I’ve got a lot to be thankful for. I’m thankful that you are reading this right now. I’m thankful for my health. On that note, I’m thankful for red wine. I’m thankful that Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” is almost out of my head.
But at the moment, I’m most thankful for Thanksgiving—the understated hero of the holiday season. A time where we gather around the table with a shared goal…to eat everything in sight.
In gratitude, we’ve got some tunes to keep your holiday moving—even after you pass out on the couch.
1. Trust me on this one, especially if you live a bit farther from your family than most—play “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges on your car ride over and let the nostalgia flow. –caitiebee
2. Thanksgiving is often about coming together, but can sometimes feel like it can erupt into a feud at any moment. So here’s one for the families who put the “fun” in dysfunctional! “Shame & Scandal” – Shawn Elliott –rye
3. Don’t you forget why we are all here together—nursing our hangovers and chopping carrots—the great pilgrimage of the Mayflower. Your aunt likes R.E.M too right? –caitiebee
4. Pass The Hatchet – Roger & The Gypsies Blood is inevitably shed when it comes time to carve the bird, especially after one consumes massive amounts of wheat beer before using a knife. –rye
5. Keep the funk running with Madlib’s “Cornucopia” if you haven’t succumbed to a food coma –rye
6. It’s all about “Maximum Consumption“—so don’t think that you can step on the court without a warm up…say YES to an eggs and bacon breakfast first. The Kinks know what we’re talking about. –caitiebee
7. Buckle up for a tour de “Mashed Potato, USA” with James Brown — caitiebee
8. Cranberry – The Ruby Suns – Do you pine for Cranberry sauce and hazy psychedelic tropi-synth-pop like me? –rye
9. Don’t forget to eat your vegetables, because like Frank Zappa says, “they keep you regular; they’re real good for ya.” Go ahead, “Call Any Vegetable“. –caitiebee
10. The national turkey pardon is a strange and primitive tradition that continues to occur every year, even as the president admits it to be a “puzzling” ritual. John Lydon wails about the fear of change in “The Pardon“- a highlight from Public Image Ltd’s “This Is What You Want… This Is What You Get” –rye
11. Big Star – Thank You Friends One of the many things we’re grateful for? Our friends! And you. So THANK YOU! –rye
12. And THANK YOU AGAIN! I just wanna “Thank You” again, with some Nathaniel Rateliff –caitiebee
In the wake of Father’s Day, we decided it would be worth reflecting on one of, (if not THE ) most important musical influences in our lives: our Dads! In doing so, we realize we owe much of our eclectic musical taste and knowledge to their paternal musical brainwashing, and want to celebrate their passion for the weird and the wonderful with a playlist of important songs and artists they’ve turned us on to over the years.
1. One of the first concerts I ever attended was with my dad to see BOC at the good ol’ Canyon Club. With such a prolific catalog of songs to choose from, it was pleasing that the band chose this face-melting diz-buster for their encore (per my dad’s requests) and just about took down the house. Blue Oyster Cult – Dominance And Submission –rye
2. My dad took me to my first Coachella when I was 14, and then he was dragged around to see all of our dumb tweener indie bands…luckily he put his foot down when some band called Gang Of Four came on. Little did I know I would later brag that I saw Gang Of Four when I was 14. Naturals Not In It – Gang Of Four — caitiebee
3. Archie Bell & The Drells – Tighten Up This track went on to be covered and sampled by countless acts, and after one listen to that opening bassline, it’s not hard to hear why. Consider this a call to action for all wedding DJs to make this song a regular in your playlists. –rye
4. My parents used to talk about biking down to the boardwalk to see Ted Hawkins playing for change. I love that mental image. Strange Conversation – Ted Hawkins — caitiebee
5. Pere Ubu – The Modern Dance — Hearing this at a young age, I recall Pere Ubu as one of the many, “you-just-don’t-understand-it-yet” groups that my Dad would play me. Copies of “The Modern Dance” and “Dub Housing” more or less gathered dust until I found a copy of the play “Ubu Roi” in the Arts Library and realized the surrealistic origins and influences of the group. And as they say, everything was illuminated. –rye
6. I remember the very first time I ever heard X. It was coming home from Tower Records with my dad, after he purchased the 2 CD set of X’s greatest hits. He chose to show me “White Girl” first, because…I’m a white girl. But as the years past I learned it was the softer side of X that is his favorite, and my favorite too. Though still one of my favorite memories of my dad is watching him mosh at an X show in his work attire and Prada dress shoes. See How We Are – X — caitiebee
7.. A video exists somewhere of a diaper-clad, yours-truly “dancing” to the original version of Kraftwerk’s “Showroom Dummies.” Perhaps it might surface someday, but in the mean time, let’s cha-cha to a Latin-style rendition of this brilliant piece, just for kicks. –rye
8. Never have I ever seen a mariachi band at a Mexican restaurant not be coerced into playing this song (sometimes multiple times a night) for our table, Cuando Caliente Sol — caitiebee
9. Frank Zappa – Willie the Pimp — It was really Frank Zappa’s involvement with the Mothers Of Invention that had a greater impact on my musical sensibilities, but this song encapsulates everything I love about Zappa, and features the notorious bat chain puller, Captain Beefheart, on vocals. You just can’t go wrong with this gem. –rye
10. Afterimage – Satellite Of Love If you keep up with the always-excellent offerings of Brooklyn label Sacred Bones, then you may’ve heard this brooding 80s number on their recent compilation “Killed By Deathrock, Vol. 1”– a collection of “little-heard post punk, deathrock,” all marked by their “dark, icy atmospheres.” The drummer on this group may or may not be related to me in the paternal sense. –rye