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:

This week I’m shuffling from my iPhone…

“When the People Cheer (feat. Modesty Lycan)” by The Roots (from …and Then You Shoot Your Cousin, 2014)

While I have nothing but love for the Legendary Roots Crew, their last two records have proved to be far more challenging than I have time for. I’ll tell you, though … when Black Thought finally appears on this track he’s dropping nothing but fire.

“Style” by Prince (from Emancipation, 1996)


Emancipation, boiled down to one disc, could have been an amazing Prince record; Emancipation as it exists is a bloated mess.

“Walk Don’t Walk” by Prince & The New Power Generation (from Diamonds and Pearls, 1991)

Okay … this is definitely Prince phoning it in. (You win, Mr. Heyliger.)

“Daysleeper” by R.E.M. (from Unplugged 1991/2001: The Complete Sessions (disc 2: 2001 Unplugged), 2014)

My last “favorite” R.E.M. song. While I’ve liked—loved, even—some tunes after this, “Daysleeper” was the last one to make my heart swoon.

“White Lies and Alibis” by Neil Finn (Dizzy Heights, 2014)

It’s taken many, many. many listens to connect with this record, and (admittedly) I’m still a lot cold on it.

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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