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January 31, 2007

{Patty Griffin}

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I'm looking foreward to Patty Griffin's forthcoming album Children Running Through (releasing on Feb. 7th). Today seemed like the perfect gloomy day to put her somber classic 1000 Kisses album on regular rotation.

Here's a couple of the sweetest/saddest moments ...

"Rain"

"Making Pies"

Here's one from the forthcoming album "Heavenly Day" (Courtesy of Stereogum)

Patty Griffin will be playing to a select few at Hotel Cafe in L.A. on Feb. 13th.

Hear more (get more info) from Patty Griffin's MySpace

Purchase 1000 Kisses here.

January 30, 2007

{Angel-A}

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French director Luc Besson (Le Femme Nikita, The Professional, The Fifth Element) once claimed he would only make 10 films before retiring from the director's chair. Angel-A clocks in at number nine. Besson breaks new ground in his filmmaking with Angel-A, a movie about a small-time hood (Jamel Debbouze) about to end his life when he finds a beautiful, but supernatural woman (Rie Rasmussen) to accompany him on his exploits.

Sony Pictures Classics has just acquired the domestic rights to Angel-A the drama, which has already released in much of Europe.

Hint Hint: The hyphen in the title of Angel-A is to assist those to realize the name Angela contains the word angel.

View Large Trailer or View Small Trailer.

Here's a look at a few strinkingly beautiful shots...

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{Menomena}

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You can stream Menomena's excellent new album Friend & Foe in it's entirety online (track by track) over at Barsuk Records.

Stream Friend & Foe right here.

January 29, 2007

{This American Life The Television Show}


Sundance Channel Festival Dailies has posted an exclusive look at This American Life The Television Show. Whitney Cummings talks with Ira Glass, Christopher Wilcha and Adam Beckman about the NPR program-turned Showtime series.

Each episode will be hosted by Ira Glass and will explore a single theme or topic through the unique juxtaposition of first-person storytelling and whimsical narrative, allowing for the show’s distinct and original voice. The visual interpretation of the radio series will reflect the structure and spirit of the radio show that has grown to be one of the most popular and innovative programs in the medium.

The first episode is scheduled to premiere on March 22, 2007 on Showtime...should be interesting.

{Late Night Sounds Feb. Mix '07}

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The Late Night Sounds is a (roughly 30 min.) monthly mixtape I put together of some under-the-radar artists, both past and present.

This month's mix (a few days early, mind you) features a pop tune from Patrick Wolf's forthcoming album (R.I.Y.L. Jens Lekman), a vintage ska tune from James Hunter, a catchy pop song from Kate Nash (R.I.Y.L. Regina Spektor), Brit rock from from Mohair (R.I.Y.L. The Coral), a track from Super Fury Animals frontman Gruff Rhys' forthcoming album, a soul track from Amy Winehouse (R.I.Y.L. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings), a song from singer-songwriter Fionn Regan (R.I.Y.L. Damien Rice), a track from Travis' forthcoming album, and a garage rock number from The Mooney Suzuki (R.I.Y.L. The Ramones), give it a listen or just checkout the artists on your own...

Mp3: Late Night Sounds February Mix '07

Tracklisting:

1. Patrcick Wolf - “Magic Position” (Get the download from Music For Kids Who an't Read Good)

2. James Hunter - "People Gonna Talk"

3. Kate Nash - "Merry Happy"

4. Mohair - "End of the Line" (Get the download from Extrawack)

5. Gruff Rhys - "Candylion" (Get the download from Team Love Records)

6. Fionn Regan - "Be Good or Be Gone" (Get the download from Off The Record)

7. Amy Winehouse - "You Know I'm No Good" (Get the download from Bon Ton)

8. Travis - "Big Chair" (Get the download from The Modern Way)

9. The Mooney Suzuki - "Rock' N' Roller Girl" (Get the download from I Rock Cleveland)

{Breaking and Entering}

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Breaking & Entering is the forthcoming film from director Anthony Minghella (The Talented Mr. Ripley, The English Patient). The film follows three people whose lives intersect in the inner-city area of King’s Cross. When a landscape architect’s (Jude Law) state of the art offices in a seedy part of town are repeatedly burgled, his investigations cause him to re-evaluate his life.. Breaking and Entering also stars Juliette Binoche and Robin Wright Penn and will open in select theaters on February 10th.

View the Trailer.

