablancas crashed the stage during Arcade Fire's set at Lollapalooza in Argentina last night (Tuesday, April 1).The Strokes frontman joined the Canadian band on stage, disguised by one of their trademark bobblehead masks. Not cool."Following Casablancas's exit, Butler welcomes the crowd before the band launch in to 'Normal People'.If the name Regina Spektor sounds vaguely familiar, maybe it's because you caught her opening for the Strokes during the first leg of their Room on Fire tour last year.Or perhaps you heard her swapping verses with Strokes singer Julian Casablancas on "Modern Girls & Old Fashion Men," the B-side to the group's "Reptilia" single.The title “Reptilia” refers to the “Reptilian complex”, the central part of one’s brain that handles basic emotions such as love and hate.
Her parents couldn't afford a piano, let alone lessons, but professors at the Manhattan School of Music were so taken by Spektor's talent that they taught her for free.It's a vocal schizophrenia that's alive on many of Kitsch's tracks, whether it's Spektor ranting like a bratty 8-year-old on "Your Honor" or sounding downright world-weary on the album's closer, "Somedays." "I come up with a lot of characters, I create little worlds. "But my songs are always an extreme version of myself. “Reptilia” is a song by indie rock band The Strokes, and the second single from their second album Room on Fire.' And I'd say 'Nowhere.' " Well, now the wait is over ... Spektor's label, Sire Records, released the album digitally — via sites like the i Tunes Music Store and Napster — last week, well in advance of the CD's official in-store release in February 2005. (which owns Sire) used when it released the Secret Machines' Now Here Is Nowhere album for free on the Internet earlier this year.Generating sales isn't as important as generating buzz. After all, he is the preferred producer of most lauded indie band in Britain, The Strokes.Raphael produced The Strokes' debut album, Is This It, which was voted No 1 record of 2001 by Billboard, NME and Time among others.Their last record, Room on Fire, took three months rather than the scheduled seven weeks, and I only had three days off in the first 60 days I worked on it says Seattle-born Raphael."They had me working from 1pm till 7.30am every day for three months, except for 10 days when we went to Tokyo.The owners of the Café began to wonder where the influx of all these Russian people was coming from." Her Russian cheering section wasn't the only thing that set Spektor apart from other performers at the Sidewalk.While everyone else was strumming folk tunes, she was writing jaunty piano pieces and delivering them in her own peculiarly contorted, singsong style.