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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.

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My picks:
CD: Green Day
Trailer: 2046
Videogame: Burnout 3

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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

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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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  • Thursday, September 30, 2004


    I've been listening to Jimmy Eat World's new album lately, "Futures," in stores Oct. 19. It sounds very similar to their last one, with the exception of track 7 "Drugs or Me" which reminded me of the sound of blink-182's song "I Miss You." It's more harmonic and moody.

    Program Director/Station Manager Johnny X of Channel 104.9 said the reason sophomore albums may sound the same is because the second one is to solidify not only the band's sound, but their audience as well. Then, on their third album, the band can diversify and experiment.

    That's seems to be what Norah Jones did too. If she followed this logic, I wonder if she'll go electronica next! jk.


    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey Mare, Jimmy Eat World have like five albums out.

    September 30, 2004 at 2:14 PM  

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