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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
  • Thursday, March 17, 2005

    Davey D in San Jose and Re:sound in San Francisco

    Happy St. Patrick's Day! Be sure to wear green, or you'll get pinched!

    Ch-check out this cool story about pub-hopping tonight.

    I had lunch the other day with Davey D.

    As the number two guy in hip-hop, behind none other than Russell Simmons, he's the go-to-guy and someone I strongly look up to.

    He counseled me on how to establish a brand name and carry it through everything I do.

    And on his site, there's a controversial story: "Do Non-Blacks in Hip Hop Owe the Black Community?" - Anybody have thoughts on this issue?

    Finally, tonight, ch-check it out:

    Rotation is celebrating St Patricks Day at Suite 181
    WHERE: Suite 181, 181 Eddy St, San Francisco
    WHEN: 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. tonight 3/17
    TIX: $10 ; wear green
    WHY: live acoustic rock and DJ beats

    And...

    Re:sound Music Gallery
    WHEN: 8:30 p.m. p.m. tonight 3/17
    TIX: $8-$12; exploratorium.com
    WHY: Check out innovative instruments like the bowed turntable, which is inspired by the Indian Sarangi (similar to a fiddle).

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