The Friday Five: January 10, 2014

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:

“Thank You” by Glen Phillips (from Mr. Lemons, 2006)

“Your love is everywhere, open me”

Glen Phillips solo material is, occasionally, more challenging than any of his Toad the Wet Sprocket tunes. This track is, however, is a straightforward torch song, and easily one of my favorites.

This gives me an opportunity to plug my friend, and fellow Popdose alum, Matt Wardlaw’s recent interview with Glen. It is likely one of the most honest and open interviews I’ve read, and can be found here. If you are even a casual fan it is worth the read.

“Go Speed Racer Go” by Sponge (from Saturday Morning: Cartoons’ Greatest Hits, 1995)

As much as I love this collection, there are quite a few stinkers in the mix. While this isn’t as offensive as some of the real dreck, it’s not too far. Let’s move on, shall we?

“Where Is My Wild Rose” by Robin Pecknold (from Three Songs, 2011)

For those that don’t recognize the name, Robin Pecknold is the lead vocalist for the folk-forward Fleet Foxes. Stepping away from the lush harmonies of his day job, the three songs presented here are simple singer/songwriter fare with little ornamentation. It was a pleasant turn from the band’s woefully overwrought second album.

“Floaty” by Foo Fighters (from Foo Fighters, 1995)

You know, looking back, this track was way before its time. It has all the earmarks of a mid-nineties alternative rock track, but if you peel the onion back a bit you can see shades of what was to come. This one could have been a single.

“Baby” by Beach House (from Zebra, 2010)

Dreamy. Really, that’s all I’ve got. 

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Phil

    PFR – “Home Again” (Pray for Rain, 1992)
    Average song from this very good 90s CCM band.

    Anthrax – “Panic” (The Greater of Two Evils, 2004)
    I can only think of a few reasons a band covers itself, most of them having to do with money. In this instance, it was a marketing stunt by the band (or their management, or their label, but I digress) to have fans vote on their favorite songs from the Neil Turbin-fronted debut Fistful of Metal and the classic–and more familiar–era with Joey Belladonna and have the band cover them “live” in the studio. I think the true purpose of the effort was to act as the exclamation point on the “We’re Anthrax, we’re back, we’re better than ever, and we’re not looking back” statement made by the excellent We’ve Come for You All. Unfortunately the band imploded soon after, with Frank Bello leaving for awhile to join Helmet, an Among the Living “reunion” of sorts with Belladonna and guitarist Dan Spitz that ultimately led to John Bush’s exit from the band, and the disastrous comedy of errors surrounding the hiring and firing of Dan Nelson and the shelving of what would later become Worship Music, the band’s “comeback” album with Belladonna. Anthrax caught a fair amount of flack for having Bush cover the Belladonna material, but despite that (and the eventual drama), The Greater of Two Evils stands as a testament to how good a “live” band Anthrax is and Bush’s strengths as a singer and frontman, even when covering songs that were originally in a vocal range way above his husky baritone growl. “Panic” is not the best of the bunch–frankly, none of the Turbin-era material was ever that strong–but the album is solid throughout and a must-have for any Anthrax completist.

    Black Sabbath – “A Hard Road” (Symptom of the Universe: The Original Black Sabbath 1970-1978, 2002)
    Huh. Can’t say I’ve ever heard this one. According to (the mostly reliable) Wikipedia, this is the last song Sabbath recorded with Ozzy until 13. After listening, I find it a bit surprising to learn it was the second single from Never Say Die! but not surprising at all to find that it was Ozzy’s farewell with the band.

    Glen Philips – “Simple” (Glen Phillips with Nickel Creek Live at the Red Light Cafe, Atlanta, GA, 2003)
    Live performance of a love song–at least as much of a love song you’re going to get from Glen–that would eventually make its way onto Glen’s criminally overlooked solo disc Winter Pays for Summer. Several tunes have popped up from this particular bootleg over the years, so you should check it out over at the Internet Archive if you haven’t done so already.

    Caedmon’s Call – “Open Letter” (The Guild Collection, Vol. 1, 1997)
    Introspective, if not completely impenetrable, navel-gazing-ish pre-Caedmon’s statement on the music industry from Derek Webb on this fan-club-only release.

  • David_E

    Replacements – “Hold My Life” (Tim) – Crack up in the sun; lose it in the shade. Everyone should own this album. Really, there should be a law. The perfect mix of everything good about the ‘Mats before and after.

    Alice Cooper – “I’m Eighteen” (Love It To Death) – The “strum-strum/dum-dum-dum-dum-dum/arpeggio-arpeggio” of the chorus is just so much fun to play, even if you don’t like this song. And I like it. Like it, love it, like it, love it.

    Counting Crows – “Another Horsedreamer’s Blues” (Recovering The Satellites) – I feel kind of bad, because I sort of gave up on these guys after this album, and this album was only album two. I just enjoyed the first disc so much, this one simply didn’t hold up. Almost 20 years (good Lord) later, it holds up better. This is one of the standout tracks for me.

