Tribute To Leonard Cohen – Los Angeles, May 15, 2017

Harvey Kubernik notifies us of A Tribute To Leonard Cohen, described as

An evening of Classic Leonard Cohen Songs. Featuring J’Anna Jacoby and David Palmer (Rod Stewart band members) Lucy Woodward, Jenny Carr, Sarah Kramer, Mati Graviel, Steve Velez, Marcus Nand and many others.

Molly Malones, Los Angeles, CA
May 15, 2017 7:30 PM

2 sets:
7.30pm – 8.30 pm
9pm – 10pm

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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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  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. 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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