The Friday Five: April 5, 2013

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:

“Crowing” by Toad the Wet Sprocket (from All You Want, 2011)

It was never a question, he was crowing for repair

Dulcinea contains a few of the songs that would take with me on that imaginary deserted island we music-obsessive types love to talk about. This song is full of lyrical moments that make me wish I had written them myself; the type of honest, soul-bearing expression that comes from a place that few can tap into. This version is from the band’s recent release of re-recorded fan favorites. Which leads into the bigger news, which is the fact that there will be a new Toad the Wet Sprocket record in 2013.

“Head to Toe” by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam (from Sounds of the Eighties: 1987, 1995)

If there were ever a song to bust out the cabbage patch to, “Head to Toe” is it. I recall this tune being inescapable during its run on the charts, and for the next few years. Maybe its the fact that this and the follow-up, “Lost in Emotion,” are pretty damn similar.

“It Won’t Be Long” by The Beatles (from With The Beatles, 2009)

Side one, track one of With The Beatles certainly sets the tone for the record. This is rave up 101, right here.

“Casey’s Song” by City and Colour (from Live, 2007)

Man, the shuffle is being awfully kind today. I discovered City and Colour during my stint commuting to Toronto for business a few years back. “Save Your Scissors” was a regular fixture on MuchMusic and I was instantly hooked by Dallas Green’s unique timbre. The most confounding thing was the fact that I was fully aware of his ‘day job’ as guitarist for Alexisonfire, yet I had no idea he was putting out tunes that would stick with me far beyond anything that the post-hardcore quintet was producing.

“The Band’s in Town” by The Del McCoury Band & Preservation Hall Jazz Band (from American Legacies, 2011)

Now this is the way to end a Friday Five and kick into the weekend. If you have not listened to this record, I cannot possibly urge you all enough to go and remedy that fact, as soon as possible. The pairing of Del McCoury with the exceptional Preservation Hall Jazz Band made for a record that is about as perfectly Americana as it gets. Have a great weekend, my faithful Fivers!

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Mordalo

    I actually have time to do a Five on time this morning, with my complete collection at my fingertips!

    Well, tecnhically, it’s on the external hard drive to my right, but I can reach over and touch it. Guess that counts. Doesn’t it?

    Everyone ready? Please place your seat in the upright position. Potential Five Whiplash ahead….

    1) Play the Game, Queen.
    Off to a good start. Having Freddy and the boys in a Five always makes for a good time. I’d wager everyone reading this post knows the song, so I don’t have to say anymore on it.

    2) Barbara Ann (single version), The Beach Boys
    Oh. My. God. Where has this song been? Collection virtual dust in a sealed enclosure? I haven’t played this in a LONG time. I’m a rockin’ in my chair here. Damn, this is sweet!

    3) Pressure, Quadron.
    Okay, I admit, I haven’t listened to this prior to this Five. It was a free album they were giving away over at Google Play (Live at Google) awhile back, and since I’m a sucker for things that are free and grab bags, I hadda download it. I rather like her voice, and the song is good. Now I’m gonna have to go listen to the rest of the album.

    4) Cross to Bear (demo, never released), Billy Joel
    I bought the My Lives boxed set years ago when they had it for stupidcheap at Costco, back when I had a) my Costco membership and b) expendible income. I’ve been a Billy Joel fan since WAY back in the day (damn kids, get off my lawn), and its cool to hear some of the demos and outtakes he did. If you can find the set, get it. I, for one, am still waiting for the debate here on Popdose about the best box set of all time. Make it happen, willya?

    5) All Things Must Pass, George Harrison
    A good closer for this Five. I believe a good Five has a flow, tells a story, has a definite beginning and an ending, and this song makes for closure to the week. Sets the tone for the weekend. Right now, I’m gonna down my computer and upgrade the video card, so for now, I bid you adieu.

  • Phil

    “Crowing” by Toad the Wet Sprocket (from All You Want, 2011)

    I love every version of this song Glen Phillips has ever been involved with, especially when he teams up with the members of Nickel Creek.

