Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Goodnight Said The Nightman: Don Henley Threatens To Sue Frank Ocean Over Use Of "Hotel California"

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You know this was bound to happen. According to Frank Ocean (via his tumblr account), Don Henley has threatened to sue the R&B singer if he performs "American Wedding" live.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Miami Reckonerist: Radiohead Live February 27, 2012, As Experienced By Steve

This series will create a virtual social journal collecting fan experiences as Radiohead tour the United States. Here are their reviews, unedited, and in their own words. The complete series can be found here.

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Radiohead @ the American Airlines Arena in Miami
As experienced by Steve @marscape

Things That Make You Say WTF?!: Courtney Love Interprets "Jeremy" By Pearl Jam

You all know how I feel about Courtney Love, but this one was too terribly good to pass up. In this epic fail of a video, Love interprets Jeremy, a classic Pearl Jam cut, for the webonauts to enjoy (read: cringe). I did say that she interprets it since I can't in my right mind consider this singing. 

I highly encourage you to watch the "hole"'s so awful and hilarious at the same time. The 3:00 mark is in my opinion the pinnacle of this performance. Courtney needs a serious "Old Yellering" as she clearly has rabies or is clinically insane.

Sound off on this debaucherous spectacle in the comments .


Radiohead Kicks Off 2012 North American Tour With 2 New Songs

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Thom Yorke and Co. know how to give their fans what they constantly crave: new material. The Miami Radioheads were treated to 2 new cuts mixed in with some classic material. The live footage for "Identikit" and "Cut A Hole" can be yours to enjoy after the jump.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday Flashback - UK Pretty Boy Garage Edition

Craig David – Fill Me In

Do you guys remember Craig David?  Whatever happened to this guy??  

The Brit took the North American music scene by storm back around 2000-2001 with his soulful croon and boyish good looks on his debut album Born To Do It.

"Fill Me In," the album's first single, blended R&B with the “Garage” (also known as 2-Step) sound that was blowing up in the UK at the time (Garage is pronounced like it rhymes with "carriage")

I remember so many girls loving him off back then .... it was pretty annoying to tell you the truth!

I know he put out a couple more records after his debut, but not much has been heard from him in recent years.  Reports indicate that a new record may surface this year.

We shall see...


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New Gorillaz Track "DoYaThing" Features Andre 3000 and James Murphy

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Now this is a zany, wacky collabo that came outta left field!

Gorillaz are at it again, dropping a new single "DoYaThing" which features the one and only Andre 3000 of Outkast fame, along with NYC dance punk kingpin James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Update - Do Or Die For The Blackberry Playbook: OS 2.0 Features and Release Date

UPDATE: OS 2.0 is available now! Go to settings (cog wheel in top right corner) on your Playbook, select Software Updates and press Check for Updates. The update will appear and should be about 400 MBs.

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Word on the street is that the Blackberry Playbook OS upgrade to 2.0 is coming February 21st at 4:01 a.m. For those of you that own the device (I know I'm not the only one), this is welcome news as a truckload of new features are to be included. This will be newly minted CEO Thorsten Heins first major play and he will need to deliver this new software by the end of February at the latest or face the wrath of every media outlet, Blackberry nation included. As we patiently await its availability, here are the new bells and whistle that will bring the Playbook to the next level (hopefully).

From the RIM press release for OS 2.0:

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Bob Marley Film In Theaters April 20th

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Coming Soon: MARLEY - A Film By Kevin MacDonald.

This is the first official film depicting the life and music of the international reggae superstar that is endorsed by both the Marley Family and label boss Chris Blackwell.

The film premiered at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival, and will also screen at next month's SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.

Peep the trailer:

Hip Hop Mafioso Turf War: Team Money VS Team Throne

Of all the beefs in the Hip Hop game right now, the Lil Wayne VS Jay-Z beef is proving to be the most interesting. Both sides have thrown jabs at each other, but no one has thrown a knock out punch. So, I'll do what P&B do and break it down with an analysis of these 2 crews to see who's Capo dei capi and who's the paisano:

Saturday, February 18, 2012

MLB Bids Adieu to Gary Carter

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A Rest In Peace shout out to Mr. Gary Carter, who passed away this week after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was 57 years old.

