Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lady Gaga Likes Pinky Doodle Poodle & So Do I (Plus Shonen Knife Review)

Pinky Doodle Poodle and Shonen Knife Are Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together! REVIEWS: Shonen Knife Overdrive and Pinky Doodle Poodle Pinky Doodle Poodle I haven't done a proper review as yet, but we're going to call this both a review and an endorsement. Those who follow the blog might recall I mentioned the record label Good Charamel. They do a great job issuing J Rock bands and I'm really enjoying two recent releases. The first one that's been getting a lot of play at Chez Kaye is the latest Shonen Knife who are always fun. Their newest release Overdrive is no exception. They sing about favorite foods, robots from Hell and being a cat in the way that only they can. They blend Ramones influenced rock with just a dash of pop hooks and as "they" (who are these mysterious "they") say, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". They falter a bit on "Black Crow" which seems a bit forced, but gain their grounding again on "Dance to the Rock" which sounds like vintage Knife and could have fit comfortably on their classic "hits" album Let's Knife. Overall Shonen Knife does what they do best which is bring some silliness and smiles to Rocknroll which sometimes takes itself too seriously. Don't let the first track's title "Bad Luck Song" fool you, because best believe that Shonen Knife will always find a way to bring a smile to everyone who listens even on a bad luck day. Am I right? Another J Rock release that's been rocking my house is a self titled album by Pinky Doodle Poodle. Kawaii if not silly name, but the band brings the J Rock hard. I'm not kidding and neither are they on this release which manages to channel their energy so well that even though the tracks are in Japanese - the spirit isn't lost in translation. It's a pretty solid effort all the way through, and sung in Japanese except for the cover of "Twist & Shout." That's probably my least favorite song on the album with my favorite (at the moment) being "123 Go." But it's got lots of hard rock guitar solos and tons of energy to spare. It's a bit infectious actually. They just returned to their native Japan after some live gigs, but it seems they garnered enough buzz to have Lady Gaga sitting in the front row for their return gig this week. I sincerely hope this brings them new fans. For more information, streaming Pinky Doodle Poodle's album Pinky Doodle Poodle , Shonen Knife North American Tour Dates, and to take a look at the great job owner Robby Tacak and his staff do from the heart over at Good Charamel Records, please visit Good Charamel Records Website. Also, as mentioned before, they have a really good informative blog which you can find here. Pinky Doodle Poodle "Cosmic Candy" and Shonen Knife "Like A Cat" (Perhaps one of the best cat videos ever on the internet)? I've just received news today (August 2)that PDP (Pinky Doodle Poodle) shot a scene for an upcoming indie horror film called Dick Johnson and Tommy Gun VS The Cannibal Cop to be released next year. Additionally they completed a rooftop promotional video shoot for the song "Inside is Out" which will be the first single from their newly recorded second release due out next year.

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