The Friday Five: November 1, 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:

“Fuck Wit Dre Day (And Everybody’s Celebratin’)” by Dr. Dre (from The Chronic, 1993)

Yeah. Hell, yeah.

“Hands to Heaven” by Breathe (from All The Jazz, 1987)

Oh, the mellodrama! This spoke to my angst-ridden teenaged heart like no other.

“Wannabe” by Spice Girls (from Greatest Hits, 2007)

I’m not positive, but I think I should be more embarassed by Trixter tune that shuffled up last week. I’m not embarassed, by the way. Zigazig ah, kids. Zigazig ah.

“Cousin Mary” by John Coltrane (from Giant Steps, 1960)

So, did I mention that I spent the morning in the periodontist’s chair? In order to get to my happy place I try playing “Giant Steps” in my head on a loop.

“Naima (take 6) (alternate take)” by John Coltrane (from The Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (disc 6), 1995)

A double shot of ‘Trane!

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Phil

    Short and sweet this week since I have meetings stacked up all day today.

    Jill Phillips – “By a Thread” (Nobody’s Got It All Together, 2006)
    There aren’t many Christians–much less CCM artists–who will admit that we don’t have it all together, we don’t have all the answers, and we don’t have the corner on the market of God’s grace. Jill Phillips is one of those brutally honest artists who is not afraid to admit that there are indeed times when “I can’t get it down to my heart from my head” and that “I’m hanging by a thread.”

    Soundgarden – “My Wave” (Superunknown, 1994)
    Don’t come over here and piss on my gate. Do what you want. Just don’t involve me.

    Rush – “Out of the Cradle” (Vapor Trails, 2002)
    OK, so I’m one of those oddball Rush fans that liked Vapor Trails and didn’t think the production/mastering was obnoxiously loud and distorted. But then again, I haven’t heard the recently released Vapor Trails Remixed.

    Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – “Don’t Do Me Like That” (Greatest Hits, 1993)
    Baby, don’t do him like that. I’ve always liked this tune.

    The Knack – “Good Girls Don’t” (Get the Knack, 1979)
    …but I do. Doug Fieger and Berton Averre sure could write some pretty pop songs with dirty lyrics couldn’t they?!

  • dwalsh76

    1. “Tell Someone” – Jelly of the Month Club. From my kids collection. Features members of Sublime, Zen Robbi and the Ziggens. Works for the kids and has inside jokes that only parents will get “tell the police or Stewart Copeland”

    2. “Like Janis” – Rodriguez. Yesssssssssssssssssssss.

    3. “Revelate” – The Frames(dc) – First song I ever heard from Glen Hansard. I was the music director at the my college radio station. ’96 or ’97. I was hooked. I’m still hooked.

    4. “Free Time” – Michael Penn. From ‘Free-For-All” his follow up to March. At the time I might have liked this album more than March.

    5. “Lonely Road” – Everlast. Gah, so damn close to not having a dud in my 5. Honestly it’s not a terrible song, but admitting you have an Everlast song isn’t a help to my street cred.

  • nathan_az

    Happy Friday/November! Let’s see…

    “Time to Contemplate” – BARB, BARB (2010) A next generation New Zealand alterna-supergroup, BARB is (was?) Liam Finn, LawrenceArabia, Connan Mockasin, Eliza-Jane and Seamus Ebbs. There are some worthwhile tunes on this album, but this one just kinda meanders.

    “Weather With You” – Crowded House, Woodface (1991) What do you know? Liam Finn’s dad Neil & uncle Tim on the very next track! Brilliant, sublime, amazing.

    “Pour Le Monde” (Live) – Crowded House, Atlanta, GA 09/12/07 (2007) This is getting freaky. 3 Finn ditties in a row. I’ve always thought this was the band’s most direct response to drummer Paul Hester’s suicide. It manages to be a eulogy, a celebration and a meditation. Deeply felt and deeply personal, it’s almost a religious experience live.