January 25, 2007

{Grindhouse}

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As part of the glorious spectacle that will be Grindhouse, Quenten Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez have collected a group of directors to make trailers for made-up movies to go between features. Here's a shot from Rob Zombie's Werewolf Women of the S.S.

Hmm, Nazi cabaret? No clips yet but when we know more you will too! In the meantime watch the kick ass trailer again.

{300 Videogame}


You've all seen the eye popping 300 Trailer, right? Well, take a look at the neat video game that will go along with it.

{An American Crime}


Here's an exclusive trailer (from First Look International) for the intense drama An American Crime. This is the true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski (played by Catherine Keener), who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960's. The film is slated for a summer release.

January 24, 2007

{The Lives of Others}

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The Lives of Others has recieved an Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Film, but if you haven't heard of it yet don't feel left in the dark. While the film has racked up countless awards overseas, it has only recently been given a US release date. The Lives of Others will open in select theaters stateside on February 7th.

Synopsis: Set in 1980s East Berlin, director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's debut feature provides a subtle portrait of life under the watchful eye of the state police as a high-profile couple is bugged. When a successful playwright and his actress companion become subjects of the Stasi's secret surveillance program, they're not the only ones affected; their friends, family and even those doing the watching find their lives changed too.

View the Trailer.

{The Shins}

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Did you know that you can stream the wonderful new album (track by track) from The Shins via their MySpace? It's true.

Stream Wincing the Night Away in it's entirety right here.

January 23, 2007

{The Sarah Silverman Program}

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Comedy Central's long-delayed Sarah Silverman series will finally premiere on Thursday, February 1st. Comedy Central's press materials describe the project: "Fresh off the success of her feature film Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic, the irreverent Sarah Silverman takes on the small screen. Sarah stars as herself in this new original series that is bound to make you feel better about your own life. Tune in to see her offend, seduce, and use everyone she knows and meets!" Well, that sounds like must-see viewing to me.

View the Preview

{Coachella 2007}

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So you were wondering who was playing what day, huh? Well there you go. Visit the Official Site for more info.

January 22, 2007

{Favorite Films of 2006}

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Well, better late than never, right? This is a list of some of our Favorite Films of 2006. Perhaps there's a few you may have missed, so if they are no longer in theaters be sure to look for 'em on DVD...

Babel
Pan's Labyrinth
Little Miss Sunshine
The Proposition
Brick
12 and Holding
Inside Man
The Descent
Hard Candy
Volver
The Prestige
Thank You For Smoking
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Children of Men
Little Fish
Time To Leave
The Host
Tsotsi
Transamerica
Hostel
Curse of the Golden Flower
The Departed
Idiocracy
Sherrybaby
13 Tzameti

Here's some we have not (as of yet) viewed, but are anxiously looking foreward to:

Infamous
Letters From Iwo Jima / Flags of Our Fathers
Inland Empire
Little Children
The Last King of Scotland
The Queen
Blood Diamond
Notes on a Scandal
Stranger Than Fiction
Half Nelson


Here's some of our Favorite Documentaries:

An Inconvenient Truth
When the Leevees Broke
Bukowski: Born into This
The Road To Guantanamo
City of Men
Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man
New York Doll The Movie
The Untold Story of Emmet Til
Searching For the Wrong Eyed Jesus
America: Freedom To Fascism
Coachella: The Movie
Spaghetti West
The Devil and Daniel Johnston
Who Killed the Electric Car?
Dave Chappelle's Block Party

{!!!}

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!!! (Chk Chk Chk) follow up their classic Louden Up Now (2004) with a new dancefloor friendly album titled Myth Takes.

You can stream the album in it's entirety (Courtesy of WebJay) here.

January 21, 2007

{Coachella 2007}

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Seminal L.A. band Rage Against the Machine has just officially announced that they will reunite after a seven-year lull for one show as the headliners at this years 2007 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Sources also say Red Hot Chili Peppers (who headlined in 2003) ans Björk (who headlined in 2002) are also back.

Other acts expected to be added to the lineup are: Arcade Fire, Interpol, Willie Nelson, the Roots, Manu Chao, the Decemberists, Arctic Monkeys, Sonic Youth, Crowded House, Air, Tiësto and Kings of Leon. Tix go on sale this coming Saturday.

