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Official Honeysweeper Tour Dates - Page One

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Andrew on: September 19, 2007, 09:49:54 AM

Here are the official concert dates and venues last I checked. Check Puffyfs official site and the venues themselves for exact details. Note that the San Francisco venue has changed from the Filmore to Slim's.

First Japanese shows
October 19 (Fri) Shibuya C.C. Lemon Hall
October 26 (Fri) Hiroshima Club Quattro
October 27 (Sat) Fukuoka Drum Logos

North American shows
11/11/07 8:00PM
Richards on Richards @ $30.00 ADV / $35.00 DOS
1036 Richards St.
Vancouver, BC All Ages

11/13/07 6:00PM
Moore Theater @ $35.00 ADV / DOS
1932 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA All Ages

11/15/07 7:00PM
Slim's @ $25.00 ADV / DOS
333 11th St
San Francisco, CA All Ages

11/16/07 TBD
Key Club @ $25.00 ADV / $28.00 DOS
9401 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA All Ages

11/18/07 7:00PM
House of Blues @ $22.50 ADV / $25.00 DOS
1520 S. Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim, CA All Ages

Second Japanese shows
December 1 (Sat) Yawatahama (added)
December 14 (Sat) Nagoya Diamond Hall
December 16 (Sat) Osaka Namba Hatch
December 19 (Wed) Shibuya-AX (added)



Cerahbes on: September 19, 2007, 05:15:18 PM

Wow ... sucks a west coast only, hrm I just spoke with my roommate. Thinking about flying up to Vancouver and just driving down the whole tour route. Now thats vacation *^_^*


Andrew on: September 20, 2007, 08:43:36 AM
Yeah wish they were coming closer to Indianapolis. Ifm flying out with my wife to Vegas in mid October to see Barry Manilow and flying down to Florida in December. Going to be a bit tight to fly to the West Coast in November. Not sure if Ifm going to get to see them this tour or not.


Destruction Pancake on: September 20, 2007, 09:10:08 AM

Well that's really a drag... I was hoping that they'd have a concert in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, or even Houston. I live in East Texas - Longview to be exact, which is where Evonne Hsu is from (if you know who she is.) Longview is about a 3-hour drive from Dallas, but if you're speeding, it can be like, 2 to 2 1/2. Grin


DoAsPuffy on: September 20, 2007, 02:54:23 PM

I'm fried about this! Why can't Puffy's tour people just schedule an entire US tour, west and east coast at the same time?! Who knows the next time Puffy's gonna come here again!! Sheesh.


Anthony on: September 20, 2007, 06:00:16 PM

FUN FACT* - Not counting 2004 (when they played one show in NY and two in SoCal, which really can't be called a "tour"), Puffy have not done an actual cross-country tour since the Rolling Debut Revue tour of 2002. The best we can probably hope for at this point would be something like in 2005, when they played the West Coast and followed up with an East Coast tour months later. The worst would be that Puffy doesn't come back, like what happened with the West Coast last year (but even then, at least the Splurge! Splurge! Splurge! tour covered a good chunk of the eastern U.S., and not just one or two states as this new tour is doing).

Why won't they do a full tour? Is it too cost prohibitive? If so, then why is a band like Shonen Knife -- who is just as cult (if not moreso) than Puffy, and signed to a minor independent label -- able to do a full U.S. tour (coincidentally enough, at the exact same time as Puffy's West Coast run)? As it is, it looks like Ami and Yumi wanted a vacation in SoCal, and added a couple of other dates to give the illusion that this is a tour (in seriousness, it looks like they're strictly sticking to larger cities on the West Coast with significant Asian populations).

I should be happy that I even managed to see Puffy at all -- Detroit is about the last place I'd expect them to come to, and I was really shocked that they came last year. But they were so good that I'd love to see them again, so hopefully they'll do a wider tour at a later date.

* - WARNING: Fact may not, in fact, be fun.


Cerahbes on: September 20, 2007, 11:26:21 PM

more than likely, it would be due to the low ticket sales of the last shows during the Splurge tour

some of those venues weren't that big, and they could not fill them - a shame really, such a great show


krash on: September 21, 2007, 10:47:29 AM

T.T^(3)^(3)^(3)^(3)

PUFFY MUST take a tour around Brazil!!!
a couple months ago, someone wrote in Wikipedia that Puffy will take a tour around Brazil, everyone was so happy! but it was a lie... >.<

c ya


DoAsPuffy on: September 21, 2007, 02:42:24 PM


Quote from: Cerahbes on September 20, 2007, 11:26:21 PM
more than likely, it would be due to the low ticket sales of the last shows during the Splurge tour

some of those venues weren't that big, and they could not fill them - a shame really, such a great show

It was because freakin' Tofu Records did NOTHING to promote the tour! So practically no one knew about it! At least the Hi Hi tour was promoted by CN somewhat.


Anthony on: September 21, 2007, 04:12:58 PM

Jeff made a similar point on his blog recently, but Puffy have been very haphazardly promoted when it comes to America, and as a result it always seems like they're starting over.

In 2002 they had the successful first tour and seemed to get good press. They didn't capitalize on that, though, and by 2004-5 they'd hitched themselves to Hi Hi, which in retrospect may have hurt more than it helped. By 2006 Hi Hi had gone the way of the Dodo, and Puffy were starting anew with Tofu. Though Tofu initially promoted the Splurge album decently, they soon fell off the face of the Earth (and, as Anna said, didn't do much in the way of promoting last year's tour at all).

The result? Low ticket sales, their records over here are in limbo, and they're pretty much starting over again with this new tour. It's kind of frustrating as a fan to see the cycle repeat itself again and again. But Puffy and their management really seem to be dedicated to making it in the Western market, so hopefully things will start looking up at some point.


Cerahbes on: September 22, 2007, 10:04:15 AM

Its easy to drop the blame on Tofu, but ya gotta admit - what exactly has Puffy done themselves to help the situation?
Comparing Tofu Records *which was like what 7 people?* to Cartoon Network is silly at best.

Keep in mind, I love Puffy to death, but I will take a realistic view and not be blinded by my fandom.


Anthony on: September 22, 2007, 10:59:04 AM

Obviously Puffy (or perhaps more accurately, their management) deserve a good chunk of the blame for Puffy's situation in America -- I didn't mean to insinuate that they didn't. And I don't lay all the blame at the feet of Tofu, either (how could you?) -- they were (are?) obviously a small label with a small promotional budget, but that doesn't change the fact that last year's tour wasn't promoted very well. Like I said, they did well initially promoting Splurge on radio last year, which is more than any of Puffy's other U.S. record labels ever did.

There's more I could say, but I don't want to sound like I'm always attacking Puffy -- I really love them, I do. But in short, I think that if Puffy are truly serious about wanting to build a fanbase in West, they could be doing things a whole lot better than they have over the last five years.


ichigo on: September 24, 2007, 11:00:06 AM

Quote from: Anthony on September 20, 2007, 06:00:16 PM
FUN FACT* - Not counting 2004 (when they played one show in NY and two in SoCal, which really can't be called a "tour"), Puffy have not done an actual cross-country tour since the Rolling Debut Revue tour of 2002.

* - WARNING: Fact may not, in fact, be fun.

Haha! I like the warning! It is kinda sad that they haven't been able to do a real tour again. The show I went to in 02 had a great turn out, I thought. They were onto something really good then, and while I'm glad HiHi got them noticed more, I think it might have been a bad idea to market themselves to such a young audience. Puffy is for everyone, but someone that *kinda* likes them might be put off by that, and never really get to know them, y'know?

I'm not trying to knock any of the younger ones here, cuz I know they love Puffy as much as the "old people". I still think that the girls have what it takes to make it bigger here!


Anthony on: September 25, 2007, 05:01:57 AM

Quote from: ichigo on September 24, 2007, 11:00:06 AM
Haha! I like the warning!

Thank you. Smiley

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It is kinda sad that they haven't been able to do a real tour again. The show I went to in 02 had a great turn out, I thought. They were onto something really good then, and while I'm glad HiHi got them noticed more, I think it might have been a bad idea to market themselves to such a young audience.

