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Watch: Joanna Newsom Sings “He Needs Me” At Live Screening Of Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Punch-Drunk Love’

Watch: Joanna Newsom Sings "He Needs Me" At Live Screening Of Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Punch-Drunk Love'

Paul Thomas Anderson seems to be spending the early part of the new year in a bit of a nostalgic mood. Later this month, his terrific “Punch-Drunk Love” will hit BAM where a new, scoreless print of “Punch-Drunk Love” will screen accompanied by a performance of the score by the 40-person strong Wordless Music Orchestra, conducted by Ryan McAdams, and joined by composer Jon Brion. However, Los Angeles got the first taste of this unique experience over the weekend, with help from a very special surprise guest.

READ MORE: Watch: 20-Minute Video Essay Explores Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Punch-Drunk Love,’ Early Shorts & Comedy Sketches

At the ACE Hotel on Saturday, Joanna Newsom stopped by to sing “He Needs Me” from the film’s soundtrack. The song, originally penned by Harry Nillson, was covered by Shelley Duvall in Robert Altman‘s “Popeye,” and Anderson used that version to lovely effect in his unique Adam Sandler romance. As fans know, Anderson collaborated recently with Newsom on two music videos, directing “Sapokanikan” and “Divers.” And of course, Newsom narrated and had a small role in Anderson’s “Inherent Vice.”

Check out clips of Newsom singing “He Needs Me” below and fingers crossed she pops up for the New York City event. [Pitchfork]

Punch Drunk Love with Jon Brion live and Joanna Newsom on vocals. Thank you @iamprisonmike for the incredible seats

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