The Friday Five: June 1, 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:

March of the Fuckheads” by Nine Inch Nails (from Closer to God, 1994)

Well, good morning to you, Mr. Reznor! There was a point–somewhere between 1992 and 1998–where I was a faithful devotee to all things NIN. While I’m still mostly enamored with most of Reznor’s output, it was somewhere around the The Fragile that I stopped the obsessive collection of all the “Halos.”

Rachel” by Sleigh Bells (from Treats, 2010)

Over fifty thousand songs in my local iTunes library, and the shuffle brings up Sleigh Bells twice in two weeks? From the same record–that I’ve already stated my general ambivalence towards–no less? No, iTunes; you will not make me like this record, no matter how hard you try.

Le Ballet D’or” by Counting Crows (from Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings, 2008)

Every time I give up on Counting Crows, Adam Duritz goes and turns in a tune like this that reaffirms my faith in his songwriting.

Laundry Room” by The Avett Brothers (from I and Love and You, 2009)

I don’t know, I just don’t particularly care for the brothers Avett. This tune is perfectly beautiful, chock full of all the elements that should make me love it, yet I find it all so damned pedestrian. I’m certain that someone in the comments will state, “but, you have to see them live!” True as that may be, their recorded output hasn’t really inspired me to buy a ticket.

Papercuts (The Reason for the Lesions remix by Mr. Dibbs)” by Gym Class Heroes (from The Papercut Chronicles, 2005)

Travie McCoy has a flow far better than the majority of the tracks he produces.

Man, this is a disappointing showing.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • David_E

    “Guilty” – Alejandro Escovedo (from “With These Hands). Magnetic live. A true rock star.
    “St. Cloud” – Neal Casal (from “Basement Dreams). Pleasant stuff. Atmospheric. Woulda made a good lullaby.
    “Steal My Sunshine” – Len (from “You Can’t Stop The Bum Rush”). I guess this should embarrass me, in a vaguely disconnected 90s frat boy MTV way. Whatever. It’s fun.
    “Rock & Roll To The Rescue” – Beach Boys (from “Made In U.S.A”). Fuck you, Mike Love.
    “Get Your Smile On” – Andrew Ripp (from Fifty Miles To Chicago). Give John Mayer a shot and a beer, smack him on the head and send him up on a small dirty stage, this is what you get.

  • Phil

    Ramones – “We Want the Airwaves” (Pleasant Dreams, 1981)
    Alright. Already off to a good start. A slicker, heavier, more polished sound for the Ramones, but good nonetheless.

    Mae – “Anything” (The Everglow, 2005)
    Wall-of-sound production that is equal parts heavy, sweet, soaring, and shimmery. I can’t talk enough about how much I like this band.

    The Wildhearts – “Tim Smith” (¡Chutzpah!, 2009)
    Heck yeah! 3 for 3. This song from the most recent Wildhearts release—and probably the last unless something changes in the near future—is a sort of dedication to the Cardiacs frontman who suffered a heart attack and stroke in 2008. Heavy, thrashy verses and harmony-vocal-laden singalong choruses. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

    Glen Phillips – “The Hole” (Live at Messiah College in Grantham, PA, 11/15/2003)
    Another great bootleg from this Toad the Wet Sprocket frontman. “The Hole” is one of those rare strange tunes that Glen has come up with during his solo career that has a way of digging into your subconscious and coming out when you least expect. I really need to try to get to one of his solo shows sometime.

    Ginger Wildheart – “Westward Ho! (A New Reputation)” (555%, 2012)
    Second track from the more experimental second set of songs from Ginger’s triple-album PledgeMusic project. This song in particular plays around with an island feel and electronic elements and prominently features vocalist Victoria Liedtke as it builds into a middle portion that sounds like an African tribal singalong with Victoria doing her best black gospel choir imitation à la Pink Floyd’s “The Great Gig in the Sky.” Lots of twists and turns and very enjoyable if you’re up for the ride. I can’t recommend the entire album enough.

    Excellent Friday Five this week! Hope you enjoy yours.

  • Michael Parr

    I totally just ripped Len’s You Can’t Stop the Bum Rush into my library this week. It’s not summer until I hear “Steal My Sunshine!”

  • Rock_dawg

    I kept collecting “halos” until With Teeth, but then CD singles got harder to find and I too can’t be bothered collecting all the so-so remixes any more and deleted most of them off iTunes a while back.

    I haven’t heard The Avett Brothers album, but I’ve heard plenty of them on XM and I feel kind of the same way: there are elements there that indicate I should like them, but something just isn’t clicking. And repeated exposure to the dirge-like title track (damn, you The Spectrum and your small playlist) had me in reflexively changing the channel for awhile.

