Leonard Cohen rarely gives personal interviews and he says it has been many years since the last one. But Norwegian radio documentary producer Kari Hesthamar was with him for three days in Autumn 2005. Here we meet an aging Leonard Cohen who looks back on a past where love has been a main theme. He says, ”This life is designed to overthrow you, nobody masters it.” Cohen claims that he hardly remembers anything from his past. He is preoccupied with ”the cordiality of the moment.” Hesthamar tries to make him remember, but at the same time, she is fascinated by Cohen’s ability to be present in the moment. Like this, they meet halfway. He talks about love and his past relationship to his Norwegian sweetheart Marianne and about the journey from his first poems to the melancholic songs that made him world-famous. This piece came to America through the Third Coast International Audio Festival.
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The pop-dance-electronic group’s founder tells Terry Gross why he stopped complaining about other bands and decided to start making his own music instead. LCD Soundsystem’s latest album is called This Is Happening.
The Sounds of the Sounds of Science features 78 minutes of instrumental music by Yo La Tengo. The CD contains the entire score written and performed by the band to accompany eight legendary but rarely-seen undersea documentary shorts by influential French avant-garde filmmaker Jean Painleve. Yo La Tengo’s score, originally debuted on stage at the San Francisco Film Festival in April 2001 with the band providing live accompaniment to the films, echoes the films’ haunting surrealist imagery, yet the music is equally evocative on its own, from the dreamy soundscapes of “Sea Urchins” and “How Some Jellyfish Are Born” to the harsher, more dissonant moods of “Liquid Crystals”and “The Love Life of The Octopus”. In September 2001, the group headed into a Nashville studio and laid down the complete score with longtime producer Roger Moutenot. The resulting album also features vibrant cover photos from the films, along with ominous and comforting illustrations by Jim Woodring and Jad Fair.
From Andy McMillan: "I made a mixtape last night, for the first time in months. It’s short, but full of goodness that’s been keeping me energised over the past few weeks. Enjoy!"
- Girls Names - Hellhole Ratrace
- Sleigh Bells - Rill Rill
- White Denim - Paint Yourself
- Warpaint - Undertow
- Twin Sister - Lady Daydream
- Animal Collective - Did You See The Words