Vintage Vinyl News: CJ Ramone and Japan's Shonen Knife to Tour
Two veteran punk acts, C.J. Ramone of the Ramones and Japan's Shonen Knife, are joining together to tour nightclubs across the U.S.

The tour opens on June 6 in Columbus, OH and plays sixteen cities before closing on June 24 in Cambridge, MA.

Ramone, born Christopher Ward, was bassist for the Ramones from 1989 to 1996, recording three studio and three live albums with the band. He was later part of the groups Los Gusanos and Bad Chopper before striking out as a solo act in 2012. His latest album is 2014's Last Chance to Dance.

Shonen Knife formed in 1981 in Osaka, Japan. Their current lineup includes only vocalist Naoko Yamano from that original lineup along with Ritsuko Taneda, who joined in 2006, and Emi Morimoto, who came on in 2010. The band has released twenty albums including 2014's Overdrive.
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Pollstar: CJ Ramone & Shonen Knife Partner For Tour
East meets West come June when CJ Ramone and Japan’s Shonen Knife partner for a nightclub adventure beginning in Columbus, Ohio. Destinations include St. Paul, Milwaukee, Atlanta and Chicago.

Expect CJ Ramone to dig into his musical heritage on this outing with the former Ramones bassist playing songs from that band as well as material from his solo career. Ramone is supporting his latest release, Last Chance To Dance, on Fat Wreck Records.
The upcoming tour marks Shonen Knife’s second run through North America in support of Overdrive, on Good Charamel Records.

Here is what they’ve cooked up:
June 6 – Columbus, Ohio, Ace Of Cups
June 7 – Chicago, Ill., Bottom Lounge
June 9 – Milwaukee, Wis., Cactus Club
June 10 – Saint Paul, Minn., Amsterdam Bar and Hall
June 11 – Lincoln, Neb., Vega
June 13 – Nashville, Tenn., Mercy Lounge
June 14 – Atlanta, Ga., Hell At The Masquerade
June 16 – Chapel Hill, N.C., Local 506
June 17 – Louisville, Ky., The New Vintage
June 18 – Cincinnati, Ohio, The Woodward Theater
June 19 – Baltimore, Md., Metro Gallery
June 20 – Long Branch, N.J., Brighton Bar
June 21 – Philadelphia, Pa., Underground Arts
June 22 – New York, N.Y., Le Poisson Rouge
June 23 – Hamden, Conn., The Ballroom at The Outer Space
June 24 – Cambridge, Mass., Middle East Downstairs

Shonen Knife has a couple of gigs sans CJ Ramone – June 3 at The Waiting Room in Buffalo, N.Y., and June 5 in Sandusky, Ohio, as part of β€œColossalcon” at the Kalahari Resort. Click here for Shonen Knife’s website and here for Ramone’s home on the net. [Read More...]
Brooklyn Vegan: CJ Ramone and Shonen Knife touring together in June (dates)
CJ Ramone and Shonen Knife touring together in June (dates)

CJ Ramone, Ramones bassist from 1989-1996 and now a Fat Wreck Chords-signed solo artist, is going on a US tour with Japanese cult pop punks Shonen Knife this June.

The tour hits CJ's hometown of NYC on June 22 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show aren't on sale yet but should be on LPR's site soon. All dates are listed below.

CJ Ramone / Shonen Knife -- 2015 Tour Dates
6/6 Columbus OH - Ace of Cups
6/7 Chicago IL - Bottom Lounge
6/9 Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
6/10 St Paul MN - Amsterdam Bar and Grill
6/11 Lincoln NE - Vega
6/13 Nashville, TN - Mercury Lounge
6/14 Atlanta GA - HELL at The Masquerade
6/16 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
6/17 Louisville, KY - The New Vintage
6/18 Cincinnati, OH - The Woodward Theater
6/19 Baltimore MD - The Metro Gallery
6/20 LongBranch, NJ - Brighton Bar
6/21 Philadelphia, PA - Black Box in Underground Arts
6/22 NY, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
6/23 Hamden CT - The Space Ballroom
6/24 Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs

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The L Magazine: CMJ Day Two: The Bad Ass Rock Ladies of Two Generations
In terms of energy, enthusiasm, and pure fun, they just couldn't compete with Osaka, Japan, veterans Shonen Knife. Formed in the early 80s, and championed by legendarily tasteful gents like John Peel and Kurt Cobain, their silly Ramones-inspired pop-punk is, if anything, more relevant now that the mid-90s variety of the genre has been newly nostalgized by grown-up Hot Topic babies. The band paid off their Ramones debt early with a crowd-shout along version of "Blitzkrieg Bop." (If you look close at this video, you can see me Tweeting-reporting through that like a real lame.) Newer songs, written about simple pleasures like ramen noodles or green tea ice cream were done in the style of 70s American hard rock. The head banging pleasures they brought are evidenced above. These songs were ridiculous, sure, but never smug or self-impressed. "Bear Up Bison" still totally slays.

Shonen Knife might be an intrinsically silly group, but there was a level of joy here that young bands in town looking to make their mark would do well to aspire towards.
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The Guardian: CMJ days 2 and 3: Radical Dads, Dead Star, Shonen Knife, Pompeii and the Kills
The second night of CMJ occurred within hostile atmosphere; rain fell in a continuous and disorganized spray on Wednesday, the wind inverting umbrellas. ... At the Knitting Factory that night, Osaka punk band Shonen Knife played the Panache Booking Showcase, walking onstage in matching Mondrian dresses. Shonen Knife formed in 1981 but their music has a timeless quality, minimally composed but invested with boundless energy. Their new album, Overdrive, was released in April, and guitarist Naoko Yamano described it as β€œinspired by 70s British hard rock and American rock”; the songs they played from the record deftly wove those traditions into their pop-punk designs, even as they applied distinctly doomy riffs to songs about food and green tea. β€œThis song is about a delicious Japanese noodle,” Naoko said, introducing the song Ramen Rock. β€œI know there are any delicious ramen restaurants around here.” [Read More...]