New DOOM Track with Jneiro Janel Hits The Web-Waves

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The Villainous Villain has dropped a gem on us with a new track from his upcoming team up with Jneiro Janel, a producer know for his eclectic mix of sounds from various genres. The full length album is due to drop in May on Lex Records and will be entitled "Key To The Kuffs".

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Dig On Jay-Z's Unplugged Album

P&B brings you the "Dig On" Classic Album Series.  We'll delve into our vaults to discuss the records that have profoundly impacted our musical tastes.  The albums we present are considered essential to anyone's record collection. In the end, you can't understand the present (or future) until you "Dig On" the past
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Hip Hop Kingpin Becomes Affable Showman for this Intimate, Stripped-Down Performance

"Welcome to Jay-Z's Poetry Reading!"

These are the first words uttered by Mr. Shawn Carter as he takes the stage for what will turn out to be an exclusive, intimate performance.

Jay-Z: Unplugged, released on December 18th, 2001, is the record that changed my attitude towards the hip hop superstar.

Saluting Willie O'Ree: The NHL's First Black Player

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In honour of Black History Month, P&B would like to pay special tribute to Canada's own Willie O'Ree, known as the "Jackie Robinson of Hockey."

A native of Fredricton, New Brunswick, O'Ree is the first black player to play in the National Hockey League, making his debut with the Boston Bruins on January 18, 1958 in a game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

R.I.P. Whitney Houston 1963-2012

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Legendary R&B Songstress Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48. There is no information regarding the cause of death, but we will let you know as soon as any information drops.

You can expect an outpouring of love for the late singer during the Grammy Awards on Sunday night.


Justin Vernon Jams Out With The Legendary Roots Crew On Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

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In this week's edition of "Why the hell haven't I seen Bon Iver live yet?!", Justin Vernon drops by the Jimmy Fallon show to jam out with the Roots. I mentioned last week that I loved his performance on SNL, and that I really wanted to see Vernon and Co. play "Perth" instead of "Beth/Rest". Well, I got my wish a week later and it was without a doubt worth the wait.

Do yourself a favor and check out the amazing collabo (take note Grammy Awards) that didn't make the broadcast after the jump.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Paqman's Top 5 J Dilla Produced Cuts

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It's been said many times, but needs to be said again. J Dilla's influence on hip hop was massive. Up until he passed away, Dilla was pumping out memorable production on some amazing tracks. So, in his honour here are my top 5 fave Jay Dee produced songs without any commentary, because these songs stand on their own and don't need my 2 cents:

Jay-Z Releases Pictures Of Blue Ivy Carter On Life+Times

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All of the pictures can be seen here.


Celebrate The Life and Legacy of J Dilla

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Today, February 10th, marks the 6th anniversary of the death of one of the hip hop game's most celebrated producers, Mr James "Jay Dee aka J Dilla" Yancey.

Although we lost him at much too young of an age, J Dilla's life, legacy and influence continues to grower stronger.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Jeremy Lin Has Knicks Fans Going 'Linsane'

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New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin is on fire as of late!

The second year player and Harvard graduate has been carrying the squad recently, as top stars Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire have been out of the lineup.

Calling An Audioble: A Place To Bury Strangers

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Did I ever mention that I love streaming services? To me, they're all about music discovery where you'll find a lot of junk. And on occasion, a gem. Enter: A Place To Bury Strangers. The Brooklyn three piece has been kicking it since 2001 and are still going strong. My introduction comes in the form of their new EP, Onwards To The Wall.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Busted: Michael Jackson VS Ancient Egyptian Sculpture

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Chicago's Field Museum has a very familiar looking Egyptian bust. The resemblance to the Leader of the Jackson 5 is mind blowing and remarkable. The bust has been part of the permanent collection since 1899 thanks to collector Edward Ayer, who spearheaded the Field Office's foundation.

