25 June 2012

Summer Jam Week 7: RHCP, Nicki, & Colbie Caillat Head Up Graduation Weekend

Here we are, another week of Summer down and another set of jamworthy songs to bounce to in the Summer Heat. All Summer long we've been taking a look at the biggest tracks of the week with the obvious goal being to eventually crown one of them as the Champion Jam of Summer. It's a thoroughly purposeless exercise, but here we go:

Hot Track of the Week: "Brendan's Death Song" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers

No official video for this yet, but the Chili Peppers' latest single is the Hot Jam of the week. "Brendan's Death Song" is probably the best track off of I'm With You, released by the Peppers last summer, and it could catch on and do pretty well during the next few weeks. RHCP are coming off a great Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame induction and one of their more successful years in years. This is a chill track and a great compliment to a hazy Summer Afternoon.

Chill Rock Continues: "It's Time" by Imagine Dragons

This song has been around for some time now but it seemed to pick up a bit this week. It's become one of those tracks that is somehow always on alternative radio stations and good enough to halt a rapid channel change. It's another cool song to groove to but it probably won't last all that much longer. It's got an addictive beat but all these pop-rock songs of late have trouble catching on beyond their specific niches.

Killer Collabo: "Favorite Song" Colbie Caillat ft. Common

This is an epic Summer-y song, light, fluffy, bubbly, and bouncey. Colbie has had a lot of really upbeat tracks like this lately and it's kind of wacky that Common shows up here rapping in between her breezy vocals. Still, it should catch as much as some of her other works has of late, which isn't to say a monster jam, but good enough to jam to for the week.

Beezarre on Display: "Beez in the Trap" by Nicki Minaj ft. 2 Chainz

"Starships" is still doing well, but "Beez in the Trap" is the Nicki song of the nearby future. It's kind of a crazy song and it has plenty of detractors but there are some really great parts and an exceptional flow. Nicki has this weird divergent career where she puts out harder true rap tracks like this around her broad crazy pop stuff like "Starships," and then more typical chick pop like "Right By My Side." It's kind of crazy but she tries to be everything at once and actually pulls it off half the time. In her revolving door of personas the gangsta in her is shining for the moment now though.

Iron Woman: "Titanium" by David Guetta ft. Sia

I still feel like this should be Sia ft. David Guetta, because she adds much more to make this song a distinctive hit than the cookie cutter beat supplied by the Frenchman. Still, Sia yelps her way through this track and its upward path should continue through the Sunny Months.

The Purple Vampirella: "Wide Awake" by Katy Perry

She's got kind of an Emily Blunt thing going on in this vid
Katy Perry is an idiot. There isn't much to her act at all, but she's trying with this one. It's perhaps a rebuttal of some of her earlier poppy hits, but it still goes into bizarre territory with her new goth video that came out this past week. Yeah, fame really sucks and I'm sure Katy hates all the attention. Still, even tho this vid is serving more as an advertisement for the Katy Perry Concert movie coming out soon as well as the Katy Perry brand in general, it's a solid effort for the lass.

Maroon Cartoons: "Payphone" by Maroon 5 ft. Wiz Khalifa

The most interesting thing about this song is the presence of Khalifa. Wiz is probably the best up and coming rapper out there and the precedent set by this collabo could lead to some interesting new songs. Next summer will we see Chili Peppers featuring Kanye West? I'm not sure it could ever work, it doesn't really work here, but the collusion of rap and rock through the all-encompassing spectre of pop is intriguing.

So Cute it Makes You Want to Puke: "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen

Once again Carly Rae is hitting the top of the charts, tho I think the intensity of her novelty may be dying down. As of not this is the only song really close to being on track to be crowned the Summer's Champ, which is kind of bizarre, considering how grating and almost universally panned it's become. Still, you can definitely have a soft spot for the girl and it's a great guilty pleasure for sure.

Next Week...

I'm looking for a couple fun. songs that were squeezed out this week as well as Nicki's aforementioned revolving door of popular tracks. I'd bet the future of Summer is Katy again, though, "Wide Awake" is ready to catch fire. I'm also paying attention, however, to surging artists like Alabama Shakes, Kendrick Lamar, and The Lumineers.

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