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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.

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  • Thursday, April 21, 2005

    DJ Spooky and his magazine 21C, plus Ruckus Magazine

    There are two interesting magazines to ch-check out.

    One is DJ Spooky's brainchild, 21C Magazine. He was an intriguing interview, a DJ who dissects songs and resurrects them together with a PhD-like mind. My favorite album of his is Optometry, a thoughtful mix of jazz artists like well-respected avant-garde jazz pianist Matthew Shipp. Its one I would definitely recommend. It was a mainstay in my car until my ravenous seat swallowed it up one day.

    His latest work is "Rebirth of a Nation," a multimedia redefinition of the controversial Civil War film "The Birth of a Nation." The silent film by D.W. Griffith was released in 1915 and caused quite a stir - It was adapted from a novel called "The Clansman."

    21C Magazine ( is the kind of endeavor that college over-achievers dream up.

    In their words: "Imagine a 'hip' Harpers with amazing photography or a youthful New Yorker with stunning graphics and a modem ... A stunningly designed showcase for idea-driven writing about visionary thinkers, trendsetters and new, new things - the people, trends and ideas at the cultural cutting edge."

    The other one to ch-check out is Ruckus Magazine, ( a free bi-monthly Bay Area rap culture magazines. Soon you can find it at Tower, Rasputin's, and other indie and college stores. The first one comes out May 2nd.

    As for tonight, ch-check it out:

    LTJ Bukem & MC Conrad
    WHERE: Ruby Skye, 420 Mason St (at Geary St) San Francisco0
    WHEN: 9 p.m. to 3a.m. tonight 4/21
    TIX: $15 door, $10 presale;
    WHY: drum and base

    Ch-check back tomorrow - I'll give a breakdown of what to do locally this weekend. As for me, I'll be in Vegas and will give an account Tuesday.


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