Friday Five : |ˈfrÄ«dā – fÄ«v| : 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:

“Cornbread” by Dave Matthews Band (from 2009-04-14: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, USA (disc 1), 2009)

Mr. Matthews’ knack for dirty metaphors is rivaled only by his ability to embed them deep inside catchy hooks. Sure, it’s linked together by strings of gibberish, but when you realize the entire thing is an ode to cunnilingus in the guise of tasty baked goods you can’t help but smile.

“Out of My Hands” by Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds (from 2011-11-19: Toyota Presents: The Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT, USA, 2011)

Huh, look at that.

“Out of My Hands” is a definite “bathroom break” tune (though I didn’t move during this show) in a typical DMB set. No, really, this tune is just Dave and a piano, relieving the boys in the band from their positions for five minutes, or so, to go and take care of business.

“I’m Alright” by Owsley (from Owsley, 1999)

I didn’t know much about Will Owsley before he passed away. I recall his debut record being featured in CMJ and really digging the tunes I heard, but completely losing the beat in quick order, after that. Upon his passing, and the flux of accolades that poured in the wake, I dug in and found an artist that I really enjoy, albeit too late.

“Head” by Prince (from Columbia ’81, 2005)

The ’81 Controversy tour must have been an absolute blast to attend. You have The Time and Zapp & Roger opening up, followed up by Prince with the early draft of the Revolution, absolutely slaying the stage with big funk workouts every night.

“Barrel of a Gun” by Depeche Mode (from Top of the Pops 1997, 2008)

I remember this being a jarring, but welcome, departure from the Depeche Mode of yore. Darker than almost anything on Songs of Faith and Devotion, Ultra was Depeche Mode through the filter of the mid-’90s industrial revolution.

What’s on your shuffle today?

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