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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
  • Monday, October 04, 2004

    An exclusive

    Friday night, I braved going up 880 north and tested my sanity by trying to find parking in Berkeley to watch songbird Norah Jones at the Greek Theater. It was worth it. Her voice was right on and she was incredibly quirky. While singing, her silver scarf (which she bought on Haight Street the night before) got stuck in her metal chain-linked belt, which then got tangled up with her microphone - and then fell off. Luckily, she exclaimed, her belt didn't really hold up her pants.

    Coming out Tuesday, ch-check it out: De La Soul's latest album, "The Grind Date."

    The rap trio is one hardcore hip-hop heads adore. The beginning of the album is more of the same female soul hooks along with raps - but if you keep listening, Spike Lee gives a shout out, and De La Soul spout their thoughts on the current condition of hip - hop, which they deduce is not pretty.

    Also coming Tuesday, my exclusive (you won't find it in other American newspapers, only Chinese media) - the first Chinese - language rocker backed by an mainstream promoter, A-Yue (pronounced A-You-eh), who's Taiwan's Eminem with a style like Limp Bizkit or blink-182.

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