Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Chef Raekwon Is Cooking Up Canadian Home Brew, Sets Up Shop in Toronto

(Photo via swaggnews.com)
Due to Drake and the Bieb's success on the international stage, Wu-Tang Clan member Chef Raekwon has taken his culinary skills north of the border for a piece of the action. With a newly purchased Toronto waterfront condo in hand and an office on Yonge Street for the newly minted Canadian wing of his Ice H20 record label, he's eager to sign some Canadian talent.

From Canoe.ca:

"What brought me here is because of the fact the city is so rich and filled with talent that's being overlooked, Alright you got Drake who made it but there's still more people here. And if you really look at the table chart of Canadian artists that made it out of here, the majority of them, you could say were successful
[....]
So my thing is we want come in and diffuse anything that's not real, anything that doesn't associate with real hip-hop. We want to be the one that says, 'Yo, we want to help build and build a bigger and better industry.' I'm just like. 'Yo with talent from Toronto, Vancouver, Quebec,' who's paying attention?'

The first artist signed to his stable is local MC JD Era. Raekwon thinks he's the real deal, but he wants the young MC to crawl before he balls:

"We got him, how can I say, in training. But he's in a great space right now. Next year, we're counting on him coming through and making an impact but it's about having your business together first. You being an artist that people can say, 'Yo, you're paying your dues.' You can't just come in and run to the top."

Rae also rhymes off on how much he loves Toronto in the piece. Could other Canadian business ventures be in his future? The full article can be found here. Take time to watch the video embedded in the article, even if it's just to see the Chef rocking a Blue Jays cap.

-Paqman

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New Black Star Track - "You Already Knew"


image via consequenceofsound.net
Black Star are prepping the release of their highly anticipated new album Black Star Aretha (speculated title). The rec, which is their first since 1998's seminal Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star will be out in the new year and is supposed to have a sort of Aretha Franklin tribute vibe to it (?)

In the meantime, a couple of cuts have surfaced on the interweb for everyone's listening pleasure. First was the Madlib-produced "Fix Up" and now "You Already Knew" which is produced by Oh No.

And in case you missed Paqman's review of Black Star's blazin' hot November 12th performance in Toronto, click right HERE.

Black Star "You Already Knew" by 3DDistro

-Turnbull

Monday, November 28, 2011

The 15 Worst Sports Scandals of All Time

image via esporte.uol.com.br
Click HERE to begin slideshow

-Turnbull

Sunday, November 27, 2011

All Together Now: Just Shows Simplifies Toronto Concert Listings. You're Welcome.

(Photo via justshows.com)

If you're an avid concert goer, finding information about shows in Toronto is an unwelcome challenge. Navigating through Now magazine and their chaotic arrangements over multiple pages, incomplete listings on sites like Toronto Life and Toronto.com...it's tons of work for an experience you're looking to enjoy and invest into. Justshows.com have recently launched their site to fill a void in the Toronto scene by aggregating all the live music information you'll need. Their tag line says it all: Live music listings, only better.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dissecting The Throne - Post-Show Analysis (Feat. Fabs the Fiancé!): 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.

(All photos via esdevlin.com)
***We've invited Fabs into the chat for her insight on the show. She's a member of the P&B crew so make her feel welcome!! You can follow her on Tumblr here***


Fabiola: Sunglasses and Advil, last night was mad real

Meezy: Holy shit that's my story right now!

Fabiola: B-)

Young T: Welcome to the jungle made my night. I was happy from that point onward!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Throne Lands In Toronto

(Photo via blogs.courant.com)
On this day, the 23rd of November, 2011, two of the most influential hip hop artists of our generation will land (and take off) in Toronto for a two night stand. If you've been listening to LL Cool J's Bad on the repeat for the last year and stayed off the internet, you wouldn't know that Jay-Z and Kanye West released a joint album called Watch The Throne. This luxurious rap album has been well received by most, and deeply criticized by others. If you are one to hate on WTT, listen to "I Need Love" from the aforementioned Cool J classic. Hip hop has always been about rhyming on what you know. Jay an Ye now know Givenchy, Margiela and Bentley. What more can I say?

