News Roundup: Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Bright Eyes And More

The mesmerizing 37-minute jam session recently posted on Neil Young’s website is in fact “Horse Back,” a hodgepodge of songs performed by Neil Young and his backing band, Crazy Horse. Neil Young has now confirmed that he has completed an album with the band, and expects a spring release.

Ben Kweller tells the New York Times what it’s like to be in control of his music, now running his own independent label. In the feature, Kweller says, “My wife can testify that everything I do, I do full on. A lot of that is because I never had a fallback plan. Music is all I’ve been good at it.”

Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes recently performed an intimate set at his friend’s Omaha bar, Krug Park. Watch this charming video of “Laura Laurent” and “Lenders in the Temple.”

Paul McCartney’s upcoming album Kisses On The Bottom is streaming online on NPR music. The collection of light, jazzy tunes will be available for purchase Feb. 7., and is available for pre-sale now.

NPR Music is also streaming Sharon Van Etten’s new album, Tramp, which will also be available for purchase Feb. 7. It’s currently available for pre-sale in deluxe and regular editions. Look for our feature on Van Etten in the March/April issue.

At age 77, songwriter Leonard Cohen releases Old Ideas today, an album of 10 new songs. It’s his first fully original album in eight years, and his first release since wrapping up his massive world tour that spanned from 2008 to 2010. Read our review of the album, and check out Rolling Stone’s exclusive interview. Cohen’s son Adam Cohen will release his new album, Like A Man, on Decca on April 3.

The Biz

Some of Bruce Springsteen’s U.S. concert tickets went on sale, and fans encountered a Ticketmaster traffic jam.

U2’s Manager Paul McGuinness spoke at Midem on piracy, ISPs, and why he’d like to see the Spotify model catch on.