    Loud Lion – “Die Tuff” (Loud Lion) – The “Love Bites” clone from an absolutely note-perfect Def Leppard tribute band led by Bleu. I think it’s tongue-in-cheek, but it’s done so damn well it has to be the product of a fan. This is the record “Adrenalize” should have been. Sort of.

    Wax Tailor – “Positively Inclined” (Hope & Sorrow) – Horn-driven hip-hop from a French DJ. Bouncy, mellow fun. Thanks, internet!

  • jhallCORE

    1) Patty Griffin — “That Kind Of Lonely” (American Kid, 2013).
    2) The Roots (featuring Dice Raw) — “How I Got Over” (How I Got Over, 2010).
    3) Branford Marsalis — “Dewey Baby” (The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born, 1991).
    4) Prince — “Gold” (The Gold Experience, 1995).
    5) Bob Dylan — “Cold Irons Bound” (Time Out Of Mind, 1997).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • Rock_dawg

    “Floaty” may be my favourite Foo’s song. Loved it since I first heard it.
    Bit of a crazy day today, but can’t resist contributing, so here’s a quick, commentary free selection:
    “Supernova” – Mike Oldfield, Two Sides: The Best of…
    “Something’s Always Wrong” – Toad The Wet Sproket, Dulcinea
    “Don’t Leave Me This Way” – Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, American Hustle soundtrack
    “Oh My God” – Kaiser Cheifs, Souvenier: The Singles 2004-2012
    “The Lazy Song” – Bruno Mars, Doo-Wops & Hooligans
    Happy weekend, Fivers!

  • Dennis Corrigan

    A late Five is better than no Five

    1. “Thunder Road” by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band from Boston 3/26/12. The first show I saw on that tour and was the most “basic” of all of them, if there is a “basic” Springsteen show. But that moment when he lets the audience take over the opening verse at “maybe we ain’t that young anymore” is alway magical. A couple of other quick hits. I’m not really digging his new record all that much, and I’m kind of ambivalent about more tour dates.

    2. “Chains” by the Beatles from The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963. Beatles fans like me are in nirvana with not one but two Beatles releases this year. This is the one released on iTunes in order to maintain their copyright. I’m already waiting for the 1964 version. This song recorded for the BBC’s “Pop Go The Beatles”.

    3. “Tip On In, Part 1″ by Slim Harpo from The Best of Slim Harpo. Man I love me some Slim Harpo, especially some swampy Slim Harpo like this.

    4. “Wanderin'” by Justin Townes Earle from Harlem River Blues

    5. “In The Ghetto” by Elvis Presley from Elv1s 30 #1 Hits. I’d love hear a remix of this without the strings. And maybe turn down the backing vocal fills. Maybe I just don’t like this one all that much.

  • EightE1

    Caspar Babypants, “Wild Wild Time.” The nom de kindie of Chris Ballew, leader of the Presidents of the United States of America (of “Lump” and “Peaches” fame, back in the day). For about a year, I wrote about kindie and listened to a LOT of the stuff, and ol’ Caspar was one of the best of ‘em. Funny thing — for a while I worked with a guy who counted the Presidents as his favorite band, and he found it cool that I would get review copies of Ballew’s stuff, personally sent from Ballew himself. Michael Parr is quite familiar with the Babypants oevure, ain’tcha, Michael?

    Brian Crain, “Song for Sienna.” Blessed are the listeners of new age piano records, for theirs is the kingdom of calmness. I don’t remember how I stumbled upon Mr. Crain’s work (might’ve been on, which was a regular stop for me when looking for music to grade papers to), but I kinda dug it, enough to find and purchase several of his recordings. Production-wise, it’s what you think it would be — George Winston-ish (which is also ECM Keith Jarrett-ish) — but I like Crain’s melodies, in a love-theme-from-an-Eighties-movie-kinda way. It’s background music that catches the attention, which makes it not very useful as background music. Which is probably why I stopped using it for grading.

    Bob Dylan, “Tangled Up in Blue.” I had a flashback this week, appropos of nothing, to senior year of high school, in an English class, reading from Bob Dylan: Lyrics, 1962-1985, which I’d picked up in England (in convenient paperback — I don’t believe it ever made it to paperback here in the StateS). This was one of the selections I read. I think I read “Tight Connection to My Heart” and “Every Grain of Sand.” And my teacher asked me to read “Mr. Tambourine Man,” too. Don’t know why I thought of that scene, but there you have it.

    Hall & Oates, “Family Man.” Can’t believe Mike Oldfied wrote this. Tubular Bells Mike Oldfield. Ommadawn Mike Oldfield. The hit, of course, was Hall & Oates’. H2O Hall & Oates. When they could do no wrong.

    Ryan Adams, “Answering Bell.” Oh, girl, I wish I knew you well. How many times has THAT sentiment crossed the mind?

  • Rock_dawg

    I’d also really go for a “stripped” mix of ‘In The Ghetto’. While I appreciate Elvis’ vocal on it, the schmaltz of the rest of the track has always bugged me and I’ve never counted it as a favourite.

  • Phil

    “Something’s Always Wrong” – Toad The Wet Sproket, Dulcinea

    One of my faves…

  • Michael Parr

    Beep! Beep!