Ryan Dombal's recommended tunes for the week of April 3

By Ryan Dombal
April 05, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

Songs by Pearl Jam, Lil Wayne, and others

PEARL JAM, ”UNEMPLOYABLE”
The Seattle grunge gods recently topped Billboard‘s modern-rock chart with their quick-burst comeback single, ”World Wide Suicide,” but this bruising B-side is more incisive. Eddie Vedder’s incomprehensible croon sounds as pained as ever, telling the story of a laid-off American Everyman whose family hangs in the balance. Mixing the song’s lyrical hopelessness with power-chord-driven exhaltation, Pearl Jam turn what could have been a deathly dirge into a robust rocker. Get iTunes or Buy the song at iTunes

LIL WAYNE, ”HOOD RICH”
New Orleans’ most talented rapper, who likens himself to heavenly deities on this brilliant rarity, writes scriptures grounded in a palpable — sometimes scary — reality. Rhyming over an easy funk beat, Wayne balances his impious, money-coveting boisterousness with paranoid vulnerability and a sweet sing-song style. Not included on last year’s Tha Carter II, it’s a must-hear for loyal fans of the throaty MC. Download for free here

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MOGWAI, ”1% OF MONSTER”
Slow-moving, angsty, and riddled with ambient feedback and doomsday percussion, ”1%” hints at the flipside of a monster’s rambunctious psyche — the side that has to deal with all of the destruction and hurt caused by its infamous rage. The Scots of Mogwai score with this web exclusive’s moody, haunting instrumental sludge. Who said monsters aren’t allowed to cry, anyway? Buy the track at eMusic

HUMAN TELEVISION, ”IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE”
Some guitars thunder. Others soothe. And some just jangle around like loose change in a pocket. Owing a hefty debt to early R.E.M., this quaint quartet write upbeat ditties that fully utilize such carefree strumming. With its faint air of nostalgic melancholy, ”In Front of the House” suggests simpler times that have long passed. The sound may be dated, but the sentiment is timeless. Download the track for free at Gigantic Records

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