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The Friday Five: October 26, 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:

“I Don’t Wanna Talk About It” by Indigo Girls (from Philadelphia: Music From the Motion Picture, 1994)

“I can tell by your eyes that you’ve probably been crying forever.” I can’t deny that when I first heard this tune I had no awareness of its lineage; originally recorded by Crazy Horse (yes, that Crazy Horse), the song enjoyed Billboard chart success on both sides of the pond when Rod Stewart recorded it for his 1975 release, Atlantic Crossing. Amy Ray’s voice is perfectly suited to the melancholic verse, with Emily Saliers’ ethereal harmonies coming in to bring the chorus home. I’m not going to lie, I hit repeat three times on this one before letting the shuffle move onto the next tune.

“How” by Maroon 5 (from Hands All Over, 2010)

The pairing of Maroon 5 with über-producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange should have been a home run. Instead, it was … well, boring.

“Seek Up” by Dave Matthews Band (from 1998-12-08: DMB Live Trax, Volume 1: Worcester Centrum Centre, Worcester, MA, USA (disc 1), 2004)

Despite being one of my favorite DMB tunes, I don’t know that I have all that much to say about “Seek Up.” It’s epic in scale, even by DMB standards, and generally clocks in over the twenty minute mark.

“All or Nothing at All” by Billie Holiday (from Verve Jazz Masters 12, 1994)

As much as I love Miss Holiday, it is ‘Trane’s version of “All or Nothing at All” from his 1962 recording, Ballads, that holds my top spot.

“Blowin’ in the Wind (alternate mix)” by Stevie Wonder (from The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 6: 1966 (disc 30), 2006)

I’m generally of the opinion that Dylan songs are better performed by anyone other than Dylan, this is probably one of the exceptions. Not that Stevie doesn’t bring his all, and deliver an impassioned take on the classic. Hell, he even took this version to the Top 10 in 1966.

What’s on your shuffle today?




  • Rock_dawg

    “You Rock My World” – Michael Jackson, Invincible
    Invincible was a 50/50 album: Half of it was pretty good and the other half was just awful. This is probably the greatest single he released since Remember The Time. I just need to edit the stupid Chris Tucker intro part out of my mp3…

    “Cathedral” – Crosby Stills and Nash, Replay
    The piano slowly builds tension under the trademark harmonies until a nice release halfway through. But ultimately the song is still lacking something: a stronger chorus maybe?

    “In My House” – Mary Jane Girls, Sounds of the Eighties: 1984-1985
    It’s Rick James, bitch! A great pop/funk single with one of those great not-really-like-the-rest-of-the-song intros.

    “Chega de Saudade (No More Blues)” – Stan Getz, The Girl From Ipenema: The Bossa Nova Years
    My father-in-law played his old LP of Getz’s Jazz Samba for me last fall and I’ve been digging the sound ever since.

    “Heavy” – Hemingway Corner, Under The Big Sky
    Hemingway Corner were originally a duo playing acoustic pop-folk songs and their first self-titled album is one of my all time favourites. Then one of the guys left, leaving the other to recruit two other guys and this follow up album leaned a little more country-pop using a full band. It was okay (and got their videos on CMT), but not as great as the first. This track is a little more like the original album and according to the liner notes, was written in my hometown!

    Have a good weekend, fellow Fivers.

  • Rock_dawg

    “You Rock My World” – Michael Jackson, Invincible
    Invincible was a 50/50 album: Half of it was pretty good and the other half was just awful. This is probably the greatest single he released since Remember The Time. I just need to edit the stupid Chris Tucker intro part out of my mp3…

    “Cathedral” – Crosby Stills and Nash, Replay
    The piano slowly builds tension under the trademark harmonies until a nice release halfway through. But ultimately the song is still lacking something: a stronger chorus maybe?

    “In My House” – Mary Jane Girls, Sounds of the Eighties: 1984-1985
    It’s Rick James, bitch! A great pop/funk single with one of those great not-really-like-the-rest-of-the-song intros.

    “Chega de Saudade (No More Blues)” – Stan Getz, The Girl From Ipenema: The Bossa Nova Years
    My father-in-law played his old LP of Getz’s Jazz Samba for me last fall and I’ve been digging the sound ever since.

    “Heavy” – Hemingway Corner, Under The Big Sky
    Hemingway Corner were originally a duo playing acoustic pop-folk songs and their first self-titled album is one of my all time favourites. Then one of the guys left, leaving the other to recruit two other guys and this follow up album leaned a little more country-pop using a full band. It was okay (and got their videos on CMT), but not as great as the first. This track is a little more like the original album and according to the liner notes, was written in my hometown!

    Have a good weekend, fellow Fivers.

