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Story outtakes, celebrity confessions and the latest pop culture news in the Bay Area

About Me
I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

My Articles

MY PICKS
CD: Common:"Be"
Music Video Eminem: featuring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
Trailer: The Year of the Yao
TV: Harvey Birdman
Videogame: Fable

MERCURY REVIEWS
Art: The New Art of India
Bar: Boswell's
Book: Jill Scott
Club: Forum
DVD: Kinsey
Movie: Cinderella Man
Music: Sleater-Kinney
Restaurant: The Melting Pot
Theater:The Mambo Kings

SICK SITE
Earth and Sun Kiss

MY PLAYLIST

1. R. Kelly: "Trapped In The Closet"

2. Weezer: "Hold Me"

3. Bright Eyes: "First Day Of My Life"

4. Ringside: "Miss You" and "Criminal"

ENTERTAINMENT RESOURCES
  • Billboard Charts
  • Encyclopedia
  • iticket.com
  • Moviefone
  • Music Dictionary
  • MTV
  • Pollstar
  • tickets.com
  • Urban Dictionary
  • ticketmaster.com
  • VH1

  • BLOGROLL
  • Adisa Banjoko : San Jose's Bishop of Hip hop
  • Angry Asian Man: Asian American media watchdog
  • Berkeley Blogs
  • Black Electorate : Inside Cultural, Economic and Political industries
  • BLT's Parry
  • Crayone: the trials and tribulations of a graffiti artist
  • Dan Gillmor : Grassroots Journalism
  • Dat Phan : Last Comic Standing season 1 winner
  • East Bay Livin' : Ellen Lee's EB hunt
  • Davey D: Hip Hop Daily News
  • Fortt: black american gen x journalist musician multicultural christian technophile
  • Jeff Chang: fellow Asian hip hop writer
  • Joe Grimm : Ask the Recruiter
  • In Passing : Random Street Conversations
  • Pacific Standard: Bay Area hip-hop
  • Pop And Politics
  • Pop Licks : O-Dub, a cultural critic
  • Scape: San Jose graffiti artist
  • SiliconBeat: News about tech money and innovation
  • Sunday, September 19, 2004

    Guilty pleasures

    It's like my infatuation with Josh Groban's music - it's embarassing, but I tune in, and I know my friends do too.

    Anyways, to add to my guilty pleasure list lately, would be
    The Surreal Life and Paris Hilton's book, "Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose."

    The Surreal Life - a VH1 reality show that puts up B-rated stars, like
    New Kids on the Block's Jordan Knight, in a house - is like watching a car accident on the side of the road. You know it's bad and probably melts the brain, but you can't turn away. I was a New Kids on the Block fan back in the day anyways.

    And, Paris' book - well, I couldn't bring myself to buy it, but I had to flip through it at the book store. It's basically a picture book and the heiress, unlike
    William Hung , is in on the joke and knows not to take herself seriously. She advises that if anyone wants to be, or at least act like, a heiress, be sure to get a tan and have long blond hair -- well, one out of two isn't too shabby I guess.

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