You better stuff that turkey and spin that dreidel, because it’s Thanksgivukkah, motherf***ers! We celebrate the hybrid holiday with songs from both traditions and a bottle of wine. Hear the story of the first Thanksgivukkah, some Thanksgivukkah tips for horrible people, and find out what I’m thankful for this year. Plus: Who was the highest paid musician of 2013? Which singer does the president of Mexico deny meeting? And who did Kanye West watch impale himself?
"Happy Chanukah," 2 Live Jews
"Hush Hush," Pistol Annies
"I Won’t Be Home For Chanukah," TeamMate
"Don’t Ever Be Afraid to Go Home," Frank Sinatra
"Feast of Lights," They Might Be Giants
"Pocahontas," Johnny Cash
"Skin and Bone," Heartless Bastards
"Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah," Barenaked Ladies
"Thanksgiving," Stephen Kellogg
"Ridin’," Chamillionaire & Krayzie Bone
"Happy Hanukkah," Matisyahu
"The Thanksgiving Song," Adam Sandler
"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
I Forgot My Sweater will return on Wednesday, 11/27 with a special Thanksgivukkah episode, just in time for your grueling holiday travel!
Sometimes a theme don’t mean a thang. This playlist episode reveals what I’ve really been listening to this fall. Get ready for an eclectic mix of old and new, country and punk-y. There’s also a Nashville recap, concert reviews, and a discussion of what it means to leave your house (or not). Plus: Who called Fiona Apple a b*tch? Which band of brothers broke up? And who’s Kanye suing?
"Unhappily Married," Pistol Annies
"One’s On the Way," Loretta Lynn
"Get High," Brandy Clark
"Walking After Midnight," Patsy Cline
"Long Time Gone," Billie Joe + Norah
"Write Me a Letter," Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside
"Night Still Comes," Neko Case
"Just My Kind," The Julie Ruin
"This Is What It Feels Like," Banks
"Who Needs You," The Orwells
"You Don’t Get Me Twice," Sleigh Bells
"Batches & Cookies," Lizzo
"Water on Mars," Purling Hiss
It’s a spoOooOoky scary Halloweenie episode of I Forgot My Sweater! Ross and Paul return to the podcast to talk about their best costumes, whether Nightmare Before Christmas is more of a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie, and how much we should be worrying about razorblades in candy. We also play Guess That Celebrity Costume and a round of Halloween Do’s and Don’ts. Plus: Who’s performing on Antarctica? What unlikely event happened in a baseball stadium? And who would Katy Perry invite to a fictional dinner party?
"Monster Mash," Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett
"Monster," Kanye West
"Werewolf Bar Mitzvah," Jeff Richmond & Tracy Morgan
"Werewolves of London," Warren Zevon
"Ghostbusters," Ray Parker, Jr.
Do you, like Cobra Starship, enjoy them good girls gone bad? Then you’re going to love this playlist episode featuring some of music’s baddest bitches! There’s also a recap of the ridiculous first three Nashville episodes and the true story of a legendary bad girl. Plus: Which rock star walked a fan down the aisle? Who got kicked out of a bar and grill for neck tats? And which rap song won Sandra Bullock a hottie in middle school?
"Black Sheep," Gin Wigmore
"Cherry Bomb," The Runaways
"Beez In the Trap (feat. 2 Chainz)," Nicki Minaj
"Criminal," Fiona Apple
"Bad Boys," Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside
"Gunpowder & Lead," Miranda Lambert
"Rebel Girl," Bikini Kill
"Queen B@$#H," Lil’ Kim
"You Know I’m No Good," Amy Winehouse
"Bad Girls," M.I.A.
"Pants vs. Dress," Lizzo
"Problem," Natalia Kills
"Bad Girls (Gigamesh Remix)," Donna Summer
"Bad Gal (ft. Robyn)," Savage Skulls & Douster
Don’t forgot to come on back now for our Halloween extravaganza next week!
Music Monday — LONDON EP, BANKS
BANKS is an R&Bish Los Angeles singer-songwriter with an impossibly smooth voice and a mysterious, unplugged persona. Her music videos are all in black and white and gorgeously shot. They’re frequently more about the way that light falls in a scene than what is actually happening. I recommend checking them out. She recently released her EP London, available to stream on SoundCloud. Get on board.
