How does one of the most influential Japanese rock bands of all time celebrate their thirtieth anniversary? Simple: by paying tribute to the band that inspired them the most!

On July 19th Shonen Knife will be releasing Osaka Ramones, a thirteen-track album that covers the best and the most catchiest of Ramones classics. Shonen Knife will also be embarking on a US Tour this October to promote both influential occasions.

For more information check out the press release below:

Shonen Knife Announce Dates For

30th Anniversary Fall North American Tour Launching October 2011

In Support Of Osaka Ramones, Tribute To The Ramones

Out July 19 on Good Charamel Records

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 when them became the indie darlings of hipsters and rock stars alike. 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.

2011 marks thirty years since Naoko and the band began releasing albums featuring their joyous mixture of pop, punk, food and fantasy for the world to enjoy, and to commemorate this major milestone, the ladies will be launching a fall tour in support of their latest release, Osaka Ramones, a 13-track tribute to NYC’s legendary punk band, The Ramones. Offering support on the trek will be Oakland, CA garage rockers, Shannon and the Clams.

“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,“ explains Naoko.

Osaka Ramones is not only the name of this tribute album, but is also 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, Japan and New York, over the last year. The album was co-produced by Robby Takac of Goo Goo Dolls who is releasing it July 19th on his label, Good Charamel Records.

Come October, North American audiences will have a chance to celebrate the music of the world’s greatest punk rock band, the Ramones, while simultaneously celebrating the 4th decade of the mighty Shonen Knife...Hey Ho, Let’s Go! …

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

Shonen Knife Tour Dates (with opener, Shannon and the Clams)

October

20- Toronto, ONT- Horseshoe Tavern

21- Montreal- QC- II Motore

22- Brooklyn, NY-  Public Assembly (CMJ)

24- Baltimore, MD- Otto Bar

25- Durham, NC-  The Pinhook

26- Atlanta, GA- Masquerade

27- Mobile, AL- Alabama Music Box

28- Houston, TX-  GroundHall

29- Austin, TX- Red 7

November

1- Los Angeles, CA- TBA

2- San Diego, CA - Casbah

3- Long Beach, CA – Alex’s Bar

4- San Francisco, CA- Bottom of the Hill

5- Portland, OR- Dante’s

7- Vancouver, BC- Biltmore Cabaret

8- Seattle, WA- Tractor Tavern

11- Minneapolis, MN- First Ave.

12- Chicago, IL- Empty Bottle

13- Kalamazoo, MI- The Strutt

14- Indianpolis, IN- Radio, Radio

17- Pittsburgh, PA- 31st Pub

18- Brooklyn, NY-  The Bellhouse

19- Buffalo, NY- Mohawk Palace

Additional dates to be added.

Osaka Ramones 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. Sheena 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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