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Buffalo’s Good Charamel Records loves Japan - again

Shonen Knife is one of the Japanese punk groups on Good Charamel's new ILJR2 compilation.

blog by Ben Kirst  • 

Buffalo’s own international indie heroes, Good Charamel Records, is ready to release I Love J-Rock 2, a scintillating sonic compilation of some of Japan’s finest female rockers. The album will be available to the public on Tuesday, April 10.


Here’s a rundown on what to expect from ILJR2, the second in a series of Japanese-themed releases from Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac’s record label:

- Japanese punk rock legends Shonen Knife’s take on The Ramones’ “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School.” The all-female trio are huge fans of the New York City godfathers of punk, having released Osaka Ramones—Tribute to The Ramones on Good Charamel Records in August 2011. Shonen Knife is set to tour the United States and Canada this summer.

- A pair of tracks from Molice, “...a modern Japanese band who draw inspiration from 70s punk’s DIY spirit, 80’s new wave and power pop and 90’s unchained indies guitar rock.”

- Tokyo all-female hard rockers LAZYgunsBRISKY contributes two singles from their new, self-titled album. The band draws its sound heavily from the work of the notorious boozehounds in Aerosmith and Guns ‘n’ Roses. LAZYgunsBRISKY is creating a buzz in Europe thanks to a successful 2011 tour.

- TsuShiMaMiRe, another all-female trio, offers “Grapefruit Girl” and “Hungry and Empty,” singles from a pair of new North American releases.

- Kyoto’s tricot—a new addition to the Good Charamel roster—are introduced with “Baku Retsu Panie San,” a single that has created some buzz for the energetic foursome on YouTube. tricot sounds like Pretty Girls Make Graves decided to make a Japanese ska album, which is pretty unique.

The tracks will be available for purchase through the Good Charamel store on Tuesday, April 10.

Photo from YouTube.

TAGGED: good charamel records, iljr2, indie rock buffalo, lazygunsbrisky, moline, new releases, shonen knife, tricot

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