Chances are good that those are the only places you've heard her, because until last week, her new album had been sitting on a shelf for more than a year.
Spektor's third album, Soviet Kitsch, was recorded in New York and London during December 2002.
I saw her pen for the Strokes in the fall of 2003 at the Hollywood Paladium (the same day that Elliott Smith died).
Sometimes an artist's greatest songwriting aid isn’t their instrument but the famous person who inspired them to pen a song in the first place.
I said 'Uh, I have a show there tonight, and I forgot when it was.' But they believed me, so everyone in my family came out to see me play.' 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 self-releasing her first three records and gaining popularity in New York City's independent music scenes, particularly the anti-folk scene centered on New York City's East Village, Spektor signed with Sire Records in 2004 and began achieving greater mainstream recognition.Spektor was born in 1980 in Moscow, Soviet Union, to a musical Russian Jewish family.