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Arts Roundup: Christmastime for the Jews Edition

Hello! Tomorrow is Christmas!

Surely many of you will be busy unwrapping presents and donning ugly sweaters and eating delicious things, but not I! See, I'm Jewish, and I've already had my seasonal allotment of gifts and comfort food. But for members of the tribe, there's still plenty to do tonight and tomorrow, including:

- Movies and Chinese food! A total cliche, yes, and yet I do this almost every year.

- From a friend: Bong rips on the couch. Reading the Talmud.

- Sing songs? Ruth Samuelson, another City Paper Jew, sent me this note from Good for the Jews' Rob Tannenbaum, passed on to her by Managing Editor Andrew Beaujon:

Andrew Beaujon sent me to you. Apparently, you are a Jew.
For this reason alone, he thinks you might be interesting in
writing something about Good For the Jews and our
DC concert on Xmas Eve.
As you may know, December 24th is an excruciating time to be a Jew.
For months, we've been pelted with Christmas songs, many written by Jews.
There's nothing on TV except "It's A Wonderful Life." Again.
So this year, Good For the Jews return to the D.C. area,
where we have previously played sold-out shows at the Birchmere.
Our goal: No Jew within an 80-mile radius of Vienna, VA should spend
Christmas Eve alone and depressed, or at a Chinese restaurant,
eating without entertainment.
Won't you help us spread the word?
We're funny.
And rumor is, you've got a lot of Jews in D.C.

Andrew Beaujon sent me to you. Apparently, you are a Jew. For this reason alone, he thinks you might be interesting in writing something about Good For the Jews and our DC concert on Xmas Eve.

As you may know, December 24th is an excruciating time to be a Jew. For months, we've been pelted with Christmas songs, many written by Jews. There's nothing on TV except "It's A Wonderful Life." Again.

So this year, Good For the Jews return to the D.C. area, where we have previously played sold-out shows at the Birchmere.

Our goal: No Jew within an 80-mile radius of Vienna, Va., should spend Christmas Eve alone and depressed, or at a Chinese restaurant, eating without entertainment.

Won't you help us spread the word?

We're funny.

And rumor is, you've got a lot of Jews in D.C.

That's tonight at 7 p.m. at Jammin' Java. Some details here. It promises zero songs about dreidels. This is a good thing! Because, as I read every year, all the great, popular Christmas songs were penned by Jews like Irving Berlin—hence, just about every Hanukkah song blows. (But seriously, Orrin Hatch, you're not helping.)

Your regularly scheduled roundup after the jump:

- Our Arts in Review issue is online!

- Stereogum's list of indie-rock Christmas songs now includes numbers from Dum Dum Girls, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, and Magnetic Fields, among others.

- Brittany Murphy: pop star?

- Brightest Young Things' year-end lists from local bands and DJs are worth checking out.

- For the fourth day in row: WaPo Style on the Salahis.

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  • http://www.wildandcrazypearl.com emily

    is this little cartoon man next to the title of this blog supposed to be you?

  • stevekiviat

    Lots of discussion by critics and non-critics of year-end lists at ilxor.com

    http://www.ilxor.com/ILX/ThreadSelectedControllerServlet?boardid=41&threadid=77087#unread

  • Jonathan L. Fischer

    What's your record of the year, Steve? Song?

  • stevekiviat

    One of my records of the year is OB Buchana's "It's My Time" on Ecko. He is a Southern soul artist who gets some airplay locally on Saturday's noon to 2 radio show on WPFW 89.3 and on a few websites. But since Ecko does not send promos or downloads to indie-oriented sites or mainstream media, and since Ecko uses synthesizers on their releases, Buchana has not crossed over popularity-wise to fans of retro-soul ala Sharon Jones.

    No GAPDY on my list---that's Grizzly Bear, AC, Phoenix,Dirty Projectors, and Yeah, Yeah Yeahs, although I liked a few songs from some of those folks. There are still plenty of albums I have not heard that kind of interest me--Eat Skull, Mos Def, that dubstep 5 comp, Lil Boosie

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