September 30, 2011

The Weeklies #188

Press know you want to. Or you could download it.

The Weekly Beer. Bell's Pale Ale.

The Weekly Spam. Night before last I got inundated with comment spam for bamboo flooring. Apparently you guys are the targets of a vast renewable flooring strategy. Who knew?

The Weekly Read. Over the past couple of weeks I tackled Michael Connelly's The Black Echo, the first of his famed Harry Bosch novels. I'm not 100% sure why these are so highly regarded. Don't get me wrong - it was a good book with well-drawn characters and a highly involved, well thought-out mystery. But it felt painfully slow to me. Will I read more? Sure. But I'm not going to run to my iPad and download the next one right away.

The Weekly Music. The last two weeks have been absolutely fantastic for music lovers. Quite a few great releases hit the street most of which will sound totally unfamiliar to you. Aside from the Pearl Jam soundtrack I talked about last week, Opeth released Heritage. But Opeth is a death metal band you're saying. And I hear you but they've changed their tune (heh). Instead of dark metal, Opeth churned out brooding, jazzy progressive rock that is truly fantastic. The Tangent also released an album. Who are they? An ever-rotating group of absolutely fantastic musicians. Porcupine Tree singer and guitarist Steven Wilson also released his second album - Grace for Drowning - which is spectacular. And guitarist Steve Hackett - best known for his incredibly unique sound and stint in Genesis (1971-1976) - dropped Beyond The Shrouded Horizon. Finally - though it's not music - my favorite comedian Patton Oswalt released Finest Hour, an insanely awesome performance.

The Weekly Evil Fruit. Cantaloupe.

The Weekly Gadget. The Amazon Fire. No, I don't need another tablet but I'm intrigued.

The Weekly Schadenfreude. I guess it's not really schadenfreude but in October we're all going to get a dose of the oddest and worst music collaborations in quite some time - Lou Reed & Metallica. Yes, you read that right. The first single's hit all the major music download outlets and it is truly awful. I believe the correct word is abysmal. I dare you to listen to it and not want to beat yourself over the head with a copy of Ride The Lightning.

Posted by Chris at September 30, 2011 7:20 AM

I actually do like Michael Connelly's books quite a bit -- Harry Bosch can be a little tormented at times, but he's an interesting guy. The ones with Mickey Haller (the Lincoln Lawyer) are a little lighter in tone. But! For some reason his publisher charges more for some of his backlist e-books, which irritates the crap out of me.

My husband played me that Lou Reed/Metallica single yesterday and good god is it awful. Our theory is that they are all big stars so no one had the courage to speak up in the studio and tell them it just wasn't working.

Posted by: Hillary at September 30, 2011 10:17 AM

I just read the Black Echo myself and I completely agree...Im in no rush to pick up the second. However, I loved The Poet and The Narrows...

Posted by: Holly at September 30, 2011 10:42 AM

Is it Friday already?

Posted by: Maribeth at September 30, 2011 10:58 AM

Curiosity has gotten the best of me, I will be heading to itunes momentarily to hear the unanimously decided awful song and my only fear is "what if I like it?" I am not a huge Lou Reed fan to begin with but I have a great fondness for old Metallica including Ride The Lightening.

Posted by: shannon at September 30, 2011 1:19 PM

My daughter's name is Estelah. Somehow that turned into Stel. Which turned into Belle. And then we had Bell's Pale Ale and now, occasionally, she's Belle's Two-Hearted. Long story. Decent beer.

Posted by: seeking elevation at September 30, 2011 10:14 PM

Downloaded Opeth, Steven Wilson's new one, and Patton's new stuff and once again, you are hooking me up with the good stuff. You're like a musical/comedy crack dealer and I'm your whore.

Wait, that's a bad analogy. You're like a guy who provides me drugs and I'm the junky who will do anything for the sweet delicious heroin.

That was the same analogy done even worse. Damn. Listen, those albums are amazing. You just keep on winning, like a crack whore who scores a huge mountain of crack.

Fuck, I'm awful at analogies.

Posted by: You can call me, 'Sir' at October 1, 2011 10:29 AM

I think you'd be surprised how many of us really weren't frightened by the words "death metal", Chris. I mean, we're all fucking awesome, after all...

Posted by: alektra at October 1, 2011 11:31 AM