Now that the shock of the ticket prices has passed, it's time to lock and load for what might be the concert event of the year. If the set list that was leaked (and posted here) is any indication of what will go down, this experience will be worth every penny. Both MCs catalog will get it's time in the spotlight but the piece de resistance will be their platinum charting album.

The P&B crew will be in full effect on Thursday night for day 2 of the WTT extravaganza. We want to encourage anyone who will be in attendance on Wednesday to send us their take on the concert, submit a review, show us your pics or drop a set list on us. You can email us at either marc@paqmananbull.com or turnbull@paqmanandbull.com. We will post your submissions as they come in. As expected, Turnbull and I will give you a post game breakdown over the weekend. Keep P&B on lock and don't let us get in our zone!

-Paqman

The League Brings Its Game to FX Canada

image via fxcanada.ca
FX Canada launched on October 31st, bringing with it programming previously unavailable in this country.  Shows on the network include the critically acclaimed Sons of Anarchy, and the scary as hell American Horror Story (I keep telling my wife to stop watching it - she hasn't slept in weeks because of it!)

But the FX show that's really got me open right now is The League.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sidney Crosby Is a Special Athlete. Recognize.

(Photo via theglobeandmail.com
As you've surely read, the Kid is back. And he's still hands down the best in the business. He joins a Pittsburgh Penguin team that is currently 1st in the Eastern Conference (3rd in the league) and are poised to make a great run at Lord Stanley's Cup. All this talk about how he was afraid to return to the fastest game on the planet or cringed at the prospect of taking a major league hit have hovered over his head since his last game in January 2011. He let it all out in his debut this season.

Crosby's stat line for his return against the Islanders (which is a perfect game for his comeback: Sid has 66 points, including 20 goals, in 34 career games vs the Isles) was nothing short of awesome: 2 goals, 2 assists with 8 shots while taking in 15 minutes of ice time. It took him less than 6 minutes to score his first goal (on his first shot) with an amazing backhander that made it's way top right shelf. Crosby makes it look so easy and that's what all of the greats do. He's a student of the game, and will eventually become the head master of the sport.

For any of you that want to hate on Crosby and claim that he's a cry baby or a whiner, keep that shit to yourself. If your club of choice acquired him through a very unlikely trade, you would be ecstatic. You would say all of the things that I've written in this post. My advice: sit back and enjoy what the Kid is accomplishing in his career and for hockey. Sidney Crosby might play for the Penguins, but he's here for all of us puckheads to enjoy.

Here are the Crosby highlights from the game. His effort on the second goal is ridiculous, especially the "turn on a dime" on the half boards making Milan Jurcina look the fool.


-Paqman

Monday, November 21, 2011

Stars Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Heavy D

As recently reported by Paq, hip hop pioneer Heavy D passed away at the young age of 44.

He was a well-respected originator in the rap game, and paved the way for many urban music artists both past and present.

A-Listers including Sean "Puffy" Combs, Will and Jada Smith, and Usher showed up to show love for Heav at a funeral held last Friday in his hometown of "Money Earnin" Mount Vernon, New York.

Even Jay-Z took time out from his current Watch The Throne tour duties to stop in and pay his respects.



-Turnbull

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Concert Experience Review - Black Star Shine Their Light On The Toronto Heads


"Watch the throne!" a dapper Mos Def proclaimed as he walked on stage, pointing out his partner in rhyme Talib Kweli and eventually bringing back the attention to himself. This was witnessed as "Intro" from the essential "Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star" sonically adorned their arrival. This was the kick off to possibly the tightest hip hop show that Toronto has seen this year. Maybe even the last few years.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

NFL Mid-Year Report: The Movers, The Shakers, and The Heartbreakers of the 1/2 Season

Darren Sproles running roughshod for the Saints
(image via zimbio.com)
We're just pass the midway point of the 2011-12 NFL Season, so let's take a look at some of the biggest stories of the year so far:

Midseason Most Valuable Offensive Player: Aaron Rodgers - Green Bay Packers
The League's Best Quarterback continues to put up video game-type numbers, leading the pack to a 9-0 record, and they happen to be the defending Super Bowl Champs. Rodgers caught fire at the start of last year's championship run, and has not looked back since.

