The Friday Five: August 17, 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:

“Life moves pretty fast,” and occasionally it moves so quickly that you blow by deadlines; forget commitments; ignore engagements; you get my drift. Today’s Friday Five comes courtesy of my trusty iPod and an open window of about 20 15 10 minutes in my day to get it done.

“She’s Leaving Home” by Jason Falkner (from Bedtime With The Beatles, Part Two, 2008)

This one comes courtesy of fellow Popdose editor, Jason Hare. I keep this handy in the cases where I might need to soothe a fussy baby back to sleep. The up side to this is the fact that Falkner’s arrangements are so good that I don’t mind listening to them repeatedly. The down side is the fact that it’s making me sleepy.

“Best of You” by Foo Fighters (from Greatest Hits, 2009)

Well, that woke me up. No one, but no one, writes an arena-sized hit like Dave Grohl.

“Boogie Shoes” by K C and The Sunshine Band (from Saturday Night Fever, 1977)

Come on, you know you are humming the intro.

“Alive” by Pearl Jam (from Live on Ten Legs, 2011)

I just don’t have enough time to devote to how I feel about this tune.

“Leo” by John Coltrane (from Interstellar Space, 1974)

From ‘Trane’s last stand, and great way to send this Friday Five off!

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • DwDunphy

    Nobody? Is everybody on vacation?

  • Friday Blerd

    Work day over, beer in hand. Let’s go.

    1) “Body Heat” by James Brown: How come someone hasn’t invented a James Brown translator app yet?

    2) “Think” by Aretha Franklin: The perils of being a golden-age hip-hop fan. I heard the first couple of notes and thought I was listening to “The Gas Face” by 3rd Bass.

    3) “Long Long Way To Go” by Phil Collins: Phil, meet Sting. Sting, meet Phil.

    4) “Crazy” by K-ci & Jojo: No one brings the overwrought like the Hailey Bros.

    5) “Hip Hop Ride” by Da Youngsta’s: A hip-hop history lesson from this fairly underrated group. They certainly should’ve been more successful than, say…Kris Kross.

  • Michael Parr

    To be fair, I did just post this.

  • Phil

    Been waiting all day to get this one in. I feel your pain Michael. Been there, done that, got a whole drawer full of t-shirts. Given your day today, you might like the last track on my Five.

    The Flaming Lips – “The Spiderbite Song” (The Soft Bulletin, 1999)
    I’m still not sure exactly what I think of The Flaming Lips. I have seen some absolutely fabulous live performances from them, and then there’s stuff like this. Let’s just leave it at that.

    Devo – “What We Do” (Something for Everybody, 2010)
    One thing is for certain, Devo has always been unapologetic for doing what they do. And they do what they do well, whether you’re a fan or not. I still haven’t listened to this whole album enough for it to sink in, but I (mostly) like what I’ve heard. Weird, catchy, poppy, and excellent production.

    Counting Crows – “Black and Blue” (Hard Candy, 2002)Hard Candy is probably the first Counting Crows album that I was able to really digest and enjoy without the interference of radio, video, or any other kind of media telling me what I should think of it, mostly because I had totally tuned out traditional media outlets by that point. There are times when I can take or leave Adam Duritz’ weighty pretentiousness, but I can’t deny that the band is made up of phenomenal musicians. This particular songs is a slower, ballad-y affair with a lot of space that allows you to hear just how good they are. Top it off with Duritz’ impassioned vocals, and you have a great Counting Crows song.

    Caedmon’s Call – “Not the Land” (The Guild Collection, Vol. 1, 1997)
    From one emotive singer to another. Derek Webb’s earnest delivery of complicated, sometimes elusive lyrics, has always been a excellent foil to the CCM pop tunes written by rest of the band. This particular fan club exclusive release version of “Not the Land” appears to be either a live performance or a demo that retains its initial laid-back, folky personality rather that building to the crescendo of the studio version from their self-titled major label debut.

