best new album of the week? Tenacious D – Rize of the Fenix

even Downtown August Brown liked it

Tenacious D works because its music is as good as the stuff it parodies, and it’s easy to imagine the ode-to-declining-hookup-standards “Low Hangin’ Fruit” or blowin’-stuff-up anthem “Deth Starr” actually making traction on KROQ-FM (106.7). When sincere rock music is DOA on the charts, is it too late to wonder whether the D is the genre’s last true defender?

it’s uneven, it has too many spoken-joke segues. in the olden days it would have been a good “party album” where everyone sits around eating pizza and listening and laughing together.

but in an era where there are very few rock stars any more, jack black and KG somehow bring a return to rock

while being portly and wielding acoustic guitars.

that alone deserves kudos.

kerry wood is retiring today

doesnt it feel like it was just yesterday that he was 20 years old and struck out 20 houston astros at wrigley in his first complete game?

remember when it was zambrano, pryor, wood and one day of notsogood?

does anyone remember laughter?

heres the thing about that day in 1998 when the rookie kerry wood made baseballs seem like whiffle balls to the mighty houston astros – THERE ARE ONLY 27 OUTS IN A BASEBALL GAME

how on earth are all but seven of those strikeouts?

and when you look at the video, how are the curveballs nastier and dirtier as the game went on?

its something i think about SOOOOO MUCH.

sometimes when your day is going good everything works. even your mistakes turn into strokes of genius.

the question, saints, is how do we milk our good moments and turn them into a half day of brilliance, or omg an entire day of magic?

and then, as jimmy johnson said, how do we peak upon peak?

the cubbies did it for a little while when they added mark prior and later carlos zambrano.

now some will say, oh those guys ended up falling apart – but the thing is nothing lasts forever, so how do you

really really win

while the window of opportunity is wide open?

heres one way: DO NOT SETTLE FOR MEDIOCRITY SIMPLY BECAUSE IT IS COMFORTABLE.

one of the most painful things the Cubs and Kerry had to do was part ways for a while. the Northsiders weren’t the right team for wood and the Cubbies couldn’t afford him while they were floundering.

so they broke up.

and heres why i love kerry wood forever: he put out a full page ad in the Chicago Tribune to thank the fans and the team. Then the native Texan told everyone that no matter what happens he will always be a Chicagoian.

my mom clipped it out and sent it to me and i have it to this very day.

because winning and being successful is one thing, and its fleeting.

but class is something you can hone forever.

God Bless Kerry Wood. what a career. and im so glad hes retiring as a Cubbie.