We mentioned that over the weekend Joanna Newsom joined Jon Brion and the Wordless Orchestra for their live-scoring of frequent Newsom collaborator Paul Thomas Anderson's 2002 film Punch-Drunk Love in LA. That event, which finds Brion himself performing his own (great) score from the (great) movie over a new score-less 35MM print of the film, is headed to NYC soon. It will be at BAM on March 19, and tickets are on sale now. The film, which stars Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Luis Guzman, benefits from Brion's extremely distinctive score that covers a huge emotional range, from harsh, loud and confusing to sweet and melancholy over the course of the film.

Newsom joined Brion and his orchestra for "He Needs Me," which Harry Nilsson wrote for Robert Altman's 1980 film Popeye and features prominently in the film.  At the NYC performance those duties will be filled by Norah Jones. Check out the trailer for Punch-Drunk Love (which gives you some taste of Brion's score) and the recording of "He Needs Me" (as originally sung by Shelley Duvall) below.

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