The Friday Five: December 7, 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:

I debated kicking off the holiday-themed Friday Five this week, but decided instead to let shuffle loose on my five favorite records of 2012. The records are in no particular order; I’m just going to hit shuffle on a playlist containing the five records and will share the first track that comes up from each. — Michael

“The Brooklyn Accent” by Martin Rivas (from Reliquary, 2012)

Now I know that I said that these were in no particular order, but really glad this one came up first. Martin Rivas is a singer/songwriter that I stumbled upon last year when I caught him live at Rockwood Music Hall in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Shortly after my introduction, Rivas started up Kickstarter campaign to fund his next record, which I eagerly jumped on. The resulting record, Reliquary, is probably my favorite record released this year. “The Brooklyn Accent” perfectly captures everything that is great about this record; it’s simple, engaging, and full of heart. I highly recommend checking this record out.

“Snow Outside” by Dave Matthews Band (from Away From the World, 2012)

In a year full of utterly disappointing records from some of my favorite artists—I’m looking at you Messrs Mayer and Mraz—I was braced for the streak to continue. It didn’t help that the record itself seemed destined to fail under the weight of expectation. Away From the World marked the long-anticipated return of Steve Lillywhite to the producer’s chair, and is the first record recorded completely without original member LeRoi Moore. Those expectations were not only matched, but exceeded. This record is a “grower,” with many of the tunes requiring multiple listens to appreciate the layers of musicality contained within.

“Not Cause I Wanted To” by Bonnie Raitt (from Slipstream, 2012)

Oh, Bonnie. This record breaks my heart every damn time I listen to it. If you missed this record, shame on you!

“Goodnight, Fair Lady” by Coheed and Cambria (from The Afterman: Ascension, 2012)

It doesn’t at all seem out of character for Coheed and Cambria to follow up their heaviest record with their most accessible. Hell, the title track might be one of my favorite songs released this year, and that’s saying a lot! Ascension is part one of a two record arc that tells the story of Dr. Sirius Amory and his discovery of the keywork. Even if you aren’t following along with the story, the tunes themselves are brutally honest, dealing with love (“Subtraction”), loss (“The Afterman”), and the very real drama surrounding last years departure of founding bassist Mic Todd (“Key Entity Extraction I: Domino the Destitute”). Needless to say, I’m very much looking forward to part two.

“Summer’s Gone” by The Beach Boys (from That’s Why God Made the Radio, 2012)

As I repeatedly stated upon its release: if you told me a year ago that one of my favorite records of 2012 would be a album of new recordings by The Beach Boys, I would have called you crazy. Go figure. Sure, it was an obvious cash grab, and would end in a much publicized falling out, but if this is the last Beach Boys record we ever hear, at least they went out on a high note.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • mc3

    Hey there, Happy Friday! Going to check out the DMB and Bonnie Raitt releases based on your comments above. Can’t muster the courage to go for the Beach Boys, though – not yet, anyway!

    Here’s my weekly shuffle:

    Zombies – “She’s Not There” (1964)
    Back on the October 26th episode of Friday Five, I had the Santana version of this classic. Today we get the original.

    Warren Haynes Band – “Man in Motion” (Live at the Moody Theater, 2012)
    I’m a big fan of Gov’t Mule and the Allman Brothers. The WHB is also terrific and so is this live album.

    Sam Kinison – “Wild Thing” (1988)
    “Wild thing, I think you move me… but I wanna know for sure! Every time I kiss you, I taste what other men had for lunch! The only thing that can get you off is to see me in pain, but I think I love you! Wild thing!”

    The Pretenders – “Pack it Up (Radio Mix – Outtakes)” (Pretenders II, Re-mastered Edition, 2006)
    Rhino re-mastered and re-released “Pretenders II” in 2006, threw in a bonus disc with live material and some extras. This is part of that bonus material. Not sure I see the value in this track.

    Kiss – “Rock Bottom” (Gold, 2006)
    Kiss classic originally from the “Alive!” album.

  • Phil

    Hayseed Dixie – “Detroit Rock City” (Kiss My Grass: A Hillbilly Tribute to KISS, 2003)
    Hayseed Dixie is always a good time no matter who they are covering. Here they put their bluegrass spin on a KISS classic.

    John Davis – “History” (Arigato, 2007)
    Superdrag frontman pummels his way through this track from his self-released second solo album. Arigato! is a fun listen if you like Davis or Superdrag.