    “Pre-Cluster Cluster Pluck Prequel (Prelude)” a.k.a. “From Uncle Jimmy to Justin” – Brad Paisley, Play: The Guitar Album (2008) How’s that for a change of pace? Brad Paisley can’t resist giving this as dumb as name as possible. The“Prequel” tees up a phenomenally fun all-star jam featuring Paisley, Jimmy Burton, Vince Gill, Albert Lee, John Jorgenson, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert & Steve Wariner. Yeah, I’m linking that…

    “The Sheep’s a Wolf” (Shaved Sheep Mix) – Caterwaul, The Sheep’s a Wolf 12” (1989) This is pretty typical of IRS Records’ late ‘80s output. I dug it then, I dig it now.

    Have a great weekend everyone.

  • Michael Parr

    Glen Hansard can do no wrong.

  • Michael Parr

    Word around the Popdose Water Cooler™ is buzzing with the news of a new Neil Finn record, due out in February of 2014. “Weather With You” is probably on of my favorite Finn compositions, period.

  • Rock_dawg

    Like Phil, I’m in a bit of a hurry this week: using up my vacation time next week, so naturally I have a ton to get through by the end of the day. But the iPod’s still shuffling away, so let’s see what comes up.

    “Use Me” – Bill Withers, Greatest Hits
    Can a song be both a funky and a smooth groove at the same time? Exhibit A.
    “Hate” – Kiss, Carnival of Souls
    A killer way to kick off what was probably the heaviest Kiss album since Creatures of the Night.
    “Save The Population” – Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Greatest Hits
    One of the obligatory “with Two NEW Tracks” additions. Not bad, but not great either.
    “Kiss An Angel Good Morning” – Charley Pride, Ultimate Classic Country Collection 3 compilation
    Soul, to heavy rock, to alternative, now classic country. I don’t think I’ve been this whiplash-y in a while.
    “I Will Always Love You” – Kenny Rogers, Eyes That See In The Dark
    No, not that “I Will Always Love You”, but it is an odd choice to use that title for a song on an album that features a duet with Dolly. Probably the weakest track on an otherwise really good album. Produced by Barry Gibb with writing contributions from the other Gibb brothers, this was the best Bee Gees album of the 80’s!

    Have good weekend, Fivers!

  • dwalsh76


  • jhallCORE

    1) Ryan Adams — “New York, New York” (Gold, 2001).
    2) D’Angelo — “Higher” (Brown Sugar, 1995).
    3) Patty Griffin — “Crying Over” (Children Running Through, 2007).
    4) Janet Jackson — “That’s The Way Love Goes” (Janet, 1993).
    5) TLC — “Creep” (Crazysexycool, 1994).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • Pigeon O’Brien

    1. Darondo — “Didn’t I” We all heard that NPR piece a few years ago, didn’t we???

    2. The Verve — “The Drugs Don’t Work”
    3. Allison Moorer — “Is Heaven Good Enough For You”
    4. Raul Malo — “Life Has Its Little Ups and Downs”
    5. Charlie Shafter — “Lately (When You Still Believed in Unicorns)”

    A very Day of the Dead playlist. Miss you, dad.

  • Mordalo

    Oh, one more time for old time’s sake…

    1) Florence + The Machine – Dog Days are Over
    So is this week, for the most part. How many hours until the weekend?

    2) The Young Rascals – Groovin’
    I haven’t heard this in AGES. I do so love this song.

    3) The Monkees – She
    …I got nothin’.

    4) LMFAO & Lil Jon – Shots
    My God, I did not realize I had this in my collection. What was I thinking?

    5) Jethro Tull – Locomotive Breath
    And end this on a high note. Be good to each other!

  • MC_Snocap

    My iPod converted all my songs to unclassifiable data sludge. After a disc wipe and a re-sync, it’s up and running for the first time; will shuffle play be unpredictable once again?

    1. “A Guide for I and I”, Thievery Corporation (2001, off Modular Systems)
    Thievery Corporation is hypnotic in that I wake up and can’t quite recall what I just listened to.

    2. “Hocus Pocus”, Spies Who Surf (1994, 20 Explosive Dynamic Super Smash Hit Explosions)
    Cover of a 70s AM staple which I can’t remember – though its melody somehow embedded itself, because this remake makes me go “Oh yeah … this.

    3. “Big Ideas”, LCD Soundsystem (2008, 21 soundtrack)
    That nervous beat syncs to my nervous system verrry easily. Love when the choir finally comes in before the chorus.

