Ben L’Oncle Soul Is Feeling Good about Nina Simone

I Shazamed this song during last week’s episode of Bravo’s Imposters. I’d never heard of Ben L’Oncle Soul before but, damn, “Feeling Good” . . .

. . . sure sounded a lot like Nina Simone.

Turns out I was more right than I knew. Simone herself recorded the song in 1965:

I really need to dig a bit deeper than the two greatest hits compilations I have of her music. There are clearly a lot more gems in her catalog for me to mine.

New Music for Weirdos: Soko

For a blog created to promote new music (see motto/mission statement above), I have certainly been focusing on a lot of old music lately. So this week I will be highlighting some more recent music I’ve been listening to.

If most people know Soko at all, it is probably for her brief relationship with Kristen Stewart. Not her latest movie, La Danseuse (The Dancer), which premiered last year at Cannes. nor her two deeply personal albums (along with numerous other songs scattered across the web). The movie may not yet have a U.S. release date (beyond a few festival dates), but she has just released a new music track, with a video just a quirky as the song.

Certainly not for everyone, but a treat for the weirdos of the world:

A Bad Taste in My Ears

You know that GEICO ad where one raccoon insists another should try something awful he just tasted?

Well, I don’t want to be the only one with a bad taste in my ears, so let me share a video a friend (well, she was before she sent me this; thanks a lot, Vicky!) just sent me of Brian Wilson’s rap song, “Smart Girls”:

At first I thought (prayed?) it was a bad spoof, but no. Apparently this was recorded while Wilson was under the “care” of Eugene Landry (understandably, if this track is representative, Sire Records rejected the Sweet Insanity album containing it). Seems to me this would have made a great piece of evidence when the Wilson family wrestled legal control of Wilson away from Landry, which was the subject of the second half of last year’s biopic Love & Mercy:

Bobby Womack (1944-2014)

Bobby Womack was not happy when the Rolling Stones covered his song “It’s All Over Now,” which he had recorded with his brothers as the Valentinos:

But that soon changed: “I was still screaming and hollering right up until I got my first royalty check. Man, the amount of money rolling in shut me right up.”

And Womack himself often took other people’s songs and made them his own:

But he also continued to record his own great music, from “(If You Don’t Want My Love) Give It Back” in 1969 . . .

. . . to “The Bravest Man in the Universe” in 2012: