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 →

Paul Simon back with Sony – Official?

We’ve heard rumours for a while about the imminent return of Paul Simon’s albums to Sony (he’s been with Warner since One-Trick Pony). Rumours heated up when Simon’s music disappeared from iTunes. Well, the solo albums are back online, and the copyright info refers to a license to Sony Entertainment. While this will unlikely affect much – it will make… Read more →

Simon & Baez

As Rolling Stone reported (and as the Children’s Health Fund live-tweeted), Joan Baez joined Paul Simon after his short set in support of the CHF Wednesday night in New York. Simon & Baez dueted on “The Boxer,” as they did at the Bread & Roses concert nearly thirty years ago. Baez was being recognized by the CHF, which Simon co-founded… Read more →

New Album News

According to Roger Friedman, Paul Simon has been a busy man lately: His next album, which he’s been working on with Phil Ramone, is almost done and is, according to Paul, his “best work… in 20 years.” He’s thinking of asking Bob Dylan to sing on the record. He’s moving his back catalogue to Sony/Columbia Records (Paul has been with… Read more →

Official One-Trick Pony DVD Release

Paul Simon fans have waited a long, long day time for this. Warner Brothers has finally released Paul Simon’s 1980 film, One-Trick Pony, on DVD and in streaming video format (innovation! </sarcasm>). The quality of the trailer is very good, certainly better than the VHS and homemade DVD versions floating around. (Unfortunately, they’ll only “ship” to the U.S., even if… Read more →

Paul Simon on PBS Tonight

PBS will broadcast a White House concert in tribute to Gershwin Prize winner Stevie Wonder tonight (check local listings). The concert, recorded Wednesday in the East Room, features the inaugural Gershwin Prize recipient, Paul Simon. “I am so glad my children are growing up under an Obama presidency,” Simon said, before performing what the Washington Post described as a “quiet,… Read more →