NEW "HOPPING GHOSTS"
PURPLE ZIP UP HOODIE

AVAILABLE NOW

Features full body "Hopping Ghosts" character art by John Cafiero, with Osaka Popstar and "Hopping Ghosts" logos.

Printed on a purple, standard fitting adult zip up hoodie.

Turn off the lights and see the hungry “Hopping Ghosts” eyes peering at you from the darkness.

Printed with Glow-in-the-dark inks!

Get yours now in the newly re-designed and re-launched Osaka Popstar Online Shop


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ALL-NEW SINGLE OUT NOW!
"CHRISTMAS IN THE LOONY BIN"

The latest by Osaka Popstar features frontman John Cafiero (Vocals), with Dean Rispler (The Dictators, Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black) on Guitar/Bass and Jon Wurster (Bob Mould, Superchunk, The Mountain Goats) on Drums. Produced & Arranged by longtime Misfits & Ramones collaborator, John Cafiero

The all-new digial single is AVAILABLE NOW @ iTunes, Amazon.com and digital music providers worldwide. Also available, a traditional holiday card featuring Osaka Popstar’s “Loony Bin” cover art, painted by award winning artist Jason Limon, in a signed and numbered limited edition of 500 pcs. The cards, personally signed by Osaka Popstar’s John Cafiero, include a collectible download card for the new single inside. Order Online or look for them at select retailers.

Click to watch the Animated Lyric Video now!

Click Here for more info & images on the new single & Ltd Ed holiday card.

Lots more new music from Osaka Popstar coming in 2017...


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FREE OSAKA POPSTAR EMOJI & ANIMATED GIF PACK IN THE NEW HI-ART APP!

Hi-Art is a simple way to transform your text conversations with friends using an infinite library of emoji, stickers, memes and GIFs right inside your keyboard! A new version of the App has just launched, and as a bonus, you can download an Osaka Popstar Emoji and animated GIF pack within it—FREE.

Click here to download the free Hi-Art App available worldwide in the App store at the link below. After launching Hi-Art on your device, look for Osaka Popstar and click “Add Pack Free”.

Make your messages burn up with Fire Breathing Devil Dogs, Hopping Ghosts, sexy Super Heroes, anime Cheerleaders & more. Explore and share via SMS text, iMessage, chat, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, WeChat, Tango, and other platforms. The new app includes tools to make, find, and share stickers, memes, emoji and GIFs with family and friends, plus create gifs or cut out photos, add words, drawings, stickers, stamps, overlays, filters, and other images.

Also look for FREE emoji packs in Hi-Art from Ren & Stimpy creator John K, Lil Bub and others, plus emoji packs from the Misfits, Artist Ron English and many more for just $1.99. Hi-Art makes contemporary art a part of everyday conversation. NOTE: The Hi-Art app does NOT store typing information or compromise your privacy. Click here to download now!


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NEW EDITIONS OF TWO BOOKS WRIITEN BY DEE DEE RAMONE - OUT NOW

Two new editions of Dee Dee's books "Lobotomy: Surviving the Ramones" and "Chelsea Horror Hotel" are out now and include quotes about Dee Dee Ramone from Debbie Harry (Blondie), Richard Hell (The Voidoids), Jerry Only (Misfits) and horror icon Joe Dante (Director of Gremlins, the Howling and Twilight Zone the movie). The reissues were authorized by Dee Dee's Estate having been personally approved by Dee Dee's wife and collaborator Barbara Ramone Zampini and supervised by longtime Misfits and Ramones collaborator John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar) who served as contributing editor for the new editions.

Click the logos below for full details as reported by Alternative Press and our Fiends at Rue Morgue.




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"HOPPING GHOSTS" THE ALL-NEW SINGLE BY OSAKA POPSTAR:
OUT NOW ON ITUNES, AMAZON & DIGITAL MUSIC PROVIDERS WORLDWIDE

FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD WITH THE LTD ED 8-INCH VINYL FIGURE!

Hear the bells...See these claws...Feel these fangs...then Hop Like a Ghost!

Check out the new single in streaming audio at New Releases Now, your weekly guide to new music.

Osaka Popstar presents "Hopping Ghosts" the new Ltd Ed. vinyl figure that comes complete with its own punk-rock theme song! Chinese vampire mythology takes a spin through the mind of Osaka Popstar creator/frontman John Cafiero, (who designed the figure and penned the accompanying single). Cafiero (vocals) is backed by a lineup featuring Dennis Diken (The Smithereens) Drums, Sal Maida (Cracker, Milk 'N' Cookies, Roxy Music) Bass, and Dean Rispler (The Dictators NYC, Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black) Guitar.

Each figure is 8-inches tall, with removable spell scroll accessory and comes packaged in a full color art box with free download card for the new single "Hopping Ghosts" by Osaka Popstar, plus an alternate "animated instrumental" version - as heard in the animated promo spot for the new vinyl figure line.

Blue 1st Edition limited to 300 pcs, available in stores and online now.

Green Variant limited to 100 pcs - available exclusively at the Osaka Popstar online shop and Misfits Records online while supplies last!

Order now and receive free instant download of the new digital single from Misfits Records & Osaka Popstar online!

Visit the Hopping Ghosts satellite site for more info, images and to view the animated promo spot. Click the pre-order links below for photo galleries and larger views of the new figures.