    Queen – “Bring Back That Leroy Brown” (Sheer Heart Attack, 1974)
    Sheer Heart Attack will always be my favorite Queen album if for no other reason than it is so over-the-top in the way it bounces back and forth between heavy (almost metal) songs and quirky numbers like this one.

    Dream Theater – “Only a Matter of Time” (Live at Budokan, 2004)
    Live recording of a Kevin Moore-penned track from Dream Theater’s debut album When Dream and Day Unite. I really like the original, but good grief, LaBrie’s vocals on this version are downright annoying.

    Queens of the Stone Age – “You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire” (Songs for the Deaf, 2002)
    Is anyone else excited that Dave Grohl is drumming on the new album? I sure hope it’s as good as this one. Forget about Rated R; this is the only QOTSA album to own.

  • Michael Parr

    I had to run, not walk, to YouTube to watch the “Wild Thing” video. This is like a commercial for Decline of Western Civilization, Part 2: The Metal Years.

  • Michael Parr

    Oh, hell … we should all watch it!

  • Michael Parr

    Hayseed Dixie’s version of “Fat Bottomed Girls” is classic. As is their take on “You Shook Me All Night Long.” Yeah, I dig those fellas.

  • Chris Holmes

    1. Doves, “Darker” (from Lost Souls) – One of the best songs from an already outstanding album. It still irks me that these guys came out of England about the same time as Coldplay and were completely overshadowed.

    2. Led Zeppelin, “Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp” (from the Doctor Who bootleg) – This was never one of my favorite Zep songs, but it’s more fun in a live setting. This was from the Presence tour stop in Cleveland, 1977.

    3. The Beach Boys, “Barbara Ann” (from Hawthorne, CA) – This is the same version that appears on the dreadful “Beach Boys Party!” album but without the fake party crowd overdubs. Makes for a much better listening experience.

    4. Johnny Ace, “Pledging My Love” – One of the prettier arrangements I’ve heard on a song from the mid-’50s period of oldies rock. I don’t think that Johnny’s voice is quite right for it, though.

    5. Dennis Wilson, “Love Surrounds Me” (from Pacific Ocean Blue) – This is such an excellent album, much better than just about anything the Beach Boys were doing at the time. It’s also a tragic document of an underrated musician on sliding into personal hell.

  • Michael Parr

    I need to revisit Pacific Ocean Blue, it has been way too long since I last listened to it. I also echo the Doves sentiment, their last record was one of my favorites of 2009.

  • jhallCORE

    1) Lyle Lovett — “Since The Last Time” (Joshua Judges Ruth, 1992).
    2) Allen Toussaint — “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” (The Bright Mississippi, 2009).
    3) MeShell Ndegeocello — “Shoot’n Up And Gett’n High” (Plantation Lullabies, 1993).
    4) Kasey Chambers — “Still Feeling Blue” (Barricades And Brickwalls, 2002).
    5) Lucinda Williams — “Greenville” (Car Wheels On A Gravel Road, 1998).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • Mordalo

    Let’s see. I know I’m gonna be busy when the next Five comes out, so I’m doing this in advance. Last time I did this, my computer burped and lost the file. I’m almost afraid to see what’ll happen this time. Maybe I’ll get O’Sullivaned or something.

    At any rate…

    1) Styx – Mr. Roboto.
    Domo arigato. I loved Styx back in the day, before Dennis De Young left and everything went to crap. I remember hanging out at a friend’s place, all of 10 years old, listening to The Grand Illusion and getting me hooked. At the time, the concept of Kilroy Was Here didn’t click with me…it wasn’t until years later when I “got it”. This cut was from the A&M Classics “greatest hits” 25th anniversary they released WAY back in the day.

    2) Dean Martin – Somewhere There’s a Someone.
    My pop always told me once that Dean Martin was better than Sinatra. Even Sinatra thought as much, he said. He was one of the best, that’s for sure, and I love him. I’m always happy when Dino pops up in my Five.

    3) Preservation Hall Jazz Band – St. Louis Blues
    Admittedly, I didn’t “discover” the Preservation Hall Jazz Band until a few years ago, well after my college years when I began to expand my musical horizons, and fell in love with Jazz. It was only after a trip to New Orleans when I became enamored with them, and realized their vast history and heritage. Always good to put a bit of swing in your Five. So far, this is a good week.

