Friday, May 14, 2010
Metal at the Public Library
So, I'm at my local branch of the public library the other day, because 1) I enjoy reading books and 2) Bret Easton Ellis is releasing a new book "Imperial Bedrooms", which follows coked-out icons from his 1985 book "Less than Zero", which non-readers will remembers as a weak film adaptation starring Robert Downey Jr. Bret Easton Ellis has also written a number of other books, which were poorly adapted to the silver screen, like the Rules of Attraction and American Psycho. I read Less than Zero over ten years ago, but I wanted to go back and read it again, to get my head into that space when Imperial Bedrooms is released. But my library doesn't have Less than Zero.
What they did have and what I took a horrible cell phone picture of (my most sincere apologies for that) is the latest album from Demon Hunter, a Christian metal band, who Lord Bling introduced me to some years back. I have almost no interest whatsoever in Christian music, because for the most part, it really sucks. In addition to requiring that the music I listen to sound good, I like music that has complex themes like drug use and Moby Dick. While Demon Hunter's expression of their Christian beliefs does nothing for me, they are decent musicians and I've grown to enjoy their sound. Most of all, I was impressed that the mild-mannered librarians who rolls their eyes at me when I request the latest Chuck Palahniuk or ask if they have any more collections of stories about murder and incest in small towns would think to include Demon Hunter in their stacks.
Keep up the good work, public library. I'll keep voting for local politicians who can read and also like metal.