  • nathan_az

    “Morning Ride” – Mark Knopfler, The Princess Bride soundtrack…As you wish.
    “So What’cha Want [Butt Naked Mix]” – Beastie Boys, homemade Unpainted Hougheinz Style Beastie Boys rarities compilation. Must admit, I like the original version better.
    “He Was a Friend of Mine [Live]” – The Byrds, Monterey Pop Festival. Did you hear David Crosby thinks Kennedy’s assassination was the work of the US government? At least that’s what he said at Monterey.
    “Black Smoke [No Pope]” – Joe Pernice, It Feels So Good When I Stop. Fun instrumental track from Pernice’s multi media blitz a few years back (the CD was created to be enjoyed his novel of the same name).
    “Wasted Time” – Kings of Leon, Youth and Young Manhood. This title pretty much sums up my FIve this Friday.

  • nathan_az

    “Morning Ride” – Mark Knopfler, The Princess Bride soundtrack…As you wish.
    “So What’cha Want [Butt Naked Mix]” – Beastie Boys, homemade Unpainted Hougheinz Style Beastie Boys rarities compilation. Must admit, I like the original version better.
    “He Was a Friend of Mine [Live]” – The Byrds, Monterey Pop Festival. Did you hear David Crosby thinks Kennedy’s assassination was the work of the US government? At least that’s what he said at Monterey.
    “Black Smoke [No Pope]” – Joe Pernice, It Feels So Good When I Stop. Fun instrumental track from Pernice’s multi media blitz a few years back (the CD was created to be enjoyed his novel of the same name).
    “Wasted Time” – Kings of Leon, Youth and Young Manhood. This title pretty much sums up my FIve this Friday.

  • http://www.clangandclatter.com/ Phil

    Iron Maiden – “Moonchild” (Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1988)
    “Moonchild” is a repeat from my August 26, 2011 Five where I discussed my disdain of first Judas Priest’s and then Maiden’s use of guitar synths—AKA “selling out” in my metalhead mentality back then. I wasn’t a big fan of Seventh Son when it was released, but since then it has has earned a position right up there with some of Maiden’s best work. I can’t say I completely follow the entire storyline of the concept, but overall it’s a great album, with the driving, melodic “Moonchild” as its opener.

    Metallica – “Dyers Eve” (…And Justice for All, 1988)
    Another release from the year I graduated high school, and another favorite. AJFA has received its fair share of grief over the years from the poor production to newcomer Newsted’s bass being completely buried in the mix. Despite this, and despite the huge amount of attention the band earned with One—a sure turn-off for any self-respecting metalhead—this remains one of my favorite Metallica discs with its rhythmic twists and turns and almost prog-metal approach. “Dyers Eve” follows the tradition up to that point (with the exception of Ride the Lightning‘s “Call of Ktulu”) of closing the album with a fast and furious number.

    KISS – “Shout It Out Loud” (Alive II, 1977)
    I was never a big fan of this obvious attempt to recreate the arena anthem success of “Rock and Roll All Night” nor of Alive II in general, but I have to admit that in true KISS fashion, this live version (and I won’t argue here about how “live” it really is) has a lot more energy to it than the original Dynasty version.

    Glen Phillips – “Shorn” (Live at Joe’s Pub, 8/18/2002 )

    We are ugly in the mirror
    Beautiful to the ones we love

    One of my biggest musical regrets is not having jumped at the opportunity to see Glen live in Nashville when I had the chance. To this day he remains one of my favorite singers as well as one of my favorite songwriters. “Shorn,” a live gem that was unreleased until just recently when it was included on a live acoustic studio project called The Coyote Sessions, is a great example of what he can do with just his voice and a guitar.

    The Cult – “Resurrection Joe” (Dreamtime, 1984)
    I probably don’t give this album as much attention as I should. I love Billy Duffy’s spacey/psychedelic/echo-y guitar on this bonus track and throughout the rest of the album proper. Its funky vibe makes it one of my favorites despite its not being included on the original album.

  • jamesballenger

    John Spencer Blues Explosion – Black Mold – wake up!!!!!!!!

    Just Us Girls – Time Warp (instrumental version by Dick Wagner and Michael Kamen) This is a fun cover that works well as a Coda on a Halloween mix

    Blueprint – Keep Bouncing – I really like this song but ‘print comes off as a dick on it. Since he’s sobered up I wonder if this is based on real events or how he felt that he looked to others?

    Blind Pilot – Keep you right – serious gear changer here but I like this song

    Zainichi Funk – Koma Ku Yabureru – These guys! If you are into Tower of Power/James Brown then this is right up your alley. I don’t understand a word but to be honest there are a few JB songs where I don’t understand what he’s saying either.

  • http://www.popdose.com/ Michael Parr

    “In My House” is one hell of a groove.

