Friday Five

Ickmusic’s Friday Five: October 17, 2008

Good Honest Shuffle Since 1896.

The days are getting noticeably shorter and the foliage here in New England has sprung to life with its blazing colors as autumn kicks into full gear. Creating a soundtrack to excursions around the area usually involves hours of scouring through the collection looking for the perfect tunes to provide a backdrop to the visuals. This also means I’m ready to take a break and let the shuffle drive.

Last week the shuffle racked up some great commentary from the usual crowd and a new face or two. For those who have not joined in the Five, here’s how it works: … I hit the shuffle button on my iTunes and share my five with a bit of insight for each track.

Then it’s your turn! Just share the first five random track of your shuffle in the comments and see what your fellow readers are listening to as well.

Here are this week’s tracks:

1. TeslaLove Song (mp3) (from Time’s Makin’ Changes: The Best of Tesla)

This one showed up on last week’s Chartburn over at Popdose where it was promptly skewered. And while I may agree with some of the commentary (specifically the theory about the bands tour bus) I have to say that in it’s time this song f*cking ruled. I still to this day play the intro bit anytime I get my hands on a 12-string guitar.

2. Hammers of Misfortune – The August Engine Part 1 (from The August Engine)

The Hammers of Misfortune are one of two current generation heavy metal bands that I actually enjoy (the other being The Lord Weird Slough Feg, which shares a lead singer with the Hammers) and can listen to for more than a few minutes. Smart and straight forward and heavy as hell if you are a fan of classic heavy metal (Sabbath, Early Maiden, Judas Priest) I highly recommend checking out these two groups.

3. Earth, Wind & Fire – Wait (from I Am)

Who can resist a swinging ballad in 6/8 time? Seriously, this is by the numbers awesomeness. Huge 70’s brass section, vocal harmonies for days and a sickly sweet sentiment makes this a classic.

4. Foo Fighters – My Hero (from The Colour and the Shape)
Credit:  WFMU’s Beware of the Blog

Wait, you mean to tell me that this song isn’t’ about presidential hopeful John McCain? Dave Grohl is my hero.

5. Band of HorsesOde to the LRC (mp3) (from 2007-09-06: KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic)

From the audio associated with the video that Pete shared a couple of weeks back. It astounds me how perfectly they pull off the dynamic of the original track from my top record of 2007, Cease to Begin. I have to echo Pete’s gushing man-love for this band.

So what has got you shuffling towards the weekend?


  • Anne

    No one else yet? I will start this out then.

    1. Nausea by Beck from The Information, 2006. This was not my favorite Beck album but it is still good.

    2. More Than a Feeling by Boston, 1976. Crank the music up!!!

    3. Lullaby by The Dixie Chicks from Taking the Long Way, 2006.

    4. They Never Got You by Spoon from Gimme Fiction, 2005. My favorite from todays five.

    5. Snakes and Ladders by Basia Bulat from Oh, My Darling, 2008. Well, actually, this one is my favorite from todays five. Fabulous album and I think this is at least the 3rd time one of her song came up on a Friday shuffle.

  • whiteray

    All right . . . almost Saturday here, but I got here.

    1. “Give Peace A Chance” by Joe Cocker (and Leon Russell with some amazing piano work!) from “Mad Dogs & Englishment,” 1970. Not the John Lennon tune, but one by Leon. Amazing gospelish southern stew with one of the greatest big rock bands ever! Oh yeah, I lapse into blathering fandom for this one: “Give peace a chance and the whole world will rock and roll!”

    2. “Spirit Voices” by Paul Simon from “Rhythm of the Saints,” 1989. Mellow tune with some compelling, subtle rhythms. Just nice.

    3. “Inside of Him” by Richie Havens from “Something Else Again,” 1968. Not sure what Richie’s singing about here, but his voice makes almost anything work.

    4. “Keep On Sailing” by Ian Matthews from “Valley Hi,” 1973. Countryish tune from one of the co-founders, I believe, of England’s Fairport Convention.

    5. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by Robert John, Atlantic 2846, 1972. A pallid cover of the Tokens’ 1961 hit. Not sure why I have this one, except as a part of a 1972 collection. Seek out the original!

  • Michael

    I actually had to check the Joe Cocker tune out, whew talk about a revival! Thanks for the introduction whiteray!!

    Everyone else can check it out at

    It’s awfully quiet around here today!!

  • Gavinsdad

    Have not played in a while

    Bruce Springsteen ” Paradise” from the Rising —- this album is almost gospel. The live Your Missing is the bomb

    Jerry Garcia & David Griman ” 16/16 from So What

    Loose Fir ” Chinese Apple” from Loose Fir — this is a great Tweedy and friends side project. The album is darn good.

    Jorma Kaukonen ” Prohimbition Has Done Me Wrong ” from Blue Country Heart —- one of my favorite voices in the blues. This album is really worth the listen.

    Ry Cooder ” Its All Over Now ” from Paridise and Lunch — little beach twist to this classic. Stones version is still the best.

    One more for good luck
    Gram Parsons ” She ” from GP —- WOW !!!!! Why oh Why must all the good songwriters die !!!! How about hime and Townes in heaven writing songs ??

    Have a good one !!!!

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