Obviously anyone can like Puffy -- that's part of their appeal. But I will say that it was a little odd at the concert I saw last year, when most of the audience seemed to be pre-teen girls, one of whom even looked to be 7 or 8 (my friend and I joked that the girl would thank her parents later for the hearing damage incurred that night). There only seemed to be a handful of us who were even of legal drinking age (heck, I'm not sure how many of us were of legal driving age). It wasn't quite the audience I was expecting.
v It was a fabulous show, though, and Ami and Yumi seemed to be enjoying themselves (of course, they very nearly didn't make the show, because they were stuck in New York the very morning of the concert).


Andrew on: October 03, 2007, 08:23:26 AM

Hmm Puffy has added a tour date in Japan on December 1st. I would assume this means there are still more shows to be announced for December in Japan.


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Jeff on: October 03, 2007, 01:45:31 PM

Quote from: Cerahbes on September 22, 2007, 10:04:15 AM
Keep in mind, I love Puffy to death, but I will take a realistic view and not be blinded by my fandom.

I feel the same way - I don't want to hold back criticizing them if it's warranted. But I think that there's more to Puffy than just Ami and Yumi, which they'll be the first to admit. They're part of a big team, and they're not the only decision-makers. I don't think you can really blame Ami or Yumi for most of their foibles when it comes to their US promotion, including their tours. How the hell are they supposed to know what to do here? They weren't born here and they don't live here. They need to rely on others who know the country and the music industry here to tell them what to do. I know I wouldn't have the first clue what to do if I was a musician that wanted to become popular in Japan.

I think Hit&Run is more to blame than Puffy or even their record label(s). That's what management is hired to do, after all: make decisions. Manage. And while I think they've been genius in Japan, they're clueless when it comes to America. I think Puffy need different management for America. (But then it's a question of finding the right company, and of course a big chance that they won't, leaving them no better off.)

And while I don't like to think this way, there's always the question of how much longer they're going to keep going, and whether or not they think it's worth really putting in the effort at this point to try to build a North American fan base again. It was one thing in 2002-2003, and if things had really taken off after that (they were starting to), then it'd be a different story now. But they're trying to restart here now for about the third time, they're both in their mid-30's, Ami's married with children, Yumi's probably thinking about it, they can't possibly have quite the level of physical energy they used to, and their popularity in Japan isn't what it once was. They've got a home country that they need to concentrate on maybe now more than ever - the US has always been secondary and now it's probably even moreso. So there are a lot of things going against them now in terms of building a US audience that there didn't used to be.

So they may just be picking the proverbial "low-hanging fruit" at this point. There are a lot of Japanese people in certain cities in the US and still a few leftover fans from Hi Hi. They may be satisfied with that. They've always seemed pretty realistic and grounded to me; you know, they had a string of #1 hits, and they filled arenas when they were younger, and that kind of thing just doesn't last forever unless you're the Rolling Stones or Pink Floyd.

OTOH, I don't want it to seem like I'm down on them at all - I hope they keep going until they're 50! I'm just being pragmatic. Can you really picture Puffy still at it in their 40's? And that's literally only what, five years away?


Andrew on: October 03, 2007, 02:50:01 PM

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Can you really picture Puffy still at it in their 40's?

Absolutely. Madonna still rocks and shefs in her 50s.


Jeff on: October 03, 2007, 06:36:50 PM

Quote from: Andrew on October 03, 2007, 02:50:01 PM
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Can you really picture Puffy still at it in their 40's?

Absolutely. Madonna still rocks and shefs in her 50s.

Not sure if I'd define what she does as "rocking" Smiley

And you're jumping the gun a bit. She's 49.


Cerahbes on: October 04, 2007, 10:50:01 PM

If they really love what they do - then yes I could see them going on for many years. I would venture that over 10+ years of it they must haha.


Jeff on: October 05, 2007, 04:53:49 AM

Quote from: Cerahbes on October 04, 2007, 10:50:01 PM
If they really love what they do - then yes I could see them going on for many years. I would venture that over 10+ years of it they must haha.

Well, I think you guys are kinda missing the point. It's not only about what they want to do. It's also about what their record label will support. There are not many popular female artists in their 40's (certainly not 50's) in Japan. There are a few - Miwa Yoshida of Dreams Come True is 42, for example - but I'm talking literally like 4 or 5 at most. It's not easy, and Puffy's not that kind of band. I think it would be difficult for them, and I don't get the impression that they're really interested in making their lives difficult given all the success they've already had.

