The Friday Five: April 4, 2014

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:

“Put Down the Weapon (feat. Yami Bolo)” by Capleton (from Reggae Gold 1997, 1997)

Oh mid-to-late-’90s obsession with Reggae, how I (occasionally) miss thee. If I recall correctly—and I’ll be the first to admit that my memory is a bit like swiss cheese for a few of these years—I purchased this collection for Beenie Man’s “Girls Dem Sugar (remix),” a DJ staple in those days, and found more than a few exceptional tracks hidden among the bunch.

“crushcrushcrush” by Paramore (from The Final RIOT!, 2008)

There is zero guilt in my enjoyment of Paramore. Regardless of your opinion of the politics of the band it is hard to argue that Miss Williams is the singular driving force behind the band’s success.

“Love of My Life Worldwide” by Erykah Badu (from Worldwide Underground, 2003)

A remix of the already exceptional “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop),” “Love of My Life Worldwide” features Queen Latifah, Bahamadia and Angie Stone over a base of “Funk You Up” by The Sequence. A bit more old school than the original.

“Swans” by Camera Obscura (from My Maudlin Career, 2009)


“Don’t Make Me Over” by The Swinging Blue Jeans (from Top of the Pops 1966, 2007)

I’ll admit that I had to go to Wikipedia to figure out who the hell The Swinging Blue Jeans were.

Brevity, thy name is trying to fit a Friday Five in before the lunch break ends!

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Jack Feerick

    Well, let’s see.

    “My Enemy,” from Richard Thompson’s Electric (2013) Rather than recap, I’ll just point y’all towards the review I wrote when the album came out.

    “Airegin,” Miles Davis, from Cookin’ (1956) May favorite Miles — the modal and Third Stream simmer of Kind of Blue, Someday My Prince Will Come, and the Gil Evans orchestral records — is still a few years in the future; but Jesus, ’56 was huge for him. Of the four (!) records he cut that year, Cookin’ is the closest to straight hard bop — not really my thing, but all his chops are on full display.

    “O Marie,” Daniel Lanois, from Acadie (1989). Hey, whaddya know; I wrote about this one, too.

    “The Crystal Ship,” Chris Whitley with (not Medeski,) Martin and Wood, from Perfect Day (2000). Never was a Doors fan, but I’ve often liked their songs as performed by other people. This is just gorgeous — spooky, hushed, ethereal, the keening of the bowed bass harmonics like the moaning of the wind on a rocky strand. And the vocal, barely rising above an exhausted, junk-sick whisper, is still a thousand times more commanding than Morrison’s bluster.

    “Elma Om Mi Lize,” from the soundtrack to Cirque du Soleil’s performance piece Amaluna (2012). I dunno — the one I time saw Cirque du Soleil, doing their show La Nouba, the music was quite beautiful, but it certainly wasn’t this. This is a rock band singing songs, even if what they’re singing is mostly gibberish. Amaluna is a nice atmospheric guitar-rock record, sort of like the Cocteau Twins if they ever decided to crank up and jam out; but it’s not the chill soundscape I was expecting. More fool me.

  • geezlouisexo

    This has been a week FULL of new music. Here’s some of what I’ve discovered – or what has been shared with me – this afternoon:

    1. Jungle, “Busy Earnin'” – Admittedly, I know absolutely nothing about the band, the history of the song. I got nothin’ – zilch. But I will say that this has a distinct Bee Gees feel to me, both with the use of falsetto harmonies and some underlying funky synth. I’m a fan and will keep digging after these guys.

    2. Susanne Sundfør, “White Foxes” – Holy vocal chords, Batman! Another artist new to my playlist. She’s got a haunting tone in the realm of Lana Del Ray and melodic piano (think Fiona Apple) with some serious electronic vibes throughout. Feeling it. Hard.

    3. Solange, “Losing You” – I vaguely recall listening to Solange when she was first testing the waters of popularity in the shadow of her big sister. I was pleased to come across this j. Its got a really retro vibe, but still totally refreshing.

    4. Passenger, “Let Her Go” – I think I’ve listened to maybe a dozen covers or heavily-sampled mashups, but really enjoyed coming across the surprisingly straight-forward original. He’s got such a little voice – I don’t mean that to be demeaning, but the combination of the lyrics and his intonation really pull you in to listen hard.

    5.The Floacist, “Try Something New (I Do)” – Smooth, sexy, sultry. That is all.

  • Phil

    The Mob – “I Will Follow” (The Mob, 2005)
    Decent track from a Doug Pinnick (King’s X) one-off “supergroup” side-project with Reb Beach (Winger, Dokken, Whitesnake), Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger), Timothy Drury (keyboard-for-hire most known for stints with Whitesnake and the Eagles), and Kip Winger (duh!). The focus here was more about fun, 80s-influenced hair metal (and way too much guitar wankery from Beach) than anything serious, and unfortunately much of the album suffers because of it. This song is one of the exceptions, but it’s still pretty forgettable despite having one of my all-time favorite singers on it.

