Songs Of Summer “Magic” by B.o.B featuring Rivers Cuomo

A few weeks ago, the missus asked me if Rivers Cuomo from Weezer had been doing some songs with hip hop guys. She had a heard a song on the radio with Cuomo and a rapper she couldn’t remember the name of, but said she heard it on the radio. I said I know he’s recorded with some hip hop guys in the past, but I hadn’t heard of anything. This is a testament to how old I am. In the late 90s/early 00s you would be hard pressed to stump me on a Weezer factoid. But after the crappiness of Make Believe, a record I listened to exactly twice and couldn’t stomach anymore, I left Weezer as a current band behind and only listened to their old stuff. They’ve since come out with two albums I haven’t listened to and are apparently working on another one soon. But the song the missus was referring to isn’t a Weezer song, as we discovered tonight on the way home from Despicable Me (good flick, check it out). It’s him singing with hip hopper B.o.B who seems to be exploding all over the place this summer (his Airplanes songs was already an SOS entry this year). The track is called “Magic” and it doesn’t seem to have an official video yet, so you’ll have to settle for the above clip of the king geek up on stage at a hip hop show doing his thing and this video of a spaceship but with a better recording of the song.

I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a song involving Cuomo this much in quite a while. It actually makes me want to give Make Believe another listen (sappy pap doesn’t seem to bother me as much as it used to) and maybe even their other two CDs which I haven’t heard great things about, but not terrible things either.

Songs Of Summer “Airplanes” by B.o.B and Hayley Williams

I just started hearing this song over the past few weeks and kind of dig it, but this is the first time I’ve seen the video. I think the basic idea of wishing that airplane lights were stars to wish on is kind of brilliant and surprising to hear in a pop song. I don’t know anything about B.o.B, but I just discovered that the girl singing the refrain is the lead singer from Paramore, a band I fell in love with a couple summers back and will soon have its own entry on SOS. It’s pretty damn catchy, but the video doesn’t really do a lot for me. Mopey kids in a club and a singer popping out through a hallway movie screen? Eh. I do, however like how the pictures come to life.

Unlike yesterday’s entry of “Wrong Way” by Sublime, this is more of a summer night song, one you’ll hear while driving back late at night from a party or hanging out with friends. Were I in high school, it would be the kind of song I’d both love and hate to hear right before going away to college and seeing all my friends leaving or staying. I’m a sap that way I guess.