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) DISCOVERED A NOVEL APPROACH TO THE $)9 MENTALITY WHILE AT A PUNK SHOW ON THE OPENING NIGHT OF THE 0/0 -ONTRmAL FESTIVAL 3URPRISINGLY IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH SEWING PATCHES ON MUSTY 6ALUE 6ILLAGE JACK ETS OR FOUR TRACK RECORDERS 4HE NIGHT BEGAN ON AN OFF NOTE WHEN ORGANIZERS AT THE DOOR DISPLAYED A STRONG COMMITMENT TO NOT HONOUR THEIR MEDIA PASSES !FTER SPEAKING TO A NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE CROWD ) FOUND OUT THAT THERE WAS AN 2360 SYSTEM FOR SHOWS THAT NO ONE KNEW ABOUT AND WAS NEVER EXPLAINED TO ANYONE /NE VOLUNTEER FOR THE FESTIVAL TOLD ME SHE HAD TO BEG AND APPEAL ALL THE LONG HOURS SHE HAD SPENT WORKING FOR FREE BEFORE Â½NALLY BEING LET INTO A SHOW 4HAT NIGHT THE TICKETS COVERED Â½VE TOURING PUNK ACTS ALL !MERICAN A SHOW WHICH WAS ADMITTED LY VERY WELL PRICED !NOTHER PERSON ) RAN INTO SHARED WITH ME HER SECRET TO GETTING INTO SHOWS FOR FREE Â±-Y HOUSE IS A VENUEÂ² SHE SAID LAUGHING /KAY THATÂ´S ONE WAY TO GO ABOUT IT POP
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IN A SURPRISINGLY APPROPRIATE WAY !LTHOUGH THE SINGER WAS NEVER UNMASKED ALMOST ALL OF HIS OTHER CLOTHING WAS REMOVED AND BY THE END OF THE SET HE WAS WEAR ING A PAIR OF UBIQUITOUS !MERICAN !PPAREL BRIEFS AND SCRATCHING HIS BODY WITH HIS Â½NGERNAILS 4HE SET LIST WAS RIPE WITH CLASSIC BLUES BASED PUNK CHORD PROGRESSIONS AND CHANTING CHORUS REPETITIONS Â½LLED WITH JUST ENOUGH ENERGY AND EVEN A HINT OF PRO FESSIONALISM 4HE SONG ) !M A 'IRLFRIEND FROM THEIR Â½RST ALBUM ,OVE 6ISIONS ON 'O 2ECORDS STRUCK THE HIGH POINT IN THE SET HAVING MOST OF THE CROWD SING ING THE SIMPLE BUT INFECTIOUS CHORUS (UNX AND (IS 0UNX TOOK THE COSTUME ANGLE TO A QUES TIONABLE LEVEL AS THEY WALKED ONTO THE STAGE AT 3ALA 2OSSA 4WO OF THE BANDÂ´S THREE MALE MEMBERS WERE WEARING MATCHING POLKA DOT !MERICAN !PPAREL WOM ENÂ´S LEGGINGS AND THE SINGER WASTED NO TIME MAKING HIS Â¾AMBOYANT PERSONA ALL TOO CENTRAL TO THE BANDÂ´S LIVE SHOW )F THERE WAS ANYTHING TO THIS BAND ) MUST HAVE MISSED IT WHILE THE SINGER WAS WRITHING AROUND ON THE STAGE FLOOR BEGGING SOMEBODY ANYBODY TO Â±PLEASE PISS ON MEÂ² ) THINK THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A BAND SPENDS A DISPROPORTIONATE AMOUNT OF TIME ON THEIR IMAGE RATHER THAN THEIR MUSIC 7HEN THE SET Â½ NALLY ENDED AND THE SINGER STATED THAT THE BAND WAS LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO STAY FOR THE NIGHT BUT Â±ONLY IF YOUÂ´RE CUTE Â² THE RESPONSE AMONG THE