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The Friday Five: June 28, 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:

“Bye” by Elliot Smith (from Figure 8, 2000)

The final tune on Smith’s last record before ending his life in 2003. Bummer way to start off a Friday Five, eh? Let’s hope we get a little lighter than this. (I’m not being glib, this track is quiet, lovely, and horribly sad.)

“King Nothing” by Metallica (from Load, 1996)

I did say lighter, right?

I may lose a bit of my metalhead cred for this, but I generally enjoyed Load when it came out. In retrospect, the record hasn’t aged all that well. The production is extremely indicative of the mid-’90s mid-notched sound that Pantera introduced earlier in the decade. The tunes, however, still kick a good bit of arse.

“Isolation” by Crowded House (from Intriguer, 2010)

A perfectly understated little pop song.

A quick aside, I happened to pull up the Wikipedia page for Intriguer and who do I spy with my little eye in the “Professional Ratings” box but our little collection of rag-tag pop culture junkies!

“Hammer Falls” by Foetus (from Gash, 1995)

In the wake of the breakout success of Nine Inch Nails’ Pretty Hate Machine the record labels were scrambling all over themselves to sign the next poor tortured soul who called himself a band; enter Aussie industrialist, J. G. Thirlwell. Gash is awash with nearly every stereotypical industrial cliché, yet it is completely engaging.

“The Willing Well I: Fuel for the Feeding End” by Coheed and Cambria (from Neverender: Children of the Fence Edition (disc 3), 2009)

Yeah, this is a hell of a way to go out. I’m just going to let this one play out and riff into the weekend. Happy Friday, everyone!

What’s on your shuffle today?




  • 1001Songs

    1 “If I Say It, It’s So” Nils Lofgren (from Nils Lofgren 1975) Lofgren’s debut is one of the most infectious rock and roll albums of the 70′s.

    2 “Cygnet Committee” David Bowie ( from Space Oddity,1972) 9 minute endurance test for Bowie fans. I failed.

    3 “Blistered” The Association ( from And Then…Along Comes The Association, 1966) Sunshine pop produced by Curt Boettcher (The Millennium, Beach Boys)

    4 “Driving Wheel” Michael Hurley ( from Have Moicy, 1976) One of those rare albums to get an A+ review from Robert Christgau

    5.”I Want Her” Keith Sweat ( Make It Last Forever, 1987) The first New Jack Swing single to hit #1 on the R&B charts. Hasn’t lost its charm.

  • jcb7472

    The Spinto Band – “Late” (Nice and Nicely Done, 2005)…album track off a pretty good indie-pop album from ’05

    Ben Kweller – “I Need You Back” (On My Way, 2004)…really good song that had a lot of meaning for me when I was going through a breakup a few years ago. This record has another great breakup song called “Hear Me Out”.

    Voodoo Glow Skulls – “Too Many Secrets” (Who Is, This Is?, 1993)…wow, takin’ back to my high school days listening to punk/ska music! These guys were characters (still are?)…the ska horns with hardcore punk drums & guitar…”They’re gonna die! Too many secrets!”…ok, I almost started skanking and moshing, next song

    Sky Ferreira – “Everything is Embarrassing” (Ghost EP, 2012)…I liked this song when I first heard it and downloaded last year. I had no idea Sky Ferreira is a smoking hot model and actress in addition to being a singer-songwriter. Good song and she has a nice, sultry voice.

    Interpol – “Mammoth” (Live EP, 2007)…Not my favorite Interpol song or from one of their best albums, but I have seen these guys live and they are really good in concert.

    From hot and rainy Florida, have a great weekend y’all!

  • Rock_dawg

    “People Got A Lot Of Nerve” – Neko Case, Middle Cyclone
    Just a brilliant pop/rock tune. A world where a song like this hits #1 on the Top 40 is the world I want to live in.
    “So Why So Sad” – Manic Street Preachers, Forever Delayed: The Greatest Hits
    And now we have a bit of a downer. An odd, echo-y yet muddy production adds to the melancholy. Originally from 2001′s Know Your Enemy, the lo-fi sound of it always makes me think it’s from ’94′s The Holy Bible.
    “Adult Education (Special Extended Mix)” – Daryl Hall & John Oates
    OK, so maybe this isn’t Hall & Oates’s finest moment, but I have a lot of affection for Rock N Soul Part 1 – still my go-to H&O compilation, no matter how many Best Of’s they put out there. This 12″ version, which I believe I got from Retro Remixes, is one of those mixes that overstays it’s welcome.
    “Found Out About You” – Gin Blossoms, New Miserable Experience
    Another great pop/rock song. I’m a sucker for a minor verse jumping to a big chorus. Maybe it’s manipulative songwritting, but I love it.
    “Accidents Will Happen” – Elvis Costello & The Attractions, The Very Best Of…
    I’m loving this Five! Another great track! I’m not a big Costello fan, but I have a ton of respect for him.

