Entries tagged with: Paul Simon
by Ian Chainey
King of the unibrow, Wally Moon. Your move, Anthony Davis
MLB's All-Star Game -- henceforth known as the Derek Jeter Invitational -- is in the rearview mirror and divisional battles are heating up. So, even if you're in Anthony Rendon's camp and can't stomach America's pastime, know that it's an exciting time for fans. Some fans. Jack White isn't exactly thrilled to be catching the Cubs. But, hey, suffering through a (mercifully demoted) Mike Olt plate appearance will do that to a human. At least Eddie Vedder looked chipper. Hopefully he'll be in good spirits again when he sings "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at tonight's (7/24) Cubs-Padres game.
Of course, those two aren't the only ones with a baseball jones. The supergroup The Baseball Project, featuring members of The Dream Syndicate and R.E.M., are in the middle of their tour which hit New Windsor, NY's Storm King and Hudson, NY's Club Helsinki earlier this week. The tour (check out all dates listed below) brings them to NYC on August 2 at Rough Trade, and to Rochester for a free show with Lucero even sooner. They'll also be playing the home of the Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, New York, the day before Brooklyn on August 1. That particular date should've set up a heck of a weekend in Cooperstown, with Paul Simon headlining the Hall of Fame Gala on August 2. Unfortunately, you're out of luck, as the gala has been canceled. Cliff Lee supplies the appropriate reaction for that one.
If you're looking for some baseball-themed tunes with more heft, Puig Destroyer grinds out blasts with the wild spirit of their namesake, Dodger lightning rod Yasiel Puig. The band -- which is something of a supergroup, counting members of Curl Up and Die, Kowloon Walled City and Thrice within the lineup -- made the Heavy Lowdown DL last week after their drummer caught a fastball to the face. Uh, ow. You can check out their 2013 release Wait for Spring below.
In related quick hits, Modern Baseball (nothing to actually do with baseball) will be touring again in September. Their run with Beach Slang hits Brooklyn Night Bazaar on September 5 with Chumped, and Crow Bait (free). And, finally, a minor league team in South Carolina decided to reprise Disco Demolition Night -- because the first one worked out so well -- with Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus albums and knickknacks. This one was dubbed Disco Demolition 2: You Better Belieb It and there's video below if you want two more minutes to regret when you're laid out on your death bed. (No word if Rivers Cuomo made it there.) Old Hoss Radbourn is probably not amused.
Streams from the Baseball Project (and their tour dates), Puig Destroyer, and Modern Baseball, and the Disco Demolition video, appear below...
Singer-songwriter Paul Simon said Monday that he and wife Edie Brickell "had an argument" before they were arrested Saturday.Yay!
Brickell, in a statement sent to CNN by her lawyer, said she started it.
"I got my feelings hurt and I picked a fight with my husband," Brickell said. "The police called it disorderly. Thank God it's orderly now"
Simon and Brickell were arrested on disorderly conduct charges by police investigating a family dispute at their New Canaan, Connecticut, home Saturday night, according to police. "Investigating officers gathered information and found probable cause to arrest" Simon, 72, and Brickell, 47, a police statement said.
The couple was released from custody Sunday morning.
They held hands when appearing before a judge in the Norwalk Superior Court Monday.
"Edie and I are fine," Simon said. "We're going to see our son's baseball game this afternoon."
Paul Simon @ Webster Hall, 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Trouble in paradise bewteen longtime maried couple Paul Simon and Edie Brickell:
Singers Paul Simon and his wife Edie Brickell were arrested over the weekend in Connecticut after police investigated a "family dispute," the New Canaan Police Department said.It was initially reported that Simon had been arrested on domestic violence charges but that has since been clarified as "disorderly conduct" for both. Neither he or Brickell -- who have been married since 1992 and have three children together -- were taken into custody.
