Entries tagged with: Leonard Cohen
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
We love year-end lists -- reading them, making them, arguing about them. BrooklynVegan editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis have once again figured out their favorite albums of the year which you can check out, with commentary, below. Someday we may be able to come to an agreement on an official BV year-end list, but as you'll see there's not a lot of commonality between their two lists. (Specifically, there is zero commonality.) Which is ok! Diff'rent Strokes to rule the world. This year, they've also added their Top 20 favorite songs as well.
Find out what made their lists, below...
Sleaford Mods at their US debut (more by PSquared)
The Guardian has been sloooowwwlllyyyy revealing their Top 40 Albums of 2014, having rolled out the top 10 one by one over the past 10 days. If you've been following along, you probably already guessed their #1 by now, but if not you can browse their full list of 40 below. It's got a lot of this year's list regulars, and like many of the British publications have, it gives some major love to Sleaford Mods (maybe you caught their US debut in NYC?). Also The War On Drugs shuts out Sun Kil Moon once again (they're not #1 but close). Sorry Koz.
Check out the full list below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Best Albums of 2014 lists keep coming, and now Rolling Stone's is out. It's hard to imagine anyone else picking the #1 and #2 they did, but that's Rolling Stone for you. It's also hard to imagine a list placing the new albums from Weezer and the Foo Fighters so high, but smacking buzz band Ought right in between them. And it seems random that YOB comes in at #50 when no other metal album makes the list, not even the critically acclaimed one by Pallbearer or any of the hugely acclaimed returns from veteran bands like At the Gates, Godflesh and Electric Wizard. Also, don't tell Jack White how much higher The Black Keys placed than him.
Check out their top 50 picks for yourself, below...
We're just over a month away from 2015 and those UK year-end lists keep pouring in. Now British music mag Uncut has posted their 75 Best Albums of 2014. Looks like their winner is becoming a popular choice for #1, and the rest of their top 10 is split between real-deal veterans (Leonard Cohen [falling just a tad from his 2012 #1 spot], Robert Plant) and rising newcomers (FKA twigs). Elsewhere the list has a lot of the indie-related albums that keep popping up, a good deal of folk/country, more veteran appearances, and a certain opinionated UK duo who have appeared on every UK list we've seen so far and make their US debut this week.
Check out the full list below...
We just posted Q Magazine's Best of 2014 albums list and now here's the same from sister publication MOJO. Not only do they share a publisher, but also more than half of same albums appear on both lists. The War on Drugs was #2 here, making war for Beck's Morning Phase in the top spot. Check out the whole list below.
While MOJO is seen as a safe haven for "heritage" acts, there are some records in their Top 10 that don't prominently feature acoustic guitars: coming in at #3 is Sleaford Mods' Divide and Exit. You can catch the Mods' North American live debut this Saturday (11/29) at The Wick with The Gotobeds, The Rogers Sisters and "very special guests" who will be announced closer to the show. Tickets are still available.
MOJO's full Top 50 LPs of 2014 list below...
Rough Trade were the first out of the gate with year-end lists but now long-running UK monthly music mag Q has just published their end-of-the-year issue (with cover star Ed Sheeran) which includes their Top 50 LPs of 2014. The War on Drugs' Lost in the Dream comes in at #1. Have you made your list yet? Check out the rest of Q's favorite albums of 2014 below...
Earlier this year, Leonard Cohen released his thirteenth studio album Popular Problems, which has the man (now at age 80!) still sounding excellent and putting out essential music. Before the year ends, he'll be following that up a live album and film. Leonard Cohen - Live In Dublin was recorded at his September 12, 2013 show at the O2 Dublin and it will be his "first (and only) release of a complete concert to be shot in high definition." It will be out in 3CD/DVD, 3CD/Blu-ray and digital formats on December 2 via Columbia/Legacy.
You can check out the full tracklist below, which includes his career-spanning setlist of "Suzanne" and "So Long, Marianne" through "Hallelujah" through a few cuts off 2012's Old Ideas which he was touring in support of at the time. A stream of the Live In Dublin performance of "Waiting For the Miracle," originally on 1992's The Future, makes its premiere in this post. Check that out below too
The great Leonard Cohen has announced that he'll follow 2012's Old Ideas with a new album, Popular Problems, on September 23 via Columbia. That's the artwork above. You can check out the tracklist and stream the first single, "Almost Like the Blues," below...
