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:

“minipops 67 (source field mix)” by Aphex Twin (from Syro, 2014)

Aphex Twin scares the living crap out of me. His audio landscapes are the equivalent to being trapped in a fun-house with a demented, murderous, clown. Why, then, do I continue to subject myself to his music? I guess I dig the uneasy feeling that rises when I pop on the headphones and lose myself in the sound.

“Ice Melts” by Matt & Kim (from Sidewalks, 2010)

Matt & Kim have kind of revealed themselves to be a one-trick pony. Luckily, I dig that one trick.

“Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop)” by Erykah Badu (from Worldwide Underground, 2003)

Mmm-hmm. Miss Badu has had me caught up in her rapture since day one. I recall pumping Baduizim in the wrekca stow I worked at in the ’90s like John Cusack drops the Beta Band’s The Three EPs in High Fidelity, to the same effect.

“867-5309/Jenny” by Tommy Tutone (from Sounds of the Eighties: 1982, 1994)

Followed only by “777-9311” as the most memorable telephone number in ’80s pop culture, this tune never fails to deliver a smile.

“My Lover’s Prayer” by Otis Redding (from The Very Best of Otis Redding, 1992)

Man, oh, man… this just soothes the weary soul.

What’s on your shuffle today?