Police said they responded at 8:20 p.m. on Saturday, gathered information and found probable cause to arrest Simon, 72, and Brickell, 47. Both were both charged with disorderly conduct, according to a news release from New Canaan Police. - [NBC Connecticut]
Paul Simon at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Songwriting legend Paul Simon was recently paid tribute to at Carnegie Hall and not long before that played 2 MSG shows w/ Sting. We didn't make it to the actual Carnegie Hall event, but we have pictures from the rehearsal the night before with Bob Mould, John Doe, Josh Ritter and more. The Wall Street Journal was at Carngie Hall though and writes:
After a slow start, perhaps attributable to a string of songs from Simon's early, more somber days, the concert found its footing in a stretch kicked off by Bob Forrest of Thelonious Monster and Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers with, of all things, a Ramones-like reading of "Motorcycle," a song Simon wrote in 1962 for Tico and the Triumphs. ("We be the troubled waters under the bridge," Haynes joked.) Isobel Campbell and Vetiver's Andy Cabic's cheery reading of "Born at the Right Time," and "Think Too Much" by TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe and Antibalas's Amayo tapped into Simon's compositional joy, and Brent Dennen's tender "Something So Right" and Dan Wilson's wonderful "Only Living Boy in New York" exposed his thoughtful side.More at the WSJ and at Rolling Stone. Paul also has a few more events coming up this year, including two in NYC, and one not far from here.
First, he'll be back at Carnegie Hall on April 17 performing as part of the 25th Anniversary of the Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert. This one includes his pal Sting too, plus James Taylor, Stephen Stills, Dionne Warwick, Kevin Spacey, Patti Scialfa (E Street Band), Chris Botti, Renée Fleming and more. Tickets ($150 - $600) are on sale now.
A few weeks later, Paul joins Linda and Arthur Carter for NYU's 2014 Vision Awards Gala taking place on May 7 at Beacon Theatre. The award "recognizes individuals whose creativity, passion, and innovative thinking have shaped the American experience." Tickets ($200 - $50,000) are on sale now. More info here.
And it's a bit upstate from NYC, but on August 2 Paul plays the Cooperstown Concert in celebration of The National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum's 75th Anniversary. Also at that show will be former Yankee Bernie Williams (who is also a jazz guitarist) and others. Tickets are on sale and more info is here for what could be a good weekend away if you're into Paul Simon and you or someone you know is a baseball fan.
Watch a video of Paul playing "Sound of Silence" from his BV-presented Webster Hall show in 2011, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Husker Du's Bob Mould & X's John Doe rehearsing Paul Simon @ City Winery
Tickets are still available for tonight's Paul Simon tribute show at Carnegie Hall with Allen Toussaint, Angelique Kidjo, Ben Sollee, Bettye LaVette, Bob Mould, Brett Dennen, Dan Wilson, Isobel Campbell & Andy Cabic, Joe Henry, Josh Ritter, Joy Williams, Judy Collins, L.P., John Doe, Madeleine Peyroux & Jon Herington, Sam Moore, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Bob Forrest & Gibby Haynes (who mentioned the show on the Daily Show), Richard Marx, Antibalas, Mike Gordon, and more.
Last night (3/30), as usual on the night before a Michael Dorf event at Carnegie Hall, there was a rehearsal at Dorf's club City Winery with many of the performers doing the same Paul Simon songs. We have pictures from that one along with the setlist of songs they played (TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe did 'Think Too Much'). Check out the setlist and more pics below...
Priests at MHOW in 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Priests, Downtown Boys, 1/2 of Swearin', Olga Bell @ MoMA PS1
DC punks Priests have a new album coming out on Don Giovanni (they just released the killer lead single), and many upcoming tour dates, three of which are in NYC. Today's show is a little different than the other two though. It's an afternoon show (3 PM start) "of discussion and music surrounding feminist punk rock with artists" as part of MoMA PS1's Sunday Sessions, and also includes fellow punk band Downtown Boys, 1/2 of Swearin' (Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride) and Dirty Projector Olga Bell. The artists will be in conversation with Pitchfork's Jenn Pelly.
King Parrot, Vattnet Viskar, Vaporizer, Highness @ Saint Vitus
Australian thrashers King Parrot and Northeast US black metallers Vattnet Viskar team up for what should be an excellent double bill at Saint Vitus tonight.
Vaz, Anwar Sadat, Guardian Alien, The Library Is On Fire @ Death By Audio
Louisville's Anwar Sadat make fast, angry post-punk that doesn't feel weird being compared to The Jesus Lizard or Big Black. Tonight's their second of two NYC shows this weekend, and really the whole bill is killer with noise crew Vaz, Guardian Alien (aka the insane drumming of ex-Liturgy skinsman Greg Fox plus lots of noise) and shoegazy punks The Library Is On Fire.
