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Our offices piled high with CDs, our iPods loaded to 40 GB capacity, we are truly blessed to experience “Freedom From Want” (the name of the Norman Rockwell painting above–and yo, he did rock well!). Herewith, the Snob brain trust offers its givings of thanks.

I’m thankful that Don Covay’s overlooked soul masterpiece Hot Blood is finally out on CD–even if it didn’t get the ludicrously lavish Rhino Handmade treatment it so clearly deserved.

I’m thankful that the BBC inexplicably hired curmudgeonly speed freak Mark E. Smith to read out the football (yes, football!) results on Saturday.

I’m thankful that Simon Reynolds’s magisterial post-punk history Rip It Up and Start Again is about to be published in the U.S. (complete with dazzlingly insightful quotage from yours truly!).

I’m thankful that the deluxe version of Bruce Springsteen’s reissued Born to Run comes with a concert video from the days when The Boss was an adorably skinny Serpico lookalike.

And finally, I am thankful that my old chum Edwyn Collins is back in the studio.

I’m thankful that Duff McKagan has put Scott Weiland back on the straight and narrow.

I’m thankful that Gang of Four’s re-recording of their best old songs, Return the Gift, didn’t turn out to be the bad idea it sounded like, and that Hugo Burnham’s drumming is still tautly thwacky.

I’m thankful that this Web site allows you to read the lyrics to songs from the still unreleased Guns ’N Roses album Chinese Democracy, including the words to the song “Rhiad and the Bedouins,” whose first verse, evidently, goes “Oh-Oh/ Ohhh/ Oh, Oh-Oh/ Ohhh/ Oh-Oh/ Ohhh/ Oh, Oh-Oh.”

I’m thankful that Barney Hoskyns’ ace Laurel Canyon book Hotel California was published to good reviews in the U.K. and will soon be out in the U.S.

I’m thankful that Vanity Fair at last published my colleague Steven Daly’s long-aborning article about the Sugar Hill label.

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