Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Tribe Called Quest Film Set to Air at Toronto's Hot Docs Festival

(photo via gordonandthewhale.com)
A new documentary entitled "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest" is set to air tonight as a part of the annual Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival held each year in Toronto.

Bruins vs Flyers - NHL Playoffs - Eastern Conference Semi-Final

This is it! 1,230 games have been completed and the 2nd season begins. 16 teams participate and 1 will hoist the most coveted trophy in professional sports: the Stanley Cup. This is one of the toughest tournaments in the world and P&B will be your round by round guide.


Chara clears the pucks passed a forechecking Giroux (Photo via zimbio.com)


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2011 Season Series:

Boston won 3-1

What's the story?:

The Bruins battled back from a 2-0 hole against the Habs to win a la dramatique in a game 7 overtime classic.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Capitals vs Lightning - NHL Playoffs - Eastern Conference Semi-Final

This is it! 1,230 games have been completed and the 2nd season begins. 16 teams participate and 1 will hoist the most coveted trophy in professional sports: the Stanley Cup. This is one of the toughest tournaments in the world and P&B will be your round by round guide.

(Photo via hfboards.com)

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2011 Season Series:

Washington won 4-2

What's the story?:

Tampa has showed the world that they are ready to be players again. The reasons?

Sharks vs Red Wings - NHL Playoffs - Western Conference Semi-Final

This is it! 1,230 games have been completed and the 2nd season begins. 16 teams participate and 1 will hoist the most coveted trophy in professional sports: the Stanley Cup. This is one of the toughest tournaments in the world and P&B will be your round by round guide.

(Photo via allpro.com)
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2011 Season Series

San Jose won 3-1

What's the Story?:

The Red Wings cannot be denied. They played through Phoenix with some key injuries to important offensive players (Zetterberg, Franzen).

Friday Flashbash - Royally Dismissed Edition



The Smiths - "How Soon is Now?"

In honor of the Royal Wedding media blitz and comments from Morrissey, who straight up dissed the British Monarchy while questioning their purpose in the UK, P&B presents "How Soon is Now?". This is a classic 80s cut from The Smiths' 2nd release "Meat is Murder". Morrissey was an original member of the Smiths.

Get your tea and crumpets out while you jam to this cut.

-Paqman

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Canucks vs Predators - NHL Playoffs - Western Conference Semi-Final

This is it! 1,230 games have been completed and the 2nd season begins. 16 teams participate and 1 will hoist the most coveted trophy in professional sports: the Stanley Cup. This is one of the toughest tournaments in the world and P&B will be your round by round guide.

(Photo via sports.yahoo.com)

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2011 Season Series:

Tied at 2

What's the Story?:

Nashville is the only team in the West to take out a higher seed in the first round. They knocked the top heavy 4th seeded Ducks in 6 games and accomplished a franchise first: won a playoff series.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Redemption On the Coast: How the Vancouver Canucks Finally Got the Hawk Off Their Back

(Photo via canucks.nhl.com)
Hockey has been a nightly ritual in the Paqman household for the past few weeks. I've found pleasure in other team's joy and pain with the absence of my beloved Sens. None was more epic than last night's tilt between the Canucks and Blackhawks. It embodied everything that is so right about the NHL Playoffs: anticipation, frustration and elation.

UFC Fever Hits Toronto April 30th

(photo via antietamcable.com)

UFC 129 

Georges St-Pierre vs Jake Shields 


This Saturday, April 30th at Rogers Centre, Toronto

The event is the first ever to be held in Ontario since mixed martial arts was legalized in the province last summer, and is slated to be the largest in the history of the sport.  Over 55,000 tickets have been sold, plus countless others will take in the action live via pay-per-view.



