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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.

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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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  • Encyclopedia
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  • Music Dictionary
  • MTV
  • Pollstar
  • tickets.com
  • Urban Dictionary
  • ticketmaster.com
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  • BLOGROLL
  • Adisa Banjoko : San Jose's Bishop of Hip hop
  • Angry Asian Man: Asian American media watchdog
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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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  • Pacific Standard: Bay Area hip-hop
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  • Tuesday, May 17, 2005

    Jill Scott over the phone and Star Wars spoof

    I spoke with Jill Scott yesterday. She was a good sport, even though she had a bad case of food poisoning - bad fish - and got hives. I told her I hope the rest of the Bay Area food treats you better - she laughed.

    What I liked about her is that she was grounded, "obedient" as she called it - and has a healthy sense of balance in her life.

    She also gave me a good tip on writer's block - instead of trying to fight it, write something else, and come back.

    More on her later - ch-check out the full Q&A next Wednesday.

    Also ch-check out Dean and Nooch's blog on E3

    And something cool this week (being that it's Asian Pacific American Heritage Month)

    BART Celebrates APA Heritage Month
    WHERE: redeem at the following locations
    WHEN: continues to the end of June
    TIX: Print the coupon from www.bart.gov/apa and redeem for coupons
    WHY: This includes a 2 for 1 coupon to the Asian Art Museum, a 15% discount to Q-Cup and a free Kung Fu Hustle poster, plus more.

    As well as this very funny spoof on Star Wars as Store Wars. The characters are: Lord Tater, Princess Lettuce, Ham Solo, Chewbroccoli, C3Peanuts, Tofu D2, Obi Wan Cannoli, and Cuke Skywalker.

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