    If you are digging the Getz you need to go straight to the source and listen to some Jobim. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

  • mc3

    1. “Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Pts. 1-5″, Pink Floyd (Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd, 2001)
    For the second week in a row a Pink Floyd classic made my Friday 5. Ok by me.

    2. “Asleep at the Wheel”, Peter Frampton (Thank You Mr. Churchill, 2010)
    I’ve greatly enjoyed the last couple of Frampton albums, with “Mr. Churchill” coming from the follow up to “Fingerprints” (2006). With both albums, he’s earned my respect as a guitarist and rocker. If I had a minor complaint about this track, it would be that the vocals are just ok.

    3. “She’s Not There”, Santana (Moonflower, 1977)
    Classic cover of the Zombies hit. Love the whole “Moonflower” album.

    4. “At Last We Meet Again”, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones (Three Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, 1993)
    Always enjoy BF & the F’s when they pop up on my iPod, though I rarely seek them out. Not surprised to have just learned that this track was written by the bassist as the bass has a strong presence.

    5. “I Just Want to See”, Smash Mouth (Astro Lounge, 1999)
    The risk of randomizing the iPod is that a turd like this will rear its head. Acquired this in a Shrek-induced glaze and no longer have any use for it.

  • http://www.popdose.com/ Michael Parr

    Zainichi Funk? I’m going to have to check them out.

  • http://www.popdose.com/ Michael Parr

    We all have a Smash Mouth lurking in the recesses of our libraries.

  • jamesballenger

    When I moved to Southern California, She’s not there was one of the staple Santana songs. I heard it and was like right on! the Zombies! and my buddy was like no dude it’s Santana, when I explained it was a cover of a song he knew, his brain exploded. In other words it’s a fantastic song and cover….And Bela Fleck is amazing. Nice mix

  • http://www.popdose.com/ Ted

    Talk about random!

    1. “Open Sesame,” Kool and the Gang

    2. “Live Your Life [Featuring Rihanna],” T.I.

    3. “The Camera Eye,” Rush

    4. “Jaan Pehechaan Ho,” Mohammed Rafi

    5. “Jump Back,” Rufus Thomas

  • jhallCORE

    1) Buddy Guy — “Hard Time Killing Floor” (Blues Singer, 2003).
    2) Lyle Lovett — “Ain’t It Somethin'” (I Love Everybody, 1994).
    3) Joe Lovano — “Blues Not To Lose (Set 3)” (Quartets: Live At The Village Vanguard, 1996).
    4) Indigo Girls — “Shame On You” (Shaming Of The Sun, 1997).
    5) Dionne Farris — “Hopeless” (Love Jones soundtrack, 1997).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • Keith

    “Fresh Feeling” — Eels from Souljerker. What a lovely song, where has this been all my life?

    “Loose” — The Stooges from Funhouse. Cold, harsh, nasty. Totally ruined my feel good Eels buzz, but it rocks nonetheless. Not the strongest Iggy and/or Stooges song, but what can ya do?

    “I’ll Stand By You (Gravitas Vocal Dub Mix)” by Girls Aloud from the 22-disc SIngles Box Set (worth every penny to import it from UK): GA is easily the greatest dance pop vocal group since ABBA, even though their cover songs were incredibly weak. This tepid cover of whatever song The Pretenders covered gets a dubsteppy boos of adrenaline. About to deliver their career-capping (crapping out) hits set, Ten, in November with the final batch of new songs.

    “Against All Odds” by Phil Collins. The only reason I LOVED this song was the steamy picture of Rachel Ward on the cover of the 45.

    “House Party” by Pr*nce from 1805 Geary Blvd. A short, horns heavy segue jam session — le Artiste hits the Fillmore stage late on this one to sing “San Francisco, we know how to party.” Genius. Where does he come up with this stuff.

  • MC_Snocap

    “Jaan Pehechaan Ho”! Have you met Enid?

  • MC_Snocap

    Lots of killer fives this week, incl. Mr. Parr’s – where’s his “like” button?

    1) Ray Anthony and His Bookends – “Peter Gunn Twist / Tequila with a Twist”
    (1961, from Saxophobia)
    Ray Anthony was, for a while, Mr. Mamie Van Doren. Mr. Anthony, I salute you.

    2) Janet Jackson – “Nasty” (1986, radio mix)
    Jam & Lewis 4eva. This song still jumps out as being slickly abrasive.

    3) Joe Loco – “Moderna Muchacha” (1959, from Bongo Land)
    Imagine early-60s black and white footage of a blowsy stripper working an
    off-hours shift. The soundtrack to your squalid vision is this.

    4) Southern All Stars -“Natsu Wo Akiramete” (1982, from Umi no Yeah!!)
    Man, I wish I had time to gush about this band and its leader, Keisuke Kuwata. They’ve got virtually no visibility in the US, but they are monumental in Japan – Kuwata reportedly changed the face of j-pop (sorry, he prefers j-rock) by introducing much Western influence. This song wouldn’t sell me on Kuwata; it’s AM Gold material, akin to Firefall with the production knobs set to “plush”.