Midseason Most Valuable Defensive Player: DeMarcus Ware - Dallas Cowboys
Ware's leading the league with 12 sacks and is on pace to break Michael Strahan's single season sack record. After 7 great seasons, he is probably playing the best football of his career.  Ware's the undisputed leader of this team on the defensive side of the ball, as he's the unit's lone star.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday Flashback - Birthday On The One Edition


Metallica - "One"

On this day in 1962, the world was blessed with the arrival of an influential guitarist complete with long, dark wavy hair. The birthday boy in question is Kirk Hammett, lead guitarist for Metallica.

The video for One is significant for a few reasons: it was Metallica's first video and it's mad cool. The song's theme is war and features tons of creepy clips from a flick called "Johnny Got His Gun". The underlying message is dark, which is not very conducive to kicking off a weekend. But it's a great way to blow off some steam (read: heavy head banging part).

Another way to blow off some steam would be to smash your copy of the Lou Reed/Metallica collabo Lulu, and get back to the basics. Destroy the thing that should not be. Ride the lightning back catalog.

PS sorry for the pop ups/ads in the vid.

-Paqman

Kickin' it Old School: Toronto Blue Jays Unveil New Logo and Uniforms

image via cp24.com
The Toronto Blue Jays unveiled their new logo and uniforms today at a press conference at the Rogers Centre.

It's a retro inspired look, recalling the glory days for the late 80s and early to mid 90s when the team was winning division titles and World Series championships.

Hopefully the return to the look from their glory days will inspire their play on the field.  I know it's tough with the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays in their division, but with the right pieces in place, quality free agent signings, and some good old-fashioned luck, anything can happen.

-Turnbull

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bieber vs Povich?!!?

UPDATE:  It was announced today that Yeater has dismissed her case against the Biebs.  Celebrity justice served! 
image via pattygopez.buzznet.com
Leave it up to the one and only Maury Povich to try and settle the Justin Bieber paternity case.

Unless you've been living under Plymouth Rock for the last week or so, you're aware that 20-year-old Mariah Yeater has accused the Biebster of knocking her up during a 30-second sex romp backstage at LA's Staples Center in October of 2010, and that the subsequent child she gave birth to belongs to him.

And now Povich, the King of Daytime talkshow paternity smut, has invited Justin to appear on his show to take a DNA test, which will determine if he's is indeed the pops of her 3-month-old son, Tristyn.

Whether Biebs take Maury up on the offer to remains to be seen......there's speculation that he may take a test anyway to prove his innocence.  But we can only dream about how absurdly funny it would be if he indeed showed up on The MoPo Show: 



-Turnbull

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Update: Chuck Hughes Is Still a Winner Despite Iron Chef Elimination

Montreal's culinary whiz-kid Chuck Hughes was eliminated from the Food Network's The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs TV series on Monday night.

Hughes faced elimination after the show's judges placed him as one of the "bottom two" competitors.

In the final showdown, Hughes faced American chef Beau McMillan in a secret ingredient battle (Tofu) to determine who would continue in the competition, and who would be sent packing.

Despite a valiant effort, Hughes came up just short, as the judges sided with McMillan's creation.

P&B would like to send major props to Chef Hughes for showing such class in defeat, and for doing Canada proud by representing us so well!  Even though he lost, Hughes is still a big, big winner in the hearts and minds of Canadian food fans.

image via canadiens.nhl.com
-Turnbull

The Roots "Undun" - 12/06/11

image via mixtapewall.com
Philadelphia's Legendary Roots Crew are set to unleash their 13th studio LP entitled Undun.

The rec will drop on December 6th via Def Jam Records.

From what I've read, the conceptual tone of the album is said to be "pitch-dark," and that the ease of its writing and recording process comes as a result of the band's renewed focus.