    Have a great weekend, fellow Fivers!

  • http://www.clangandclatter.com/ Phil

    Mae – “Sun (Live)” (Destination: B-Sides, 2004)
    Like it says on the tin, Destination: B-Sides is a collection of b-sides, remixes, rarities, live performances, and otherwise previously unreleased material from the era of Mae’s excellent Desitination: Beautiful album. This version of “Sun” has an extended piano intro, and being a live cut, has a drier mix.

    KISS – “Rock Bottom” (Alive, 1975)
    “You wanted the best, and you got the best!” Rocking “live” cut of one of my favorite tunes off Dressed to Kill.

    Arcade Fire – “Half Light I” (The Suburbs, 2010)
    I really tried to get into this album, and I actually liked quite a bit of it, but for some reason it just didn’t grab me. Songs like this one may be why since it never seems to go anywhere.

    Schematic – “Where’s the Soul?” (Color (n.) Inside the Lines, 2013)
    One of the better tracks on the new crowd-funded album from Mae co-founder and frontman Dave Elkins. The sound is a bit of a departure from Mae, opting for a more experimental feel with drum loops and electronic elements, and it works for the most part, but there are times that it seems a little awkward and forced. On this one the new approach serves to add an interesting touch to the funky groove and slippery time signature.

    Phil Keaggy – “Passing Thought” (Acoustic Sketches, 1996)
    I end this Five just like I started it–with a track from an album with an overly literal title. This album has popped up here before , and this particular track was part of a Five Five back in the Ick Music days. Even the song name is somewhat literal, acting as a segue between two longer more-fleshed out tunes. Keaggy is an amazing guitarist, and while this track doesn’t necessarily express that fact, the rest of the album certainly does.

  • jhallCORE

    1) Susan Tedeschi — “Looking For Answers” (Just Won’t Burn, 1998).
    2) Aimee Mann — “Beautiful” (The Forgotten Arm, 2005).
    3) Joe Lovano — “Blackwell’s Message” (Tenor Legacy, 1993).
    4) Ahmad Jamal — “The Essence” (The Essence, Part 1, 1995).
    5) Dave Matthews — “Up And Away” (Some Devil, 2003).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • mc3

    My first Five after an extended break. Happy Friday all!

    1. Stone Temple Pilots “Plush”, Thank You (2003)

    2. Los Lonely Boys “Man to Beat”, Live at the Fillmore (2004)
    Guitarist Henry Garza shows off his harmonica skills.

    3. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals “Oasis”, Wescott Theater, Syracuse NY (2010-01-21)
    Another gem from the Internet Archive. Go experience the beauty of GP’s voice on this one. It’s free.
    http://archive.org/details/gpn2010-01-21.sunboy.flac16

    4. Doobie Brothers “Jesus is Just Alright, Long Train Runnin’: 1970-2000 (1999)
    I always wondered about the semantics of this one: does it mean Jesus is “just alright” meaning he could be better? Or, is this a high compliment in 70’s hippy culture lingo?

    5. David Gilmour “Murder”, About Face (1984)
    Love this track.

  • mc3

    My first Five after an extended break. Happy Friday all!

    1. Stone Temple Pilots “Plush”, Thank You (2003)

    2. Los Lonely Boys “Man to Beat”, Live at the Fillmore (2004)
    Guitarist Henry Garza shows off his harmonica skills.

    3. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals “Oasis”, Wescott Theater, Syracuse NY (2010-01-21)
    Another gem from the Internet Archive. Go experience the beauty of GP’s voice on this one. It’s free.
    http://archive.org/details/gpn2010-01-21.sunboy.flac16

    4. Doobie Brothers “Jesus is Just Alright, Long Train Runnin’: 1970-2000 (1999)
    I always wondered about the semantics of this one: does it mean Jesus is “just alright” meaning he could be better? Or, is this a high compliment in 70’s hippy culture lingo?

