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I just LOVE when someone I adore makes a good cover of a song I like. It’s like mixing up two very delicious things and putting them together in a blender, something like Nutella milkshake. That’s why I got super excited when I found this morning a version Benjamin Biolay made of J’suis snob, by Boris Vian. The original, that was already awesome, became something else in the voice of Biolay. Check it out:

I’m definitely diving into another Benjamin Biolay phase. Again. (Will I ever get sick of him? I don’t know, only time can answer that). So I found today a version he sang if his own Ça valait la peine, a beautiful song he wrote for his sister Coralie Clément. I always loved it in the voice of Coralie, but now I can’t decide which version I like the most.

People always look surprised when they learn about my taste for the chanson française  and they usually ask me to name the most popular French song, and my answer is always the same: La Marseillaise. It’s not usual to find an adult who has never heard the French national anthem, and often without even knowing the name, people immediately recognize the song when I hum the melody. Beatles Certainly the Beatles are not entirely to blame for the popularity of this song, but the French national anthem is possibly the world’s most popular anthem, and its appearance in the introduction…

I love when talented people decide to record a good cover of Serge Gainsbourg’s songs, and even wrote a post about the subject a while ago. Bonnie and Clyde has never been among my favorites Gainsbourg’s, until last week. The duo Freedom Fry – formed by a French girl and an American guy – released a great version of Bonnie and Clyde in their last EP, called Outlaw, and I loved it! Check it out. And, below, the original:

There was a pretty awkward moment in the musical scene during the week involving one of my favorites, dear adored Ben l’Oncle Soul. The runner up of the 2011 British edition of X Factor, singer Marcus Collins, released the first single of his new record to be released in March. It’s a cover of White Stripes’ greatest hit, the amazing Seven Nation Army. So far, nothing wrong with that piece of news, if it weren’t for the fact that the arrangements of his version sound very much like Ben l’Oncle Soul’s version, released in his debut album from 2010. Several…

The great American band Pink Martini was born in Portland, Oregon, and has a very interesting proposition. The group describes itself as music archaeologists, and their website lists musical influences that pass through the golden age of Hollywood, Japanese music from the 50’s and the Brazilian Bossa Nova. And apart from their original songs the band also covers songs from all corners of the world, and usually the result is an album with some of the best songs in the world always singing in more than one language. In their seven released albums (one of them being a retrospective), the…