The Friday Five: June 14, 2013

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:

“Silly Love Songs” by Paul McCartney (from All the Best!, 1987)

“Silly Love Songs” takes a lot of (albeit, well deserved) shit around the Popdose water cooler. Macca is clearly pandering, but his ability to take a big “Fuck You” and turn it into a gem of a pop song is undeniable. I don’t know, it seems like these days we could use a few more silly love songs.

“The Jig Is Up” by Jill Sobule (from Jill Sobule, 1995)

I have zero recollection of this tune. It’s a perfectly nice little song; well tuned to the mid-’90s singer/songwriter mold. There are actually a handful of tunes on this record that I quite dig, namely “(Theme From) The Girl in the Affair,” and “Good Person Inside.” Oh, and that one about her kissing a girl.

“Thnks fr th Mmrs” by Fall Out Boy (from Believers Never Die – Greatest Hits, 2009)

You can keep your Maroon 5, Fall Out Boy holds the title of “Best Singles Band of the ’00s,” hands down. I’m not knocking their album cuts—anyone who frequents the Friday Five knows I’ve got a soft spot for the band—but from “Sugar, We’re Going Down,” through their current single, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up),” they have racked up an impressive string of singles.

“Hyperballad” by The Twilight Singers (from She Loves You, 2004)

Greg Dulli is a master cover artist.

“On a Saturday Night” by Eddie Floyd (from The Complete Stax-Volt Singles: 1959-1968 (disc 8), 1991)

It was a night out…

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Phil

    Here’s a quickie Five since I’m swamped at work today. I guess I shouldn’t have taken the day off yesterday to go watch our local AAA minor league baseball team get their butts kicked out in the scorching sun. Now my workload has nearly doubled. No good deed goes unpunished. At least the ticket was free.

    Sister Hazel – “Hold On” (20 in 10: Digital Collection (Amazon Exclusive), 2010)
    I like quite a bit of Sister Hazel’s material. Unfortunately this one does nothing for me until you get to the chorus, and even that isn’t great.

    Glen Phillips with Nickel Creek – “Duck and Cover” (Live at the Red Light Cafe, Atlanta, GA, 2003)
    I love the combination of Glen and the Nickel Creek kids. Unfortunately this tune is from the first half of the show that didn’t include them. Nonetheless, it’s a great show, and if you like Glen or Nickel Creek, you need to check it out.

    Neal Morse – “Leah” (It’s Not Too Late, 2001)
    Here’s another semi-tear-jerker from the former Spock’s Beard frontman.

    Glen Phillips with Nickel Creek – “All I Want” (Live at Joe’s Pub, 2002)
    Another great Glen Phillips/Nickel Creek bootleg. iTunes sure is funny in how it picks out stuff, huh? Can’t complain with this choice, though. Nickel Creek provide some great accompaniment to this Toad the Wet Sprocket number, which changes the flavor of it a bit.

    Spinal Tap – “Hell Hole” (This is Spinal Tap, 1984)
    Kinda describes my work situation right now. That is all.

  • aryl watson

    Here we go!

    1. Breaking the Law – The New Pornographers – Mass Romantic
    Love these guys – much more than the sum of their respective (incredibly talented) parts. Dan Bejar and AC Newman together on this song. Great!

    2. Everlasting Light – The Black Keys – Brothers
    Dan Auerbach’s falsetto on display here. I’ve really enjoyed watching these guys evolve from the Big Come Up to El Camino. I’m sure they’ve lost a few fans during their ‘sell-out’, but not this one.

    3. Remember the Name – Fort Minor – The Rising Tied
    Never was a huge fan of Linkin Park, but love Mike Shinoda on this song.

    4. Maquiadora – Radiohead – Caisson Disease
    Good Bends era song – a B sides album. Caisson Disease is the proper name for ‘The Bends.’ Thom, you are so clever!

    5. Dabadabiaboo- Bizz Nizz – Dance Hits Supermix: Special Collectors Edition
    My wife used to be an aerobics/spin instructor. This song is a leftover from old mix discs for her classes. Skip!

    Just missed Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll by the Killers

    Have a great weekend!

  • aryl watson

    I am unashamed to say I love ‘Silly Love songs.’ It’s just a great song. I imagining Mr. McCartney writing this as a joke in 15 min, then realizing how incredibly good it was and releasing it.