AUDIENCE SEEMED TO INDICATE THAT THEY WOULD BE SLEEPING IN WHATEVER VAN THEY CAME TO TOWN IN *UST AFTER MIDNIGHT *AY 2EATARD TOOK THE STAGE AFTER A QUICK BUILD UP OF GUITAR LOOPS USING AN ARRAY OF EF FECTS PEDALS SOMETHING YOU DONÂ´T OFTEN SEE AT PUNK SHOWS 4HE TRADITIONAL THREE PERSON CONÂ½GURATION OF GUITARVOCALS BASSIST AND DRUMMER PRODUCED A WALL OF SOUND FULLER AND DEEPER THAN ANYTHING ELSE HEARD THAT NIGHT 4HE PROLIFIC SONGWRITER OF THE -EMPHIS PUNK BAND *IMMY ,EE ,INDSEY HAS HAD A PART IN OVER SIXTY ALBUMS %0S AND COMPILATIONS SINCE AND SHOWS NO SIGN OF SLOWING DOWN 4HE SHEER VOLUME OF MATERIAL THE BAND HAD TO WORK WITH PRODUCED A SET LIST THAT WAS BOTH ECLECTIC AND FRESH -UCH HAS BEEN MADE IN THE MEDIA ABOUT THE LENGTH OF THE SET WHICH ) TIMED AT ABOUT MINUTES #ONSIDERING THE NATURE OF A PUNK SHOW AND THAT MOST OF THE BANDÂ´S SONGS ARE TWO MIN UTES LONG OR LESS THIS SEEMED REASONABLE TO ME ! CER TAIN MUSIC CRITIC FOR 4HE 'AZETTE WHO MISSED THE ACT BY ARRIVING FOR THE SHOW AT AM WROTE A BLOG POST PEG GING THE SET TIME AT MINUTES SOMETHING HE BASED ON TALKING TO FRIENDS OUTSIDE 4HERE WAS SOME DISAP POINTMENT FROM THE CROWD AT THE ABSENCE OF AN ENCORE PERFORMANCE BUT AS ) LEARNED A WEEK LATER THERE MAY HAVE BEEN SOME ISSUES GOING ON BACKSTAGE TO ACCOUNT FOR THIS
/N /CTOBER TH SONGWRITER *IMMY ,INDSEY ANNOUNCED TO HIS FANS VIA TWITTER THAT BASSIST 3TEPHEN 0OPE AND DRUMMER "ILLY (AYES HAD QUIT THE BAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CURRENT 3HATTERED 2ECORDS TOUR 4HE PARTICULAR LY NASTY TWEET READ Â±"AND QUIT &UCK THEM 4HEY ARE BORING RICH KIDS WHO CANÂ´T PLAY FOR SHIT ANYWAY 3AY HELLO TO YOUR UGLY AND BORING WIFES OOPS ) MEAN LIFES GUYS SUCK ITÂ² 4HIS HAS SINCE BEEN CONÂ½RMED AND IT APPEARS ,INDSEY HAD BUT A FEW WEEKS TO GET TOGETHER SOME REPLACEMENTS BEFORE THE TOUR RESUMED IN 3EATTLE ON /CTOBER TH /N 4HURSDAY /CTOBER ST FANS Â½LLING -ETROPOLIS WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO SEE &EVER 2AY PERFORM THE CONCEPTUAL WORK FROM THE SELF TITLED ALBUM /F COURSE MOST PEOPLE ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE PROJECTÂ´S SOLE MEMBER +ARIN $REIJER !NDERSSON FROM THE IMMENSELY POPU LAR ELECTRONIC DUO FROM 3WEDEN 4HE +NIFE 4HOSE FA MILIAR WITH 4HE +NIFE WILL Â½ND IT HARD TO BELIEVE THAT &EVER 2AY IS AN EVEN MORE CONCEPTUAL AND VISUALLY COMMITTED ELECTRONIC PROJECT WHICH IS JUST AS SELEC TIVE ABOUT WHEN AND WHERE PERFORMANCES WILL TAKE PLACE &EVER 2AY SHARES MANY OF THE SAME TONES AS 4HE +NIFE THROUGHOUT THE ALBUM BUT WITH OVERWHELM