    4) Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5)
    My college years were good for me musically (even if they weren’t the best academically, I fear. I learned more by “doing” than I ever did in a classroom). As I mentioned, it gave me the chance to expand my horizons, beyond what was on the radio of the day, and explore what else was out there. I’d heard of Pink Floyd, naturally, but never seriously gave them a listen. Listening to Wish You Were Here was an eyeopener. It’s one you really have to stop what you’re doing and LISTEN to, to fully appreciate and understand it. It harkens back to a period when music was meant to be listened to, not just relegated as background noise.

    5) Jacky Terrasson – I Fall In Love Too Easily.
    I’d forgotten all about this song until it hit the shuffle. This was on a compliation disc called “Pure Cool” that came out in 2000. I would love to say I know something more about this artist, but I don’t. Never heard of him. I hit AllMusic to do a littlle research while digging the light, moody, almost etherial piano. A nice cap to this Five.

    Okay, it’s written. Now to see what curve ball yinz guys are gonna toss my way this week…

  • Mordalo

    The Bright Mississippi is one of the most underrated albums of the last few years.

  • Mordalo

    Here I thought I was the only person who’s ever heard of Johnny Ace. I got his Memorial Album years ago. Truly an amazing talent whose life was too short.

  • MB

    B.W. Stevenson – Say What I Feel (B.W. Stevenson, 1972)

    Jayhawks – Behind Bars (The Jayhawks, 1986)

    Muddy Waters – You Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had, 1964 (The Anthology, 2001)

    Leslie West – Mean Mistreater (Blues To Die For, 2003)

    Mason Proffit – 24 Hour Sweetheart (Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream, 1971)

  • Rock_dawg

    A quick one this week.

    “The Good In Everyone” – Sloan, Big Shiny Tunes
    I’ve never been the biggest Sloan fan, but they sure have released some kick ass singles.
    “It Hurts To Be In Love” – Gene Pitney, The Solid Gold Collection Vol. 10
    This would be a pretty good tune if the vocals weren’t so shrill.
    “Bad Case of Lovin’ You (Doctor, Doctor)” – Robert Palmer, Secrets
    One of my favorite intros: the drums kick it off in a total rush and the riff is simple but solid.
    “Anyway You Want It” – Journey, Caddyshack
    In the immortal words of Al Cervick: “So what? So let’s dance!”
    “Oh No” – Commodores, Gold
    Some smooth soul/country.

  • Mike Duquette

    Work week’s winding down…as good a time for a Five as any!

    1. a-ha, “The Blood That Moves the Body”: as a proud owner of a-ha’s “Stay on These Roads” album (the last of their ’80s/’90s output with a higher level of top shelf stuff than filler – yes, I realize the irony of saying that about a-ha), this was always a standout track. Even though it’s kinda suicide-y. Morten Harket’s voice is gorgeous, as always, and then there’s these crazy string overdubs! Not a bad start.

    2. Christopher Cross, “Sailing”: what can I say that our elder Popdosers haven’t already said? I can picture the ocean sparkling under the sunset even as I type this. (A good antidote to the rain I’ve been seeing outside the windows in the office).

    3. Pearl Jam, “Man of the Hour”: maybe the first time I’ve heard this tune (iTunes lists one spin before, likely at a time I fell asleep with my headphones on – this happens a lot). But regardless, this song had quite an emotional kick to it. PJ can be really good at that, I’ve found.

    4. U2, “When Love Comes to Town”: sometimes I find myself halfheartedly defending “Rattle & Hum” (usually with a shrug and an “it’s not that bad”), but I’m not sure I really care all that much for this song. “Angel of Harlem” remains my favorite off the album.

    5. No Doubt, “Settle Down (Santa Monica Session)”: a bonus track from the deluxe edition of No Doubt’s new LP, this demo/acoustic recording of the rather great first single from “Push and Shove” suffers from a serious lack of low end. The rhythm section on the finished version makes me move, I’ll be honest.

    Be excellent to each other!

  • EightE1

    Black Sabbath, “Paranoid.” The other day, I read a Facebook post from Glenn Hughes, remembering Tommy Bolin on the anniversary of Bolin’s death. Only when I read the post, I thought he was talking about Tony Iommi. I was momentarily devastated, then very much relieved when I realized my mistake. Tony Iommi needs to continue walking and riffing among us for a while yet.

