The Friday Five: April 27, 2012

The Friday Five

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have a guest, but most of the time it’s just me. The rest is up to you, our friends and readers! Fire up the media player of your choice and share the first five random track of your shuffle in the comments.

The Five:

Born in 2012: It has been a long while since I ran a Friday Five with a playlist, and as my thoughts are pretty much consumed with impending birth of my son, I thought I’d let the shuffle take a swing at the records released in 2012. Ready … Set … Shuffle!

This Depression” by Bruce Springsteen (from Wrecking Ball, 2012)

I suppose the good thing is the fact that we can only go up from here, right? I’m not nearly as big of a Springsteen fan as the majority of my Popdose colleagues, so I’m certainly not the one to comment on the quality of the record, but overall it left me underwhelmed. Oh, and while it might not gain me any fans, I’m just going to say it: Tom Morello brings absolutely nothing to this song.

Ash Wednesday Sunrise” by Galactic (from Carnivale Electricos, 2012)

Now, that’s more like it! This track just breathes with the stank of a slow building funk groove. Even when the band dials it back, bringing it down to just the Baritone Sax, you can’t help but be taken up and sway to the groove. You should all listen to this record.

I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz (from Love Is a Four Letter Word, 2012)

Love is a four letter word. Do you know what else is a four letter word? Lazy. The mercurial singer/songwriter, known best for his penchant for twisting up words and metaphors, seems to have finally lost his mojo. Will this record sell by the boat load to the AAC crowd? Certainly, but it is all a bit toothless for this fan.

Talking to Myself” by Chiddy Bang (from Breakfast, 2012)

I’m angry at ya’ll. How come no one told me about Chiddy Bang before this year? Damn.

Sophisticuffs (rehearsal outtake)” by Uncle Skeleton (from Sophisticuffs, 2012)

Bringing back the funk, this is a little bit of groove comes courtesy of Yewknee. Go grab this free EP for the cover and stay for the funky tunes.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Phil

    Torche – “Amnesian” (Meanderthal, 2008)
    I (ahem) acquired this album from a friend, and while I like the sludgy, Soundgarden-y, stoner-rock riffage, I wish I liked the actual songs as much as I like the album title. Now that’s pure genius.

    Ginger Wildheart – “You’re the One, You’re the One, Yeah, I Know You’re the One, You’re the One (Yeah, I Know You’re the One)” (555%, 2012)
    The (former? current? future, hopefully?) Wildhearts frontman’s PledgeMusic experiment to create a new triple-album solo release was wildly (maybe insanely?) successful, far exceeding his pledge goal and reaching 100% of the target in less than 6 hours. The album’s title reflects the point at which Ginger chose to cut off availability of hard-copy versions of packages that include CDs or vinyl, with all pledges beyond that receiving digital-only versions (and because 5 is Ginger’s favorite number). With 16 days remaining to pledge, the project stands at 581% of target with 6010 pledges. Impressive. But what about the music? 30 songs, most of them top-notch, none of them throw-aways, and in true Ginger fashion, stylistically all over the map. This particular song is one of the best of the bunch.

    The Beautiful Mistake – “Stabbing Backwards” (Light a Match, For I Deserve to Burn, 2002)
    OK, so this is an emo/screamo band, and as the album title suggests, they take themselves a little too seriously. I only wish other emo bands took their musicianship as seriously as these guys did on this release—tight performances with great production and good songs, for the most part. “Stabbing Backwards” is one of the best tracks on the album. I could do with a little less of the screaming, though. I like my screaming with a little dose of metal, crazy guitar solos, more attitude, and less whining.

    Glen Phillip – “Dam Would Break” (Live at Atlanta’s Red Light Cafe with Nickel Creek, 2003)
    Excellent cut from an excellent bootleg of an excellent show the former Toad the Wet Sprocket frontman performed with special guests Nickel Creek appearing for the second half of the show. The bootleg is available at the Internet Archive and is definitely worth the download if you like Glen, Toad, Nickel Creek, or good muscianship.

    Arcade Fire – “Deep Blue” (The Suburbs, 2010)
    Another acquisition from the aforementioned friend. It seems I have to be in the right frame of mind to listen to this album as it is often hit or miss with me. This particular song leans toward miss today.

  • KellyStitzel

    “Mary” by Tori Amos from Crucify Single (1992). This song relates heavily to the next installment of Pulling Rank, which will go live Monday morning.

    “Head (Live)” by Prince & the Revolution from Birthday Parade bootleg (1986). Remember when Prince would actually perform this song live? Those were the days.

    “Identity” by X-Ray Spex from Germ Free Adolescents (1977). Miss you, Poly.

    “Secrets” by Alice Smith from For Lovers, Dreamers & Me (2006). Really looking forward to Alice’s new album, which I believe drops this year.

    “Boomerang” by Gonzales, Feist & Dani from Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited (2006). One of the better covers from this album.

    Apparently, this was the “one word title” Friday Five. 

