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Volume 1. Number 34. Sweet Potatoes are badass. 

   Suburbs Pod Thankfullness Corner©

     It's that special time of the year when we stop to ponder all those thankful things for which we are, uh, thankful. We truly are super thankful for every person who listens to our show, especially if you do so, you know, every day! And we're extra super special thankful for our interns John, Sami, Matt and of course Sam, without whom this whole enterprise would come crashing down around our ears. We're wishing you the most excellent day!

The Week That Was And Still Will Be And Should Never Be 

Steven, Mike, Keith and David Dann. 

Monday Nov 25 - Steven Routledge checked in with his always stellar and eclectic picks. He's so great Patrick can even forgive him for picking a Phil Collins cover. Probably, anyway. 
Tuesday Nov. 26 - Patron of the pod Keith Jacobsen joined the show from the Suburbs Pod stronghold of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The topic, though, is Texas. Austin, specifically. Listen now if you haven't already. If you have, listen again.
Wednesday Nov. 27 - What was that one concert you really regret missing? Mike Snider hosted Jim and Patrick for some discussion on this often heartbreaking topic. And wow, did this strike a chord with our listeners. 
Thursday Nov. 28 - Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 
Friday Nov. 29 - In a slight schedule re-arrangement (as usual, something Patrick did), tomorrow's show will be a really cool edition of Book Nook. Author David Dann wrote an incredible book about Micheal Bloomfield and you are not going to want to miss this interview. As Jim said, this raises the standard of Book Nook. Stay tuned as we fail to live up to this one. 

On Deck: New Music, Listener Mail and Bud Verge 

The incomparable Bud Verge joins Jim and Patrick next week and we roll through new music picks, go through some listener correspondence and then sit back and get jealous as Bud tells us about his trip to London and Liverpool. 

Monday Dec. 2 - November new music from Jim. 
Tuesday Dec. 3 - November new music from Patrick.
Wednesday Dec. 4 - We crack open listener correspondence about new music. 
Thursday Dec. 5 - Listeners were really into Nick Scalera's thoughts on Galaxie 500. Listen as they weigh in on the much-beloved trio, as well as Dean Wareham's "other" band, Luna. 
Friday Dec. 6 - Bud Verge goes across the pond. This is gonna be great listening. 

Thanksgiving Special: Patrick's NFL Picks

The advice below is offered strictly for entertainment purposes only. Suburbs Pod and its affiliates do not condone illegal wagering of any kind (unless you want to cut us in on the action.) All odds courtesy of the Martin Keegan Sportsbook in Wheeling, West Virginia. Statistics are provided by SportDork. 

Chicago Bears (5-6) at Detroit Lions (3-7). Line: Chicago -4.5 

Since becoming a regular host of Thanksgiving Day games back in 1878, the Lions are 123-84-12 against the spread when they are a home underdog. Third-string quarterback David Blough will reportedly make his first NFL start today, which means the Lions season may officially collapse in a sad heap on the artificial turf of the Silverdome. 

As for the Bears, the Mitch Trubisky experiment has produced a steady stream of mediocrity, but the Monsters of the Midway still have a realistic 3% chance to make the playoffs. Nevertheless, they should be able to rely on their defense to beat the toothless Lions. 

Patrick's Pick: Take the Bears and lay the points. As a side wager, the Lions to win the coin toss at 4/5 seems like a good bet, while the over on missed field goals (4) seems like a solid play. Lay a $100 on each and watch your winnings roll out like gourds from a horn o' plenty. 

Buffalo Bills (8-3) at Dallas Cowboys (6-5). Line: Dallas -6.5

I study roughly 35-40 hours of NFL game film each week and I have no friggin' idea how the Bills have won eight games. Mary Levy has really been coaching 'em up this season is the best I can figure and Andre Reed is always a handful as a flanker. Despite having an 82% percent chance to make the playoffs, I still get the feeling they will somehow miss out because of a last second field goal miss, an errant snowball thrown from the stands or a black cat "mysteriously" running onto the field in the final game of the season. 

This is a huge contest for both teams, as the Cowboys try to cling to a slim lead in the sad NFC Eastern division —ahead of the Eagles, Cardinals and Redskins — while the Bills look to lock down a wild card berth. In an odd stat, Buffalo last played on Thanksgiving in 1994, when they lost 35-21 to... yeah, you guessed it, the Detroit Lions. And as every football fan knows, The Buffalo All-Americans won on Thanksgiving in back-to-back years, defeating the Chicago Staleys 7-6 in 1921 and then flattening the Rochester Americans, 21-0, in 1922.

Since everyone is obsessed with that Dak Prescott pregame dance routine that's sweeping the nation, it might be OK to ignore the fact that the 'Boys are 23-16-8 against the spread on Thanksgiving Day games played later than November 23 when the weather forecast calls for party cloudy skies. Throw in the fact that in games when the Bills placekicker wore a jersey number other than 1, they are 12-55-7 as road underdogs. The kicker for the 2019 Buffalo squad? Stephen "Wide Right" Hauschka, who wears number... yeah, you guessed it, 4. 

