The Friday Five: October 11, 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:

“Song Cry” by Jay-Z (from UnPlugged, 2001)

They say, “You can’t turn a bad girl good, but once a good girl’s gone bad, she’s gone forever”

Jigga man coming on his peak + The Legendary Roots Crew = classic Hip-Hop.

“We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister (from Like, Omigod! The ’80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) (disc 5), 2002)

Dee Snider is one ugly woman. I probably should have added that to the discussion when the team was talking about this box set.

“Pleasure Dome / Drum Solo” by Van Halen (from Live: Right Here, Right Now (disc 1), 1993)

“Pleasure Dome” is probably my least favorite tune on For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge. Add an extended Alex Van Halen drum solo—seriously, if it isn’t the lead into “Hot for Teacher,” or maybe “Panama,” I’m not interested—and you have yourself an instant “skip” in my book. Now, being it’s the Friday Five I’m going to let it play out. The tour was the last time I saw Van Halen live, and I don’t recall there being this long of a drum solo. Goddammit, we’re four minute and forty seconds in and not even halfway there. I wonder if this is what hell is like. No, really. Rototoms rolling around your head in stereo, while the bass alternates between double paradiddles and straight sixteenth notes. Oh, good! He found the ride cymbal! Has it really been seven minutes? Oh, a pause! Wait, what the shit is this … a timpani?! Please, for the love of God, just hit the gong and put us all out of our misery. Please just hit the damn gong. Hell, launch back into “Pleasure Dome,” I don’t care. Oh, here’s Eddie to save that day … and it’s over.

See what I endure for you guys?

“Haul Away” by Mark Knopfler (from Privateering (disc 1), 2012)

This is simple, beautiful tune; sadly devoid of Knopfler’s trademark guitar. Stylistically it reminds me of my favorite Knopfler tune, “Darling Pretty.”

“Mr. Completely” by Trey Anastasio (from 2003-05-31: The Warfield, San Francisco, CA, USA (disc 2), 2003)

Twenty-eight minutes and forty-four seconds long? TWENTY-EIGHT MINUTES and FORTY-FOUR SECONDS?! There is not a single song that deserves to be that long. I don’t care how heady the jam is, it’s just not sane. I’m calling it quits now, before I lose my damn mind.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Rock_dawg

    Can’t comment on extra long jams like that one – I tend to avoid live Dave Matthews recordings and have never been into Phish or the Dead – but as much as I love AVH’s drumming in the songs, unacompanied solos are not his forte. Neil Peart is the only drummer I know who makes long drum solos that I ACTUALLY want to hear more than once. In fact, the solo from the R30 set played earlier today.

  • 1001Songs

    1. Serge Gainsbourg “Initials B.B.” (Initials B.B., 1967) Gainsbourg’s tribute to Brigitte Bardot, “a vision who appeared above the bubbles of the Eau de Seltz”.

    2. Quincy Jones “Superstition” (You’ve Got It Bad Girl, 1973) Chart topping “jazz” album by the Q featuring Stevie Wonder playing harmonica on his own tune.

    3.The Meters “Give It What You Can” (New Directions, 1977) The Meters attempt to go Top 40. But the world wanted disco.

    4. The Beatles “Devil in Her Heart” ( With the Beatles, 1963) Their second album was released the day of the Kennedy assassination. George sings lead on this tune originally cut by The Donays. Ends on one of their their trademark 6th chords.You can almost see them bowing.

    5.Franz Ferdinand “40′” (Franz Ferdinand, 2004) Forgot how great this album sounds. And how quickly ten years can fly by.

  • Michael Parr

    Here’s the thing; I’m certain that if I were in attendance at that Trey show I would love the extended jam, but without the visceral experience to go along with it, it is just excessive.

    I’ll give you the Peart exception on drum solos. I don’t even care much for Rush and I still enjoy his stuff.

  • gthradecky

    “Sexy Brooklyn Mami” The Negro Problem – A psych-funk send up of, well, ‘sexy Brooklyn mommies’ from Stew & Heidi – If you’ve ever been to Park Slope you know

    “Tempted” Squeeze – Squeeze doin’ the Stax thing – Still love how they pass the ball on the second verse and ‘woo woo woo’ like the Temptations!

    “The Night Time is the Right Time” Ray Charles – “BABY!”