Antibalas, LP, Angelique Kidjo, John Doe & guests @ City Winery
City Winery founder Michael Dorf presents a Paul Simon tribute show at Carnegie Hall tomorrow, but at his own venue tonight there will be a live rehearsal show of Simon's music with the above-mentioned artists and other special guests.
Call Of The Wild, Tournament, Hellbear, Iron Force @ Union Pool
Heavy garage rockers Call of the Wild team up with their punky Brooklyn neighbors Tournament, their speed metal Brooklyn neighbors Iron Force, and Richmond's Hellbear. Earplugs recommended.
Lady Gaga @ Roseland Ballroom
The long-lived NYC venue Roseland Ballroom will be closing its doors in early April, but before then it will go out with seven Lady Gaga shows, this being the second.
Hannibal Buress, Michael Che, Bridget Everett, Kurt Metzger, DJ Roofeeo & "a VERY special musical guest" @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Hannibal Buress' birthday may be February 4, but he's choosing March 30 as the day of his birthday celebration at Knitting Factory, where he performs for every Sunday. A bunch of his friends are announced for this one, but what isn't announced is the "VERY special musical guest." Who could it be? Usually his shows are in the front room, but this time he takes over the main room, and its sold out.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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In celebration of her new book, Amy Yates Wuelfing appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night (3/25) to discuss her new book, No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History of the Legendary City Gardens, which focuses on the long-closed, famed NJ venue City Gardens.
Along with her on the show was Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes, who Amy (and co-author Steven DiLodovico) interviewed for the book, and whose band was one of Jon Stewart's (who bartended there) first shows at the venue with Dead Kennedys. You can watch a video of Amy, Gibby and Jon discussing the book and past experiences at the venue, below. Also keep an eye out for "Gwar" written on Gibby's arm in honor of the late Oderus Urungus.
As discussed, there are some upcoming live events for No Slam Dancing, including a signing/reading in NYC on April 19 at Jonathan Levine Gallery (529 W 20th St #9) from 3-5 PM.
Gibby Haynes will also be in NYC soon. He's taking part in Michael Dorf's Paul Simon tribute show which happens on Monday, 3/31 at Carnegie Hall. Gibby will be performing as a duo with Bob Forrest (Thelonius Monster, The Bicycle Thief), and other artists include Bob Mould (Husker Du, Sugar), Isobell Campbell (ex-Belle & Sebastian) with Andy Cabic (Vetiver), John Doe (X), Judy Collins, Ben Sollee, Bettye LaVette, Allen Toussaint Josh Ritter, Mike Gordon (Phish), Madeleine Peyroux with Jon Herington (Steely Dan), and more. Tickets for that show are still available.
Daily Show video below...
Paul Simon at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
City Winery founder Michael Dorf has announced this year's tribute show at Carnegie Hall to benefit NYC music education programs. (Last year was Prince, and he's done The Who, R.E.M., and others in previous years.) 2014's will be a tribute to Paul Simon on March 31 and the New York Times reports that Bob Mould, Ben Sollee, The Civil Wars' Joy Williams, Bettye LaVette, Dan Wilson,, composer Allen Toussaint and Madeleine Peyroux & Jon Herington, will be among the performers. Tickets are on sale now.
Paul Simon may or may not show up for his own tribute but you can definitely see him in NYC early that same month when his tour with Sting hits Madison Square Garden for two shows. The March 4 show is sold out but you can still get tickets for the March 6 date.
Bettye LaVette also plays NYC much sooner at Highline Ballroom on Sunday (1/12) with Stanley Clarke Trio and The Harlem String Quartet. Tickets for that show are still available.
photos by Adam Nelson | WORKHOUSE
The late Lou Reed was honored with a last-minute memorial in Harlem at the legendary Apollo Theatre last night (12/17), which was organized by his wife Laurie Anderson. The memorial saw some of Lou's notable friends/collaborators singing the songs of the Velvet Underground and his solo career plus reading or performing tributes to him, including Patti Smith and her bandmate Lenny Kaye, Antony Hegarty, Debbie Harry (of Blondie), Paul Simon, John Zorn, Philip Glass, former VU bandmate Moe Tucker, and others. An excerpt from the NY Times review of the show reads:
Ms. Anderson said that Mr. Reed wrote songs in single bursts. "He would wake up in the middle of the night and just write the song down and it was complete," she said. "He never changed a word. He thought, 'First thought, best thought.' "That review also points out that Laurie Anderson said Lou's last words were "Take me out into the light!"