Throwback Thursday — “Rebel Girl,” Bikini Kill
Recently, I introduced my boyfriend to Kathleen Hanna. Well, not personally, just musically. We went to see The Julie Ruin in a hot, crowded room in San Francisco and Hanna’s charisma and energy beamed to all the way to the back. When we got home, my issue of Bust Magazine had arrived, complete with an awesome interview with Kathleen Hanna conducted by Kim Gordon. How’s that for kismet?
I’m surprised that there are still people who don’t know who Kathleen Hanna is, who didn’t spend their teenage girlhoods aspiring to be her. So I revisited her early work in Bikini Kill, and it’s still revolutionary. Hanna fought for the punk scene to be a safer and more inclusive space for women, and for female artists to be taken seriously. “Rebel Girl” is a subversive song because its message is one of female friendship, stomping all over the idea that women should compete with each other. Years later, Courtney Love would punch her in the face. Guess she missed the memo.
Is the West Coast the best coast? We find out on this very special episode! It’s a Cali-themed playlist with highlights from my recent trip to San Francisco, including the differences between SF and NYC, the surprising songs I heard in gay bars, and the best things I ate. It’s hella good. Plus: What’s on R. Kelly’s grocery list? Who took a selfie with a slow loris? And what band names are on Kurt Cobain’s old bedroom wall?
"California Girls," The Beach Boys
"San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)," Scott McKenzie
"California," Phantom Planet
"The Only Place," Best Coast
"Awkward," San Cisco
"Garden Grove," Sublime
"California," Mazzy Star
"California," Joni Mitchell
"Going to California," Led Zeppelin
"The West," Ty Segall
"California Love," 2Pac ft. Roger Troutman & Dr. Dre
"Cali," E-40 & Too $hort
"Compton," Kendrick Lamar ft. Dr. Dre
Where Portland at? Portlandian musician Cristina Cano (Siren and the Sea, Albatross) comes on the show to discuss performing in Alaska, writing music for fake bands, and why we should never date lead singers. She also reveals some embarrassing facts about me in high school and plays a game of Portland stereotypes. This is a good one! Plus: Which psych pop act appeared on Fox News? What does Lady Gaga pay her assistants? And where can’t you get a Nirvana tattoo?
"Bottle Rocket," Siren and the Sea
"It’s Time to Say Goodbye," Albatross
"Sunrise, Sunset," Bright Eyes
"Bop Bop," Mean Lady
"Angels," Black Mountain
Throwback Thursday — “Fly Away,” Lenny Kravitz
Let me start off by saying that I recently enjoyed Lenny Kravitz’s performance in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Even though that movie was basically Forrest Gump for civil rights, Lenny was as solid as he was in The Hunger Games. Dude can act.
I also want to say that I really enjoyed Lenny Kravitz’s music in the ’90s and I totally owned 5 on CD. That said, the way he was positioned as a nouveau Jimi Hendrix was absolutely ridiculous. I mean, watch this video for “Fly Away.” He plays like three chords the entire song. And don’t get me wrong, I love simple rock music. But a guitar god he was not.
Also: I would pay good money to see a picture of his scarf collection. It must be colossal.
I want to apologize for the sound issues in the last podcast, the Cristina Cano episode. I only became aware of the problem when I listened to it myself after it had been uploaded and out for 24 hours. Of course the episode I drop just before leaving my laptop for a week has problems! I was so excited about this interview and I apologize for the poor sound quality. I have taken it down until I can resolve the issue, which will be at least a week from now.
Really blew this one, you guys.
See you in a week!
I’m heading off to California for my first vacation in a million fucking years. I Forgot My Sweater will return the week of the 23rd.
Play me out, Schwartzman.
Throwback Thursday — “California Love,” 2Pac feat. Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman
I love watching music videos from the days of huge budgets. Seriously, how much did this cost to make? It was shot on the goddamn Mad Max set and directed by Hype Williams. Not exactly a pennypincher.
I’m going to be honest with you guys: I have no idea what’s going on in this video. But tomorrow I’m heading out to San Francisco for a week, so I figured I should prep with some west coast hip-hop. Is it weird to say I’m impressed how far auto-tune has come?
Interestingly enough, the fedora Tupac wore in this video went up for auction a few months ago. It fetched over $4,000.