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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:

“California Wasted” by Toad the Wet Sprocket (from In the Round at Revolver, 2013)

A little bit older, a little bit wiser, and yet the heart of Toad is firmly within the inane ability of Glen Phillips to juxtapose his struggles with depression against otherwise chipper proceedings. “California Wasted” is possibly my favorite song on New Constellation.

This tune also has one hell of a video.

“Drive In Drive Out” by Dave Matthews Band (from 1995-05-05: DMB Live Trax, Volume 12: L.B. Day Amphitheater, Salem, OR, USA (disc 1), 2008)

Even the most die hard fan has a “bathroom/beer break song (or two),” this is one of mine.

“Don’t Let Me Die In Florida” by Patty Griffin (from American Kid, 2013)

It would appear that iTunes is in a specific sort of mood, huh?

“From the Morning” by Nick Drake (from Pink Moon, 1972)

I watched this documentary on Nick Drake earlier this year—on YouTube, of all places—featuring in-depth interviews with Drake’s sister. It’s a stark and tragic account of a musician light-years ahead of his time.

“Close My Eyes” by Incognito (from Adventures in Black Sunshine, 2004)

Like a breath of fresh air, here comes Incognito to lift the Friday Five from it’s gloomy depths.

What’s on your shuffle today?