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The Friday Five: January 11, 2013

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:

“Mira” by Melody Gardot (from The Absence, 2012)

This record caught me off guard; I was familiar with Gardot’s work and a fan of her smoky vocals, but this record transcends all her previous work. With a healthy infusion of Latin jazz, a la Antônio Carlos Jobim, Gardot’s vocal channels the greats of the form without ever sounding like a pastiche.

“Breaking the Silence” by Queensrÿche (from Operation: Mindcrime (bonus disc: live at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, England 11/15/90), 2006)

Normally I’d take this opportunity to criticize Tate, but being reminded of just how good he was back then kind of makes it difficult.

“Tomorrow Never Knows” by The Beatles (from revolver, 1966)

You know, I bet this tripped people out when it was originally released.

“September” by Earth, Wind & Fire (from The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire (disc 2), 2002)

For as many Earth, Wind & Fire tunes as I have in my library, I don’t think they have ever appeared in the Friday Five.

“TVC15” by David Bowie (from The Singles 1969 to 1993 (disc 1), 1993)

I think this was one of the first things I purchased when I started working at the record store I lived in thought the better part of the ’90s. I’m not going to lie, I nabbed the version that I did because I knew it contained the Bing/Bowie version of “Peace on Earth / Little Drummer Boy” on a third disc.

Anyone hear anything about new Bowie record?

What’s on your shuffle today?