Songs That Marnie Stern, Zambri, Filligar & More Are Thankful For

Posted November 21

The time has come, dear friends, for fond remembrances, giving thanks, and needlessly stuffing our gaping maws with the blandest of all-American foods. And to celebrate said hallowed time, the O Music Awards hit up a bevy of bands and asked: What song are you thankful for and why? Check out that illustrious and eclectic playlist after the jump. A Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours — we’ll see you on the other side of glut-fest.

1). Marnie Stern

The Chantels, “Maybe”

“There is so much hope in this song and it starts with the chorus. The lead vocal just punches me in the gut.”

2). The History of Apple Pie

Squarepusher, “Beep Street”

“It’s a really good reminder that programming can still be expressive and computers are your friend!”

3). Companion (Pepi Ginsberg)

Lee Fields and the Expressions, “Wish You Were Here”

“There are so many songs I’m thankful for, but one that comes to mind recently is Lee Field’s ‘Wish You Were Here.’ I played the Faithful Man record once on a drive to Long Island and was intrigued by his singing and the backup vocals. Then, over the course of the next few months, the record played pretty consistently in my ears on subsequent drives and train rides through the city. It’s a super soulful record about faith and love. It got me through some very good and bad days over the last few months, for which I am very grateful.”

4). Jessica Pratt

Ariel Pink, “Round and Round”

“In an increasingly stagnant and unfeeling music industry Ariel Pink is an antidote of inspirational musical eccentricity. As it can often seem mutually exclusive, it comes as a relief to see that there still exists some sense of balance between artistic credibility and success in this trade. This song embodies that sentiment to me as if it were some international anthem of weirdness; a reminder that even in this climate, exciting, unpredictable things still exist out there.”

5). Beca

Jessica 6, “Prisoner of Love”

“I’m thankful for Jessica 6′s ‘Prisoner of Love’ for so many reasons. Every time I hear it, I get an uncontrollable urge to dance. The mixture of Nomi Ruiz and Antony Hegarty’s vocals are amazing, the melody is ridiculously catchy, and the tumbling keyboard lines make me inexplicably happy. It’s just a perfect song.”

6). Wooden Indian Burial Ground

William S. Burroughs, “A Thanksgiving Prayer”

“I have to go with ‘A Thanksgiving Prayer’ by William S. Burroughs. It’s an impressive and utterly inspiring feat to be in your 70s and not give a flying f**k about what people think. I’m thankful for his words, his world views and his dedication to rabble-rousing up until his death. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without the existence of William S. Burroughs.”

7). Holopaw (Ryan Quinney)

The Minutemen, “Search”

“Like many Minutemen songs, I still can’t believe that this was ever written. When Watt shouts in the middle of the song what has always sounded to me like ‘keep in mind to search’ (it’s not in the lyric sheet), I have always taken it very personally. I bought The Punch Line on cassette for twenty five cents at Amoeba in San Francisco on the first tour I ever went on, and it changed my life.”

8). The Golden Boys (John Wesley Coleman)

John Wesley Coleman, “Hanging Around”

“I am most thankful for my song ‘Hanging Around’ because it gives me dreams of being a train hopping Hobo and the feeling of partying in my sleep! Plus the pedal steel reminds me of George Harrison playing it with the Clash.”

9). JAN

The Slits, “Typical Girls”

“I am so thankful this song exists! It is a punky reggae anthem about the (ludicrous) category of women that choose to embody the ‘stepford wife’ archetype. I am thankful that on Thanksgiving I can listen to this brilliant song, and that there are people in the world who write lyrics like this: ‘Typical girls worry about spots, fat, and natural smells. Stinky fake smells.’”

10). Prince Rupert’s Drops (Leslie Stein)

The Kinks, “This Is Where I Belong”

“I went on a trip to Rome and brought only a few CDs (this was before iPods, or before I had one anyways), the place I was staying had a beautiful balcony, and I just sat there alone listening to this record at sunset, for a few minutes I had a perfect sense of peace.”

11). Night Panther (Mike Cammarata)

The Pointer Sisters, “Automatic (Jellybean Benitez Remix)”

“I’m very thankful for not only the Pointer Sisters, but also John ‘Jellybean’ Benitez for remixing their standout track ‘Automatic.’ This song completely embodies the glittery dance scene of the late 1970s, a time period of utmost influence to us.”

12). Ski Lodge (Andrew Marr)

The Smiths, “The Boy With A Thorn In His Side”

“I’m thankful for so many songs, but this one is especially heartwarming to me and it’s been on my listening rotation a lot lately.”

13). Madison Farmer (Toxie/Coasting/Goner Records)

The Barbaras, “Annual Botanical”

“I am thankful that this entire album finally exists, but this might be my favorite song on the record. I’m thankful my friends in The Barbaras can finally hold their music in a physical capacity and that other friends can finally have more access to an amazing band.”

14). Brandi Carlile

The Lumineers, “Ho Hey”

“Great song by a great artist.”

15). Zambri

The Divine Comedy, “Tonight We Fly”

‘We are thankful for the spirit in ‘Tonight We Fly’ by The Divine Comedy. It’s the only recorded cover we’ve done, and we think it’s lovely.”

16). Bleeding Rainbow

Black Flag, “My War”

“It’s a little-known fact that Henry Rollins wrote this song about when he was a child and would have to fight his older brother and sister for who would get to eat the turkey legs each Thanksgiving dinner.”

17). Eternal Summers

Depeche Mode, “Blue Dress”

“We are thankful for the song ‘Blue Dress’ by Depeche Mode. On our tours from Summer to Fall we have been fanatically watching documentaries on Depeche Mode! We began to really admire what real and honest people they are, and how they were pioneers in the realm of electronic music. This song is sung by the main songwriter Martin Gore, who rarely sings lead but has the most angelic voice! I think it really highlights the idea that small gestures can mean so much between those who love each other — that people can be thankful for the subtlest of things.”

18). The Intelligence (Lars Finberg)

The Flamingos, “I Only Have Eyes For You”

“I had forgotten about this song and heard it coming out of a restaurant the other day and have listened to it 1,000 times since and cannot get sick of it. It is the most haunting, beautiful song and is good for your body like broccoli and is the reason microphones and speakers were invented. If you end up murdering your whole family this Thanksgiving treat yourself to this lil gem while you listen to the sirens wailing in the distance to capture you.”

19). Filligar

King Harvest, “Dancing in the Moonlight”

“It never fails to put everyone in the room in a groovy mood. That’s because it’s got a great groove. Also, their band name reminds us of Thanksgiving.”

20). Sinkane (Ahmed Gallab)

Broadcast, “Echo’s Answer”

“Thank you Broadcast for putting me to sleep every night from age 18 – 24. You are almost as dear to me as my mother… I love you, mom!”

21). Milo Greene (Robbie Arnett)

Beck, “Devil’s Haircut”

“This song inspired me as a kid.”

22). Pearl and the Beard

Bon Iver, “Re: Stacks”

“We’re thankful for this song’s gorgeous beauty and that it inspires us always to be more sensitive, contemplative writers. We got the opportunity to cover the song through the blog Brooklyn Based and relished the challenge it posed: How do you change a perfect song, or make it yours? We were grateful that the song forced us to think creatively about our musicianship and unifying creativity with a song’s original intent.”

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