Alibi V.22 No.48 • Nov 28-Dec 4, 2013 

Aural Fixation

Grace Before Meat

Tracks in the key of gratitude

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Let’s talk turkey: Most Thanksgiving playlists celebrate pre- and post-prandial bliss, but the concept of thankfulness itself often gets short shrift. I adore food and dance-themed songs—Gore Gore Girls’ “Sweet Potato” and Little Eva’s “Let’s Turkey Trot” spring to mind—but this holiday mix excavates the real reason for the season with songs of grace and critique. Listen to our überTHXGVNG playlist via Spotify at

1) Big Star • "Thank You Friends"Third/Sister Lovers

2) Camper van Beethoven • "Life is Grand"Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart

3) The Beach Boys • "God Only Knows"Pet Sounds

4) Elvis Costello • "Days" (The Kinks) • In Motion Pictures

5) Magazine • "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" (Sly & The Family Stone) • The Correct Use of Soap

6) Cabaret Voltaire • "Thank You America"C.O.D.E.

7) Laurie Anderson • "Let X=X"Big Science

8) William S. Burroughs • "A Thanksgiving Prayer"Dead City Radio