Record Store Day: Leonard Cohen Tribute – Like A Drunk In A Midnight Choir Vinyl LP

Available Record Store Day: April 22, 2017
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Tracklist

  1. Who By Fire (Glen Hansard)
  2. Chelsea Hotel #2 (Terry Reid)
  3. Treaty (Avi Buffalo)
  4. Everybody Knows (Joseph Arthur)
  5. I’m Your Man (Cherry Glazerrw/Mike Watt)
  6. The Partisan (Matt Costa)
  7. Did I Ever Love You (Korey Dane)
  8. Bird On A Wire (Leeann Skoda)
  9. Steer Your Way (Matthew Ryan)
  10. Dance Me To The End Of Love (Jay Buchanan)
  11. So Long, Marianne (Donovan)

Event: Record Store Day 2017
Release Date: 4/22/2017
Format: LP
Label: Record Store Day
Quantity: 2500
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

So Long, R.E.M. – Leonard Cohen & R.E.M.

It’s The End Of R.E.M.

Last week [at time of original posting: Sept 28, 2011], the members of R.E.M. posted this notice on their official site,

To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.

R.E.M.

R.E.M. has long admired and sometimes emulated Leonard Cohen. On the occasion of  the band’s breakup, a retrospective look at the Leonard Cohen-R.E.M. connection seems an appropriate tribute to this groundbreaking group credited by many as the inventors of alternative rock.

R.E.M.’s Hope = Leonard Cohen’s Suzanne

The link between “Hope” by R.E.M. and “Suzanne” by Leonard Cohen is intriguing because the melody of both songs is nearly identical and the lyrics, while dealing with dissimilar topics, are largely parallel.  In addition, the lyrics of “Hope” have also been lauded  by fans and reviewers as some of Michael Stipe’s strongest work.

According to Wikipedia,

The band R.E.M. gave Cohen a joint songwriting credit for their song “Hope” (on their 1998 album Up), in light of the similarity between the two songs. R.E.M. describe themselves as realising that similarity only after completing the song.

From Ask Michael Stipe: Finale!, posted September 28, 2008:

[Fan:] One of my favorite REM-songs is HOPE, because I really love the background sound, as well as the energy it transports and the rate. The lyrics are great, I especially love the line ” and you want to cross your DNA with something reptile”, so what is the song about and what was the idea about this special line? …

[Michael Stipe:] felt very futuristic/21st c. to me that someday we will use prehistoric ‘living fossil’ animal dna to bolster our own immunity; the guy in the song is facing some very difficult questions about longevity and survival, and basically grabbing at any possibility to stay alive. I obviously lifted most of the song from Leonard Cohen, along with the imagery ideas from World Leader Pretend

For a convenient comparison of the two songs, a video of R.E.M. performing “Hope” and Albert Noonan’s video of Cohen singing “Suzanne” at the November 12, 2009 Las Vegas concert are provided below.

R.E.M. – Hope: Video

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Video: Complete Juno Tribute To Leonard Cohen By Justin & Sophie Trudeau & Feist Performance Of Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye


Also see

Leonard Cohen At The Juno Awards 1991-2017

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Update: Leonard Cohen Is Artist Of The Year 2017; You Want It Darker Named Album Of Year

See Leonard Cohen Is 2017 Juno Artist Of The Year; You Want It Darker Named Album Of Year

Leonard Cohen 2017 Juno Award Nominations

  • Album of the Year: Leonard Cohen You Want It Darker
  • Artist of the Year: Leonard Cohen
  • Songwriter of the Year: Leonard Cohen “You Want It Darker,” “It Seemed the Better Way,” “Traveling Light”
  • Adult Alternative Album of the Year: Leonard Cohen You Want It Darker

2017 Juno Award Tribute To Leonard Cohen

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The 2017 Juno Awards are broadcast on Sunday, April 2 on CTV. Today, the network and the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences have announced that Feist will perform a Leonard Cohen tribute at the awards show. She is set to play an “arrangement of one of Cohen’s classic songs,” according to a press release.

From Feist to Perform Leonard Cohen Tribute at 2017 Juno Awards by Matthew Strauss (Pitcjfork: 27 March 2017). Photo by Jason Persse – Flickr: Feist, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikipedia Commons

Previous Leonard Cohen Juno Awards

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1991: Juno/Canadian Music Hall of Fame
1993: Male Vocalist Of The Year1
1993: Best Video2
1994: Songwriter of the Year
2013: Artist of the Year
2013: Songwriter Of The Year3
2015: Album Of The Year4

Note; In addition to these awards, Leonard Cohen has received numerous nominations

Leonard Cohen Inducted Into Canadian Music Hall Of Fame 1991

Related Posts

All posts dealing with Leonard Cohen and the Junos can be accessed at

Credit Due Department: Photo of Mr Cohen at Junos from Library and Archives Canada. Photographer: Barry Roden. Thanks to Linda Sturgess for contributions to this post.

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  1. Male & Female Vocalists Of The Year are now subsumed under the title Artist Of The Year []
  2. For Closing Time, directed by Curtis Wehrfritz []
  3. For the songs “Amen”, “Going Home” and “Show Me the Place” []
  4. For Popular Problems []