The Friday Five: October 18, 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:

I recived my first “start your year-end list” PR pitch earlier this week and it occured to me that I haven’t shuffled through 2013 in a bit, hence this week’s 2013-centric Friday Five! —MP

“Too Free to Live” by Brett Detar (from Too Free to Live, 2013)

The Springsteen is strong with the former Juliana Theory / Zao vocalist. His second solo effort—which is available for free over at his website—is a mixed bag of Americana with a healthy dose of revved-up guitars nipping at the fringes. Detar has grown considerably as a songwriter over the past few years, and this effort is a true testament to that growth. This record is definitely in my “highly recommended” list, and it’s free!

“Same Old Same Old” by The Civil Wars (from The Civil Wars, 2013)

The drama surrounding this record—as if ripped from a script for the television program, Nashville, the duo is no longer on speaking terms—seemed to eclipse the record itself. Perhaps that was the plan, realizing that they were releasing a record that was sub-par in comparison to their debut. If I were a betting man, I’d say this is the last we hear from The Civil Wars as a duo, and that the principal members will both enjoy solo careers.

“Sparrow” by Mazzy Star (from Seasons of Your Day, 2013)

Somebody opened a 1993 time capsule and out fell this record. This is not a bad thing, people. This record hits on every note that you’d expect from the atmospheric, dream-pop backdrops to Hope Sandoval’s equally dreamy vocals. This is the best record this year that you didn’t know you wanted.

“Something to Say” by Tess Henley (from High Heels & Sneakers, 2013)

Do you love Erykah Badu and Chrisette Michelle? Yeah? Let me introduce you to Tess Henley. Her voice rings with a honey tone that just melts across the neo soul joints that manage to sound neither copy nor contrived; all while reminding you of your favorite R&B jams. If you need more convincing, check out Miss Henley’s time on The Matt ‘N’ Jeff Radio Hour.

“Walk Us Downtown” by Elvis Costello and The Roots (from Wise Up Ghost, 2013)

Popdose Grand Poobah, Jeff Giles, and I had a long discussion recently about this record; specifically we built a subscription model in which The Roots release quarterly records featuring different artists. Think about it: would you not drop some serious dough if you could get Booker T. and The Roots? How about Niles Rodgers and The Roots? Hell, name just about any legendary artist and I’ll bet they’d benefit from working with one of the best bands in the world.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • gthradecky

    1. “Nylons in a Rip” Nikka Costa – I always like this when I hear it and wonder why I don’t want to listen to it more?

    2. “Failsafe” New Pornographers –

    3. “Repulsion (Show Up Late for Work on Monday)” The Negro Problem – I’m always surprised there’s a banjo in this song until it comes in the fade out

    4. “Crackerbox Palace” George Harrison – This has been stuck in my head since 1978? Yeah, just about 1978

    5. “Happy Hi” Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Deep album cut? B-Side? Your version may vary but this is from the ‘Pleasuredome’ time – Nice ‘n’ blissed out with soft synths – Plus I’m a sucker for the ‘Hold Your Head Up’ quote on the fade out –

    Happy Friday!

  • Phil

    Trivium – “Like Callisto to a Star in Heaven” (Shogun, 2008)
    Hang on, boys and girls, we’re off to a thrashy, growly start. This might get interesting. For some reason Shogun is the only Trivium album I’ve been able to really get into, and I love nearly every song on it. “Like Callisto” has an almost epic feel, and despite the Cookie Monster vocals, it has a lot going for it—harmony vocals, harmony leads, and yes, even a groove.

    Hüsker Dü – “I’m Not Interested” (Live at Mabuhay Gardens, San Francisco, 1981)
    Are you awake yet?! Maybe a small shot of noisy live Hüsker Dü will help help.

    Apocalyptica – “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” (Apocalyptica Plays Metaliica by Four Cellos, 1996)
    I think I like the mood iTunes is in this morning. One of my favorite Metallica songs performed on cello. I can’t help but think Cliff Burton would have approved.