    “Stick It Where the Sun Don’t Shine” Nick Lowe – Always loved this song but never knew who did it for years and I think I downloaded this one off from …. Popdose

    “Back Like 8 Track” The Go! Team – All the cheering and crowd noises in this bands albums really gives it a fall flavored, football game, beginning of school vibe to me

    Happy Friday! – See ya next week!

  • dwalsh76

    1. Frank Turner – Photosynthesis “I won’t shut up, but most of all I will not grow up” How can you not love this?

    2. S’Express – Hey Music Lover (Spatial Expansion Mix) At over 8 minutes long, no.

    3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Hyperballad. A Bjork cover. Not terrible. Not compelling either.
    4. Flannery Brothers – Sunglasses. From my kids music collection. One of our family favorites.
    5. Rock From The Crypt – Dick on a dog. Still annoyed with myself for not seeing them at RiotFest.

  • Pigeon O’Brien

    1. Volcano Girls, Veruca Salt. Hmmmm this is actually a good song for today.

    2. Ain’t No Way, Aretha Franklin woman power emerging!

    3. Love and a .45, Chris Knight ok, well, there went that.

    4. Get Out of Denver, Bob Seger THAT’S RIGHT I’M FROM THE MIDWEST

    5. please be Avett Brothers please be Avett Brothers nope it’s Pepe, Buddha Bar Mix Cd

    6. Avett Brothers, Down With the Shine. Missed it by one.

  • gthradecky

    “Volcano Girls” makes my life better :)

  • Rock_dawg

    Enough of this work shit, time for the most important activity of my Friday!

    “How Long” – How To Destroy Angels, Welcome Oblivion
    Love Reznor and Nine Inch Nails but I never really got into this album. “How Long” was definitely the highlight.
    “Shut Up” – Joe Walsh, Look What I Did! The Joe Walsh Anthology
    Amusing little poor-little-rock-star-slice-of-life ditty in the vein of “Life’s Been Good”, but missing that songs awesome middle solo section. Nice crazed vocal, though.
    “Pretty Tied Up” – Guns ‘N Roses, Use Your Illusion II
    Back when these were new albums, I liked them just fine. Time has only shown how they’re not as awesome as Appetite for Destruction.
    “Falling To Pieces” – Thornley, Come Again
    I do enjoy a nice grinding track that you can do a slow, steady headbang to… I miss having long hair!
    “America” – Simon & Garfunkel, Bookends
    And then on the mellower side, I love this album and this is my favourite track on it. Simon paints an incredible lyrical picture and the chorus has more majesty than a palace could handle.

    Have a great weekend, Fivers!
    (And Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow hosers, eh!)

  • nathan_az

    Happy Friday everyone. Let’s see…

    Gatheration – Lady Sovereign, (Public Warning, 2006) Seems like the rest of the US wasn’t interested in the musical efforts of young Louise Harman. I really dug this tune, though. Sovereign left/was dropped by Roc-a-Fella a few years back, and has been “on hiatus” lately.

    “Today You Move” – Trip Shakespeare, (Lulu, 1992) I cannot sing the praises of this band, tune or album highly enough. I’ll defer to this amazing distillation from Allmusic: “It is a rare instance in the music industry, major label or otherwise, to hear an album created by a group so obviously enchanted and inspired by each other, an album so loved and so toiled over that its contents continue to give indefinitely, an album so
    steeped in worshiping beauty that no amount of criticism — positive or negative — can mangle or tarnish its crystalline brilliance.”

    “Achin’ to Be” – The Replacements (Don’t Tell a Soul, 1989) Not quite as underappreciated as their fellow Minneapolitans Trip Shakespeare, this song provides a pretty decent introduction to The ‘Mats, who came so close to hitting it big. Shoulda, coulda, woulda…

    “I’m Looking Through You” – Ted Leo ( This Bird Has Flown: A 40th Anniversary Tribute To The Beatles’ Rubber Soul, 2005) Ted Leo does a lot of covers. This is one of his better efforts in that vein. BTW, Leo’s recently teamed up w/Aimee Mann to form the oddly (evenly?)-named super duo #BOTH.

    “Ride or Die” – Jay-Z (Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life, 1998) Nice way to wrap up this week’s Five. Crazy
    production from Stevie J, who used to be known as something other than a cad from VH-1’s Love & Hip Hop; Atlanta, along with the type of lyrics and flow that led to Jay-Z earning the mythical Best Rapper Alive title in the late ’90s.

    Have a great weekend everyone!

