Posted in movies | music on August 23, 2012

Paul Simon at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Paul Simon

Back in 2011, Paul Simon played a small (for him) club date in NYC, a BrooklynVegan-presented Webster Hall show, and that show is now being turned into a live album/film called Paul Simon Live in New York City which will be out on 2-CD / 1-DVD on September 18. That show was part of Paul's tour of his 2011 LP, So Beautiful or So What, and included a number of tracks off of that album, in addition to many of his classics like "Mother and Child Reunion," "The Sound of Silence," "The Only Living Boy in New York," and others.

Based on the tracklist, which you can check out below, it won't be including the part of the encore when David Byrne came out to perform "You Can Call Me Al" and the Talking Heads' "Road to Nowhere" with Paul, or Paul's cover of "Here Comes the Sun," but the majority of the show was captured and will be available. To get a glimpse of what you can expect, check out a video of Paul and his band playing "Dazzling Blue" at that show, along with the film trailer below.

Those videos, the cover art, and tracklist are below.


Paul Simon - "Dazzling" from 'Live in New York City'

'Paul SImon Live in New York City' Trailer

Paul SImon Live in New York City CD

Paul Simon Live In New York City tracklist:
The Obvious Child
Dazzling Blue
50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
So Beautiful Or So What
Mother And Child Reunion
That Was Your Mother
Hearts And Bones
Crazy Love, Vol. II
Slip Slidin' Away
The Boy In The Bubble
The Only Living Boy In New York
The Afterlife
Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes

The Sound Of Silence
Gone At Last
Late In The Evening
Still Crazy After All These Years



Comments (34)


Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2012 5:20 PM

who cares about anything but Quicksand!

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2012 5:20 PM

Art Garfunkel is doing something as well.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2012 5:25 PM

Right up there with a fleetwood mac tribute album...another thing this world doesn't need

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2012 5:36 PM

Aging baby boomer rock, one of his newer songs is about the bureaucracy in heaven.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2012 5:50 PM

funny, anyone bashing this as old aging baby boomer rock wasn't at this show.

It was full to capacity with 20 something hipsters.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2012 6:17 PM

Haters gonna hate. It was a great show. Everyone on Brooklyn Vegan sucks. Except you (maybe.) But probably not.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2012 6:24 PM

this white boy got rhythm.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2012 7:44 PM

Cash grab. For BV.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2012 9:09 PM

Do people really like this little jewboy? can't stand the sight of him. can't stand his voice.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2012 9:12 PM

Watched this on PBC and recorded it last year and have watched it at least 10 times since then. Paul Simon is amazing and I look forward to purchasing this CD/DVD.

Posted by Liz | August 23, 2012 9:28 PM

A living legend. Top 10 US artists ever for sure.

Posted by P.A. | August 23, 2012 9:30 PM

i was there, byrne encore was the best part of the show by far, tragedy it's not on this, but still a great show overall

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2012 9:35 PM

Was there, still aging boomer rock, keep telling yourselves you're hip 20 somethings

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2012 9:52 PM

What about the songs with David Byrne?

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2012 10:05 PM

Anyone with a double digit IQ loves Paul Simon!

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2012 10:07 PM

DVD comes with a 50 cent off coupon for Sabra Hummus. Killer tie-in!

Posted by The Mighty KC | August 23, 2012 11:57 PM

"gramps, did you like paul simon?"

"no way, i never liked weak shit"

"so what did you like?"

"acid. speed. weed. lots of weed. and blue cheer"

Posted by DearGrandPa | August 24, 2012 12:45 AM

You know the Onion just ran a story on Paul Simon plagiarism from lots of his songs. Although of course its satire, theres more than little truth in there.,29078/

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2012 2:04 AM

pawl symun's hair is already a ghost

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2012 2:04 AM

Wow, this sounds like a great deal! I will get it!

Posted by Zalando Gutschein 2012 | August 24, 2012 3:14 AM

I was 10 ft off the stage and he looked kinda baked that night. Does Paul imbibe in the sticky icky?

