The Friday Five: January 30, 2009

I am not a shuffle! I am a human being. I am a man.

If you’ve been working for the weekend, well you are in luck because it’s just about that time. That’s right, it’s Friday and it’s time to kick back hit the shuffle button and let the music take us where it will. Today we’re firing up iTunes to battle the post-lunch dip!

For those who have not joined in the Friday Five here is all you need to know; each Friday I hit the shuffle button on my iTunes and share my five and drop a little knowledge and insight for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, sometimes there isn’t. Sometimes we have guest, but most of the time it’s just me.

The rest is up to you, our friends and readers! Fire up your media player of choice and share the first five random track of your shuffle in the comments. The more the merrier!

The Five:

Both Hands” (mp3) – Ani DiFranco (from Living in Clip)

Perhaps one of Ani‘s most iconic tunes presented here in orchestral form. Recorded live with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Doc Severinsen, in a good set of headphones you can feel the ebb and flow and airiness of the performance and the way the arena responds.

“Slave to the Grind” – Skid Row (from Slave to the Grind)

I firmly stand behind my theory that Sebastian Bach is the one of the best rock vocalists of the 90’s. Not my favorite track from this record, but a good kick in the ass nonetheless.

“Day Old Hate” – City and Colour (from Sometimes)

This entire record is a faultless accompaniment to a cloudy day. Dallas Green‘s delivery is effortless and heart-wrenching.

“Dance, Dance” – Fall Out Boy (from From Under the Cork Tree)

I’m fully willing to admit to this ‘guilty pleasure’. I love me some Fall Out Boy.

Climbing Up the Love Tree” (mp3) – Francis Dunnery (from Fearless)

While the (clearly) 90’s production on this track reveals its age this song, and record for that matter, has been a mainstay of my collection for the last 15 years.

Okay, I’ve shown you mine, now show me yours!

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