    5. David Gilmour “Murder”, About Face (1984)
    Love this track.

  • Keith

    Dude — that is the most depressing 5 since I think you started this. Good thing some of the other 5′s balance it out. I need to get me some Voodoo Glow Skulls in my ear holes stat! As for mine:

    “Diane (Acoustic)” by Material Issue (OK, what is with the suicide theme today?)

    “Well Well” by Nelly Futado from Whoa! Nelly — this girl is such a musical chameleon — and I like most every one of her colors

    “First Day” by the Futureheads — the best song about cubicle slogging since “9 to 5″

    “What is this Thing Called Love?” — Iggy Pop from Apres — this album is growing on me, though Luminiaries is far better.

    “Can’t Speak French” — Girls Aloud — crazy sexy girls/video/song/album/band — easily forgettable solo careers.

  • aryl watson

    Let’s Go!

    1. Dinosaur Act – Low – Things We Lost in the FIre
    Low is one of my favorites. Great harmonies and even if the music is quiet – it still rocks. Bonus points for the husband & wife band – like Mates of State.

    2. Say.Hey If it Feels Alright – Crystal Waters – Pure Dance 1998
    Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis – very generic R&B…skip

    3. Breathe – The Prodigy – The Fat of the Land
    Out in 1997 – the first time EDM was going to take over the world. Didn’t happen even though some great stuff was released. Still really like this album. Doesn’t sound as dated as it should.

    4. Through the Storm – Charles Bradley – Victim of Love
    Released his debut album in 2011 after turning 60. So glad that Daptone found him. A great song on a great album.

    5. Parsec – StereoLab – Dots & Loops
    The album is mostly in French & the style isn’t in my wheelhouse, but I love this album! Not sure where I first heard it, bought the CD in 97-98 and wore it out. Never found anyone that has heard of them – almost everyone I play the songs for gives me that ‘You like that?’ look. Just don’t care.

    Just missed Ice on the Sheets by Ugly Casanova.

    Have a great weekend!

  • aryl watson

    I’m going to listen to Twisted by Keith Sweat right now! I’m going to hunt down that Michael Hurley album

  • aryl watson

    Loved that mix of Adult Education. I come back to Rock & Soul 1 pretty often. A great cross section of why I like H&O

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Nice references for Popdose & Popblerd! I’m back from another whirlwind biz trip (is there any other kind of work trip?), so time to unwind

    1. “Overture” by the Who from Tommy. A fitting lead off

    2. “The Healing Game” by John Lee Hooker from “Don’t Look Back” a duet with Van Morrison. Meh

    3. “Searchin’” by The Coasters from their Rhino HiFive Classic

    4. “Someone Take the Wheel” by The Replacements from All Shook Down. I know, I know – RHINO: Replacements In Name Only, but it’s a good record, although far far from their greatest works

    5. “Babyface” by U2 from Zooropa. v.s.

    Hope you hear something great this weekend!

  • http://www.popdose.com/ Michael Parr

    Welcome back! Always enjoy the photos of your adventures.

  • http://www.popdose.com/ Michael Parr

    I love StereoLab!

  • http://www.popdose.com/ Michael Parr

    I know, looking back at it makes me think I should have started over by song three.

  • http://www.popdose.com/ Michael Parr

    Welcome back!

  • http://www.popdose.com/ Michael Parr

    Man, I always dig your Five.

  • http://www.popdose.com/ Michael Parr

    “Rock Bottom” was 100% tennis racket as a guitar material when i was a kid.

  • http://www.popdose.com/ Michael Parr

    Rock & Soul gets spun once every 4-6 weeks in the Parr household.

  • 1001Songs

    It’s a good weekend for some Sweat. And moicy. Enjoy!

  • http://www.clangandclatter.com/ Phil

    Same here. As a matter of fact, I posted about my childhood KISS tennis racket concerts in this Five .

  • BRock

    Happy Mondays – “Monkey In The Family” (Yes Please)
    Yes Please was no Pills & Thrills, but it had it’s moments like this pearl.

    Brick – “Dazz” (Greatest Hits)
    It’s getting funky up in here!

    Bruce Springsteen – “No Surrender” (Live 75-85)
    That reminds me I need a better live version of this classic. Any suggestions?

    AC/DC – “Live Wire” (High Voltage)
    Three words: Bon Scott, bitch!

    Daft Punk – “Get Lucky” (Random Access Memories)
    I generally hate EDM for not having a soul, but this Pharell fronted track is an earworm.

  • jhallCORE

    Thanks Mike. A little genre whiplash never hurt anyone. :)