    So, what playing over here? I’m kind of low key when it comes to birthdays, but since I’m turning 35 this weekend, I created a 1977 playlist to mark the occasion.
    1) Southern Nights – Glen Campbell, 10 Best Series
    There’s something I love about the laid back country groove on this track. The opening lick sounds almost goofy (and kind of like Reminiscing by the Little River Band), but it works.
    2) If You’ve Got It Flaunt It – Donna Summer, Once Upon A Time
    Oh yeah, there’s going to be some disco… While the late, great Miss Summer was a fixture of my childhood, this is the only LP I remember in our collection until She Works Hard For The Money. Concept albums weren’t exclusively the domain of prog rockers, but they have the same weakness when you play them within shuffle! I also think my Dad had a novelty sign in the basement that said “If you’ve got it, flaunt it”. Or maybe it was “When you’re hot, you’re hot”…
    3) Lonely Boy – Andrew Gold, Thank You For Being A Friend: The Best of…
    I didn’t get into this song until I saw Boogie Nights and was disappointed it wasn’t on either soundtrack. (But what awesome soundtracks they were.) If you get too deep into the lyrics, it’s kind of a lame sad-sack story of a guy resenting his younger sibling for taking the attention away from him, but the gutsy vocals on the chorus and the big orchestral sweeps in the arrangement sound great.
    4) Everybody Has A Dream – Billy Joel, The Stranger
    My house is not a home without a copy of this or Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. They’ve been a part of my life from the beginning. I’m guilty of buying multiple reissues of both and I think I’ve owned Rumours on vinyl, 8-Track, cassette, a couple of CD’s and DVD-Audio.
    5) Pretty Vacant – The Sex Pistols, Never Mind The Bollocks…
    All over the place, just the way I like it! Needless to say, I didn’t hear the Sex Pistols until I was well into my teens and it didn’t take long to realize that there was better punk music out there. But the Pistols still act as the gateway and Pretty Vacant remains my favourite on the album.

  • Rock_dawg

    Fuck Mike Love! (But I did like that song when I got Made In The USA back in ’86).

  • drcastrato

    1 – futureheads – a to b

    2 – nectarine – repeat it

    3 – rocket from the crypt – trancendant crankiness

    4 – don ellis – 5/4 getaway

    5 – lindsey buckingham – holiday road

  • drcastrato

    next 5:
    superchunk – 30 xtra
    sigur ros – agaetis byrjum
    simon & garfunkel – keep the customer satisfied
    portastatic – all i need is you
    ride – unfamiliar

  • Keith

    I thought my 5 was starting out with a Joy Division dirge, but it turned out to be:

    Nicola Roberts “I: Live From The Engine Room” – a wandering Peter Hooky bass line and drunken keyboard splashes accompany the ginger from underrated pop dynasty Girls Aloud as she nervously steps out on her own and sings about it. Sounds like pre-Kick Inside Kate Bush attempting hip hop – and it works. Best line: “I’m sick of all the comments coming from the Internet; they preach they’re perfect while fucking me with intellect.”

    Bad Religion – Losing Generations. Sounds like an Asia song. Synths instead of guitars? A blistering Keytar solo? Not classic. Not dreadful. Speaking of classic…

    Tenacious D – Classico – I think all D songs should be under a minute long. Grand, sweeping, majestic – and never outstaying its welcome.

    Smashing Pumpkins – Suffer (from the Gish deluxe box reissue). I sometimes feel like I am in an abusive relationship. Billy hasn’t hit me with a good song since Zwan, yet I keep stepping up to buy everything he sells. Not really sure if the Gish reissue sounds any better than the original, but the packaging is gorgeous. Someday I will get around to watching the DVD. Naturally, this leads to…

    Joan Jett – Don’t Abuse Me. A delicious song covering the same turf as the Nicola Roberts song – with a bigger hook, less jaded delivery and better results.

  • Leslie Liberatore

    My maiden Friday Five voyage and what a strange ship it is.

    1) “Goodbye” by US3 (Questions): My old NYC soundtrack. Discovered the full US3 catalog in the music library of my sublet. Love all the Blue Note Records samples and love just about everything about US3.

    2) “Lover Come Back to Me” by Billie Holiday (The Gold Collection): It’s like my iTunes is trying to help me with Song for the Soundtrack of Your No Date Tonight. It’s Billie, enough said.

