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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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Pop Licks : O-Dub, a cultural critic
  • Scape: San Jose graffiti artist
  • SiliconBeat: News about tech money and innovation
  • Tuesday, February 01, 2005

    Asian American Music Conference in Burlingame

    Over the weekend, I went to 104.9's birthday party at Zoe Nightclub in San Jose and also attended the Asian American Music Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Burlingame. Both were amazing -- I'll elaborate more on both throughout the week.

    The Asian American Music Conference had such A-list guests as producer E-A-Ski, KMEL DJ Chuy Gomez and Dan "the Automator" Nakamura.

    Many of the panels concentrated on how to make good music, but the panelists emphasized that this "it" quality came from inside - it wasn't a formula.

    It's like this graphic novel I recently read, "Blankets," which is about finding and losing your first love. It has to be one of the best books I've read this year.

    The emotions in the novel are so raw, that the author, Craig Thompson, feels like a close friend that has called you after a fit of tears. It's real and relevant, like the graphic equivalent of The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. You can tell Thompson was writing for himself and not for anyone else. It wasn't a formula.


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