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I made a new friend in Brooklyn

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2009 at 4:34 AM

http://yeathatsthespirit.blogspot.com/

I will be interviewing him for Johnny B about his new documentary, but until then check out his blog…..it’s hot!!

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Tyra Banks Being…..Tyra Banks

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2009 at 3:41 AM

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Tyra is trying to learn how to “dutty wine”, which those who don’t know is a dance where you wind your head around while winding your waist(useless info). As usual, Tyra is acting like a damn fool

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Tyra trying to do the single ladies. All the white people in the crowd are loving it hahahahaha

3. Tyra trying to act like Paris Hilton….no comment

Cmon guys, I know this is supposed to be a queer culture mag, but we all enjoy making fun of Tyra Banks….or worshipping her. Also, why is it every stupid joke she makes gets an applause ?

 

 

El Perro del Mar – Change Of Heart

In Uncategorized on October 26, 2009 at 5:14 PM

This women is amazing. I still don’t know how I feel about crazy bodybuilders though.

Jordaan Mason : First Gay Love, Then Gay Marriage, “Divorce Lawyers” keep shotguns in the baby carriage.

In Uncategorized on October 26, 2009 at 4:56 PM

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(Photo Cred : Flickr.com)

When I first discussed the possibility of doing Johnny B early this year, my friend Jordaan was very supportive. I heard about his band, The Horse Museum, through friends, but actually “met” Jordaan on the internet. We started hanging out and I started frequenting Jordaan’s shows at his old house, which was known by most people of Toronto as The Oxford Hotel. This house holds a big place in my heart because it had such a good collective of amazing artists, musicians, residents, and visitors. Every show had something different and great to offer. People may remember The Oxford Hotel as the spot for the Kimya Dawson show in 2007, held in the backyard. The house also had a show with Arts & Crafts newest acquisition, Timber Timbre, which was definitely a memorable one. One of the biggest things to happen to Jordaan this year was the release of his new record, Divorce Lawyers, I Shaved My Head. This record took awhile, but like a good stew, you’ve got to let it simmer and this record is a very good example of that—believe me.

Fast forward to now: Jordaan and friends have left The Oxford Hotel and moved into a lovely new home.  Jordaan’s band mate, Dee, now lives with him and she’s adjusting well. Everything is fucking great for those dudes and I love it. This interview was done about a week before everyone had to move. Check it out.

M: What kinds of mischief does a gay teenager get into in Fort Erie? How was it growing up in such a small town?

Jordaan: I feel like most of my small town mischief had very little to do with me being gay. I did find out that there was a spot where “men go to meet each other,” apparently; I went there a bunch of times at night when I was in high school but I never met anyone there. I basically went to school with the same people for most of my life, so coming out was this weird thing because suddenly I was known as “the gay guy” and I was the only one really for a while.

M: You came out at a really young age. Looking back now, how do you think a lot of your earlier experiences with men, sexual identity, and acceptance have affected how you approach life, love, and music?

J: In general, I’m always a bit confused, but I think that having a lot of time with anything makes you come to understand it more. I feel like I still have a lot of essential questions about my sexuality, but I have had a lot of time to experience it and ask questions. I tend to work out the questions that I still have through songs.

M: Tell us about the first ever show at the Oxford Hotel (your music or otherwise).

J: The first show at the Oxford Hotel was Sarah D, Kimya Dawson, and I—just one week after we’d moved in. It was an afternoon show and over a hundred people came. It was really lovely. I broke a guitar string and a bee tried to attack me while I played. I was really nervous for some reason.

M: Tara Fillion has been documenting/taking photographs of events at the venue from the beginning. When did you guys first speak of her taking photos?

J: I don’t remember exactly when it was, but maybe about six or seven months after we moved in, she told us pretty frankly that she was going to document what was going on and talked to each of us individually about our comfort levels and everything.  She’s the kind of girl who does what she has to do for her art. She was pretty straight with us that she’d be documenting the good and the bad.

M: Do you feel that every event at The Oxford is a different experience? What do you think people who’ve only come a few times take with them when they leave?