Read about more details from the L.A. Times

*******UPDATE**********
Posted this morning at coachella.com (note lineup subject to changes and additions):

The Jesus and Mary Chain, Tiesto, the Arcade Fire, Interpol, Manu Chao, Willie Nelson, Air, Happy Mondays, Decemberists, Faithless, Gotan Project, the Good, the Bad and the Queen, Paul Van Dyk, Arctic Monkeys, Roots, Jarvis Cocker, Sonic Youth, Crowded House, Placebo, Satellite Party, Stephen Marley feat Jr. Gong, Kings of Leon, DJ Shadow, Kaiser Chiefs, Kokono No. 1, LCD Soundsystem, Nickel Creek, Travis, Damien Rice, Black Keys, Blonde Redhead, Infected Mushroom, New Pornographers, Peeping Tom, Placebo, Rufus Wainwright, the Rapture, Explosions in the Sky, Richie Hawtin, !!!, Benny Benassy, Felix Da Housecat, Hot Chip, Jacks Mannequin, Julieta Venegas, Lily Allen, Lupe Fiasco, Ozomatli, Peaches, Ghostface Killah, Jose Gonzales, Amos Lee, Brazilian Girls, Fountains of Wayne, Regina Spektor, VNV Nation, Coco Rosie, Cornelius, Gillian Welch, Junior Boys, Pharaohe Monche, Roky Erickson and the Explosives, Soulwax, Sparklehorse, the Kooks, Tilly and the Wall, Andrew Bird, Peter, Bjorn & John, the Frames, Gogol Bordello, Comedians of Comedy, Justice, MSTRKRFT, We Are Scientists, Yeva, Grizzly Bear, Amy Winehouse, Avett Brothers, Circa Survive, the Coup, the Cribs, CSS, Digitalism, Erol Alkan, Evil Nine, Girl Talk, Klaxons, the Noisettes, Spank Rock, Tapes 'n Tapes, Fields, Tokyo Police Club, Rodrigo Y Gabriella, DJ Heather, the Feeling, Fratellis, Mike Relm, Silversun Pickups, Busdriver, Brother Ali, Nightwatchman, Bojones, Mika, Pop Levi, Anathallo and Fair to Midland.

January 18, 2007

{Sunshine}


Here's a new teaser trailer for Danny Boyle's (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) new film Sunshine, which tells the story of a spaceahip sent to re-ignite the sun and save earth from a solar winter. Sunshine is set for a Spring 2007 release.

{Bloc Party}

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The sophomore album from the British quartet Bloc Party (titled Weekend in the City) will release on February 6th. The album sets out to capture daily life in a modern city (as noted by frontman Kele Okereke). I think they've done a remarkable job of capturing all the beauty and chaos, but judge for yourself.

You can stream the album in it's entirety (Courtesy of WebJay) here.

January 17, 2007

{N.W.A}

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I don't mention gangsta rap nearly enough! This may in fact be the first time, however last week saw the release of The Best of N.W.A: The Strength of Street Knowledge and I feel compelled to mention it. I mean, everyone owned the album the Straight Outta Compton at some point, right? I was in middle school when I purchased my vinyl copy, which my mom subsequently found and burned in the fireplace. The Best of N.W.A scatters the Compton tracks throughout the collection making the whole thing flow with a running order that feels right. Here's a taste...

"Gangsta Gangsta"

"F**k Tha Police"

Purchase The Best of N.W.A: The Strength of Street Knowledge here.

Here's the video for "Straight Outta Compton"...

January 16, 2007

{The Host}


This Korean film is yet another to add to our Favorite Films of 2006. The Host seems very much like a homage back to the good ol' days of giant monsters (such as Godzilla).

Plot Outline: As a giant reptillian monster starts chowing down on people in the park, the goverment responds by quarantining the entire area. When the creature snatches up a teenager, a father must not only contend with the monster, but also the goverment. Action and character development make this one more than your typical B-movie fare.

January 11, 2007

{24}

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Just a friendly reminder that the nonstop season of 24 kicks off with a 2 night, 4 hour premiere this Sunday (Jan. 13) and Monday (Jan. 14)! Here's the trailer...

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Also heres a sneak peak at a forthcoming McFairlaine 24 Promo Figure. There will be two figures of the show’s hero, Jack Bauer, both are packaged as boxed sets taken directly from scenes from the action-packed drama.

Visit the official 24 Site for everything 24.

What's the Jack Baur ( aka Keifer Sutherland) Ron Sexsmith connection you ask? Find out (and get a couple Mp3's) at Indie Blog Heaven.

{Morrissey}

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Morrissey will play three nights at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium...on February 1st (Thursday), 2nd (Friday), and 3rd (Saturday). Tix go on sale this saturday (January 13th). Prices are $47, $62 and $77, and will be available through Ticketmaster.