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2012 7:30 AM

I,m wrapped about this release. I've listened to as many songs as I could on you tube from this concert, and was disappointed I there wasn't an DVD of it, and now there is.

I wasn't a bid fan of Paul Simon's back in the day, preferring Jimi Hendrix etc. I thought Paul was a bit wet. I started listening to his recent stuff a few months ago and found So Beautiful or So What from the Webster hall concert. I love this band. It is just soooo good!

Paul Simon has become a musicians musician with a band to match. Wow!

Posted by Dwave | August 24, 2012 9:36 AM

He is an Incredible man! I love him <3
His voice is still amazing after over 50 years of singing, writing and performing unbelievably amazing songs that will last forever.
Keep writing Paul! :D xxx

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2012 9:43 AM

paul simon is a legend. anyone bashing him is a fucking clueless douchebag.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2012 11:45 AM

Paul Simon is incredible and anyone who says he's not obviously don't know what good music is! I went to his Graceland concert in July and I loved every second of it. I'm only 16 yet I know and love almost all of his songs both solo and with Garfunkel. He is So Beautiful.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2012 12:20 PM

i am also only 16, and i groove to paul simon, you are all just jealous of him and his success and the success of his fans and their good feelings, i hope you find peace

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2012 12:31 PM

Sticky Icky or No Sticky Icky?

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2012 12:38 PM

I am -2, and I am literally just a twinkle in the eyes of my future father (whose hands I have pirated to type this ... don't ask). Anyway, as I was saying, I can't really speak English yet (yeah I pirated his speech center too, so sue me) but I think that this Paul Simon character has some good lyrics to those songs that get my maybe mommies so weepy (don't cry, maybe mommy!). All that aside, he has stolen a great deal of material from many other artists, and was only magnanimous in giving credit when courts ordered him to do so. All this to say that although I am younger than most of you all here (chronologically at least), I don't think that I can get behind a music thief. Grow some funk of your own, grandpa! (maybe mommy from last week was an Elton John fan, before he got all gay and Disney on us).

Posted by You can call me Sal | August 24, 2012 1:14 PM

I was at this show. It was amazing. I think the David Byrne part was taken out because he fell backwards during one of the songs.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2012 9:14 PM

great !
eh Paul when dou you come in France ??

Posted by rongier | August 25, 2012 4:40 AM

>> You know the Onion just ran a story on Paul Simon plagiarism from lots of his songs. Although of course its satire, theres more than little truth in there.,29078/

More than a little truth? And what is this mythical "more than a little truth"? The well known criticisms relate to:
* Scarborough Fair/Canticle: apparently copyrighted by Simon, even when being an old well known folk song? But isn't it the particular combination of Scarborough Fair and the Simon song "On the Side of the Hill" that is copyrighted?
* "The Myth of Fingerprints" -- there seems to be two versions of that story. Which one is the true one, I don't know. In any way, that particular song is not a favourite of mine, and in my view the album would have gained by leaving it out.
* Other songs from Graceland? The recent Graceland documentary makes it clear that the songs based on jam sessions and previous songs have been heavily rearranged in studio, in many cases to being "unrecognizable" from the jamming. And for most of the songs, credit is shared.
* "American Tune" -- the melody is based/very similar to a 17th century melody later used heavily by Bach, e.g in St Matthew's Passion.
* "Richard Corey" is based on a 19th century poem.
Ok -- maybe there is more? But what about others? Another of my favourites, Van Morrison: one song on the Moondance album has a verse which is more or less identical to a verse in an Elvis hit. Bob Dylan: several songs heavily influenced by previous work by others. Etc, etc.
Back to Simon and the "more than a little truth" idea: where is the borderline between plagiarism and being inspired? Is Simon worse than others? In my view, much of such myths are spread by people who are envious of the success of other people, or are just clueless.

Posted by BLI | August 25, 2012 4:43 AM

I love Paul Simon. ur music's magic!!!!! I LOVE U.

Posted by erika lopez | August 25, 2012 11:02 PM

An superb posting with great points, We’ve been a lurker proper here for some time but wish to be far far more involved from now on.

Posted by jocuri | August 28, 2012 1:49 AM

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