"Popular Problems" - the next LC album

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Re: "Popular Problems" - the next LC album (late September 2

Postby Goldin » Sat Aug 09, 2014 11:50 pm

French Amazon gives the same date, September 22 (proof: Heck Of A Guy).
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Re: "Popular Problems" - the next LC album (late September 2

Postby Doris » Sun Aug 10, 2014 5:06 am

Amazon Germany tells also the 22th September as release date.
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Re: "Popular Problems" - the next LC album (late September 2

Postby Goldin » Sun Aug 10, 2014 4:28 pm

Unlike (sic!) both Amazon.FR and Amazon.DE, the Dutch seller promises us a double disc vinyl (2 platen): http://www.bol.com/nl/p/popular-problem ... 031627520/

Looks like a mistake though: even The Future (almost an hour long) is pressing as a single disc LP :?
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Re: "Popular Problems" - the next LC album (late September 2

Postby Doris » Sun Aug 10, 2014 6:51 pm

Goldin, amazon.de tells the following, like I understand it. Popular Problems is available from 22th september on as 1 Audio CD and 1 Vinyl LP. For both options they write at number of discs 1. Hard to wait.
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Re: "Popular Problems" - the next LC album (late September 2

Postby Goldin » Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:20 pm

Yes, Doris, you're right. But I'm talking about the vinyl itself.

Look: Live in London is a 3-LP set (link, although it's clear without any proof: that's a complete Leonard Cohen concert!) -
and bol.com sells Live in London as "3 platen".

Then, live compilations (Field Commander Cohen, Songs from the Road, both 60+ minutes) are "2 platen".

Old Ideas (LP+CD) - that's how they title this item - is "1 plaat".

But Popular Problems... "2 platen".

I believe this is a mistake. But I found it remarkable enough to mention here.
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Re: "Popular Problems" - the next LC album (late September 2

Postby holydove » Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:07 pm

Goldin wrote:Firstly I've thought: is it Leonard Cohen's turn to make the White or Black Album, after The Beatles and Metallica (and The Simpsons with their The Yellow Album)? Then I saved the image to my PC and learned it's just leonard-cohen-popular-problems-2014-album-not-final-artwork.jpg
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My oh my, Roman. Just yesterday, I remembered an interview where Leonard said he likes neutral titles (like Songs of LC, Ten New Songs, Recent Songs), & he said he might call his next album "Songs in English" (lol!). And I thought, maybe Leonard would like to make an album & give it no title at all (I think that would be great) - & I had 2 possible images for the cover - one was maybe just a circle with empty space & his name above or underneath, & the other image I had in mind was exactly the image you saved to your pc, & that is shown in the link you gave!! So I just had to share that interesting bit of cosmic convergence.
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Re: "Popular Problems" - the next LC album (late September 2

Postby Goldin » Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:44 pm

Yeah! I like this style too.

Back to the mystery of the second LP: http://www.imusic.dk/lp/0888750142917/l ... s-lp-vinyl

Units: 2 LP (LP VINYL)
Weight (estimated): 300 gram

Estimated weight of any other, ordinary studio album released as a single LP is 180 gram.
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Re: "Popular Problems" - the next LC album (late September 2

Postby Doris » Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:36 pm

Perhaps the mysterious second LP is called "Songs in English" and has this black and white cover. :)
In any case: 1 new LP is fantastic, but if there were two,it would be almost unbearable. Oh, come on September.
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Re: "Popular Problems" - the next LC album (late September 2

Postby Bird off the Wire » Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:49 pm

The talk is of a double LP - this may/probably translate to a single CD?
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Re: "Popular Problems" - the next LC album (late September 2

Postby Goldin » Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:13 am

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LP_record#Playing_time

To make this more complicated: the Danes (those guys with a black cover) are sure it's just a 180 gr LP+CD.
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Re: "Popular Problems" - the next LC album (late September 2

Postby cohenadmirer » Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:27 pm

If a double vinyl LP/ single cd it's probably a relatively long album .
Not long before we find out - will be a treat.
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Re: "Popular Problems" - the next LC album (late September 2

Postby Born With The Gift Of A G » Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:36 pm

Uncut magazine has picked up on the news (and they even quote Jarkko!):


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Re: "Popular Problems" - the next LC album (late September 2

Postby Born With The Gift Of A G » Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:38 pm

Surely, any sequel/second LP would be entitled Unpopular Solutions.....?
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Re: "Popular Problems" - the next LC album (late September 2

Postby jarkko » Mon Aug 11, 2014 6:22 pm

Leonard Cohen to Release New Album For 80th Birthday Next Month
'Popular Problems' info unveiled at singer's Irish fan convention

By Andy Greene | August 11, 2014
Leonard Cohen will commemorate his 80th birthday next month by releasing a new LP entitled Popular Problems. While Cohen's representative could not confirm the album, word of the release dropped last week at Leonard Cohen Event 2014, an officially sanctioned fan convention held in Dublin. There's also a September 22nd release date for Popular Problems listed on Amazon France.

"Leonard has worked hard on his next studio album of entirely new songs," read a foreword to the event booklet written by Jarkko Arjatsalo, a finnish accountant that runs Cohen's official website and serves as a liaison between the singer and his fan community. "He asked me to let you know that Popular Problems will be out at the end of September, shortly after his 80th birthday."

In an e-mail to Rolling Stone, Arjatsalo confirmed the statement and said he received the information "directly from Leonard." When news hit Cohen's fan community, Arjatsalo posted to clarify Cohen's upcoming plans. "There are no tour plans!" he wrote. "We are now looking forward to a great new studio album."

Cohen publicly thanked Arjatsalo for his tireless work at a 2012 show in the webmeister's hometown of Helsinki. "There was someone from this town that began a website called The Leonard Cohen Files," he said. "Through his efforts, my work was kept alive for all these years. The man's name is Jarkko Arjatsalo. I want to thank him for the spectacular effort he's made on my behalf. I am deeply grateful."

Cohen's last album was 2012's Old Ideas, though in the year leading up to the album's release, the singer-songwriter unveiled new songs onstage that failed to make the album. "I rehearsed some other songs on the road – new songs that didn't make it onto the record," he told Rolling Stone in 2012. "So I have a new record [after this one], at least two-thirds of it, anyway."
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ ... z3A65D2rqp

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Re: "Popular Problems" - the next LC album (late September 2

Postby Goldin » Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:12 pm

NOW this is official: dozens of publications around the world, while a few hours ago there were just three of four articles, in Finnish and Canadian press.

Oh wait, it's not official yet. Should we expect a "press release announcing the press release announcement" (c) soon, Jarkko?

(By the way: Congrats on appearing in RS - well-deserved!)
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