Archive for the 'Leonard Cohen' Category

Monday, August 21st, 2017

There’s no shortage of Leonard Cohen live albums from over the years, but there’s never been an official release from the man’s 1976 summer tour of Europe. This masterful two-hour Montreux set would do the trick nicely – backed by a versatile band, Cohen leans into his hits with a swagger worthy of Sinatra and […]

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

In a year pock-marked by artistic loss, the passing of Leonard Cohen in 2016 particularly stung. With a body of work spanning 14 albums over the course of five decades, Cohen’s influence is boundless, his words and music embedding themselves in the DNA of not just music, but culture writ large. No stranger to tribute […]

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

“He was looking forward to playing Israel,” writes Leonard Cohen’s biographer Sylvie Simmons of the songwriter’s first tour of the Holy Land in 1972. “He was terrified of playing Israel.” The kickoff show in Tel Aviv was certainly eventful, as a tape of the gig shows us all these years later. You wouldn’t think that […]

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” is a strange, haunting thing. Largely carried by Cohen’s monotone, yet slightly lilting voice and sparse guitar accompaniment, the song evokes a dark, ambiguous feeling. The angelic backing vocals and seraphic strings that periodically emerge give the song a heavenly relief – a bittersweet release of giving yourself into a formless and […]

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Robert Altman’s 1971 film McCabe & Mrs. Miller is a western quite unlike any other. It has in fact been described as an anti-western. Gone are the heroic, alpha-male and defenseless female archetypes, the numerous and gratuitous gunfights and the proud American spirit. In their stead is a quiet, moody and subtle depiction of frontier […]

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Old Ideas, Leonard Cohen’s first studio release since 2004’s Dear Heather, sets a new paragraph in what has been an exhilarating late chapter in a lengthy career. After breaking with his management following an ugly legal battle that left him essentially penniless, Cohen embarked on a lengthy tour, selling out arenas throughout Europe and his […]

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Bill Callahan’s dark country & western croon takes on “So long, Marianne,” the opening track off side two of Leonard Cohen’s 1968 debut, Songs of Leonard Cohen. Slowing things down, Callahan and co. eschew the original’s violin and backing female vocals and in their stead add weeping pedal-steel and a dose of Texas heartache. The cover […]