Vicinity of obscenity in your eye
The second half of System of a Down's double album comes out tomorrow. It's heavier, darker and generally more complex than the pop-oriented Mesmerize, but it's every bit as good in my opinion.
System of a Down is one of my favourite bands, and I'm glad to see that they're finally starting to get some much-deserved respect. I understand why folks were quick to write them off. Even though they were never really "nu metal", they certainly toured with plenty of terrible bands that were. And then there's the fanbase... political bands have crazy followers, metal bands have smelly followers, and System of a Down has both. It's discouraging. But as soon as I pop one of their CDs into my stereo, it's easy to forget about all that. Good music is very distracting!
The books are at the printers, and should be ready by Friday. I'm printing a ton of extra copies, so I should have enough to keep them available in the shop for some time. I know I originally said you needed to order them by the 19th if you wanted to get yours before Christmas. But since I'm not even getting the finished books until Friday, I guess I'll keep accepting orders for them until the end of this week.
As for everything else in the shop, it should arrive in time for the holidays as long as you order before December 2nd. (But if you live outside North America, you probably should order earlier to be on the safe side!)