Entries tagged with: Paul Williams

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Daft Punk

Daft Punk are making a comeback this year with Random Access Memories (due out 5/21 via Columbia imprint Daft Life Limited), their first album since 2005's Human After All. They haven't revealed any full tracks from it yet, but from those two 15 second clips, we basically already know that we love it. Unfortunately, we New Yorkers never get a chance to see them. All they seem to do these days is pop up at Phoenix shows (but not last Friday's show), and then that secret show at 285 Kent turned out to be an April Fool's joke. Who knew?!

Luckily, we will get a chance to see the eight piece Daft Punk Tribute Band, imported from Toronto, who play NYC on July 3 at Highline Ballroom. What's more, we even know what time they go on (10 PM). Reportledly, these guys "have been melting faces and liquifying dancefloors with sold out shows at the most prestigious clubs and concert halls across Canada" since 2009. We can't wait to get our faces melted, Canadian style, in NYC. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

In terms of the real Daft Punk, the rumored tracklist of their new album features appearances by Julian Casablanacas, Giorgio Moroder, Pharrell, DJ Falcon, Todd "The God" Edwards (who sang on Discovery), and Paul Jackson Jr. (who played guitar for Michael Jackson), in addition to previously announced guests, Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams, and Panda Bear.

Like Giorgio Moroder just did, Todd Edwards also discussed the new album in a video interview, which you can watch, along with a live video and check out the full rumored collaborators list, below.

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by Bill Pearis

Paul Williams

Paul Williams, who wrote hits for The Carpenters, Barbra Streisand, Three Dog Night, and the songs for The Muppet Movie, Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas, and Phantom of the Paradise, is not only still alive (as confirmed by last year's documentary) but he's still making music. He's one of the many collaborators on Daft Punk's new album, and he worked with the Scissor Sisters a few years ago on their second album. Among other accomplishments, he is, in general, a cool dude.

He's also got an NYC residency coming up this summer at swanky supper club Cafe Carlyle from April 23 - May 4. You can make reservations here or call 212.744.1600.

A few Paul Williams videos are below.

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by Bill Pearis

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There have been rumors flying that Daft Punk would release a new album in 2013 and it's looking that that's going to happen. Both Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter are confirming the the French electro duo have signed with Columbia Records. The Guardian, meanwhile, reports that the new album will be out in May. The album reportedly features guest appearances from Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams (!), Animal Collective's Panda Bear and more.

Not counting 2010's TRON: LEGACY soundtrack, Daft Punk's last album was 2005's underwhelming Human After All. The band last played NYC at Coney Island in 2007 but did make an appearance at Phoenix's Madison Square Garden show in 2010.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris Graham)UMO

today in NYC
* Rob Curto @ Barbes
* Gary Jules @ Joe's Pub
* Neil Diamond @ Jones Beach
* Howard Fishman @ Barbes
* Lana Del Rey @ Irving Plaza
* Vinicius Cantuaria @ The Stone
* W4 New Music @ 92YTribeca
* DanceNOW [NYC] @ Joe's Pub
* Harper Blynn, Beca @ Mercury Lounge
* Little, Big, My M.O., Wazu @ Union Hall
* Moon Hooch, Inky Jack @ Knitting Factory
* Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Muck, Dog Day, Plastic Gods @ Cake Shop
* Los Straitjackets, Eilen Jewell @ City Winery
* Totem, Y/Y, Body Building, KNTRLR @ XPO 929
* Erotic City (live tribute to Prince) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Internet Xplorer, RAVVES, Getawolfpup @ Glasslands
* The Cult, Against Me!, The Icarus Line @ Terminal 5
* Witch Mountain, Pilgrim, Lord Dying, Bezoar @ Saint Vitus
* Jan Jelinek, Andrew Pekler, Dan Friel @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Mode Moderne, Plastic Flowers, Night Vision @ Shea Stadium
* Zomby, $hayne, Grayson Revoir, Johnny Misheff @ Santos
* Darmstatdt 2012: Music of Gordon Mumma @ Issue Project Room
* Jangula, Otis Heat, Yellow Dogs, Phone Home @ Mercury Lounge
* Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Doldrums, Field Mouse @ Glasslands
* Chordashian, Paul Raffaele, Kid Color @ Le Bain at The Standard
* Southern Culture On The Skids, Labretta Suede and The Motel 6 @ Maxwell's
* Rhett Miller & The Serial Lady Killers, The Spring Standards @ Bowery Ballroom
* DIIV, Mac DeMarco, MINKS, Life Size Maps, Crinkles, Turnip Kings @ 285 Kent Ave
* Peanut Butter Lovesicle, Clear Plastic Masks, The Click Clack Boom @ Cameo Gallery
* Grand Rapids, Darlings, Evi Antonio, Daytona, The Doozies @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* The Prefab Messiahs, Spectre Folk, Bobb Trimble's Flying Spiders, Weyes Blood @ Death By Audio
* The Psyched, The Jigglers, Moonmen On The Moon, Man, Organs, The Thing with Two Heads @ Public Assembly
* Jen Urban & The Box, Alyson Greenfield, Beautiful Small Machines, Indiggo Twins, Luxe Pop, Run For Cover @ Pianos

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At the cineplex, cigar lover and filmmaker Ridely Scott returns to science fiction in Prometheus, the "non-prequel" to Alien which Roger Ebert gave four stars. Watch the trailer below.

Or go see documentary Paul Williams Still Alive at Angelica with a post-screening Q&A with the man himself. He wrote "The Rainbow Connection," you know.

Speaking of movies, the July 18 NYC screenings of LCD Soundsystem's Shut Up and Play the Hits are sold out, but you can watch a clip from it -- "Dance Yourself Clean" -- at the bottom of this post.

Dirty Projectors made a strobe-happy video for "Gun Has no Trigger" which you can watch below.

Peaking Lights just posted a stream for their gurgling, meandering "Beautiful Son" from new album Lucifer which is out June 18. Listen to it below.

What else?

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by Bill Pearis

Paul Williams

It's quite the résumé: writer of hit songs for the Carpenters, Barbra Streisand and the Muppets; delightfully villainous costar of Brian De Palma's cult classic Phantom of the Paradise; one of Johnny Carson's favorite guests. Paul Williams has lived a life most would envy, but according to Stephen Kessler's revealing documentary, he's only just begun. This isn't your standard talking-heads hagiography. Kessler began filming as a fan first, attending a Williams concert in Canada after he discovered his childhood idol, long out of the Hollywood limelight, was still alive and well. He slowly works his way into the legendary singer-songwriter's confidence, accompanying him to a variety of events--celebrity golf tournament, autograph signings, performances around the globe--and probes his subject about his colorful past. [Time Out NY]
One of the coolest cats of the '70s, Paul Williams' songwriting credits include The Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun" and "Rainy Days and Mondays," The Monkees' "Someday Man," the theme to The Love Boat, and all the songs for The Muppet Movie, Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas, Phantom of the Paradise and Bugsy Malone. He also starred in Phantom of the Paradise, and had roles in Smokey & the Bandit and '60s cult film The Loved One, among other works. More recently he collaborated with The Scissor Sisters on their 2006 album Tah-Dah. Paul Williams Still Alive opens in NYC on Friday, June 8 at the Angelika in NYC. Paul Williams will be at the 8PM screenings on Friday (6/8) and Saturday (6/9) for a post-screening Q&A. He's gotta have a lot of good stories.

Watch the trailer for Paul Williams Still Alive below, along with some tv clips of Paul in his '70s prime.

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