Wednesday, December 30, 2009

With you in spirit

Well it seems Wes has been doing a good job of keeping this place updated as I've been busy running my and my wife's store... but just so you guys don't think I've gone off Puffy completely, here's a 100% non-set up still life from the top of my store CD player the other day:

Yes, sometimes their CD's are on top. We do play them quite often. Not only because I like them, but they suit the store's theme too.

And oddly enough, occasionally I catch one of our customers singing along. (Seriously!)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Last Puffy Performance of 2009

Countdown Japan 0910 marks the last performance for Puffy of the year (or decade depending on how you count...). Puffy was the first artist to go on stage on Monday's openign of Countdown Japan and they are in good company as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Unicorn and Kaela Kimura also were performing later in the day.

To honor the memory of Fujifabric's Masahiko Shimura, who passed away about a week ago, Puffy changed up their set list to include DOKI DOKI. Masahiko Shimura wrote that song and Bye-Bye, both of which were tracks on Puffy's album Bring it!

Here is the complete set list from Countdown Japan 0910:

1. Jet Keisatsu
2. Ai no Shirushi
3. Boom Boom Beat
4. Tokyo I'm On My Way
5. Darekaga
6. Bring it on
7. Nagisa ni Matsuwaru etc.
8. Asia no Junshin

Better yet, here are some fantastic pictures from Puffy's performance.

Photo credit: Rockin'on Inc.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Twelve Days Of Puffy

I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

For fun I decided to go through Puffy's back catalog and do a variant of "The Twelve Days of Christmas," but with Puffy songs. Each day has a corresponding track number on an album. I thought it would be easy... I was wrong.

Anyways, here are...

"The Twelve Days of Puffy"
1. Oriental Diamond (Honeycreeper)
2. Kore ga Watashi no Ikiru Michi (Jet)
3. Tokyo I'm On My Way (Splurge)
4. Kokoro ni Hana wo (59)
5. Hataraku Otoko (Hit and Fun)
6. Asia no Junshin (AmiYumi)
7. Aoi Namida (The Hit Parade)
8. Stray Cats Fever (The Very Best of Puffy)
9. Koino Line Aino Shape (Fever Fever)
10. Tokusuru Karada (The Very Best of Puffy)
11. Mogura-Like (Hit and Fun)
12. Mother (The Very Best of Puffy)

I hope everyone has a great holiday season!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Puffy's Word Of The Year

Not much going on with Puffy right now. The not-to-be US tour sort of took the wind out of my sales… sort of a blogging equivalent to being hung-over after a particularly bitter night of drinking. I have been noodling around with a couple of blog entries, but none of them are working out to be worthy of publishing… for free.

There must be a word for that, but in the spirit of made up words…here are Puffy’s first top made up words of the year via their MySpace blog:

10th place is "shishiko"
For Yunpoke readers, you may know already but
it's the name of the stray cat Yumi sees on her walks.

9th place is "Taxi kara no Koda" (Koda heard in the taxi)
AmiYumi & Manager Toshi were on the cab when they suddenly heard Kumi Koda's "Koi no Tsubomi".
It wasn't the radio or CD, it was....
the ringtone from the 60 year old taxi driver (LOL).
I wasn't there but heard it was so hard not to laugh.

8th place is "Kotona"
It's the word between "Kodomo (kid)" and "Otona (adult)".
An adult that's still a kid or a Kid that's turing into an adult
or it can even mean an adult that can't fully become an adult yet.
There's so many words AmiYumi create but this is by far a great one.

7th place is "Mitopuri"
This is the name of a hotel that the managers stayed at this year.
It sounds like the abbreviation of the famous hotel chain in Japan.
But it was not related at all.

6th place is "Hiro Mizushima"
This is the nickname of Shunsuke Watanabe, PUFFY band's keyboard player.
In Ami's "Tomodach Collection" game, he is married to Ami's daughter (LOL).

5th place is "RIEMO"
What is this....first check the picture...

This is a mysterious group that AmiYumi discovered while they were beat from all the promotion.
Every perfecture they went for promo...they saw flyers of these guys and heard them on the radio.
Now AmiYumi are huge fans of RIEMO (LOL).

4th place is "Tojitive"
The meaning was written in Ami's blog in March...
I was talking to Toshiko yesterday,
and found a really handy word.
"Not in the mood"
"Nothing is going right"
"Black cat walked in front of me"
If that is you!!!
It's ok!!!
It's alright to think that way!!
Until you feel like your in the mood,
Until things start getting better,
Until the day you own your own cute black cat,
Just face it as it is
cause you're just closed on positivity right now...This is,

3rd place is "Kossetsu Musume (broken rib girl)"
This was Yumi's nickname when she broke her rib while driving.
Of course she's totally better now.

2nd place is "Kakatte Koiya"
This is AmiYumi's translation of "Bring it!" which was the title of the album released in June.

1st place is "Asesu"
This is the plural of "Ase (sweat)".
It was the word that was created when the summer tour was going on and
ever since everyone on the PUFFY team started using it.

I find this sort of silly and/or weird blog entries by bands to be wonderful. So many bands simply give release dates, appearances and generally dry material. Hat tip to the staffer who translated it.