    3) “Pyrite Pedestal” by Pretty Girls Make Graves (Elan Vital): This came up as “Track 2″ on shuffle which means it was probably on a mixed tape someone gave me. Shazamed it and sure enough it was probably something my old boyfriend’s 14 year old daughter made me. It’s teenage girl angsty music and was an attempt at bonding. Love her, not the band though. This Seattle band is no more, according to iTunes.

    4) “Life in a Northern Town” by The Dream Academy (Omigod! 80’s Pop Culture
    Box): What’s not to love about 80’s British dream pop? The Omigod! 80’s
    Pop Culture Box is the gift that keeps on giving.

    5) “Like Rock & Roll and Radio” by Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs (God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise) Every chick (and dude for that matter) needs a little Ray to get through a break up. Solid album start to finish and plenty of room for tears.

    How fun Michael! I’ve sufficiently procrastinated my work this morning and now I’m listening to my own iTunes library for the first time in a long time. Rdio streaming has changed my music listening for sure.

  • jhallCORE

    1) Lyle Lovett — “Private Conversation” (The Road To Ensenada, 1996).

    2) U2 — “Desire” (Rattle And Hum, 1988).

    3) Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers — “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (Greatest Hits, 1991).

    4) R.E.M. — “Monty Got A Raw Deal” (Automatic For The People, 1992).

    5) Mary J. Blige — “The Love I Never Had” (Mary, 1999).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • abyssgazer

    Everything But the Girl—Blame. I loved “Tempermental” when it first came
    out. I wasn’t a clubber—I had a job that required a lot of driving, often at night. “Blame”, like many of the other cuts, is great driving music. It always seemed like a hit of pure oxygen.

    Pomplamoose: Centrifuge. Like a lot of people, I was charmed by Pomplamoose when they were YouTube sensations. Like of lot of people, I got a little tired of their shtick. Maybe it was those car commercials. Still, this is a cute song.

    Elvis Costello and the Attractions—“Clubland” Hmm…I have nothing to say. Not one of my favorites.

    Joni Mitchell: Blue (live version). This version of this song made me want to be Joni Mitchell when I was a kid. Except I was always confused by the phrase “acid, booze, and ass”. I guess I wasn’t familiar with “ass” in that context and I remember wishing it weren’t there–like it was sorta ruining a perfect moment.

    The Smiths “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”—this song sounds like an alternate version of “This Charming Man” made up on the spot. Now that I think of it, one could probably say the same about several other Smiths’ songs.

  • Michael Parr

    If you look back through the history of the Friday Five you’ll see my long standing struggle with all things Billy Corgan. I, for one, loved the majority of the songwriting on that Zwan record, but couldn’t care less for anything Smashing Pumpkins related since Pisces Iscariot.

  • Michael Parr

    Happy Birthday!

  • Michael Parr

    Watch out, it’s addicting! Thanks for playing along.

  • Keith

    Gish remains my favorite – and I hear the Pisces reissue might have a remaster of the self-titled pre-Gish EP that features the stellar “Jennifer Ever.” I loved them through Mellon and Aeroplane. The last Pumpkins song to truly steal my heart was the Ballad of Dusty & Pistol Pete. Even though Oceania drops in June (and bears the same title as a recent Thomas Dolby EP), I am more excited about the upcoming Mynabirds record. Until then, the new Ladyhawke and Haley Reinhart albums are eating up the most turntable time.

  • paulzas

    Velvet Crush – “Why Not Your Baby”–I have no idea where this song came from–probably from a PopDose mix at some point down the road. Vocalist has a Dylan-esque voice, the whole tune has a neo-70s twang that is surprisingly likeable.

    Glee Cast — “Loser”–Okay, it was season 1 (I think and hope). I and my wife were caught up in the hype. I ran out of gas. I, I had a flat tire. I didn’t have enough money for cab fare
    My tux didn’t come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from
    out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake! A terrible
    flood! Locusts! IT WASN’T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!

    Prince–“Until U’re in My Arms Again”–From an album that, frankly, left me cold for years–“New Power Generation”–except the first singles, “My Name is Prince” and “Sexy M.F.” This one’s a slight pleasure, a lesser bedroom croon, but not as embarrassing as “The Sacrifice of Victor.”

    Ragtime (Original Broadway Cast)–“Make Them Hear You”–Still one of my favorite musicals of all time, and even if the lyrics of this particular track are a bit overblown, Brian Stokes Mitchell is a frickin’ amazing baritone, and I love every song.

    Paula Cole–“Second Chance”–From her most recent album, “Ithaca.” The initial reviews that hailed it as the fabled return to form were a bit overspoken, but this track has a really nice groove, and feels much more authentic than much of her more histronic output after her mid-90s hit days.

