Five For Friday: iTunes favorites

(Each Friday, Fully Reconditioned will contribute topical rankings.  Yes, it’s very High Fidelity.  Deal with it.)

The first Five For Friday counts down the most played songs in each of Nathan, Travis and Tyler’s iTunes.



“Transport is Arranged,” Pavement

Went through a phase listening to Brighten The Corners over and over. Not sure how this one rose to the top. “Passat Dream” is my favorite song from this album, so I have no explanation for this one.


“Undertow,” Warpaint

Dark, noirish post-rock from some Los Angeles hipster gals. They’re interested in using different guitar textures, but not in the way a lot of bands are these days, going for more of a desert sun-baked sound than shoegaze haze. This is from The Fool, their 2010 full-length debut. Random fact: actress Shannon Sossamyn used to be in this band. LA, right?


“Trouble Comes Running,” Spoon

The crossroads of great rock and straight cool.  In other words, Spoon.



“When I Win the Lottery,” Camper Van Beethoven

This song is just hilarious!  When I win the lottery / Gonna buy all the girls on my block / a color TV and a bottle of French perfume.


“Lotus Flower,” Radiohead

The single from their 2011 album The King of Limbs. It’s likely the catchiest number on the album, but still willfully obscure in ways, with krautrock/dubstep skittering rhythms and Thom Yorke’s high vocals. Basically, if you already like Radiohead, you like this song, but if you don’t, this isn’t one that’ll convert.


“I Want To Sing That Rock And Roll,” Gillian Welch (Linked version is not album version)

An all-time personal favorite.  Two guitars, two-part harmony (courtesy of Welch creative partner David Rawlings), no-nonsense lyrics about reaching for the stars.



“Bratty B,” Best Coast

“Hop on a plane / come back to meet me / I promise I won’t be such a brat.” I can’t really explain it, but no one does female longing better than Best Coast. “Boyfriend” is their big hit, but I prefer “Bratty B”.


“Panic Attack,” OFF!

One minute of pure, retro hardcore fury from Keith Morris (more well-known for fronting the Circle Jerks and the original, pre-Rollins Black Flag lineup) and his band of punk rock veterans, including members of Hot Snakes, Burning Brides, and Redd Kross. Though released in 2010, it sounds like a skate-punk classic from the early eighties. Alternate description: OFF! = YOU’RE MOSHING!


“Back Down South,” Kings Of Leon

This breed of song gets plenty of play when winter runs long in Chicago.  Kings’ latest album, Come Around Sundown, caught plenty of flak for abandoning whatever everybody assumed the band owed them.  In reality, they’ve never aspired to much more than beer-drinking bar-savvy charm.  They’re often damn good at it.  And are in “Back Down South.”



“The Good Life,’ Justin Townes Earle

This is the first and title song on JTE’s debut album, and that’s probably the only reason why it’s so high on my most played. There are a half dozen amazing songs on The Good Life. JTE is everything that popular country music isn’t.


“Summer of All Dead Souls,” …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

The strongest track from the hard-rocking Austinites’ latest, Tao of the Dead. This song finds the band diverting a little bit from their spiky prog-punk into heavy metal territory, with low, rumbling, Sabbath-y riffing in the chorus. The art-punk roots show through in the shout-along chorus.


“The Sweet Part Of The City,” The Hold Steady

One of the very best songs on a very good album (Heaven Is Whenever).  Craig Finn, against all odds, is aging gracefully.  This song could have been a creaky look back at boozier days; instead, it’s wistful and evocative.  Plus, slide guitar.



“Tougher Than the Rest,” Camera Obscura

With the exception of Nebraska, I’ve never been a Bruce Springsteen fan. I am, however, a big fan of Camera Obscura, who manage to bring out the bitter qualities in Springsteen’s lyrics here. The melody is terrific and Camera Obscura give the tune a lushness that Springsteen’s keyboard-laden original couldn’t approach.


“Pharaohs & Pyramids,” Cut Copy (Linked version is not album version)

My favorite track from the 2011 album Zonoscope by Cut Copy, a group of New Order-worshipping Australians. It’s catchy synth-pop, but rather than feeling constricted by the use of electronics as a basis for the instrumentation, its longer-than-average (for them, anyway) runtime gives it a loose, almost jammy feel.


“Lemonworld,” The National

Mellow murmuring exhaustion from an album all over my most-played list, High Violet.  The National aren’t a very upbeat set of musicians, but this tune shows they can be playful and sensual.  Even if Matt Berninger sounds like he needs a serious nap.


2 thoughts on “Five For Friday: iTunes favorites

  1. Ty-Ty…hope you saw the Justified episode with “Annabelle.” Because it was the sickness. One thing, though…how come it just gets to be “Gillian Welch” all the time when she’s nothing without homeboy?

    Nathan, I agree with you about Best Coast. A lot of people have a problem with how simple the lyrics are (often citing the whole “I miss my mom I wish my cat could talk” thing), but I think that’s just her, and it feels honest. Bratty B isn’t my favorite Best Coast song but it’s up there.

    Also, Tyler, we may have to argue about your “In reality, they’ve never aspired to much more than beer-drinking bar-savvy charm” statement about Kings of Leon at some point…though you probably won’t be able to hear me over their Edge-like arena-ready guitars.

  2. Travis, the lyrics in Best Coast are direct, which is something that some have mistaken for simple. On paper, her lyrics aren’t that convincing, but when sung they are full of raw emotion, at least as far as I can tell. It’ll be interesting to see how Best Coast follows up on their first album.

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