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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 »

From the looks of the R.E.M. setlist site remtimeline.com, 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 »

“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 »

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Uncut’s 75 Best Albums Of 2012

Along with Mojo, Uncut is the British magazine most concerned with all these old and crusty and blues-influenced. And even compared to Mojo's kinda-musty year-end
Tom Breihan | December 3, 2012 - 10:02 am
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The 10 Best Leonard Cohen Songs

There's just no getting around it: writing about Leonard Cohen is an intimidating proposition. Trying to put into words the magic of Cohen's art i…
James Jackson Toth | October 19, 2012 - 12:11 pm
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Watch Girl Crisis Cover Leonard Cohen (Stereogum Premiere)

The latest, eighth dispatch from Girl Crisis, the all-Brooklyn all-female concept-troupe supergroup committed to two covers a year (of a male icon in the winter,…
Amrit Singh | June 22, 2012 - 12:52 pm
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Just Friends (Nicolas Jaar & Sasha Spielberg) – “Avalanche” (Leonard Cohen Cover)

Glacially gorgeous electronic music wunderkind Nicolas Jaar seems to have a thing about collaborating with famous movie people's daughters -- and hell, it seems to…
Tom Breihan | May 23, 2012 - 5:35 pm
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Leonard Cohen Testifies Against Massively Creepy Former Business Manager

As reported by The Los Angeles Times, the Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen is suing his former business manager, Kelly Lynch, for harassment. Lynch was fired…
Corban Goble | April 9, 2012 - 3:43 pm
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A.C. Newman Covers Leonard Cohen

Lately, in the wake of the master's triumphantly bedraggled new album Old Ideas, lots of people have been covering Leonard Cohen: Cass McCombs, Field Music,…
Tom Breihan | February 17, 2012 - 4:44 pm
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Hear Cass McCombs, Field Music Cover Leonard Cohen

A few days ago, we posted Bill Callahan's cover of Leonard Cohen's "So Long Marianne" from the forthcoming Leonard Cohen covers compilation UK music mag…
Corban Goble | February 9, 2012 - 10:31 am
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Bill Callahan Covers Leonard Cohen

The celebration of Leonard Cohen's new album Old Ideas continues in the new issue of MOJO which comes with a disc of The Songs Of
Corban Goble | February 6, 2012 - 10:09 am
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Bradford Cox Covers Leonard Cohen

To celebrate Leonard Cohen’s new record Old Ideas, our Album Of The Week, Columbia is putting together a series of tribute videos featuring contemporary artist…
Corban Goble | February 3, 2012 - 4:09 pm

Album Of The Week: Leonard Cohen Old Ideas

The story goes like this: Just a couple of years ago, Leonard Cohen was a septuagenarian retiree, more or less done with music, living i…
Tom Breihan | January 31, 2012 - 3:50 pm
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Greg Dulli Covers Leonard Cohen

Greg Dulli, the once and future leader of the Afghan Whigs, is a man who knows a few things about whiskey-soaked baritones and libertine poetics,…
Tom Breihan | January 25, 2012 - 10:12 am
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Stream Leonard Cohen Old Ideas

Original poetry-folk master Leonard Cohen has a new album called Old Ideas coming out next week, and three songs of it have already found their…
Tom Breihan | January 23, 2012 - 9:11 am
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Watch Cults Cover Leonard Cohen

At a recent Philly show, New York indie-pop upstarts Cults pulled out a perfectly respectable cover of Leonard Cohen's great 1989 synthetic-bleakness anthem "Everybody Knows,"…
Tom Breihan | January 16, 2012 - 1:28 pm
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Leonard Cohen – “Going Home”

The almighty rumble-voiced word-wrangler Leonard Cohen will release his new album Old Ideas at the end of the month, and we've already posted two excellent…
Tom Breihan | January 16, 2012 - 9:02 am

Leonard Cohen – “Darkness”

Wizened old god Leonard Cohen will release his new album Old Ideas later this month, and we've already posted one song from the LP, the…
Tom Breihan | January 10, 2012 - 12:30 pm
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Leonard Cohen – “Show Me The Place”

Last month, Leonard Cohen mentioned that he had a new album called Old Ideas, his first studio LP in seven years, coming early next year.
Tom Breihan | November 22, 2011 - 9:50 am
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Leonard Cohen Used In Sony Ad

Leonard Cohen recites a version of his spoken word "A Thousand Kisses Deep" in this new spot for Sony 3-D TV. Cohen doesn't license much,…
Corban Goble | October 19, 2011 - 9:58 am
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Hope For Haiti Now, Buy “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)”

A misleading post title, because of course we are all hoping for Haiti, and have been, day and night since a catastrophic earthquake decimated a…
Amrit Singh | January 22, 2010 - 4:51 pm
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Beck, Devendra & MGMT Cover Leonard Cohen’s “Sisters Of Mercy”

Following his excursion into Downtown NYC via Velvet Underground & Nico, Beck takes his Record Club to Montreal with a track-by-track smothering covering of Songs
brandon | October 2, 2009 - 1:42 pm
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