Regina Spektor’s Music Corner Ep. 1: VICE News Tonight (HBO)

Singer-songwriter Regina Spektor makes her debut on this week’s Music Corner with a special holiday episode, reviewing songs by Gwen Stefani, Hanson, DMX, and Sia.

After hearing Hanson’s track, Spektor said a holiday song, “has to be pure, pure joy. Otherwise it just becomes the sound of capitalism.”

“I’m Jewish, but then again, most Christmas songs were written by Jews. I am a true authority on Christmas songs,” says Spektor.

Spektor spent her early childhood in Moscow, when it was the Soviet Union, and moved to the U.S. at age nine.

“Religion was illegal, so nobody got to practice their religion. And then when we came to New York…it was the first time anyone in my family had the chance to explore Jewish culture, Jewish roots, and then all of a sudden it felt like, ‘we can’t put up a Christmas tree,’ or like, ‘we can’t sing Christmas songs,” says Spektor.

Spektor revealed that she couldn’t bring herself to write a Christmas song, for profit.

“I definitely wouldn’t want to do it for like personal gain. Maybe for charity. I would feel good because I’d be like, ‘hey I’m just bringing Christmas songs for like this charity and it’s okay because the money is going over there,” Spektor added.

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