Wild Beasts fourth album, Present Tense, is out today (2/25) via Domino. While decidedly more synth-heavy than anything they've done before, the record is still very much in the band's lusty, decadent universe. The album's second single, "Sweet Spot," is maybe its best song, with the signature interplay between vocalists Hayden Thorpe and Tom Flemming in full effect. You can stream it below. The band also recently made a mix for FACT which opens with them covering Leonard Cohen's "Hey That's No Way to Say Goodbye" and you can stream that below too.
The band will be in the US next week, playing Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 4. That show is sold out, but if you didn't get tickets we've got two pair to give away. Details are below.
Meanwhile, Wild Beasts will be doing an in-store set at Other Music the day before their MHOW show (Monday, 3/3) at 8 PM. That's free and open to the public. Flyer for their NYC appearances, "Sweet Spot" and FACT mix streams, as well as contest details, below...
Tame Impala at Terminal 5 in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We know these kinds of listicles get published all the time, and that everyone will always find ways to argue them, but this one is kind of interesting. Rolling Stone published their '50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now' list, where they asked a panel of writers, industry figures, and artists, "who rules the road in 2013?" It's got much of the stuff you'd think Rolling Stone would have on this kind of list (like insisting The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are still better live than basically anyone else in 2013), but there's still some surprises, like the inclusion of Tame Impala amongst mainly rock/pop stars.
Check out the full list below...
words and photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Leonard Cohen @ Radio City Music Hall 4/6/2013
On the first night of a two-night stand at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday (April 6), Leonard Cohen -- singer-songwriter, poet, living legend -- promised the sold-out audience that he and his band would give everything they had. And though it's a line he breaks out at nearly every show, over the course of the next three hours, he and his stellar backing band did precisely that.
In a mix of old hits and new songs from last year's Old Ideas, Cohen, decked out in dark suit and fedora, crooned from his knees on several occasions and even skipped across the stage as he exited and entered between two full sets sets and two three-song encores; both maneuvers belying his 78 years. "I ache in the places I used to play," he sang on "Tower of Song." "I was born like this / I had no choice / I was born with the gift of a golden voice."
That golden voice is a bit deeper and more gravelly than before but his delivery was impeccable and the audience was rapt during "Suzanne" and especially his spoken-word version of "A Thousand Kisses Deep."
During the first intermission a friend who was at the show said that he was thinking of the eulogies for the late Roger Ebert and how all of them referenced his belief that (paraphrasing here) "where words and images can lie, emotions are always true."
And that observation fit on the evening. Who in attendance had not been stirred at some point by a Leonard Cohen song? That answer, most likely, not many.
"Hallelujah" was the fitting emotional high point met with enthusiastic applause and then a standing ovation at its conclusion several minutes later.
All along his rich baritone was balanced by his background singers, long-time collaborator Sharon Robinson, and Charley and Hattie Webb, musically known as The Webb Sisters. Cohen returned to spoken-word form as he introduced Robinson's gorgeous turn at lead vocals on "Alexandra Leaving" and the Webb Sisters on "If It Be Thy Will."
And the stellar group of musicians Cohen has assembled were all given several opportunities to shine as Cohen would remove his fedora in reverence, step into the shadow and the spotlight would find the soloist taking his turn, be it Neil Larsen on the Hammond B-3, music director Roscoe Beck on the upright bass ("veteran and victim," quipped Cohen of their 30-plus years performing together) or Javier Mas on bandurria. Mitch Watkins on electric guitar, Alexandru Bublitchi on violin and Rafael Gayol on drums rounded out the band and all deserve recognition. In his return to Radio City the night belonged to Mr. Cohen but his band gets credit for transforming the evening into something close to magical.
check out the yellow alerts on the right...
Like many of you, we spend an inordinate amount of time on Ticketmaster here at BV, getting ticket links and trying to figure out whether or not a show is sold out. The latter used to be a real pain, actually having to go through the Captcha process to see whether tickets were still available. But no more. In what is maybe the most helpful, long-overdue feature to be implemented on TM, they now have a little yellow exclamation point alert by shows that have either "NO TICKETS RIGHT NOW" or "NOT MANY LEFT" which you can see above.
