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by Jon Bream / Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (MCT)

1 May 2009


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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leonard Cohen’s songs are better known than he is.

Starting with Judy Collins in 1966 (“Suzanne”), they’ve been covered more than 1,500 times by other singers, whose versions often became more famous than his own.

Like Kris Kristofferson, Cohen is both a songwriting giant and a less-than-pretty singer. He has never had a song land in the top 40. Only two of his 18 albums have gone gold and one is a “hits” collection.

With the 74-year-old Canadian poet on his first U.S. tour in 15 years, we picked the best covers of 12 of his best-known songs.

by PopMatters Staff

1 May 2009


Tori Amos’ new album Abnormally Attracted to Sin releases 19 May and Amos is now offering a free track (“Maybe California”) via her website. Oh, and there’s a video too…

Tori Amos
“Maybe California” [MP3] email sign-up required

by Sarah Zupko

30 Apr 2009


Juli Thanki praised Whitmore’s 2009 album Animals in the Dark and we gave it a 7. “Animals in the Dark is Whitmore’s most political album to date, with several songs referencing the troubles facing this country, a problem which Whitmore blames on authority figures who abuse their power… The album’s title comes from ‘Old Devils’, the strongest song on an album full of strong songs. Who are the old devils? Whitmore calls them, ‘Those animals in the dark / Malicious politicians with nefarious schemes / Charlatans and crooked cops.’” Whitmore recently stopped by Later…with Jools Holland for powerful performance of “Old Devils”. Plus, here’s a recent performance of “Who Stole the Soul”. Tour dates after the jump.

by Sarah Zupko

30 Apr 2009


British Sea Power were tapped to create the soundtrack for the upcoming DVD release of the 1934 documentary Man of Aran directed by Robert J. Flaherty. Rough Trade releases the accompanying album on 9 June. The band has performed the music at a host of UK events already this year. Sample a track below.

British Sea Power
“Come Wander With Me” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

30 Apr 2009


Sonic Youth’s new record The Eternal drops on 9 June in the US and UK. The band previewed a new song, “What We Know”, from the record this week on Later… With Jools Holland. Plus, here’s the official free MP3 again.

Sonic Youth
“Sacred Trickster” [MP3]

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