    The Wildhearts – “Nita Nitro” (P.H.U.Q., 1995)
    I only recently discovered P.H.U.Q. despite its containing one of my favorite Wildhearts songs, “Caprice.” “Nita Nitro” is another winner on this disc, and I just love how Ginger is able to combine crunchy guitars and catchy (almost poppy) melody hooks with utterly bizarre lyrics. That sweet Nita Nitro is locos tambien.

    Gin Blossoms – “As Long As It Matters” (Congratulations I’m Sorry, 1996)
    I hate to say a Gin Blossoms song is a let down, but after the previous tunes in this Five, this one is a bit of a downer. Any other day I would have welcomed this one.

  • 1001Songs

    1. The Tremloes ” I Like It That Way” (1972 single) A Dutch Top 10 hit years after the UK grew tired of their whitebread pop tunes

    2.Bill Withers ” I Don’t Know” ( Still Bill, 1972) Smooth easy going soul from the same year. Could this be a trend?

    3. Bobby Womack “”Medley: Fact of Life / He’ll Be There When the Sun Goes Down” (Facts of Life, 1973) In which Bobby addresses the question: “Bobby, why do you always talk before you sing?”

    4. The Mavericks “Ain’t Found Nobody” ( What a Crying Shame, 1994) Written by the great Harlan Howard who also wrote ” I Fall to Pieces”, “The Chokin’ Kind” and “Heartaches By the Number”.

    5. Brinsley Schwarz “:There’s a Cloud in My Heart” ( Hen’s Teeth, 1998) Hen’s Teeth is a 22-song compilation of singles dating back to their Kippington Lodge Days. Nick Lowe wrote this winner!

  • Rock_dawg

    “Get Down On It (Extended Mix)” – Kool & The Gang
    I miss the Popdose Weeknight 80’s Dance Party!
    “Last Time Forever” – Squeeze, Greatest Hits
    One of the darkest songs pop songs I can think of, this is a single edit without the samples from The Shining. I remember hearing it back in the 80’s before I probably knew who Squeeze was and the haunting, slightly out of tune piano part stayed with me until I bought this CD twenty or so years later.
    “Seek & Destroy” – Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Covers EP
    I forgot that I had this. A cute idea, to put out a collection of cover tunes to celebrate their induction: I believe the originally announced title was Thank You. Solid version of the Stooges classic that was first on the Beavis & Butthead CD back in the 90’s.
    “Only Time Will Tell” – Asia, Asia
    Love that fanfare, then Howe comes in with that little lead part… Awesome! I’ve never understood why it fades out mid-verse like it does. Polished and sterile versus the rawness of “Seek & Destroy”, but whatever.
    “Freestate” – Depeche Mode, Ultra
    And we close on an indifferent note. Not a bad song, but not one that inspires a comment.

    Have a good weekend!

  • Phil

    “Only Time Will Tell” – Asia, Asia


    I used to love everything about this album back in the day, so much so that I made myself a homemade fake concert shirt with the sea serpent on it. I think I was all of 12 or 13! Still love this album.

  • Rock_dawg

    I still have the vinyl and my next thought after how awesome the intro is, was that I should give it a spin this evening. I LOVE “Time Again” and “Wildest Dreams”.
    The third thought I had was of The 40 Year Old Virgin: “Is that an Asia poster? Did the guy at the framing store laugh at you when you brought that in?”

  • gthradecky

    Cowbell in excelsis!

  • Ernie G

    1. Do The Funky Penguin (Part 1) – Rufus Thomas
    2. She’s Got It – Little Richard
    3. Sometimes She Forgets – Steve Earle
    4. Melting Pot – Blue Mink
    5. Visa Om Imperialismens Taktik – Turid

  • MB

    John Fogerty – Wasn’t That A Woman (Eye Of The Zombie, 1986)
    Barclay James Harvest – Song For You (Time Honoured Ghosts, 1975)
    Outlaws – (Ghost) Riders In The Sky (Ghost Riders, 1980)
    Rita Coolidge – Mud Island (Rita Coolidge, 1971)
    Warren Zevon – The Sin (Stand In The Fire, 1981)