Ticketmaster has also been tweaking the Captcha process, using actual phrases (sometimes branded ones) instead of smudgy nonsense words. (Sometimes you have answer a question via a pulldown menu.) One thing that hasn't changed: service charges.
P.S. as you can see from the picture above (if they are to be believed), there aren't many tickets left for Leonard Cohen's upcoming run at Radio City!
Leonard Cohen at Barclays Center in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Tickets for the Leonard Cohen show at Radio City go on Fan Club and VIP Package presale today (1/11) at 9 AM. AmEx presale starts Monday (1/14) at 9 AM, AEG/Venue/Radio presales start Thursday (1/17) at 9 AM, and tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 18 at 9 AM. VIP Packages go on sale on 1/18 at 9 AM too.
Leonard Cohen at Barclays Center in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Musical and poetic legend Leonard Cohen made a great return last year with his new album, Old Ideas, and a massive tour that brought him to NYC for shows at Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center. He's now set to follow that with an international tour in 2013 that brings him back to NYC for a show on April 6 at Radio City Music Hall. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but check ticketmaster for updates.
A list of all dates (including a Wallingford, CT show) and the video for "Show Me The Place" below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Leonard Cohen @ Barclays Center, 12/20/2012
Leonard Cohen was incredibly grateful to be in Brooklyn last night, and if he were a less-classy gentleman, he might have made one of those "at my age I'm lucky to be anywhere" jokes. But of course, the 78-year-old is one of most dapper, graceful performers alive, so he showed his gratitude by repeatedly thanking the crowd, his band and what seemed like most of his crew, from sound engineer to rigger.Canadian music legend Leonard Cohen wrapped up his 2012 tour at the Barclays' center on Thursday night (12/20). Like at MSG a couple days prior, Leonard's set was nearly three hours and 30 songs long, including two encores.
His trademark fedora almost permanently pulled down to his eyes, Cohen delivered an unforgettable evening at the Barclays Center, performing 29 songs over three hours without breaking stride. He skipped onstage at the beginning of both sets and both encores, dropped down to his knees almost as many times as he said "thank you," and made more than a few references to ladies-man persona. -[Spinner]
More pics from the show are below, along with the setlist...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Musical and poetic legend Leonard Cohen landed in NYC for his first of two shows here last night (12/18), when he played Madison Square Garden. He played a 29-song set with songs from his entire career -- classics like "Suzanne," "So Long, Marianne," "Bird on the Wire," and "Famous Blue Raincoat," his hugely iconic "Hallelujah," and some tracks off of his year end list appearing 2012 LP, Old Ideas, in addition to many more.
Leonard will do it again on Thursday (12/20) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Tickets for that show are still available.
More pics and the setlist from last night, below...
Several times during Leonard Cohen's epic and enveloping show at the Citi Wang Theatre Saturday night, the legendary singer-songwriter would sing one of his famous, devastatingly precise couplets and the audience would break into applause.Canadian national treasure and all-around music legend Leonard Cohen is still going strong at 78, having released the widely-acclaimed Old Ideas this year that ended up on Best of 2012 lists from Rolling Stone, The AV Club, Q and more. If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream it below via Rdio.
If the crowd had applauded every time Cohen's poetic eloquence was displayed, it would've meant a nonstop ovation for almost the entirety of the 3-hour-plus performance. That might've been distracting but it would've been understandable given how deep his gift for expression runs and how impeccably it was brought to life by the man and his superb band.
At 78, it would make sense, even be expected, that Cohen would move a little slower or play for less time. But the opposite was true. The spry Cohen -- cutting a natty figure in black suit and fedora as did most of his band -- literally skipped about the stage, went down on his knees frequently, and played more than two dozen songs, ambitiously covering the ground between his 1967 debut and this year's "Old Ideas." - [Boston Globe]
Leonard's current tour, which hit Boston over the weekend (review above), wraps up here in NYC with two shows: Madison Square Garden tonight (12/18) and Barclays Center on Thursday (12/20). Tickets are still available for both shows.
Album stream is below.
As you may remember, Brooklyn old time folk revivalists Spirit Family Reunion released their debut album over the summer and sounds more like something from the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack than something from their NYC borrough in 2012. You can stream the whole thing below. The band recently appeared on long-running NPR show Mountain Stage (taped in West Virginia) alongside Dr. Dog, the Mountain Goats, Nellie McKay, and Red Wanting Blue and that episode airs this week, check here for a station near you and look for the episode to go up on their archive next week.