-Turnbull

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Concert Review - TV on the Radio @ Sound Academy, Toronto


TV on the Radio stopped in for a Toronto date on Monday night as they currently tour in support of their latest record, Nine Types of Light.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Enter the Blackberry PlayBook

(Photo via blackberry.com)
After some delay and anticipation, the Blackberry PlayBook is now available for all of the crackberry abusers of the world. RIM's tablet has been received to mix reviews. The most common knocks on the device that I've read are the screen size (7 inches compared to the iPad's 10) and incomplete software options (lack of email support and access to BBM). The PlayBook app store is very bare at the moment. You can expect the software to start rolling out at a rapid pace.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

NBA Playoff Preview Part 2 - Western Conference First Round

The Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers are set for opening round playoff action
(photo via espn.com)
Part 2 of our NBA Playoff Preview, breaking down the Western Conference series matchups:

NBA Playoff Preview Part 1 - Eastern Conference First Round

The Knicks and Celtics will battle in First Round NBA Eastern Conference Playoff action
(photo via espn.com)

The National Basketball Association 2010-11 Playoffs begin today.  Let's break down the four Eastern Conference series matchups:

Friday, April 15, 2011

Coachella Live Webcast This Weekend

(photo via skinnytie.blogspot.com)

YouTube will have the 2011 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival webcast live all weekend.

To watch, click HERE
(note:  All set times are Pacific Daylight Time)

-Turnbull

Where Legends are Made : NHL Playoffs - Western Conference - Round 1

This is it! 1,230 games have passed and the 2nd season begins. 16 teams participate and 1 will hoist the most coveted trophy in professional sports: the Stanley Cup. This is one of the toughest tournaments in the world and P&B will be your round by round guide.

(Photo via canucksarmy.com)

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2011 Season Series:

Tied at 2-2

What's the story?:

Like the Rangers in the East, the Blackhawks benefited from a team's loss to slip into the final playoff spot.

Friday Flashback - All Foo-ked Up Edition



Foo Fighters - "I'll Stick Around"

In '95, to the world's surprise, Dave Grohl released an album that would launch him into the Pop Rock stratosphere. "I'll Stick Around" was the second  single released from the self titled album and was a breath of fresh air after the demise of Nirvana.

You'll notice Pat Smear, who left and has since returned, as well as Drummer William Goldsmith, who was replaced by then Alanis Morisette drummer Taylor Hawkins, in the video. The most amazing part of this album is that Grohl played every single instrument including vocals. That's just simply awesome!

Check out the Foos new album, Wasting Light, when you have the chance.

-Paqman

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Record Store Day - Saturday April 16


This Saturday April 16th marks International Record Store Day.

Originally established in 2007 as a means of celebrating "the art of music," and to stimulate sales in the independent music retail sector, this event gets bigger and bigger each year.

It takes place annually on the 3rd Saturday in April.

Record stores around the world slash prices, host in-store performances, and offer tons of special, limited edition merchandise.

A growing list of popular bands will release material in conjunction with the event, including RadioheadFoo FightersRegina Spektor, Gorillaz, and many, MANY more.

This Saturday, get out to your local record store and support the cause!

-Turnbull

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Quick Shot Predictions for the Western Conference - NHL PLayoffs - Round 1

My full post for the Western Conference isn't ready yet, so I'm giving you my predictions very quickly in this post since the playoffs start tonight.

Don't want y'all to think that I'm cheating on my predictions by letting a full day of action pass by! ;)

1-Canucks vs 8-Blackhawks

Canucks win in 5

2-Sharks vs 7-Kings

Sharks win in 7

3-Red Wings vs 6-Coyotes

Upset! Coyotes win in 7

4-Ducks vs 5-Predators

Ducks win in 5

The complete Round 1 post for the West will be ready tomorrow.

-Paqman

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

James Blake's Naked Electronica

photo via deathandtaxesmag.com
The name "James Blake" keeps popping up whenever I read something discussing "Artists To Watch in 2011." Recently, the interweb has had quite a bit to say about this UK Dubstep Producer-turned-Artist and his brand of music...what I refer to as "Naked Electronica."  It's an unusually dark, bare-bones take on soul music and r&b, but with light, minimalist keyboard flourishes, and some other very interesting sounds.

Where Legends are Made : NHL Playoffs - Eastern Conference - Round 1

This is it! 1,230 games have been completed and the 2nd season begins. 16 teams participate and 1 will hoist the most coveted trophy in professional sports: the Stanley Cup. This is one of the toughest tournaments in the world and P&B will be your round by round guide.

