song of the week


speaker Recently h0bbel turned me on to a live acoustic album by former lead singer for Audioslave and Soundgarden, Chris Cornell. Audioslave is one of my favorite rock bands so I was really excited to learn about this live album that was recorded in Sweden. Chris Cornell has such a great voice. So my song this week is one of my favorite songs of Audioslave’s album Out of Exile. The song is called “Doesn’t Remind Me.” Enjoy.


speaker I’ve not posted a song of the week for a while now. Mostly because there really hasn’t been anything too new that has caught my ear. I have been listening to CunninLynguists’ Dirty Acres almost nonstop for a week or so now. Recently they added the song “Mexico” ft. Club Dub to their MySpace. Many of you might remember Club Dub on A Piece of Strange album last year. They are a very talented band and they fit so well with CL. It is in honor of that and the November release of their album that I now invite you on a trip to “Mexico.”


I can’t tell you how much I love this song. For those of you who don’t know this song, “Little Boxes” is a song written by Malvina Reynolds in 1962 that lampoons the development of suburbia and what many consider its bourgeois conformist values. The song’s best-known performance was that of Pete Seeger in 1962. Some legends state that it was in response to the Levittown developments after World War II. This was when everyone moved from the city to the suburbs. In Levittown, everything looked the same, much like modern suburbs. Having lived in the suburbs all my life, this song really rings true to me. I’ve always wanted to get away from all the monotony and move to the city, but never have. You can see modern American life reflected in a song that was written forty-five years ago. It still holds true today. Just look at these lyrics:

Little boxes on the hill side, little boxes made of ticky tacky.
Little boxes, little boxes, little boxes all the same.
There’s a green one and a pink one and a blue one and a yellow one,
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky, and they all look just the same.

And the people in the houses all went to the university
Where they were put in boxes, little boxes, all the same.
And there’s doctors and there’s lawyers, and there’s business executives
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same.

And they all play on the golf course and drink their martini dry
And they all have pretty children and the children go to school
And the children go to summer camp and then to the university
Where they all get put in boxes and they all come out the same.

And the boys go into business and marry and raise a family
In boxes, little boxes, little boxes all the same.
There’s a green one and a pink one and a blue one and a yellow one
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same.

Many of you may have heard this on the TV show Weeds. Starting in its second season the theme song was performed by a different artist each episode, with such artists as The Decemerists, Elvis Costello, Billy Bob Thornton, Randy Newman, and The Shins, among others. Here is the original song by Malvina Reynolds.

talib kweli eardrum
I know I’ve been using hip hop as the song of the week and writing about it a lot lately but that’s because it’s an exciting time in hip hop right now. If you listen to the radio you are probably missing out on some really great hip hop releases. I’m talking about releases from Common, Blu & Exile, and the most recent, Talib Kweli. Talib Kweli has had some mainstream success and has a devoted fan base, especially in the New York area. Every album put out by this talented MC have been near classics, whether it’s his joint effort with Hi-Tek Reflections Eternal, or solo efforts such as The Beautiful Struggle and Quality. His latest album, Eardrum continues to showcase his talents. The song I’m posting from his album is entitled “The Nature” and features Justin Timberlake. This song is a bonus track on the album, but it deserves to be released as a single. They lyrics, the beat, and even JT, make it one of the best on the album. If you are a fan of good music, pick this album up. Other notable features include Kanye West, UGK, will.i.am, Jean Grae, and Norah Jones. Production includes amazing beats by Hi-Tek, will.i.am, Kanye West, and Just Blaze.


speaker I’m taking all you St. Louis people back with this song. I was in high school when this song came out, probably 6-8 years ago. 105.7 The Point used to play this song all the time. It’s by a St. Louis band named Matt’s Dad’s Basement and is about seeing Tupac at McDonalds. It is a hilarious song. I don’t know whatever happened to this band, but their album Two Think Minimum is a pretty decent album. (The rest of the album is alternative. This was the only acoustic track on the album).