INGLY DARKER THEMES AND A SLOWER UNIQUELY GRANDI OSE CADENCE 4HROUGH &EVER 2AY !NDERSSON HAS CARRIED THE TRADI TION OF VISUALLY COMPELLING MUSIC VIDEOS AND PERFOR MANCES ESTABLISHED BY 4HE +NIFE AND THEN TAKEN IT TO NEW HEIGHTS 4HE CROWD AT -ETROPOLIS SPENT MUCH OF THE NIGHT IN NEAR DARKNESS HARDLY EVER GETTING A CLOSE GLIMPSE AT !NDERSSONÂ´S FACE )NSTEAD A SPRAWLING IN TRICATE SET WAS HIGHLIGHTED COMPLETE WITH ACCOMPA NYING MUSICIANS IN PAGAN COSTUMES WIELDING PROPS AS OFTEN AS INSTRUMENTS ! CUSTOM SET OF MIRRORS AND LA SERS PIERCED THROUGH THE DARKNESS AT BREATHTAKING AN GLES AND PATTERNS ! SET OF VINTAGE LAMPS WERE STREWN ABOUT THE STAGE AND PUNCTUATED THE DARKNESS TURNING ON AND OFF IN VARYING PATTERNS IN TUNE WITH LOW BUZZ ING BASS NOTES 4HE PERFORMANCE COALESCED SO MANY EL EMENTS OF LIGHT AND SOUND TOGETHER WITH AN ELEGANCE THAT LEFT THE AUDIENCE FORGETTING THEY WERE EVER SEPA RATE TO BEGIN WITH !LTHOUGH THE 0/0 FESTIVAL HAS ENDED THE ORGANI ZATION CONTINUES TO SUPPORT INDEPENDENT MUSIC IN THE CITY YEAR ROUND AND PLAYS AN INTEGRAL ROLE AS CURATOR TO Â½LM AND STUDIO ARTS AS WELL !S LONG AS 0/0 HAS THE WHEREWITHAL TO PRESENT BANDS WITH THE ENERGY OF *AY 2EATARD ALONGSIDE A BOHEMIAN OPUS LIKE THE &EVER 2AY PERFORMANCE IT IS LIKELY TO CONTINUE ITS CULTURAL LEGACY IN -ONTRmAL FOR MANY YEARS TO COME ,ETÂ´S HOPE THE BU REAUCRACY BEHIND IT TIGHTENS UP FOR NEXT YEAR AS IT WAS MY ONE MAJOR GRIPE FOR THE SHOWCASE MTL
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In the category of “Just having such a damn good time,” The Slew, the Kid Koala/Wolfmother rock project wins whole-heartedly. I’ve never seen such beautiful, bashful smiles cross the faces of such talented rockers. The audience in attendance was by far the most enthusiastic of all the POP shows I hit.
If you are going to touch anyone on stage, it might as well be Martina Sorbara. The Dragonette singer stunned me with her not-so-throw-away pop vocals and proved that glam rock doesn’t require any kind of preconceived haircut.
Instrumental rock from a movie too good to ever be made. Leaning into their guitars to mask their identity, Mono appealed to grey matter. I found the sound both woeful and incomprehensibly glamorous. Was I myself?
Trigger Effect win a spot in my heart for showering Lâ€™Escogriffe with pure blood-and-sweat energy. The floor was covered in broken glass, but that didnâ€™t stop lead singer Patrick Bennett from rolling around on it (pictured here in a white t-shirt) with attendees and one blood-soaked photographer.
