Robert Wm. Gomez's

November 2011

Sam and Max: The Devil’s Playhouse on PC (9/10)

Sam and Max: The Devil’s Playhouse

Having been burnt twice by buying the technically challenged Wii versions on Season 1 & 2, I decided to move from the den to the office and play season three on my PC. The visual difference is astounding. This game looks great both in terms of graphic quality and its cartoony art direction. This has been my favorite of the three seasons.

Occupy Whatever

I had thought that the whole occupy Wall Street thing had lost all its steam but then some cop had go and kick it up a notch by spraying a little peppery spice. Bam! All the sudden pepper spray policeman has become a rallying point for the OWS supporters. I suppose this is good for the cause, because, frankly, up until now they haven't had any sort of unifying message around which to rally. Personally, despite my general agreement about wall street bailouts and corporate cronyism,  I never was a big fan of the movement.

Two Nuns and a Pack Mule by Rapeman (9/10)

Format: 
CD

There's still quite a bit of Big Black's sound in this Albini follow up project. The guitar (there's only one this time around) screeches with the same fury as before and, this time around, he's found a human drummer. As one might expect, the songs have more of a live feel and are less industrial-sounding. I'm not sure how I feel about that. Being the synth-nerd I am, I tend to favor the more mechanized noise of Big Black. That said, most of the tracks on this disc are pretty great.

The Declaration of Independents by Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch (8/10)

This was a nice manifesto of sorts that hits all the right marks in terms of what it means to be an "independent" in today's political climate. The authors are both libertarians, so I mostly agree with much of what they had to say, although I suspect they may be succumbing to a little confirmation bias when they read "independents" as being primarily libertarian. They make their best points when explaining how everything is better today than it was in the past and most of that progress had nothing to do with politics. It's a nice continuation of the many of the ideas that where developed in the excellent The Future and Its Enemies.

Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie (8/10)

Although I was disappointed by The Blade Itself, I decided to continue on with the series to see if all that plodding, plot-less character development was worth the time I invested in the book. As a matter of act, it was. Book two feels more structured and the characters actually have goals that almost relate to one and other.

Art of the State by Quatre Tête (7/10)

Format: 
CD

My band has played with Quatre Tête a few times now. They share our taste for weird time signatures and, what's the term, angular guitar riffs. They also have a taste for competent musicianship which my band has yet to acquire. Cover art by my friend Jay!