J: I think there’s a specific kind of feeling to a “house show,” but it really depends on the bands that are playing and who’s there, and the energy of all of that combining. There have been some slow shows with bad turn-outs on rainy nights or blizzards where we were snowed in, and things like that. However, there have also been shows where there are so many people that it’s actually insane and everyone is really there for that moment. I think what people take with them when they leave can be really different depending on when they came and who they saw. Certain performers have more effect on certain people.

M: My dream would’ve been to see Timber Timbre play at the Oxford. How amazing was that show?

J: The show that Timber Timbre played here was really lovely. It was during North by Northeast, and it was sort of nice to be in this backyard watching music instead of in a big noisy venue for that time. Taylor sounded amazing in the backyard. Ladan (basket of figs) and Kristina Born (whatever jailer) also played, and I love those dudes.

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(Phot Cred : Tara Fillion)

M: Tell us how the Horse Museum started.

J: The Horse Museum started because a few friends were willing, and in the right place, to start making music with me, and I had just been on a long tour with Richard Laviolette and Chris yang where they were sometimes playing along, and Jordan O’ Jordan came up for a few days and played with me and I liked that feeling of performing with friends a lot. So I came home from the tour and said, ‘hey, let’s do this’, and we did. It gets bigger on its own, it seems.

M: Sometimes you’ve went on tour alone and sometimes you’ve been with the band. What is your craziest tour story? What is your craziest tour hook up?

J: I feel like picking the “craziest” tour story is really hard. A lot of really weird stuff has happened.  I think there’s an adrenaline that happens sometimes when you’re travelling, especially when it’s warm, that’s just really overwhelming and you feel like everything you’re doing is really insane.  I feel like the funniest tour story is that I was accidentally booked to play a children’s fair and the promoter really didn’t seem to think it was a problem.  I guess my craziest tour hook-up is a threesome, that’s a pretty random thing to have happen on tour.

M: Through all the stress, years and hard work that went into Divorce Lawyers, I Shaved My Head, how did you feel when you knew that all those thoughts, feelings, and emotions that were written about would be shared with your listeners?

J: It’s not an uncomfortable thing, the topics of these songs. Not to me, anyway. I was nervous for people like my dad to hear them, I suppose, but other than that it’s fine.

M: One of the relationships talked about is the one with an old lover that is now a woman. How did you feel when you first discussed with her?

J: T.M and I have had a good dialogue about the topics on this record the entire time. She also wrote some material based on these same events – a play. We’ve talked a little about working together on something about it in the future. I feel like, because we’re both the kind of people who use our art and performance as catharsis almost, we both really just understood each other in terms of needing to say words about it.

M: How do you think one goes from having someone be their lover/partner to friend/confidant? Was that transition hard for you guys?

J: I think that transition can be extremely difficult and sometimes even unnecessary, depending on how the relationship really went. The transition was still difficult for us, definitely, but I think easier maybe more-so because our problems and reasons for ending the relationship were sexual, not emotional.

M: The CD release show had me in tears. Watching the Horse Museum is truly an experience. How did you feel about that show? Were you scared, emotional, or unsure about it at any point in the night?

J: Up until the show, I was terrified. We were doing a sound check and I got terrified I was going to lose my voice and my throat was going to close up. Once we were up there I felt fine. Playing with the band makes it a lot easier; the band is basically all my best friends, making music with me. Everyone who came out was so supportive.

M: The song, Racehorse, Get Married also makes me cry (like a fucking baby actually). Tell us about the songs on the record that mean something special to you. What are the chances of you making a music video for this song?

J: I think the ones that are most special to me are the ones that really came alive to me again once we were already recording and the band did such incredible things to them. Racehorse is a good example of that. It’s probably my favourite recording on the album because of what happened to it in the recording process. We first recorded it thinking it would just be me, alone, similar to o jarhead, but we ended up building things around it. For Hymn / Her, the instrumental that Sarah and Shaun wrote is really lovely and really stands out to me. I like the idea of music videos, so I would like to do one for one of these songs eventually, but I’m not sure yet. We have a lot of talented people around who could definitely help us if that’s what we decided to do. I have mostly had ideas in my head for a wild dogs video, though.

M: Jason is your partner and band mate. In the few years that you’ve been with him, what would you say is the most beautiful quality, attribute, or even a feeling that you’ve felt when being with Jason?