KID USA PHOTOS BY MAXIM RYAZANSKY
1/ TWO KIDS LEAN ON THEIR CAR OUTSIDE OF A PUNK SHOW. 2/ BOY SHOWS RIBBON HIS DOG WON AT AN AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB SHOW. 3/ WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH MEMBER, GRACE PHELPS ROPER, SENDS A TEXT MESSAGE WHILE AT A PICKET PROTESTING A BILLY GRAHAM CRUSADE. 4/ GIRL WITH HER DOG AT A PET FASHION SHOW. 5/ FATHER SHOWS HIS DAUGHTER HOW TO SHOOT A GUN AT THE RANGE. 6/ TWO GIRLS WAIT IN LINE FOR A RIDE AT THE NEW JERSEY STATE FAIR. 7/ MARILYN MANSON FANS AT THE MERCHANDISE TABLE. 8/ MOM AND DAUGHTER WITH THEIR RIDES AT CLASSIC CORVETTE SHOW.
Growing up ainâ€™t easy to do when you have people from all different directions breathing down your neck about who and what to be. As we get older we become more of who we think we truly are and look back on our youth with a myriad of different emotions. In a land of seemingly endless opportunity, finding your true self can be just as easy as it is hard.
As a photographer, I am drawn to each subject because I see a different phase of myself in all of them. At times this realization can be a bit hard to swallow, but I love the leap like you mean it, all or nothing attitude of youth and can only hope that we can hold on to at least a part of that as we grow older. This is not a definitive look into American youth, it is simply a part of KID USA that I find fascinating.
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SEX DOT COM The Connection Erection: Internet Porn and You WORDS BY KATIE KOTLER
I had agreed to see the Broadway musical Avenue Q with my family in New York on the pretense that there were Muppets involved. Sitting next to my dad, I was horrified to realize I would have to watch a recluse Muppet monster sing and dance to “The Internet Is For Porn.” A few months ago, a friend tried to show me a DVD of her working in a hot dog booth at a carnival in Denmark. Instead, Unlawful Misdemeanors, her landlord’s DVD, came onto the screen and portrayed a very different kind of sausage-fest that managed to traumatize me for a week. I met a guy at a party last year who worked with the man responsible for introducing the bukkake phenomenon to North America. “He’s so nice you would never know that he‘s in porn,” I was told. I was ready to punch him. As I write this, a friend is sending me a video of him and his girlfriend having sex in the shower. Apparently, it’s really hot. Porn is nothing new, obviously. We all have tales of encountering it in some shape or form as children and finding it funny, fascinating and most importantly, informative. What is new, these days, is the ease with which the Internet allows us to access porn; privately, instantly and with evermore particularity. We no longer need to buy a magazine, go to Crescent street, or visit Cinéma L’Amour in order to get off. These days all we need is a ‘connection.’ The question creeps along on how this affects our real-life connections. Has it made you more anal? Shaven? Thirsty? Choked up? Unimpressed by reality? Are you more willing to do things for the camera? Can you and your partner get it on if it’s not in the background? How many times have you girls been with a guy and are simultaneously tempted to laugh and puke because they say something in a serious voice that you know they heard in a porn? Feminist Naomi Wolf reports that when asking men what their biggest fear about having sex with women is, they say, “That they will laugh at us.” Women reply, “That they’ll kill us.” I recently conducted a survey on how Internet porn affects our sex lives. I was somewhat surprised by the results.
