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Paul Simon, David Byrne & friends @ BAM, April 12, 2008 (judester1213)
David Byrne and Paul Simon

David Byrne and Paul SimonNobody sings a Paul Simon song better than Paul Simon - except maybe David Byrne. The former Talking Head front man burned down the house at Wednesday's Brooklyn Academy of Music gala, bringing his signature wiggles and yelps to "You Can Call Me Al" and "I Know What I Know." Simon told us: "David's the only person I could think of, besides me, who has a New York sensibility and knows those African grooves." Simon, who also performed with Brazilian chanteuse Luciana Souza and may take his "Capeman" songs on tour, added, "I've known David for years, but we've become close friends in the last six months." Byrne told us he's collaborating with their mutual friend Brian Eno "for the first time in 20 years. Brian had written a lot of music, but needed some words, which I know how to do. What's it sound like? Electronic gospel. That's all I'm saying." [Daily News]
Sunday night was the last "UNDER AFRICAN SKIES" show (the David Byrne ones). "SONGS FROM THE CAPEMAN" happened in early April. The third and final of week of Paul Simon's residency is called "AMERICAN TUNES". That kicks off April 23rd with the hilarious (to me) bill that includes both Grizzly Bear (one of my favorites) AND Josh Groban (one of my mom's favorites). More pics and stuff below....

Paul Simon, David Byrne & friends @ BAM, April 12, 2008 (judester1213)
David Byrne and Paul Simon

Paul Simon

What does a lil' ol' boy from Forest Hills, Queens, know about the so-called dark continent? As Paul Simon has proven over the years, plenty. Simon has never posited himself as an ethno-musicologist, but his everyman approach to African forms has always worked in his favor, since he's drawn attention to the inherent emotional similarities in the varied musical forms, rather than emphasize stylistic exotica.
That was clear throughout this concise two-hour program, which served as the bedrock for BAM's annual gala -- an event that drew an aud dominated by nonpartisans who readily responded to the immediately infectious sounds that emanated from the Harvey Theater stage on Wednesday night. [Variety]
"For Melillo, having Simon in the house under any capacity is a welcome addition to the theater, and he notes that negotiations are going on to create an album from the series of concerts." [Hollywood Reporter]

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Comments (15)

Wow Paul Simon looks really old!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2008 10:47 AM

strangely low energy show until david byrne appeared.

Posted by bam is great | April 14, 2008 11:23 AM

I saw the Friday show. I was very impressed with the overall production and sound. Paul Simon had on hand an excellent array of talented musicians and vocalists.

I'm not really into Paul Simon, and I didn't know most of the music, but I still enjoyed the show.

Posted by Dan | April 14, 2008 11:34 AM

what time does Vanpire Weekend go on?

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2008 11:44 AM

Does anyone have any idea when a David Byrne proper show is coming up?

Posted by Mark B. | April 14, 2008 11:47 AM

"Does anyone have any idea when a David Byrne proper show is coming up?"

It's overdue!

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2008 11:50 AM

"David's the only person I could think of, besides me, who has a New York sensibility and knows those African grooves."

A middle-aged geeky white guy from Baltimore is the only person Paul Simon knows that fits that description?

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2008 11:50 AM

I hope they release a video. I was bummed that I couldn't make it to these shows!

Posted by camille | April 14, 2008 12:02 PM

they were recording the concert so there may be a dvd out at some point

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2008 12:10 PM

I agree with BAM Is Great 11:23 am. Not just strangely low energy, but pleasantly bland is how I'd describe it - not boring exactly, but nothing special. Until David Byrne showed up, then wham! The whole place exploded. He was exceptional. I was there for several Talking Heads shows in the early '80's, and this came close. Only for a few songs, unfortunately.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2008 12:36 PM

"Your mother likes Josh Groban" is so the new "Your momma sews socks that smell."

Posted by J | April 14, 2008 12:54 PM

Nobody loves me but BV's mama, and sometimes I think she's jiving, too.

Posted by B.B. Groban | April 14, 2008 6:06 PM

There's some youtube video of Byrne at BAM up now that I embedded on my site.

Posted by SAK | April 16, 2008 4:21 AM


Um...Paul Simon IS really old.

Say what you will about the man, but he's done some great music. "Graceland" got all the world-music hype, but to be honest, "Rhythm of the Saints" was a shimmeringly-gorgeous album, so much better than "Graceland" as a unified record, and stands the test of time to this day as one of the best records of the Nineties.


Posted by funkjester | July 16, 2008 6:45 PM

in your face

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2009 12:31 PM

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