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BACKSTAGE WITH MARIAN
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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.

My Articles

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

MERCURY REVIEWS
Art: The New Art of India
Bar: Boswell's
Book: Jill Scott
Club: Forum
DVD: Kinsey
Movie: Cinderella Man
Music: Sleater-Kinney
Restaurant: The Melting Pot
Theater:The Mambo Kings

SICK SITE
Earth and Sun Kiss

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"

ENTERTAINMENT RESOURCES
  • Billboard Charts
  • Encyclopedia
  • iticket.com
  • Moviefone
  • Music Dictionary
  • MTV
  • Pollstar
  • tickets.com
  • Urban Dictionary
  • ticketmaster.com
  • VH1

  • BLOGROLL
  • Adisa Banjoko : San Jose's Bishop of Hip hop
  • Angry Asian Man: Asian American media watchdog
  • Berkeley Blogs
  • Black Electorate : Inside Cultural, Economic and Political industries
  • BLT's Parry
  • Crayone: the trials and tribulations of a graffiti artist
  • Dan Gillmor : Grassroots Journalism
  • Dat Phan : Last Comic Standing season 1 winner
  • East Bay Livin' : Ellen Lee's EB hunt
  • Davey D: Hip Hop Daily News
  • Fortt: black american gen x journalist musician multicultural christian technophile
  • Jeff Chang: fellow Asian hip hop writer
  • Joe Grimm : Ask the Recruiter
  • In Passing : Random Street Conversations
  • Pacific Standard: Bay Area hip-hop
  • Pop And Politics
  • Pop Licks : O-Dub, a cultural critic
  • Scape: San Jose graffiti artist
  • SiliconBeat: News about tech money and innovation
  • Wednesday, April 20, 2005

    Puffy AmiYumi in San Francisco

    Check out my story today on Puffy AmiYumi. (Click here for the story.)

    I interviewed the hyper Japanese pop duo over the phone. They were in Tokyo preparing for a photo shoot for Entertainment Weekly.

    Right in the middle of interviewing them (with translator Archie Meguro from Sony Music, Japan) Ami exclaims, "I dropped my chips!"

    The two are fanatic about food. Yumi loves ice cream and donuts. They really enjoy going to Japanese supermarkets, and make sure they visit Ralphs and Taco Bell when they're in the states.

    When I asked them their age (Yumi is 30 and Ami is 31), they obliged, but Ami says "shh, it's really unofficial."

    So I ask Meguro if it'll be okay to print their ages, he laughs and says, "It's okay, they're just playing."

    Ch-check it out tonight:

    Rock and Roll Circus
    WHERE: Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., SF
    WHEN: 8 p.m. tonight 4/20
    TIX: $5; rickshawstop.com
    WHY: There will be circus acts

    Ch-check back tomorrow - I'll write about a hip-hop magazine in the works.


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