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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
  • Wednesday, September 22, 2004

    Private Show

    During lunch time I caught a private show of the much talked about Scotland alternative band Franz Ferdinand. While waiting in line to get into the Blank Club, I saw guys walk out to grab a bite to eat - I had a feeling they were the band, because who wears white and gold striped track suits in bright sunlight? (It was their drummer Paul Thomson.)

    The 80's synth-pop band was good and excessively hip in their tight pants. They also were extremely at ease.

    "It's a nice time to start drinking," said guitarist Nick McCarthy (its was 12:30 p.m.)

    "I just realized we missed 1/3 of the song, I just enjoyed you guys so much," said lead singer Alex Kapranos.

    Of course, they ended with their comforting hit single "Take Me out" that starts like "So if you're lonely, you know I'm here waiting for you."

    It was an 104.9 exclusive before their show tonight. Their next one is Switchfoot.

    Tonight, ch-check them out...

    WHAT: Franz Ferdinand
    WHERE: Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco
    WHEN: 8 p.m. tonight, 9/22
    TIX: $22; (408) 998-8497, (415) 421-8497 or ticketmaster
    MORE INFO: http://www.franzferdinand.co.uk/

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