The Friday Five: March 22, 2013

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:

“The Darkest Star (Monolake remix)” by Depeche Mode (from Remixes 2: 81-11 (disc 2), 2011)

Remixes 2: 81-11 is the definition of “contractual obligation” in that it required next to no involvement from the band themselves. There are some highlights in the expanded triple-disc set, including remixes from original members Vince Clarke, and Alan Wilder.

“Giant Steps (take 3) (incomplete)” by John Coltrane (from The Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (disc 7), 1995)

This serves as a great reminder of the days when recording a track required captured the bands performance (as opposed to current recording techniques.) This particular take falls apart right around the 2:15 mark, with no discernible mistake made. The track fades with the producer calling out, “You set, John? “Giant Steps,” take four.”

“Madsex” by Prince & The New Power Generation (from newpower Soul, 1998)

This is possibly the most ignored Prince record in my library. As such, I’m not sure I’ve got much to say about this … next!

“Lifetime of Dreams” by Journey (from Arrival, 2001)

No one does power balladry like Journey.

“I Remember” by Damien Rice (from O, 2003)

Well, this is no way to lead into a Friday afternoon! As much as I adore the sad bastard crooning of Mr. Rice, (and Lisa Hannigan, on this track—wait, can a woman sing “sad bastard” music? “Sad bitch” just doesn’t convey the same connotation) I don’t think I can actually listen to it without soaking in some of the gloom.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • drxl

    1. Dash / Moowow / Massive Culture / 2011
    A kind of mellow moombahton right in the border line between Deep Latin House and Cumbia. Very synthetic, despite those African chants.

    2. Dirty Ghosts / Ropes That Way / 2012

    Power pop. Nice melody. Cool attitude. Female vocals. What is there not to like about this? Well, actually, the coda drags on for a little bit too long.

    3. Sloan / The Good In Everyone / Select Singles 1992-2011 / 1996

    More power pop greatness. Very nineties, but in a good way, back when this stuff was still called “alternative”. Awesome final break too!

    4. Steve Miller Band / One in a Million / Italian X Rays / 1984
    Very eighties. Nice slow grove, but it does not evolve much.

    5. The Weeknd / Dirty Diana / Echoes Of Silence
    Another step forward in the evolution of RnB. Michael Jackson would have been proud.

  • Rock_dawg

    “Perfect World” – Huey Lewis & The News, Small World
    I was so in to this song when it came out, I can remember hoping for it to come on the radio. I also remember how disappointed I was when my friend loaned me the tape and the album wasn’t as good as the single…or Fore…or Sports…
    “Shades of Time” – Santana, Santana [The Woodstock Experience]
    One of those rare near perfect classic rock debut albums. (See also: Boston, The Cars.)
    “Lost” – Dido, Girl Who Got Away [Deluxe Edition]
    Still new to me, so I don’t have much to say about it yet.
    “Speak (Tho’ You Only Say Farewell)” – Mike Oldfield with David Bedford, Boxed
    With such a horrible vocal, I have to assume this was a joke.
    “Echo” – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Echo
    I feel like this album has been unfairly forgotten. Petty’s “divorce” album isn’t always an easy listen, but there are some excellent songs in here.

    Have a good weekend, Fivers.

  • jhallCORE

    1) Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite — “Blood Side Out” (Get Up!, 2013).
    2) Bonnie Raitt — “Split Decision” (Slipstream, 2012).
    3) Branford Marsalis Trio — “Blutain” (The Dark Keys, 1996).
    4) Charlie Parker — “K.C. Blues” (Bird’s Best Bop On Verve, 1995).
    5) Branford Marsalis Quartet — “Treat It Gentle” (Four MFs Playin’ Tunes, 2012).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • Michael Parr

    That Weeknd version of “Dirty Diana” is solid.

  • Aryl Watson


    1. Since We’ve Been Gone – The Mars Volta (on Octahedron)

    – One of their poppier numbers. Great vocal & guitar interplay

    2. Love You Like a Woman – koKo Taylor (on Love You Like a Woman)

    – Rough diva vocals, horns & this lyric ‘I can love you like a woman, but still fight you like a man!’

    3. Brad & Suzy – Jude (on No One’s Really Beautiful)

    – Jude channels Lou Reed here. One of my Jude favorites.

    4.Treat Me Like Your Mother – The Dead Weather (on Horehound)

    – Excellent song checklist – Allison Mosshart vocals, Jack White vocals & killer solo.

    5. Red Right Ankle – The Decemberists (Her Majesty the Decemberists)

    – Cake introduced me to The Decemberists. They toured together a long time ago. I didn’t see them live, but figured if John McRea liked them, I’d better check them out. They’ve never made a bad record & I’m excited to see what they do next.

    The next five better be funk, disco and Calvin Harris. Happy Friday.

  • Michael Parr

    I read your Five far too quickly and had a sudden flash of what The Mars Volta would sound like performing Kelly Clarkston’s “Since You’ve Been Gone.” Oddly enough, in my head I was enjoying it.

    Also, I would totally dig on a Cake/Decemberists double feature.

  • David_E

    “Late Night Sunshine” – Attic Lights. Kind of an Americana-flavored Fountains of Wayne. Snappy!

    “Ghost” – We Were Kings. Boy howdy, this might be my favorite discovery of the last 12 months.

    “Restless Heart” – Matt Hires. An Alex Dezen co-write. Boy howdy, this might be my favorite discovery of the last 4 months.

    “Keep Young, Carry On” – Electric Sons. Man, another newish track. Big, epic Coldplay-ish stuff, filtered through an indie band.

    “Hanoi Waters” – Stage Dolls. HAHAHhahahahhaha. Yeah, nothing like some late-80s Swedish pop metal to buzzkill a run of new music. Oh well.

  • Ernie G

    450 del 450 – Zdob Si Zdub (Moldova’s finest)
    $1000 Wedding- Gram Parsons
    Wedding Band – Shuyler Jansen (two weddings in a row!!)
    Spinning on that Rock – Ramsay Midwood
    Who Put the Bomp – Barry Mann

  • MB

    Dillards – Last Morning (Roots And Branches, 1972)

    Robert Cray Band – Smoking Gun (Strong Persuader, 1986)

    Robin Trower – Bridge Of Sighs (Bridge Of Sighs, 1974)

    Stephen Stills – Spanish Suite (Man Alive, 2005)

    Jefferson Airplane – Comin’ Back To Me (Surrealistic Pillow, 1967)

  • b-rock

    Starz – “Cherry Baby” (Violation)
    This is the story of a rock n roll loving group of teens, a bag of some sticky-icky, and the promise of being on a live record.

    Cotton Mather – “I’ll Be Gone” (I’ll Be Gone single)
    A solid addition to their impressive, yet underappreciated catalog. Salivating at the thought of a new record.

    John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers – “All Your Love” (Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton)
    I’ve been going thru a blues re-education of late. This is the textbook on British blues.

    Rufus with Chaka Khan – “You Got The Love” (Rags To Rufus)
    It still blows my mind that this is the same band that gave us “Bend Me Shape Me” as the American Breed. What a transformation.

    Acid Ranch- “Cath” (Some Of The Magic Syrup Was Preserved)
    Robert Pollard’s pre-GBV basement band. These recordings are as crude as it gets, but occasionally, the seeds of what was to come shine through.

  • gazill

    Gets Us All in the End ~ Jeff Beck

    N.W.O. ~ Ministry

    Shout ~ Tears For Fears

    Achille’s Last Stand ~ Led Zeppelin

    Killing an Arab ~ The Cure