|Clash: No. 1 seed.|
Now it’s time to rock out with Rawk the Puck!, a mashup of Idol, rate-a-record, blazing pun-ditry, all those years of listening from radio to mp3's and finally, Lord Stanley's hallowed beaker with a bobblehead cherry on top.
Here’s the plan: I’ve put together a grid, but instead of this year’s playoff teams, it matches up classic tunes, eg, for Red Wings vs. Edmonton, it’s the White Stripes (“Hotel Yorba”, a Detroit flophouse) against Talking Heads (“Slippery People”, because that’s what Oilers are, isn’t it?).
The JABS panel of hipster bloggers and me will weigh in with our thoughts yay or nay, and so will you with your votes, with prizes (bobbleheads 'r' us, CD's are us) up for grabs. The winning songs move on, and a new song echoing the same team/name goes up in its place next round, while the losers are out.
It’s sing or go home, right up to the final two playing off in the Rawk the Puck! Championship hootenanny.
|Young: All CanCon matchup.|
Here’s the panel:
The Acid Queen, a ‘Canes fan who rants with the best of ‘em at her eponymous blog, up since 2005 (Fave band of the moment: Tyr).
Alanah and Jeff, better known as the merry pranksters of Vancouver Canucks OpEd since October 2003 (Faves: Tragically Hip, Ben Folds Five,
Abba Van Morrison).
Mark Freedman, JABS regular, website pioneer and all-round hipster responsible for the inspired “Slippery People” inclusion (Fave: Wilco).
Carla MacDonald, new blogger, JABS/Hockey Page original and recent escapee from Bush’s America (Fave: X).
Tassos Melas and J.E. Skeets, whose Basketball Jones podcasts combine Pynchonesque hoops talk with the latest hepcat sounds (Faves: Melas – The Killers; Skeets -- The Roots; Skeets’ fave karaoke song: Bohemian Rhapsody).
Then there’s me (Fave: Stars).
|Cash: Draws the Demics.|
Here's your first four matchups -- for the other four, go here (and from here, the judges' comments and verdicts will go up on Monday, voting will be closed and results announced Tuesday afternoon and we start the conference semifinals on Wednesday.)
EASTERN CLASSIC RAWK CONFERENCE
Don't forget to vote your picks, and post smart remarks in the comments below, to be eligible for the first-round prizes (a Marty Brodeur Team Canada bobblehead; a couple of CDs) to be drawn at random. I'll post the Western Indy Rawk Conference later this morning.