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Another Sunday Night Broadcast Coming Up

Following last night’s WXPN broadcast of Paul Simon’s Chicagoland concert, WTTS-Indianpolis is gearing up to bring listeners his show next Sunday night, November 20. Unlike yesterday’s broadcast, WTTS appears to broadcast online outside of the U.S., which will be a boon to fans worldwide. Sparse details are here. Read more →

Paul Simon, Live and in the Lobby

The funnest tour ever shows no signs of slowing down on its fall U.S. swing. While the spring featured Paul inviting fans on stage to perform with (or instead of) him, last night’s Oklahoma City show included another unexpected twist. Based on early reports, it sounds as if the sound system in the theatre broke down. While it was being… Read more →

“Live at Webster Hall”?

According to the singer’s official website, “Paul Simon: Songwriter,” a two-disc collection Simon “hand-picked,” spanning most of his career, will be released just after Simon’s 70th birthday: PAUL SIMON HAND-PICKS SONGS & PERFORMANCES FOR SONGWRITER, A NEW COLLECTION CHRONICLING FIVE DECADES OF MUSIC 2 Disc Set Illuminates Artist’s Evolution From 1960s to Present Available Monday, October 24 Songwriter is a selection of songs,… Read more →

Do You Live in Connecticut?

If you do, you’ll want to tune in to public television tonight: Paul Simon: Live at Webster Hall, New York (Hartford, CT – Sept. 9, 2011) – In June 2011, Paul Simon thrilled his hometown fans with a special club performance at New York City’s historic Webster Hall. The show was the culmination of a sold-out, two-month US tour about… Read more →

Paul Simon Back on Tour

If you haven’t seen Paul Simon on tour lately – and you’re reading this blog – and you live in or around any of the cities he’s visiting this fall, do yourself a favour and get a ticket. You’ll catch the show of the year, and you might even be invited onstage. DATE CITY, STATE VENUE TICKETS 10/17/2011 Phoenix, AZ… Read more →

Inspiration for “The Afterlife”?

In 2008, Paul Simon played the Montreux Jazz Festival the night after Leonard Cohen’s performance. The show was a loose one for Simon; it featured the debut of “Love and Hard Times” and included a more-or-less impromptu duet with Patti Austin on “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Simon took a moment, before the third song, “Outrageous,” to talk to the crowd:… Read more →

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Quick Hits

Some news and notes from around: Album art for So Beautiful Or So What has been released, on Paul Simon’s website. We think it’s pretty nifty. Paul Simon debuted “Getting Ready for Christmas Day” on The Colbert Report last week; the performance included the extended sample of Rev. Gates’s sermon, as well as a video put together for the song… Read more →

Paul Simon – “Getting Ready for Christmas Day” hits the web

Paul Simon’s new single, “Getting Ready for Christmas Day,” has hit the web. The song, off his upcoming album, So Beautiful or So What, is streaming at various corners of the web: Paul’s official (and currently-being-revamped) website, National Public Radio’s All Songs Considered and Stereogum. The song is about what you would expect from a Paul Simon Christmas tune: straight-up,… Read more →

Concord Records?

Last week we reported that Paul Simon has brought his solo catalogue back to Sony Records, with the company’s Legacy Recordings label planning to issue new remasters and, hopefully, some long-overdue DVDs (cough, Concert in the Park, cough). Given that we’ve been expecting this news since the spring, it seems natural to expect Simon to release his new album, So… Read more →

The Buzz Grows

Legendary rock critic Robert Hilburn of the L.A. Times weighs in on Paul’s new album on Twitter: COMING NEXT SPRING … a Brilliant new album from PAUL SIMON….titled “So Beautiful Or So What”. Easily his best since Graceland Read more →

Paul Simon back with Sony – Official

Second update: American Songwriter has the press release here. Update: And just like that, Paul’s site (formerly hosted by Warner Brothers) has flipped over to Sony, leaving the news item below gone forever. I’ll try to find a cached version of it, though presumably the press release will turn up eventually. Legacy Recordings, a branch of Sony, will issue “upgraded… Read more →

More new album news/Christmas song coming in a week or so?

The following comes from the Twitter feed of Bruce Warren, Assistant Station Manager for Programming at WXPN in Philadelphia: “new Paul Simon record is tropical acousticwave delicious. serious.” Following a reply (“There’s a new Paul Simon record? Today just got great.”) from New York music journalist Chris Barth, Warren replied, “yes, coming in March. he drops a “Xmas” song in… Read more →

Simon & Morgan & Rock

This might be the video of the year: Paul Simon checks in on a performance of “Scarborough Fair” by Tracy Morgan and Chris Rock, from Comedy Central’s “Night of Too Many Stars.” Predictably, the clip ends with Simon showing off his rap skills, doing a little bit of Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice.” Read more →

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New Album, “So Beautiful or So What,” due in early 2011

Paul Simon has published a review of Stephen Sondheim’s new collection of lyrics and stories, Finishing the Hat, in the New York Times. The Times reveals, in its quiet way, the title of Simon’s next album and its expected arrival. Some notes of interest from the captivating review: Sondheim quotes the composer-lyricist Craig Carnelia: “True rhyming is a necessity in… Read more →

New Album Notes

Here’s what we know about the next Paul Simon record: According to Rolling Stone, it’s done – and it’s great. RS published a small blurb in its current edition (with Barack Obama on the cover): Remember how awesome it was to realize that Dylan was back – and possibly better than ever? At 69, Paul Simon is poised for a… Read more →