The Friday Five: August 2, 2013

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:

“Mirrors (feat. Bun B)” by Wale (from Attention Deficit, 2009)

I first came by Wale when he featured on The Roots’ track, “Rising Up” in 2008. (The tune was also responsible for my introduction to Miss Chrisette Michele, who has been a favorite ever since.) His flow contrasted Black Thought’s just enough to show and prove that this cat was going to be a force to reckon with. His debut record, however, was a bit of a let down.

“Free Fallin'” by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers (from The Live Anthology (disc 4), 2009)

She’s a good girl …

I recall growing tired of this tune not long after its release as a single in 1988. Time, it seems, has erased any former irritation and replaced it with a soft-focus lens view that the song so perfectly captures.

“Legal Drug Money” by Lost Boyz (from Legal Drug Money, 1996)

Before crews had the good sense to separate skits out from the tunes they would usually append them to the end of a track. The Lost Boyz, in their infinite wisdom, put that shit at the front of the track, just to make sure you listened to it. I can’t front, though; I love this record. It takes me straight back to 1996, riding in my jeep with the booming system, . It doesn’t matter that the ‘jeep’ was a Geo Tracker, it still had a booming system.

“In taberna: Ego sum abbas Cucaniensis” by Carl Orff (from Carmina Burana (St. Louis Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Leonard Slatkin), 1994)

Because everyone has a copy of Orff’s Carmina Burana in their library, no?

“There’s a Place” by The Beatles (from Please Please Me, 1963)

Not my favorite Beatles’ tune, but I certainly don’t hate it. Heck, at just under two minutes long it barely even registers.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • 1001Songs

    1. The Meters “Fire On the Bayou” title track from 1975 album that the Rolling Stone critic originally called a “flop”. Don’t believe him. One of the soundtrack songs to every Tulane student’s college career

    2. Stereolab “The Noise of the Carpet” from Emperor Tomato Ketchup ( 1996)
    These British Art popsters (with the French lead singer) obviously didn’t go with the plain beige carpet offered at Home Depot.

    3. Fred Neil “That’s The Bag I’m In” from Fred Neil (1966) The folksinger’s self titled album is best known for “Everybody’s Talkin'” , a hit for Harry Nilsson, and “The Dolphins”. Now that everybody’s saying “Do Me A Solid” , I’m doing my part to revive the phrase “That’s the Bag I’m In”.

    4.John Barry Orchestra “Ski Chase” from Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) ..And speaking of Midnight Cowboy, five time Oscar winner John Barry did twelve Bond scores.This might be his best.

    5. Alzo and Udine “I Can’t Believe It” from C’Mon and Join Us ( 1969) Happy hippy music. Do yourself a favor and google the name so you can hear the album’s catchy title track

  • Phil

    “Free Fallin’” by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

    I didn’t realize until I recently watched the BBC documentary Mr. Blue Sky that Jeff Lynne co-wrote this one, as well as much of Full Moon Fever.

  • Phil

    Merlin Mann – “Just Dan” (Sometimes There’s a Man, 2011)
    I’m not sure if this one should count, but I’m going to let it through anyway because of what it is and who it’s from. As part of a sponsorship campaign for the wildly popular 5by5 podcast network‘s Back to Work show, Mailchimp commissioned former productivity guru turned podcaster extraordinaire Merlin Mann to write a 5-part rock opera in tribute to the show’s co-host and 5by5 founder Dan Benjamin. This is part 5 of this fun little project.

    Les Claypool’s Frog Brigade – “Sheep” (Live Frogs: Set 2, 2001)
    Yes, that Les Claypool. As the name indicates Live Frogs: Set 2 is the second release of live music from the Primus bassist’s side project Colonel Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade. Taken from the same handful of shows from fall 2000, Set 2 features Pink Floyd’s Animals album in its entirety. Sometimes I think I like this better than the original.

    Five O’Clock People – “Sorry” (Fall EP, 1998)
    Now I think iTunes is just screwing with me. Here’s another tune from this folk CCM group, this time from the independent EP that secured their Pamplin label deal and spawned their debut full-length.