  • Chad Zimmermann

    Jack’s Mannequin – “Bruised”
    I like Andrew McMahon’s music better as Something Corporate, but the difference isn’t enough for me to not like this song.

    Green Day – “Worry Rock”
    Back from the Nimrod days, before they decided they hated George W. Bush and wanted to get all political.

    Pantera – “Domination”
    I, along with millions others, still weep for the death of Dimebag Darrell. Sure, Phil Anselmo caused the downfall of one of the best metal bands and is hared by many, but this was when they were in their prime, and I love every second of it.

    Muse – “I Belong to You (New Moon remix)”
    Muse always seems to put out good songs that are easy to listen to. And please disregard the fact this is from the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack…that is your sister’s fault.

    Gavin DeGraw – “Relative”
    Good tune. Good artist. Not much else to say.

  • jhallCORE

    1) Bonnie Raitt — “Thing Called Love” (Road Tested, 1995).
    2) Elton John — “Tiny Dancer” (Greatest Hits 1970-2002, 2002). Of course, I can’t hear this song without thinking of Almost Famous, one of my favorite films.
    3) Steve Earle (w/Lucinda Williams) — “You’re Still Standin’ There” (I Feel Alright, 1996).
    4) Norah Jones — “Sunrise” (Feels Like Home, 2004).
    5) Lyle Lovett — “The Road To Ensenada” (The Road To Ensenada, 1996).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • jcb7472

    Nirvana: “Sifting” (Bleach, 1989). A really good, early Nirvana song. I like the intensity in Kurt’s voice during the chorus: “Don’t have nothing for you!!”

    Sade: “Long Hard Road” (Solider of Love, 2010). How can you not be soothed by Sade’s incredibly smooth voice? She is a living legend.

    Talib Kweli & Z-Trip: “To the Music ft. Maino (Attack the Block mixtape, 2012). Talib Kweli is one of my favorite rappers and Z-Trip is one of the best DJs around, but this song just doesn’t grab me at all.

    DJ Danger Mouse: “Allure” (The Grey Album, 2004). From the classic mash-up album combining The Beatles White Album and Jay-Z’s Black Album. Not the best track on here – it’s kind of just a remix of Allure by Jay-Z with some mixed up instrumentals by The Beatles – but overall this album is a must-have.

    Interpol: “Pace is the Trick” (Our Love to Admire, 2007). Love Interpol but this wasn’t their best album. This song is just OK.

    Man, my five kind of fell off after the first two tracks. Hope the weekend is better. Have a good one y’all!

  • The Blerd Formerly Known As Bi

    1) “The Immortals” by Kings Of Leon: “Come Around Sundown” gets a bit unfairly shit on. It’s not a great album, but it certainly isn’t a bad one. The guitar part here belongs on a Police album.

    2) “Papillon AKA Hot Butterfly” by Chaka Khan: Nice Sunday morning midtempo jam by *my* Queen Of Soul. Luther provides recognizable background vocals on this one (you can hear his voice very clearly towards the end of the song.)

    3) “Sigh No More” by Mumford & Sons: Have seen these guys live three times-anytime those voices come together and harmonize, it’s goosebump time.

    4) “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” by James Brown: It’s star time!

    5) “Nova Baby” by The Black Keys : Eh, not one of their better songs, but good enough I guess.

  • Michael Parr

    You know, I dig the hell out of Come Around Sundown.

  • MC_Snocap

    Mr. Parr, I LOLed. Your drum solo suffering was not in vain.

    1. Deltron, “Madness” (2000, Deltron 3030)
    Currently touring with Dan the Automator, Kid Koala, and a 16-piece orchestra … and their stop in my town was as part of a price-prohibitive festival. Heartbroken. Please come back, Del, just you and the friends.

    2. Golden Earring, “Twilight Zone” (1982, single)
    Because what follows Madness?

    3. Was (Not Was), “The Party Broke Up” (1983, Born to Laugh at Tornadoes)
    “Someone began to discuss paranoia…” This is a thematically disturbing 5.

    4. “Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Op. 8/1, RV 269, Spring” (1723, off a comp.)
    Way to botch the theme, Antonio. Full title above to trap aficionados using the google.

    5. Pet Shop Boys, “Left to My Own Devices” (1988, off Pop Art)
    The string intro segued nicely – kudos, iPod. I’ve never fully parsed the lyrics; a pointed look at how very recessive types make excuses for unfulfilled desires?

    Good weekend to all!

  • Michael Parr

    I appreciate that.