:: Wednesday, April 10, 2002 ::

Spin and Stone. Yesterday a former UMR student who worked in our office while she finished up her geological engineering degree e-mailed me about the blog. She had some interesting things to say about my Spin vs. Rolling Stone entry. (For those of you who don't remember all the details -- but how could you forget such scintillating prose? -- or for some reason don't want to click on the link above, here's a synopsis: I mentioned how pretentious it was for Rolling Stone to create a list of the 50 coolest albums, and said Spin would probably never do such a thing, but then later in the day I see that Spin does something just as pretentious, listing the 50 greatest rock bands of all time.) This young lady, whom we'll call K-Jo, is an expert in rock trivia, and wise beyond her years in the ways of rock'n'roll. Here is a pertinent excerpt from her e-mail:

I have to disagree with you about the whole Spin thing--I'm glad you noticed they do have their own "best/greatest" lists, but sometimes wholly one-sided. Spin likes to take one type of music an issue and make it the focus. Especially the 50 greatest bands of all time issue--almost completely bunk in my opinion. So many great people were left out while so many acts that made it made me wonder "what the..." And I love punk, and I know you do, and don't get me wrong, but to have a list of 50 that has 10 punk bands (3 of which are probably known only if heavy into the scene) in a music genre that wasn't really all that lasting...no right. And the funny part is that they didn't really talk about the political aspect of punk, which oftentimes is the whole reason for existence (they talked about Brit politics and the Clash, but I think they know they HAVE to, I mean, it's THE CLASH). Basically, I'm saying that I choose Rolling Stone as my musical messenger of choice. They seem to represent a wider range of radar screen when it comes to new bands, new sounds, and oldies but goodies in the publications that focus on more than one type of music. I feel like Dennis Miller coming off of a rant, sorry to subject you to such lengths.

Whoa. I guess she told me, huh? :-)

K-Jo, I miss our discussions about rock'n'roll. But I'm glad you write from time to time. Keep checking this blog for other random hits and misses, and I'll see you soon.

Let's see...what else to blog about...

This whole Middle East thing is worrisome. Another day, another suicide bombing. I'm starting to get thoughts of Armageddon and the end of the world as we know it. But if we were really that close, wouldn't this site be more up to date? Or did Armageddon already arrive, and I just missed it?

Note to self: Add new pet peeve to list: outdated end-times prophecy websites.

:: Andrew 10:06 + ::

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