The Friday Five: November 8, 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:

“Binary Mind” by Ra Ra Riot (from Beta Love, 2013

Beta Love has this odd, narrative thread running through it that suggests that the band may have been treading into “concept record” territory, without fully committing to it. Either way, this record has grown on me through the year and would probably land in my Top 20 of 2013.

“Rich Hipster (feat. Wale)” by Chrisette Michelle (from Better, 2013)

Another 2013 entry! Chrisette Michelle’s fourth record is worlds better than her last, Let Freedom Ring, and finds Miss Michelle back with her constant companion, Wale, in tow.

“Heart of Glass” by Blondie (from The Disco Years, Volume 2: On The Beat (1978-1982), 1990)

I can’t help myself, I truly love this tune.

“What’s New” by John Coltrane (from The Classic Quartet: The Complete Impulse! Recordings (disc 1), 1998)

Two weeks in a row with a bit of ‘Trane in them! This week it’s the tender side of ‘Trane, from one of my favorite records, 1963’s Ballads. Back in my record store days, this was my Sunday morning record. I’d usually alternate between Coltrane, Davis, Mobley, and Green until the second shift came in and started complaining.

“Money Don’t Matter 2 Night” by Prince and The New Power Generation (from Ultimate, 2006)

This cut always seemed like a bit of an anomaly in the Purple One’s cadre. It’s completely out of place on the record it was originally included on, an seemed like a completely off-the-wall choice for a single. Yet, it stands as one of my favorite Prince tunes; if for no other reason than it seems less polished than every other tune in his bag.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • 1001Songs

    1. Larry Jon Wilson “Ohoopee River Bottomland” from Country Funk 1969-1975. Light in the Attic Records, based in Seattle, has more than just Rodriguez on their retro-label. And it’s all great stuff!

    2. The Jam “Away from the Numbers” from their 1977 debut. Not punk. Too late for mod. Munk? Modunk?

    3. Peter Tosh “Stepping Razor from 1977’s Equal Rights. Written by Joe Higgs, the Godfather of Reggae, in 1967. But he had to sue Tosh to prove it.

    4. The Zombies “Conversation Off Floral Street”. This swanky instrumental is one of the bonus cuts you get when you buy the two disc version of 1968’s Odyssey and Oracle. So what are you waiting for?

    5. Neil Young “Yonder Stands the Sinner” from Time Fades Away (1973). Young refuses to release this album of live tracks because he has dreadful memories of the tour but it’s chock full of great chunky rock. “Yonder” was recorded in front of a Seattle crowd who were probably there to hear Harvest.

  • Phil

    Better late than never, I guess. I had car troubles this morning, and I found out it’s going to take about $3K to fix it (anyone need some web development work done?!), so iTunes better not screw with me today. Please don’t suck, please don’t suck, please don’t suck.

    John Parr – “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)” (Like, Omigod! The ’80s Pop Culture Box (Totally), 2002)
    Crap! Thanks alot, Popdose!

    Neal Morse – “Oh Angie” (It’s Not Too Late, 2001)
    Now that’s more like it, although a pop tune about a failed, destructive relationship has no right to sound so happy and upbeat.

    Iron Maiden – “Iron Maiden” (Iron Maiden, 1980)
    Great classic Maiden here. Unfortunately I can’t listen to the original these days without thinking about the Trivium cover from the extended version of Shogun. Yeah, that’s right, the one with the Cookie Monster vocals and the over-enunciation of “i-ron.”

    Glen Phillips (with Nickel Creek) – “It Takes Time” (Live at Joe’s Pub, New York City, NY, 8/18/2002)
    Excellent live acoustic version, but I think I like the original Abulum cut better. There’s just so much texture there that you can’t replicate live, even if the crazy-talented Nickel Creek kids are backing you up.

    Nirvana – “Something in the Way” (Nevermind, 1991)
    I was trying to come up with something interesting to say about this one, but oh well. Whatever. Nevermind. This downer tune seems like a fitting way to end today’s Five.

  • paulzas

    1. Break Up at Food Court (Demo, 2000) – Ben Folds from “The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective.” — Definitely a lesser BF track. I see why it remained a demo.

    2. Fading – Keri Noble from “When It Don’t Come Easy” – Fell in love with Noble, a Minnesotan, thanks to her torchy “Hey Lover” (seriously, go and listen on iTunes. Powerful as hell). This one, a traditional more singer-songwriter track, sounds like the voice of the girl Ben just broke up with in the food court.

    3. Family Portrait – P!nk from “Missundaztood” – In my book, Pink can do no wrong, and her ability to interject some true emotion into her R&B is one of the reasons. A really good early track.

    4. Here Comes the Flood – Peter Gabriel from “Shaking the Tree” – A stark arrangement that puts his aged voice in the spotlight. Great track.

    5. Taking Down the Tree – Low from “Christmas” – Another Minnesotan makes the list! Arguably the most down Christmas album in my collection, but still love it.

  • dwalsh76

    1. AM Radio: “Take Time” Some lovely fuzzed-out pop/rock from ’03. Rivers Cuomo was their manager for a bit.

    2. Brian Vogan: “Last Thanksgiving” A kids song about a small town’s very large turkey.

    3. Face to Face: “I’m Popeye the Sailor Man” from the Saturday Morning Cartoons compilation. It’s exactly how you’d expect Face to Face to cover this song.

