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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
  • Wednesday, March 09, 2005

    Hot 97, representing hip-hop, and the Korean hip-hop scene

    Here's a website whose purpose is to represent hip-hop more fairly: hiphopliveshere.com

    Lately they've been following Hot 97's "Tsunami song" and violent shooting (A shooting took place in Hot 97's lobby following 50 Cent's visit to the New York radio station Hot 97 to announce dropping The Game from his label.)

    And on a lighter note, for something fun to check out - for those of you sitting at your cubicles, missing the warm sun and fresh air - a way to people watch from your computer.

    Check out this site: hiphoper.com. Its about the hip-hop scene in Korea.

    Click on the "fashion" link on the top, and then the "street fashion" section link to see something similar to our style section's "Street Style" feature. My favorite is the cool hair link - I wonder how they get Asian hair to fro up. Whatever they do, I'm jealous.

    And tonight, ch-check it out:

    Donald Glaude, west coast house legend
    WHERE: Dolce (440 Broadway, North Beach), SF
    WHEN: 9 p.m. tonight 3/10
    TIX: Guestlist only: rsvp@nitevibe.com
    WHY: BPM's Magazine's release party

    And one more closer to home:

    Bliss Thursdays
    WHERE: Studio 8, 8 South 1 st Street, Downtown San Jose
    WHEN: 10 p.m. tonight 3/10
    TIX: 21+; blisssj.com
    WHY: San Jose's newest club - it has a catwalk dance floor!

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