J: The best word that I can think of is warm. That’s the best feeling. It’s also good to be with someone who you can really trust. The band mate dynamic has been interesting to add on, Jason is much more business-minded than I am and is very insightful in helping out the band with that aspect. He’s a fantastic horn player. All those horn arrangements are his.

M: We recently had our first (and last with Jake before he left for Korea)”Porn Club” meeting. Considering the guys on Sean Cody, Broke Straight Boys are not your cup of tea, what would say turns you on about a man?

J: I like large noses, glasses, stomachs, I like a little bit of a gut sometimes. Hairy chests, the small of the back, short messy hair. Dark features I guess? I’ve been attracted to lots of people who don’t match any of this, either, though. It’s hard to say.

M: What room in the house will you miss the most?

J: I’m going to miss the front porch and the kitchen the most. The porch for very obvious reasons (where I am moving to has no porch), and the kitchen because it had a really good floor to lay on.

M: Have you ever hooked up in the club house? How would you feel if someone hooked up in the club house?

J: I’ve had sex in the clubhouse. A few people have, I think.

M: As the weekend comes to an end and September 1st is around the corner, how do you feel about moving?

J: I am very excited to move. As much as change is completely terrifying, I am looking forward to what’s coming next. and this house is a little run-down and right now it’s mostly empty since three of our other roommates have already left, so it definitely just feels like it’s time to go.

www.myspace.com/jordaanmason

Letter From A Dirtbag Editor # 2

In Uncategorized on October 26, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Hello Everyone

 

I just want to say that I’m really happy with the amount of people who’ve been reading Johnny B. When I got the idea to do this, it was kind of like, ‘hey I really like BUTT Magazine and East Village Boy. I think these ideas are really cool and I want to use them’. I think it’s a great little zine to do and I’m glad people are loving it. My friend Michelle just came on as the copy editor for Johnny B, which is awesome. She’s a great writer and editor, so everything on here will be polished, which is good because I’ve been known to miss a thing or two.

Aside from Johnny B,  things have been good. I’m kind of thinking long-term as far as my career is concerned and I think I’m ready for the next step. My friend Rob Fox works for a music P.R company called Ideal Friends. Were supposed to be talking this week. I’m really just looking for some advice because he seemed to kind of climb up the ladder the same way I am and now he’s working for this amazing company.  He gets to deal with the bands directly and ideally that’s where I want to be at some point. We’ll see what happens when we have the talk.

Winter is time to meet new people and I’m feeling like it’s time to do that. I’ve been making some new friends and having the best time. I think I’m dating someone now, but who knows. It’s still so new that I’m not about the titles. You got to just let it happen you know.

Ok, so this week my mission to get some queer ladies on Johnny B. It’s been nothing but cock since I started this thing. I’m looking to interview some cool gals, so hopefully you’ll see some stuff soon. This week I finally have the interview with my friend Jordaan, an interview with the sexy Chris Garneau, the first two porn club meeting reviews, and some next shit. I’ve always got something coming, so just look out for the updates kids.

xoxo

Johnny B

P.S I love omgblog.com!!! Thanks boys

In Loving Memory of Chris Skinner

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Johnny B would like to take this time to pay our respects to the family and friends of Chris Skinner. This young man was brutally murdered last week and found on the corner of Adelaide and Victoria. Details on the murder are still being looked at carefully, but one thing that’s still up in the air is whether it was because of his sexuality or just a senseless murder. For me it’s like this, anytime a young person with everything going for them(such as this youung man) has their life cut short it’s a tragedy. We live in a time where being homosexual shouldn’t be an issue or concerned to the heterosexual community. However, there still a small percentage of the world who’s ignorance allows them to believe that we are evil, a threat, an abomination(you’ve heard it all), but it’s still no excuse to beat a man and then run him over. The entertainment district is weird because anything can happen, but this is truely one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever read in my life. Families and love ones will never be the same and it’s all because a group of ignorant fools decided to do the unthinkable. Rest assured, justice will be served and when that happens, Chris can finally rest peacefully and the family of this man can begin the healing process. Johnny B wants to send our love and support to his family, husband, and friends.