Call me biased, but The Roots are incapable of making an inferior album.

This record will slam.  Period.

-Turnbull

Quick Shot Review: Drake - Take Care

(Photo via aglobalculture.com)
I added Drake's Take Care to my Blackberry this morning (legally) so that I could sample the delayed and anticipated album. Singles, or leaks, are usually an indication of what we should expect from the official release. For Take Care, this is the case.

The feel of the album is dark and moody on my first listen. In contrast, I thought that Thank Me Later had more kick to it, with a great mix of ballads, bangers and everything in between. Based on what's been written about Drake's process in creating his sophomore effort, he took his time. And his meticulous and drawn out process is reflected in his work.

The main themes of the album are fame (don't hate) and the ladies. This isn't a shocking deviation from what he's released in the past. My feeling is that he could've expanded on what he previously established, but why fix something when it isn't broken.

So take Take Care for what it is. A deeper exploration into Drake's soul and his struggle with fame. It's a darker journey that you might not want to take more than a few times.

P&B Approved Cuts:

- Make Me Proud feat. Nicki Minaj
- Headlines
- Lord Knows feat. Rick Ross

-Paqman

Monday, November 14, 2011

Spin Out: The Top 10 NHL Spin-O-Rama Goals (And Save) Ever


From theScore's awesome hockey blog, Backhand Shelf, comes the top 10 spin-o-rama goals of all time. The classic spin move is a treat to watch when beautifully executed into an incredible pass or goal. Don't want to give it away, but #1 on the list is worth the wait. 

-Paqman

Friday, November 11, 2011

P&B Take Buffalo: Hockey Road Trip Edition

Paqman and Turnbull are heading to Buffalo to watch the Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres game tonight. Also on the menu will be a stop at the world famous Anchor Bar, birthplace of the chicken wing! 3 of my favorite things will be on tap for P&B: hockey, beer and wings. There is no better way to get a weekend started!

On a very biased notes, the Sens are my team of choice and today is a very special and important day. It's Alfie Day!! It's the tp11th day of the 11th month of 2011 and the longest serving active captain in the NHL Daniel Alfredsson wears #11! You know I'll be rocking my Alfie jersey tonight!

For any of our fans that will be in attendance tonight, check out the About Us page to see our pics and come say "What's up?!".

-Paqman

Friday Flashback - Haven't Heard This Track in like, Forever.....Edition



Urban Dance Squad - "Deeper Shade of Soul"

This one goes back to 1989, and was the debut single from the Dutch band's Mental Floss for the Globe record.

It did pretty good on the US chart, reaching the #21 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Somethin' a little warm & breezy for a chilly November day.

-Turnbull

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Most Disliked Players in the NFL

photo via commons.wikimedia.org
Forbes Magazine breaks down the National Football League's Most Disliked Players.

Click HERE to view the slideshow

-Turnbull

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Heavy D Dead At The Age Of 44

(Photo via chartstats.com)
Some sad news for a truly positive MC. Dwight Arrington Myers, widely know as Heavy D, has passed away today. No details on the cause of death but reports state that it was not foul play.

More details to come as they become available.

-Paqman

DOOM Hangs Out With Chairman Jefferson Mao From Ego Trip Magazine For Days


The enigmatic DOOM spends over an hour rhyming off about his work, from MM FOOD to his collabos with Madlib, in this video filmed in Madrid. If you have the time to watch it, do it. This is a treat for all DOOM fans since he rarely makes himself available for any sit downs.

-Paqman

P&B Is On Google+, Pages Now Available

(Photo via forbes.com)
Great news from Google today as they announced that Pages are now available on Google+ for Business and Artists. The full story can be found here.

Your preferred blog, Paqman & Bull, is now officially on Google+. Click here to add P&B to any circle that suits your fancy.

