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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 24, 2005

    PSP playing

    I've been playing the very beautiful PSP.

    I played so much Dark Stalkers my left thumb is a bit sore. It's a Street Fighter-esque game. That genre, beating up evil doers one-on-one, is my favorite, perfect after a stressful work day.

    I also watched Spider -Man II on the PSP - the screen is so clear. It would be the perfect companion on a long flight.

    I like the PSP so much better than the Nintendo DS which is much clunkier.

    In Hong Kong, my brother (a videogame reviewer and afficionado) debated whether or not to buy the PSP back in January. Now I wished we had.

    Have a wonderful Easter this weekend, and ch-check this out!

    Shonen Knife
    WHERE: The Blank Club, 44 South Almaden Avenue, downtown San Jose
    WHEN: 9 p.m. Sunday 3/27
    TIX: $12; ticketweb.com
    WHY: The Japanese pop-rockers were a favorite with such greats as Nirvana and Sonic Youth. Ch-check out my story on Shonen Knife Saturday.

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