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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum

December 1, 2001

Christmas is wonderful. Not for all the usual reasons: families coming together; a time to reflect; dad hitting mom, so hard--REPEATEDLY. Rather, I love Christmas because it allows me to step from the wardrobe and embrace the superficial materialistic clotheshorse I am. Throughout the year, I bog down my credit card (the billing address matches Daddy's, natch) with Blur-esque Levis nylon double-zipper parkas (with hidden sleeve pocket in which to store my money and subway pass, to fool all those kooky minorities that may try to gank my Benjamins, or Washingtons); sweet-ass 517 indigo Levis jeans with Sta-Prest pitch and pockets that sag off my as--the perfect medley of 1950's subtlety and 2K1 thuggery; nutmeg London Fog windbreakers with chestnut lining (postmodern James Dean, don't you know); and several reputedly "vintage" cowboy shirts from local boutiques.

And I feel bad for this. Because Dad busts his behind for me to sit in the arse end of trendiness--Chicago's Wicker Park--spending nine grand of financial aid on food and--mostly--booze, expecting him to chip in for all the personal effects. Listen, people, without those effects I might just look like all the other "I dress for comfort" schmos on the street, instead of one of the dark denim/black glasses elite in the Park. I've got a reputation.

But at Christmas, there's nothing to feel sorry about. We "starving artists" depend on mom and pop's checkbook for the essentials: Joy Division box sets (whoa--Curtis and company aren't nearly esoteric enough--The Strokes, then, but fuck, they just hit major air play); pink, cordless Hello Kitty phones; and--whatever else.

The point is at Christmas you get more of the same, but guilt-free. That's what Christmas really is: the annual absolution of guilt that burns in the back of our minds throughout the year while we protest the Real World because of its corporate ties; convince ourselves we've more in common with poor minorities than their oppressors-that we aren't part of the oppression; attend gallery openings; and other ways of prepping ourselves for the university jobs we'll vie for after completing our degrees.

So enjoy it.

Joe Jarvis
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