The statue is dated between 1550 BC to 1050 BC, which is know as the New Kingdom Period, and actually depicts a woman. So the question is: Did the King of Pop get inspired by this artifact for his look? According to the museum, Jackson never passed through the joint and didn't see his Egyptian twin.



New Black Keys' Video: "Gold On The Ceiling"

When it comes to their music or otherwise, The Black Keys can be a divisive band around these parts. Evidence of this being shown by Paq's previous post on the group.

I, however, am diggin' the quality of their new video for 2nd single "Gold On The Ceiling," taken from their latest LP El Camino.

I can't tell you the last music video that I've actually liked.  I almost feel like the music video is a dead artform.  In fact, despite being a fan of their studio albums and live shows, I've never really enjoyed The Keys' previous videos either. To me, they have this certain awkward clumsiness to them that I'm just not feelin'.

But this latest clip focuses mostly on the band in live performance; a good portion of it is footage taken from their record release show at Webster Hall in NYC earlier this year.

It's so interesting to see a band hit a point in their career when it dawns on them that "hey, we're gettin' pretty big now, aren't we?" and I think this video captures that feeling.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Top Chef Canada Season 2 Premieres March 12; Six Toronto Chefs Among Contestants

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Top Chef Canada's sophomore season will hit the airwaves via Food Network Canada starting March 12.

The show will once again feature 16 of Canada's most talented stars battling for top culinary honours.

Sampling Is Stealing!: 80's Mini-Doc Explores Song Creation In Hip Hop

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If you're anything like Turnbull and me, you love samples in hip hop songs and exploring their origins. Digging through liner notes and Wikipedia, tracking down the original cut and finding the part that was used. It's become such a staple in this genre that it would be hard to picture hip hop without it.

Monday, February 6, 2012

They Might Be The New York Football Giants

Baby Bro Manning and Co. Bring Home 2nd Super Bowl Title in Four Years 
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Well there you have it folks....another stellar NFL season for the books.

The New York Giants are once again atop the gridiron mountain, with a 21-17 defeat of the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Rewind Worthy: Bon Iver Kills It On SNL

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From David Bowie to Nirvana, we've seen great artists perform on the Saturday Night Live stage. Bon Iver appeared in support of his latest self-titled release on Saturday, February 4th, and did not disappoint.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Jack White Returns With Debut Solo Single

Album Release and Two Festival Dates Also Announced

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Jack White has announced his first solo album entitled Blunderbuss, set for release April 24.

This week, the album's first single, Love Interruption, hit the 'net via White's website

Friday, February 3, 2012

Dr. Integrity or: How I Learned To Stop Hating and Love Brian Burke

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I was watching George Stroumboulopoulous Tonight on CBC a few nights ago and I experienced a revelation. Brian Burke, President and General Manager of your Toronto Maple Leafs, had a sit down with the talk show host and after his interview, I realized that I don't hate him. I might actually almost love that man. Here's the reason why I had a change of heart (but not allegiance).

Friday Flashback - The End Of The (Soul Train) Line Edition

I Love Music - The O'Jays

In honour of Don Cornelius' passing, P&B present the iconic Soul Train Line. You can see Cornelius doing his thing at the beginning and can easily see how this was a popular show back in the day. Throw in "I Love Music" and you got yourself a party!

Your homework this weekend is to invite your friends over to your pad and get your Soul Train Line on! And you can bet your last money, it's all gonna be a stone gas, honey! As always in parting, we wish you love, peace and soul!

R.I.P. Don Cornelius
1936 - 2012


Subban Takes Out Larsson With Huge Hit; Players Show Respect After The Fact

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P.K. Subban has been dogged all season for his sub-par play and bonehead actions on the ice. On this edition of "This Is How You Do It", Subban wipes out Devils rookie Adam Larsson with a clean shoulder-to-chest hit.  Larsson slides into the boards and is in obvious pain. He left the game due to a bruised back.