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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
  • Friday, October 29, 2004

    Godzilla reigns in San Francisco's Japantown, Lyrics Born raps in San Jose and Katamari rules

    Today, ch-check out my story on Japanese-American emcee Lyrics Born in Mercury News' Eye section. First thing he said in the interview was: "Don't ask anything embarrassing. My wife is right next to me."

    My favorite videogame lately is Katamari Damacy. I've played so much I've just about shredded my left thumb.

    The concept of the game is simple. I'll give the easy explanation first and their weird one afterward.

    In a limited timeframe, you push objects together (thumbtacks, cats, a Godzilla-wannabe, and later countries!) into a big rolling junk-pile, until it reaches a certain diameter. If you don't roll fast enough, you lose.

    OK, the weird version: the king of the universe - who has a penchant for dressing like well-known member of music royalty, Prince, in tight purple-blue top and pants - has knocked all the stars out of the sky. And, it's your job to roll junk together so he can release them into the night to replace stars. I never said it would make sense.

    After a while the incessant rolling will give you a headache, but until then, the poppy Japanese songs that change in almost every level, and the delight of rolling elephants and humans, will satisfy.

    Saturday, ch-check out Mike Antonucci's review of the game. We'll compare notes later here on the blog on the biggest things we've rolled up.

    Also this weekend, ch-check it out...

    FRIDAY:
    WHAT: Lyrics Born
    WHERE:
    Zoe Nightclub, 417 S. First St., San Jose
    WHEN: 10:30 Friday 10/29
    TIX: $12; (408) 971-6647; ticketweb.com
    WHY: Diverse funky hip-hop

    WHAT: E-Lumination: Raver Halloween
    WHERE: Club Lamia, 3910 Geary Blvd., San Francisco
    WHEN: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday 10/29
    TIX: $10 at the door
    WHY: $5 if you dress up

    SATURDAY:
    WHAT: Hallowed: An Underground Awakening
    WHERE:
    Oasis, 200 N. First Street, San Jose
    WHEN: 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday 10/30
    TIX: Free
    WHY: a multi-sensory journey of music with film and digital art representing the search for truth

    WHAT: Fifty Years of Godzilla
    WHERE: Super 7 Store, 1630 Post St. San Francisco (Japantown); (415) 409-4700
    WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday 10/30
    TIX: Free
    WHY:
    Godzilla art from nearly 40 different artists' depictions of their favorite monster, with exclusive items like Godzilla vinyls and custom T-shirts

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