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Leonard Cohen Soundtracks True Detective Season 2 Credits

True Detective was a regular featured player back when we ranked the best soundtrack moments of each month, and the show returned to HBO for its second season last night with an updated opening credits sequence to match the mood of the new locale and characters. The show’s music supervisor, T. Bone Burnett, chose Leonard… More »

By: James Rettig / June 22, 2015 - 9:55 am

11 Intriguing Appearances On At.Long.Last.A$AP

While the A$AP Mob has always attracted attention for their Tumblr-cultivated iconography (and iconoclasm), they’ve typically been less about chasing or even starting trends than they are about reinventing them. A$AP Rocky’s shown skill and savvy in building on his lifelong hip-hop influences — he was named after Rakim and raised on Dipset — while… More »

By: Nate Patrin / May 27, 2015 - 4:11 pm

Leonard Cohen – “Got A Little Secret”

Even after releasing two studio albums and one live one over the past few years, Leonard Cohen still has some unreleased tunes rattling around. On his latest live album, Can’t Forget: A Souvenir Of The Grand Tour, he shines the spotlight on some of these in particular, including “Nobody Gave Nobody Trouble,” which surfaced a… More »

By: James Rettig / May 12, 2015 - 9:23 am

Susanna – “Who By Fire” (Leonard Cohen Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

When Norwegian singer-songwriter Susanna covers a song, she melts it down to almost nothing, then casts her haunting voice like a fishing line, hooking onto emotions that are often deeper and darker than in the original. On her cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Who By Fire”, she morphs the song’s main hook into a ritualistic dirge,… More »

By: Aaron Lindenberg / April 16, 2015 - 10:06 am

Leonard Cohen – “I Can’t Forget”

Leonard Cohen is releasing a live album called Can’t Forget: A Souvenir Of The Grand Tour, and it’s full of new takes on some of his old, rare classics. “I Can’t Forget” comes from his 1988 album I’m Your Man, but today he’s released a new live version that will be on Can’t Forget. Thi… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 9, 2015 - 10:16 am

Leonard Cohen – “Never Gave Nobody Trouble”

Leonard Cohen released his last studio album Popular Problems just a few months ago, but he’s already released one live album since then, and now he’s got another one ready to go. First came the massive live album/DVD set Live In Dublin. And later this spring, he’ll release Can’t Forget: A Souvenir Of The GrandMore »

By: Tom Breihan / March 18, 2015 - 11:41 am

Leonard Cohen Triumphs Over Nickelback For Album Of The Year Juno

You won’t often see Leonard Cohen pitted, in direct competition, against Nickelback. But it happened last night, and, miracle of miracles, Cohen won. This is how he reminds us of what he really is. Last year, the Juno Awards, Canada’s equivalent to the Grammys, went down at Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre. Most of the awards went… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 16, 2015 - 8:49 am

Watch Father John Misty Cover Leonard Cohen’s “Bird On The Wire” On The Strombo Show

Father John Misty sure knows how to keep the press gears grinding: in the lead-up to and in the immediate aftermath of I Love You, Honeybear’s release, Josh Tillman has stopped by the Spotify offices, WFUV, La Blogothèque, Sirius XMU, and CBC’s Studio Q. Phew. Next up on his press tour was Canadian TV personality… More »

By: James Rettig / February 23, 2015 - 6:57 pm

Nick Cave – “Avalanche” (Leonard Cohen Cover, Black Sails Version)

Nick Cave has recorded a new version of his cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Avalanche,” a song that he first covered as the opening track on From Her To Eternity, his first album with the Bad Seeds that was released all the way back in 1984. Cave’s new version will appear in trailers for Starz’s BlackMore »

By: James Rettig / January 9, 2015 - 8:04 pm

Leonard Cohen – “Suzanne” (From Live In Dublin) (Stereogum Premiere)

Leonard Cohen’s Live In Dublin concert film is coming soon on DVD and Blu-ray, and he’s previewing it today with some striking audio from the performance. Recorded at 02 Arena in September 2013, the Cohen classic “Suzanne” is rendered here with nimble guitar work, soothing backup vocals, and a gorgeous swell of strings, all topped… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 19, 2014 - 11:56 am

