Brooklyn Vegan has teriffic pictures and a review of Leonard Cohen's brief but apparently thrilling appearance at Joe's Pub with with current collaborator Anjani. There are rumors of a Cohen tour, the first in many moons, which may or may not be a good thing. After all, in this effusive review, the focus is on the fact that he's there and singing at all, not on the transcendant nature of his performance, his voice. The voice has dropped from baritone to deep dark bass to low-level rumble on record, and live may be a different story still. But many of us too young to have seen him on his last, early-90s tour would probably still jump at the chance.
Stereogum has a couple of tracks from the new Veils record Nux Vomica, which just got released stateside. "The Tide That Left and Never Came Back", from their first album The Runaway Found, was one of my favorite straightforward rock songs of the past few years, the kind of ultra-catchy, fun song that you'd think would have been accessible enough for mainstream radio, in a sane world.
Idolator posts a new Bob Dylan song, "Huck's Theme", from the Lucky You soundtrack. Is a video with Drew and Bob cavorting far off?
Luna covering Paula Abdul? Jim O'Rourke taking on the Spice Girls? Now how much would you pay? Pitchfork has more.