I have a lot to be thankful for this year: the new Democratic Congress, the Doobie-Brothers-every-ten-minutes programming format of Portland classic-rock stations, finally getting into the Tall Dwarfs about 15 years too late. But if I had to pick just one thing, I would say that I’m most thankful that Ludacris seems to have finally given up on the particular sideburn theory on display in the cover of this mix tape. My mom always told me to value the small things, and given how much those things pissed me off, I am thrilled to see things turned out right after all.