  • Phil

    Rush – “Second Nature” (Hold Your Fire, 1987)
    Since I largely like Hold Your Fire, I was surprised to find when I was fact-checking that it was a commercial disappointment for Rush, the first album since Caress of Steel not to reach platinum eventually. Sure, it’s no Moving Pictures, and at times it can seem a tedious listening exercise what with all the synth layers, but if you can accept it for what it is, it has some great songs, and Lifeson supplies some really tasty guitar parts. Unfortunately “Second Nature” is not one of the good songs and one that usually gets the fast-forward treatment from me.

    The Devin Townsend Band – “Deadhead” (Accelerated Evolution, 2004)
    Opening with a riff that sounds an awful lot like mid-90s Joe Satriani, “Deadhead” is a slow groove that eventually delivers Devin’s patented wall-of-sound production with equal parts heaviness and sweetness. This is the only track from the album I have, but if the rest of it is like this, I should really pick up the entire thing.

    Def Leppard – “Glad I’m Alive” (Live BBC Studio Sessions, 1979)
    This is a song I had never heard prior to grabbing this live bootleg by a hungry and determined Def Leppard. Overall it’s a good performance, and it’s a period of Def Leppard’s history I really enjoyed revisiting.

    Spock’s Beard – “Thoughts (Part II)” (V, 2000)
    This song features everything I loved about Neal Morese-era Spock’s Beard. The only problem is that at 4:39, it’s about 4 minutes too short.

    Sugar – “A Good Idea” (Copper Blue, 1992)
    Not sure what I can offer that hasn’t already been said about an album that every music critic known to man has gushed over since its release other than I love just about everything about it.

    Have a great weekend Fivers. The copy of Sound City: Real to Reel that I recently won through a well-known nationally-syndicated radio interview show featuring a host with a very pirate-inspired-sounding name arrived yesterday, so I suspect the remainder of my day will be spent immersed in Grohlville.

  • mc3

    T.G.I.Frickin’ F. Next stop is I am going to get that Del McCoury Band & Preservation Hall Jazz Band as suggested! Have a great weekend, fivers!

    1. U2 – “One Tree Hill”, The Joshua Tree (1987)
    I have largely avoided U2 for a long time, but this sounded good today.

    2. Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Swamp Music”, All Time Greatest Hits (2000)

    3. Neil Young – “I Believe in You”, Decade (1977)

    4. Gov’t Mule – “Frozen Fear”, By a Thread (2009)
    Love me some Mule.

    5. Parliament – “Flashlight”, Pure Funk (1998)

  • Mordalo

    Pure Funk. Good album. This is a pretty good Five.

  • Mordalo

    Congrats on winning!

  • Rock_dawg

    A second congratulations, from me.
    I pre-ordered that album before I’d even finished watching the movie, I was digging the songs so much.

  • Rock_dawg

    Awesome Five. You’ve inspired me to get out my 5.1 version of The Game when I get home.

  • Phil

    Thanks, guys! I actually listened to the album about 3 or 4 times straight through when NPR was streaming it. I was so psyched I was going to buy it, but then the In The Studio giveaway came up, so I entered and waited…

  • Michael Parr

    From U2 to Parliament, with a large detour though some classic rock … that’s my kind of Friday Five.

  • Chad Z.

    I read the Friday Five every week, and then kick myself for not bringing in my iPod to work so I can do it along with you. And by the time I get home and can do it from my iTunes, I forget to do it. I promise, I won’t let you down this time.

  • Michael Parr

    Congrats, indeed! It’s a great film.

    Also, Sugar rocks. That is all.

  • Michael Parr

    Agreed, though I feel like “Windmills” (my other favorite tune from Dulcinea) benefited more from the MAS treatment.

  • Michael Parr

    The discussion of best box set has been had over the Popdose water cooler, though I don’t know that we came to any conclusions.