Here's a couple of gems from the Morrissey at KROQ Maxi-Single...

"There's A Place in Hell For Me and My Friends"

"My Love Life"

Hear more from Morrissey's MySpace

Purchase Morrissey at KROQ here.

{Late Night Sounds Jan. Mix '07}

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The Late Night Sounds is a (roughly 30 min.) monthly mixtape I put together of some under-the-radar artists, both past and present.

This first mix of the new year features a Smiths-esque tune from Elizabeth Harper & The Matinee, punk-funk from DataRock, a rarity from singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith, a groovy trip-hop flavored track from Radio Citizen, alt-rock en Espanol from Chetes, an indie-pop tune from Land of Ill Earthquakes, rock n' vaudeville from The Lisps, an electro-pop tune from Walter Meego, and a garage rock number from Pop Levi. Give it a listen or just checkout the artists on your own...

Mp3: Late Night Sounds January Mix '07

Tracklisting:

1. Elizabeth Harper & The Matinee - “Parlor Window”

2. DataRock - "FaFaFa" (Get the download from B-Town Hit Parade)

3. Ron Sexsmith - "Somehow Someway" (Get the download from Caffeine-Headache)

4. Radio Citizen - "The Hop" (Get the download from Music is Art)

5. Chetes - "Que Me Maten" (Get the download courtesy of Badminton Stamps)

6. Land of Ill Earthquakes - "Acres of Fakers" (Get the download from their MySpace)

7. The Lisps - "Pepper Spray" (Get the download from Obscure Sound)

8. Walter Meego - "Wanna Be A Star" (Get the download from Macktronic)

9. Pop Levi - "Blue Honey" (Get the download from CubikMusic)

January 09, 2007

{New To DVD}

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Lots of new (possibly good, but maybe not) films released on DVD today, here's the rundown...

{The Illusionist}

Neil Burger's thriller centers on an illusionist (Edward Norton) who falls for an aristocrat (Jessica Biel) well above his social standing. When the Crown Prince (Rufus Sewell) emloys the Chief Inspector (Paul Giamatti) to unveil him as a fraud the real mystery begins.

The Illusionist Trailer

{Ideocracy}

To test its top secret Human Hibernation Project picks an Army private (Luke Wilson) and a prostitute (Maya Rudolph) and sends them 1,000 years into the future after a series of freak events. Only when they arrive, they find a civilization so dumbed-down that they're the smartest people around. Mike Judge and Etan Cohen ("Beavis and Butthead") reteamed for this one.

Idiocracy Trailer

{Conversations with Other Women}

Sparks fly at a wedding reception when a man (Aaron Eckhart) and a woman (Helena Bonham Carter) with a mysterious past are reunited in a bittersweet tale inventively shot in split screen.

Conversations with Other Women Trailer

{Bandidas}

This cheesy western stars hotties Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz as an unlikely celebrated bank robbers. Steve Zahn, Joseph D. Reitman, Sam Shepard and Dwight Yoakam co-star.

Bandidas Trailer

{Quinceanera}

Magdalena's (Emily Rios) 15th birthday finds her comfortable existence shattered by the discovery that she's pregnant. Cast out by her parents, tshe finds safe haven with a great-granduncle in this '06 Sundance Film Festival award winner.

Quinceanera Trailer

{The Night Listener}

Reality blurs with fiction in this psychological thriller adapted from Armistead Maupin's novel about writer and radio host Gabriel Noone (Robin Williams). While Gabriel's romantic life falls apart he receives a manuscript from a troubled young fan (Rory Culkin) and the drama unfolds. Based on a true story this co-stars Toni Collette and Sandra Oh.

The Night Listener Trailer

{Ron Sexsmith}

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Awhile back I purchased this Ron Sexsmith Rarities collection and someway somehow I managed to forget I ever had. I've thrown this album into my regular rotation and as always Ron Sexsmith's sincerity has got me in a very uplifting mood.

Here's a couple of highlights...

"On A Whim"

"Someway Somehow"

Hear more from Ron Sexsmith's MySpace

Purchase Rarities here.

{Apple's iPhone}

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Read all about (and view tons of pics of) the unveiling of Apple's forthcoming iPhone from Engadget.

Also take a first look at Apple TV here.

January 08, 2007

{Time To Leave}

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Here's another one to add to my soon-to-post Favorite Films of '06 list...