Mr. Simon sang the Velvets' "Pale Blue Eyes," marveling at its beauty and admitting there were lines he never understood. Emily Haines, from the Canadian band Metric, sang "All Tomorrow's Parties," and Jenni Muldaur sang the pensive "Jesus." Deborah Harry rocked through "White Light/White Heat."
Ms. Smith chose "Perfect Day" for what she called "Lou's most poignant lyric": "You made me forget myself/I thought I was someone else, someone good." The a cappella doo-wop group the Persuasions reworked Mr. Reed's "Turning Time Around." Antony Hegarty, who appeared in the stage production of Mr. Reed's album "Berlin," performed a slow, poignant, tremulous "Candy Says." Julian Schnabel, who filmed "Berlin," calmly recited the patricidal, carnage-filled "Rock Minuet."
The saxophonist John Zorn represented Mr. Reed's improvisational side with a squealing, scurrying, exultantly perpetual-motion yawp of a solo. And Philip Glass, on piano, accompanied a recitation of the Kaddish prayer.
Pictures of the memorial are in this post. They continue below...
There's "not many tickets left" to the Paul Simon and Sting show at MSG (3/4), but they've since added a second night happening on March 6 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for the newly-added show go on AmEx presale today at 10 AM. Live Nation/Local presales start Thursday (11/21) at 10 AM, and general on-sale begins Friday, November 22 at 10 AM.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Paul Simon at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Songwriting legend Paul Simon is still going strong, having released the quality So Beautiful or So What back in 2011 and continuing to tour. Paul recently announced another tour to go down across the US and Canada in winter 2014 with Sting. The tour will feature the two musicians playing a collaborative set, in addition to solo sets from each of them. It hits NYC on March 4 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Tuesday (11/12) at 10 AM with a Live Nation/Local presale starting today (11/11) at 10 AM.
The two were last in NYC together for a benefit show at Radio City in 2012.
Last month, Paul released the massive box set, The Complete Albums Collection, which compiles all of his solo albums (including 1965's The Paul Simon Song Book, his solo album recorded during Simon & Garfunkel's career that included many songs which soon became Simon & Garfunkel songs), two live concerts, 37 tracks of bonus material, a 56-page book of photos and liner notes by Ashley Kahn. It might be a good holiday gift for your Paul Simon-obsessed loved ones. Two live videos from the concerts included on the box set, and the tracklist, are below.
All tour dates are listed, along with videos, below...
As mentioned, the 2013 New Yorker Festival happens October 4, 5, and 6. They just announced this year's line-up which, as usual, is a mix of interviews, talks, screenings, tours and a few live music performances.
On the music tip: Kim Gordon will talk with Alex Halberstadt and perform with her new band, Body/Head on October 5 at SIR Stage 37; actor and all-around cool guy Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) will talk with Burkard Bilger and perform with his indie rock band, Corporal at The Bell House on October 4; country music star Brad Paisley will be in conversation with music writer Kelefa Sanneh at Gramercy Theatre on October 5; and Paul Simon talks with Paul Muldoon at the SIR Stage 37 on October 6.
Other interesting New Yorker Fest happenings: "Without a Script" with Christopher Guest, Rachel Dratch, Aubrey Plaza, and Horatio Sanz; "An Evening with Funny or Die" with new and favorite clips from the website; an advance screening of Aziz Ansari's new Netfix comedy special, Buried Alive; and "First-Person Filmmaking" with directors Miranda July, Kenneth Lonergan, Terrence Nance, and Alex Karpovsky.
Tickets will go on sale on Friday, September 13 at noon. Full line-up is below...
still from 'Reflektor 9/9/9'
Yesterday, we posted that Arcade Fire would be premiering a new single on September 9 at 9 PM from their upcoming album (due out 10/29 via Merge). The band have just updated their website with another cryptic video titled "Reflektor 9/9/9." Watch it below.