    5) Fountains of Wayne – “Sink to the Bottom” (1996, from Fountains of Wayne)
    Too simple to be a FoW favorite, but an effective closer.

  • http://www.popdose.com/ Michael Parr

    “Who’s that eatin’ that nasty food?”

  • http://www.popdose.com/ Michael Parr

    Stooges into Girls Aloud? I think you just broke my brain.

  • Keith

    The Shuffle is feeling frisky today. After that, a few themes emerged. Springsteen’s last album into Sun City, more Prince (from The Undertaker), Modeselektor, Information Society, I’m From Barcelona and then Brooke White covering Pat Benatar.

  • http://twitter.com/mordalo Mordalo

    Super quick Five today. Work is kicking my…you know…

    1) Hollie Cavanagh – Bleeding Love

    One of the top finalists from last year’s American Idol. Yes, I loved her version of this song enough to buy it…shudder…from iTunes. Forgive me. It was a moment of weakness.

    2) Urban Knights – Brazilica

    From Urban Knights VI. Yeah, the original lineup was gone (mostly), but they still had some amazing music left to share…

    3) Neil Young – The Needle and the Damage Done

    I’ve nothing to say about this track, save that I love Neil Young. I’m more curious about this “Pono” and lossless playback music service/player/thingee he’s putting together. I won’t complain…anything that helps promote music preservation is a good thing, but what’s wrong with FLAC? (Give me a chance to put on my asbestos undies before the flame wars start.)

    4) Frank Sinatra – The Lady is a Tramp.

    Sinatra. Live. Do I need to say anymore?

    5) Lee Allen & His Band – Walkin’ With Mr. Lee

    And a little instrumental magic to wash us into the weekend. Have a great one!

  • http://twitter.com/mordalo Mordalo

    Have you ever heard Indigo Jam Unit?

  • MB

    Ben Gibbard & Jay Farrar – Sea Engines (One Fast Move Or I’m Gone, 2009)

    Stephen Stils – Fishes And Scorpions (Stephen Stills 2, 1971)

    Strawbs – Where Do You Go (When You Need A Hole To Crawl In) Ghosts, 1975)

    Justin Townes Earle – Maria (Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now, 2012)

    Peter Frampton – Hard (Wind Of Change, 1972)

  • jamesballenger

    No I have not. Looking them up on youtube, I like the sound but it has more of a Towa Tei swing sound than funk. At least what I’ve checked out does. Thanks for the heads up.

  • http://www.clangandclatter.com/ Phil

    Geez, Dynasty?! Can’t believe I fumbled that one. Of course I meant Destroyer.

  • http://www.popdose.com/ Michael Parr

    So, so, good.

  • http://www.popdose.com/ Michael Parr

    Hollie’s voice absolutely grated on my nerves.

    Shit, did I just admit to watching Idol? Uh, what was I saying … Boobies! That’s right, Boobies!

  • http://twitter.com/mordalo Mordalo

    Yeah, man! I’m right there with you! Boobies!

  • BRock

    Gary Clark Jr. – “The Life” (Blak & Blu)
    I went into this record thinking it was going to be a straight Texas blues treat only to be pleasantly suprised when Gary whipped out a whole assortment of musical armor. This one is more Michael Franti than Stevie Ray.

    Paul McCartney – “Get On The Right Thing” (Red Rose Speedway)
    McCartney was in a band that had some success in the 60’s, you may or may not have heard of them. I’ve always been a fan of Macca’s solo career, although it does take some deserved critical jabs, mostly due to comparisions with his previous band and some due to his musical choices. Red Rose is still a favorite.

    The Rolling Stones – “Get Up, Stand Up” (Light The Fuse)
    This seems odd, the Stones covering Bob Marley. Odd about covers it.

    Crosby Stills & Nash – “Almost Cut My Hair” (Box Set)
    The best thing David Crosby has ever done.

    Bruce Springsteen – “My Love Will Not Let You Down” (Tracks)
    One week from tomorrow night I get to pop my Bruce cherry. Let Springsteen week begin!

  • Ernie G

    A day late. Sorry – I’ve been away.

    1. Don’t let the sun catch you crying – Rickie Lee Jones
    2. Why Me Black Brother Why? – The Mighty Diamonds
    3. Fortune Teller – Southeast Engine
    4. Carrickfergus – Van Morrison & The Chieftains
    5. The Story of the Blues – The Mighty Wah!

  • M Light

    I love the Indigo Girls, but I’ve never heard their version of this song. Thank you!

  • Keith

    Love the Wah! Very underrated band here in the States.