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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.

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CD: Common:"Be"
Music Video Eminem: featuring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
Trailer: The Year of the Yao
TV: Harvey Birdman
Videogame: Fable

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DVD: Kinsey
Movie: Cinderella Man
Music: Sleater-Kinney
Restaurant: The Melting Pot
Theater:The Mambo Kings

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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"

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  • Thursday, April 28, 2005

    Meeting Puffy AmiYumi in San Francisco

    Yesterday I met Ami and Yumi of Puffy AmiYumi. And I'm sad to report that I'm shorter than both of them.

    They were a little mellower than I imagined, but still very bouncy. Yumi, in a Madonna-punk like outfit (a maroon crushed velvet top with pearls) kept flopping her permed head around. While, Ami, in a very 80s outfit (an oversize yellow T, shorts, black leggings and boots) jumped at the end of a lot of songs.

    The concert was fun. Many of the fans were elementary school-age girls who dragged their moms. They formed little jitterbug circles on the floor of the Fillmore. And while their dancing slowed down for the Japanese songs, they became hysterical for the American ones like the Scooby Doo 2 song "Friends Forever," the "Teen Titans Theme" and of course the "Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi Theme."

    My favorite of the night was Puffy AmiYumi's cover of Green Day's Imagine "Basket Case." Green Day on fast-forward with anime girls. I wished they had covered some of Greenday's newer stuff to see how slower more depressing songs like "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" would turn out. I'm guessing they would make it psycho happy.

    I saw the duo after the show. The backstage of the Fillmore is on the second floor balcony past some discreet curtains. After a flurry of changing Ami and Yumi emerged. In person, they are very very cute, and skinny, though very tired.

    I resisted the urge to hug them.

    I'll put up pictures soon.

    Tonight, ch-check it out:

    Frontline
    WHERE: Studio 8, 8 South 1st Street, San Jose
    WHEN: 10 p.m. tonight 4/28
    TIX: 21+; free guest list - Arrive early this may sell out fast!
    WHY: Frontline is on the frontline of the New Bay hip hop movement.

    And...

    The Likwit Junkies Listening Party
    WHERE: The Agenda Lounge, 399 S. 1st St., San Jose
    WHEN: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. tonight 4/28
    TIX: $3 before 11 p.m.
    WHY: Defari has been getting some buzz from The Source, Elemental, and hiphopsite.com

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