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?

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