Sunday, April 29, 2012

For Those Who Sleep: 3 Great New Songs You May Have Missed This Week

You will need an Rdio account to completely listen to these songs. If you don't wanna sign in or register for access, enjoy the 30 second preview.

Torche - Kicking

If you like fuzzy, sludged out rock, this is for you. Hailing from the Sunshine State, this four piece are considered by some to be metal, but I just don't see it on their new release "Harmonicraft". It's pop with a lot of messy guitars. Sweet.

You might dig this if you like: Foo Fighters

Friday, April 27, 2012

Friday Flashback - Striping For Your Pleasure Edition

The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army

With Jack White poised to take the #1 chart spot in several countries thanks to his new record, I decided to bring out a classic Stripes track from the excellent "Elephant" released in 03. "Seven Nation Army" is a classic rocker from the Detroit power duo and features a video with mind bending visuals.

I feel for White since he confessed that he really, really misses the White Stripes. After listening to "Blunderbuss", the feeling is mutual. 


Monday, April 23, 2012

2012 NHL Playoffs: Top Seeds And Perennial Contenders Dropping Like Keslers

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If the Washington Capitals find a way to take game 7 in Boston against the Bruins, we'll have no returning Cup champs in the tourney. No Penguins. No Wings. The Blackhawks are holding on by a thread and could be bumped out by Phoenix in the near future.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

There's No Keeping Up With This Jones

Even when not in top form, Jon Jones finds a way to embarrass his opponents

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A comment from Jon Jones’ corner at the beginning of the fourth round spoke volumes about last night’s UFC 145 main event.

“Hey Jon, have fun out there!”

Throughout most of the headline fight for UFC 145, Jon Jones, the ridiculously talented UFC light heavyweight champ, certainly looked as if he was having a good time. He commanded complete control of the Octagon,  throwing strikes at will -- mixing push kicks, quick jabs and spinning elbows -- and receiving almost nothing in return.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Dig On Black Sheep's "A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing"

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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"Who's the Black Sheep, what's the Black Sheep?
Don't know who I am, or when I'm coming so you sleep
Wasn't in my room, wasn't in my sphere
Knew not who I was, but listen here"
- Lyrics from Black Sheep's "The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)"
This album holds a special place in my musical upbringing. It was the first hip hop album that I listened to from start to finish in the golden age of the cassette tape. Fast forwarding and rewinding was an art, but I never found a need to do so with this classic. At this point in Paq-history, I was a young teenager trying to break away from my parent's collection of classic rock records to find my identity. 91 was a special year in music and Black Sheep was at the fore front for me. This was the soundtrack for the summer of 92. My neighbours and I built a treehouse to this amazing album and I'm surprised that the tape didn't snap from overplaying. We put so many nails into that poor tree that I'm surprised it's still standing today. We had high hopes for our new floating base of operations, including multiple levels. In retrospect, "A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing" was the first true hip hop building block in my musical foundation.

NHLPA Beard-a-thon: Growing Your Hair Because You Care

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Growing a beard during the Stanley Cup Playoffs is a longstanding tradition for both players and fans alike.

This year, you can join in the tradition with some of your favourite players by supporting the NHLPA Beard-a-thon, with proceeds supporting the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

If you're an NHL hockey fan, or simply down with charitable causes (or both), check out the NHLPA Beardathon website  for more information on how you can get behind this great fundraising initiative.

NHLPA members Scott Hartnell, Claude Giroux, Jamal Mayers, Brooks Laich, Brian Elliott, Shea Weber, and Logan Couture are just some of the many players involved.

I'll be dropping my razor and supporting the cause as well.

Check P&B on the regular over the next few weeks .... I'll be posting update pics as my beard progresses.

Watch The Throne Beard!


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

2012 NHL Playoffs: My Top 4 1st Round Series You Need To Watch

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Here we go again! The most wonderful time of the year. Round one of the NHL playoffs kick off this week and puckheads could not be happier. If your household is like most, you need to fight for that precious TV time. Choose your battles wisely, my friends. With that said, here are four 1st round series that you need to watch:

Official Lollapalooza 2012 Line-up Video

The highly anticipated 2012 Lollapalooza lineup was announced today.

Performers include Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Jack White, a reunited Black Sabbath, Florence & The Machine, At The Drive In, Frank Ocean, and many many more.

Festival date is August 3-5 at Chicago's Grant Park.


Monday, April 9, 2012

Jack White Builds Buzz for Blunderbuss

SNL Appearance, Videos, and Unconventional Promo Leading Up to April 24 Album Release Date

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Jack White continues to build steam towards the launch of his debut solid album Blunderbuss, set for release on April 24.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Friday Flashback - Dreaming B.I.G. Edition

The Notorious B.I.G - Sky's The Limit (Featuring 112)

Heading back to '97 with this one, when Bad Boy ruled the world and hip hop music was attaining unprecedented popularity.

One of the more underrated album tracks from Notorious B.I.G.'s everlasting classic Life After Death LP.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Quick Shot Review: Nicki Minaj "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded"

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This quick shot was not put together to show a picture of Minaj in her underwear covered in paint, but I'm sure that the dudes won't mind. She released her 2nd full length album this week and I decided to give it a spin. Here's the Coles Notes version of my review for "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded":

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A Grandly Electrifying Dining Experience

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I am constantly on a mission to find the best bang for my buck when it comes to dining out in the city of Toronto, aka El Toro aka The Big Smoke aka The T-Dot.

This city has made a real name for itself on the North American restaurant scene in recent years. The success of local chefs such as Susur Lee, Jamie Kennedy, and Mark McEwan has helped put Toronto on the map for world-class eats and top-level dining experiences.

So with that said, the latest buzzworthy resto to hit the scene is Grand Electric, a diminutive, 29-seat "taco bar" run by ex-Hoof Cafe chef Colin Tooke, located in the city's Parkdale neighbourhood.