The Friday Five: November 16, 2012

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:

“Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind & Fire (from Sounds of the Eighties: 1981, 1995)

Earth, Wind & Fire’s last truly great single, “Let’s Groove” does precisely what it sets out to do. As Mr. Morris Day would say, it gets some asses wigglin’.

“When I Think of You” by Janet Jackson (from Design of a Decade: 1986-1996, 1995)

While I liked “What Have You Done for Me Lately” and “Nasty,” it was “When I Think of You” that made me love Miss Jackson.

“Give Me a Beat” by Girl Talk (from Feed the Animals, 2009 )

Janet makes a second appearance on this week’s five, albeit in sample form. These mash-up records seem so damn dated, but there are some incredibly cool moments on this track. Every time you listen to it you recognize a new sample.

“When Doves Cry” by Prince and The Revolution (from Purple Rain, 1984)

It feels like it has been a long time since His Royal Badness showed up the Friday Five.

“Building Steam With a Grain of Salt” by DJ Shadow (from Endtroducing….., 1996)

I’ve been listening to this record, as well as his newly released career retrospective,Reconstructed: The Best of DJ Shadow, an awful lot lately. It astounds me how this music–unlike the Girl Talk record above–doesn’t at all sound dated.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Phil

    Phil Keaggy – “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” (Acoustic Sketches, 1996)
    This album was on heavy rotation as web programming music for me about a decade ago. As the album title suggests, most of the tracks seem to be bits and pieces of acoustic songs that guitarist extraordinaire Phil Keaggy collected throughout the years, some of which he turned into full-fledged songs and most featuring only Keaggy’s guitar. It’s largely a laid-back affair, and as such, makes for great distraction-free mood music, although you would be missing out if you let it simply fade into the background without noticing how accomplished Keaggy is at his craft. This particular track isn’t a favorite of mine, but it’s definitely not bad.

    Coldplay – “Speed of Sound” (X & Y, 2005)
    Love the main piano riff. Love Martin’s falsetto and how effortlessly he slips in and out of it. Love the drum groove underneath. Not much to dislike with this one.

    Moke – “Fluicide” (Carnival, 2001)
    I discovered Moke when King’s X spoke highly of their opening act in an interview. “Fluicide” is a relaxed album closer that doesn’t much resemble the remainder of the tracks, most of which are energetic rock numbers with catchy choruses and funky grooves.

    Anberlin – “Take Me (As You Found Me)” (Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place, 2010)
    OK, is iTunes trying to tell me something?! Here’s another low-key, ballad-y type song, this time from my one-time obsession Anberlin. You wouldn’t know it by listening to this track, but DITWLIAP was produced by Brendan O’Brien, and it follows more in the footsteps of its predecessor New Surrender than it does in my personal favorites Never Take Friendship Personal and Cities. I haven’t yet listened to the new release Vital, but it promises to be heavier and more energetic than this album, and I’m hoping it finds the band returning to its earlier songwriting style.

    Sister Hazel – “Wrong The Right Way” (20 in ‘10 Collection, 2010)
    Sister Hazel is one of those bands that I don’t necessarily like, but I don’t hate them either. They have over the years produced a fair number of good songs, and when they are on, I quite like their southern-tinged brand of pop rock. I grabbed this Amazon digital exclusive retrospective compilation when they offered it as a limited-time free download, and as you would expect, there are some good songs, and there are some not-so-good ones that aren’t bad enough to hate. I almost wish I could hate them, though, as I don’t think a “meh” attitude toward music is good for anyone.

  • Rock_dawg

    “The Show Must Go On” – Queen, Greatest Hits I & II
    I confess, I wasn’t much of a Queen fan until Freddie Mercury passed away. Oh, I remember all the 80’s hits from when I was growing up, but never got an album or single. I was listening to the radio the day Freddie died and after making the announcement, this was the song they played. I bought a copy of Innuendo the next day. From that moment on, I’ve been a Queen fan.

    “The Ferries” – Hans Zimmer & James Newton-Howard, The Dark Knight (Deluxe Edition)
    My favourite movie score of the last ten years.

    “Floaty” – Foo Fighters, Foo Fighters
    “I’ll Stick Around” got me to buy the album, songs like “Floaty” are why I love it.

    “Young Love” – Sonny James, The Rock ‘n’ Roll Era: 1956
    I always think of this as a country song, but I suppose it does have an early rock & roll feel. It’s kind of corny, but I love it.

    “That Lady (Part 1 & 2)” – The Isley Brothers, Ultimate Isley Brothers
    Too awesome to describe. The only thing I can come up with is: Aaaaawwwww yyyyeeeeaaaahhhhh.

    Have a great weekend, Fivers.

  • drxl

    3:14 Tighten Up Archie Bell And The Drells 1968
    3:43 Tierra en el Paladar Poquito Cabeza 2012
    5:27 God Bomb In Black 2012
    2:50 Twin Sisters Chance McCoy And The Appalachian String Band 2008
    4:37 Love in the Bridge La Royale & Meketrefe

  • Michael Parr

    “The Show Must Go On” is a testament to the will of Freddie Mercury. God, do I love that song.

