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Brendon Benson.

As opposed to our favorite songs, or songs we'd like to think define our listening habits, taking a look at what a person

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The Raconteurs' Brendan Benson Loves Liz Phair, Sly Stone, and His Own Producing Skills

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Brendon Benson.

As opposed to our favorite songs, or songs we'd like to think define our listening habits, taking a look at what a person actually listens to can be far more revealing. With that in mind, every Wednesday we ask an artist to take a look at the most-played songs in their iTunes libraries and share with us the results. We do this on the honor system, and we ask our subjects to share a few words about each song.

Just what is the questionnaire doing up on a Tuesday? Well, whippersnapper, this week we got lucky with a bonus questionnaire from none other than Brendan Benson, who you probably know from his many skills--including guitar, keys, and vocals--with righteous rock band The Raconteurs. But Benson's long been a solo artist, preferring rock-based power pop sounds, and in April he released What Kind of World, his fifth studio album and first release on his own Nashville-based Readymade Records label. Get a taste of the songwriter's whims, fancies, and tastes with the nine tracks he lists here--including the two cuts he produced himself.

Benson plays The Crocodile this Sunday (6/10) with Young Hines and The Howling Brothers.

"Up the Junction," The Hotrats: The Hotrats skillfully transform Squeeze's "Up the Junction" into a lamenting piano ballad that puts a modern indie feel on the Britpop tune.

"Beaten Metal," Antibalas: Antibalas pieces together a wide array of musical influences and a spectrum of rhythms in this brass-heavy, afro-beat instrumental.

"Family Affair," Sly & The Family Stone: In the words of Buddy Guy, 'this song is so funky you can smell it'. From slap bass to smooth and soulful crooning, this track is everything needed to remind us just how influential Sly & The Family Stone was on modern funk fusions.

"Gone Dead Train," Randy Newman: Newman brings the perfect amount of grit on this classic feel-good blues track. Country rock doesn't get much catchier than this"

"I've Been Accused," Cory Chisel: I'm biased but I had a blast producing this track and am so excited that the world is finally hearing it.

"Better Side of Life," Emitt Rhodes: This classic love song could easily be mistaken for a work of The Beatles or any subsequent solo artists. This track solidifies Rhodes as one of the Britpop greats, and a forerunner of modern pop rock.

"Stratford-On-Guy," Liz Phair: Liz Phair rules.

"Young Girl Blues," Donovan: Classic Donovan. What's better than that?

"Cant Explode," Young Hines: "Can't Explode" is one of my favorites off of Young's debut, that again, I shamelessly produced. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

 
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