Patrick's Pick: Go with the Bills. I forsee a crucial injury to Cowboys star running back Zeke Elliott after he celebrates by jumping into a Salvation Army barrel in the second quarter, which leads to a late Buffalo defensive touchdown to cover the spread (but not win the game). By the way, you can grab 10-1 odds that someone will jump into a Salvation Army barrel during the game, which sounds like a good play. The over under on unnecessary shots of the Cowboys cheerleaders is 874, so take a good look at that bet as well. 

And just remember, if there is a fumble... Lett it be. 

New Orleans Saints (9-2) at Atlanta Falcons (3-8). Line: New Orleans -7

I am a close observer of what has been one of the NFL's best divisions (despite the presence of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers), the NFC South. Keep in mind that the Bucs played one season in the AFC West and were a part of the very much missed NFC Central Division from 1977-2001, while the Saints and Falcons were part of the geographically inaccurate NFC West. I can't seem to find any info on when the Panthers joined the NFL, but my sources tell me that it was sometime around the AFL-NFL merger in 1948. Just chew on this turkey leg of a stat: Since the NFC South was formed in 2002, they have an incredible .765 winning percentage, easily besting the closest rival, the AFC East, which checks in at .543, mostly thanks to the Patriots. 

Anyway, what looked like a potential top-of-the-table clash when the schedules were released this summer has been reduced to a toilet bowl kind of game for our Thanksgiving nightcap. The Falcons got off to a horrible start this season, though they did rebound for a truly stunning upset of the Saints back in week 10, when they shocked the Sean Payton-coached team in New Orleans 26-9. The Falcons are 34-7-9 as home underdogs of more than six points since they moved to the Home Depot Dome in 1977, and when you throw in the fact that they are an incredible 44-1 when Arthur Blank stands on the sidelines during odd numbered quarters during home games played on even numbered days starting with S (excluding Leap Years), it looks the Falcons are a lock. 

Patrick's Pick: Forget all that crap you just read and take the Saints. They will smash the Falcons to bits in payback for the week 10 upset. I'd also advise going with the over on the 49-point total, playing the 9.5 first-half spread in favor of the Saints, as well as the +450 on Drew Brees tossing more than four TDs. Heck, if you can swipe $50 bucks from your Aunt Violet's wallet while she's passed out from eating too much Pecan Pie, I'd advise you to put all of that on the 500-1 line that the Saints will win by more than 43 points. This one could get ugly. 

Special Thanksgiving Parlay Bet: At 23-1, take the Bears, Bills and Saints. Throw in two people jumping into the Salvation Army barrel and a Lions player to win the John Madden Turkey Leg award and you've got a great 45-1 bet that will bring better returns than that third helping of vegan stuffing that tasted so good going down. 

Special Quiz: Quick, name the only team to never have played a Thanksgiving Day game. 

What We're Listening To:


Suburbs Pod Guests On Tour, Nov. 28 - Dec. 15

A great way to avoid that pesky Christmas shopping is to say you were out late last night at a show. And if you were actually out late at a show, even better!

Nicole Atkins (episode 220

Nov. 30 - Asbury Park NJ - Wonder Bar
Dec. 4 - Portland OR - Crystal Ballroom (opening for Spoon)
Dec. 5 - Boise ID - Knitting Factory (opening for Spoon)

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires (episode 389)

Dec. 7 - Little Rock AR - White Water Tavern

Cory Branan (episode 248)

Dec. 15 - Memphis TN - The Green Room

Chaise Lounge (episode 290)

Dec. 4 - Washington DC - Blues Alley

Jesse Dayton (episode 709)

Dec. 13 - Angleton TX - The Dirty South

Guster (episode 531

Nov. 30 - New York NY - Terminal 5

Mandolin Orange (episode 546

Dec. 6 - Hickory NC - Music in the Mill

Dan Mangan (episode 571)

Nov. 28 - Bayfield ON - Old Town Hall
Nov. 29 - Barrie ON - Mavrick’s Music Hall

JD McPherson (episode 218)

Dec. 3 - Seattle WA - The Crocodile
Dec. 4 - Portland OR - Polaris Hall
Dec. 6 - Salt Lake City UT - The State Room
Dec. 7 - Fort Collins CO - Armory Event Center
Dec. 8 - Boulder CO - Fox Theatre
Dec. 10 - Phoenix AZ.- Crescent Ballroom
Dec. 11 - Solana Beach CA - Belly Up Tavern
Dec. 12 - Los Angeles CA - Teragram Ballroom
Dec. 13 - San Francisco CA - The Independent
Dec. 14 - Crystal Bay NV - Crystal Bay Club Casino

