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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, May 12, 2005

    Dave Chapelle in psych ward, Yahoo selling songs, and Bow Wow dating

    Some news off the entertainment press:

  • Dave Chapelle reportedly checked into a psych ward in South Africa, halting production of the third season of his show on Comedy Central. Let's hope he gets well soon - his show was a conversation starter.

  • Yahoo is selling downloaded songs for 79 cents, competing head to head to Apple's 99 cents each. Already stocks are plummeting for Napster and RealNetwork. This calls to mind the price fight between Netflix and Blockbuster. Let's see who wins.

  • Ciara is not a dude - despite rumors, the crunk-stress is a lady, and is reportedly dating none other than Lil Bow Wow, I mean Bow Wow (he dropped the Lil).

  • I talked to the now 17-year-old when his voice was still crackin' at 15, coming off of his basketball comedy "Like Mike."

    At that point he said: "I like ghetto girls. You know, the ones with blue or green hair, with names you can't pronounce."

    Let's hope 18-year-old Ciara is ghetto enough.

    As for tonight, ch-check it out:

    New Wave Thursdays
    WHERE: Zoe Nightclub, 417 S. First Street, San Jose
    WHEN: b4 10:30 p.m. get 50 cent drafts
    TIX: no cover
    WHY: The best of the 80s mix

    And...

    Miguel Migs
    WHERE: Pink, 2925 16th St. @ Mission
    WHEN: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday 5/12
    TIX:
    guestlist only; RSVP here
    WHY: He's at the forefront of dance music.

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    Photo of Marian Liu by Stephanie Grace Lim, Mercury News
    You can e-mail me at mliu@mercurynews.com.