Yesterday was Thanksgiving, and since today is a day of recovery/digestion, I figured it also might be a nice time to listen to some food-themed songs and reminisce about yesterday's feast. Kelsey did a food mix a few months ago, but it's such a good theme, and there are so many good songs about food, that I had to reprise it. I'm also going to steal her idea to put the songs in chronological food order, from breakfast to dessert. (The mix is a little dessert-heavy, but what can I say…I love dessert.) Dig in!
1) The Raincoats: “Fairytale in the Supermarket” Before you eat, you have to go buy the food somewhere. A surprising number of songs mention markets (The Clash's “Lost in the Supermarket” and Broken Social Scene's “Marketfresh” were runners-up) but the Raincoats are so awesome I had to choose this one. Even though it's not really about the supermarket at all. 2) Sarah Vaughn: “Black Coffee” This song sounds a little more like how I feel before I have my coffee in the morning. “I'm hanging out on Monday/My Sunday dreams to dry.” Yuck, what a terrible case of the Mondays Sarah Vaughn has. What could help her remedy these blues? 3) Yo La Tengo: “Sugarcube” I know!! Sugar!!!! 4) The Flaming Lips: “She Don't Use Jelly” Ideally, with coffee comes breakfast. And if you're the Flaming Lips, that breakfast is a really weird meal involving Vaseline on toast. 5) Asobi Seksu: “Strawberries” Need to wash the Vaseline taste out of your mouth? Have some strawberries and shoegaze. 6) The Moldy Peaches: “These Burgers” Lunchtime! In keeping with the Moldy Peaches' penchant for super-quirk, these are no ordinary burgers we're having for lunch. “These burgers/Are craaaazy!” 7) Young Marble Giants: “Eating Noddemix” Noddemix is the Swedish term for “mixed nuts,” and this is a song about apathy, much like that midafternoon slump you get that means it's time to reach for a protein-rich snack. 8) The Evens: “Dinner with the President” This is no ordinary dinner. The Evens believe that the gastronomical is political, so be prepared for a pretty intense meal. 9) Kaki King: “Yellowcake” So begins dessert. This is another song with food in the title that doesn't actually have much to do with food. Although I will say that the mixture of bliss and melancholy in this song is pretty much exactly how I feel after I eat a bunch of cake. 10) Cibo Matto: “White Pepper Ice Cream” What's cake without ice cream? Cibo Matto has about a million songs about food, but I like this one for its mellow beat and because I like to imagine what white pepper ice cream might taste like. According to Cibo Matto, it'd be “Like a line drawing…In my mouth/It stings my lips/It's like eclipse.” Okay then! 11) Aimee Mann: “Red Vines” Red Vines don't seem to give Aimee Mann quite the joy they give me, but I suppose high fructose corn syrup isn't for everyone. 12) Beat Happening: “Fortune Cookie Prize” One of my favorite songs ever. A little bit sweet and a little bit cryptic, much like a fortune cookie! Hope you had a delicious time. Feel free to share your food-themed favorites in the comments!