Published Jan 30, 2012This week in new-music pickings, the legendary Leonard Cohen returns, John K. Samson proves he's still a prairie boy at heart and Joel Plaskett's Scrappy Happiness project presses on. Check out the following highlights below and more over at our Click Hear section.
First up, Montreal songwriting master Leonard Cohen is back with his long-awaited LP, Old Ideas. The record marks the 77-year-old's first studio album in eight years and promises to "poetically address some of the most profound quandaries of human existence," including love, loss and death. Old Ideas hits shelves tomorrow (January 31), but you can listen to the full album right now at Exclaim.ca.
Staying with album streams, wrap your ears around Toronto four-piece Bidiniband's style-shifting sophomore album, In the Rock Hall, and check out indie prog darlings the Darcys cover of Steely Dan's 1977 full-length, Aja.
Next up, groove metal masters Lamb of God released their most ambitious offering to date, Resolution, last week. If you're eager to preview before you purchase, hurry and check out the entire now.
Joel Plaskett has unveiled another two tracks from his Scrappy Happiness project, in which the East Coast singer-songwriter will record and release a new song every week for ten weeks. Following the perky pop rock opener, "You're Mine," Plaskett fans can now enjoy two more instalments, "Harbour Boys" and "Old Friends."
Finally, John K. Samson guides us past the barns and farms of rural Manitoba in his latest video for "Longitudinal Centre." The song is taken from the Weakerthans frontman debut solo effort, Provincial, out now on Epitaph.
Be sure to check out these, as well as many more, streams, downloads and videos, at our Click Hear section.