  • jcb7472

    1) Siouxsie and the Banshees: “Kiss Them For Me” (Superstition, 1991). Supposedly this was their biggest hit in the U.S. and the lyrics are a tribute to actress Jayne Mansfield…interesting. The song is pretty good; you can hear the transition from 80s to 90s alternative music.

    2) Beck & Seu Jorge: “Tropicalia (Mario C 2011 Remix)” (Red Hot + Rio, 2011) – This is pretty cool, because it’s one of my favorite Beck songs, Tropicalia, but features a Brazilian singer doing a couple of verses of the song in Portuguese first, then it goes back to Beck singing it…this song always makes me think of the beach.

    3) Guided By Voices: “Everywhere With Helicopter” (Universal Truths & Cycles, 2002). I didn’t get into these guys until a few years ago, but i have to say they are one of my all-time favorite indie rock bands. This songs rocks out, and is quintessential GBV.

    4) The Raveonettes: “War in Heaven” (Raven in the Grave, 2011). Something about the female singer’s voice (Sharin Foo) of this Danish indie band always gets me…it’s just haunting.

    5) Hot Chip: “(Just Like We) Breakdown” (Warning, 2006). Not their best song, but it’s Hot Chip. so it’s still very good and by the end of it, you’ve gone from head bobbing to wanting to get up and dance.

    Have a great weekend everybody!

  • Rock_dawg

    “The Long And Winding Road” – Paul McCartney, Flowers In The Dirt [Japanese Bonus CD]
    Despite the Beatles being one of the greatest bands ever and a personal favourite of mine, I have never liked “The Long And Winding Road”. Too syrupy for my taste – even in the ‘Naked’ version – and it just feels like it’s never going to end. The only thing I like about it is the bridge (“Many times I’ve been alone…”). At least I know some folks over at Something Else Reviews would back me up.

    “Sky High” – Ben Folds Five, The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind
    Beautiful and lush without the sappiness above, this is a stand out on the excellent BF5 reunion album.

    “No Place Like Home” – Squeeze, Cossi Fan Tutti Frutti
    Some scoff at the very 80’s production on it, but I like this album quite a bit.

    “100 Miles From Memphis” – Sheryl Crow, 100 Miles From Memphis
    I initially dismissed this album when it came out, but a couple of tracks have grown on my since adding it back into iPod rotation. This one’s still pretty meh.

    “Treasure” – Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox
    Wait…This isn’t early Prince? And “Locked Out Of Heaven” isn’t a long lost Police out take? I enjoy this album, but it sounds like Bruno Mars is even more lost in the 80’s than I am.

    Have a good weekend, fellow Fivers!

  • Michael Parr

    That Bruno Mars record managed to be a complete throwback without treading into pastiche territory. I swear, the first time I heard “Locked Out of Heaven” I thought it was a matter of time before Sting sued his ass.

  • Rock_dawg

    Well put. It’s easy to play “spot the influence”, but it’s still pretty original and a solid listen.

  • Phil


  • jhallCORE

    1) Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band — “Outlaw’s Honeymoon” (The Mountain, 1999).
    2) Dixie Chicks — “I Believe In Love” (Home, 2002).
    3) Brian Blade Fellowship — “Steadfast” (Perceptual, 1999).
    4) Aimee Mann — “Deathly” (Magnolia soundtrack, 1999).
    5) Iris DeMent — “Wasteland Of The Free” (The Way I Should, 1996).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • Tammy Greynolds

    1. “Suit & Commercial (Justin Timberlake vs. Daft Punk mashup) – The Hood Internet

    2. “Foxglove” – Murder By Death

    3. “Clint Eastwood” – Gorillaz

    4. “Tonight I’m Getting Over You” – Carly Rae Jepsen

    5. “Smile Upon Me” – Passion Pit

    Interesting mix this time around. I’m really in love with the first two tracks from this Friday Five. I’m a big MBD fan, but Foxglove is one of those songs I just never tire of; solid vocals, romantic lyrics, killer cello. I’ve been floating around the mashup subreddit and came across this week’s #1. I relish the idea that JT is evolving into Robin Thicke and this song is just a dance-party, feel good time.