In related news, you may remember that back in 2010 Peter Gabriel released a covers album, Scratch My Back, which featured him covering tracks by Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Lou Reed, David Byrne, Paul Simon, and more. He's now set to release its sequel, And I'll Scratch Yours, where those artists return the favor by covering Peter Gabriel songs. The album will be out on September 23 via Real World. Check out the tracklist below.
by Bill Pearis
Arriving on the mid-'70s London scene as a rough'n'ready product of the pub-rock era -- an R&B- loving Nick Lowe with a sharper, more ambitious pen, as it were -- Parker predated Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson, both of whom would second his illustration that the singer/songwriter idiom could be recharged, giving intelligent rock fans an excitable and energetic alternative to (slightly) older guardsmen like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Randy Newman and Van Morrison. - [Trouser Press]Last year, pub rock survivor Graham Parker reunited with his old band, The Rumour, to make Three Chords Good, their first album together in 31 years. You can stream the album below via Spotify.
Graham and the Rumour are currently touring the record in America and will be playing the previously mentioned NYC show at Concert Hall at the NY Society for Ethical Culture on Saturday (12/1, tickets) with openers The Figgs, and then The Paramount Theatre in Long Island on Sunday (12/2, tickets) which is a co-headling show with Ian Hunter. All tour dates are below.
Parker's had a long career, and had college radio hits with his 1988 album The Mona Lisa's Sister and has kept on going since. He may be about to get another moment in the spotlight as fan Judd Apatow tapped Parker to not only contribute songs to his new film, This Is 40, but also appear in the film. The comedy, a sideways sequel to Knocked Up (about Paul Rudd's character from that film) will be out in theaters December 21. The soundtrack was produced by Jon Brion and also features Norah Jones, Fiona Apple, Lindsay Buckingham, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Paul Simon, Wilco, Loudon Wainwright and more. Tracklist is below, as is the trailer for the film.
A list of tour dates, album stream, videos, and the This Is 40 trailer and soundtrack tracklist, below...
Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Edie Brickell, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, James Taylor, and more are playing the Children's Health Fund 25th Anniversary Concert at Radio City Music Hall on October 4. Tickets for that show are very expensive and on sale now.
Prong is playing Rocks Off cruise during CMJ on October 19 with Eminence and For Sleeping or Jumping. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Sam Sparro plays Webster Hall on November 30. Tickets go on sale at noon.
BAIO (aka Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend) is playing Glasslands on October 26 with Germany Germany. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Iggy Azalea and Havana Brown are opening for Rita Ora at Highline Ballroom on October 30. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Theophilus London is playing Gramercy Theatre on October 20 with Chip Tha Rippa and Phony PPL. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Tickets to the Owen shows at Mercury Lounge and Union Hall go on sale today at noon.
Sam Mickens also plays as a duo with Mike Pride at Death by Audio on October 14 with Aurora and Glockabelle.
Paul Simon at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
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.
A 25th anniversary tour to celebrate Paul Simon's landmark "Graceland" album next year is in the early planning stages. The tour would coincide with a "Graceland" box set that Sony Legacy will release in the late spring, most likely in May.Until those Graceland dates surface, you can settle on some regular Paul Simon dates in support of his recent LP So Beautiful or So What and his even newer Songwriter LP which is a collection of 32 career-spanning songs that includes a live version of "The Sound of Silence" that was recorded at the recent BrooklynVegan-presented Webster Hall show. You can watch a promo video for the album below.
Simon told Billboard.biz he intends to reunite musicians who toured with him in 1987, among them the South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
In July, Simon returned to South Africa with his band and performed with trumpeter Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo for a crowd of 300 people. Director Joe Berlinger, whose credits include documentaries on the West Memphis Three and Metallica, shot the performance for a film that will be included in a 25th anniversary box set. Berlinger's film is also expected to be submitted to film festivals.
"The documentary," Simon said, "took me back to the artistic aspects and the political aspects of making Graceland and the controversy that surrounded it and how it was resolved, plus what remains of it and what we learn from it."
Paul played a show last night in Atlantic City, NJ at Mark G. Etess Arena and plays another one again tonight (11/27) at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. A few select tickets are still available for tonight's show.
All dates and a few videos, below....