(photo via imageshack)

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2011 Season Series:

New York won 3-1

What's the Story?:

The Rangers barely squeaked into the 8th seed thanks to Carolina's inability to capitalize in game #82.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Top Chef Canada Set To Premiere April 11th

photo via cadencemag.com

Top Chef Canada will premiere tonight on Food Network Canada at 9:00 pm ET.  The series will feature 16 chefs from across Canada as they battle for Canadian culinary supremacy, and a chance to win a $100,000 cash prize, along with $30,000 in high-end kitchen appliances.

Canadian chef and restaurant entrepreneur Mark McEwan, and television personality Thea Andrews will serve as the show's hosts, while Shereen Arazm, a business partner of the Dolce Group in Los Angeles, will be the show's Resident Judge.

Six Toronto-based chefs will compete in the series: Dustin Gallagher, currently the Executive Chef at Grace; Steve Gonzalez - Chef de Cuisine at Claudio Aprile's newest venture Origin; Chris Kanka, a former Toronto Star Eater's Choice Award-winning chef who is currently working on opening a restaurant in the Durham Region of Ontario; Andrea Nicholson - Executive Chef and Director of Great Cooks Culinary Centre; Rob Rossi - Executive Chef of the Mercatto Group of Restaurants; and Patrick Wiese - a Chicago-born Toronto chef formerly of Fuzion Restaurant, who currently serves as a private chef for one of the country's top investment bankers.

For complete bios on all 16 Chefs, and for more series information, click HERE

-Turnbull

Saturday, April 9, 2011

New Beastie Boys Record & Short Film Due May 3rd

photo via lintcoat.com

Hot Sauce Committee Part Two is the title of the highly anticipated eighth studio record by NYC hip hop pioneers the Beastie Boys, and will be available on Tuesday May 3rd.

In conjunction with the album, the group will release a short film entitled Fight For Your Right Revisted.  
starring Danny McBride as MCA, Seth Rogen as Mike D, and Elijah Wood as The King Adrock; also appearing are Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Jack Black, Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson and many more.

Peep the trailer:



-Turnbull

Wherein Lupe Fiasco Can find No Love in this House - "Lasers" Review: the P&B BBM Chat

We here at P&B love technology. We both use Blackberry Messenger like crazy, so why not show our deep conversations to the world! This is a first in the Blogosphere (we think). Here it is: The P&B BBM Chat.
(Photo via kingsrowe.com)
Paqman: Are you feeling the new Lupe?
Turnbull aka Tza: No not at all. Disappointed actually
Paqman:  Disappointed is the right word. What the hell happened? A lot of folks out there are digging it. I don't get it.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Millennial Awesomeness!!

1000
PAGEVIEWS!!!!


THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!


-Paqman & Turnbull

Friday Flashback - P Diddy B-Boy Edition



Fine Young Cannibals - "I'm Not the Man I Used to Be"

This was the 4th single from their breakthrough 1989 album The Raw & The Cooked.  Great use of the James Brown sample "Funky Drummer" as the backbeat.  And if you look closely, you'll see a young Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs as one of the breakdancers (first shown around the 0:45 sec mark)

Enjoy ... Happy Friday!

-Turnbull

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Who Shot Ya? : the FBI Publishes the Notorious B.I.G. Files

Biggie's last ride (Photo via streetdigest.com)
Thanks to multiple Freedom of Information requests, the FBI has released its records for the Christopher Wallace murder. For those who don't know who Mr Wallace is...you can leave the blog right now!

Biggie was gunned down in LA in '97 and the case files contain information pertaining to Tupac, corrupt cops and ciroc! Sorry, I was trying to get that last part to rhyme.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE RECORDS

Get your read on and come back to leave your comments.

-Paqman

Unforgettable Masters Moment: Fuzzy Zoeller Turns Redneck

photo via thepartyfaq.com
Happy "Masters" Weekend, Sports Fans!  I don't play (or watch) enough golf to consider myself a true fan of the game, but as an avid Sports guy, I do like to keep dabs on most major professional sports ... including the PGA Tour.  Reflecting on some of my most memorable moments watching this event, here's one that sticks out in my mind.

