Feb 102012

Mojo celebrated Leonard Cohen’s new album Old Friends with a disc called The Songs of Leonard Cohen Covered, which features multiple artists covering Cohen’s 1967 debut album The Songs of Leonard Cohen. Aside from this, a tribute series called Old Ideas with New Friends is being assembled by Columbia Records. It features multiple indie acts covering various Cohen songs, which you can listen to here.

On The Songs of Leonard Cohen Covered is Bill Callahan, also known as Smog, covering “So Long Marianne.” Similar to Cohen, Bill Callahan’s songs gloomily, and sometimes sarcastically, explore depression and alienation. Adding in some electric guitar, and a much more baritone voice, Callahan’s cover is just as mournful as the original. Listen below. (via Stereogum)

Bill Callahan – So Long Marianne (Leonard Cohen cover)

Check out more from Bill Callahan here.

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