Paul Simon

The Weekend That Changed My Life: Paul Simon, Titus Andronicus, Los Campesinos In 2009

By Iman Lababedi | August 12, 2021

an exceptional weekend

Paul Simon Has Sold His Entire Catalog, NBC News Tries To Pick Him Apart

By Alyson Camus | April 3, 2021

‘He’ll still end up a historical footnote to Dylan.’

Is Ivanka Listening To Music? Do We Even Care?

By Alyson Camus | November 11, 2020

she had a punk phase in the ‘90s

The Musical Tastes Of Our Ex-Presidents

By Alyson Camus | November 10, 2020

‘Gregg Allman and the Allman Brothers just about put me in the White House’

Willie Nelson’s Annual Festival Anti-Festival ‘Til Further Notice’ Online Reviewed

By Alyson Camus | March 20, 2020

The performances oscillated between charming and cozy, and dramatic and emotional

My Top Ten Musical Events Of 2018

By Alyson Camus | December 24, 2018

An exceptional, restless, badass performance of a man at the top of his form

As 2018 Comes To A Close, I Have Been To 160 Concerts (Plus Other Music Events) And Counting

By Alyson Camus | December 13, 2018

despite the sleep deprivation and the tiredness

Paul Simon’s “Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour” At Madison Square Garden, September 20th, 2018, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 22, 2018

he didn’t take us in his arms and hug us

Live Through This: Top Concert Picks For The week Of September 7th, 2018

By Iman Lababedi | September 16, 2018

he comes and he goes

Listen to Three Rearranged Songs From Paul Simon’s Forthcoming Album ‘In The Blue Light’

By Alyson Camus | August 29, 2018

‘this opportunity also gave me the gift of playing with an extraordinary group of musicians’

Paul Simon, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Saturday June 16th, 2018, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | June 18, 2018

We were treated a 26 song show by a true American master

Paul Simon’s Homeward Bound-The Farewell Tour At The Hollywood Bowl, Wednesday May 23rd 2018

By Alyson Camus | May 25, 2018

If it was a farewell, it was not a sad one

L.A. BURNING, WEST COAST CONCERT PICKS, MAY 21ST TO 27TH

By Alyson Camus | May 19, 2018

Paul Simon is making his adieux

Some Songs: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

By Iman Lababedi | February 22, 2018

nowhere to go but back to sleep

Paul Simon To Perform His Farewell Performance In London This Summer

By Alyson Camus | January 31, 2018

‘Homeward Bound: The Farewell Performance’ will be Simon’s last concert ever

The Re-Edition Compulsive Theory

By Dorothy P. | September 10, 2017

have chosen this year to commemorate the 15th anniversary of “Turn one the Bright Lights”

Peter Ames Carlin’s “Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | April 27, 2017

Carlin makes his case well.

‘Paul Simon: Words & Music’ At The Skirball Cultural Center, Wednesday April 26th 2017

By Alyson Camus | April 27, 2017

a musical biography of Simon’s life through his creative process

Harper Simon Wrote ‘The Shine’ With Carrie Fisher

By Alyson Camus | January 3, 2017

‘She’s a good writer, and she hadn’t written a song before’

‘Paul Simon: Words & Music’, A New Exhibition At The Skirball Center Next Year

By Alyson Camus | December 14, 2016

a walk through Simon’s life and music

A New Book Claims Paul Simon Is A Jerk

By Alyson Camus | July 4, 2016

‘That it was, it was all me!’

Paul Simon At Forest Hills Stadium, Friday, July 1st, 2016, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 2, 2016

We slip and slid away

Paul Simon To Retire?

By admin | June 29, 2016

For now, he has started rehearsing songs for the last moments at Forest Hills

10 Songs: Saturday June 18th, 2016

By Iman Lababedi | June 18, 2016

This is the most perfect piece of rock fusion ever,

US Top 10 Albums For The Week Ending June 9th, 2016

By Iman Lababedi | June 13, 2016

Simon fans don’t stream

rock nyc’s Top 10 Songs 6-3-16 – 6-9-16

By Iman Lababedi | June 8, 2016

“Most obits are mixed reviews…”

Highlights Of This Week’s New Album Releases: 6-3-16 – 6-9-16

By Iman Lababedi | June 3, 2016

It is still good enough

Paul Simon’s “Stranger Than Strange” Streaming On NPR

By Iman Lababedi | May 26, 2016

A kneejerk review

Paul Simon Interview 2016

By admin | May 20, 2016

How do you honor that story?

Paul Simon Speaks,… But Not To Us

By Alyson Camus | May 8, 2016

‘Basically what’s happening on the big pop level is not very smart.’

‘Cool Papa Bell’, A New Song From Paul Simon’s Upcoming Album

By Alyson Camus | April 29, 2016

‘Cool Papa Bell was a baseball player in the Negro Leagues from 1922 to 1950’

Oldies But Goldies: Paul Simon Reopens The Beacon Theatre In 2009

By Iman Lababedi | March 2, 2016

while never entropic, seemed even at this late date, to have reached another level.

People Share Their Saddest Celebrity Encounters On Reddit

By Alyson Camus | February 24, 2016

‘who was your saddest celebrity encounter?’

Paul Simon To Play His Home Town, Forest Hills, June 30th, 2016

By Iman Lababedi | February 22, 2016

If this winter has taught us anything it has taught us our rock star faves are on their way out and should be seen before it is too late

Paul Simon World Premiered A New Song During A Live Radio Show

By Alyson Camus | February 9, 2016

The song tells the story of a musician who can’t get back into a club, ‘You got to have a wristband’ tells the bouncer, who is compared to St Peter at the pearly gates in Simon’s very typical humorous style.