  • Phil

    I agree with Michael. Friday Five is very addictive. I have turned my Friday Fives here into a regular installment on my own blog. And I find myself often listening to my own iTunes library well past the first five tunes rather than my typical daily diet of tech podcasts. I find lots of hidden gems that I haven’t listened to in a long time, and having to rethink why I like or don’t like something I haven’t heard in awhile is always an interesting exercise.

  • EightE1

    Tornado watch til 9:00pm? Fuck that shit; I got a Friday Five to do.

    Dion, “Wedding Song” (Suite for Late Summer). Wish I’da known about this one when I got married. Highly recommended to anyone with impending nuptials (Wardlaw and Zaleski, I’m lookin’ at you two).

    Elton John, “Your Song” (Elton John). Another great love song. “If I were Jeff Giles, but then again no …”

    Bruce Hornsby & the Range, “I Will Walk with You” (Scenes from the Southside). My favorite Hornsby record, and one of the five or six songs on it that still stand among his best.

    Blondie Chaplin, “Lonely Traveler” (Blondie Chaplin). I listened to the new Beach Boys record twice last night, so it’s fitting that I also get in some solo stuff from an alumnus. Chaplin’s first solo record is a wonderful album; very highly recommended, if you can still find it.

    Keith Jarrett, “Tributaries” (Always Let Me Go). The Jarrett Standards Trio is a great, great band. This isn’t a standard though — it’s pure improvisation, and pure delight.

  • EightE1

    That Velvet Crush tune was on my “Favorite Zero” Friday Five mix three years ago. Love that song, and that album.

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Another potentially stormy Friday evening – time to hunker down with the Five:

    1. “Run Through the Jungle” by Creedence Clearwater Revival from The Long Road Home the Fogerty/Creedence collection. I’ve always been pretty “meh” about CCR and Fogerty other than “Born on the Bayou” and “Green River”.

    2. “Mississippi Blues” by William Brown from Deep River of Song: – Mississippi: The Blues Lineage. Found this acoustic Delta blues songs in Ted Gioia’s book Delta Blues (which I’d wholeheartedly recommend). Apparently there were three William/Willie Browns that were active in the 20’s & 30’s, and nobody knows which one this was.

    3. “Devil in Her Hear” by the Beatles from With the Beatles. The third track (and second cover song) on the album featuring George on lead vocals.

    4. “Diamonds and Pearls” by Prince & The New Power Generation from Diamonds and Pearls. With strong vocals from Rosie Gaines.

    5. “Right Place Wrong Time by Dr. John from Crescent City Soul – The Sound of New Orleas 1947-1974. Damn, it’s funky here. This collection was released in conjunction with the ’96 Jazz fest and is a fantastic overview of New Orleans R&B.

    Enjoy your weekends and hear something great!

  • Mike Duquette

    A rare night in means a Five to post!

    1. Tears for Fears, “Music for Tables”: a “Seeds of Love”-era instrumental B-side, so named for its mimicry of background music at a fancy restaurant. Some ridiculous synth-trumpets and guitars in the mix, and vaguely interminable at three and a half minutes without much deviation from the same three groove patterns.

    2. Barry White, “Never, Never Gonna Give You Up”: that percussion intro into the piano glissando is like diving into the sexiest swimming pool ever. Barry’s voice, especially when harmonizing with itself, was always a killer. And who can forget those fluttering flutes! An A+ effort all around.

    3. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, “Mr. Bad Luck”: from the “Valleys of Neptune” outtakes album from two years back. Not a bad groove, but I’m of a probably controversial mind that Hendrix was a far better player than a writer.

    4. Martika, “Love…Thy Will Be Done (Prince Mix)”: YES. One of my favorite songs written by Prince for another artist, this Top 10 hit from 1991 gets the remix treatment from His Royal Badness. (Interestingly, his prominent backing vocals toward the end of the song get dialed down on this version.) Hold me to it, Internet: if I ever get married, this is going to be a fierce candidate for “first dance” song.

    5. The Jackson 5, “Can I See You in the Morning”: a semi-psychedelic cut from the J5’s “Third Album.” Little Michael’s double-tracked voice is as golden as it was in those first few Motown years.

    Not bad at all, if you ask me. Enjoy the weekend, y’all!

  • Eric S.

    What’s your source for Holiday Road? I could never find a digital version so I have a recorded from vinyl version from one of those USB turntables.

  • drcastrato

    My source is: “the internet.” Honestly, I suspect I got it from Popdose a few years ago.