-Paqman

Monday, November 7, 2011

Everything In Its Right Place: Radiohead Announces First 10 Gigs For 2012 US Tour

(Photo via misspeakmusic.wordpress.com)
Radiohead officially announced a few dates for their tour next year. No Canadian dates are on the list, but you know they have nothing but love for the Great White North. I'm expecting (read: hoping) that they will make stops in Toronto and Montreal at a minimum.

Here are the released dates as of today:

February 27 - Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
February 29 - Tampa, FL @ The St. Pete Times Forum
March 1 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
March 3 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
March 5 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
March 7 - Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
March 9 - St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
March 11 - Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
March 13 - Broomfield, CO @ 1stBank Center
March 15 - Glendale, AZ @ Jobing.com Arena

Will post updates as they become available.

-Paqman

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Fitz & The Tantrums Bring Back the Soulful Sounds of Yesteryear

photo via livefromapt.blogspot.com
Los Angeles-based funk/soul band Fitz & The Tantrums have had a breakout year, and they're poised for even bigger success moving forward.

The six-piece is fronted by vocalist Michael Fitzpatrick, who formed the band in 2008.  After purchasing a old electric piano for $50, Fitz immediately wrote the song "Breakin' the Chains of Love" and was instantly inspired to form a band.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday Flashback - Bohemian Consciousness Edition


Brand Nubian - "Slow Down"

"Slow Down" was the 4th single released from Brand Nubian's critically acclaimed debut album One for All. This classic joint rode the "alternative" hip hop wave from the early 90s that ushered in a new consciousness to the game along with legendary groups like A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul and Jungle Brothers. Brand Nubian unfortunately couldn't keep it together and dissolved a few years later (they reunited in the mid 2000s).

"Slow Down" features a bevy of samples but the most recognizable is "What I Am" by Edie Brickell and New Bohemians. Brickell's wailing "What I Am Is What I Am" makes an appearance, while the guitar lick is the driving element for this cut.

-Paqman

Thursday, November 3, 2011

San Francisco 49ers Rediscover The Golden Touch

photo via baysportsnet.com
I gotta hand it to the San Francisco 49ers. They're a bunch of ballers!

First year head coach Jim Harbargh is doing an incredible job with the team, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. Second year LB NaVorro Bowman is ridiculous, plus first-year LB Aldon Smith has just been named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month.  Veteran LB Patrick Willis continues to be himself, plus Carlos Rogers is a blanket in the secondary.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Out Of The Turmoil That Is The NBA Lockout Comes the PSEC: Fans Fighting For Fans

Still waiting.. (Photo via swarmandsting.com)
The NBA lockout is 125 days old and this is the first time I rhyme off on it. I've been trying to approach this from the right angle, since all we're reading about is the greed vs greed argument. The real loser in all of this is the fan. The fan is sick of David Stern's villainous posturing and the NBPA's "they're losing more than we are" attitude. The real loss is the entertainment that the fan pays premium bucks to consume. So I'm offering you a solution with the creation of the PSEC (pronounced Pee-Seck): Professional Sports Enthusiast Collective. Together we can make them understand that the fan's need is imperative, and nothing else is of any importance.

RadioDOOM: Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood and DOOM Colabo From Lex Records 10th Anniversary Album Appears On Soundcloud

UPDATE:

Lex Records disabled the embedded option for this track.

You can check it out here.

-Paqman

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Canada's Chuck Hughes Battles for Iron Chef Supremacy

photo via canadiens.nhl.com
Canadian Chef extraordinaire Chuck Hughes has returned to Kitchen Stadium, as he's vying for the title of Iron Chef on the popular Food Network series.

Earlier this year, I broke down Hughes' victory on the show, which elevated the Montreal native's status among the culinary world's elite.  He beat renowned chef Bobby Flay in the "Battle Lobster" episode of the show.

Hughes is now up against some stiff competition, as he competes against nine of the most renowned chefs in the biz, including Marcus Samuelsson, Alex Guarnaschelli, Robert Irvine, and Anne Burrell.

The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs will return on Sunday November 6 at 1:00 PM ET/10:00 AM PT on Food Network Canada.

Go get 'em, Chuck!

-Turnbull