Homopunks : A Frenchy Buffet

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2009 at 11:15 AM

 

 Two weekends ago Jordaan was telling me about this new porn Bruce La Bruce directed( apparently was done as a venture with a german porn company)called Homo Punks. It sounded really good, so I decided to scroll the internet for more info. To my surprise, I found this really random paysite of the same name. The site doesn’t make any sense, but most of the pictures are really ridiculous. Since the kids who read Johnny B like ridiculous( I assume so anyway), I think it’s only appropriate that I give each of these photo’s a quick evaluation.

 P.S It’s all in good fun and all the photo credit goes to Homopunks(these are not my photos)

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-Men from Berlin : Good Look

-These men from Berlin : Not A Good Look

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-Wearing a helmet : Good Look

-Dirty scruff look : Good Look

-Uncut penis : I’m on the fence

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-Looking like a jock bro that goes to Mod Club : Not A Good Look

-Arcade Fridays at Mod Club : Good Look

-Barely there mankini : Good Look

-Barely there weenie : Not A Good Look

-Bunny toque : Good Look

-Having a name like Zoltan : Good Look(more like an awesome look)

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-Classic Nike sneakers : Good Look

-French bottoms : Good Look

-Fishnet tops : Good Look

-Assless purple spandex : Not A Good Look

-Taking the sexiest that is American Apparel ads and making a gay Frenchy version : Good Look

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-Having an “impressive resume” : Good Look

-Having an oddly shaped resume: Not A Good Look

-Weirdo clown fetish : Good Look (Hey, it’s 2009. I’m a fan of all freaks haha)

-Poor pubic hair maintainance : Not A Good Look

 

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– I love France T-shirt : Good Look

-Making the Mona Lisa suck your cock : Not A Good Look

-“French Fries special” : Not A Good Look

-Using a cheesy porno name like “Cockteau” : Not A Good Look

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-Cute trashy boy : Good Look

-Red bow ties : Good Look

-Another dude wearing bunny ears : Not A Good Look

-Smoking to increase sex appeal : Not A Good Look(but it works doesn’t it ?)

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-Having two names : Good Look

 Marky Marco’s ass : Good Look

-Flexibility : Good Look

-The “work it, work it” captions on the photo : Good Look

-Anything else of Marky Marko’s besides the things mentioned : Not A Good Look(butterface)

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-Police men hats : Good Look

-Having an “impressive resume” : Good Look

-Leg Tattoo : Good Look

-Good beards : Good Look

-Being the hottest Frenchy on the site : Good Look

So all in all this site is fucked. When I finally meet up with Jordaan, we will be the watching the actual Homo Punx porn and I’ll review for y’all in our next porn club meeting.

xoxo

Johnny B

Azari & III ft. Fritz Helder – Hungry For The Power

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2009 at 8:30 PM

If I’m lucky you guys will have the privilege of reading an interview with myself and Cedric Gasaida very soon. For now, check out the brand new video for the highly addictive Azari & III single “Hungry For The Power” featuring the very talented Fritz Helder. Cedric and Fritz will be hosting a party for Fashion Week at Wrongbar next Saturday, October 24th. Be sure to give them some love for this very steamy new video

xoxo

Johnny B.

 

 

Brontez Purnell : Old Skool, New Skool, Fag Skool

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2009 at 5:34 AM

BrontezYour not going to meet many dudes like Gravy Train’s Brontez Purnell, believe me. Although he’s known for his antics in Gravy Train!!!, he’s also written for a number of different publications like Jigsaw and he also had a column called “She’s Over It” in Maximum Rock N Roll.  His first zine, Schlepp Fan Zine, was released in the early 2000’s.  The  queer punk zine featured an interviews with The Gossip, Operation Makeout, Los Rabi’s, and Lady Killa, who was also the editor of Crackwhore zine.

In the zine, Brontez also touches on experiences growing up queer and black in a hardcore christian environment. Article titles like “Top Ten Makeout List” and “My Totally Fag-A-Licious Bedroom Dance Party Mixtape” should tell you that this zine was a riot. This was followed by Fag School. This zine only had three issues and their all  just as wild as Schlepp.

Our interview was very straight to the point, but all the bases were covered. Read it below.

