Friday Five

The Friday Five: June 10, 2011

Friday Five

Friday Five : ‘frī-(,)dā,-dē ‘fīv : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button on my iTunes, then 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 your media player of choice and share the first five random track of your shuffle in the comments.

The Five:

“Wednesday Week” by Elvis Costello & The Attractions (from Armed Forces, 197)

Holy mid-tune break down, Batman!

“Midnight in a Perfect World (FUSO mix)” by DJ Shadow (from The DJ Shadow Remix Project, 2010)

I remember the arrival of Shadow’s Endtroducing….. in 1996. I was working at a record store—and when I say record store, I mean a record store—and recall spinning the disc twice daily, trying to figure out how in the hell this guy was able to patch together elements from disparate sources into cohesive, and damn funky, tunes. Remember, these were the days before technology made it easy. I’m still in awe.

“Lullabye” by Ben Folds Five (from The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, 1999)

I’ve never been much of a fan of Folds’ music. This tune, however, is lovely.

“Lay Me Down” by The Frames (from For the Birds, 2001)

Somewhere between The Commitments and The Swell Season, Glen Hansard was plenty busy putting out quality records with his band, The Frames.

“Factory” by Band of Horses (from Infinite Arms, 2010)

This week’s five came in like a lion, and is going out a lamb with the mellow lead-off track from Band of Horses’ latest, Infinite Arms.

What’s on your shuffle today?


  • David_E

    “Mask Of The Great Deceiver” — Kerry Livgren. Ummm … okay.
    “Don’t Talk To Me Anymore” — Shaw/Blades. Yeah … umm …
    “Don’t Know Where We’re Going” — Gomez. Okay, yeah. A little credibility back.
    “You Tell Me” — Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Even better …
    “These Are The Fables” — New Pornographers. Ending indie strong!

    … Is is just me, or is this the most accidentally deceitful and guarded list of song titles ever strung together?

  • Anonymous

    “From the Air” by Laurie Anderson from Big Science (1982). A great start. One of my favorite albums of all time. I only wish I was able to walk around an art museum today, as her music is usually what I listen to when I visit art museums.

    “Brave” by Kelis from Flesh Tone (2010). This entire album IS summer.

    “Marquee Moon” by Television from Marquee Moon (1977). A DJ friend of mine once told me that this was the song he’d put on when he needed a bathroom break and I always think of that when I hear it. Well, that and that it’s 100% rad.

    “Do My Own Thing” by Dominique Young Unique from Glamorous Touch Mixtape (2011). I love her so much. I’m so disappointed in myself for missing her live show when she played 20 mins from my house last summer.

    “Body Work” by Hot Streak from Breakin’ Soundtrack (1984). I dare you not to dance when listening to this song. Also, why the hell don’t I own this movie? Oh, that’s right — the DVD is in full screen format.

  • dslifton

    “Leap Of Faith” – Bruce Springsteen (MSG 6-26-93). One of the few “other band” shows I have. A benefit for the Kristen Ann Carr fund (Carr is the daughter of Springsteen’s co-manager Barbara Carr, who is married to Dave Marsh). I always kind of liked this song from “Lucky Town”
    “Not Big” – Lily Allen. Make your own Anthony Weiner joke here.
    “Here Without You” – The Byrds. Gorgeous tune from their first album.
    “I Must Be High” – Wilco (Fillmore 5-10-97). Wilco were never better than in the Jay Bennett years. A shame they couldn’t work together forever.
    “May I Never Love Again” – Tony Bennett. Very pretty tune, sung by a master.

  • Anonymous

    1.  “Local Hero/Wild Theme” – Mark Knopfler – Concert for Montserrat, 1997
    2.  “Midnight In Harlem” – Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks – Crossroads 2010
    3.  “I Heard It Thru The Grapevine” – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising
    4.  “Shanty” – Jonathan Edwards – Jonathan Edwards
    5.  “Sea of Love” – Phil Phillips – Sea of Love

  • de10ero

    Sheryl Crow-Tomorrow Never Dies

    Good line to 007…’Martinis, girls and guns, it’s murder on our love affair…”

    Booker T Jones-Down In Memphis

    No MGs but it’s still wonderful old school R&B

    Elvis Presley-Suspicious Minds

    A last gasp of greatness from the King

    Del-Lords-Judas Kiss

    Actually I’m a big fan of all the Dels: Vikings, Fuegos, Shannon, and McClinton

    Graham Parker & the Rumour-Heat Treatment

    A desert island disc for me, tremendous title track

  • EightE1

    Jonatha Brooke, “Because I Told You So (live).” I’ve waxed rhapsodic over this one before. So sublime …

    Wu-Tang Clan, “Wu-Tang Clain Ain’t Nuthing to Fuck With.” True dat.

    Elaine Page & Barbara Dickson, “I Know Him So Well.” My neck almost snapped at the Wu-Tang-to-Chess segue.

    Death Cab for Cutie, “St. Peter’s Cathedral.” Off the new one, which I need to listen to.

    Wu-Tang Clain, “Triumph.” Quite possibly the greatest opening verse, like, ever: “I bomb atomically / Socrates’ philosophies and hypotheses /Can’t define how I be droppin’ these mockeries / Lyrically perform armed robbery / Flee with the lottery / Possibly they spotted me / Battle-scarred shogun / Explosion when my pen hits / Tremendous, ultra-violet shine blind forensics / I inspect you, through the future see millennium / Killer Bees sold fifty gold sixty platinum …”

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