Piramid Scheme (episode 364)

Dec. 7 - Washington DC - Slash Run

Chuck Prophet (episode 66)

Dec. 14 - San Geronimo CA - San Geronimo Community Church (benefit for Lagunitas Schools)

Quartjar (“Rockin’ the Suburbs” theme music)

Dec. 14 - Knoxville TN - Open Chord / All Things Music (celebration of life for Lesley Moore)

Maggie Rose (episode 703)

Dec. 6 - Birmingham AL - Saturn
Dec. 7 - Atlanta GA - Aisle 5

Tommy Stinson (episode 110)

Dec. 6 - Montreal QC - Corona Theater
Dec. 7 - Toronto ON - The Bovine
Dec. 8 - Hamilton ON - This Ain’t Hollywood
Dec. 10 - Hamburg NY - Living room show
Dec 11 - Rochester NY - Bop Shop
Dec. 12 - Syracuse NY - Wildflowers Armory
Dec. 13 - Burdett NY - Barry Family Cellars

White Reaper (episode 399)

Nov. 30 - Dec. 1 - Austin TX - Emo's
Dec. 3 - Las Vegas NV - Cosmopolitan (opening for the 1975)
Dec. 7 - San Jose CA - SAP Center (opening for Mumford & Sons)
Dec. 8 - Del Mar Arena (opening for Neon Trees)
Dec. 12 - Washington DC - Anthem (opening for Mumford & Sons)

Thanksgiving Special: Black Friday Record Store Day!

Get up early and shake off that turkey and Pinot hangover by grabbing these RSD titles.

Miles Davis - Early Minor: Rare Miles From The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions (Columbia/Legacy); Miles in Tokyo (Get On Down)

A pair of treats for Miles lovers. The first disc compiles three tunes recorded between September 1968 and February 1969 that show the trumpeter in the run-up to In A Silent Way, a key transitional work that bridges the late 1960s band with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Tony Williams with the players who would take him into full-fledged electric fusion (John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, et al).

Miles in Tokyo documents a July, 1964 performance with saxophonist Sam Rivers and features the amazing "If I Were A Bell." 

The Hold Steady - Four on Ten (Frenchkiss)

This 10-inch collects four songs that previously had been released only as digital singles. If music isn’t served up on a platter, does it really exist?

Jonathan Fire*Eater Wolf Songs for Lambs (Third Man)

Jack White's label is doing the world a solid by getting this wildly overlooked band's 1997 album back in print. Hugely important to the NYC rock revival of the 2000s, the music is an unlikely stew of sixties psych mumble and garage rock smeared with greasy organ fills and a singer on the edge of convulsion. Check out "Station Coffee, "The Shape Of Things That Never Came" and the stone-cold stupor of "Bipolar Summer."

Nick Lowe & Wilco - Cruel to be Kind (Yep Roc)

Forty years after this most excellent song was first released as a single, now comes a special 45 re-release with a live version (a collaboration with Wilco) on the B side.

Willie Nelson "Sometimes Even I Can Get Too High" / "It's All Going To Pot" (w/ Merle Haggard)

Not sure if this 7" comes with a bonus surprise inside (try sniffing before you buy), but it does pair a track from Sir Willie's most recent album with "It's All Going to Pot," a clever collaboration with Merle from the pair's 2015 album Django And Jimmie. It's 4:20 somewhere, right? 

Pearl Jam - MTV Unplugged (Legacy)

For the first time on vinyl (don’t we all love those words?), it’s Pearl Jam stripped down. Nirvana rightfully gets the most attention for “Unplugged,” but this grunge band’s seven-song set is from 1992 is worthy of your ear time.

Pylon "Cool" / "Dub" (New West) 

A reissue of the debut single from this pioneering Athens band, marking 40 years since its 1979 release. Two slices of sideways art punk funk that savvy current bands should spend some time studying. To whit: this stuff still sounds fresh and spiky to 2019 ears. 

Various - Motown Rare and Unreleased (Ume)

More Motown? Yes please. This 12-song LP collects some rarities from Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Martha & the Vandellas, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, the Jackson 5 and others.

Paul Westerberg - Stereo/Mono (Vagrant)

Probably, likely the best recordings of Westerberg’s post-Replacements career, the Stereo/Mono collection of rockin’ tunes and somber stories came out in the CD-centric 2000s. Now available in a double-LP set.

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Suburbs Pod Thanksgiving Classic Lineup : Sam Lisker (QB), Sami Reed (RB), John Rossman (WR), Matt Windeler (LT) , Patrick Foster (C), Jim Lenahan (TE). 

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"The only team not to play a game on Thanksgiving? Yeah, you guessed, the Jacksonville Jaguars."  - Martin Keegan of the Martin Keegan Sportsbook in Wheeling, West Virginia.
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