2-6 pm ET - Shady National Convention (rebroadcast)
6-8 pm ET - A Very Shady Christmas, hosted by Eminem
8-10 pm ET - The Aphiliates
10pm-Midnight ET - Cipha Sounds' More Fire Mix
12-2 am ET - A Very Shady Christmas, hosted by Eminem (rebroadcast)
2-8 am ET - Shady Christmas Rappin'
8am-Noon ET - DJ Mars
12-2 pm ET - DJ A. Vee
2-4 pm ET - A Very Shady Christmas, hosted by Eminem (rebroadcast)
4-8 pm ET - Whoo Kid & G Unit Radio Christmas Special
8 pm-Midnight ET - DJ Green Lantern's Christmas Invasion
DECEMBER 26 12-2 am ET - A Very Shady Christmas, hosted by Eminem (rebroadcast)
Usher and Naomi split up, plus naughty Lindsay Lohan
In the news, Naomi Campbell dumped Usher, reportedly saying his entourage was too controlling, expecting her to show up for pictures with him at every awards ceremony. They apparently had a tiff after she failed to show up at the Billboard Awards with him. I guess the model wanted to be more than eye candy.
In other news, Lindsay Lohan may be topping the charts at No. 4, according to Soundscan, but that popularity isn't doing anything for her little brother. Last weekend her 8-year-old brother Cody went backstage and asked for pop-punk band Good Charlotte's autograph. Singer Joel Madden wouldn't give it unless Lindsay publicly apologized to Hilary. This made her little brother cry and exclaim that pop punk band Simple Plan was much better, reports MTV on their site.
Also in a vote for "Naughtiest People of 2004" by Heavy.com Lindsay Lohan (41%) was voted worse than Osama Bin Ladin (26%). After Lohan was caught lip-syncing on "Good Morning America" earlier this month, she fared even worse than celebrity starlet Paris Hilton (25%). Michael Jackson got 22% and Scott Peterson got 12%.
In other Lohan news, the rising star said she wouldn't pose naked for Playboy -- see, she isn't that naughty ... at least not yet.
I just got back from sunny OC where residents wear scarves only to be fashionable -- along with their tanks and shorts. It was 80 degrees there - today in San Jose, it's 44 degrees.
Last Thursday, I caught an emerging artist showcase (keep checking this blog, I'll reveal who I'm talking about later - she's my breakout artist of 2005).
At the showcase, I ran into KMEL's Chuy Gomez. The longtime DJ is a good friend and a wonderful person to hug. He's also very personable - if you see him volunteering at a canned food drive or Dj-ing at a club, go say hi - he'll warm up to you.
Also, the clock is ticking, so if you're still braving the malls (like I am), here are some gift ideas:
This weekend: Lateef, Vienna Teng and Punk Rock Karoake
The Handsome Boy Modeling School show has been postponed from Friday, Jan. 7th to a new date, Saturday, April 2nd. Tickets for the January show will be honored and refunds are available where purchased
In his phone interview, Dan the Automator had clued me on this postponement saying: "The Handome Boy Modeling School had some pretty high profile poeple, so we can only bring some of the people in for the show, like 3 or 4. The show will be a pretty fun experience. It's still being put together. It was originally rolling out in January, but will be pushed back a little bit."
Also, I'm out the next few days, so here's some events to look forward to this coming weekend.
WHAT:Vienna Teng WHERE:The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., San Francisco
WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday 12/16
TIX: $13 adv./$15 door; ticketweb.com WHY: Vienna Teng merges Sarah McLachlan and Chopin. Since leaving her engineering job at Cisco, the Stanford graduate has gone on to perform on the David Letterman show and a sold-out tour across the states.
WHAT: School Escape
WHERE:Suite ONE8ONE, 181 Eddy Street, SF
WHEN: 9 p.m. Friday, 12/17
TIX: 21+; $10 if you RVSP to RSVP@RhythmEthics.com WHY: Celebrate the end of the school year with house music played by: DJ Ecko, DJ Bruce Parker, DJ Slick D, DJ Mei Lwun
WHAT: The Pete Escovedo Orchestra
WHERE: (Pete Escovedo's Latin & Jazz Nightclub), 400 South First Street, San Jose; (408) 947-7500
WHEN: 9:30 p.m. Saturday, 12/18
WHY: Pete Escovedo is the king of Latin Jazz.
It was one of those concerts I came into smiling and left with not only with a bigger smile but an extra skip in my step.
Everything fell in line.
