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Video: Cold War Kids cover Leonard Cohen’s “There Is a War”

on January 26, 2012, 2:51pm

coldwarkidscohen Video: Cold War Kids cover Leonard Cohens There Is a War

In honor of Leonard Cohen’s upcoming album Old Ideas, his first in eight years, Columbia Records has teamed up with a group of musicians/Cohen devotees for a cover series, entitled Old Ideas With New Friends. We’ve already witnessed Greg Dulli’s somber cover of “Paper Thin Hotel”, and Filter now brings us a rendition of ”There Is a War” by Long Beach soul-rock purveyors Cold War Kids.

In explaining their choice of songs, guitarist/vocalist Nathan Willett said the song’s message was powerfully effective, adding, ”it’s a song that talks about inner struggle, a war between all things happening around you, and that our life is lived in that war. It’s so striking.” With Cohen’s original message fully intact, the Kids took some musical liberties, creating a pseudo funk-meets-punk vibe, powered by a rollicking groove that epitomizes the sound of youthful rebellion. Check it out below.

Other participants in the series are to include Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox, Old 97s’ Rhett Miller, and The New Pornographers’ A.C. Newman. Stay tuned for more on those performances.


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Sara Miller
February 6, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Thanks for posting all the covers thus far. I actually just finished listening to the Bradford Cox one and I am having a tough time picking a favorite. They are all so magnificent.

Shelby Woolf
January 29, 2012 at 10:43 pm

I’m loving the new ideas modern artists are putting into Cohen’s classic tracks. I love the new song “Darknes”. Can’t wait to see what else Cohen brings to the table!

Nate Anderson
January 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Leonard Cohen’s album Old Ideas sounds solid
New song Darkness:


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