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It’s gonna be tough topping last year’s Thanksgiving trio, but I feel like I have even more things to be thankful for this year than last, so it wouldn’t be right to not give it a shot.  Thanks to everybody for everything.

Sly and the Family Stone – Thankful & Thoughtful

Horace Andy – Thank You Lord

Ann Peebles – I’m So Thankful

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More driving on the west coast has yielded more musical surprises.  This time, we were checkin’ out some southern California cats that I’ve been a fan of for a while now, but had neglected their more recent album, so I happened to hear this song for the first time yesterday.

Sa-Ra – Just Like A Baby

Sa-Ra has done a better job than almost anybody at taking funk into the 21st century, but this track happens to be reaching more into the past than in the future.

Sly & the Family Stone – Just Like A Baby

I feel like I know this song inside and out, it’s from possibly my favorite Sly Stone album, There’s A Riot Goin’ On.  And interestingly enough, this is not the only modern-day interpretation of a song from this album.  Check out this time warp.

Sly & the Family Stone – Runnin’ Away

Big Boi, Sleepy Brown, & Killer Mike – Runnin’ Away

And if you want a little more convincing about the significance of this album, you should check out what ?uestlove has to say about it in this really interesting article Matt turned me onto about funk/soul/hip-hop concept albums.  Maybe I need to not avoid Pitchfork so hard, that article is damn interesting.

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A while back, this Sly and the Family Stone tribute album came out called Different Strokes By Different Folks, and it basically consisted of a bunch of modern-day artists covering, sampling, and generally re-working a bunch of old Sly Stone songs.  Like most albums of this type, it gets a little weird at times, but overall I’ve always been pretty into it.  I hadn’t thought about it much for a while though until Trent sent me this video, which is just beautiful.

The Roots – Star

That one’s probably the song on that album that’s least like the original, but they really keep the concept intact and bring it to the present day, and I think they do a damn good job of it.  And that video really seals the deal, in my opinion, and I had no idea it existed until today.  Thanks Trent!

I just wish the reworking of “Runnin’ Away” from that album got a video too, cuz it’s one of my favorite Sly and the Family Stone songs, and it’s definitely my favorite track on that tribute album.

Big Boi – Runnin’ Away (feat. Sleepy Brown & Killer Mike)

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