The music was on. The sound system was good and the singles sounded the way it did on the radio. Bands charmed, excited and rocked the audience. Fans were friendly and didn't push or shove, just bounced on the floor as if they were on a mattress. Also, the ushers were cool, letting you roam from seat to seat and even on the DJ's second stage.
I was wondering how Franz Ferdinand would sound in such a big arena. But both performances, at San Jose's Blank Club and this time at the Bill Graham Civic Center Friday night, they played to the crowd. I like how they do this skittish dance where they awkwardly kick their legs while they jam.
I also became a fan of headliner Modest Mouse. I didn't know too much about them before the show, except that they had a cool name. They cooled down the audience and played beautiful melodic rock odes. I'm definitely planning to go to their concert in February in Berkeley.
I also went backstage - behind the second stage and up one floor to their dressing rooms. It looked like a dorm floor. Each door was marked with a band's name.
There were members of Modest Mouse hanging out in the hallway talking to friends. A member of The Killers was outside their room talking up two girls. Plus, we saw Interpol's bassist Carlos D. stoically walk from the bathroom and straight into his room. The bathrooms were all co-ed on that floor, and in one stall, there were two co-eds.
Right by the second stage, I met Lyrics Born, a East Bay emcee I've interviewed over the phone and shook his hand. Then later after Dan the Automator's last set, I met him too. I had a hard time understanding him at first, so he had to repeat his question about going to the aftershow three times to me to my embarrassment.
Also, ch-check out my list of 5 top concerts on Dec. 27 in the Merc.
According to Nielsen SoundScan, the Jay-Z/Linkin Park CD/DVD has already sold 368,000 copies in the week that ended Dec. 5, displacing U2's latest album, "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" (sold 288,000). It resides at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 while U2's album is No. 2.
Tonight, ch-check out some hip-hop and think about its future.
WHAT:Ozomatli plus Crown City Rockers WHERE: Catalyst Nightclub, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. tonight 12/9 TIX: $21 advance, $24 at the door; catalystclub.com WHY: Two live hip-hop collectives that will make you believe in hip-hop again. Ozomatli reflects Southern Cali with its jazz, funk, urban-hip-hop and Latin salsa stylings. And, Crown City Rockers also step it up with their boom-bap-ness.
And, for Unwritten Law fans, the punk outfit has canceled its tour due to a family emergency.
The San Diego group was on touring to promote its latest album, "Here's To The Mourning," set for release in early February, when bassist Pat Kim heard his father was sick. Earlier this week, Kim's father was admitted to Kaiser Hospital for a serious, undisclosed ailment.
They're planning to reschedule concert dates early next year.
Song of the Year:
"Daughters," John Mayer (John Mayer)
"If I Ain't Got You," Alicia Keys (Alicia Keys) "Jesus Walks," C. Smith and Kanye West (Kanye West)
"Live Like You Were Dying," Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman (Tim McGraw)
"The Reason," Daniel Estrin and Douglas Robb (Hoobastank).
--> My thots: My favorites would have to be Kanye and Hoobastank. Hoobastank was a favorite among girls this year for their wailing emotion.
New Artist: Los Lonely Boys
Maroon 5 Joss Stone Kanye West
Gretchen Wilson --> My thots: Maroon 5 (although they've been slowly climbing up and are not really "new.") or Joss Stone.
Female Pop Vocal Performance:
"Oceania," Bjork "The First Cut Is the Deepest," Sheryl Crow "Sunrise," Norah Jones "What You Waiting For?" Gwen Stefani "You Had Me," Joss Stone --> My thots: Gwen Stefani, but Sheryl Crows always stuck in people's minds.
Male Pop Vocal Performance: "Let's Misbehave," Elvis Costello
"You Raise Me Up," Josh Groban
"Daughters," John Mayer
"Cinnamon Girl," Prince "Love's Divine," Seal
--> My thots: Prince for his wonderful comeback year.
Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal:
"My Immortal," Evanescence "The Reason," Hoobastank "Heaven," Los Lonely Boys
"She Will Be Loved," Maroon 5
"It's My Life," No Doubt
--> My thots: Maroon 5 and No Doubt will duke this out.
Rap Solo Performance:
"On Fire," Lloyd Banks "Just Lose It," Eminem
"99 Problems," Jay-Z
"Overnight Celebrity," Twista
"Through the Wire," Kanye West
--> My thots: Jay-Z -- his "retirement" completes his notoriety. I also wonder why Eminem's other song, "Mosh" didn't get nominated when it's a better single than "Just Lose It."
Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: "Ch-Check It Out," Beastie Boys
"Let's Get It Started," The Black Eyed Peas
"Don't Say Nuthin'," The Roots
"Drop It Like It's Hot," Snoop Dogg and Pharrell
"Lean Back," Terror Squad --> My thots: My current favorite is Snoop and Pharrell's song, but I love how Beastie Boys came back.
"Why," Jadakiss featuring Anthony Hamilton "Dip It Low," Christina Milian featuring Fabolous
"Slow Jamz," Twista featuring Kanye West and Jamie Foxx
"Yeah!" Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris
"All Falls Down," Kanye West and Syleena Johnson
--> My thots: If Usher doesn't win any other awards, he may just get this one. Although, Jadakiss' single was a socially conscious breath of fresh air.
"Drop It Like It's Hot," Calvin Broadus, Chad Hugo, S. Thomas and Pharrell Williams (Snoop Dogg)
"Hey Mama," Will Adams and Anthony Henry (The Black Eyed Peas)
"Jesus Walks," C. Smith and Kanye West (Kanye West) "Let's Get It Started," Will Adams, Mike Fratantuno, Jaime Gomez, George Pajon, Jr., Allan Pineda and Terence Yoshiaki (The Black Eyed Peas)
"99 Problems," Shawn Carter and Rick Rubin (Jay-Z) --> My thots: This is a hard one, because they're all good, but out of all them, I would say, "Jesus Walks." Kanye West made it cool to believe.
"To the 5 Boroughs," Beastie Boys "The Black Album," Jay-Z
"The DEFinition," LL Cool J
"The College Dropout," Kanye West.
--> My thots: The Beastie Boys, but I like Nelly's collaboration with Tim McGraw
Having gone to UC Berkeley, it was an honor to be a part of their soundwaves.
We talked about the Bay Area hip-hop scene, being female in hip-hop and how music journalism is progressing. We also raved about our current favorite album, MF Doom's "Mm...Food." - how his concept album as a hip-hop comic superhero not only worked, but was among the best of the year. On top of that, it made us laugh.
The station had a homey feel - with stickers from all the past bands that have come in and a history of awards as best college radio station. My favorite wall hanging was an old New Kids on the Block party plate - made me think of how I idolized them in sixth grade and Jordan Knight's stint on "The Surreal Life."
The last time I was on the radio was a guest appearance on Live 105 last year. I was so much more nervous then, and blathered out some shout-outs with some nervous giggling. Then, I shared my favs of the time: Le Tigre and Les Nubians.
For television, I had to think in terms of merging visuals and audio together to create a whole package. Check out next month, when I'll start to make my voice debut, and later maybe in person guest appearances.
As for the radio, check out 90.7 FM - KALX on Jan. 9th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. We'll be doing a year round-up and 2005 look ahead in music.
I had lunch with San Jose DJ, producer and label-owner Peanut Butter Wolf at the Valley Fair Shopping Center. We shared a Peking duck pizza as he lamented that while Source magazine doesn't take notice to his music, the New Yorker wrote a long piece about one of his artists, "Madvillain."
Ch-check out his record stylings tonight in San Francisco:
WHAT:Soled Out San Francisco WHERE:Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St. @ Mint, San Francisco
WHEN: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. tonight 12/3
TIX: $15 at the door
WHY: Check out the latest shoes from Converse, Reebok, Puma and Vans will be showcased while DJ's like Peanut Butter Wolf and Apollo strut their stuff.
It was the weirdest musical I've ever seen. Every few moments I would think, "What tha?"
But, if you caught the cult film, then you know the wacky plot about a florist who lures in customers with a strange new plant. The plant then takes on a life of its own, calling the shots.
The plant in the musical, which cost $10 million, was neat to watch, but at times, it wouldn't open its mouth when words were coming out. Other times, it looked like it was mumbling. The students were also disappointed the plant didn't reach out as far as it did in the television commercials.
The singing was fun, with the main character, Seymour played by Anthony Rapp from "Rent." Another fun moment came when his adoptive father, Mr. Mushnik the shopkeeper, jiggled a la Beyonce; and when the plant Audrey II danced along with Seymour.
Track 9 is a wonderful example of pure aural satisfaction - the song flows from socially conscious rap -- exclaiming that there "seems like there's too much Pac, we don't need it" -- to Shinoda's nu-metal to scratching.
For those that fear hip-hop is a dying mass media art, you have to listen to his album. And check out the Handsome Boy Modeling School concert on Jan. 7th at 9 p.m. at The Fillmore. Tickets are $20 admission, available on Ticketmaster soon.