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Paul Simon swears like a sailor on his latest single and it’s kind of awesome.

Paul Simon | Photo courtesy of artist
Paul Simon | Photo courtesy of artist

Folk legend Paul Simon is prepping his newest solo album, Stranger To Stranger, and he recently shared the album’s newest single, “Cool Papa Bell.”

The song, which wouldn’t have sounded out of place on the classic Graceland, channels island beats, chimey guitars, and a thumping tuba bassline. But there’s also an unexpected lyrical side to it. Continue reading →

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April 25 in Music History:

Seeger Sessions

1967 – Just days after the completion of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles begin work on their next album by recording the theme to Magical Mystery Tour at Abbey Road studios in London.

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Listen to a jazzy new song from Paul Simon, “Wristband”

Photo via booking agent: http://www.itb.co.uk/artist/paulsimon
Paul Simon | photo courtesy of the the artist

Singer-songwriter icon Paul Simon returns with his 13th solo album, Stranger to Stranger, out June 3rd via Concord Records. It was produced by Simon’s longtime collaborator Roy Halee and, if lead single “Wristband” is any indication, Simon is no less adventurous at 74 than he was at 44 with Graceland or at 24 with Sounds of Silence.

Led by a slick, jazzy upright bassline and a skittery polyrhythmic shuffle, the song starts out as a humorous story about getting locked outside a club and denied re-entry by a bouncer who doesn’t recognize the performer – “If you don’t have a wristband, my man, you don’t get through the door.”

As the story carries across verses, it becomes a parable of inequality, the wristband a symbol of the divide between the haves and have nots.  Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Paul Simon and Sting co-headlining the Wells Fargo Center on 3/7 and Giant Center in Harrisburg on 3/9

Screen Shot 2013-11-04 at 6.12.24 PMPaul Simon and Sting, two musical titans, will tour the country next year, stopping at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on March 7th and the Giant Center in Harrisburg on March 9th. According to this article in yesterday’s New York Times, the two singer-songwriters will be backed up by their respective bands on the tour. According to the Times, “the musicians said that they were as surprised as anyone to find themselves on the same bill.”

“Paul and I both share this abiding curiosity about music and where it’s going,” Sting said. “We don’t really know where this is going. We don’t really have a clue how this is going to pan out.” Audiences got an early taste of the potential collaboration when Mr. Simon and Sting appeared together in May at a benefit for the Robin Hood Foundation, where they performed acoustic versions of “The Boxer” and “Fields of Gold.” “After we finished it,” Mr. Simon said of that set, “we both looked at each other and said: ‘Wow. That’s pretty interesting.’ ”

Tickets to the Paul Simon & Sting: On Stage Together tour go on sale to the public on Tuesday, November 12th. Below, watch Sting and Simon perform “The Boxer” from a June, 2013 performance at The Borgata.