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Soul Singer

Posted in Observation, Pretensions toward cultural theory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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“…And now for an old soul song.”

- Anthony Keidis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers introducing his band’s cover of ‘Gimme Gimme’ by Black Flag during their Melbourne tour, 1992.

As I understand, singers like Aretha Franklin, in her time, were labeled screamers. Their tone tended towards a shout and, in comparison with the rich, creamy sound of a classical voice, were considered coarse and unsophisticated. Continue reading

Tinder: Advice for Women from a Man’s Perspective.

Posted in Observation, Pretensions toward cultural theory, Ridiculous curiosity with tags , , , , , , , on September 20, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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I have been opposed to using Tinder. The idea of accepting or rejecting people on the basis of their appearance seems to me (as a person aging away from the intersection of technology and culture) to be an ugly, depersonalizing, objectifying practice.

Then, of course, I found myself at home for whatever-night-in-a-row with Jane Austen, Chester Himes and Haruki Murakami and, good as they are, two of them are dead, one is Japanese and none of them are going to fuck me. Say what you like about casual sex; there is no better way to stave of the chill of existential angst. Continue reading

Tyson the Raconteur

Posted in Journalism, Observation with tags , , , on September 11, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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Mike Tyson was in Toronto, delivering his spoken word show ‘The Undisputed Truth’. While there, he was interviewed on television to both promote his show and the mayoral candidate he was there to support. Continue reading

Billy Joel – ‘She’s Always A Woman To Me.’

Posted in Music, Observation, Real Men with tags , , , , , on August 28, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

The singer/songwriter genre is the most esteemed category of ‘popular’ music. Continue reading

Congratulations, Mick and Josina

Posted in Observation with tags , , , , , , on August 24, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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Mick Valentine married Josina Murray on Saturday. He’s a lucky man; she’s a wonderful woman. I’m sure they deserve each other. I wish for them all the very best.

“If we shadows have offended,

Think but this, and all is mended –

That you have but slumbered here

While these visions did appear.

And this weak and idle theme,

No more yielding but a dream,

Gentles, do not reprehend.

If you pardon, we will mend.

And, as I am an honest Puck,

If we have unearned luck

Now to ‘scape the serpent’s tongue,

We will make amends ere long;

Else the Puck a liar call.

So, good night unto you all.

Give me your hands, if we be friends,

And Robin shall restore amends.”

-Shakespeare,

A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Hard Hank: My Hero

Posted in Observation, Real Men with tags , , on August 24, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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Henry Rollins has always been one of my heroes. I was disturbed to read the following piece, published in the LA Weekly in reaction to Robin Williams’ tragic suicide.

I was deeply impressed to read his public apology posted on his personal website shortly after.

The man has the courage of his convictions.

The Dark Side of Unconditional Love

Posted in Observation, Reading with tags , , , on August 12, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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It is said that unconditional love is the kind of love we should aspire to; it’s the state of loving in which you love someone, regardless of whether they love you in return, or even treat you well. It is to achieve a state of selflessness as a result of your feelings.

It has occurred to me that this is not always a good thing. Continue reading

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