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    Leonard Cohen's 'Book of Longing' Prompts Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

    Leonard Cohen is a songwriting great. A true living legend. He also, like some of the Important Male Writers of his generation — Philip Roth, Norman Mailer, John Updike — writes about sexuality with a male-oriented frankness that must've felt radical and bohemian in a more puritanical era, but in hindsight doesn't necessarily look so different from the womanizing of the gray flannel suits on Mad Men. On the classic 1974 song "Chelsea Hotel #2," he sings about remembering a woman "giving me head on the unmade bed," and then concludes that "I don't even think of you that often" — a reflection that rings true, which is partly why it's powerful art, but not exactly something you should put on a mixtape for a female subordinate.

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    The Babies Ride Their Own Train on Noise-Pop 'Moonlight Mile'

    Songs about trains are a tradition that predates rock'n'roll and has somehow managed to outlast the stubborn popularity of the rock group Train. In the past couple of years, Kurt Vile asked us to climb aboard his "Freak Train," M83 christened a "Train to Pluton," and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire rapped over El-P beats about "Pissin' Between Train Cars," to name just a few examples. Brooklyn band the Babies' contribution to the train-song discography, "Moonlight Mile," shares its title with a ballad from the Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers, and its fuzzy, organ-streaked jangle could almost be of a similar vintage. But this is no ballad: It's a haunted, tenaciously uptempo gale of immaculately constructed garage-rock.

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    Hear an Early Recording of Girls' 'Forgiveness'

    "And I can hear so much music / And I can feel everything now," Girls' Christopher Owens sings on "Forgiveness," from the San Francisco duo's 2011 album Father, Son, Holy Ghost. Owens, who revealed earlier this month he would be leaving the group for "personal" reasons, played the song with bassist-producer Chet "JR" White more than three years before its release in a session on New York City's WNYU. True Panther label boss Dean Bein has posted a recording of that early version of "Forgiveness" along with a heartfelt essay bidding farewell to Girls as we knew them. It's a stark, simple, almost shambling rendition, which makes the truth of its hopeful lyrics all the more poignant.

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    Bradford Cox Writing 'Weird' Roots and Blues Deerhunter Songs

    Deerhunter's members have been touring separately with their solo projects this year, but outspoken — and ever-prolific — frontman Bradford Cox already has new material prepped for the band's next album. In a recent interview with MTV Hive, the Atlas Sound mastermind said his latest compositions for Deerhunter are rootsier and more lyric-heavy. And he said whether or not the songs make it onto the follow-up to 2010's Halcyon Digest, the band's recent hiatus shouldn't last much longer. "I've been writing a lot of songs for Deerhunter, but I don't know if they'll be used because they're so weird," Cox is quoted as saying. "I don't use any effects pedals or reverb or anything like that. I use a lot of roots sounds but they're kind of like field recordings and they're more like songs. There are a lot of lyrics and an American narrative.

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    Snoop Dogg Goes Reggae: Hear Snoop Lion's Major Lazer Team-Up 'La La La'

    In March, omnipresent DJ-slash-producer Diplo revealed he had been working on a reggae album with none other than Snoop Dogg. Over the weekend, Snoop announced that the record — which he'll be putting out under the rasta-ready name Snoop Lion — will be titled Reincarnated and is on the way via Vice. Snoop also posted his first song as a Lion, "La La La," which features an executive producer credit from Diplo's Major Lazer project. There's also a simple but effective video of the song being played on vinyl. "sendin the positive vibes all around!!! jahh!!! rastafari!!!" said Snoop on Twitter. Snoop Lion's SoundCloud page even lists the artist's location as Kingston, Jamaica. "La La La" is squarely in keeping with that conceit, with Snoop singing — yes, singing — amid loping guitars, tropical keyboards, and an atmosphere thick with smoke.

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    Watch a Documentary About Troubled New York Record Store Bleecker Bob's

    Bleecker Bob's, a record store founded in New York City's Greenwich Village in the '60s, will finally be shutting its doors before too long, another casualty of rising rent and declining physical music sales. Capital New York has posted a half-hour documentary about this local institution, produced by Hazel Sheffield and Emily Judem. The video introduces the people who have made the store what it is on what's become a busy week for news about record stores. If you're in the area, don't forget to stop by while the troubled cultural landmark — which one interviewee says is probably the longest continuously run record store in New York — is still open. Watch it here.

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    Meg White Wasn't the Only Anxious White Stripe

    It's been five years since the White Stripes ended their final tour early, citing drummer Meg White's "acute anxiety." Now, in an admirably candid half-hour video interview with MSN (via NME), Jack White has revealed he felt some inner turmoil of his own during his days with his previous band. According to White, the pressure also led to his other band the Dead Weather's cover of Van Morrison's 1965 Them song "You Just Can't Win." Asked about Bob Dylan's mid-'60s burn-out from the weight placed on his every word, White indicated he knew the feeling. "The judgment that's thrown on you is just unbearable," White can be seen saying. "I went through that a few years ago … I just kind of sat in a corner, pondering, and letting it torture me. It's no fun when you have no alternatives.

  • Lana Del Rey's 'Summertime Sadness' Video Is Quite Melancholy

    Lana Del Rey's 'Summertime Sadness' Video Is Quite Melancholy

    Lana Del Rey, who recently became the face of H&M, has followed her Kennedy-inspired A$AP Rocky video collaboration with another set of visuals likely to set people talking. The video (via the Hairpin) for Born to Die's lovelorn, stuttering "Summertime Sadness" has a weathered, film-like look that recalls the singer and songwriter's breakout "Video Games" video. More provocative, though, is the hint of romance-gone-sour between Del Rey and the character played by actress Jaime King, whose husband Kyle Newman directs with fellow filmmaker Spencer Susser. Because this is a Lana Del Rey video, it's not spoiling anything to say there's a Thelma and Louise-like twist. Speaking of summer bummers and the cinema, have you seen our list of the 20 most depressing blockbusters of all time?

  • The Killers

    The Killers Unleash New 'Battle Born' Songs at U.S. Tour Launch

    The Killers' new album Battle Born isn't out until September 18, but the Las Vegas pop-rockers previewed some of the new material last night in the first show of their busy summer schedule. As NME points out, the band's Asheville, North Carolina, set began with "Runaways," the new album's Springsteen-reaching advance track. Other previously unreleased material unveiled during the show included the thumping arena-rock of "Rising Tide" — which the band previously showed off live last summer in London — along with the Americana-tinged nuclear-age nostalgia of "Miss Atomic Bomb" and the blippy electro-rocker "Flesh and Bones" (a.k.a. the new-agey track from the Battle Born trailer). Battle Born is, well, born!

  • Watch ?uestlove Join Hot Chip for 'Don't Deny Your Heart'

    Watch ?uestlove Join Hot Chip for 'Don't Deny Your Heart'

    Days after being tapped as one of the headliners for the inaugural Coachella Cruise, Hot Chip gave seafarers an idea of what to expect with a nervily funky performance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. The Roots' ?uestlove sat in as a second drummer for a party-starting rendition of In Our Heads' "Don't Deny Your Heart," which sounds a bit like the urgent old-school PBS theme for 3-2-1 Contact gone heart-on-sleeve disco. Be sure to watch through the percussive breakdown, where Questo really shines. Don't miss "Mr. T to Paul McCartney: Hot Chip Reveal What's In Their Heads."

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