February 24, 2005

Police shut down BU porn magazine release party
By Canyon Cody
Published in The Heights

"I expected more nudity," complained one Boston University student at the release party for BU's new porn magazine Boink.

Compared to the full-frontal male and female nudity inside the new magazine, the release party at the Roxy on Thursday was quite tame. Large ice luges in the shape of male and female genitalia were the only open demonstration of private parts at the club, other than the pictures featured in the 96 page inaugural issue.

The party at the Roxy was billed as an adult-themed night and the invitations specifically stated that all attendees must be over 18 years of age. Unfortunately, that's not adult enough to legally drink in the state of Massachusetts, and as a result of underage drinking, the whole club was shut down at 12:30 a.m. by police and officials from Alcohol Beverage Control.

Until that point, everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves on the dance floor and it took the police quite some time to get everyone to actually leave. Most people stuck around to get a free copy of Boink before they left.

Boink is similar to the new sex-themed Harvard magazine H-Bomb, except Boink is unabashed porn, featuring BU students as models, writers, and photographers. The undergraduate models featured nude in the magazine, both male and female, were all in attendance at the release party.

During out interview, Alecia Oleyourryk, a BU senior from upstate New York and the creator of Boink, said that the magazine is an accurate reflection of the interests of normal college students and reminded everyone that the magazine also includes articles concerning college sex life.

Subscriptions to the magazine are available from its Web site (www.get-boinked.com) and single issues will be sold at Newbury Comics. According to Boink's Web site, "the title was selected because it's dynamic and fun, like the sex act to which it refers."

Boink will be sponsoring sex-themed discussions at BU beginning on March 3, when the magazine will host a talk at BU with Jen Sincero, author of The Straight Girl's Guide to Sleeping with Chicks.
Mixtape Friday: RIP Hunter S. Thompson
By Canyon Cody
Published in The Heights

If it wasn't for Hunter S. Thompson, "I" wouldn't be here. The father of gonzo journalism was the first to bring himself into the story, refusing or unable to remain inconspicuous and unobtrusive. After 67 years, Thompson recently took his own life, delivering a blow to counterculture at a time when crazy eccentrics are hard to find.

Thompson didn't just write, he ranted and raged. He broke all the old rules of journalism about objectivity and sobriety. His life of drugs, guns, and motorcycles produced the fantastic stories found in his semi-autobiographical books, including Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Hell's Angels.

I'm sure Thompson will continue to cause trouble wherever he ends up, especially now that he's reunited with his old friend and fellow merry prankster Ken Kesey, who died in 2001, and kindred spirit Ol' Dirty Bastard, who died in 2004.


Bill Withers "Ain't No Sunshine"
As a writer for Rolling Stone and later ESPN, Thompson could write about anything under the sun. For the counterculture movement, there ain't no sunshine with Thompson gone.

The original and still best version of "Ain't No Sunshine" appears on Bill Withers' first album, 1971's Just As I Am. At only two minutes, Withers' brief original has spawned hours of imitation, but nothing compares to the original heartwrenching breakup song.

D'Angelo "Ain't No Sunshine"
Even Withers himself would acknowledge D'Angelo as a legitimate disciple. D'Angelo knows, he knows, he knows (26 times he knows) that he should leave his lover, but a world without her is too dark to tolerate. This song is really the inverse of the chipper "You Are My Sunshine," sung instead from the dark side of the moon after a painful breakup.


Michael Jackson "Ain't No Sunshine"

Only one year after the original, Michael Jackson covered "Ain't No Sunshine" as the first track on his first solo album, Got To Be There. With skin so white, there clearly ain't no sunshine in Jackson's life. He opens the song with a spoken intro: "You ever want something that you know you shouldn't have? The more you know you shouldn't have it, the more you want it." I'm not in the business of kicking a man while he's down, so you'll have to insert your own joke here about Jackson's forbidden desires.

DMX "Ain't No Sunshine"
Hip-hop has poor self-control. It doesn't know when to leave an old song alone. DMX turns a beautiful song about lost love into a gritty song about robbing someone for money. The song fits well on his debut, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, and features DMX at his best, but it lacks the vulnerable soul that made the original great. Recently, rapper Akon again turned the tune into another rap song, with better success.