5pm. Friday. That’s the end of the working week. Usually. I’m winding down, throttling back, etc. I’ve been pushing the podcast pretty hard the last couple of weeks so there’s plenty there to listen to over the holidays if you’re just catching up or if you tend to attack podcasts in full binge-mode, as I do.
Not a whole lot of news from the desk – just about to pack up and have a bit of a holiday. There’ll be a few posts from here still. And a couple more podcasts this year. But it’ll be light duties and gentleman’s hours for a few weeks. Jon McLeary usually continues his War Stories right through. So you’ll have those to look forward to. And a few other things from me – some gig reviews, various blog posts and updates and maybe even a Best of the Year List.
But to get your weekend started here’s the 5pm version of Five Songs For Friday.
1. The Vogues, Five O’Clock World
If I’m ever DJing a 5pm start this song is usually first – or second; it just feels like the right way to start a weekend. Love this track. Picked up on it as a young devotee of the Good Morning Vietnam soundtrack, still sometimes DJ it from that compilation. But also went out and bought The Vogues’ Greatest Hits album too. Which is pretty great. Good-good song this.
2. A Tribe Called Quest, Can I Kick It?
Loving the new A Tribe Called Quest album. And reviewing it – and talking about it on RNZ earlier this week – had me thinking how much I identify their sound with summer. I can smell the annual holiday-break in the air. So the Tribe Called Quest records come a-callin. Not that they’re not ripe all year around, but you know…definitely part of the summer magic. What a band. Those first three albums – perfect. And this latest one, 18 years on, a perfect comeback/tribute. One of the best albums of the year. Oh shit, yeah, I need to pull together some kid of list…apparently…
3. Joe Satriani, Flying In A Blue Dream
The only Joe Satriani album I could play these days. And only once a year or so. But no shame. I like the stuff on this album a lot – and the opening, title track is a good place to start, by virtue of it holding pole position. I was so into Joe as a teenager and now it just seems ridiculous. But I have a bit of a thing for this album – even though it contains some of his absolute worst material (the songs with him singing). I still kinda like some of the shit too – that’s sentimental attachment for ya.
4. The Rolling Stones, Some Girls
Started the day listening to this album – a terrific record, one of their best for me. And just about the last truly essential Stones album. That brand new “blues” one. Amazing to me how people are falling over themselves for that. Just cos it exists. Still, there are people out there that think Jack White is a blues guitarist. Like Fran Lebowitz said of Trump, he’s a poor person’s idea of a rich man. Same deal with the Stones as a blues band. They were always best when you could sniff the oily rag they were running on; the perception of it anyway. And you could hear that they’d heard the blues but they weren’t trying to play it, at least nothing but their own version of it.
5. Los Lobos, Don’t Worry Baby
What a band. What a song. What a record. Bought the album and the single. And then just kept buying up Los Lobos records. Love them all. One of my all-time favourites. And, in the scheme of things, an underrated band. A crime. A shame. But don’t worry. Any time will do when it comes to giving them a chance, discovering their discography. It’s all there. And all so good.