“Mitch” a survey participant, said that he likes sex dirty when it comes to porn, but would never try anything like ‘that’ in real life. Fine, but if sex is all about opposition, breaking boundaries and fantasies, then is it realistic to think his ‘dirty’ thoughts will never come up in real life? And what are the consequences if they don’t? “Benoit,” a forty-two year old divorcee from France who participated in my study, told me that a lot of his married friends went to see prostitutes because they would never want to ask the mothers of their children to do the things that they desired in bed. Benoit tried to break this boundary by taking his (now ex) wife to sex clubs. He reflects: “I wonder if the acts actually came from porn or if porn is an imitation of reality.” According to Quantcast data, 41% of porn sites in North America are trafficked by women, so girls must like porn. Or they at least try to like it, which is difficult when you consider popular ones such as the Bang Bus, a site where guys drive around and pick up girls to have sex with in their van. Immediately after coitus, the women are thrown back onto the street, with cum on their faces and their clothes still in the van. While the girls they pick up are arranged, it is the reality-show angle that begets the site’s success. Is it actually realistic, then, to think that porn does not influence our sex lives? Anti-porn feminist Andrea Dworkin claimed that porn promotes a rape culture. Other feminists, meanwhile, such as Wolf, are convinced that it has weakened men’s libidos. Some of the participants of my survey confirmed Wolf’s opinion for a few reasons: 1· Both male and female parties agree that ‘real’ women cannot measure up to porn actresses in the looks department. 2· Men feel they need (or are supposed) to ask for things that they know that women will be uncomfortable with. 3· Porn makes it easier to get what you want without having to ask for it in real life, eg. facials.
This leads to another, more existential question of what becomes defined as ‘real.’ Is ‘real’ what happens when we are really pleasured? Or does reality occur when we are really with another person? One participant, who I will refer to as “Luke,” describes how his porn habit has affected his sex life: It makes it more difficult to find porn that turns me on… As far as expectations, it has no effect on me. I don’t expect to have sex, and my expectations are fulfilled… As far as experience... if not for my ability to easily acquire high quality hardcore porn over the years, I probably would have given more effort to mating. When I see attractive women in ads on websites, in the street, or in my day-today experiences, I tend to go watch porn. If not for porn, then I’d probably have to target my efforts towards fulfilling the craving another way. So for me I’d say it’s a substitute for sex. Porn is like mental spam – filling our heads and clogging our imaginations with wanted and unwanted information. No wonder Mary Anne Layden, of the Sexual Trauma Program at U Penn, says that Internet porn addiction can be described as being worse than having a cocaine addiction. Layden reckons that with cocaine, you can rid your body of the drug, while the images of porn never exit your brain. Wolf explains a dependence on porn as being based on the Pavlovian response that is controlled by the almighty orgasm. Psychologist David Marcus prefers to classify Internet porn consumption as a compulsion rather than as an addiction. What’s the difference? “There’s an anxiety component to it,” he says. “In medical terms, we call it ego dystonic, which basically means that it’s a behaviour that goes against your sense of self.” Despite all of this, I don’t want to rant and come off as being completely anti-porn because I am not. I just believe that mainstream porn needs tweaking. I think that it could be equally sexy and oppositional, if only men were similarly objectified as women. That’s hot for everyone. When women say they are not as visual as men, I sense that we have been conditioned to feel that way. If porn was catered to women, men might get off on watching women enjoy themselves more. Reality would sink in that women like sex just as much as men. Then maybe it wouldn’t be as difficult to get up and actually talk to a girl in the first place, because you would know she wants it as much you. Just not on her face.
Food for thought: › The majority of the participants in my survey admitted that tasting one’s own fluids and choking are increasingly popular occurrences when it comes to what is actually tried in the bedroom. › According to Quantcast Data, you are least likely to watch porn if you are an eleven-year old Asian female graduate student who has kids and makes less than $30K a year. › You are most likely to watch porn if you are a twenty-six year old white guy, with no kids, who makes under $60K a year and never went to university. › A rise in rates of oral sex has been linked to an increase in numbers of tongue, mouth and throat cancers caused by the sexually-transmitted human papilloma virus. Rates of the disease are at a 30-year high and it is particularly prevalent among young men. › Catherine Harper of the organization Scottish Women Against Pornography, claims that certain forms of venereal diseases – such as chlamydia of the eye – have been spread by men coercing their partners into performing sex acts copied from pornography.
