YSPodcast#1: Thicke, Miley, KOL, NIN, Rape Culture, Slam Poetry and More


The time has finally come to unveil a project that we here at the Portage are extremely excited about.

Our Inaugural Podcast is here! In this episode Ben, Alex and Mike discuss Thicke and Miley, Black Appropriation, Geek Culture, and Slam Poetry (centering that discussion on Neil Hilborn and his OCD Love Poem). We’re also featuring musical interludes from Kings of Leon, Nine Inch Nails, Aesop Rock and Alex Mason.

The running time for our podcast is 1:11:09 so we’ve provided a content list in the description of the Youtube Video so that you can quickly navigate our discussions and listen to what interests you the most.

We’ve also provided links to any relevant articles discussed throughout the course of the podcast, as well as download links. If you like the podcast or want to listen to it on the go, you can download it directly from us in the side panel, or by clicking below. Our audio files are available through Box.com in both the Apple .m4a format, and the more common mp3 format so that you can easily enjoy the Yonge Street Podcast on the go via your BlackBerry, Android or other music playback device/smartphone.

If you hear some suspect “meows” during the podcast, those belong to resident CFO (Chief Feline Officer) Frank, who has been the subject of a few poems here and on Tumblr.

IMG_0089If you have suggestions for our next podcast, please leave them in comments section, or join the discussion on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Tumblr. And don’t forget to subscribe to our channel on Youtube.

Full Content List and Related Links

Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus–Liberation or Degradation?
00:43 – 14:00

Twerk’d Off – Miley Cyrus and Black Appropriation
14:00 – 17:55

Musical Interlude – Kings of Leon “SuperSoaker”
17:55 – 21:40

Get Her (through) to the Geeks – Sexually Oriented Hierarchy in “Geek Culture” and Beyond

Musical Interlude – Nine Inch Nails “Disappointed”
32:12 – 37:15

“Machisflow” – Rap music vs poetics; the great tumblr curse
37:40 – 48:20

Poetic Point System – Spoken Word Poetic Economics;the famous OCD Love Poem; 50 Shades of Gray – Literacy vs “Lusteracy”; Analogies in the Music Business (Mainstream allure vs artistic impetus)
48:20 – 59:35

Musical Interlude – Aesop Rock “Gopher Guts”
-59:38 – 1:03:33

Closing Statements, Podcast #2 Preview
1:03:35 – 1:07:31

Musical Outro – Alex Mason “Howl”

Important Links:

The Guardian Article on Miley’s Black Appropriation: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/27/miley-cyrus-twerking-cultural-appropriation

Complex Mag Blurred Lines’ Actress Interview: http://www.complexmag.ca/music/2013/07/blurred-lines-girl-emily-ratajkowski

Reactions to Miley’s Twerking: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31AhaWyY1y4

Nine Inch Nails “The Slip” Download: http://dl.nin.com/theslip/signup

Nine Inch Nails “Hesitation Marks” on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hesitation-marks-deluxe-version/id655150306

Lil Wayne’s Metaphors: http://www.facebook.com/metaphorsandsimiles?filter=2

“Rap like Lil Wayne” hashtag on Twitter: http://twitter.com/search?q=%23raplikelilwayne&src=tyah

Neil Hilborn’s OCD Love Poem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnKZ4pdSU-s

Aesop Rock’s Website: http://aesoprock.com/

Vancouver’s The Fugitives: http://www.fugitives.ca/

Toronto International Film Festival App: http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/130861/?lang=en&countrycode=CA


5 thoughts on “YSPodcast#1: Thicke, Miley, KOL, NIN, Rape Culture, Slam Poetry and More

  1. Thanks so much for the link back! Your podcast had some very interesting points in the Thicke/Cyrus debate that I hadn’t been able to address. Additionally, I enjoyed the discussion of geek culture misogyny you had. I know of the woman you discuss, and I think the whole thing was spot on.

    • Hey thanks for the kind words–I’m glad that you enjoyed that podcast, especially those discussions because they’re important discussions to have, and to be dissected from all sides, no matter unpopular certain suggestions may be. We’re working on another one that will be released shortly and I hope that you’ll find some more content of value to you therein.

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