They finally did it. Weezer has finally released the highly anticipated Black Album a month later than it was supposed to be. This could be one of the clear signs that the band wasn’t ready or happy with the end product. Paired with the fact that they released half the album, a handful of tracks that aren’t offensively terrible (but still bad) months before the full album. Not to mention that frontman Rivers Cuomo released an apology and a promise that the next record will return to form the day before the Black Album’s release. Yikes. One can’t help but notice that when you watch the band perform any of the Black tracks live, they don’t smile or have their usual energy, they almost seem to rush through them just to get it over with.
With the incredible achievement that is internet entertainment, there comes opportunities for some quality content that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. With the same opportunity that brings light to some extraordinary talent, it also gives the opportunity for average, boring, and unoriginal hacks to surface to the top. Just as the lowest common denominator Pop Top 40 dominates the charts, the same can be said for internet entertainment. I’ll be damned if it isn’t ever present in the Youtube cover community.
Let’s be honest, Beartooth haven’t been the same since their debut, Disgusting. Aggressive was a sad attempt at trying to appeal to a wider audience with more universal lyrics and the millennial “woah” that you hear everywhere on the radio. However, I can genuinely say that Aggressive wasn’t a bad album, and there are plenty of harmless, awesome tracks on it. "Rock Is Dead," "Burnout," and "Sick of Me" come to mind, but the singles were easily the worst tracks to come out of that album, including the title track. "Loser" and "Hated" are Beartooth’s worst songs in my opinion. Even though it was just a watered down version of Beartooth, Caleb proved that changing commercially couldn’t take away from him writing a kick-ass album.
Go to any live performance of an artist from thirty years ago or more and you’ll see that one comment. In fact, you’ll see several comments just like this one.
Catfishing, of course, comes in many shapes and forms. Whether it’s from a dating site, or that Nigerian prince who keeps emailing you to ask for money, or just plain snooping on people, it can range from just being irritating to very dangerous (only if you’re stupid enough to fall for it). Though, I think my high school friend had found a new form of the art not yet discovered: pretending to be someone else just for the hell of it.
Growing up as a kid who wore glasses, wore sweater vests, was socially disfunctional and read comic books in the early 2000’s, it’s needless to say that I got picked on a lot. The teasing varied from mildly insulting to haunting me while I’m trying to sleep every night. Although it sucked, I would never want to take that experience out of my life. If I could go back in time, I would just react to the teasing a lot better. Tears and tattling just made me even more of a target of merciless insults from my peers. However, there was a time that I responded to the attacks in a way that still makes me maniacally laugh to this day.