Peter Bjorn and John @ Antone's in June (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Chica Libre @ Barbes
* Swingadelic @ Maxwell's
* Cosmic Bee Bee's @ Zebulon
* Anthrax @ Best Buy Theater
* Gordon Lightfoot @ BB King's
* Ganglians, The Mumlers @ The Rock Shop
* Blondie, Lissy Trullie @ Highline Ballroom
* Youth Lagoon, Young Magic @ Mercury Lounge
* Peter, Bjorn & John, Memoryhouse @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Bachelorette, Regal Degal, Household @ Cake Shop
* The Dodos, The Luyas @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Raspberry Bulbs, FFH, Endless Humilation @ Lit Lounge
* Das Racist, Danny Brown, Despot @ Bowery Ballroom
* Karl Berger's Stone Workshop Orchestra @ The Stone
* Wolves in the Throne Room, Thou, Krallice @ The Bell House
* Teddybears, Kid Savant, Body Language, Alex English @ Irving Plaza
* Hot Tub w/ Todd Barry, Jiwon Lee, Franz Nicolay, more @ Littlefield
* Jim Campilongo Electric Trio with Tony Mason & Stephan Crump @ Living Room
* Highlife, Yoga Mom (Prince Rama), Swarms (Rings), DJ Tim Dewitt (Gang Gang Dance), Arch M @ Cameo Gallery
Youth Lagoon plays his first NYC show today.
Blondie play their first of two this week.
Peter Bjorn and John play their first of five this week.
Das Racist's show at Bowery Ballroom tonight is sold out. They just added one at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
In case you missed it, we posted a whole bunch of venue news over the weekend.
Paul Simon performed at Ground Zero on 9/11. Video below...
photos by Ryan Barkan, words by Andrew Sacher
Being that I'm admittedly too young to have seen Paul Simon in his prime, I wasn't totally sure what to expect from his BV-presented Webster Hall show last night (6/6). After watching him deliver a 26 song set, which failed to show any signs of slowing down, I lost sight of all expectations I had and embraced the fact that Paul Simon was just straight up impressive. The set spanned his entire career from his days in Simon & Garfunkel through his recently released So Beautiful or So What, and also included a few covers. The songs off So Beautiful or So What resonated as strongly as his earlier material and blended right in. During the song "Rewrite" I even found myself debating over which of his albums the song was on, only to later realize it was in fact a new one. The entire set was so consistent that choosing any sort of standout is difficult, though if I had to say, When Paul and his band flowed seamlessly from Jimmy Cliff's "Vietnam" into Paul's own classic, "Mother and Child Reunion," I was pleasantly caught off guard.
The real treats, however, came during the encores. After a massive end to the initial set, Paul and band left the stage only for Paul to return with nothing more than an acoustic guitar. He provided some foreshadowing guitar which eventually built into an extremely intimate version of the Simon & Garfunkel staple "Sounds of Silence." Contrasted with a largely upbeat set, that small dose of melancholy left the audience still, silent, and possibly even more captivated. The impact that song holds almost 50 years later isn't matched by many, and Paul Simon's still-strong deliverance is matched by even less. Paul's band returned to the stage and the encore continued for three more songs including a rendition of the George Harrison-penned "Here Comes the Sun."
When the first encore finished and the stage crew scrambled to set up another mic stand, it was obvious that the band was returning for a second encore. But little did I know, the second mic was being set up for none other than David Byrne. The fellow worldbeat loving New Yorker sounds like the most appropriate guest on paper (except for maybe Art Garfunkel) and it was even more than that in real life. As mentioned, David, Paul, and band performed Talking Heads' "Road to Nowhere" and Graceland favorite "You Can Call Me Al." Byrne left the stage and Paul Simon and band played two more, appropriately including "Still Crazy After All These Years," before taking their final bows and exiting the stage after playing "Crazy Love, Vol. II".
Check out more pictures from the show below...
