Friday, December 15, 2006

Redd Kross: Is there anybody out there?

So 13 milion people have a blog, and 39 million people say that they read blogs. That's an average of 3 readers per blog. That's also highy optimistic, I think.

My first punk rock album was a copy of a copy of a copy of "Posh Hits" featuring the destructive guitar stylings of The Black Nuns, TSOL, Dead Kennedy's, Black Flag, and one of my personal favorites Red Cross, who had to change their name to Redd Kross after a company that claims to save lives sued the teenagers who pretty much invented surf punk. Anyway, check out the interview (and some GREAT music) with Steven McDonald. Annette's Got the Hits! Their later stuff is very different, getting into a post-Nirvana sound in Jimmy's Fantasy. Steve McDonald, the bassist, went on to record much-needed bass tracks for the White Stripes and released Redd Blood Cells on the internet. I'm still trying to track down the original mp3's. Let me know where to find them!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately...

I haven't finished the Old Testament, but I finally finished Walden. I got it for Christmas last year, and I've slowly been plugging along. It got a lot easier once I decided to skip all the Winter and Spring chapters (snore!). Now I need to find a way to suck the marrow out of life.

Yesterday I watched other people live their dreams on TV. It was the Biggest Loser finale. So maybe it was more of other people reclaiming their dreams rather than living them. It was really inspiring to see these people so focused and driven towards something that would change their lives forever. Not everyone can lose 50% of their body weight to change their life in a good way, but it made me think what ONE thing I could change about my life to be a better person.

And maybe the real question is, if I knew what that ONE thing is that would change my life for the better, would I have the courage and will to do it? Whatever it is, I'm pretty sure it's not reading the whole old testament.