    Galactic Cowboys – “Stress” (Machine Fish, 1996)
    In addition to ushering in a new stripped-down sound for Galactic Cowboys, Machine Fish also displays a level of anger and aggression not seen in them previously. Titles like “Feel the Rage,” “The Struggle,” and even “Stress” give a peek at where their heads were at this time and their feelings about Geffen having jerked them around, how that little music scene from Seattle had shifted the whole music industry for bands without a grunge element, and how stressful the business side of music can be. Everything about this song—the tempo, the guitar tone, the edge in Ben Huggins’ voice—adds to the stress level. A little something different from these guys, but I like it.

  • Michael Parr

    To be fair, I did just post this.

  • Michael Parr

    I could never get on board with K-Ci & Jojo. There was just too much, you know?

    Speaking of the perils of being a golden-age hip-hop fan: The Staples Singer’s “I’ll Take You There” just popped up on my iPod as I’m waiting for pizza and I could I could hear was “Let’s Talk About Sex.”

    What’s worse is I knew “I’ll Take You There” way before I “Let’s Talk About Sex” even existed!

  • Michael Parr

    Stress doesn’t begin to describe the day I’ve had. That said, I’m glad it is (mostly) over.

    On a completely unrelated note, I totally struggled with getting into Hard Candy. I still rank it as probably my least favorite in the band’s discography.

  • Friday Blerd

    You are waiting for pizza? As in delivery?

    K-ci & Jojo’s “Love Always” is actually a really good album. Great melodies, vocals are turned down a little bit.

  • MC_Snocap

    Cat in tree: “Hang on Michael, weekend’s coming.”

    1) J.S. Bach – “Konzert No. 1 – 111. Allegro BMV 1046″
    Has a good beat and you can gavotte to it. Despite artist given, reasonably sure this is a cover.

    2) Freedy Johnson – “Evie’s Tears”
    Probably everybody here knows more about Freedy than I do, which is zip. One of my first CDs (late adopter), bought on a flyer because it was dirt cheap despite the general buzz I’d heard somewhere; risky move that paid off, cuz these songs move right into your head immediately.

    3) Kim Wilde – “Kids in America”
    Like this song better now that there’s no expectation my life is on a music-go-round.

    4) Puffy Amiyumi – “Sunrise”
    Overwhelming burst of energy. It’s loud, busy, shouty, and hyped up. On the right side of being too much; wonder if understanding the lyrics would tip it the other way. Ah, ignorance!

    5) Bran Van 3000 – “Old School”
    Intentionally stoopid hiphop-flavored goof-off. Like a loud apartment party you’re at & enjoying OR next to & enduring, depending on mood.

  • Michael Parr

    It’s been that much of “a day.”

    I’ll have to go back and check it out. Christine loves the Jodeci, so maybe she’ll dig on this.

  • Michael Parr

    I absolutely love “Evie’s Tears” and just about everything on that record.

  • EightE1

    The Hold Steady, “Stuck Between Stations.” There are nights when I, too, think Sal Paradise was right.

    Billy Squier, “Rock Me Tonite.” The sound of a career ending. Not from the song itself, but from the visuals connected to the song. And the shits of it is, he really dances like that.

    Foreigner, “Long Long Way from Home.” One of the first rock songs I ever connected with on a visceral level. And it’s all about that voice, man.

    Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Down on the Corner.” Summer of ’84: Born in the USA, Sports, and Creedence Gold, in my cousin’s Camaro. Can’t hear this shit without thinking of that summer.

    James Taylor, “Sweet Baby James.” I tear up whenever I hear this. Used to sing this to the boy-child every night, before bed. After a while he’d sing it along with me. Such a long time ago …

  • BRock


  • Mordalo

    This is an awesome Five you’ve got there, Michael. Let’s see how I do this week…

    1) Dell-Vikings, Come Go With Me
    You know it’s gonna be a good day when your shuffle starts you off with Doo-Wop.

    2) Cat Stevens, Oh, Very Young
    I searched high and low (back in the day before eBay) for the A&M Classics series CDs. They were hard to find after a few years, but I got ‘em…and this one was one of the best.

    3) Allen Toussaint, Victims of the Darkness
    I’ve spoken previously of my love of Mr. Toussaint. Whenever he shows up in the shuffle, I’m happy.

    4) Rush, Distant Early Warning
    I’ve got a fair amount of Rush, but it doesn’t show up in the shuffle very often.

