The Friday Five: March 14, 2014

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:

“Overlap” by Ani DiFranco (from Out of Range, 1994)

I’ve definitely espoused my general adoration for Ani’s songwriting and “Overlap”—really, the entirety of Out of Range—is the reason. Her ability to wrap a story around an emotion is well beyond that of most; with the dialog familiar enough to sound plausible. Tunes like “Letter to a John,” and the devastatingly beautiful “You Had Time,” are held as high-water marks in my book.

“A Long Term Plan” by Acid House Kings (from Sing Along With Acid House Kings, 2005)


There must be something in the water in Sweden that produces the effortlessly twee music the likes of Acid House Kings and Club 8. I envision everyone walking around like they are in an Martin + Osa ad, looking longingly away from each other.

“Give It Up” by Public Enemy (from Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age, 1994)

…and we’re back to 1994! I don’t recall if it was just a sign of the times, or something more, but “Give It Up” is just toothless when compared to Public Enemy’s output prior to Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age.

“Keep Together” by The Brand New Heavies (from Brother Sister, 1994)

…and, once again, we’re firmly in 1994! The Brand New Heavies + N’Dea Davenport = Acid Jazz Heaven.

“Amazing (feat. Pharrell)” by T.I. (from No Mercy, 2010)

Occasionally the Friday Five will prompt the question, “why do I own this?”

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • drxl

    1994 was a wonderful year indeed and the steady rise of Acid Jazz was one of the reasons.

    Here is my friday five:

    1. Mund Auf, Augen Zu (Stecker Raus, Ich Dreh’durch)

    Cobra Killer – 76/77 (2004)

    In his very cool tribute to the single, Gary Mullholand’s “This is Uncool”, he included a very obscure Cobra Killer amongst the greatest singles from the last quarter of the XXth Century. This was not it, but this is as awesome as it gets: electro punk that is both all in your face attitude and way, way fun. Seeing this pair of German musicians live has also been one of my favourite live music experiences, and I just found out through wikipedia that besides Cobra Killer, Gina V. D’Orio and Annika Trost were also part of two other key digital hardcore bands: D’Orio was in EC8OR, and Trost was in Shizuo.

    2. Periodically Double or Triple

    Yo la tengo – Popular Songs (2009)

    I recently read a humorous piece from a Spanish magazine that poked fun at how it is an unwritten rule amongst hipsters to never say anything bad about Yo la tengo. I do not want to have my hipster credential revoked, so insert here your favourite hyperbolic remark about how good Yo la tengo are. It will still be true.

    3. Learning to Speak

    Totore – Untidbsslns EP 02 (2010)

    Unitedbasslines is a Mexican bass blog and netlabel, and totore is a musician from Cuernavaca, part of the Elektrofilia collective. Hard beats.

    4. Miénteme

    Los Primos de Durango con Erick Rincón

    Tribal Guarachero from Monterrey! One of the most interesting musical stories in Mexico of the last few years, at least from an ethno-musical perspective, has been the rise and evolution of this Mexican appropriation of tribal house: how it moved from working class underground techno parties to mainstream radio and clubs, and most importantly how it moved from being a sub-genre of electronic dance music to becoming a sub-genre of grupero music (what Americans call “regional Mexican music”).

    5. Disco Nights

    Fiero – Ritmo Frenético

    Disco, yes! Electro funk, double yes! Vocoder, OMG!!!!

  • jhallCORE

    1) Joe Lovano — “In The Land Of Ephesus” (Tenor Legacy, 1993).
    2) Paul Simon — “Kodachrome” (Concert In The Park, 1991).
    3) Luther Allison — “Big City” (Live In Chicago, 1999).
    4) Dixie Chicks — “Easy Silence” (Taking The Long Way, 2006).
    5) Joe Lovano and Greg Osby — “Monk’s Mood” (Friendly Fire, 1998).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • Rock_dawg

    “Give It Up” certainly lacks the power of classic P.E. (more of a Pop Rocks Squad than Bomb Squad?), but it is a pretty cool groove.

    Just some quick thoughts this week.

    “Ultraviolet (Light My Way)” – The Killers, (Ăhk-toong Bay-bi) Covered
    One of those rare cases of the perfect song for a band to cover.
    “And Fools Shine On” – Brother Cane, Seeds
    A great forgotten 90’s mainstream rock track…and band for that matter.
    “I Don’t Know” – Ozzy Osbourne, Blizzard of Ozz
    Ozzy’s solo debut comes out swinging!
    “The Boxer” – Simon & Garfunkel, Bridge Over Troubled Water
    Whiplash Alert!
    “Anyone For Tennis” – Cream, Those Were The Days
    This doesn’t have the instrumental fire that characterizes classic Cream, but it is a pleasant bit of folky psychedelic nonsense.

    Happy weekend, Fivers!

  • 1001Songs

    1. Haircut 100 “Love’s Got Me In Triangles” (Pelican West, 1982)
    2. Bobbie Gentry “Parchman Farm Blues” (The Delta Sweete,1968)
    3. Gang of Four “5:45″ ( Entertainment, 1979)
    4. Gary Higgens “I Can’t Sleep at Night” (Red Hash, 1973)
    5. Travis “All I Wanna Do is Rock” ( The Man Who, 2000)

    Have a Happy weekend, all

  • B-ROCK

    Ted Nugent – “Stranglehold” (Double Live Gonzo)
    Overlooking the over-the-top personality and the right-wing political views, Terrible Ted boasts a fine catalog from 1975-1978 capped off by the classic Double Live Gonzo. A cartoon Tarzan who just happens to wield a guitar instead of a spear.
    The Darkness – “Love On The Rocks With No Ice” (Permission To Land)
    It’s too bad the Darkness imploded after this fine debut.
    Phish – “Boogie On Reggae Woman” (Denver, CO 9-1-12)
    When in need of some Phish Phood, only the live stuff seems to satisfy. This faithful Stevie Wonder cover has always been a favorite.
    The Small Faces – “Lazy Sunday” (Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake)
    I’m not a huge fan, but I’ve been revisiting their catalog lately based on some solid referrals. Still on the fence.
    Patterson Hood – “Come Back Little Star” (Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance)
    I read a review of the new DBT where they referred to this Hood solo record as a “minor masterpiece.” Minor, my ass!

  • Michael Parr

    That Patterson Hood record was brilliant.

  • am

    Cat Power – Maybe not
    Andrew Bird – Mesuring Cup
    Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (Live at Wembley)
    Neil Young – Song X
    Ian Dury – Sex & Drugs

    Enjoy the WE