  • Rock_dawg

    “Silly Love Songs” has one helluva bass line and deserves respect for that alone. Otherwise, I’ve never minded it: it may be kinda corny, but at least it isn’t as insipid as “Let ‘Em In”. And I have a hard time arguing with Fall Out Boy’s singles track record. As much as I may have wanted to ignore them when they first came out, it just can’t be done.

    “Memphis” – Chuck Berry, The Chess Blues-Rock Songbook
    Classic, just classic. I love the last verse and not just because the reveal (SPOILER ALERT: he’s singing about his daughter) makes the preceding verses a whole lot less creepy sounding, but Chuck actually sounds really emotional about it. I also like the term “hurry home drops”.
    “Dear Father” – Black Sabbath, 13
    With new albums, I like to give them a once through before I drop them onto the work iPod for shuffle duty. I haven’t had the time to give this new Sabbath album a run through yet this week, so this is the first time I’m hearing this. First impressions are good.
    “From Here On Out” – The Killers, Battle Born
    I love this kind of song, with an upbeat tempo and aggressively strummed acoustics. My highlight of this album.
    “Tubular Bells 2 [Mike Oldfield & York Remix]” – Mike Oldfield, Tubular Beats
    Mixed feelings about this album. Some of the mixes are pretty interesting and others stray too far from the original piece and become repetitive and irritating. This one falls somewhere in between, but a little to clubby for my tastes.

    “Piece of Mind” – Black Sabbath, 13
    If anything else off this album has played all week, I’ve missed it. But when it’s time to do a Five, two tracks have come up?!?

    Have a great weekend, fellow Fivers. Bonus shout out to any Father Fivers!

  • Phil

    First impressions are good.

    My first (and second, and third, and fourth,…) impression is that the new Black Sabbath is a solid album. Drummer drama (hah! good name for a band or album?!) aside, it’s a good final statement on Sabbath’s career if that’s what it turns out to be.

    “Piece of Mind” – Black Sabbath, 13
    If anything else off this album has played all week, I’ve missed it. But when it’s time to do a Five, two tracks have come up?!?

    Shuffle’s a funny thing, huh?!

  • Mordalo

    You may not see me around here too much over the Summer. My workplace switches to a “four-tens” schedule, meaning I get a three-day weekend until around the middle of August.

    Yes, I’m fully aware how much I suck right now.

    So the odds are good I’m actually out doing something, or sleeping in, or generally offline when the Five is posted. I’m not blowing anyone here off, it’s just…aw, I don’t have to explain. I think everyone gets it. So, onto the Five:

    1) Eminem ft. 50 Cent & Nate Dogg – Never Enough
    One of the most underrated of Eminem’s tracks. It’s got a hook that, when you hear it, really sticks with you. Good start to a Five.

    2) Local Natives – Breakers
    I heard these guys not too long ago on Carson Daly and had to go do a little research. They’re good. Bought their album and I’ve been digging ‘em ever since.

    3) Glen Campbell – Country Boy (You’ve Got Your Feet in L.A.)
    Yes, I’m old enough to remember his variety show. I will say nothing more here.

    4) Trevor Horn Orchestra – Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
    But I am NOT old enough to remember hearing this when it first came out. Doesn’t mean I don’t know the song, doesn’t mean I don’t like it.

    5) Dire Straits – Romeo and Juliet
    And we end this week with another underrated tune. When I heard this the first time, I loved it, and it’s been one of my favorite Dire Straits songs.

    Okay, I’m going back offline. I’ll see you when I see you.

  • Mordalo

    Memphis is one of the best songs Mr. Berry did, period.

  • Phil

    My workplace switches to a “four-tens” schedule

    My company does the “summer hours” schedule thing, too, but then they wrap so much bureaucracy around it that only a few people ever take advantage of it.

  • Rock_dawg

    Yup! No wonder there are about 10,000 cover versions out there.

  • Rock_dawg

    Drummer Drama would be an awesome name for a band, but they’d get less press than Volatile Vocalist.

  • MC_Snocap

    The iPod is kind today. Theme for this five is … amusing lyrics?

    1) “Lie Still, Little Bottle” by They Might Be Giants (Lincoln, 1988)
    Got to see TMBG do this in concert with “the stick”, an eight-foot-or-so log they’d bang on the stage for the finger-snappin’ beat.

    2) “Ek Bottle Ho Bagal Main” by Asha Bhosie and Kishore Kumar (off The Bombay Connection, Volume 2: Bombshell Baby of Bombay – Bouncin’ Nightclub Grooves, 1970)
    Jazzy drunkenness, featuring a flaming horn, insistent low-end percussion, and syncopated hiccups. Worth the trip to YouTube.

