Song: Doesn’t Remind Me

Artist: Audioslave

Album: Out of Exile

Best to Listen: Walking around town with your headphones on

- Very chill for what the band is known for. The song is about just doing anything to forgot about your troubles. Things like lost loves, forgotten friends, etc. Just do whatever to forget troubles if only for a little while.

- Starts out very soft (to go with the playful ideas that Chris Corrnell “likes”) then progressively gets more intense to talk about the thinks he doesn’t want to think about. This ultimately leads to the always awesome Tom Morello solo, easily one of my favorites from Audioslave. 

Overall: B+

Song: Dashboard

Artist: Modest Mouse

Album: We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

Best to Listen: Jammin’ out

- One of my top Modest Mouse songs. Story goes that when Johnny Marr first joined the band as lead guitarist, him and lead singer Isaac Brock went amp to amp and started to jam, playing louder and louder as they went along. Marr started playing the main part for Dashboard and Brock randomly started shouting out lyrics. While nonsensical, it ultimately is about a car crash but everything will work out in the end.

- Brock gives the song the Modest Mouse touch with his crazy, heartfelt wailing. The guitar is very catchy and the bass line is fantastic. The horns were a nice touch as well.

Overall: B


Song: TiK ToK

Artist: Ke$ha

Album: Animal

Best to Listen: Gettin’ “classy” or “sleazy”

- Ke$ha’s first big hit. Nothing much to say lyrically. Girl just wants to party, can get anything she wants (“Ain’t got a care in the world but got plenty of beer”), and likes dudes that look like Mick Jagger. It did however spawn the quote of 2010 (“Wake up in the morning feelin’ like P. Diddy”). I defy you to say you didn’t have that as your Facebook status at one point.

- A beat that almost makes you want to party or claw your ears out. The auto-tune is heavy but it goes pretty well with Ke$ha’s “sing talk” style. It’s a song that really requires a bit of time to like. Maybe the 20th or so.

Overall: C

Song: Only Wanna Be With You

Artist: Hootie & the Blowfish

Album: Cracked Rear View

Best to Listen: With your girlfriend/learning it to sing on acoustic (the ladies will swoon)

- The ultimate 90s song. The title pretty much says it all. The singer just wants to go out with this girl. They may “come from different worlds”, but he only wants to be with her. Also, any song mentioning Bob Dylan is pretty much awesome.

- Pretty standard acoustic rock. Good piano mixed in and the solo is alright. Darrius Rucker will always be one of the best voices in music imo.

Overall: A-

Song: Californication

Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Album: Californication

Best to Listen: Hangin’ in the basement with bros

- This song really caught me and made me a Chili Peppers fan. It describes the dark side of fame and Hollywood. Many lyrics tell about the unrealistic image Hollywood sells to everyone and how people are obsessed with attaining that fame and fortune. (“Little girls from Sweden dream of sliver screen quotations”, “Space may be the final frontier but it’s made in a Hollywood basement”)

- Flea on bass. Nuf Sed.

Overall: B

Song: Waiting for the 7.18

Artist: Bloc Party

Album: A Weekend In The City

Best to Listen: Chilling by yourself; reflecting on life

- My favorite song on the album. It’s all about reflection on how life was and how the singer wants to cling on the good times he’s had (“Give me moments, not hours or days”). The song then talks about how he wishes to undo what has already been done, hopefully for the better (“If I could do it again…”). The final part suggests he wants to make some new and better memories (“Let’s drive to Brighton on the weekend…”).

- The xylophone at the beginning gives a tired, dreamy like feel, which connects to remembering the past. The drums kick in, almost bringing the sound out of its dream state into a more “here and now” vibe. The violins were also a very nice touch. The guitar was very tight and the echo effect was used perfectly.

Overall: B+