Jaded in Chicago #16 / $2.00 / 40M / http://www.jadedinchicago.com / Jaded in Chicago, PO Box 330, Western Springs, IL 60558 /
Jaded in Chicago has the feel of a major-print run publication, but the writing and price of a small, intimate â€˜zine. There are a large number of advertisements for this issue, and I would put the ad/material ratio at about 1:1, but the fact is the material contained within is worthwhile enough to merit flipping through a few pages of ads. In this issue, which is a little dated coming after Novemberâ€™s election, the focus in on Fat Mike, eir politcs and eir work on both punkvoter.com and the Rock Against Bush sampler. While I disagree with their claim that Matchbook Romance is â€œvery talentedâ€, something that is â€œvery talentedâ€ would have to be their writing, exemplified most beautifully in the piece about â€œTaking a Chance on a Random Bandâ€. In the aforementioned piece, Pete Grey talks about eir cynicism tempered by years of going to shows, â€œthe more I hear, the harder I am to impressâ€ and the ability of one band, who may not ever get the recognition they deserve moving eir so much by a simple performance.The layout is Spartan but effective â€“ a normal typefont mixing alongside a related picture, and a different layout here and there. By far the most interesting in the issue, the retro feel of The Exit interviewâ€™s layout starts off this issue strong and the writing keeps a readerâ€™s nose firmly in the book. Focused heavily on music, Jaded in Chicagoâ€™s strength comes in the incorporation of other subjects, keeping the reader interested while not being too scattered in subject to provide for a coherent read.