1. What’s Gravy Train!!! been up to lately ?

Brontez : Hanging out, school, and trying to figure out the next record.

2. Awesome!! So there is another record in the works ?

B : Yes.

3. The California gay scene has always been a mystery to me. It seems pretty wild and crazy. Can you give me an idea of some of the stuff that goes on ?

B : It’s not that mysterious at all! If you lived here, all you’ll do is art and potentially bone the same 10-12 guys over and over again. It’s beautiful.

4. Where is the best place to cruise for boys ?

B : Church ?

5. It was really weird for me growing up as a gay black kid. How would you say it was for you ?

B : The same. Let’s make out and let the healing process begin.

6. How did The Younger Lovers get started ?

B : I was in a band at the time called Panty Raid. The band broke up and the last song I wrote for it called Sha-boo-lee became the first Younger Lovers song and it all jumped off from there.

7. How was it recording the record ?

B : Super rad, drunk, and fun! It did some of it with Vice Cooler in a basement in Oakland and the rest of it at my house. I had to record all the instruments because I’m an ego-maniac.

8. What band did you like playing in the most ?

B : All of them brought different things to me. I’d have to say The Younger Lovers because I feel the most freedom in this sort of way.

9. You first zine was amazing. What made you start Fag School ?

B : I wanted to be punk.

10. I’ve heard a few entries read on YouTube, which was hilarious. Is their anything you’ve written about based on life experience that you regret ?

B : I don’t think I’ve ever been ashamed of anything.

11. I hear you also DJ. What do you spin ?

B : 60’s soul, pop..ect.

12. Can you come to Toronto ?

B : Yes!!

13. You had a mini interview in BUTT Magazine. According to the interview, you love black boys like a fiend. What is it about the brothers that you prefer over other guys ?

B : I love all men, but I have to admit that there’s this extra understanding(sometimes challenge) that comes with black men. But it’s complicated because not all of them feel the same way. A lot of the time in the gay scene you get brothers hating on other brothers and that sucks. However, in looking I’ve found some extraordinary men that have helped me connect better as a black men with things I was going through when I was too young to articulate. It’s complicated.

14. Have you ever had a guy that was just too big. Any crazy sex stories ?

B : I don’t like big ones all the time. I’m a lazy bottom.

15. I read an interview done by Kevin Ritchie with Juan from Abe Vigoda. Juan talked a lot about Bob Mould’s influence on him. One of the things Kevin and I talked about after reading the interview is how “hush hush” a lot of  the gay punk scene is about their sexuality. What’s your take on that ?

B : It’s definitely true, but it’s fine. I know plenty of punk dudes and at times I’m just like “dude, I don’t wanna know what your scary ass is into”.

16. Last question, you and Jared from Black Lips don’t have the best history. How did you guys work it out ? Give me the short version.

B : Honestly, it was dumb and I wouldn’t want to bore you to death. We didn’t work it out, but on the flip side I just heard Jared got his ass beat by Wavves tour manager. Not to shit on a dead duck, it was music to my fucking ears.

 

 

Letter From A Dirtbag Editor # 1

In Uncategorized on October 12, 2009 at 10:07 PM

Hello Everyone

So I know I’ve talking a lot about getting this blog style magazine going for months, but know the time for talking is definitely over. I’ve spent a lot of the last few months thinking whether this would be an awesome thing to do or not, and I’m still kind of unsure. I’ll allow you guys to tell me whether it’s good or not. Here are some of the awesome things I have to start off with :

-My friend Jordaan Mason, Jake Mooney, and myself started a porn club(simular to a book club, minus the books). Jordaan and I briefly discussed vintage gay porn(ie. beefcake photo’s), so I’ll have some of that on here

-An interview with Brontez of Gravy Train!!!! He’s pretty straight to the point and really funny

-Interview with Jordaan Mason and his band The Horse Musuem, men, and the end of our favourite house, The Oxford Hotel(which he moved out of in September)

And obviously more to come, so keep your eyes open.

Also, I want to give a shout out to OMG Blog. Frank, Jeremy, and Kevin…love those boys and if you don’t know about OMG Blog, child, you better get to linkin it now

www.omgblog.com