12 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With the footprints of producer Tom Rothrock (Elliott Smith) making impressions as deep as those of the artist—Harper Simon, son of Paul and Peggy—Division Street is an album that pushes and pulls its songs with far more tension than Simon's relatively subdued self-titled debut. The backup band features Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture and Elvis Costello's longtime Attractions drummer Pete Thomas (one of the industry's finest), along with members of Bright Eyes and Wilco. Yet anyone expecting this to be a typically sensitive singer/songwriter album backed by a pleasant, competent group will have that idea blown out the speakers, as tunes like "Veteran's Parade," "Bonnie Brae," and "Dixie Cleopatra"—in full hyper-manic form—make clear that the younger Simon is interested in creating far more noise and aggression than dear ol' dad. However, his knack for melody is strong; tunes like "Chinese Jade" and "Just Like St. Teresa" deliver on the family name.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With the footprints of producer Tom Rothrock (Elliott Smith) making impressions as deep as those of the artist—Harper Simon, son of Paul and Peggy—Division Street is an album that pushes and pulls its songs with far more tension than Simon's relatively subdued self-titled debut. The backup band features Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture and Elvis Costello's longtime Attractions drummer Pete Thomas (one of the industry's finest), along with members of Bright Eyes and Wilco. Yet anyone expecting this to be a typically sensitive singer/songwriter album backed by a pleasant, competent group will have that idea blown out the speakers, as tunes like "Veteran's Parade," "Bonnie Brae," and "Dixie Cleopatra"—in full hyper-manic form—make clear that the younger Simon is interested in creating far more noise and aggression than dear ol' dad. However, his knack for melody is strong; tunes like "Chinese Jade" and "Just Like St. Teresa" deliver on the family name.

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About Harper Simon

The son of Paul Simon and Peggy Harper, Harper Simon made his musical debut at age four by singing "Bingo" in an episode of Sesame Street. Eight years later, the burgeoning songwriter had mastered the guitar and landed multiple appearances on his father's Graceland tour, an experience that paved the way for his future studies at Berklee College of Music. Simon moved to London after college and logged several years with the band Menlo Park, although he eventually returned to the States to work on his solo debut. Joined by a slew of Nashville musicians and pop music veterans (including Inara George, Aaron Espinoza, and Charlie McCoy), Simon recorded and released the self-titled album in 2009. Simon appeared on an array of late night tv variety shows as well as at various festivals in support of the release over the next few years. His sophomore album Division Street followed in 2013, featuring appearances from members of the Strokes, Bright Eyes, Wilco and others. ~ Andrew Leahey

HOMETOWN
New York, NY
BORN
September 7, 1972

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