  • Michael Parr

    More Del McCoury!

  • Mordalo

    I’m really curious what’s been tossed out. I still love Springsteen’s Live ’75-’85 and the Zeppelin one.

  • MB

    Loggins & Messina – Angry Eyes (On Stage, 1974)

    Lobo – How Can I Tell Her (Calumet, 1973)

    Warren Zevon – The French Inhaler (Warren Zevon, 1976)

    Lynyrd Skynyrd – That Smell (Street Survivors, 1977)

    Mountain – Nantucket Sleighride (Nantucket Sleighride, 1971)

  • MC_Snocap

    1. “Navy Blue” by Diane Renay (1964, off Growing Up Too Fast)
    That pristine girl group sound applied to a slightly more mature topic: Renay’s bf signs up and ships out. She later did “Kiss Me, Sailor”, sung from the end of a clearly fun-filled shore leave. Why didn’t our forefathers demand further installments? You could have had the first concept album, Diane!

    2. “Midnight Show” by The Killers (2004, Hot Fuss)
    Congratulations, Killers – you are the one song this Five that doesn’t crack me up a bit.

    3. “The Gigolo” by O’Bryan (1982)
    Ooh, doggie. This is one not rediscovered by your shuffle radio station. A knockoff of pre-1999 Prince, it’s got grimy guitars, squeaking synths, fake horns, and a scandalized falsetto heatedly recounting mildly sordid intrigue. In it’s silly way, it’s absolutely perfect.

    4. “Mah-Na, Mah-Na” by Leroy Holmes (1970, off Ultra Lounge Vol. 18: Bottoms Up!)
    Beep beee, buh-deedy. As heard on “The Office”!

    5. “TVC-15″ by David Bowie (1976, off Sound+Vision)
    Whimsy done well.

    Good weekend, all!


    1. “Freaks of the Industry” by Digital Underground: I recently got an old issue of Wax Poetics that contains an interview with Shock G. It’s worth mentioning how musical D.U. was. They were a hip-hop band before The Roots. That said, the best thing about the song isn’t its musicality, but how damn nasty it is.

    2. “Pretty in Pink” by The Psychedelic Furs: I’m gonna name my first kid Ducky.

    3. “Hidden Charm” by Van Hunt: From his B-sides/odds and sods collection “Use in Case of Emergency.” Why this guy isn’t humongously popular…I just don’t understand.

    4. “Lovelight” by Lewis Taylor: Just discovering this guy, but he’s giving me some Jamie Lidell vibes. British soul at this point > American soul, although we’re catching up.

    5. “Pump Pump” by Snoop Doggy Dogg: Snoop Doggy Dogg > Snoop Dogg > Snoop Lion.

    Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.

  • Mordalo

    A Five with Zevon is a good Five, indeed.

  • gazill

    Breaking All the Rules ~ Peter Frampton
    Telstar ~ The Tornadoes
    Gee Angel ~Sugar
    Who’s On First ~ Abbott and Costello
    Brothers ~ The Vaughan Brothers

  • Michael Parr

    I had a friend growing up that went by Duckie. Though it was really because he looked like a duck when he ran.

  • D. ‘Beauty’ Bancroft

    That “Gigolo” song is fantastic. The lyrics and delivery are so hilariously stilted. “She had. not. seen. this. man. before!”

    If memory serves, Popdose’s “Ass End of the 80s” included that and One Way’s “Cutie Pie” in the same week. Two forgotten dance-funk classics.

  • DwDunphy

    RE: Accelerated Evolution – Very good album and super song-focused. I felt Townsend went off the tracks a bit with Synchestra and Ziltoid. Pretty incredible musicianship but where were the songs? AE still doesn’t quite meet the high marker Terria set (the recent Epicloud comes a bit closer).

  • Phil

    super song-focused

    That’s the Devin Townsend stuff I like. I really like Addicted! for that reason, and I think I’ve had a hard time getting into some of his other stuff because it is so monkey-balls and not song-focused. I have Accelerated Evolution queued up to listen to in Spotify today.