But we'll see - hopefully they prove me wrong!


alkulp on: October 05, 2007, 11:15:05 AM

Totally changing the topic, but I wanted to mention that Puffy's San Franisco show (at the Filmore) goes on sale this Sunday 10:00am (Ticketmaster - posted yesterday). Still nothing about Anaheim from Ticketmaster or House Of Blues (hob.com).


Jeff on: October 05, 2007, 02:36:57 PM

I am seriously considering flying from NYC to Seattle for the November 13 show if they don't announce some damn East coast dates soon.


Jinmouri on: October 05, 2007, 03:57:28 PM

I am PRETTY DAMN sure that there WON'T be a East Coast tour for one reason: I don't think they can afford to tour both coasts. They just don't have that kind of income to tour all of the United States. You should all know this if you're a professional in this kind of stuff. I blame all of us for this because if we spread the word of Puffy and how awesome their music is like we all should be doing right now, then the number of American fans would increase, which means more importing and sales of American CDs and enough benefits to perform a full-on American tour.

Here's the idea. In 2002, Puffy were just debuting and everyone that knew about them were coming to the shows. Puffy AmiYumi were a success! In 2004, the cartoon had released and so had Teen Titans and LOTS more people were coming. In 2006, Puffy were still on people's minds and they went to those shows. The number of American fans had drastically decreased in just two or so years. Right now, with the Gap advertisement, the new American-style music and American producers, I'm unsure how many people will come to this tour.

If you live on the West Coast or live on the East Coast and flying near us, have any of you told anyone about Puffy or encouraged friends or anybody that a American tour is coming up soon? What about in 2006, East coasters? After you read this message, are you going to tell all your friends and other people you know?

Right now, I'm going to do my best to encourage as many people as possible to come. Will you do so as well?


Jeff on: October 05, 2007, 04:43:40 PM

Quote from: Jinmouri-San on October 05, 2007, 03:57:28 PM
I am PRETTY DAMN sure that there WON'T be a East Coast tour for one reason: I don't think they can afford to tour both coasts. They just don't have that kind of income to tour all of the United States.

Concerts are almost always profitable. The margins are usually greater than 50%. They don't need to sell out to make money.

In addition, most of that profit goes directly to the band, not the record label. So if money is the issue, they should be touring more, not less.

In any case, on a basic level it costs almost nothing to put on a concert. Obviously the larger the show and the more of a stage you've gotta carry around, the more expensive it gets. But all Puffy usually does in the US is hang a banner up and roll out a couple of rugs and start playing. It can't possibly cost them much. A couple of roadie salaries, some limo and van rentals, some food for the dressing room, I mean that's about it. I've played plenty of gigs myself so I know this first-hand. The most my band ever paid for a gig up front was $50 for a U-haul. Almost the entire ticket price is profit for the band and the venue.


Andrew on: October 05, 2007, 06:20:25 PM

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I am seriously considering flying from NYC to Seattle for the November 13

Same here, well from Indy anyway. But -- my wife can't get the time off with us going to Vegas this month and Florida in December. Not sure if I want to just go solo or not. Decisions decisionsc Undecided


alkulp on: October 10, 2007, 09:05:18 AM

Ticketmaster update:
Anaheim (11/18) go on sale Thursday 10/11 at 10:00am. "Presale" - House of Blue members? General public on 10/13 10:00am.
Seattle (11/13) go on sale Friday 10/12 at 10:00am.
Vancouver (11/11) go on sale Friday 10/12 at 10:00am.



Wednesday on: October 11, 2007, 10:28:48 AM

My Obasan lives in California (in L.A.) and I'm trying to get her to fly me out their so I can see Puffy with my Cousin Teako. Grin


Cerahbes on: October 11, 2007, 05:09:21 PM

I'm with you other east coasters - I'm seriously considering flying from Ohio to see them this year >_<

In regards to the previous comments: during the Splurge tour I hit 3 cities and brought a different person to each one


Jeff on: October 11, 2007, 07:40:44 PM

Unfortunately, Seattle's out for me as my wife has a work-related class that night Sad

No other date I can realistically make a trip for. Nothing else is close to my brother, which would have to be the real reason I'd be going (I was planning a visit anyway).

