The Friday Five: May 24, 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:

“Keep on Movin’ (M Beat bonus mix) (feat. Caron Wheeler)” by Soul II Soul (from The Original 80s Remix Box Set: Massive Eighties Hits Extended and Remixed (disc 2), 2007)

I’m 100% sure this remix was commissioned well after its original ’89 run, as it bears all the trademarks of mid-’90s techno.

“No More Pain” by 2Pac (from All Eyez on Me (disc 1: Book 1), 1996)

I could never figure out why the hell ‘Pac would need to lift Method Man’s “Bring the Pain” hook for this otherwise banging track.

“Make Believe” by Pixies (from Complete ‘B’ Sides, 2001)

I swear, this came on and I thought it was The Lemonheads. No, it’s just Pixies drummer, David Lovering, stepping up for a rare appearance at the microphone. In a song that could have been written by Popdose’s own Jason Hare, “Make Believe” details Lovering’s obsession with one Debbie Gibson.

“In Too Deep” by JMJ & Flytronix (from Logical Progression (disc 2), 1996)

1996 is strongly represented in this week’s Friday Five. This bit of drum and bass is featured on LTJ Bukem’s debut release, Logical Progression. Bukem’s take on drum and bass always jived with my acid jazz sensibilities, and was far less aggressive than most of the sub-genre’s stereotypical beats.

“Beautiful Lasers (2Ways) (feat. MDMA)” by Lupe Fiasco (from Lasers, 2011)

As much as I love Lupe’s first two records, I just couldn’t get into Lasers. Based on his public tantrums, neither could Lupe.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Mordalo

    Wow, it’s that time of the week already? I’d say time flies when you’re having fun, but work is a four-letter word, after all.

    1) The Kinks – Alcohol
    This was from a concert bootleg I came across years ago. I love this song, but this live version is just that much more enjoyable.

    2) Superheavy – Satyameva Jayathe
    I’m sure I’m not the only person who heard of this supergroup, given the eclectic nature of this group, but I wonder if anyone else bothered to buy the record. A shame. For such a diverse group, there’s some good tunes on here.

    3) Jimmy Buffett – Middle of the Night
    Somehow, it seems fitting to have a Buffett tune in the Five this week, given that (as far as the U.S. is concerned) this weekend is the unofficial start to Summer.

    4) Beastie Boys – Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun
    One thing we pretty much all can agree upon: Paul’s Boutique is one helluva record. ‘Nuff said.

    5) Tom Lehrer – The Masochism Tango
    Let’s see who, amongst the Five Faithful gathered here, know who Tom Lehrer is.

    Okay, kids. that’s my Five. Have yourselves an awesome weekend. If you’ve got Monday off, take a moment a remember why you’ve got the day off. C-ya.

  • Phil

    Devin Townsend Project – “Synchronicity Freaks” (Ki (Bonus Tracks), 2009)
    Devin is definitely a unique character. This bonus track track is an amalgamation of what I like about him–poppy hook with atmospheric background and balls-out screaming section.

    Owl City – “The Saltwater Room” (Ocean Eyes, 2009)
    For a short time my teenaged son (then a pre-teen) was infatuated with Adam Young’s one-man-band electronica project, and I promptly secured this album for him with some eMusic credits. Having since moved on to other styles of music, this no longer interests him in the least, yet it remains in my library for some reason despite the fact that I really don’t care much for it. That being said, it’s not terrible.

    Caedmon’s Call – “Forget What You Know” (Just Don’t Want Coffee, 1995)
    Here’s a track from an EP sandwiched between the Houston-based folk-ish CCM band’s self-produced indie debut and major-label eponymous release. As such, about half of the tracks appear on the latter in an updated form, while this one is a bit more polished than the rawer version on the former. Confused yet? Whatever the case, I like this version and often wondered why this never appeared on one of their major label efforts.

    Tsar – “Something Bad Happened to Me” (The Dark Stuff EP, 2012)
    Last year saw Tsar extend their album-every-5-years schedule by a couple of years. While it’s not a full album, The Dark Stuff was definitely worth the almost $5 I plonked down for it. Although not quite as polished or majestic as their 2000 self-titled debut and not as punky as their follow-up Band-Girls-Money, this EP comes in somewhere in-between with plenty of power pop goodness and stamped with founder Jeff Whalen’s quirky personality. There are a couple of really good songs, and a couple of better-than-just-OK-but-not-quite-great songs, with this album closer landing somewhere in the middle.

    MAE – “Reflection” (Singularity, 2007)
    Another album closer, this one being from MAE’s third album–their major label debut and last full album as a band. For the life of me I will never understand why some of my favorite bands never really made it big, especially MAE. They were poppy enough for radio airplay, emo/alternative enough to attract that crowd, serious enough to appeal to “real musician” fans, and accessible enough for just about anyone to like something they put out. Singularity was probably their biggest commercial “hit,” but it must not have been enough since they parted ways with Capital just two years later, embarking once again on the indie trail with a song-a-month experiment that resulted in a 3-EP set prior to the band calling it a day with a 2011 farewell show in their hometown Norfolk, VA.

  • Mordalo

    I love that you include links to the songs (even if most of ‘em are on Spotify, and I don’t use that service…I’m more of a Slacker kinda guy m’self).

  • Phil

    Thanks! I figured that with my eclectic library, I should probably provide a way for folks to hear the stuff that I ramble and rant about here each week. I’ve struggled on my blog with which of the streaming services to use. I wish there were a way to provide links that worked for everyone. Maybe I’ll try to write a web app that will solve that problem for me.

