The One Quart Magazine Playlist is a weekly selection of music picked by various One Quart contributors. It’s our take on what’s spinning on the office stereo. The playlist will be published every Monday. On this week's playlist, we also pay tribute to Leonard Cohen.
One Quart Magazine Weekly Playlist #22 (RIP Leonard)
Leonard Cohen 1934-2016
Leonard Cohen: First We Take Manhattan
“My personal favorite from Mr. Cohen’s mid period repertoire” Fiacha Harrington
Leonard Cohen: Bird on the Wire
Selected by Pinja Niemi
Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man
“I was properly introduced to Leonard Cohen in a very roundabout way. I was 17 and I was watching Pump Up The Volume. Christian Slater is Mark Hunter aka Happy Harry Hard-on who runs a pirate radio station and he begins his show with the first few bars of ‘I’m Your Man’. Immediately after seeing the movie I was so buzzed that I rushed out to buy the soundtrack CD (this was one of my first soundtracks). I was disappointed to find Leonard Cohen was actually not on the soundtrack and instead it contained a cover of ‘Everybody Knows’ by Concrete Blonde, even though in the movie it is the Cohen originals that appear (I stayed to the very end to watch the music credits). The soundtrack itself is great and introduced me to new artists including Soundgarden, Henry Rollins, Pixies and Bad Brains to name a few. There’s quite a lot of music that features in the movie that isn’t on the soundtrack, including ‘The Scenario’ a still unreleased track from the Beastie Boys circa Licensed To Ill. One more thing about the movie is that the album sleeve of Leonard Cohen’s Various Positions makes an appearance. So I went out again and bought both I’m Your Man (1988) and Various Positions (1984), and that’s how I became a lifelong fan on Leonard Cohen.” Fiacha Harrington
Leonard Cohen: You Want It Darker
“Only a day after reading about his new album You Want It Darker, I was greatly saddened to hear of his passing. I regret not having heard it prior to his death. After the fact the record is a very suitable epitaph for one of the greatest singer songwriters of all time. Listening to You Want It Darker you can draw parallels to David Bowie’s Black Star. Like any Leonard Cohen record, the songs explore the four central themes of love, heartbreak, religion and of course death.” Fiacha Harrington
Leonard Cohen: Paper Thin Hotel
“I first came across Leonard Cohen via his novel Beautiful Losers (which I remember being quite an odd and difficult book). This naturally opened me up to his music. I’ve loved much of the stuff, though his first record is still my favourite. Being contrary, I really love the much scorned Death Of A Ladies Man album. Much has been made of the mismatch between Phil Spector and Cohen on this record, but musically, I really think the wall of sound works for these songs and the album sounds really interesting. The record also features an impressive cast of accompanying players, amongst them the likes of Dylan, Ginsberg, Jim Keltner, Sneaky Pete, Al Perkins and Spector himself. ‘Paper Thin Hotel’ is quite a sordid tale of listening in on the ‘naked angel’ in his heart getting it on in a neighbouring room. Blacker than black, this track reeks of guilt free voyeurism.” Nick Triani
Leonard Cohen: The Stranger Song
“One of my all time favourite movies is Robert Altman’s McCabe and Mrs Miller. It’s soundtracked by Cohen, whose music suits the films rustic/ brown tones whilst The Stranger Song complements the opening visuals perfectly” Nick Triani
Like any Leonard Cohen record, the songs explore the four central themes of love, heartbreak, religion and of course death.
Nina Simone: Suzanne
Lana Del Rey: Chelsea Hotel No 2
Father John Misty: Bored in the USA
“These three songs line up to sum up my hollow melancholy this week. Beauty, fear, expression, loss, agitation and determination. Let our voices be heard loud and clear in the coming days, months and years.” Astrid Swan
A Tribe Called Quest: We The People…
“Besides president Trump this week, amerikkka gave us a new ATCQ album that is amazing. This song fits the US of A vibe. (shit)” Jaakko Mattila
The xx: On Hold
Selected by Ville Kilpeläinen
“Littler play a very selective indie-rock (think Hole around the time of Live Through This or early Throwing Muses). ‘Oversteeped’ is angular and spiky and much in the vein of other US indie music at this time which is miming a similar type of bruising guitar/quiet and loud dynamic. This has some lovely lilting moments before the onslaught comes. There is something rumbling in this scene and it sounds special.” Nick Triani
Beauty, fear, expression, loss, agitation and determination. Let our voices be heard loud and clear in the coming days, months and years.
YG: FDT ft. Nipsey Hussle
“Do we need an explanation for this?” Ville Kilpeläinen
Public Image Limited: Rise
“During sombre moments it’s perhaps time to start looking for some positivity. For such a seeming curmudgeon John Lydon has overseen some great pop music over the years, and his voice still remains one of the most distinctive. PIL’s Rise is encapsulating some true sentiments I’m feeling right now – ‘Anger is an energy’ – maybe it’s time to start using that energy for the greater good.” Nick Triani
“Autechre will play at Tavastia, Helsinki today. The duo have been loyal to their initial vision of the possibilities of experimental electronic music while the trends of techno and bass music live and die. Curious to hear what’s the state of the band’s mind in 2016.” Kaarlo Stauffer
Rogier Van Otterloo: Let’s Go To Randstad
“I fear we’ve not had enough mid-70s Dutch corporate music celebrating their national airline, KLM.” Billy Brentford
The Rollstons: Very Funny Guy
“The Rollstons in my opinion are one of the finest bands to come out of anywhere, ever, period, in the history of rock, de facto truth, yes.” Nick Triani
PIL’s Rise is encapsulating some true sentiments I’m feeling right now – ‘Anger is an energy’ – maybe it’s time to start using that energy for the greater good.
Front Line Assembly: The State
“Dystopian music for a dystopian world order” Kaarlo Stauffer.
Spiritualized: Broken Heart
“Spiritualized just played the whole of Ladies & Gentleman… at the Barbican in London. Whilst I really don’t mind their rocking moments, Jason Spaceman at his most vulnerable still manages to convey genuine pathos.” Nick Triani
Bon Iver: I Can’t Make You Love Me/Nick of Time
“This is a perfect song for crying. Cry baby cry, it’s good for you.” Astrid Swan
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood: You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
“Lee and Nancy replace some of Phil Spector’s original bombast with a Southern flavour and slide. Persuasively, this is an intentionally slow retelling that almost equates to perfection.” Nick Triani
Dystopian music for a dystopian world order
Playlist compiled by: Nick Triani, Ville Kilpeläinen, Fiacha Harrington, Kaarlo Stauffer, Astrid Swan, Jaakko Mattila, Billy Brentford and Pinja Niemi.