Lazerbeak, the Chalice, Motion City Soundtrack and lots more MN musicians give thanks

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Alan Sparkhawk, Lazerbeak, Kevin Bowe, Chris Koza, Sophia Eris, Justin Pierre
Regina Spektor put it best when she said, "Love what you have, and you'll have more love." Thanksgiving is a day reserved for finding what you are thankful for and immersing yourself in friends and family.

Dozens and dozens of local musicians took the time to speak to Gimme Noise about what they are appreciative of this holiday season, including the songs that they are most grateful for.

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Kieren Smith of Little Bombs


What I'm thankful for: Loud music.

What song I am thankful for: "Rocket" by The Smashing Pumpkins.

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Kevin Bowe of Kevin Bowe + The Okemah Prophets, Alison Scott, & Freedy Johnston

What I'm thankful for: This Thanksgiving I'm thankful that the anti-marriage amendment didn't pass, that the anti-voting rights amendment didn't pass, that Obama won, that the Mpls. Electric Fetus is such a cool place to shop, that Noiseland is such a great place to have CDs pressed, that Magneto Mastering does such a great job on the records I make, that the Dakota has been such a great venue to play, that I'm getting along with all the people at the Current, that I'm getting along with all the people at City Pages and Chris R at the Strib, that Guild made such cool guitars in the '60s and '70s, that Alison Scott had such an amazing year and I got to play so many gigs with her, that Peter Anderson and Steve Price are in the Okemah Prophets and I'm damn lucky to have 'em, that we got to play gigs backing up Freedy Johnston, that MN Original is such a cool show, that Terrarium and Flower are such cool studios, that Rock The Cause has been a source of so much fun, that I got to play with Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson for an afternoon, that I really dig Sonia at First Ave. even though I haven't played there in a while, that Johnny from Communist Daughter makes me laugh so hard, that Chris Koza is so cool, that Ruth played on my record and that I live in Minneapolis.

What song I am thankful for: "Rolling In The Deep" by Adele. So nice to hear something on the radio that has real soul. A rare and beautiful thing.

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Mike Fisher

What I'm thankful for: An unconditionally loving family, my health and well being, all of my amazing friends, opportunities at every corner, warm socks, a positive outlook on every situation, my two cats and my pug, and a roof over my head and heat that goes along with it in the winter.

What song I am thankful for: "Elementary School" by Segun

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Koo Koo Kanga Roo

What I'm thankful for: Holiday shaped Kraft Mac n Cheese.

What song I am thankful for: "Kiss You" by One Direction and "Get Down" by P.O.S.

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Katy Vernon

What I'm thankful for: I am thankful for my husband and children. Secondly I am thankful to be singing again and playing with musicians I respect and am inspired by.

What song I am thankful for: "Imagine." Favorite song and favorite word. I wear that word on a necklace every day.

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Alan Sparhawk of Low/Retribution Gospel Choir/Murder of Crows

What I'm thankful for: My family, freedom, a job.

What song I'm thankful for: "Desperate Youth" by Santigold



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David Priebe of Maudlin

What I'm thankful for:
I'm thankful for the baby on the way, and that I somehow pulled together the Maudlin Presents: The 4th Annual Worst Christmas Pageant Ever again! (Dec 7th, 9PM Amsterdam Hall)

What song I'm thankful for: "One Woman Army" by Kate Earl...it's about babies.

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Claire de Lune of The Chalice

What I'm thankful for:
So incredibly thankful to be doing what I love every day surrounded by talented and genuine people I love and respect.

What song I'm thankful for: "Thinking About You" by Frank Ocean and this whole new wave of cool, dark R&B in general -- for inspiring me while writing my next record!

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Ryan Truax of Vision the Kid & Tru Present

What I'm thankful for: We're thankful for having a platform from which we can create, and distribute our art to our fans. Also, good health, and the continually inspiring Twin Cities culture.

What song I'm thankful for:
"Imagine" by John Lennon. A timeless message paired with serenading melodies, still raises the hair on our arms.

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Lizzo of The Chalice


What I'm thankful for: Thankful for the fact I get to see my family and my mommys food, my first thanksgiving with them in forever!

What song I'm thankful for: "good kid" and "m.A.A.d city," so I can say "Lizzo have a DREAM!"


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