  • jhallCORE

    1) Everclear — “I Will Buy You A New Life” (So Much For The Afterglow, 1997).
    2) Kelly Willis — “Take Me Down” (What I Deserve, 1999).
    3) Kasey Chambers — “Falling Into You” (Barricades And Brickwalls, 2001).
    4) Al Green — “Love And Happiness” (Greatest Hits, 1995 reissue).
    5) Steve Earle & The Dukes & The Duchesses — “Pocket Full Of Rain” (The Low Highway, 2013).

    Enjoy the long holiday weekend.

  • Michael Parr

    I’ve revisited Paul’s Boutique more frequently than any other Beastie’s record in the months since MCA passed away. I do believe history will show prove it to be the group’s seminal record.

  • Mordalo

    Eh, no worries. Most of the time, I can find it on YouTube. If not, there are alternatives.

  • Chris Holmes

    Let’s Five, mofos!1. Al Kent, “Country Boy” – A bouncy cut from one of my Northern Soul comps. The arrangement is nothing to write home about but its worth listening to for the keyboard part. Sounds like it might be a Hammond B3 but I’m no expert.2. Brad Mehldau, “West Hartford” (from Places) – I’m not a huge Mehldau fan, as he can get a little too show-offy for me. But Places is a great album and this is one of its better tracks. For me he absolutely recalls early ’60s Bill Evans at times.3. Sloan, “Believe in Me” (from Parallel Play) – I’ve heard Sloan referred to as the Canadian Beatles, but on this one they call to mind vintage Badfinger more. The group’s fine vocals mesh with a hard-charging rock stomp.

    4. The Young Rascals, “How Can I Be Sure” – I dig the Waltz arrangement and the vintage Parisian cafe feel, but the vocals are just a tad too histrionic. Still, a fine single.

    5. Fleetwood Mac, “When I See You Again” (from Tango in the Night) – Yuck. Stevie Nicks turns in a good set of lyrics, and then applies her worst vocal affectations and proceeds to butcher them. Buckingham comes in and almost saves the song during the last verse, but it’s too little too late.

  • Ernie G

    I can take you to Heaven tonight – Bobby “Blue” Bland
    Rastaman – Lord Melody
    Earthquake – This Is The Kit
    Unity – Half Pint
    Discovering Japan – Graham Parker

  • MB

    Jimmy Buffett – My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink And I Don’t Love Jesus (Havana Daydreaming, 1976)

    Al Wilson – The Snake (Searching For The Dolphins, 1968)

    Junior Walker & The All Stars (Way Back Home) Complete Motown Singles Vol. 11B

    Joe Henry Civil War (Civilians, 2007)

    Willie Nile -The Day I Saw Bo Diddley In Washington Square (Streets Of New York, 2006)

  • aryl watson

    Here we go!

    1. We Were Lovers – Bloc Party – A Weekend in the City

    A great song on a good album. I love Kele’s voice during the chorus – not a big fan of his ‘soft voice’

    2.Doncha (PussyCat Dolls cover) – Colbie Caillet – Who Knows?
    An almost jazzy cover – love the organ & disco guitar.

    3. Down in It – Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine
    My favorite song on this album.

    4. Idiot Kings – Mike Doughty – Live at KRCW
    I miss Soul Coughing! Mike is still making music on his own, just not the kind that resonates with me. Mike says there will never be a Soul Coughing reunion, but my fingers are crossed. A cool little version of this song that includes a verse from ‘I Want it that Way’ from the Backstreet Boys

    5. Make it Wit Chu – Queens of the Stone Age – Desert Sessions Vol 9 & 10
    One of my top 10 all time – as Last FM will attest. I love this jazzy, stonery version with PJ Harvey singing back up. Excuse me while I hit repeat.

    Have a great weekend!

  • aryl watson

    100% agree – I come back to it again & again

  • Michael Parr

    Doughty has softened on the whole Soul Coughing thing, and is even running a PledgeMusic campaign to fund re-recording a few of the old tunes:

  • Jack Feerick

    See, I don’t see that as a “softening” at all. If anything, revisiting the old songs solo finally closes the door on the possibility of a reunion.

    See, Doughty has claimed in his memoir that he was 100% responsible for Soul Coughing’s unique sound and that his bandmates contributed nothing of substance. The remakes will allow him to (a) prove that he was the sole architect of SC, and (b) profit from the old songs without sharing mechanical royalties with his old bandmates.

    He’s dressed it up in the language of taking a deep, traumatic musical journey, and confronting his past, and providing closure and catharsis all that face-saving horseshit, but from where I’m sitting it looks like a final “Fuck you.”

  • Rock_dawg (in London)

    Comparing Sloan to Badfinger is an excellent comparison.
    And “When I See You Again” is indeed awful. I love Tango In The Night, but apart from “Seven Wonders”, it is far from Stevie’s best work. I once heard that she was in rehab while the band worked on the album and she showed up at the end of the sessions to do her songs and lay down a couple of background parts.

  • aryl watson

    I paid for the CD a couple of weeks ago. I’m excited to hear what he decides to do with the songs (at least $12 excited.) I’m with Jack on Doughty’s motives for re-recording the songs. I think it’s a bad case of leadsingeritis. For a myriad of reasons, he hates the rest of the band & wants to cement his legacy as the only talent that mattered in their success. True or not, I believe the rest of the band made significant contributions to the songs & the overall sound. The arrangements were a big part of why I love Soul Coughing. He can’t prove his point by re-recording the songs, unless all of the songs are played on acoustic guitar. If he does that, my $12 will be wasted & my point proven.

    Regardless, I’d pay good money to see a reunion tour. Soul Coughing was a big part of two of my favorite shows of all time.