  • DavidSBarney
  • Jay Blerd

    Yeah, impending baby! Here’s my five:

    1) LL Cool J (feat. Lords of the Underground): “NFA (No Frontin’ Allowed)”: From “14 Shots to the Dome,” the follow up to “Mama Said Knock You Out.” I dug this album something fierce when it was first out, but the bloom fell off that rose pretty quickly. Nevertheless, this is one of the album’s better tracks, and LL is assisted by the underrated LOTUG crew. Some excellent punchlines here.

    2) Teenage Fanclub: “Alcoholiday”: AKA-Friday.

    3) Bryan Adams: “One Night Love Affair”: For the first 15 seconds or so, I got confused and thought I was listening to Def Leppard. Damn Mutt Lange. 

    4) Kate Bush: “Cloudbusting”: I can only take Kate in small doses. This is one of my favorite songs from her.

    5) Snoop Dogg: “Sexual Eruption”: …and it all comes full circle. Yeah, impending baby!

  • Keith

    I rolled my iPod off of its Jack White and Eric Hutchinson new album loop to see what shuffle would cough up:

    M. Ward “Fisher of Men” from Hold Time (sit this one out Zooey; go hit a thrift store)
    Eater “Thinking of the USA” from the excellent Burning Ambitions: A History of Punk series
    Charlie May “Midnight” from Invol2ver (Mixed by Sasha)
    Gnarles Barkley “Neighbors” from that “other” Gnarles Barkley album
    Art Brut “Summer Job” from Art Brut vs. Satan

    It was a fun romp, but have you heard the new Prince tracks on Dr. Funkenberry? 9 minute jams (each) of Dance Electric and Ice Cream Castles/Mutiny. Crisp studio-quality sound. The Kid has got his groove back. Clearly Prince must be sending these recordings directly to the Dr.

  • Michael Parr

    I’ve long conjectured that Dr. Funkenberry is Prince. Just look back at the ‘exclusives’ and level of access he has managed to obtain with no real prior accomplishment. 

  • Michael Parr

    Also, the “Ice Cream Castles / Mutiny” jam was pure fire. Prince and the band are playing on a level that is unheralded. 

  • Michael Parr

    How the hell can you confuse “One Night Love Affair” with Def Leppard?

  • Michael Parr

    I loved that Alice Smith record so hard, I’m looking forward to hearing some new sounds. Can you believe it’s been nearly six years!

  • Michael Parr

    Red Light Café is only slightly behind Joe’s Pub as my favorite Glen Phillips bootleg. I mean, “Sir Duke” recorded out in the street because he played past the bar closing? How can you beat that?

  • Jay Blerd

    New album out in July. I know a guy…

  • Mordalo

    Hmm…shuffle time…

    1.  Frank Zappa – San Ber’dino
    2.  Trombone Shorty – Hurricane Season
    3.  Joe Jackson – Is She Really Going Out With Him?
    4.  Ludacris – Moneymaker
    5.  Harry Belafonte – Jump in the Line

    Hmm.  Not too random, I guess.  Just another average playlist. 

  • Phil

    Sounds cool. I’ll have to check out that boot. I’m always looking for Glen’s bootlegs. I have a couple of different versions of “Sir Duke” on a CD-R somewhere (one with John Mayer I think?). 

    Anyway, seems that wasn’t the first time something like that happened. I have a 2004 bootleg of Mutual Admiration Society playing the parking lot at Lime Kiln after their show at The Bowl. Nice. And they play “Sir Duke” there as well.

  • Keith

    Back in the day, I used to think that. Until the Dr. started blogging about every other pop star under the sun. Maybe this site is what Jerome is up to in his spare (the) Time.

  • Phil

    Wow, my memory serves me correct for a change. John played a few songs with Glen for the encore at Schubas in Chicago in 2001. And they did indeed cover “Sir Duke”. The audio quality isn’t great, but if I remember correctly, the entire show is pretty good.

    This particular show was the first time I heard Glen’s and John’s cover of The Police’s “Tea in the Sahara,” which I actually like quite a lot more than the original. Go figure.

  • jhallCORE

    1) 10,000 Maniacs — “Jezebel” (Our Time In Eden, 1992).
    2) Sting — “Love Is The Seventh Wave” (The Dream Of The Blue Turtles, 1985).
    3) Wynton Marsalis — “The Majesty Of The Blues (The Puheeman Strut)” (The Majesty Of The Blues, 1989).
    4) R.E.M. —  “Sweetness Follows” (Automatic For The People, 1992).
    5) Anita Baker — “You Bring Me Joy” (Rapture, 1986).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • drxl

    1.  Lilith Immaculate [Extended Length Version] by Cradle of Filth from the Peaceville Sampler 2011. Peaceville has been releasing some very interesting stuff of late, so I downloaded their 2011 sampler. Cradle of Filth get a lot of bad press for being too ‘commercial’ for an ‘extreme’ metal band; kind of like an American Dimmu Borgir or a more recent Marily Manson.

    2.  Get Well by Noise Addict (2009) It was never about the audience. Former Wundekring Ben Lee revisits his Noise Addict persona for a nice lo fi pop album with the help of Lou Barlow and Lara Meyerratken in 2009.

