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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.

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Music Video Eminem: featuring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
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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"

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  • Thursday, October 21, 2004

    Get On Da Mike!

    Ch-check out my story in today's paper on Afrika Bambaataa.

    Besides listening to music, a lot of what I do in my free time is play videogames. My latest favorites are musical. It all started with DDR (Dance Dance Revolution), which was so popular it instigated more Simon-Says-like musical games.

    Karaoke Revolution Vol. 2: This game allows you to sing to your favorite songs in the privacy of your own home. It has more Top-40 pop songs than classics though. And, if you sing poorly, you can always increase the volume of the videogame over your own voice.

    Get On Da Mike: This tests your ability to rhyme. The song selection is good, from the classic Snoop Dogg and Tupac, to the more recent J-Kwon and Lil' Flip. It's a really hard game though, and if you're not familiar with the song, there's no way to fake it. However, they do grade easily. So, if you ever had 8-Mile aspirations, this is a way to test your skillz.

    Donkey Konga: Instead of a controller, the player gets a set of drums. The motive object of the game is to pound the drums to the beat of songs, like the dorky Donkey Kong rap or the cooler "All The Small Things" by Blink 182. Unfortunately, the songs aren't very new. This is basically a game to play when you're tired from a long day at work and need to release some stress.

    Tonight, if you're not heading to see Jin and Mos Def in concert, there's another one in San Francisco worth checking out:

    WHAT: PJ Harvey
    WHERE: The Warfield, 982 Market Street, San Francisco
    WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10/21-22
    TICKETS: $30; (408) 998-8497, (415) 421-8497 or ticketmaster
    WHY: Moody alternative music

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    The problem with Karaoke Revolution is that, unlike real karaoke machines, you can't lower the singable key to a range that you're more comfortable with. So you could choose your favorite song and then destroy your voice trying to hit the notes.

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