Song of the Day #2,250: ‘Violent Shiver’ – Benjamin Booker

benjamin_bookerBenjamin Booker is a New Orleans-based blues-rock guitarist who sounds much older than his 25 years.

As with a couple of songs I’ve featured this week, this genre isn’t among my favorites, but I do appreciate it.

I wasn’t surprised to learn that Booker is touring with Jack White, as this song suggests a definite White Stripes influence.

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Song of the Day #2,247: ‘Two Weeks’ – FKA Twigs

fka_twigs_two_weeksI pulled all of this week’s Songs of the Day from the ‘Playlist’ page of the latest issue of Rolling Stone. It has steered me toward some great tracks and artists in the past.

I’m not sure I can count FKA Twigs among them.

While I can recognize, on a cerebral level, the appeal of this sort of music, it has never done much for me. This sounds like Kate Bush mashed up with Rihanna but ends up falling short of either of them.

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Song of the Day #2,246: ‘Almost Like the Blues’ – Leonard Cohen

cohenLeonard Cohen has a new album, titled Popular Problems, due out next week. He’ll turn 80 the day before its release.

You have to admire that sort of longevity, whatever you think of the man’s music. Not that I imagine many people find much fault with the music.

I’m not as much of a Cohen connoisseur as I’d like to be. The only album of his that I know well is 1992’s The Future, on which the ubiquitous ‘Hallelujah’ appeared. Funny that he already sounded 80 on that album, 22 years ago.

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Song of the Day #2,245: ‘Michelle’ – The Beatles

rubbersoulI’ve posted 40 Beatles songs to the blog during ‘Beatles Weekends‘ alone, plus a dozen or so others over the years, but I never got around to featuring ‘Michelle.’

The song has gotten a bad rap over the years for it’s weak French and too-simple melody. It’s an easy punching bag and a ready exhibit for those who claim Lennon was the most talented Beatle.

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Song of the Day #2,244: ‘Whirlpool’ – Seal

sealMy general ambivalence to R&B and soul music has kept me from really appreciating Seal, though I generally like what I hear.

I find ‘Kiss From a Rose’ and ‘Crazy,’ his best-known songs, excellent, but I’ve never been moved to listen to the rest of those albums, let alone seek out the other half-dozen records he’s released since.

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