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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.

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

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Movie: Cinderella Man
Music: Sleater-Kinney
Restaurant: The Melting Pot
Theater:The Mambo Kings

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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 14, 2004

    Waiting for LL Cool J

    While I was waiting for Afrika Bambaataa to call, I thought about another time I was left waiting. (There'll be more on Bambaataa tomorrow, so check in and see!)

    Back in 2002, I had to wait three hours for LL Cool J to call. I'm fine with waiting, but it would be nice if they told me about how long I'd be waiting - then I don't have to be stuck at my desk starving or having to go to the bathroom.

    He apparently was at a VH1 shoot. And, true to his moniker (Ladies Love Cool James) he was into himself during our interview. When I asked, "So you've been in this game for a while now, what inspires you?"

    He got miffed, and replied, "Do you know I'm on my tenth album (this was before his latest one) and I'm a movie star?"

    I didn't have the heart to let him in on a little secret: "Rollerball" wasn't all that.

    Anyways, tonight, ch-check out a very inventive female acoustic guitarist, Kaki King.

    WHAT: Kaki King, along with Heather Combs and Essence
    WHERE: The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., San Francisco
    WHEN: 8 p.m. tonight (October 14)
    TIX: $10 advance; $12 at the door; ticketweb; all ages
    WHY: Her accoutic guitar performance is both inviting and peaceful. Plus, that name, how can you not like that?

    Also, the sun is still out, so if you're heading to the beach during the day, there's some awesome socially conscious hip-hop to catch at night. Ch-check it out:

    WHAT: CALI COMM 2004 with DEL tha funkee homosapien, Aceyalone, Abstract Rude, Haiku d'Etat, Zion I and Bukue One
    WHERE: Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz
    WHEN: 8:30 p.m. tonight (October 14)
    TIX: $18 advance; $22 at the door; 16+;
    WHY: Oakland native Del Tha Funky Homosapien (aka Teren Delvon Jones) is rapper Ice Cube's cousin, but his music has a more jazzy, funky and funny vibe.

    If you miss tonight's concert, they will be performing at San Francisco's Fillmore on Nov. 24.

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