Meanwhile, Spirit Family Reunion have a few live shows coming up, including New Year's Eve in NYC, playing Pianos with Christopher Paul Stelling. Tickets are $15 and include a champagne toast at midnight.
The band were also kind enough to send us their Top 10 LPs of 2012 and if you're expecting a bunch of Bill Monroe reissues on the list, you'd be wrong. Their list includes Ty Segall and Leonard Cohen who maybe they're going to see tonight at Madison Square Garden? Check out their full list below, along with a stream of their album and a list of all upcoming tour dates.
by Bill Pearis
Frank Ocean at Angel Orensanz Center, 9/24/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
One of the saddest losses of 2012 for me was the NYC print edition of The Onion which I always looked forward to picking up on Wednesdays and browsing while on the subway or getting some food on the neighborhood. (I still have my copy of the "CHINA STRONG" issue, easily one of the funniest they've ever done.) I lament of it for the AV Club half as well, as I've long found it to be amongst the best pop culture criticism/journalism out there. While NYC can no longer get physical copies, you can still read it online where the AV Club has really flourished.
It's Year-End season there too and have just published their Top 25 LPs of 2012 list, which was tallied by a complicated system that led to a lot of ties, including three albums claiming the #18 spot. There was no doubt who was getting the top slot, though, as Frank Ocean's Channel Orange got the most votes by a wide margin. There's no stopping that album on year end polls. Elsewhere on the list, you'll find more than a few records that cater to the late-'30s indie rock fan crowd (The Walkmen, Bob Mould, Field Music) and even Rush's Clockwork of Angels. You can look at individual writers' ballots as well. Check out the whole list below.
Ian O'Neil of Deer Tick @ Carnegie Hall (more by Chris La Putt)
Deer Tick's three-week Brooklyn Bowl residency begins TONIGHT (12/5). As mentioned, they'll be performng different albums and EPs in full at the three shows. Unfortunately no War Elephant (which they recently performed at a Newport Folk Fest afterparty), but we will get:
12.05.12 Born on Flag Day + More Fuel for the Fire EPDoors for each show are at 8pm, and Deer Tick guitarist Ian O'Neil opens each show with a solo set. Other openers include Hollis Brown on 12/5, Viking Moses in 12/12, and Alex Bleeker on 12/19. Deer Tick's other upcoming shows include the Capitol Theater with My Morning Jacket and Maxwell's. They're all listed below.
12.12.12 The Black Dirt Sessions + Holy Shit it's Christmas EP
12.19.12 Divine Providence + Tim EP
Ian O'Neil, like many of our favorite artists before him, told us what his favorite albums of 2012 were. His list includes his recent tour-mates Turbo Fruits, his old band Titus Andronicus (who headlined Webster Hall this week), and legends Neil Young & Crazy Horse (who played Barclays Center this week). Check it out in full below...
by Andrew Sacher
More of the big 2012 year-end lists have been rolling in, with NPR and SPIN recently revealing theirs, and now Rolling Stone have unleashed theirs. Similarly to Uncut, the expected albums from older artists are there, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Dr. John, and the number one slot going to Bruuuuuuuuuuuce. It's got huge albums like Mumford and Sons, Taylor Swift, and fun., as well as the token high ranking indie album (Japandroids at #9), the token washed up band who was once classic (Green Day), things you knew you'd see on Rolling Stone's list like Jack White and Alabama Shakes, and... Grimes!
You can read the whole list below...
UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list below.
check out this new photo of Amanda & her band...
The always talented and controversial - mostly because she isn't afraid to try new things and speak her mind (especially on Twitter), Amanda Palmer, is playing a massive New Year's Eve show at NYC's Terminal 5 where she and The Grand Theft Orchestra will be performing Prince's Purple Rain in its entirety in addition to her original songs (get your tickets - regular or VIP).
Meanwhile, we asked Amanda to list her favorite 10 musical things from 2012, and you can see what she listed and watch her new NSFW video for "Do It With a Rockstar", below...
Q Magazine put out their Top 50 albums of 2012 list, choosing to do so in no particular order this year, making it more a pile than a list. Check out Q's picks in alphabetical order below.