    3) “Bad Cover Version” by Pulp (We Love Life, 2001)
    A must for the next karaoke adventure.

    4) “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want” by The Smiths (Louder Than Bombs, 1987)
    Genuinely beautiful music matched with self-pity so OTT you don’t know whether to embrace or (gently) shake the singer.

    5) “Don’t Even Trip” by Peeping Tom feat. Amon Tobin (Peeping Tom, 2006)
    The misanthropic, self-damning chorus cracks me up.

    And in the Aryl Watson slot: Wang Chung’s “To Live and Die in L.A.” Good weekend all!

  • MC_Snocap

    I finally heard my first Black Keys album – El Camino – and really loved it. Asked a big fan which of their albums was the best, and – surprise! – he went with Brothers instead of an earlier one.

  • jhallCORE

    1) Black Keys — “Thickfreakness” (Thickfreakness, 2003). The album that triggered all subsequent Black Keys purchases.

    2) Prince — “Adore” (Sign O’ The Times, 1987). Quiet Storm classic from my favorite album.

    3) Black Men United (BMU) — “U Will Know” (Jason’s Lyric soundtrack, 1994). This stellar all-star collaboration was written by D’Angelo. Call me a sucker but I’m still holding out hope that we might see the long, long, long awaited Voodoo follow-up later this year. Let it go D, just let it go.

    4) Tracy Chapman — “Baby Can I Hold You?” (Tracy Chapman, 1988). Always fond of this one.

    5) Bonnie Raitt — “One Belief Away” (Fundamental, 1998). Longtime fan of Bonnie and enjoy the slight reggae bounce toward the end of this.

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • Mr. Cozmania

    1. Mondo Bongo – Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros

    2. In the Sun – Joseph Arthur

    3. San Francisco – The Mowgli’s

    4. Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show

    5. Punching in a Dream- The Naked and Famous

    What it all means? I’ll let The Magic Eight Ball Decide.

  • drxl

    Gosh, almost twenty years later I still cannot take “Good Person Inside” our of my mind. It must be ages since I last heard it, but it is still stuck there in a special place I can reach I need to bring a smile to my face. Wonderful song.

  • drxl

    Four Tet ”Pockets” from K7! The DJ-Kicks Exclusives (5:18) 2012

    I still do not see wehat the big deal
    about Four tet is, but it seems like all my electronica-heads friends and every
    blogger and critic that writes about this kind of music just loves him. Yes, he
    has produced some gorgeous soundpieces, but he is mostly hit and miss for me,
    and here is a miss in his attempt at updating the prog-rock noodling for the
    XXIst century.

    Volantes “Hard To Explain” from Is This Indie (4:21) 2011

    From a really cool compilation of
    Brazillian bands covering The Strokes’ “Is this it?” album. I had never heard
    of nay of the bands involved, but they do an amazing job of both showcasing the
    high quality of the Brazillian indie scene and of the compositions themselves.

    Riff Raff “Drive Thru” from
    Birth Of An Icon (1:39) 2012

    A killer mixtape. Leaving all the hype
    aside is difficult, but in the end the beats and the rhyme stand on their own.

    Carla Morrison “Sin Despedir” from Dejenme Llorar (3:23) 2012

    After selling heaps of albums, earning a
    Grammy and what not, Carla Morrison can no longer be called an underground
    sensation, but a bona fide star. It is very unfortunate how much she has become
    the butt of so many jokes online, both because of her shape and the
    sentimentality of its music. It is true that it is hard to tkae more than a few
    of her songs in a row, however.

    King Tuff “Anthem” from King Tuff (3:31) 2012

    An awesome sing-along rock song. A very
    nice riff as well. Not as tough as most of what he is known for, but a killer
    track still. Catchy as hell.

  • Michael Parr

    Have you contributed to the New Studio Album from Toad the Wet Sprocket Kickstarter?

  • Michael Parr

    The Black Keys are right up there with current Smashing Pumpkins and Stevie Nicks in my book. (In other words, I cannot stand them.) I do like that Fort Minor record, though.

  • Michael Parr

    Yeah, I’m with you. I never turn it off, and usually sing along.

  • Michael Parr

    The new Sabbath record left me pretty flat. I will persist and try to find the silver lining, though. The fact that we have one more testament to the power of Tony Iommi might be enough.

