Shonen Knife New Album ‘Overdrive’ Out April 16th

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Shonen Knife are set to release a new album entitled ‘Overdrive’ on April 16th via Good Charamel Records. The Osaka, Japan veteran band will hit the road in support of the release, including stints in Europe and Japan, with September and October appearances being planned for North America.

Shonen Knife To Release New Album ‘Pop Tune’ June 6th

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Shonen Knife are continuing their 30th Anniversary Celebration with 30 newly announced shows in the U.S. and Canada, as well as the release of a brand new studio album called ‘Pop Tune’. The CD was recorded in Osaka in early 2012 after the bands “Osaka Ramones” World Tour in 2011. ‘Pop Tune’ will be released World Wide on June 6th (on Good Charamel Records in North America) and their 2012 North American tour will begin in Philadelphia this July (dates listed below).

Check out the tour video and dates below:

July 19 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s*
July 20 – Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes*
July 21 – Brooklyn, NY – The Bell House*
July 22 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwells*
July 24 – Providence, RI – Providence Social Club*
July 25 – Portland, ME – Space Gallery*
July 26 – Allston, MA – Great Scotts*
July 27 – Rochester, NY – Bug Jar*
July 28 – Long Lake, NY – Mt. Sabattis Pavillion*
July 29 – Bethlehem, PA – Levitt Pavillion Steelstacks*
July 30 – Detroit, MI – Lager House -*
July 31 – Great Rapids, MI – The Pyramid Scheme*
August 2 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle*
August 3 – TBA
August 4 – Minneapolis, MN -The Entry
August 5 – Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
August 8 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
August 9 – Portland, OR – Dante’s
August 10 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
August 11 – San Jose, CA – Blank Club
August 12 – So Cal. – TBD
August 13 – So Cal – TBD
August 14 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
August 16 – Austin, TX – Red 7 –
August 17 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
August 18 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz Rock’n’Roll Chicken
August 19 – Nashville, TN – Exit / In*
August 20 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre*
August 21 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom*
August 22 – Toronto, ON – The Quadrangle / Hart House
* w/ opening band White Mystery

Shonen Knife North American Fall Tour Dates

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2011 celebrates thirty years since Shonen Knife began releasing albums of their mixture of pop, punk, food and fantasy. Since their inception in Osaka in 1981 (featuring Naoko, her sister Atsuko and their friend, bassist/vocalist Michie) to their current lineup featuring members Ritsuko (bass, vocals) and Emi (drums, vocals), Shonen Knife have maintained their rightful place in the ever changing indie rock scene.

In celebration of this milestone, Shonen Knife has announced plans for a North American fall tour kicking off October 20th in Toronto, during which they will be playing fan favorites as well as songs from the recently released, ‘Osaka Ramones, Tribute to the Ramones’. The New York City punk group is often cited as one of Shonen Knife’s biggest musical inspirations. A November 18th show at The Bellhouse in Brooklyn will feature a special guest appearance from bassist CJ Ramone, who will join the ladies on stage. The band is also confirmed to perform during CMJ on October 22nd.

The new album, ‘Osaka Ramones’ gets its title from the trio’s ongoing musical side project, which has made its way in and out of their performing history for decades. This East meets West punk rock combination is now captured in an album recorded and mixed between Osaka and New York over the last year and was co-produced by Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls.

‚ÄúRamones were my all-time idols since I first heard their music from a radio and rushed to a record shop,” Naoko said. “This year is the 30th anniversary of Shonen Knife. For celebration, we decided to record a cover album of our favorite band the Ramones. The title is ‘Osaka Ramones’ with our respect. I’m very happy to release an Osaka Ramones project and to recognize their contribution to the evolution of Shonen Knife.”

Shonen Knife Tour Dates:
Oct. 20 Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, ON CAN
Oct. 21 II Motore Montreal, ON CAN
Oct. 22 Public Assembly Brooklyn, NY
Oct. 23 Sewell, NJ Gloucester County College (open to public)
Oct. 24 Otto Bar Baltimore, MD
Oct. 25 The Pinhook Durham, NC
Oct. 26 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
Oct. 27 Alabama Music Box Mobile, AL
Oct. 28 Stereo Live Houston, TX
Oct. 29 Red 7 Austin, TX
Nov. 01 The Echo Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 02 Casbah San Diego, CA
Nov. 03 Alex’s Bar Long Beach, CA
Nov. 04 Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA
Nov. 05 Dante’s Portland, OR
Nov. 07 Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver, BC CAN
Nov. 08 Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA
Nov. 11 First Avenue & 7th St Entry Minneapolis, MN
Nov. 12 Empty Bottle Chicago, IL
Nov. 13 The Strutt Kalamazoo, MI
Nov. 14 Radio, Radio Indianapolis, IN
Nov. 16 Mayday Cincinnati, OH
Nov. 17 31st St Pub Pittsburgh, PA
Nov. 18 The Bellhouse Brooklyn, NY
Nov. 19 Mohawk Place Buffalo, NY
Nov. 20 Valentine’s Albany, NY

Shonen Knife Celebrate 30th Anniversary With ‘Osaka Ramones’

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Shonen Knife have been the most internationally recognized name in Japanese Rock music since their entrance onto the alternative rock scene in the early 90s seeing them become the indie darlings of hipsters and rock stars alike. 2011 celebrates thirty years since Naoko and the band began releasing albums.

In celebration of the milestone, Shonen Knife is paying tribute to one of their biggest musical inspirations, New York City’s legendary Ramones. ‘Osaka Ramones’ is the name of the tribute album and the name of the side project which has made its way in and out of Shonen Knife’s performing history for decades. This East meets West punk rock combination is now captured in an album recorded and mixed between Osaka, JP and New York over the last year and was co-produced by Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls.

The album, set for release July 19 on Takac’s label Good Charamel Records, will be supported by a North American tour. Dates will be announced shortly.

“Ramones were my all-time idols since I first heard their music from a radio and rushed to a record shop,” Naoko said. “This year is the 30th anniversary of Shonen Knife. For celebration, we decided to record a cover album of our favorite band the Ramones. The title is ‘Osaka Ramones’ with our respect. I’m very happy to release an Osaka Ramones project and to recognize their contribution to the evolution of Shonen Knife”

To stream snippets of Shonen Knife’s Osaka Ramones go to: www.goodcharamel.com

Track Listing:
1. Blitzkrieg Bop
2. Rock and Roll High School
3. We Want The Airwaves
4. She’s The One
5. Rockaway Beach
6. Sheenah Is A Punk Rocker
7. Scattergun
8. Psychotherapy
9. The KKK Took My Baby Away
10. We’re A Happy Family
11. Chinese Rock
12. Beat on the Brat
13. Pinhead

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