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From backstage at the latest Bay Area concerts to the latest news on pop culture, I'll be going out to bring you there.

About Me
I'm the pop music critic 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: Green Day
Trailer: 2046
Videogame: Burnout 3

Mercury Reviews:
Art show: Heritage Bank of Commerce
Bar: Stratta
Book: ``Coast of Dreams: California on the Edge, 1990-2003''
Comedy: Dame Edna
DVD: Star Wars
Restaurant: Hahn's Hibachi
Theater: Clouds Hill
TV show: Without a Trace

Sick site
Breakdancing Transformers

My Playlist

1. Snow Patrol: brooding ballads

2. Toby Lightman : opened for Prince

3. Martin Luther: SF singer for The Roots

Entertainment Resources
  • Billboard Charts
  • Encyclopedia
  • Moviefone
  • Music Dictionary
  • MTV
  • Pollstar
  • Urban Dictionary
  • VH1

  • Blogroll
  • Adisa Banjoko : San Jose's Bishop of Hip hop
  • Angry Asian Man: Asian American media watchdog
  • Black Electorate : Inside Cultural, Economic and Political industries
  • BLT's Parry
  • Boondocks: by Aaron McGruder
  • Dan Gillmor : Silicon Valley Dictionary
  • Dat Phan : Last Comic Standing season 1 winner
  • Davey D: Hip Hop Daily News
  • Fortt: black american gen x journalist musician multicultural christian technophile
  • Joe Grimm : Ask the Recruiter
  • In Passing : Random Street Conversations
  • Penny Arcade: Video Game comic
  • Tuesday, September 28, 2004

    la-la land

    This weekend, I headed to la-la land. At the Magic Kingdom I ran into none other than Dat Phan. He was going into Tomorrowland. It's always awkward running into someone I interviewed over the phone, but didn't meet in person. It's like seeing a professor at the mall - everything is out of context.

    That night, I checked out
    Downtown Disney - Jordan Knight was playing at the House of Blues for $24 or so, so we ended up checking out a street musician instead, Drew Tretick, a regular at Disney and Vegas. He's recorded with Chris Isaak, Tony Bennett, and Stevie Wonder. I've never seen so many people walk up and buy CDs before.

    Like Dat Phan, he was also out of place. His violin wailed out notes that could make one cry - all set to neon lights and a stuffed animal laden backdrop.


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