Monday, April 03, 2006

San Francisco

San Francisco is a city known its rolling hills, cable cars, and the Golden Gate bridge. It is also the home of the Major League Baseball team, the Giants. Barry Bonds, a Giants team was accused of using steriods by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams in the book "Game of Shadows." The bad publicity from steriod-use is threatening baseball's popularity. A sport that is gaining popularity in the US is soccer, which can be seen from a feature about the Major League Soccer (MLS) in Feburary's edition of Maxim, the popular men's magazine. Jay-Z, the rap artist, might also be jumping on the soccer bandwagon and is reportedly in talks to purchase a stake in the English soccer team, the Arsenals. In 2004, Jay-Z's Black Album was remixed by DJ Dangermouse aka Brian Burton with the Beatles' White Album to make The Grey Album. Coming off the success of The Grey Album, DJ Dangermouse is at it again as part of the duo Gnarls Barkley, with Cee-lo, setting a new record for the first single to go to number one based only on download sales. The Arctic Monkeys, another English band that has explosed into the mainstream by giving away its songs on, released its debut album in January. The album, "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not", became the fastest selling debut album in the UK. The third track was entitled "Fake Tales of San Francisco."

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