    R.E.M. – “Pilgrimage” (Murmur, 1983)
    Jangly alterna-pop from one of my favorite 80s “alternative” bands. Yeah, yeah, I know, but I try to forget about everything after 1991’s Out of Time, not being a big fan of the band’s direction from Automatic for the People onward.

    Alice in Chains – “Angry Chair” (Dirt, 1992)
    I can’t say I ever understood this song much (and likely neither did Layne Staley, who was high as a kite during the recording of it if the mostly-reliable Wikipedia is to be believed), but I don’t think that was ever the point. I’ve never been a fan of Staley’s vocals on the spooky-sounding verse sections, but I absolutely adore the “chorus” section with Jerry Cantrell’s harmony vocals and the “I don’t mind/Lost my mind/Can’t find it anywhere” lyrics.

    Collective Soul – “Reach” (Hints Allegations & Things Left Unsaid, 1994)
    Jangly alterna-pop from one of my favorite 90s “alternative” bands.

    Transatlantic – “Spinning” (The Whirlwind, 2009)
    We end today’s Five the same way we started—with a supergroup of sorts, although I’m sure most people would be hard pressed to name a single member other than Mike Portnoy or be able to identify the bands from which the members hail. The difference here is that Transatlantic was never intended as a one-off project, and these guys were always pretty serious about bringing prog to the people. As a matter of fact, they very nearly lost me when they cranked the prog knob up to 11 for 2009’s The Whirlwind, a one-track progfest with 12 parts. “Spinning” is special-edition bonus track with a country swing despite the classic prog keys opening and is unlike most of the album proper. Still, it’s a good song that features Roine Stolt on vocals (and the prog kicks in at about the 5-minute mark just in case you’re interested).

  • jamesballenger

    Here comes the Sun – Beatles – Abbey Road 1969
    “It is one of those songs that everyone knows. Great way to start the day out”
    I love my Dad – Sun Kill Moon – Benji 2014
    “This song is a good way to test the waters to see if you dig SKM or not. I saw that Patterson Hood (from the Drive by Truckers) was raving about the album so I picked it up. It’s folky enough for the hipsters but it’s the lyrical content that will floor you. The album should be listened to as a piece but if you like the earnestness of this song you will probably enjoy all of it.”
    Cedar Room – Doves – Lost Souls 2000
    “I really like this song but I kind of hate it as an example of how really really good the Doves are. I could list 10 other songs that I like more but if you like the band so could you and it would probably be a different list. If you are not hip to Doves then fix that immediately”
    Summer Time Blues – Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum 1968
    “I like when this version of the Eddie Cochran classic shows up, but I have to admit that I tire of it almost as quickly. Maybe I got the brown acid instead?”
    You really got me – Kinks – Kinks 1964
    “that is not Jimmy Page…not Jimmy Page…”

  • Rock_dawg

    This may not be the first five songs that came up, probably more like the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 7th and 8th. Just one of those interruption-y afternoons. Cursed people expecting me to be productive at work!

    “Could I Be Your Girl” – Jann Arden, Greatest Hurts: The Best of…
    Jann Arden’s lite FM staples are, more often than not, colossal downers, but she’s really very funny and self-deprecating (note the title of the compilation).
    “We’re All Leaving” – Arcade Fire, Her soundtrack
    A great score for falling asleep to. And I mean that in a good way.
    “Magic” – Coldplay, single
    I found Mylo Xyloto to be a bit of a let down, but I’m digging this track and hopes are on the rise for Ghost Stories.
    “Open Arms” – Tracey Chapman, Collection
    I recently picked this up since I’ve only ever had her debut. Collection sure makes a case for her as a consistent artist.
    “Wishing Well” – Terence Trent D’arby, Introducing the Hardline According To…
    I had one of those UK Rock Yearbooks from 87-88 that included something like a two page spread of pretentious quotes he’d made that year. Doesn’t mean that this song isn’t amazing, it’s just what I think of when I hear it.

    Happy weekend!

  • jcb7472

    Jaill – Always Wrong (There’s No Sky Oh My My, 2010) Midwest feel good indie/garage rock

    White Denim – Home Together (Last Day of Summer, 2010) I like listening to White Denim, but no longer wear it lol

    Drew Grow and the Pastors Wives – Company (2010)- DIdn’t know I had this song in my library and deleted if after listening because it’s kinda boring

    LCD Soundsystem – Get Innocuous! (Sound of Silver, 2007) BIg fan of James Murphy & LCD Soundsystem. This is another one of their songs that builds for several minutes but by the end of it you are probably either bobbing your head furiously or dancing

    The Feelies – Loveless Love (Crazy Rhythms, 1980) old school indie rock. This song also starts real slow but it’s very likable by the end of it

    Have a great weekend everybody!