Leonard Cohen

The Untold Stories Behind 10 Rock ‘n’ Roll Threesomes

There are lots of rock songs about sex, but a whole lot fewer about menages à trois, and you can see why: the ones that do exist are almost universally terrible. This seems like a blot on the music industry’s collective copybook, so we figured there might be some merit in investigating the circumstances behind a bunch of famous threesome songs. You’ll never believe what happened next! … Read More

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A Brief Selection of Sad Songs About Sex (and Songs About Sad Sex)

Roughly 92.7% of Western song lyricism is about either wanting to get laid or actually getting laid. But shit, let’s be honest, most of those lyrics are full of shit. The cartoonish version of sex and love they promote bears little relation to how either works in the real world — sure, sex can be fireworks and volcanoes erupting and tidal waves crashing on shore, but it can also be a lot of other things: hilarious, underwhelming, comforting, and a thousand other shades of human emotion. And sometimes, it can just be flat-out sad. A morning of listening to much-missed Scottish miserablists Arab Strap got me thinking about the latter, so apropos of nothing in particular, here’s a playlist of sad sex songs. Have fun out there. … Read More

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The 20 Best Musical Moments in ‘Veronica Mars’: A Playlist

Music has always been an important part of Veronica Mars. The show was ace at making a great scene even better by pairing it with just the right song, creating thoroughly affecting moments that have stuck with viewers long after the show ended its three-season run. It’s impossible to hear The Dandy Warhols’ “We Used To Be Friends” without expecting to hear it followed by a sassy Veronica voiceover (and don’t even bring up the altered version that replaced the original during Season 3). It’s still downright traumatic to listen to Mike Doughty’s “I Hear the Bells,” while the ultimate fate of Veronica and Logan’s relationship is still unknown. In anticipation of the movie — which also has a great soundtrack — here is a look back at the 20 best music moments from the show, complete with a Spotify playlist. … Read More

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Flavorwire Staffers’ Best Cultural Experiences of 2013

With the end of every calendar year comes the customary influx of “Best Of” lists, definitively ranking the créme de la cultural créme of the last 365 days. But sometimes “best” doesn’t accurately describe the things that stick with us most, or that we irrationally love out of personal preference. So to cap off 2013, Flavorwire staffers listed their favorite cultural items of the year — the books, movies, and experiences we’ll be taking into 2014. Click through for Flavorwire writers’ most memorable cultural moments of the past year. … Read More

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The Most Interesting Hotel Chelsea Gossip From ‘Inside the Dream Palace’

Who knows what the future holds for the famed Hotel Chelsea (usually referred to incorrectly as the Chelsea Hotel), located in the Manhattan neighborhood it’s named after? But no matter what happens, it probably won’t ever again be home to generations of artists both established and up-and-coming, in a city where busloads of young people still arrive every day with dreams of making it big. It has become another New York landmark whose importance has become mostly symbolic, but unlike hundreds of other historic buildings mercilessly knocked down to make way for newer, uglier glass boxes, at least the 12-story brick structure is still there. … Read More

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10 Awesome Holiday Gifts For the Music Geek in Your Life

Music nerds can be hard to buy for, mainly because they almost certainly already own pretty much any record you can think of getting them (and many you wouldn’t have ever heard of, obviously). But never fear, because there are still plenty of music-related consumer items on which you can spend your Christmas budget to impress the geekiest of music geeks. Here’s a selection of ideas, from fancy box sets and music books to retro listening devices and an Iggy Pop action figure. (No,… Read More

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50 Songs That Are Guaranteed to Make You Cry

Strip away the creeping pumpkinspicization of fall, and there’s something somber and inherently melancholy about this time of the year. It’s when the days get shorter, the leaves fall off the trees, the skies are gray, and the air is cold enough to demand scarves and hats. And it’s also the time to huddle up by the open fire, drink tea, and listen to sad music! With that in mind, here’s a playlist inspired by our recent list of heart-wrenching movies — an epic selection of songs guaranteed to make you cry, from the tear-jerkingly forlorn to the moving and… Read More

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The 50 Best Debut Singles in Music History

The music nerd contingent at Flavorwire central recently got a-talking about our favorite debut single. The list is nearly endless, but once you start to think about it, picking out the best isn’t quite as easy as you might think — “Alison” wasn’t Elvis Costello’s first single, for instance, nor was “Take Me Out” Franz Ferdinand’s debut or “Unfinished Sympathy” Massive Attack’s. Of course, this discussion inevitably led to list-making, and here’s the result: our picks for the 50 best debut singles the world of music has to… Read More

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10 Songs to Soundtrack the Federal Government Shutdown

Well, because a bunch of allegedly grown adults are having a pissing match in Washington, we are officially living through the first federal government shutdown since… well, the last time a Republican-controlled House threw its toys out of the stroller, back in 1995. Some 800,000 federal workers are officially stuck at home without pay, and the entire world is looking at the US and wondering what the actual fuck is going on. But rejoice! Because if nothing else, we’ve got an official soundtrack for you. Here are ten songs to play on repeat until this whole silly business gets resolved. … Read More

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In Praise of Leonard Cohen, Great Novelist

“It is kind of an intelligent Naked Lunch,” was how one Dallas Times Herald writer described Leonard Cohen’s 1966 novel Beautiful Losers, an interesting and somewhat auspicious comparison when you consider how controversial Burroughs’ book — published less than a decade earlier in 1959 — was. According to critic Robert Fulford, Cohen wrote what he considered “the most revolting book ever written in Canada,” a criticism that certainly didn’t help the book’s poor sales. Cohen was a celebrated poet in his home country of Canada, but was living off his inheritance on a Greek island in the Saronic Gulf upon the book’s release. … Read More

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