    4. Cowboy Mouth: “Light It On Fire” Still a fun live band, but they’ve really turned into a one trick pony.

    5. Zebrahead: “Bootylicious Vinyl” – Comes from 311 loving days. No other comment needed.

  • nathan_az

    Woo-hoo! It’s Friday, let’s get to it:

    “Legal Tender” by The B-52’s (from Whammy,
    1983) No Fred, no problem. Spectacular start to this week’s Five.

    “Mother of God” by Close Lobsters (from Foxheads
    Stalk This Land
    , 1987) Terms like “underrated” get thrown
    around way too often. This band, though? Criminally underrated. This song might
    not be their catchiest, but it’s certainly among their most ambitious.

    “You Make Loving Fun” by Fleetwood Mac (from Rumours,
    1977) What an obscure, little-heard song! But seriously,

    “This Beat Goes On/Switching to Glide” by Kings (from
    Richard Blade’s Flashback Favorites, Vol. 2,
    1994 [originally released in 1980]) I prefer the “Glide” to the
    “Beat,” how about you?

    “To Be Loved” by Terence Trent D’Arby (from Shake,
    Rattle & Roll: Music from The CBS Mini Series
    , 1999)
    TTD covering JW…now we’re talking! I know nothing of the mini series.

    Have a fabulous weekend everyone.

  • jcb7472

    1) Slim Smith: “My Conversation” (1968) from (Mirror to the Soul: Caribbean Jump-Up, Mambo, and Calypso Beat 1954-77. A nice, chill Jamaican rocksteady song from the 60s. Good start.

    2) The Mountain Goats: “Oceanographer” (Tallahassee, 2002). Album track off a very good album. Definitely not one of the standouts from this album, though. I went to college in Tallahassee. It’s an interesting town. Go Noles.

    3) Jay-Z & Kanye West: “The Joy” (featuring Curtis Mayfield) from (Watch the Throne, 2011). closing song of the very good “Watch the Throne” collab album these guys did.

    4) Weezer: “No Other One” (Pinkerton, 1996). This was Weezer’s best album IMO and every song on this record is good. This one is about codependency. “My girl’s a liar, but I’ll stand beside her. She’s all I got, and I don’t wanna be alone”. I wish Weezer still made good albums like their first 3 records.

    5) Cypress HIll: “Lick a Shot” (Black Sunday, 1993). Ah, 90s gangsta rap. This song reminds me of high school. Friend of mine had a Honda Civic hatchback with a box of 12″ speakers and he used to blast this album when it came out.

    My 5 took me back to younger times this week! Happy Friday y’all

  • MC_Snocap

    1. “Jet Police” by Puffy AmiYumi (1998, off An Illustrated History)
    Lovably shameless Who “homage”.

    2. “Don’t Ever Leave Me” by Connie Francis (1964, off Growin’ Up Too Fast)
    Might be my least favorite tune on this great compilation. Lyrics boil down to this: I always wanted a boyfriend, and I hope you continue to fancy me, because I’ll become an utter train wreck if you do. There’s no humor, no overblown drama, just mewling. Connie, I give it two weeks — tops.

    3. “I’ll Be On My Way” by Bob & Fred (1966, off Eccentric Soul: The Big Mack Label)
    Also lyrically defeatist, but with a little poetry, a little grit, and an graceful flow.

    4. “Diabolik’s Hideout” by Ennio Morricone (1968, Danger: Diabolik)
    Sitar, flute, strings, percussion, and the roar of a Jaguar. Props to Morricone for complimenting Diabolik’s flashy futuristic lair with something organic and intriguing.

    5. “Grasshopper” by Soul Devalents (1972, off Conquer the World)
    A hoedown, Gamble-and-Huff style. Now, off to Google to learn what a “devalent” is.

    Peaceful weekend, all.

  • B-ROCK

    Moxy – “Sail On Sail Away” (Moxy)
    Big in Rochester in the 70’s according to a pal from there, but, unfortunately, nowhere in Louisville. This was a great debut record that I wish I would’ve found as a teenager. Better late than never. R.I.P. Buzz Sherman.
    Hall & Oates – “She’s Gone” (The Very Best)
    If H & O don’t get into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, it will be a travesty. Same for KISS!
    Circus Devils – “Johnny Dart” (When Machines Attack)
    Not a big Devils fan and was secretly hoping Robert Pollard had put them on the shelf.
    The Sex Pistols – “Liar” (Never Mind The Bullocks)
    Played this record at the poker game Saturday night to great applause. Hadn’t heard it in a while.
    Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Do I Look Worried” (Made Up Mind)
    Their best record yet. Does anyone else see a Janis Joplin comparison?

  • Michael Parr

    I saw Zebrahead open for … um, Limp Bizkit. We all have our baggage, Dan.

  • Michael Parr

    “Here Comes the Flood” is one of my favorite Peter Gabriel tunes.

  • Rock_dawg

    I used to favor the “Glide” half, but now I prefer the “Beat”. But I’d never want to separate the two!