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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, 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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Lewis & Clarke Cover Leonard Cohen

The tragic financial circumstances surrounding Leonard Cohen’s return to the stage can’t mute its triumph. Any night spent in his presence is a celebration of an iconic lyricist and songwriter, but as all who’ve seen him recently can attest, his stamina and virility at 74 make the hours feel more about his power now tha… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 28, 2009 - 3:20 pm

Coachella 2009: Moz, Macca, Cohen Lead Friday’s Nostalgia Parade

By Amrit Singh & Brandon Stosuy
Our trek into Indio went so smoothly this year that we’ve both become paranoid about something going incredibly wrong at any moment, but so far we’ve made it through without broken bones or spirits. In fact, even though the day started with extreme lines and heat, once we passed… More »

By: brandon / April 18, 2009 - 1:33 pm

Lemonheads & Liv Tyler Cover Leonard Cohen (Stereogum Premiere)

For their forthcoming album, the Lemonheads have embraced the twin peaks of their career by going for a full-on covers album entitled VARSHONS. Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes produces, and Gen X poster girls Liv Tyler and Kate Moss make vocal contributions. Here Liv and Ev take on “Hey, That’ No Way To Say Goodbye,” verse… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 10, 2009 - 10:14 am

Liv Tyler, Kate Moss Guest On Lemonheads’ Covers LP For Metal Label

The Lemonheads’ two biggest hits were versions of other people’s songs, so news about the band’s forthcoming covers collection is not too surprising. What is surprising is that Evan Dando & Co. have signed with Brooklyn’s The End Records, an indie metal label, after only one album on Vagrant. The new comp’s called VARSHONS and… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 27, 2009 - 11:44 am

Leonard Cohen @ Beacon Theater, NYC 2/19/09 & Full Tour Dates

By all accounts, Leonard Cohen killed it at Beacon Theater last night. This was the legend’s first show in the States in 15 years, and a tuneup for a tour that will take him across the States and into Canada twice over. Brandon and I will see Cohen at Coachella; I doubt we’ll get the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 20, 2009 - 4:32 am

“Hallelujah” Could Be UK’s Christmas No. 1 And No. 2

After X Factor winner Alexandra Burke’s cover of “Hallelujah” went to No. 1 in the UK, Jeff Buckley fans started an Internet campaign to push her American Idol-style rendition from the top spot and replace it with Buckley’s more haunting take. Read the full story at The Guardian and, if you have Facebook, find out… More »

By: brandon / December 18, 2008 - 12:20 pm

Scarlett Johansson Considers Sophomore CD

Anywhere I Lay My Head, ScarJo’s Dave Sitek-produced Tom Waits covers album, recently edged out Portishead and Bon Iver on NME’s Top 50 Albums Of 2008 list. Now comes word that the newly wedded Spirit star would like to record more tunes. “I don’t think I’d do covers,” she tells MTV. “[But] if I had… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 15, 2008 - 4:44 pm

New Marissa Nadler Video – “Famous Blue Raincoat”

We haven’t heard from Marissa Nadler since her “Mexican Summer” video. Definitely a beautiful song, but that’s sort of the wrong season for her, so this Greg Eggebeen-directed clip for Songs III: Bird on the Water’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat” arrives at the right time: early October breezes, Halloween not far away. More »

By: brandon / October 1, 2008 - 10:20 am

Leonard Cohen Just Played His First Show In 15 Years

After Leonard Cohen braved a shirtless Iggy, a shameless Madonna, and another “Hallelujah” cover at the 2008 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, we mentioned he was planning his first tour in 15+ years. Well, he got started early, playing a show this past Sunday in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and there’s video proof… More »

By: brandon / May 14, 2008 - 11:03 am

Leonard Cohen Announces First Tour In 15 Years

Perhaps reinvigorated by standing in the same room as a shirtless Iggy Pop and hearing Damien Rice sing his minor falls and major lifts, Reuters reports that L Cohen’s going back on tour. Don’t get too cocky, though, Hall Of Fame: Cohen’s “Hallelujuah” surges are often inspired by other forces. The tour launches in Toronto… More »

By: brandon / March 11, 2008 - 5:07 pm

Scenes From The Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame 2008 Induction Ceremony

We know you probably didn’t watch the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony last night. So here’s a quick run down of what you missed:Gamble & Huff, Little Walter, The Ventures, Leonard Cohen, Madonna, and John Mellencamp got inducted.Leonard Cohen was introduced by noted boxing blogger Lou Reed and covered by… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 11, 2008 - 2:34 pm

Lou Reed, Justin Timberlake & Tom Hanks To Help Rock ‘N’ Roll Congratulate Itself

Good news, gang: now the list of people you didn’t give a shit about getting into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame has a slightly less give-a-shittable list of people inducting them! Madonna will be honored by the legendary Mickey Mousekateer/actress/box-fucker Justin Timberlake; the Dave Clark Five will be inducted by iconic rock expert… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 26, 2008 - 5:12 pm

2008 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

It seems like only yesterday Van Halen were putting us through all sorts of drama re: who would and who wouldn’t attend the 2007 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame presentation ceremony. A year later, who cares? Really, by the time we die who won’t be in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame? Sorry… More »

By: Stereogum / December 13, 2007 - 12:27 pm

Bon Jovi Covers Leonard Cohen

No matter what ails, Bon Jovi covering “Hallelujah” is bad medicine. Yes, it’s been covered a billion times, but can we draw the line somewhere? Is there some way to call a moratorium? If they could drum up support for Paris petitions, anything’s possible. Listen here. (Via TMFTML) While we’re talking tunes covered to death,… More »

By: Stereogum / June 20, 2007 - 10:23 am
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