Friday Five

The Friday Five: January 02, 2009

I feel the need - the need for shuffle!

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the first Friday Five of 2009.  We’re kicking the New Year off with a look back as I hit shuffle on my Top 100 of 2008. As you can guess I have a bevy of playlists that I maintain to keep a good balance of new/unheard music and my personal favorites. This particular playlist was created to help me write up the Year in (Ick)Music 2008 column and I liked it so much that I put it on countdown style (counting down from 100 to number 1) on New Years Eve.

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!

But hey, enough of my yakkin’…  Whaddaya say, let’s boogie!

The Five:

“Staying In Love” – Raphael Saadiq (from The Way I See It)

A rave up to kick off the first shuffle of the year, this song is a great start to any playlist!

“Say You Will” – Kanye West (from 808s & Heartbreak)

As far as track one, side one cuts go this one definitely is up there. Setting the mood of Kanye’s heartbreak perfectly this track is an introduction to the state of his (apparently) fragile psyche.

“Details in the Fabric (feat. James Morrison)” – Jason Mraz (from We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.)

This one has made a previous appearance on The Five. From September 26, 2008… This tune opens to an answering machine message from Mraz cohort Bushwalla clearly dealing with a bad day. The song itself has a lilting yet uplifting message “Everything will be fine, everything in no time at all, Hearts will hold”. The song closes with a second message where he strikes the single oddest metaphor I’ve ever heard “I feel like you’re an island of reality in an ocean of diarrhea. And I love you buddy. Ok. Bye.”

“Another Day” – Jamie Lidell (from Jim)

True blue-eyed soul from the UK. This one made my Top 10 and I have a feeling it will continue to spin up whenever I need a little lift. Jamie stopped by KEXP (Seattle) back in May ’08 and turned in this brilliant stripped down performance…

“I Wanna Know” – Alan Wilkis (from Babies Dream Big)

You know that scene in Pretty In Pink where Jon Crier does his best Otis Redding impersonation? That’s what I always think of when I hear this track, Alan is a rather unassuming white guy who is able to capture so damned much soul that it should be illegal. If you still have not picked this record up, you are missing out.

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


  • Pete

    I’d swear I’m the only sucker left here at work on a late Friday afternoon. Allow me to hit you with an abbreviated Friday Five from the iPhone.

    1. “Can’t Find My Way Home” – Eric Clapton (from the delxue edition of ‘461 Ocean Blvd.’). I think that’s Yvonne Elliman singing Winwood’s part?

    2. “Island on the Coast” – Band of Horses (from ‘Cease to Begin’). Horses!! 2009 should be another huge year.

    3. “Do Me, Baby” – Prince (from ‘Controversy’). The words “Do Me, Baby” would have only triggered a slap across my face.But when you’re Prince, it works!

    4. “Back in the U.S.S.R.” – The Beatles (from ‘The White Album’). I can’t imagine how cool it would have been to be a young man when this album was released.

    5. “How I Spent My Fall Vacation” – Bruce Cockburn (from ‘Humans’). Cool opening line: “Sun went down looking like the eye of God”. The lyrics are worth a look, and the tune is worth a listen (or 100).

  • Pete

    Hey Michael, did all the regular fivers go on holiday together?
    Or did we travel through a wormhole to some alternate universe where no readers exist?

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