The year is 1997.  The event:  The Masters Championship, arguably the most prestigious tournament in Pro Golf.

The coveted "Green Jacket" is on the line.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I Miss You, I'm Not Coming Back: 17 Years After Kurt Cobain's Death

(Photo via mojo4music.com)
The music industry suffered a huge loss in 1994, when Kurt Cobain was found dead of an apparent suicide. It's hard to believe that so much time has passed since that dark day. You're going to see tons of articles today about the "what ifs" and "what really happened". I'm going to take you on a more personal journey exploring why Nirvana was, and still is, so important to me.

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Worm Is Worthy: Dennis Rodman Elected to Basketball Hall of Fame!

The Worm during his Chicago Bulls tenure
(photo via ongo.com)
Dennis Rodman has been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame ... whodda thunk it?

You don't picture a guy like Rodman getting a lot of consideration for such an honour, given his anti-conservative image and lack of flashy offensive skills during his playing days.  But the guy's resume is pretty damn impressive.

Up to Here: P&B's First Month

(Photo via blog.carazoo.com)
Our first full month in action has come and gone with great success. From the 1st to the 31st of March, we posted 25 stories which generated 653 pageviews! So on average, we are generating 26 page views per post.

In terms of traffic by region, Canada is responsible for the bulk of the visits with 394, followed by our US friends with 171.

Our top 3 posts hit each of the main 3 themes from our mission statement: Music (Gorilla Warfare Tactics), Sport (Mid Season NBA MVP Report) and Culture (Chuck Hughes Vs Iron Chef Bobby Flay).

We are also (finally) listed on Technorati and our current rank is 28,011 out of 106,227 blogs with a Technorati Authority of 85. We'll periodically give you updates on our ranking so that you can be a part of our progress.

In closing, this is not meant as a "shaking our tail-feathers" kind of post, but more of a "You guys are f'in awesome and thanks for your support!". We will continue to strive to bring you exciting content with exclusive insight.

Cheers!!

-Paqman & Turnbull

P.S.: Thanks again for reading our blog! Please send us comments, recommendations of what you'd like to see, and your thoughts on our work so far. Spread the good word, P&B Faithful!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

"Angles" by The Strokes: the P&B BBM Chat

We here at P&B love technology. We both use Blackberry Messenger like crazy, so why not show our deep conversations to the world! This is a first in the Blogosphere (we think). Here it is: The P&B BBM Chat.



Turnbull aka Tza: Yo Paq, I'm finally getting a chance to listen to this new Strokes rec...it's got that percussive guitar "jangle" we know and love from them doesn't' it? I thought the first single wasn't bad...nice & catchy. What do you think man?
Turnbull aka Tza: Such dynamic changes in some of the songwriting...3rd track "Two Kinds of Happiness" is pretty ambitious man....reminds me of The Cars at certain points.
Paqman: To start, I don't know much about the Stokes. I kinda dismissed them after hearing their first few singles off their major debut. I did see their performance on SNL which featured some new material and I thought they were cool. Sooo why not give the new release a try? They write catchy shit and I can hear tons of singles. "Under the Cover of Darkness" and "Taken for a Fool" stood out to me as cuts with charting potential.

Concert Review - Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears @ The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto

Black Joe Lewis rocks the crowd, rockin' a Dashiki

Austin, Texas band Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears brought their brand of rambunctious, rump-shakin' Garage Rock n' Soul to Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern on Thursday.  The band is currently touring in support of their newest release, Scandalous.  And right from the very first note, the crowd in attendance knew they were in for a sizzler of a set.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Ranting on Combo Packs: How the Movie Biz is Forcing You to Buy What You Don't Want

Rant's target: Blu-ray (Photo via crackednoodle.com)
So, I head to HMV after work to buy Black Swan for my fiancé. To my surprise (wasn't really surprised but it works here), the Blu-ray combo pack was selling for $32.99...is it just me or is that alot of dough for a movie?

Friday Flashback - Enter the Wu Edition



Can It Be All So Simple - Wu-Tang Clan

Shaolin!! Released in 94, this Wu banger from the classic "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)" will stand the test of time. 

Get those Ws up!

- The Mza