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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 list, Uncut has given a ton of love to the senior citizens still out there and making substantive music. Uncut’s year-end list, part of the year-end issue that’s now out,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 3, 2012 - 10:02 am

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 is like trying to play a guitar solo about Jimi Hendrix. The most celebrated and identifiably literary figure in all of rock and roll, Cohen has, with his music, permitted u… More »

By: James Jackson Toth / October 19, 2012 - 12:11 pm

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, female in the sumer) via Super 8mm film in a Greenpoint apartment has just offered up their latest seasonal selection: a tribute to the bard Leonard Cohen’s “Dance Me ToMore »

By: Amrit Singh / June 22, 2012 - 12:52 pm

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 work for him. First, he got Bruce Willis and Demi Moore’s daughter Scout Larue to sing on the excellent track “With Just One Glance.” And now he has a new… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 23, 2012 - 5:35 pm

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 in 2004, and in 2005, Cohen successfully sued Lynch for stealing $5 million from his personal accounts. In this suit, Cohen alleges that Lynch sent thousands of e-mails and voice… More »

By: Corban Goble / April 9, 2012 - 3:43 pm

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, Bill Callahan, Bradford Cox, Greg Dulli. And now we can add New Pornographers frontman A.C. Newman to that list, as he recently sat down to do a live-in-studio version of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 17, 2012 - 4:44 pm

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 MOJO is putting together to celebrate Cohen’s new album, Old Ideas. Today, we have two more tracks from that collection, a Cass McCombs cover of “Teachers” and Field Music’s cover… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 9, 2012 - 10:31 am

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 Leonard Cohen covers from the likes of Bill Callahan, Father John Misty, Cass McCombs, Field Music and others. Stream Callahan’s contribution below, a rendition of Cohen’s “So Long Marianne.”… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 6, 2012 - 10:09 am

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 artists covering their favorite Cohen songs. We’ve seen Cults’ take on “Everybody Knows,” Greg Dulli perform “Paper Thin Hotel,” and now we have Bradford Cox doing Cohen’s “Seems So Long Ago,More »

By: 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 in a Buddhist monastery in California. He stopped touring in 1993, and his last studio album, Dear Heather, came out in 2004. Cohen had done plenty in his life, releasing at… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 31, 2012 - 3:50 pm

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, so he’s the kind of guy you’d want to hear covering a Leonard Cohen song. And he’s now done just that, participating in Rolling Stone’s Cohen cover series “Old Idea… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 25, 2012 - 10:12 am

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 way to the internet: “Show Me The Place,” “Darkness,” and “Going Home,” all great. And now the entire 10-song, 42-minute LP is streaming at NPR. I’ve been listening all morning,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 23, 2012 - 9:11 am

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,” which readers of a certain age will remember fondly as Christian Slater’s theme music from the ridiculously great 1990 movie Pump Up The Volume. (Seriously, Netflix that shit.) Watch Cult… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 16, 2012 - 1:28 pm

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 songs from the LP, “Show Me The Place” and “Darkness.” In the new issue of The New Yorker, Cohen has a poem called “Going Home,” and it just so happe… More »

By: 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 gorgeous “Show Me The Place.” And now we’ve got another. It’s a slow burn called “Darkness” with a great Memphis soul organ solo and a narcotized oldies-radio chug. Old Idea… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 10, 2012 - 12:30 pm

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. And now we know he wasn’t kidding. Old Ideas drops in January, and the new song “Show Me The Place,” which is absolutely gorgeous, is streaming below. It finds Cohen’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 22, 2011 - 9:50 am

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, so we’re going to go ahead and guess that the 3-D version of Avatar really inspired him. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 19, 2011 - 9:58 am

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 an already destitute society. We know our place in the order of things — you should be going to your legit news site of choice regularly these days; Stereogum’s here for… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 22, 2010 - 4:51 pm

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 Of Leonard Cohen. As we mentioned when we posted “Suzanne,” he’s joined by “Devendra Banhart, Ben, Andrew and Matt from MGMT, Andrew from Wolfmother, Binki from Little Joy, and Bria… More »

By: brandon / October 2, 2009 - 1:42 pm

Beck Covers Leonard Cohen With Devendra, MGMT

Beck continues making good use of his down time between album cycles with the second phase of his Record Club, the project which sees Hansen invite a tag-archive-friendly set of friends to cover a classic album in its entirety, in a day, with no rehearsal. He recently finished posting clips from the Velvet Underground &More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 4, 2009 - 10:36 am