How do I select arbitrary date ranges in a MySQL query

I need a query/code snippet that would allow me to get a date-range from the previous Friday night until now.  I have figured out how to get date results from the last 7 days, but I need them specifically from last Friday.

On a slightly different note, but related to the same project, I need some code that would allow me to get results from each disparate month of the 12 months, starting with a year ago.  For example, I need to return the number of orders within dates of July 1st - the 31st of 2008, August 1st - 31st of 2008, ... up to July 1st - 31st of 2009.  This data will be fed into a dynamically created chart, so it has to all move along dynamically with the current date.
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racekCommented:
weekday 4 is friday ...

SELECT *
FROM  your_table
WHERE you_date_column > (SELECT  DATE_SUB(MAX(you_date_column), INTERVAL 7 days)
                                             FROM your_table  where WEEKDAY(you_date_column) = 3 )  ;
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racekCommented:
or faster solution ...
SELECT *
FROM  your_table
WHERE LEFT(your_date_column,10) 
    = LEFT(CASE WEEKDAY(NOW()) 
   WHEN 4 THEN DATE_SUB(your_date_column, INTERVAL 7 days)
   WHEN 5 THEN DATE_SUB(your_date_column, INTERVAL 8 days)
   WHEN 6 THEN DATE_SUB(your_date_column, INTERVAL 9 days)
   WHEN 3 THEN DATE_SUB(your_date_column, INTERVAL 6 days)
   WHEN 2 THEN DATE_SUB(your_date_column, INTERVAL 5 days)
   WHEN 1 THEN DATE_SUB(your_date_column, INTERVAL 4 days)
   WHEN 0 THEN DATE_SUB(your_date_column, INTERVAL 3 days)
END , 10);

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racekCommented:
second one - use

select
YEAR(your_date_column) as year
MONTH(your_date_column) as month,
SUM(datacol) as datasum
FROM your_table
GROUP by 1,2
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