    Jonatha Brooke, “West Point.” Live version of one of the many great songs on her Plumb album. I remember driving around with that one when it came out back in 1995, a couple months before my wedding. It was a cool autumn that year, and songs like “West Point” and “Nothing Sacred” and “Inconsolable” take me immediately back to that period, to the foggy, cold mornings, and the warmth of my/our new home.

    Blondie Chaplin, “Be My Love.” God, his first solo record was so good. This one’s a little too Little Richard for my taste, with horns like the Stones had on “Bitch” and “Rocks Off.” Not that either are bad; it’s just that Chaplin’s strengths were elsewhere.

    Emerson, Like & Palmer, “Living Sin.” Greg Lake sounds like he’s having a particularly difficult bowel movement while hallucinating about frightening animal-tanks. Carl Palmer is awesome, though.

    Billy Joel, “Summer, Highland Falls.” The Songs in the Attic version. Gorgeous. “They say that these are not the best of times / But they’re the only times I’ve ever known / And I believe there is a time for meditation / In cathedrals of our own.” Indeed.

  • Dennis Corrigan

    I’ll play the 2012 game (since I’m in the middle of putting together my list for the ‘Blerd) Here’s a shuffle through some 2012 releases. Warning: may contain more than the recommended daily dosage of Springsteen boots (at least for those of you who don’t inhabit the corner of E St. & 10th Ave.):

    1. “Drive All Night” by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band from Fenway Park 8/14/12. On their first night at Fenway, the band’s first date back in the States after their summer jaunt through Europe, the E Street band regained its sea legs with a fairly straight-forward set, filled with mostly familiar “hits”. There were only a few true rarities, including this beautiful gem. For the hardcore (OK, me), it was the highlight of the evening.

    2. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by The Robert Glasper Experiment from Black Radio. This one’s in my top 5. An amazing tour through jazz, hip-hop, soul, rock, you name it. The remix EP he also released this year was also brilliant.

    3. “Shouldn’t I Love Him” by Mable John from Never to Be Forgotten – The Flip Side of Stax 1968 – 1974 box set. OK, so not technically a 2012 release but this set was released on 2012’s Record Store day in cool box filled with 45’s and a digital download card. One of my fave’s from an underrated member of the Stax family.

    4. “Why Do We Try (featuring Stokley Williams)” by The Robert Glasper Experiment. So I was worried about Springsteen and we get two from this terrific album. Erykah Badu, Lupe Fiasco, Meshell Ndegeocello, Yaslin Bey (TAFKA Mos Def) & many others make appearances on the record

    5. “Apollo Medley” by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band from Madison Square Garden 4/9/12. Although this medley “The Way You Do the Things You Do” and “634-589 (Soulsville, USA) quickly disappeared from set lists (although it did return for the last night in the US, at least this year get with it Landau!), with full horn & backing vocal sections, Springsteen made R&B chestnuts a staple on this tour along, including “Raise Your Hand”, “In the Midnight Hour” and “Knock on Wood”. The heck with it, it was a pretty freaking amazing tour.

    Next week – holiday shuffle. Hope you hear something great!

  • Michael Parr

    I missed the Glasper remix ep, time to go sort that out. That record is definitely in my top 10.

  • Dennis Corrigan

    The Questlove track on the EP is great

  • jcb7472

    Here we go…

    -Iron & Wine – Such Great Heights (Garden State Soundtrack, 2004) – great cover of a great song by The Postal Service

    -The Raveonettes – Dead Sound (Lust Lust Lust, 2008) – this was the first song I heard by this Danish band and made me fan of them.

    -White Rabbits – I’m Not Me (Milk Famous, 2012) – album track of White Rabbit’s latest. Not their best, but it’s decent.

    -The Rubens – Be Gone (The Rubens, 2012) – new indie rock band from New South Wales. Check them out. They are pretty good.

    -Elvis Costello & the Attractions -Man Out of Time (1982, from The Very Best of) – I was just being born in the late 70s when Elvis Costello was in his prime music years, but I’ve gotten into his music in recent years.

  • Michael Parr

    I actually dig “When Love Comes to Town,” and “Angel of Harlem.” Other than that Rattle & Hum gets “take it, or leave it” status from this guy.