  • Michael Parr


  • Phil

    I did, although I have to be honest and say that while I think it will be money well-spent, the new single doesn’t strike me as very TTWS-ish. It really sounds more like solo Glen, which is definitely not a bad thing, but I don’t see the new album as being amongst the recent “return to form”-hyped records. I would love to be wrong about that.

    That being said, one of the tracks on the Kickstarter promo video is a remake of the song “See You Again” from Lapdog, the band Todd Nichols started with Dean Dinning. It’s a great song, and I’m really hoping that:

    1. Todd gets more writing credits on the new album that the one song, and
    2. that Glen and Todd actually collaborate and that it’s not just a collection of songs each of them brought to the party.

    Again, I’m hoping to be knocked off my feet by the album, but I’m not counting on it.

  • Michael Parr

    This is me glaring in your general direction.

  • Rock_dawg

    I think I saw a performance of “U Will Know” from some awards show or something once upon a long ago, but never knew where it was from. (Must have missed the intro.) Now that I know what I’m looking for, I think I shall look that up. Thanks!
    And “Fast Car” is great and all, but it only took one listen to “Baby Can I Hold You” for me to go out and buy the Tracy Chapman CD.

  • Ernie G

    I get a kick out of you – Ethel Merman (from “The Ethel Merman Disco Album” – once heard, never forgotten, unfortunately)
    A cottage for sale – Little Willie John
    True love travels on a gravel road – Elvis Presley
    Move on up – Curtis Mayfield
    Why is the wine sweeter (on the other side) – Eddie Floyd (he’s clearly popular this week)

    Actually, take out the appalling start, and that’s not at all bad

  • MB

    Led Zeppelin – Communication Breakdown (Led Zeppelin, 1969)

    Gregg Allman – Multi-Colored Lady (Laid Back, 1973)

    Willie Nile – On Some Rainy Day (Streets of New York, 2006)

    Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar (Sticky Fingers, 1971)

    Flatlanders – Rose From The Mountain (More A Legend Than A Band, 1990)

  • Michael Parr

    Really? Huh.

    I feel like “New Constellation” is exactly what 2013 Toad would sound like. I’d be sad if they ended up sounding like a recycled version of themselves, or worse yet a pastiche of their respective solo careers. That said, I’m horribly excited to hear the rest of the record.

  • Michael Parr

    Brother, you crossed my mind the other day. Hope all is well down there.

  • Michael Parr

    It’s one of those songs that manages to wind its way into your brain and not let go. I can’t remember the last time I listened to it, but I could probably sing it now without pause.

  • Michael Parr

    Ethel Merman Disco seriously sounds like it should be the name of one of Mike Patton’s side projects.

  • DwDunphy

    I was thrilled when that link came through yesterday for two reasons: first, because the campaign worked out so ridiculously fast; second, “New Constellation” sounds nothing like I cynically thought it would. Because the band had such a long hiatus, I was counting on it sounding like a half-baked duplicate of either “All I Want” or “Walk On The Ocean.” It doesn’t and I’m happy about that.

  • DwDunphy

    SSSSSHHHH!!! (Don’t give him ideas. That would end up as THREE Patton projects.)

  • Phil

    As usual, I think my pessimistic, contrarian nature may have overshadowed how genuinely excited I am about the new Toad album. Every time they have announced reunion tours, I have immediately looked to see if they were coming anywhere close to where I am. Same for Glen’s solo tours. So when I found out about the Kickstarter, I dropped my money on it without a second thought. I, too, would be disappointed if this turned out to be rehashed 90s TTWS, or worse, reworked rejects from previous album sessions. What I’m hoping for with this project is a true collaboration on new songs and not just a bunch of Glen’s songs with the Toad the Wet Sproket moniker slapped on it. Not that I wouldn’t enjoy that, but it would seem an awful lot like a money-grab.
    Keeping my fingers crossed…

  • Mordalo

    Don’t hate the player, hate the game. ;)

  • DwDunphy

    Yeah, I miss old New Pornographers. The last two albums, while I liked them a lot, all felt like combinations of solo records versus band collaboratives.

  • DwDunphy

    “Ek Bottle Ho Bagal Main”

    Get me my bagel and bottle, my main ho? I dunno about that…

  • EightE1

    Fathers Day / Vaycay Shuffle

    Squeeze, “Pulling Mussels from the Shell”
    Boz Scaggs, “Lido Shuffle”
    Power Station, “Get It On (Bang a Gong)”
    Phil Collins, “Groovy Kind of Love”
    Elton John, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”