  • Michael Parr

    Crap, drxl stumps me again!

  • MC_Snocap

    Nothing too unfamiliar this week …

    1. Electric Light Orchestra – “Confusion” (1979, Strange Magic)

    2. Bobby Brown – “My Prerogative” (1988, Don’t Be Cruel)

    3. Beastie Boys – “Sure Shot” (1994, cherry-picked from some compilation found in a cheap crate on St. Marks)

    4. They Might Be Giants – “Kiss Me, Son of God” (1988, Lincoln)

    5. Rolling Stones – “Brown Sugar” (1971, Made in the Shade)

  • Phil

    “Floaty” – Foo Fighters, Foo Fighters

    I have a really cool version of “Floaty” that comes from a 2000 live acoustic show the Foos did at ARTISTdirect’s studio for an AT&T Wireless webcast of some kind. Really cool show, but the audio stream was pretty crappy so the audio quality is definitely lacking. I liked the show so much that I split it into separate tracks, created a CD-R, and even designed CD case artwork for it. Cheesy, I know.

  • drxl

    Sorry Michael and everyone. I got a kind of promotion and I am now more busy than I used to. But I still should say something about this week´s random playlist. Well, first of all, the Archie Bell track does not need much explanation, it is a great track I downloaded from one of the Soul Serenades posts here in Popdose. Ken Shane is awesome, and I have learned a lot from reading his column.
    As I might have mentioned before, I do music programming for a web station here in Mexico City, so I have to listen to heaps and heaps of new releases, and that is how Poquito Cabeza ended up on my iTunes. I am sorry if they read this, but their album is not very good, actually. They play a stripped down kind of rap rock, and their flow is less than sub par.
    The In Black track is a straightforward Techno track, pretty nice if you are in the mood for that kind of thing. A big hoover sound throughout the second part of the track. Then, we have an instrumental Appalachian dance track, so you can keep dancing, if you are capable of going from Techno to this kind of stuff. I lived for a while in Mornoe County, so I absorbed a lot of bluegrass music, and some Appalachian music as well.
    Finally, the last track is a strange collaboration between La Royale, one of the leading figures in the new Mexican house movement and Meketrefe, a kind of hipster MC that has raised a lot of hype recently in those circles downtown. The track is actually pretty good. Even though it is brand new, it perfectly captures the more party side of 90s daisy age hip hop, so I am sure more than a couple of popdose staffers would certainly dig it. Also, it is built around a Minnie Riperton´s sample of “Loving You”.

  • drxl You can download the Meketrefe + La Royale track here.

  • Rock_dawg

    I see nothing cheesy about it. And I’m willing to bet that a lot of us who contribute here would agree. ;)

  • Phil

    Just in case anyone is interested …

  • mc3

    Hey Fivers… here goes:

    1. “When the World Ends” Dave Matthews Band (Live at Folsom Field, Boulder Colorado, 2002)
    OK live DMB selection.

    2. “K.C. Jones (On the Road Again)” North Mississippi Allstars (Shake Hands With Shorty, 2000).
    I wasn’t too familiar with this tune, which caused me to ask “Hey, why are NMA singing about KC Jones, too?” That sent me straight to Wikipedia, which I found riveting: .

    3. “Bookends” Simon & Garfunkel (Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits, 1972)
    At 0:45, this for me is the perfect dose of the legendary duet.

    4. “Noxin” Green Magnet School (Blood Music, 1992)
    Classic Boston band from late ’80’s / early ’90’s.

    5. “Walk On By” Cake (Prolonging the Magic, 1998)
    Love me a nice slice of Cake on TGIF.

  • mc3

    “The Show Must Go On” is a fantastic song. I had a Freddie moment of my own this week, on shuffle mode, heard “My Melancholy Blues” for the first time in a long while. Great stuff.

  • Ernie G

    1. “Et Moi Et Moi Et Moi” – Jacques Dutronc (1960s French garage)
    2. “Nbigoshiwe” – Freddie Gwala (1990s South African pop/dance)
    3.”The Endless Plain of Fortune” – John Cale
    4. “Maybelline” – Chuck Berry
    5. “You’re the Light of the World” – Richie Spice (smooth reggae)

  • MB

    Bob Dylan – Union Sundown (Infidels. 1983)

    Dawes – Strangers Getting Stranger (Nothing Is Wrong, 2011)

    Eddie Rabbitt – I Can’t Help Myself, 1977 (Platinum Collection, 2006)

    Genesis – Silver Rainbow (Genesis, 1983)

    Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Earth Hymn (The Good Earth, 1974)

  • albert ross

    No Expectations- Rolling Stones
    Girl- Beck
    Chest Fever- The Band
    Cumpade Ciznone- Cesaria Evora
    Tyrone- Erykah Badu

    PS- I totally agree with you about Janet Jackson. When I Think of You took my heart then and still makes me smile today.