Shonen Knife Announce North American Tour Dates Commemorating Band’s 30 Year Anniversary

Shonen Knife Announce North American Tour Dates Commemorating Band’s 30 Year Anniversary Japanese Rock Legends’ Latest Release “Osaka Ramones, Tribute to the Ramones” Out Now on Good Charamel Records Newly added shows Include Show At CMJ October 22 CJ Ramone To Make Special Appearance at Band’s November 18th show in Brooklyn, NY

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 of their joyous mixture of pop, punk, food and fantasy for the world to enjoy. Since their inception in Osaka in 1981 (featuring Naoko’s 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 20 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 NYC punk forefathers are often cited as one of Shonen Knife’s biggest musical inspirations. A November 18th show at The Bellhouse in Brooklyn, NY 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.

“Ramones were my all-time idols since I first heard their music from a radio and rushed to a record shop. 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“
-Naoko, Shonen Knife

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

What others are saying about Shonen Knife’s Osaka Ramones:

“A half-hour of good, giddy fun…”-

“I have a feeling that somewhere up in rock-‘n’-roll heaven Joey Ramone is smiling.”- Charleston Scene

“Osaka Ramones is an unequivocally faithful collection of cover songs that definitely lives up to its namesake. The fast, forceful style of The Ramones is simple enough for anyone to replicate, but Shonen Knife accomplish what few could by capturing their energy and spirit.”=

“Done in pure Knife fashion, the songs are sweet, sincere and fun, fun fun.”- Lincoln Journal Star

“…the covers inside are perfectly selected …”- San Francisco Examiner

“Japan’s punk sweethearts do a bang-up job on 13 mostly classic tunes…And you’ve gotta love hearing the all-American “Rockaway Beach” with the accent.”- Sound + Vision

“Still cute and cutting-edge after all these years…”- The Oklahoman

“The album proves to not only to be an excellent way to celebrate three decades of making music, but an excellent way to pay tribute to one of punk’s greatest bands.”- Verbicide

“For one of the year’s best rock ’n’ roll party albums, say “gabba gabba hey” to Naoko, Emi and Ritsuko.”- Virginian Pilot

“In the spirit of their subjects, Shonen Knife tears though 13 songs and thee chords in about 32 minutes. The versions presented here are energetic, simple, and reverent. “-

Tour Dates:
10.20.2011 Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, ON CAN
10.21.2011 II Motore Montreal, ON CAN
10.22.2011 Public Assembly Brooklyn, NY
10.23.2011 Sewell, NJ Gloucester County College (open to public)
10.24.2011 Otto Bar Baltimore, MD
10.25.2011 The Pinhook Durham, NC
10.26.2011 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
10.27.2011 Alabama Music Box Mobile, AL
10.28.2011 Stereo Live Houston, TX
10.29.2011 Red 7 Austin, TX
11.01.2011 The Echo Los Angeles, CA
11.02.2011 Casbah San Diego, CA
11.03.2011 Alex’s Bar Long Beach, CA
11.04.2011 Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA
11.05.2011 Dante’s Portland, OR
11.07.2011 Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver, BC CAN
11.08.2011 Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA
11.11.2011 First Avenue & 7th St Entry Minneapolis, MN
11.12.2011 Empty Bottle Chicago, IL
11.13.2011 The Strutt Kalamazoo, MI
11.14.2011 Radio, Radio Indianapolis, IN
11.16.2011 Mayday Cincinnati, OH
11.17.2011 31st St Pub Pittsburgh, PA
11.18.2011 The Bellhouse Brooklyn, NY
11.19.2011 Mohawk Place Buffalo, NY
11.20.2011 Valentine’s Albany, NY
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