    4. “Violence (Hacienda Version)”, Pet Shop Boys (1995, Alternative)
    This remix’s gentle Latin lilt makes the spare original more involving without losing its detached feel.

    5. “Double Vision”, Foreigner (1978, off The Definitive Collection)
    What’s wrong with meat and potatoes now and again?

    Enjoy that extra hour on Sunday, y’all.

  • Ernie G

    1. Little Ole Wine Drinker Me – Dean Martin
    2. It’s All Too Much – Steve Hillage
    3. In The Garden – Van Morrison
    4. Mash You Down – Cornell Campbell
    5. Venus Is Her Name – Freedy Johnston

  • MB

    Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Till It Shines (Stranger In Town, 1978)
    Lucinda Williams – Wrap My Head Around That (West, 2007)
    Fleetwood Mac – Safe Harbour (Heroes Are Hard To Find, 1974)
    Gram Parsons – Return Of The Grievous Angel (Grievous Angel, 1974)
    Jayhawks – Broken Harpoon (Smile, 2003)

  • Grawmps

    Lets spin the wheel on mine and see what happens-

    1. “Cobwebs” – Votum (Harvest Moon, 2013)
    – Polish proggy alternative rock? Yep, Votum’s on fire here. This sucker’s pretty catchy, so maybe it popped up cause I’ve been spinning their new album so much lately.

    2. “Jojo” – Boz Scaggs (Middle Man, 1981)
    – Huh, didn’t expect this one. Really strong cut here ladies and gents. Scaggs was the master at jazzy, really biting pop songs, but definitely wasn’t expecting one of his best to show up lol.

    3. “Handful Of Rain” – Savatage (Handful Of Rain, 1994)
    – Hell yeah! Bluesy heavy metal at its best. I think Testament’s guitarist was on the album this is from too.

    4. “Starmoods” – Jonn Serrie (Planetary Chronicles Vol. I, 1992)
    – Nobody does the space ambient thing better than Serrie, but 16 minutes is a bit much right now: skipping to the next track while on Shuffle-

    5. “The Revealing Science Of God – Dance Of The Dawn” – Yes (Tales From Topographic Oceans, 1973)
    – ….damn it! I have too much prog floating around here. xD

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Kicking off the rust to see if I remember how to do this

    1. “The Dog” by Rufus Thomas from The Complete Stax/Volt Singles: 1959-1968, Vol. 2. One of four of Thomas’ dog themed songs on this collection. This was the first released in January of ’63 and peaked at #22 on the R&B chart. The second one, released in September ’63, was the smash “Walking the Dog”

    2. “Rock & Roll (Live)” by Led Zeppelin from How the West Was Won. It’s been a long time since I dropped a Five

    3. “Love Like Anthrax” by Gang of Four from No Thanks! The 70’s Punk Rebellion excuse, (cough), me, (cough), (cough)

    4. “Pictures of Lily” by the Who from The Monterey Pop Festival box set. OK, made all the jokes a few months ago. Just move on

    5. “Living Proof” by Bruce Springsteen from Lucky Town. Springsteen wrote a few damn good songs during this period, and this is one of them (and my favorite). Shame he doesn’t revisit them all that often.

    Hope you hear something great this weekend!

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Think I read that somewhere, too. Woodface is so so so good

  • B-ROCK

    Lenny Kravitz – “B-Side Blues” (Are You Gonna Go My Way – Deluxe Anniversary Edition)
    I may be in the minority when it comes to Anniversary Deluxe packages, but I love them. B-side bonanzas! Here Lenny borrows the “Come Together” riff from the greatest band ever for a rambling record label rant.
    Robert Pollard – “Ribbon of Fat” (Lord of the Birdcage)
    The man!
    Matthew Sweet & Suzanna Hoffs – “I Wanna Be Sedated” (Under The Covers Vol 2)
    Looking forward to Sid & Suzie’s take on the 80’s. Of special interest – REM – “Sitting Still”
    Neil Young – “On The Beach” (On The Beach)
    I sometimes forget how good Neil Young is. Then I catch the Bridge School Benefit webcast last weekend and I quickly remember. This album is under-rated.
    Elvis Costello – “Drum and Bone” (Momofuku)
    Another record on my under-rated list. EC gets back to basics.