Songs Of The Week: New Year, BMF, J. Cole, and Shadowboxin’ Ghosts

For the last 2 years music man Alex Jones has been dropping a song of the day (SOTD) for all his friends on Facebook. It’s become such a staple for everyone’s morning that if he misses a day, all hell breaks loose. People LOVE it. So, COED gave him the opportunity to expand SOTD into a weekly column. Now, instead of his highly touted and much anticipated SOTD, he’s now providing COED readers with his super duper Songs Of The Week. And, if you want to see us turn it into a SOTD, let us know in the comments! Here’s Alex…

What’s up COED nation! Bon jour, hola, konnichiwa, and all that good stuff. I know you must be asking, “So who is this Alex Jones character and what makes him such a music aficionado?’ Well, I’m just a random Joe who eats, sleeps, and sh*ts music. I’m a musician myself, so I like to stay connected to the craft. I think I have a pretty good ear for music, but by no means will I be on the N.A.R.A.S. board anytime soon. I’m just a dude that likes good tunes.

So what songs make the Songs of the Week (SOTW)? Well, I like to drop tracks from breaking new artists, old school classics, one hit wonders, b-side rarities. Think of it as random “flava in ya ear” from a music loving cat. With all that said, here is the first installment of “Songs of the Week.”

MONDAY, 1/3: “The New Year” by Death Cab for Cutie

On the real, Monday was January 3rd, first official working day of the new year. So I thought it would be fitting to start the 2011 year off with a gem from one of my favorite indie delights, Death Cab for Cutie. This song came off their impressive 2003 release “Transatlanticism.” The song starts off with the lyric, “So this is the new year, and I don’t feel any different.” And I have to say that I agree completely with Ben Gibbard. It’s just another year, folks. I still woke up with a gut and still had to commute into the city for work. Bottom line, it’s just another day on the calendar. But this ain’t just another song.

TUESDAY, 1/4: “All I Want Is You” by Miguel feat. J.Cole

Certified banger. This is one of the better hip hop/R&B collabos that I have heard in some time. The beat is infectious. J. Cole, a protégé of the great Jay-Z, is about to have a huge 2011. His mixtape “Friday Night Lights” is drawing rave reviews on the underground circuit, and Miguel sounds like he is falling into place as one for the more comforting R&B voices around today. He reminds me of a cross between Maxwell and D’Angelo, with the tone and softness of his voice, along with a falsetto that can catch your attention with the quickness. I’m sure his long awaited debut LP which is supposed to drop this spring will be one to look out for.

WED., 1/5: “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast) by Rick Ross

Rick Ross is a straight pimp. There isn’t much more to say about that. “Teflon Don” has confirmed his status as true player in the rap game. “B.M.F.” is a joint that has been remixed numerous times over this past year by many famous artists. That beat is a head banger. “Big Meech!!!!” This song came to me because the night before I had been one of the millions of suckers who purchased Mega Millions tickets hoping to win that $335 Mill. Yeah right. I should have known the only people who win these mega draws are people missing teeth, who own a farm, or watch Springer religiously. I’m 0-3. “Blowin Money Fast” would’ve been what I would’ve done had I won. But I didn’t so instead I made it an SOTD.

THURS., 1/6: “Walking With A Ghost” by Tegan and Sara

Great song. Great groove. Good riff by two chicks. Their 2004 album, “So Jealous” is very underrated and filled with fun and fresh pop tunes. Thursday morning this song came on as I was getting my morning coffee from my favorite local coffee cart guy on 24th street. Good coffee and a good song is a good way to start the day.

FRIDAY, 1/7: “Shadowboxin” by GZA feat. Method Man

Remember when “Liquid Swords” was the hottest thing on the planet? Was Bush in office then? That was a while ago. But what I do remember is a time when all the emcees of the Wu Tang Clan dropped pretty dope and successful solo albums in a row. (Minus the exception of U-God and Inspectah Deck). “Liquid Swords” had to be one of the best Wu Tang Solo LP’s along with “Ironman” by Ghostface Killah and “Only Built for a Cuban Linx” by Raewkon the Chef. So what happened to the GZA? Apparently, he’s been busy acting for the big screen. “Shadowboxin” is my joint. Meth kills it, and the beat is bonkers. It’s a perfect song to end the week.

So, there you have it. You like the mix Al brought? Let us know which one was your favorite in the poll below:

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