Roadtrip Snacks!

It’s a big national holiday in the US this week, and whether you’re driving across the state, across the street, or simply taking a mental vacation, we’ve got a little treat for you.

To start: the 2021 POMEsgiving playlist, a massive collection of our favorite tracks to suit any mood. We recommend listening on shuffle!

We couldn’t find a version of this on Spotify, but we’d like to add this Tiny Desk set from way back in January 28, 2021 to your rotation. In retrospect, it really kind of set a “sad yeehaw” tone for the year, would you agree?

We also cannot help but recommend the official music video for the quintessential citypop groove, Plastic Love, which has debuted a whopping 36 years after the single! Congratulations to living legend Mariya Takeuchi!

STRIKE ALERT: if you read this website and also use Wirecutter reviews and gift guides, you will want to know that the Wirecutter team is officially on strike during one of their busiest periods, Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday. Support the media workers by not crossing the picket line, and contributing to the strike fund if you can!

Need to curl yourself into a corner for some alone time this week? Settle in with the Esquire profile of everyone’s favorite sensitive Hollywood himbo, Keanu.

To sign off, we leave you with some 2021-appropriate, vaguely threatening thematic content. Stay safe and run away if you see these guys!

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