The Friday Five

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:

“Cassavetes” by Fugazi (from In on the Kill Taker, 1993)

A recent feature over on Stereogum sent me scrambling to listen to the band’s oveure; if for nothing else than to ensure my memory was correct, and that ’93s In on the Kill Taker deserved to be much higher than number six on a bottom to top ranking of the group’s records. I’ll readily admit that Kill Taker was my introduction to the band, and therefore I’m biased, but it still stands above Red Medicine in my book.

“Pictures in an Exhibition” by Death Cab for Cutie (from Something About Airplanes, 1998)

I pull this record out from time to time to remember why I love Death Cab. This song, in particular, along with “Champagne From a Paper Cup” were my intorduction to the band.

“Rescue Me” by A Taste of Honey (from Summertime, Volume 3, 2012)

Man, this Friday Five is just flying by! We’re three songs in and it’s barely been five minutes.

I’m going to go ahead and assume that you all have downloaded DJ Jazzy Jeff & Mick Boogie’s latest Summertime mixtape. I particularly love Jeff’s penchant for rocking the sampled track–in this case “Rescue Me” provides the very familiar hook to Positive K’s “I Got a Man”–in and out of the featured cut. Each of these Summertime mixtapes have been a history lesson in Hip-Hop, and are well worth the listen.

Oh, and they are free.

“Tag Team Partners” by Living Colour (from Time’s Up, 1990)

I barely had enough time to type out the title before this one was over. An odd segue from a brilliant record.

“Best Imitation of Myself (demo – 1992)” by Ben Folds (from The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective, 2011)

I’ve said it here before, and I’m saying it again: I’m not much of a Folds fan. I do actually like this tune, though.

What’s on your shuffle today?

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Michael Parr

Husband, Father, Writer, Musical Voyeur, Pop Culture Glutton, Gourmet in Training. I'm the tall guy behind all these short guys. You can find me on the Twitter.

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