November 9, 2012
The Weeklies 236
The Weekly Event. The election.
The Weekly Asshats. All those vindictive souls who were pissed about the election on Wednesday and couldn't wait to take it out on other people.
The Weekly Thing I'm Not Going To Miss. Robocalls.
The Weekly Animal. Guinea pigs. Specifically, Anderson.
The Weekly Read. I started the six volume Yesterday's Gone by Sean Platt and David Wright expecting to read one volume, move on to something else, then return eventually. It should be some indication of how I liked that first book that I read the rest in one shot. The scenario - of various people waking up one morning to find most of the population gone - isn't all that original but the execution is fantastic. The narrative bounces from one character to another until you've got a geographically-separated band of survivors each with a very unique backstory. And while they might be the only humans around, they're not alone. Dun-duh-dun.
The Weekly Music. Aerosmith's new album - Music From Another Dimension - begins with two minutes of Outer Limits/Twilight Zone spoken word intro that promises some sort of inter-dimensional experience. As it turns out that's pretty accurate. But instead of a dimension chock full of good, honest rock and roll, we enter the Dimension Of Suck. The new Aerosmith album is terrible. Why? It vacillates between the 1990s power ballad Aerosmith and what I assume is an attempt to sound like 1970s Aerosmith. The power ballads are only moderately tolerable. The attempts to revive the classic Aerosmith sound are contemptible. The entire album is horribly written but the "rockers" are especially dismal, sounding as though they were conceived by a 15 year boy after a series of wet dreams. Which is really creepy considering that the songs are actually written by a bunch of 60 year old men. Whatever credibility the band could have saved with the instrumentation is lost amid slick production, vocal manipulation, and a bland rhythm section. Most of it sounds like it was laid down by lame session musicians. It's sad to say but Steve, Joe and the boys need to hang up their guitars, put the drums in storage, and take up a hobby that the rest of us don't have to listen to.
The Weekly Schadenfreude. See The Weekly Music.
The Weekly Question. What are you doing this weekend?Posted by Chris at November 9, 2012 7:51 AM