R.E.M.’s 10 Best Cover Songs

From the looks of the R.E.M. setlist site, early R.E.M. gigs were glorified bar-band hootenannies. Before they’d written Murmur and Chronic Town, the band cut their teeth seemingly as philistines, playing sloppy, drunken versions of everything from Creedence to the Sex Pistols. Time passed, R.E.M. became more sophisticated, and their covers eventually became more… More »

By: John Everhart / September 18, 2014 - 1:06 pm

Stream Leonard Cohen Popular Problems

Leonard Cohen turns 80 next week, and he remains cooler than any of us. On his birthday, the poetic rock eminence will follow up his quiet 2012 stunner Old Ideas with a new album called Popular Problems. Cohen produced and co-wrote the LP with the frequent Madonna collaborator Patrick Leonard, who also worked on OldMore »

By: Tom Breihan / September 15, 2014 - 9:21 am

Mentally Prepare Yourself For Miley Cyrus’ Leonard Cohen Cover

If you’re one of the people enraged at the idea that the Flaming Lips have enlisted Miley Cyrus’ help in their efforts to cover the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, you may want to spend the next few months in suspended animation somewhere. Or you might have to just accept the idea that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 5, 2014 - 9:24 am

Leonard Cohen – “Almost Like The Blues” + Popular Problems Details

Leonard Cohen has announced that he will release a new album, Popular Problems, later this year. His thirteenth studio album was co-written with Patrick Leonard, who also had a hand in Cohen’s last new record Old Ideas. The album will be out two days after the singer’s 80th birthday. Cohen has also shared a song… More »

By: James Rettig / August 19, 2014 - 9:04 am

Leonard Cohen Releasing New Album Popular Problems For 80th Birthday

Leonard Cohen has always been the old man in the room. When he released Songs Of Leonard Cohen, his incredible 1967 debut album, he was already well into his thirties, and he sounded older than that. And as Rolling Stone reports, Cohen is planning on releasing a new album called Popular Problems this fall, right… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 11, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Marissa Nadler – “Seems So Long Ago, Nancy” (Leonard Cohen Cover)

Spectral folk singer Marissa Nadler is quite vocal about her love of Leonard Cohen. She’s covered a few of his songs before, and now she’s added her favorite Cohen song, “Seems So Long Ago, Nancy,” to that list. It’s a pretty straightforward, lo-fi cover, but it’s extremely effective, stripping the already spare song to it… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 30, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Wild Beasts – “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye” (Leonard Cohen Cover)

British art-rock greats Wild Beasts drop their new album dark, tingling Present Tense today and further prove that they’re the closest thing to Talk Talk that we have right now. We’ve posted their songs “Wanderlust” and “Sweet Spot,” but not everything the group has recorded recently made it onto the album. In a new DJ… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 25, 2014 - 9:20 am

Watch Leonard Cohen Debut “I’ve Got A Secret” In Dublin

Leonard Cohen’s lengthy world tour brought him to Dublin a few days ago, where he debuted a new song, “I’ve Got A Secret.” The song has been a work in progress for the past few years; some of the lyrics were also used in the song “Feels So Good” that he debuted during his 2009… More »

By: Liz Pelly / September 15, 2013 - 5:36 pm

Lana Del Rey – “Chelsea Hotel No. 2″ Video

In a new video, and for no discernible reason, Lana Del Rey has given us her take on Leonard Cohen’s ridiculously great 1974 song and possible Janis Joplin tribute “Chelsea Hotel No. 2.” LDR has left all of Cohen’s gendered pronouns intact, but it doesn’t come across like a gender-fucking stunt; it’s more a languid… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 28, 2013 - 8:59 am

2012 In Review: The Year In Comebacks

“Don’t call it a comeback” is usually a phrase uttered self-protectively by musicians who are very much coming back from some degree of obscurity. Dr. Dre wasn’t exactly absent during the seven-year stretch between his first and second albums (“California Love,” anybody?), but his 1999 sophomore release 2001 is littered with lines like “Ladies pay… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 31, 2012 - 11:55 am
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