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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"

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  • tickets.com
  • Urban Dictionary
  • ticketmaster.com
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  • Adisa Banjoko : San Jose's Bishop of Hip hop
  • Angry Asian Man: Asian American media watchdog
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  • Crayone: the trials and tribulations of a graffiti artist
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  • East Bay Livin' : Ellen Lee's EB hunt
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  • Fortt: black american gen x journalist musician multicultural christian technophile
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  • Scape: San Jose graffiti artist
  • SiliconBeat: News about tech money and innovation
  • Tuesday, March 22, 2005

    Z-Trip's perfect album

    My current favorite song is a silly one. It has the perfect line: "Ooh, I love eating cereal...when I'm watching my cartoons..."

    The single also has the perfect name: "Breakfast Club," featuring L.A. indie rapper Murs and Midwest freestyle master Supernatural.

    It's mixed by one of my favorite DJ's: Z-Trip, who one critic said is the perfect anecdote to Ashlee Simpson-ism. What I love about him is that he mixes rock, metal and new and old skool hip hop. In my current fav, he also drops in more than a dozen references to different cartoons and cereals. It's a perfect homage to a child growing up in the '80s.

    His album, "Shifting Gears" hits stores April 19th. It's incredible and a must have. Look forward to mixes with Jurassic 5, Public Enemy's Chuck D, and Mystic.

    Here are links to his performances:

    Quicktime:

  • Big View

  • Small View


  • Windows Media:

  • Big View

  • Small View
  • As for tonight, ch-check it out:

    Ed Harcourt, Martha Wainwright
    WHERE: Hotel Utah, 500 4th Street @ Bryant, San Francisco
    WHEN: 9 p.m. tonight 3/22TIX: 21+ ; $10; thehotelutahsaloon.com
    WHY:
    Smooth wistful listening

    1 Comments:

    Blogger crash happy said...

    Girl! Z-trip, thanks for the info, cuz I wouldn't have heard about the new disc otherwise.

    6:21 PM  

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