And see my latest blog post, it's looking more and more likely that the west coast dates are the whole tour.


Wednesday on: October 12, 2007, 08:05:25 AM

Quote from: Cerahbes on October 11, 2007, 05:09:21 PM
I'm with you other east coasters - I'm seriously considering flying from Ohio to see them this year >_<

In regards to the previous comments: during the Splurge tour I hit 3 cities and brought a different person to each one

lucky!! I only got the see them at the 9:30 Club in DC.

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Andrew on: October 30, 2007, 06:31:56 AM

I noticed this morning that Puffy's official Japanese website has changed the San Francisco venue from the Fillmore to someplace called Slim's. Their English websites should be changing it soon.


Jeff on: October 30, 2007, 10:41:46 AM

I saw that as well - hate to say it but I gotta believe they couldn't fill up the Fillmore. Slim's looks awfully small.

Better for the fans that do go, I guess. Ami and Yumi have gotta be disappointed, though. Especially given the Japanese population of that city.


antennas to heaven on: November 14, 2007, 02:30:28 AM

i saw puffy at the fillmore a couple years ago, it was maybe 3/4 full at best, with a lot of the audience being made up of children. i swear i've never been able to get a drink that quickly there, the bartenders were falling all over themselves whenever anyone walked up. so yeah, slim's will probably be a better fit for them, even if i don't think the venue is as good. don't get me wrong, slim's is a fine venue and i've seen a ton of great shows there. just that the fillmore is, well, the fillmore; legendary and dripping with music history...not to mention it's right across the street from japan-town.


wonderboy923 on: November 16, 2007, 12:13:56 PM

I went to the San Francisco concert at Slim's last night, I thought it was a really good time. It did seem that their change from the Fillmore to Slim's was due to how smaller than usual the audience in attendance was, I'm not sure how big their shows are in other cities, but this felt relatively small for a Puffy live show. But I really think Slim's fit their vocals, I think if it were in a bigger place their voices would be drowned out by the band. The couple rows in the front were layed out with a good amount of Japanese exchange students, though in total, not many Japanese people in general (weird for a city like San Francisco), though I liked how there was a couple of old grannies standing in the audience. Like a lot of venues, they requested no photography of any sort, the worker took away my camera...so no pictures for me sadly.

There was a starter band before Puffy performed, A Modern Machine or something, I don't know, I got there during their last song, so I didn't get their name (did anyone else get a starter band because that would stink if Puffy performed the whole show without a starter band at other venues). The actual performance was pretty awesome. Really big cheers from the crowd when Yumi and Ami came out, Yumi looked especially cute during the show with the curly hair with the front bangs, Ami looked great also with her Stay Gold shirt, I believe that's what it said. They performed for about an hour and a half and did their reading off the notes talk segments a few times (talked about Honeysweeper, Chinatown and dim sum, and their GAP advertisement, etc.) and did an encore. Surprisingly, no kids at the show, people looked actually of age. All and all, it was a good time. I think even for a smaller turnout, Puffy still got a pretty warm welcome from the crowd. I hope they enjoyed SF and hopefully the turnout didn't tarnish SF's relationship with Puffy. I read on their staff blog that Ami went to Fisherman's Wharf, if only I could have been at the Wharf at the time, I could have met her. Oh well.


Andrew on: November 16, 2007, 12:28:02 PM

wonderboy923,

Thanks for the great review of the show and welcome aboard! The Seattle show's opening act was apparently a no-show so the crowd just waited an hour for Puffy to start.

I remember a group called "Tally Hall" opened for at least part of their Splurge tour. I thought they were great and later bought their CD.

Once again, welcome to the forum.


wonderboy923 on: November 16, 2007, 12:56:52 PM

yeah, they were selling all their previous CDs and Honeycreeper at Slim's, i think they sold out of Honeycreepers, so I just bought one of their t-shirts. the one that says AmiYumidas HIT FUN. was it a big crowd in Seattle?

edit/ sorry, mispelled honeycreeper, i was thinking of the tour at the time.