Directed by Francois Ozon this is a story of a handsome photographer that learns he has a malignant brain tumor that will soon kill him. Hiding his diagnosis, he alienates his family and his boyfriend, but during a short stay with his grandmother, his vulnerability is met with a big heart and sound advice. An encounter with a waitress results in an unusual bargain that provides a happy, playful dimension to the proceedings. Time To Leave originally released overseas in '05, and then in limited release stateside last summer. You can now find it through Netflix or Blockbuster.

View the Trailer

{The Long Blondes - Giddy Stratospheres}

{This American Life}

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Some good friends were kind enough to get me this great 2-disc collection of This American Life episodes titled Stories of Hope & Fear.

There are a wide range of stories featured by familiar names like David Sedaris and Joathan Goldstein. This one however, is one of my absolute favorites. This is why this is one of the best (if not thee) radio shows around. Grab a kleenex and have a listen...

"Thinking Inside the Box" by David Wilcox

Here's a bonus emotional clip that originally aired on the very same episode titled Remember Me...

"Storycore Clip"

Purchase This American Life: Stories of Hope & Fear (and sample a couple of stories) here

{The Good The Bad & The Queen}

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The Good The Bad And The Queen album officially releases January 23rd, but today you can stream the entire album ofrom the band's MySpace page! The all-star lineup features members of The Clash, Blur, Gorillaz, and The Verve so you might want to give this album a listen. If you're more the Mp3-collecting-type head over to the wonderful Hype Machine and begin grabbing.

Stream the album in it's entirety from The Good The Bad & The Queen's MySpace or watch a performance from The List.

January 04, 2007

{The Office}

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Ah, television becomes interesting again with some shows returning tonight!

New episodes of The Office and Scrubs air tonight on NBC!
Afro Samurai premieres tonight on Spike TV (watch it online here).
24 premieres Jan. 14th and will be followed with a two hour episode on Jan. 15th.
Heroes resumes Jan. 22nd.
Lost resumes Feb. 7th.

In the meantime, I found this nifty little site where you can watch all The Office episodes. So what are you waiting for...Began Watching Online Now.

January 03, 2007

{The Namesake}

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Directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, Vanity Fair), based off the novel from Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri. The film stars Kal Penn (yes Kumar) in a story of an American-born son of Indian immigrants who aims to fit in among his fellow Bostonians, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways. The Namesake is scheduled for a fall '07 release.

View the Trailer

January 02, 2007

{The Shins}


I Turned away from my computer for a few and I missed the leak of The Shins forthcoming album Wincing the Night Away. The album officially drops on Jan. 23rd, this is the video for "Phantom Limb".

Here's "Phantom Limb" Mp3 (Courtesy of Pop Tarts Suck Toasted)

And the flipside to the single "Nothing At All" (Courtesy of Blogs Are For Dogs)

{Perfume: The Story of A Murderer}

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Here's an interesting looking film from director Tom Twyker (Run Lola Run). Ben Whishaw, Alan Rickman, Rachel Hurd-Wood, and Dustin Hoffman star in this strange tale based off the German novel of the same name. The film is currently playing in select theaters stateside.

View the Trailer

{Rhymefest ft Kanye West -"More"}

{Afro Samurai}

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Based off the Japanese manga series (created by Takashi Okazaki) the incredibly cool American version features the voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Ron Perlman, and Kelly Hu. Wu-Tang Clan member RZA produces the original musical score. The series is set to air on Spike TV January 4th, but you can watch the first episode online now!

Watch Episode 1

January 01, 2007

{Interview with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Guillermo del Toro, and Alfonso Cuaron}



This is an hour long interview Charlie Rose did with three great Mexican filmmakers: Alfonso Cuaron (director of Children of Men), Guillermo del Toro (director of Pan's Labyrinth), and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (director of Babel). The directors discuss their work and their friendship.

All three of these movies cracked our soon-to-be-posted Favorite Films of '06 list, so if you have yet to see Babel, Pan's Labyrinth, or Children of Men, we highly recommend you do so.

{Loenard Cohen: I'm Your Man}

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I posted about the documentary Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man awhile back (read about it, grab some Leonard Cohen mp3's, cover songs, and the view the trailerhere). Anyhow, I finally got a chance to watch it recently and I also got around to picking up the soundtrack.

So no more words, just a couple of my favorite covers...

Antony - "If It Be Your Will"

Rufus Wainwright - "Chelsea Hotel No. 2"

Purchase the Loenard Cohen: I'm Your Man Soundtrack here

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