Randy Newman performs a few numbers from his new record -- "Harps and Angels," and mixes in some politics too.
In the last decade, Newman has made new fans writing scores for Pixar movies. But before that, he was confounding listeners with his cheerfully bitter piano songs. After a 9-year hiatus, he’s put out a new record -- "Harps and Angels," and mixed in some politics too.
Newman talks with "Studio 360's" Kurt Andersen about his career writing music, scoring Pixar movies, and about the infamous "Short People," which he calls a hit that hurt his career.
Newman also plays a few numbers live in the studio.
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