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DAMIEN: JACKET AND CARDIGAN, FILIPPA K; SHIRT, NUDIE JEANS CO; SHOES, ALDO; BOW TIE, SIMONS ALEX: JACKET, NUDIE JEANS CO; BLAZER AND TROUSERS, FILIPPA K; STYLIST’S OWN SHIRT; SHOES, ALDO; BOW TIE, BLICK BY SIMONS JOHN: JACKET, NUDIE JEANS CO; SHIRT, NUDIE JEANS CO; PANTS, FILIPPA K; BOW TIE, BLICK BY SIMONS
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That weekend, your hand seldom grazed the small of my back – the part of me you so loved once. You did not linger. You shrugged me off, distanced yourself. Ominous discomfort grew thick between us. Had I not posed the question, would you have? And so, we let things rest, broke things off, and then I slept in your bed, wrapping myself in your sheets, trying to wring them of the past we had woven. The word VIA acknowledges only the mode of transportation, or the intermediate point to a destination. It erases the past. It ignores the beginning. We broke up on a Saturday night. My train would not leave until Sunday afternoon. I felt the weight of your body lifting from the bed and I looked away, staring into the drained white sky, imagining the path ahead, trying to discern structure and support where it had been torn down, where it had not yet been rebuilt. As you write VIA, you trace a road, across the V, down the I and through the A. Turn the word around
180 degrees and the structure remains the same, the same way backwards and forwards. In Italian, VIA means road. I wanted answers, but I also wanted escape. To rebuild and to demolish. Questions had no answers. No matter how much I asked, the responses never satisfied. The ellipses just hung in the air, a resonant strange dissatisfying silence. A ringing quiet that left me stunned and indecisive. Exclaiming VIA can both encourage and shoo away. VIA! Come on! VIA! Go away! My VIA Rail train took me away. The passing landscape was budded with greens of spring. It spoke of ends and beginnings and the beginnings within ends. And I traced my emotions, and I traced the moments and I continued tracing, trying to make sense, replaying moments. And in the cycle, I untangled and retangled emotions, all the while digging deeper into confusion. In the blur, in the motion, I breathed out, hurtling forward, and breathed in again.
GIN For the thirsty, there are several threeletter word options open, from tea to joe, rum, rye and eau. It’s true they say “blood is thicker than water but gin is thicker than blood” and on that note, why not opt for the gentleman’s favourite drink? Warm your cockles with a couple of these tasty recipes!
CLOVER CLUB COCKTAIL › › › › ›
2 oz gin Juice of 1/2 lemon 1/4 oz raspberry syrup 1 egg white 1 tsp sugar
Pour everything into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and shake vigourously – be sure to properly break-up and mix the egg and sugar. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
BILTMORE › › › › ›
1 piece of pineapple 2 oz gin 1 oz sweet vermouth A dash of maraschino liqueur A hazelnut soaked in maraschino
Soak a hazelnut in maraschino for at least a day in advance. Break-up the pineapple into a mixing glass. Add the gin, vermouth and maraschino, fill with ice and stir. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Fish the hazelnut out of the liqueur and drop in the glass for garnish.
DIRTY MARTINI › › › ›
2 1/2 oz gin 1/2 oz dry vermouth Olive brine to taste Olive for garnish
Pour the gin and dry vermouth into a mixing glass. Slowly add the olive brine and stir. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the olive.
HAIR OF THE DOG Your morning-after remedy (should you ever need one) › › › ›
6 oz gin Juice of one lime 2-3 dashes Tabasco / hot sauce Slice of chilli pepper or a sprinkling of chilli flakes
Pour gin and Tabasco sauce into an icefilled cocktail shaker and shake. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with chilli.
TIP Gin is your perfect romping companion for the colder months. A cheeky wee flask in the pocket is like the warm friend you’ve always wanted but never had.
WORDS BY HANNAH BYRNE ILLUSTRATION BY CAPUCINE LABARTHE
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TAN: MAC DARK MINERALIZE SKINFINISH / BUN: MAC BL ACK ZOOM L ASH DOT: MAC BLACKTRACK FLUIDLINE, TOPSHOP TOP / LID: MAC LIP MIX ORANGE, VINTAGE TOP / LIP: MAC LADY DANGER LIPSTICK
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