When a friend sent me a disc loaded with Leonard Cohen’s much acclaimed Live In London album in mp3 format, I immediately knew the provenance of those 25 tracks (26 if you count the one track by Cohen’s long-time collaborators, the Webb sisters — Charley and Hattie).

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A friend called up the other day to say he remembered me because he was in London and had just gone for a concert where Seun Kuti and his Egypt 80 band had played. “You wrote about Seun, remember? I just caught his concert and it was fabulous.”

I’m sure it was, I thought to myself, sitting here in the sweltering heat of Delhi where the mercury routinely hovers above the 40-degree mark during summer. Read more

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Early this year, Morrissey released a new album, Years of Refusal. Coming three years after his last major release, the album received much critical acclaim and, I think, should be on everyone’s best of 2009 list.

Last month, not too long after Years of Refusal came out, Morrissey also turned 50. But days after reaching that milestone came the news that he was canceling several concerts that he was supposed to play in the coming weeks because he was ill. While one hopes that Moz (as fans call him) will bounce back, with all that news of Morrissey, I couldn’t help writing about the man and his music. Read more

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