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“Love in Hard Times: The Music of Paul Simon,” a monthlong artist-in-residence gig began last night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The examination of Paul’s work is composed of a suite of three concerts over three April weekends, beginning with “Songs from the Capeman,” a musical staging of Paul’s Broadway musical; “Under African Skies,” a retrospective of his African… Read more →

Best Homeward Bound

“Homeward Bound” exists in many incarnations. From the folk-rock Simon & Garfunkel arrangement of the 1960s to the Flamenco and piano jazz Simon & Garfunkel take from 2003-04, Paul Simon’s best road song has clearly stood the test of time. But what’s the best version? Well, I’m partial to the “Old Friends” tour approach, which highlighted the band. Warren Bernhardt… Read more →

A Boxer and Child Reunion of Sorts

The opening bars to “The Boxer,” perhaps Paul Simon’s most enduring song, are instantly recognizable because of one man: Fred Carter Jr., the Nashville session player whose cascading melody line (in an alternate tuning) introduces the song’s first verse. Fred’s daughter, Deana, is releasing an album in October that features both her dad’s playing and a version of “The Boxer”… Read more →

Simon & Garfunkel Mayer Eno Masekela?

In an interview with the Scotsman on Sunday, legendary flugelhorn player and Graceland show star Hugh Masekela hinted at a possible world tour with Paul Simon: Masekela and Simon reunite over Darfur MIKE WADE LEGENDARY musicians Hugh Masekela and Paul Simon – who played together in the controversial Graceland tour of 1986 – are to reunite in a series of… Read more →

Simon & Garfunkel Down Under?

The Australian Herald-Sun reports that S&G might be headed there in early 2008: Simon and Garfunkel set for tour Promoters are negotiating to bring legendary folk duo Simon and Garfunkel to Australia. Dates have been tentatively locked in for early next year, with two rival promoters now bidding. The pair, whose infighting over money is legendary, last re-formed for a… Read more →

The Essential Paul Simon Debuts at #42

From Billboard on July 4: Other notable debuts this week include Pearl Jam’s seven-disc live boxed set “Live at the Gorge” (Monkeywrench/Rhino), which sold 19,000 to land at No. 36. The Paul Simon double-disc “Essential” album (Warner Bros.) starts at No. 42 with 17,000, while late Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo’ole debuts at No. 44 with “Wonderful World,” selling 17,000 units.… Read more →

USA Today

In advance of Wednesday night’s broadcast of the Gershwin Award show (more on that soon), USA Today’s great music writer Edna Gunderson talks to Paul Simon. While Simon seems to be out of the writing cycle (his comment about the place of the album in today’s marketplace is sadly astute) he seems ready to hop back in at any moment.… Read more →

“Tarde En La Noche”

Today’s release from the Spanish Harlem Orchestra features a bilingual re-take of a Paul Simon classic. “Late in the Evening/Tarde En La Noche” is a gem, a dreamy, swingy, Salsa remake of a great track. Simon sings the first verse in a dreamy falsetto, slipping into his tenor for the remainder of the song, evoking both the gorgeous, Latin-infused Doo-Wop… Read more →

Gershwin Prize Concert Details

According to TicketMaster, the concert honouring Paul Simon upon his receipt of the first annual Gerswhin Prize for Popular Song will feature a number of new and familiar faces to Paul Simon fans. Held in Washington on May 23, and broadcast on PBS at the end of June, the concert will feature: Yolanda Adams, Marc Anthony, Dixie Hummingbirds, Jerry Douglas, Art… Read more →

Simon, Garfunkel & Young

In 1993, Simon & Garfunkel joined Neil Young for a benefit show supporting the Children’s Health Fund, a charity co-founded by Paul Simon in the 1980s. At the end of Young’s opening set, Simon & Garfunkel joined him for a pair of hauntingly beautiful performances, both Neil Young classics. Helpless Only Love Can Break Your Heart Read more →

Bound For Europe?

It seems rumours of a Simon summer swing through Europe might be on the mark. This website lists Paul Simon as a performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival in July, though a date has not been determined. Earlier reports pegged Simon at a Rome music festival on July 13th, though nothing has been confirmed yet. Stay tuned. Here’s hoping the… Read more →

Simon & Garfunkel At The Movies

According to the Hollywood Reporter, a couple of the producers of “Little Miss Sunshine” are working on a film named after the Simon & Garfunkel song that was featured in the recent film “Garden State.” Seth Gordon is set to direct “The Only Living Boy In New York“: Helmer Seth Gordon is teaming with “Little Miss Sunshine” producers Albert Berger… Read more →

See Paul Simon for only Ten Grand

From a post to the Google group “YOUNGANDWEALTHY”: Date Apr 23, 2007 6:00PM Location New York, NY USA Cost 1,250.00 Dress business formal (jacket & tie) Address Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street, New York City. Details We Are Family Fifth Annual Celebration Monday, April 23rd 2007 We Are Family Foundation Celebration will honor music legends Dionne Warwick,… Read more →

Simon & Garfunkel Reunite with South African Record

On the heels of their successful outings in North America and Europe in 2003 and 2004, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel announced today their studio reunion. The pair will draw on South African influences, which Simon first explored (apparently, it was revealed, on Garfunkel’s advice) in the mid-1980s. Additionally, the duo plan to split the songwriting duties. “Now that our… Read more →