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 11-13-15 – 11-19-15

By Iman Lababedi | November 14, 2015

Written by Dion and I coulda sworn it was Paul’s, but they are both here capturing the streets of the city that birthed them. “Hard as concrete, soft as the summer breeze”, refers to a girl but we know love lives in the urban jungle ode to this place – A

James Blake Covers Paul Simon’s ‘The Sound Of Silence’

By Alyson Camus | October 10, 2015

27-year-old James Blake debuted his own version of the song during his last BBC radio 1 residency, and the UK producer revamped the 50-year-old song with electronica and layered voices. The result is cavernous, cathedral-esque with a big organ-like drone covered by Blake’s kaleidoscopic falsettos; it’s not very modern sounding, rather melancholic and so I guess this version will appeal to many generations.

Mikal Cronin Parodies An Old Classic For His Song ‘Say’

By Alyson Camus | May 31, 2015

I have no idea how they came up with this idea since Cronin’s music has nothing to do with the South-African-inspired hit, the only thing the two songs may have in common are the horns, otherwise, it’s a cool and fluid indie song, with loud surf-y guitars, a fast drive and a very catchy-hooky bridge.

Art Garfunkel Talks… But Not To Us

By Alyson Camus | May 25, 2015

‘George came up to me at a party once and said ‘my Paul is to me what your Paul is to you.’ He meant that psychologically they had the same effect on us. The Pauls sidelined us. I think George felt suppressed by Paul and I think that’s what he saw with me and my Paul. Here’s the truth: McCartney was a helluva music man who gave the band its energy, but he also ran away with a lot of the glory.’

UK Top 10 Albums 4-26-15

By Iman Lababedi | April 19, 2015

Just in time for his upcoming tour of the the UK with Sting (I saw it when Iit played New York and liked it fine for what it’s worth… at least the Paul segment), this 19 song ultimate collection is Paul’s first # 1 since 1990. It is pretty darn good as well, a coupla S&G for taste and heapings of Graceland. That should do it, right?

Rock Stars And Their Famous Children

By Iman Lababedi | April 3, 2015

One of the saddest days in the year for me are Father’s Day, it is the one where it becomes clear that I have no children and nieces and nephew aren’t a substitute. It is a day dreamy concern (I don’t like the responsibility of a woman or a cat so it would be a form of hell…) but when you hear songs like this it triggers something. Less the urge to continue the Iman line and much more the urge to be loved

Paul McCartney, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Paul Simon On Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary Special, February 15th, 2015, Reviewed

By Iman and hel | February 16, 2015

Simon, in a gorgeous suit, looked great and, like the other great Paul earlier in the evening, was in superb voice. There is nothing to complain about really, and at the top of the show with Paul auditioning to be host (“I told you we should have done ‘Sound Of Silence'” Simon quips) proves he still has great comic timing.

Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary Will Reunite Taylor And Kanye

By Alyson Camus | February 4, 2015

Saturday Night Live is almost as old as I am! This is kind of crazy to even think about it, but on February 15th, the famous TV show will celebrate its 40th Anniversary with a crazy musical lineup: Paul McCartney, Kanye West – are these two becoming siamese twins these days? – Justin Timberlake, Paul Simon and Taylor Swift….

Two Iconic Stars' Guitars Sold For Good Causes

By Alyson Camus | August 15, 2014

The guitar was signed with a cool ‘This guitar saves elephants’ and the proceeds of the auction will go to the Nature Conservancy’s African Elephant Initiative, which has been working at increasing security and protection for elephants, still hunted for ivory

Not With The Band: Each Concert Can Bring Its Lot Of Surprises

By Alyson Camus | July 30, 2014

People were jumping from electric poles, the crowd was pushing and the barricades were not holding up, it was scary! I have seen a guy passing out at a Shins in-store show at Amoeba, the poor kid had been waiting too long in the sun without water probably, but what else out of the ordinary could I remember?

Woman Beating And Ways To Leave Your Lover

By Iman Lababedi | April 30, 2014

I hate it, and don’t do it, for all those reasons and more: I just despoise the unfairness of hitting people who are weaker than you are. Mental torture? Sure, it is part of being in love? But physical torture? That’s the worst way to leave your lover.

The A+ List 4-24-14

By Iman Lababedi | April 23, 2014

The Love Bug – George Jones – Wayne Kemp, country journeyman, wrote it and George Jones got it right; a smashing, lighthearted romp with love is a disease undertones riddling into the perfect lick. Jones vocal is a masterclass in Williams generation country singing.

Sting And Simon At MSG: A Second Opinion

By admin | March 11, 2014

The pairing of Sting and Simon is less questionable and I understand the intention behind the experiment of the music and combined talent. Sting, while more fit and ten years Garfunkel’s junior, is Simon’s other half … for about a third of the show.

Paul Simon And Sting At Madison Square, Thursday, March 6th, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 8, 2014

But really, despite Simon’s constant attempts, he is simply a little better when Art joins in. This would be a much better show if they had maintained the same format only substituted Art for Sting. Hell, it would’ve been a better set if they substituted Jello Biafra for Sting.

10 Songs, Monday, March 3rd, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | March 3, 2014

My Stunning Mystery Companion – Jackson Browne – His last great moment, finds Jackson at a melodic high water mark with a cracker band and a guitar so tuneful it could bring tears to your eyes. Also, it reminds me of an ex and a future I reached – A+