    3. Rust in Peace… Polaris by Megadeth (1990) from Rust in Peace. I am not that big of a Metal fan, really. I m pretty sure I downloaded this from Popdose.

    4. Big Gun by AC/DC (1993) from the Last Action Hero Soundtrack. Another track I downloaded from Popdose; from the Ass end of… AC/DC have never grown on me, but my brother was a huge fan back in the day. I can see why people like them so much, but they are definitely not for me.

    5. The Demonstration ( Devamps) by Vesrsive (2010) from The Demonstration. A really nice prog hip hop Ep from the Tres Catorce Netlabel in (I think) Spain, one of my favorite free download netlabels, focused on beats and electronics. They introduced me to an amazing band, LECHE, that you all must listen to.

  • Michael Parr

    Not a Metal fan? Could have fooled me!

  • drxl

     My iTunes shuffle is playing tricks on you

  • Magpie

    The Golden Age (Elecoustic version)    The Asteroid Galaxy Tour – Used in the UK at least for a Carlsberg Lager Advert

    Atlas – Battles – Listen loud or not at all

    Rochdale Coconut Dance – Bellowhead – English folk dance music does not come any better; start stripping that willow

    Who is it (Bell Choir Version) – Bjork – Love those bells

    Ashokan Farewell – Fiddle Fever – Simply beautiful and atmospheric 

    A very eclectic mix and not a duff note amongst them; bet my luck runs out next time.

  • Keith

     “Major” by Asteroid Galaxy Tour is one of the funkiest singles of the past decade – destined for the opening credits of a future Tarantino film.

  • Michael Parr

    I’m definitely digging the new Asteroid Galaxy Tour record a whole lot.

  • IrishJava88

    I will admit to liking the new Springsteen record a lot more after having been to the shows.  A less polished production and a more live sound would have helped,  but you could say that about most of his recent releases .   Easily my favorite Springsteen LP since the Rising (and maybe since Tunnel of Love).  That said, yeah, “This Depression” is the weakest song on the album.  Ryan Bingham’s “Depression” is a much better song using that theme.

    OK, off the soapbox and on with the Five:


    1.       “Shake Rattle and Roll” by Elvis Presley from The King of Rock ‘n Roll: The Complete 50’s Masters.  Elvis rips off another black artist (here Joe Turner) but unlike “Hound Dog” or “Mystery Train” he doesn’t make it his own.
    2.       “How She Boogalooed It” by the Beach Boys from Wild Honey.  This album has its moments (this isn’t one of them), but it’s no Sunflowers or Surf’s Up
    3.       “All My Loving” by the Smithereens from Meet the Smithereens – a note for note cover of Meet the Beatles.  It’s not bad, but I was really happy they got back to original music
    4.       “I Can’t Hold Out” by Son Seals from Live and Burning.  If you like your blues raw and smoking, this the album to own
    5.        “So You Want to Be A Rock ‘N” Roll Star” by the Byrds from Younger Than Yesterday.  Mocks the Monkees, but, yeah, don’t we all.


    Michael (and Christine) we await the good news.  Hope the first tunes Baby Parr hears are good one (preferably a little Boss time).

  • Michael Parr

    There are a few tunes on the new record that I really enjoy, and would probably enjoy even more live. “This Depression” just seems like an unfinished thought.

  • EightE1

    No Doubt, “Don’t Let Me Down”
    Tommy Keene, “Tomorrow’s Gone Tonight”
    Boz Scaggs, “Jump Street”
    George Benson, “Since I Fell for You”
    Elvis Costello & the Imposters, “American Gangster Time”

  • Michael Parr

    We’ve missed you, my friend. I’d lift a glass in your general direction, but I have to keep my faculties about me, you know? 

  • EightE1

    I hear you.  I’ve been in a funk I hope I’m coming out of …

  • kingofgrief

    1. Kim Wilde, “Dancing in the Dark” (Catch as Catch Can, 1983
    I love her, but she’s done far better. Clichéd soundtrack dance-pop, with a bonus “fire/desire” rhyme for mediocre measure. (Dave Steed can tell you how much that frosts my cookies.)

    2. The Cure, “Pictures of You” [Extended Dub Mix] (Mixed Up, 1990)
    I devoted the second half of my radio program this week to Robert and company to commemorate his 53rd birthday and the 20th anniversary of the release of Wish. I had some friends who were dead set against Bryan “Chuck” New’s hip-hop restyling of “Pictures” but I’ve never had that hangup.

    3. Professor Longhair, “Tipitina” (Mardi Til You Drop [Various Artists], 1992)
    From a Rhino promo comp I got at an old record store gig. You never know when a Fat Tuesday DJ gig will fall your way.

    4. Roger Williams, “Those Were the Days” (don’t know the release year offhand)
    Something for bedtime when Spotify won’t load. I keep Mantovani around for the same reason.

    5. Phoenix, “Everything Is Everything” (Alphabetical, 2004)
    My Rate Your Music review for the album: “Wake me up when these guys release a singles collection, aiight?” These days I’m not even that sure…