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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

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  • Adisa Banjoko : San Jose's Bishop of Hip hop
  • Angry Asian Man: Asian American media watchdog
  • Berkeley Blogs
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  • Crayone: the trials and tribulations of a graffiti artist
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  • 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
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  • In Passing : Random Street Conversations
  • Pacific Standard: Bay Area hip-hop
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  • Pop Licks : O-Dub, a cultural critic
  • Scape: San Jose graffiti artist
  • SiliconBeat: News about tech money and innovation
  • Friday, November 12, 2004

    Cameron Diaz and the paparazzi, plus this weekend's round-up

    Did you hear about the recent scuffle Cameron Diaz had with paparazzi, while she was exiting a hotel with her beau, Justin Timberlake?

    It reminded me of an interview I did with actor David Spade, who was asking for sympathy:

    "I talk about dating and what a loser I was growing up," said Spade, 40, about his comedic act. "Now I'm a loser and famous. It definitely adds to the mix ... People go, 'How do you feel if girls date you because they know you from TV?' I say, 'I hope that's why. Why else?' I say, 'I'll never know, so why worry about it?' Well, it's more like an ice-breaker. I'm not the guy they look across the bar at in, like, college and say, 'I'm taking that dude home.' "
    I didn't know if I should laugh or go on, because if I laughed I would be laughing at him, so I went on.

    Don't forget to check out the American Music Awards Sunday night on ABC.

    Also, there's a lot of good concerts this weekend, so ch-check it out:

    Friday

    WHAT: 2 Live Crew
    WHERE: Zoe Nightclub, 417 S. First St., San Jose
    WHEN: 10:30 p.m. tonight, Nov. 12th
    TIX: $10; ticketweb.com
    WHY: The founders of booty rap make their way to San Jose. Also free, if you check this link.

    WHAT: Gift of Gab, from Blackalicious, with a special appearance by Lateef the Truth Speaker performing new tracks for his Quannum Release
    WHERE: Bimbos, 1025 Columbus Avenue (at Chestnut Street)
    San Francisco
    WHEN: 9 p.m. tonight, Nov. 12th
    TIX: $16; (415) 474-0365; ticketweb.com
    WHY: He isn't called Gift of Gab for nothing.

    WHAT: George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic
    WHERE: The Grand At the Regency Center, 1290 Sutter Street, San Francisco
    WHEN: 9 p.m. tonight, Nov. 12th
    TIX: $35; (408) 998-8497, (415) 421-8497 or ticketmaster.com
    WHY: He's the king of funk.

    Saturday

    WHAT: Triple Threat DJs
    WHERE: Club Oasis, 135 12th St., Oakland
    WHEN: 9 p.m., Nov. 13th
    TIX: $10; info@808media.com, (510) 763-0404
    WHY: The hip-hop trio are world-renowned turntablists.

    WHAT: The Von Bondies
    WHERE: Cafe du Nord, 2170 Market Street, San Francisco
    WHEN: 9 p.m., Nov. 13th
    TIX: All ages; $10; tickets available at the door
    WHY: Emotional blues-punk

    Sunday

    WHAT: Ryan Cabrera, Skye Sweetnam
    WHERE: Fillmore, 1805 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco
    WHEN: 8 p.m., Nov. 14th
    TIX: $25; (408) 998-8497, (415) 421-8497 or ticketmaster.com
    WHY: Cabrera calls himself "a mix of John Mayer and Matchbox 20" while Sweetnam is like a younger version of Avril Lavigne.

    WHAT: Bad Religion
    WHERE: Warfield, 982 Market Street, San Francisco
    WHEN: 8 p.m., Nov. 14th
    TIX: $22.50; (408) 998-8497, (415) 421-8497 or ticketmaster.com
    WHY: '80s hardcore punk

    WHAT: Guitar Fest with Bob Brozman
    WHERE: Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City
    WHEN: 7 p.m., Nov. 14th
    TIX: $18 advance/$20 door; foxdream.com; (650) 369-4119
    WHY: This world music artist is as well-rounded as they come and a delight to listen to.





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