Have you ever wanted to see the crazed rantings of an unbalanced fanatic on basic cable television?
If you answered yes, you’re in luck. Tonight at 10:30 (and 11:30), one of the awesomedudes of the venerable Perk is a Beast Web site takes to the picture tubes to share his insight into why commas are overrated and Dwight Howard is a chump.
All kidding aside, we hope this marks the start of a long-standing career as a multimedia triple threat for PIAB. I think the world has had enough Bob Ryan for now, right?
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We’re more baseball than basketball over here, but please take a minute to catch up with Perk is a Beast on the occasion of the Celtics’ game one victory last night.
Here’s their typically measured assessment of the third quarter:
“Maybe the greatest twelve minutes of basketball played since Larry Bird had the ability to bend over and Magic could go out in public without a bra on.”
Go read the whole thing.
Perk is a Beast [Home]
A few weeks back, the beastly brains over at Perk is a Beast took sportswriter Bill Simmons to task for his comically short-sighted paragraph on the paragons of Hip Hop history. Though he relented in later writings, Simmons’ major oversight was not including the actual founders of what would become Hip Hop, including, as one Perk boy (hard to tell them apart, so we’re not sure which one) aptly pointed out — DJ Kool Herc.
Perk is a Beast gained an ally in the fight for recognition last week in the form of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development — which blocked the sale of the housing project where Herc invented break beats:
The letter represents the first time that the department has rejected the sale of a building under the Mitchell-Lama affordable housing program for financial reasons, government officials said. The sale price, which housing advocates said significantly exceeded the assessed value of $7.5 million, alarmed the community because it seemed likely that the prospective buyer would have taken the building out of the program, opening the way to higher rents.
Housing advocates hope the city’s decision will reduce speculative sales and gentrification of other buildings constructed under the state’s Mitchell-Lama housing program, which offered developers low-interest mortgages and tax abatements in return for caps on rents.
Many of the people who still live in the housing project were around when Herc first brought his dual turn-table system into the community room, spinning the instrumental interludes from pop songs together into extended dance tracks. Eventually MC’s would lay down spoken word vocal tracks over these beats to form rap. Then Aaron Carter rapped about eating cake at his birthday party and white people started shopping for real estate in Utah.
Anyway, here’s a neat little video from a British documentary about Herc (HT: Gawker):
City Rejects Sale of Building Seen as Hip-Hop’s Birthplace [New York Times]
I’m not sure if questionable grammar can actually blow up a Web site, but the greatest Celtics blog in the entire universe has been down for a few days now.
My best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who saw PIAB pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it’s pretty serious.
The proprietor of the site tells me they’re working diligently to root out the issue and get their ship righted. In the meantime, if any of you geeks has some serious WordPress skillz and might be able to diagnose the problem, send me a note at paxarcana [at] gmail dot com and I’ll put you in touch.
“If you put tomfoolery into a computer, nothing comes out of it but tomfoolery. But this tomfoolery, having passed through a very expensive machine, is somehow ennobled and no-one dares criticize it.” – Pierre Gallois
Stallone hasn’t yet learned to speak, but he’ll still rip out your goddamn larynx just for unbuckling your belt. If you’re Asian, anyway.
“When you’re pushed, killin’s easier than breathin’.” – John Rambo