The peas are like floating survivors from a sunken beef ship
I was pleasantly surprised by the series premiere of American Dad last night. I mean, considering nearly everyone else seems to hate it. True enough, it is very similar to Family Guy, not only in visual style but also in humour, dialogue and pacing. But the scenario and characters are just different enough to make the show feel like a Family Guy spin-off instead of a Family Guy rip-off. Plus, it appears that the timely referential writing style is going to work just as well for political jokes (aimed at both ends of the spectrum) as it did for pop culture jokes. It will date quickly, but for right now, I think watching God on the phone with Dick Cheney is pretty funny.
In other news, it looks like a song from the upcoming System of a Down album has been leaked -- probably by the band members themselves. It sounds like more of what made me like these guys in the first place: Rubin-powered hard rock with goofy guitars, wacky vocal delivery and ridiculous so-overtly-suggestive-that-maybe-they-are-being-literal-after-all lyrics. It's also mixed by Andy Wallace, who I just noticed mixed no less than twenty of the CDs I own. It is just a little unsettling to find such an obvious connection between the Ben Folds Five, Rage Against the Machine and Nirvana albums that I have owned for years. Has this common thread always been there? Or is it a part... of the conspiracy?