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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

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  • Adisa Banjoko : San Jose's Bishop of Hip hop
  • Angry Asian Man: Asian American media watchdog
  • Black Electorate : Inside Cultural, Economic and Political industries
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  • 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
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  • In Passing : Random Street Conversations
  • Penny Arcade: Video Game comic
  • Wednesday, September 22, 2004

    Private Show

    During lunch time I caught a private show of the much talked about Scotland alternative band Franz Ferdinand. While waiting in line to get into the Blank Club, I saw guys walk out to grab a bite to eat - I had a feeling they were the band, because who wears white and gold striped track suits in bright sunlight? (It was their drummer Paul Thomson.)

    The 80's synth-pop band was good and excessively hip in their tight pants. They also were extremely at ease.

    "It's a nice time to start drinking," said guitarist Nick McCarthy (its was 12:30 p.m.)

    "I just realized we missed 1/3 of the song, I just enjoyed you guys so much," said lead singer Alex Kapranos.

    Of course, they ended with their comforting hit single "Take Me out" that starts like "So if you're lonely, you know I'm here waiting for you."

    It was an 104.9 exclusive before their show tonight. Their next one is Switchfoot.

    Tonight, ch-check them out...

    WHAT: Franz Ferdinand
    WHERE: Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco
    WHEN: 8 p.m. tonight, 9/22
    TIX: $22; (408) 998-8497, (415) 421-8497 or ticketmaster


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