Best of the Week…

October 22, 2005

A few great things happened this week. One, the White Sox are going to
the World Series. I, contrary to my current living situation, am not a
White Sox fan, nor am I a Cubs fan; I am not even a real Tigers fan. I
simply don’t like or follow baseball. So why is the White Sox going to
the world series such a great thing? Mostly because this unlikely event
caused a ridiculous amount of hoopla, and I am a huge supporter of
hoopla. XM radio is giving out free (with the purchase of 3 months of
XM service) radios at game one of the series. I’m not sure the 800
dollar ticket is worth my going but hey, bonus for those diehards who
will be there. I was also hoping there was a way that this event could
get politicized, and I got my wish on a whitesox message board.

First Church of Bush:

LET
US PRAISE THE REAL HERO OF THE SERIES, GEORGE W BUSH! FOR IT IS HE WHO
ALLOWED THE WHITE SOX TO BE VICTORIOUS THROUGH HIS GODLY ACTS.

Oh
you card carrying republican cool aid drinkers; you think everything
GWB does is an act of God. Wait, sarcasm? Ohhh, you liberal
hate-everything Bush does progressives, with your quick wits and well
thought out arguments…

Another great thing is the awkward
conversation I get to have with every Chicagoan who has been waiting
for 56 years to have the chance at the world series. Here’s usually how
it goes:

Chicagoan: Hey how about those Sox eh!?
JK: Yea, I don’t really follow baseball.
Chicagoan: ……..

The second great thing about this week was the release (regardless of the pre-release on Bit-torrent) of Animal Collective’s
"Feels." This sensory masterpiece represents a segment of music today
that is pushing the stuffy, claustrophobic boundaries of pop music but
still finds a way to not desecrate it’s heritage. Other artists in this
illustrious segment are The Books, Collections of Colonies of Bees,
Four Tet, Broken Social Scene, Mogwai, etc…   The album meanders,
like most Animal Collective efforts, but usually finds its way along a
path of gorgeous melody and rich arrangements.

But this week was not absent of its faults. Billboard reports that the band Thursday (remember them?) is rushing into the studio as to not miss out on the pop/punk/hardcore fad that faded about a year ago. Also, if it wasn’t enough to be part of a genre that’s deteriorating before our eyes, they also want to jump on the Green Day quasi intellectual protest mantra with their new song "We Will Overcome."

"The chorus goes ‘If you follow the path that’s straight and narrow,
walk hand in hand because our roads are paved with broken arrows, we
will overcome,’" Rickly says. "It’s about how much of America’s history
is based in violence, and it’s also about the current war going on, and
the situation the country’s in. It’s also based on folk music and Pete
Seeger’s ‘We Shall Overcome.’ It’s about standing up and saying
something and not to despair the state of our country, but to stick
together with the people you love and have hope."

Yea, I just threw up too.

Until next week….

JK

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