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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
  • Friday, June 03, 2005

    PostSecret and the car show in San Jose with Too Short and Rappin' 4-Tay

    Thank goodness it's Friday!

    Before I go into what spots are hot this weekend, here's some more serious thoughts.

    Ch-check out the site: http://postsecret.blogspot.com

    It's a sobering site, an "ongoing community art project where people mail-in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard."

    Many of the secrets are very dark, things you would even hesitate to tell your therapist - like about suicide or incest. While others are silly - like a person who collects all of his/her used staples in a box at work. (It weighs about a pound and a half!)

    The neat theme about the site, is that even though these postcards come from all over the world, it makes you realize that people really aren't so different.

    So I suggest reading it when you're down - it makes you feel less alone.

    OK, onto happier things. Ch-check out what to do this weekend!

    SATURDAY

    Free Concert in Santa Clara
    WHERE: The Claran Lounge (1251 Benton Street in Franklin Mall), Santa Clara
    WHEN: 10:15 p.m. Saturday 6/4
    TIX: 21+; free
    WHY: Red w/ Envy(10:15)(rock and roll)
    Called to Ruin(11:00) (rock and roll)
    Kungfu Vampire(12:00) (swing/jazz/horror soundtrack/hip hop)
    Shoguns(12:45) (surf/classic rock/funk)
    G Willikers(1:15) (poetical/acoustic/experimental)

    Grand Opening of Monte Cristo
    WHERE: Monte Cristo (4 Embarcadero Center)
    WHEN: 10:30 p.m. Saturday 6/4
    TIX: Free b4 10:30pm, $5 discount after w/RSVP
    WHY: house, hip-hop, mash-ups at SF's newest spot with DJ Frenchy le Freak

    SUNDAY

    San Jose Super Show
    WHERE: San Jose Convention Center, 150 W. San Carlos St., San Jose
    WHEN: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 6/5
    TIX: (408) 920-0997; http://www.streetlowmagazine.com
    WHY: StreetLow Magazine 2005 Tour featuring Too Short, Rappin' 4-Tay, Jay the Butcher, car hop contest and a bikini contest

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