Andrew on: November 16, 2007, 01:04:49 PM

According to Richard's review on the Seattle Concert Reports thread he estimated around 250. That's the only number estimate I've seen so far for Seattle.


wonderboy923 on: November 16, 2007, 01:44:04 PM

yeah it looked about the same amount at Slim's.


Jeff on: November 16, 2007, 02:07:12 PM

Quote from: wonderboy923 on November 16, 2007, 12:56:52 PM
yeah, they were selling all their previous CDs and Honeysweeper at Slim's, i think they sold out of Honeysweepers, so I just bought one of their t-shirts. the one that says AmiYumidas HIT FUN.

Dude! I didn't know they were selling those here. I have gots to get me one of them!


Andrew on: November 16, 2007, 02:51:09 PM

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wonderboy923: There was a starter band before Puffy performed, A Modern Machine or something

I saw on Puffy's MySpace page the following comment from the group "A Modern Machine":

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hey puffy! we had a great time opening for you guys last night at Slim's. you guys had a great set! we really enjoyed watching your sound check. your band is electric! enjoy the rest of your U.S. tour and please holla when you guys stop in San Francisco next time! -a modern machine


(Their MySpace page seems to be having issues atm so I'm not going to link to it.)


antennas to heaven on: November 16, 2007, 06:44:26 PM

re: slim's

like wonderboy, i arrived late and they were sold out of honeycreeper cds at that point, so no autograph for me. i would have been happy with the album. i guess my d/l version will have to hold me til the US release. the support band, a modern machine, were fine, but i wasn't really feelin it. as for puffy's set, i thought it was solid until the middle part, when they played jet police. from that song til the end, man, it was like everything was dialed up and off the scale. fucking awesome. sadly, they didn't play my favorite song, that's the way it is. oh well, next time. my fave of the new tracks is youkai puffy, that track sounded great live. they also introduced the band during the middle break of youkai puffy. oh, and someone mentioned that they covered the ramones song, rock n' roll radio, but they didn't play it in SF. they played basket case, which was good, but i would have rather heard the ramones cover. i brought a couple friends who were new to puffy, and they are now converts. all in all, great gig... A+++++++++++


Jeff on: November 16, 2007, 06:55:30 PM

Quote from: antennas to heaven on November 16, 2007, 06:44:26 PM
as for puffy's set, i thought it was solid until the middle part, when they played jet police. from that song til the end, man, it was like everything was dialed up and off the scale.

Always seems to happen that way, just a question of when they get there Smiley

When I saw them in 2005, it was about the third song (your favorite) that put things into overdrive, and they never let up after that.

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sadly, they didn't play my favorite song, that's the way it is.

I've noticed reactions to this song here can be really mixed. In 2005, the crowd went absolutely nuts when they whipped out those harmonicas Grin and it just totally endeared them to everybody from then on. I don't think a lot of the people there had seen them play that song at that point, so a lot of people weren't expecting that harmonica solo.

But in 2006, the crowd when I saw them just went kinda "eh" when they played it. And they looked pretty bored, especially doing that little bit of choreography that goes with it. They looked like "we have to do this *again*?!"

In Japan, that song's a must. But I guess here, they figure it's optional and maybe they're sick of playing it.


Andrew on: November 16, 2007, 07:10:24 PM

Thanks for the review antennas to heaven. Sounds like another great show. Do you remember what the opening song was?

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antennas to heaven: i brought a couple friends who were new to puffy, and they are now converts.

Way to go.


antennas to heaven on: November 16, 2007, 08:18:22 PM

yeah, they opened with boom boom beat, which is slowly growing on me. i didn't like it much when i first picked up the single this summer.


Cerahbes on: November 17, 2007, 12:06:04 AM

haha Andrew ... Tally Hall is awesome =) I went and saw 4 more of their shows after their tour with Puffy. My sister speaks to them pretty regularly now and they are all great guys in that band. They sent my other very sick sister a bear and flowers earlier this year too! They got signed with Virgin Records or were in the process of doing so last I heard....

I can't recommend them enough - the Puffy/Tally Hall combo was by far the best lineup =) opening bands usually suck haha

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wonderboy923 on: November 17, 2007, 03:26:18 AM

i was digging Ami a lot before, she's just super cute, but after the Slim's live show, Yumi is growing for me a lot more. i think her long her this time is really pretty.

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