    Andrew Osenga – “Canada” (Letters to the Editor, Vol. 2, 2008)
    Andrew Osenga’s first Letters to the Editor project started as an experiment in writing songs from ideas, words, lyrics, pictures, or stories submitted by the fans of this founder and former singer/songwriter/guitarist of CCM band The Normals and former Caedmon’s Call member and songwriter. The project had only three rules: 1. only one guitar, an acoustic, but with no limit to the number of tracks it could be used on in a song, 2. the only other instrument that could be used was Andrew’s voice, again with no track limit, and 3. no guitar picks. The result was a 6-song EP–Andrew comes clean in the liner notes that he “cheated” in only 3 instances–that was highly praised by Andrew’s fanbase and which he offered for free on his blog (which you can can still find if you look hard enough, but I would strongly encourage you to purchase it if you are at all interested). Volume 2 followed the same structure, and the same rules applied with the only tweaks being that he could use only one electric guitar and one amp on each tune (and once used, he couldn’t use them on another song), and he could use only one pedal, the Memory Man. To me the songs on Volume 2 aren’t as strong as Volume 1, but they are still good and stand as a testament that sometimes limitations are a good thing.

    “Canada” is the only non-serious tune on the EP, the others being much more poignant and introspective. But with lyrics like these (and that namedrop Alanis Morissette and Dave Coulier), how could you not like this fun little ditty?!

    I should speak French, the language of love
    Still use English to get things done

    We should play hockey, eh?

    Let’s get poutine for two

    You could be my Geddy Lee
    I’m not a hoser, will you dance with me?

    Rush – “Beneath, Between and Behind” (Exit… Stage Left, 1981)
    Speaking of Geddy Lee, here’s a great live version (from a great live album) of a Rush rocker from the early period of the band that I don’t revisit often enough.

  • Mordalo

    *sneaks in, realizes he has a jazz playlist, types really fast, sneaks out*

    1) David Sanborn – The Dream
    2) Keiko Matsui – Bridge Over the Stars
    3) Cannonball Adderly – Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
    4) Herbie Hancock – Cantaloupe Island
    5) Spyro Gyra – Shaker Song

  • jhallCORE

    1) Prince — “Sexy M.F.” (Symbol, 1992).
    2) Eric Clapton — “Pretending” (Journeyman, 1989).
    3) Tori Amos — “Winter” (Little Earthquakes, 1992).
    4) Public Enemy — “Shut ‘Em Down” (Apocalypse ’91: The Enemy Strikes Black, 1991).
    5) Dave Matthews Band — “Don’t Drink The Water” (Before These Crowded Streets, 1998).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • Michael Parr

    Yeah, Full Moon Fever is just an extension of Traveling Wilburys, Volume 1.

  • Michael Parr

    Love, love, love this Friday Five.

  • Rock_dawg

    It must be time to refresh the contents of the work iPod: I’ve had no strong feelings about anything that’s come up this afternoon (or much of the week)! So here’s a commentary free list of the next five up:
    “The Show” – Girls Aloud, Ten
    “Skateaway” – Dire Straits, Making Movies
    “When I’m Dead” – Stabbing Westward, Darkest Days

    “Moonlight Shadow [York & Steve Brian Radio Mix]” – Mike Oldfield, Tubular Beats
    “Livin’ On The Fault Line” – The Doobie Brothers, Livin’ On The Fault Line
    Have a great weekend, fellow Fivers.

  • RoyBatty

    I’m sure someone has told you the song became popular in 1988, not 1998. No?

  • Michael Parr

    Not yet, but I’m glad someone’s paying attention! … now let me fix that …

  • Ernie G

    “Dark of the Night” – Garrett LeBeau (from “Rise to the Grind”, a great new soul album, with a real 1970s Hi! Records vibe. Speaking of which…)
    “When I’m in your arms” – Ann Peebles
    “Misty Roses” – The Youngbloods
    “The Saturday Boy” – Billy Bragg
    “Scarlet Begonias” – Grateful Dead



    1. Gino Vannelli “Appaloosa”-the funkiest song ever written about a horse.
    2. Jeffrey Osborne “You Should Be Mine”-because only Jeffrey can stretch the word “you” into four syllables. Well, I guess Whitney could do it too.
    3. Rolling Stones “Casino Boogie”-I usually associate the Stones with rockin’, but this track swings-well, too.
    4. Spin Doctors “Big Fat Funky Booty”-Because I fuckin’ like it, that’s why.
    5. Jack Johnson “Posters”-I need to get to a beach this weekend.


    Ditto. ‘cept for Tori. Bleh.

  • MB

    Los Lobos – Hardest Time (By The Light Of The Moon, 1987)

    Warren Zevon – Frank And Jesse James (Warren Zevon. 1976)

    Ray Wylie Hubbard (Rock And Roll Gypsies) (Delirium Tremolos, 2005)

    Johnny Cash – Greystone Chapel (At Folsom Prison, 1968)

    Steve Winwood – Secrets (Nine Live, 2008)