Paul & David @ Webster Hall -- photo by Ryan Barkan
An already excellent show was made epic when David Byrne surprised everyone by joining Paul Simon on stage at Webster Hall to perform two songs during the encore last night (6/6). First Simon and band backed David as he sang Talking Heads hit "Road to Nowhere". Then, like they did at BAM in 2008, David and Paul traded verses on Simon hit "You Can Call Me Al". A full review and set of pictures (more like the above) from the Monday night club show are coming soon. In the meantime check out some videos people posted to Youtube, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Paul Simon at the 9:30 Club
"Simon packed his 2-hour set with lots of classics, a couple of new songs (which sounded great), and even a couple of covers. His voice still sounds beautiful and pure; his band is absolutely stellar, and their well-placed solos and occasional jams were spot on.Like he did in Chicago earlier in the month, and will do on June 6th at Webster hall in NYC, Paul Simon played a club show at the 9:30 Club in DC on Friday (5/27). He played the larger DAR Constitution Hall two nights earlier. He played The Borgata in Atlantic City last night (5/28).
Simon had just played DC's DAR Constitution Hall a few days ago to rave reviews. But the 9:30, which holds about 1,200 people, is one third the size of DAR. Seeing him in this intimate setting was quite an experience and the (over)sold-out crowd showed him much love throughout the night." [club D]
A few more pictures from DC club show, the setlist, and the popular internet video of fan Paul Fournier singing with Paul Simon on stage at the bigger DC show, below...
Probot members Dave Grohl & Lemmy
As previously discussed, this weekend is the Hangout Music Fest in Gulf Shores, Alabama (May 20-22, 2011). As we wrote, "Hang Out Music Fest is heavy on the jam bands, but will also feature appearances from Paul Simon, The Black Keys, The Flaming Lips, My Morning Jacket, Foo Fighters, Motorhead, Cee Lo, Girl Talk, Minus The Bear, El Mariachi Bronx and many more over its three days." If you can't be there, iClips will be streaming performances online all weekend.
Speaking of Paul Simon, his tour just got bigger with the addition of another NYC show.
Speaking of My Morning Jacket and streaming, they'll be streaming a live show on May 31st directed by Todd Haynes.
Speaking of Foo Fighters, Motorhead and El Mariachi Bronx, BBG writes, "there's something wrong with the world when Motorhead is hitting the road supporting Foo Fighters, but nevertheless they're doing that right now with Biffy Clyro. Those dates include a showing at the Hangout Festival and conclude when Foo Fighters hit Sasquatch on May 27th."
Foo Fighters are also planning a trip to the Northeast, and have announed more dates that include one in the NYC-area at Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ on 9/26. Tickets go on sale 5/20 at 10AM and support at the NJ date, as with all dates on that leg, will come from Rise Against (who just played T5 twice two weeks ago with Bad Religion) and Mariachi el Bronx (who recently played Highline Ballroom, are also playing Hangout, and are playing a boat as the Bronx).
All FF tour dates and some video is below.
NYC did just get two nights of Paul Simon at the fabulous Beacon Theater, but I still couldn't help feeling left out since the March announcement of rare Paul Simon club dates. Seattle, LA, San Francisco, Toronto, Chicago, DC and even Boston were given chances to experience Paul up close and personal . NYC wasn't included... until now. BrooklynVegan is proud to present Paul Simon at Webster Hall on June 6! (at 8pm)
Tickets for the NYC club date will go on sale to the public on May 25 at 10am (via Ticketmaster), but there will also be a presale beginning exactly 24 hours earlier. Check in right here on BrooklynVegan.com on the morning of May 24 for presale details and a password.
UPDATE: Password HERE.
You can also try and WIN two tickets on the BrooklynVegan Facebook page now. All tour dates, Philadelphia on June 4 & 5 included, are listed below.
Paul's Chicago club show happened on Monday at the Vic. Greg Kot was there...
"Paul Simon has played stadiums and festivals. He's done Central Park. So it was a treat Monday to see one of the most venerated songwriters of the last half-century turn the relatively intimate, sold-out Vic Theatre into his living room.The full Chicago setlist, all tour dates, and videos of Paul performing new songs "Rewrite" and "So Beautiful or So What" on Saturday Night Live over the weekend (Ed Helms was the host), below...
The 69-year-old singer-songwriter dressed for the occasion in loose-fitting jeans and black T-shirt underneath an unbuttoned shirt. His eight-piece multi-culti band framed him, with Simon at times resembling a crossing guard at a three-way intersection as he directed musical traffic. His foot tapped, his arms waved, he crouched and jutted a guitar toward his musicians, he even played an air washboard solo...