    5) Earl Klugh, Christina
    My love of Mr. Toussaint is only surpassed by my love or Mr. Klugh. One of the finest Jazz guitarists to every play. Truly, this was a good Five.

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Live from New Hampshire, it’s a mobile Friday Five:

    1. “About You” by Teenage Fanclub from Grand Prix. Power pop at its finest. The opening cut to album of hooks and harmonies just like you like them with plenty for everyone

    2. “Italian Girls” by Rod Stewart from Never a Dull Moment. Back when Rod’s solo records and Faces albums blended into each other. This one was co-written by Ronnie Wood

    3. “When the Whip Comes Down” by the Rolling Stones from Some Girls. Speaking of Ronnie Wood…

    4. “Have You Ever Been Mistreated” by Joe Hunter from Blues Masters, Volume 10: Blues Roots. Acoustic blues from John’s Island, South Carolina

    5. “Sparky’s Dream” by Teenage Fanclub from Grand Prix. Couldn’t get enough the first time around? Me, either. “That summer feeling is gonna fly/Always try and keep the feeling inside”

    Hope you hear something great this weekend!

  • Dennis Corrigan

    I pray to St. Joe Strummer sometimes, too

  • Michael Parr

    I can’t hear “If This Is It” or “Glory Days” without feeling the warm glow of the summer sun.

  • Michael Parr

    Nice double-shot there, Dennis. Enjoy your weekend away from CT.

  • Keith

    I could go on for ages about how much I love the Devo “Something For Everybody” record. Not a dud track in the bunch – dare I say, it is their best record ever (barring their many hits collections of course).

  • Keith

    DIRE STRAITS “Why Worry” from American Tour 1985 (Soundboard) – lovely but unspectacular – this is the long, wandering track where you make a break for the porta potties.

    WHITE STRIPES “My Doorbell” Live on Jools Holland – not a great recording or performance, but what fun Jools’ round robin of musical acts is.

    LADYTRON “White Elephant” from Gravity the Seducer – deep into their career, they still know how to knock you to your knees – this track is beautiful, cold, haunting, sexy and absolutely breathtaking.

    AVIA “Pink Moon” – this almost sounds like a Ladytron take on the Nick Drake classic. Lovely.

    DELTA SPIRIT “My Dream” from The Waits Room. Delta Spirit’s self-titled 2012 album is on track to be my #2 album of the year (behind Amanda Mair). This track is from their EP of Tom Waits covers. Never was big into Waits — and Scarlett Johansen only made things worse. This cover, however, is pretty, pretty good (as Larry David would say).

  • BRock

    Adam Cohen – “Out of Bed” (Like A Man)
    I have no explaination as to why I like this song. I just do.
    Wilco – “Muzzle of Bees” (A Ghost Is Born)
    Glad to see Wilco is following Phish’s lead in putting out their shows on their website. The ones I’ve had a chance to hear have been dyn-o-mite!
    Phish – “All Down The Line” (Festival 8 – 10-31-2009)
    Speak of the devil! Good choice in covering The Stones’ “Exile On Main Street.”
    George Harrison – “All Things Must Pass” (All Things Must Pass)
    Always a good day with a little Beatles in it.
    Bruce Springsteen – “She’s The One” (Hammersmith-Odeon, London ’75)
    How appropriate that the Boss would close out my five as I ordered my tickets for his show @ the YUM in November this morning. Bruuuuuuce!

  • Michael Parr

    Damn, I totally forgot that Delta Spirit put a record out this year. It was on my “to acquire” list and I never got around to it.

  • 10over9

    Thanks for turning me on to that one. Listening to it on Spotify this morning. Good stuff.

  • jcb7472

    The Streets – “Let’s Push Things Forward” (Original Pirate Material, 2002) – U.K. hip hop

    The Cure – “In Your House” (Seventeen Seconds, 1980) – classic, moody Cure from 1980

    Bon Iver – Holocene (Bon Iver, 2011)

    Spoon – “You Got That Yr Cherry Bomb” (Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, 2007)…still love this song

    Wintersleep – “Drunk on Aluminum” (Welcome to the Night Sky, 2007)