The new single is also available separately @ iTunes, plus Amazon & wherever digital music is sold worldwide.

What exactly is a Hopping Ghost...? Known as Jiangshi in Chinese folklore and kyonshī in Japan, hopping ghosts or hopping vampires are basically a breed of zombie; reanimated corpses dressed in traditional garments from the Qing Dynasty. Rigor mortis has set in so they can only move around by hopping with their arms outstretched! They can't see using traditional vision, instead, they sense living creatures by their breath and seek to absorb the life force of the living. They can be stopped with a scroll to the forehead containing a spell written in a mix of ink and blood, and led by Taoist priests using bells. Some of the streets of Chinatown in NYC (like Doyers st. for example), are said to have been intentionally designed crooked to deter Hopping Ghost attacks; making it difficult for them to navigate through them. The mythology even inspired a string of fantastic Hong Kong films in the 1980’s, most notably the "Mr. Vampire" series directed by Ricky Lau and starring the immortal Lam-Ching Ying. Ying is often referred to as the "Peter Cushing of Asia" and both he and Lau are given props by Cafiero on the box of the new "Hopping Ghosts" vinyl figures. In an effort to achieve true authenticity, the spell found on the scroll accessory of the Osaka Popstar "Hopping Ghosts" vinyl figures (and seen on the art for the new single), was written by an actual Taoist priest residing in Hong Kong. Beware of cheap imitations, look for official "Hopping Ghosts" vinyl figures available now from Osaka Popstar!


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FEATURE ARTICLE & INTERVIEW IN THE 10TH ANN. ISSUE OF CLUTTER

OUT NOW—READ THE FREE DIGITAL EDITON ONLINE

FEATURE ARTICLE & INTERVIEW IN THE 10TH ANN. ISSUE OF CLUTTER

OUT NOW—READ THE FREE DIGITAL EDITON ONLINE

The 10th Anniversary issue of Clutter Magazine (your guide to the world of art toys, counter culture and underground art), includes a 3-page feature article on Osaka Popstar plus an interview with John Cafiero about the new "Hopping Ghosts" single and vinyl figures, Devil Dogs, the current Osaka Popstar lineup and more.

Look for the print edition of Clutter out now, or click here for the digital edition and read the entire issue online FREE!


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OSAKA POPSTAR "O HOLY NIGHT" DIGITAL SINGLE & LTD ED ORNAMENT OUT NOW

Osaka Popstar gives this timeless classic Christmas carol a punk rock makeover with their intense and inspiring version of the traditional "O Holy Night".

The single features longtime Misfits and Ramones collaborator John Cafiero (Vocals), backed by a lineup of Dennis Diken (The Smithereens) Drums, Sal Maida (Cracker, Milk 'N' Cookies, Roxy Music) Bass, and Dean Rispler (The Dictators NYC, Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black) Guitar.

Get the new single FREE with the Ltd Ed Deluxe Glass ornament! The "Super Hero" Xmas variant artwork by Josh Howard ("Dead @ 17" comics) is beautifully showcased on rich royal blue glass with glitter star highlights, star wraparound, and Osaka Popstar logo screen printed on the back. In stores or order online at the Misfits Records and Osaka Popstar Online shops.

Also available at @ iTunes, Amazon and digital music providers worldwide.

Check out the new single in streaming audio at New Releases Now.

Also look for "Hopping Ghosts" the new single and Ltd Ed. vinyl figure by Osaka Popstar OUT NOW! More info below.


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NEW SINGLE, 8" VINYL FIGURE AND MORE COMING SOON FROM OSAKA POPSTAR

STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS & PRE-ORDERS CREEPING UP LATER THIS MONTH...


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NEW YORK CITY INSTORE SIGNING TODAY MONDAY OCT 27 FROM 7-9PM

Misfits Records celebrates the release of the new Expanded Edition of "Project 1950" with the Misfits (Jerry Only, Dez Cadena & Eric "Chupacabra" Arce, and guest John Cafiero of Osaka Popstar at Forbidden Planet NYC! The (previously out of print) "Project 1950" CD returns in an Expanded Edition featuring newly recorded bonus tracks, expanded packaging art, liner notes plus FREE poster inside! Pick up a signed copy TODAY, Monday Oct 27th from 7-9pm at Forbidden Planet 832 Broadway, between 12th & 13th street, New York City.

Also available at the signing will be copies of the Misfits "Horror Xmas" EP on CD and debuting for the first time on sale anywhere is a new Xmas ornament from Osaka Popstar, which includes an all-new digital single that will be released next month. Rumor has it the store may have a fresh batch of the new Misfits Fiend retro style action figures by NECA (scroll down for images and info), on hand for sale, the new "Hopping Ghosts" vinyl figure by Osaka Popstar (which also includes the new digital single - scroll down for more info), will be available for pre-order (all pre-orders will be autographed before they are fulfilled), and samples of the new vinyl figures will be displayed in person for the first time anywhere at the event!

As if all that wasn't enough, everyone who attends the Misfits Records instore event on October 27th will be entered in a raffle to win free tickets to see The Misfits LIVE IN CONCERT at Irving Plaza on Tuesday October 28th! Forbidden Planet has lots of comp tickets so there will be a bunch of WINNERS!

Don't forget! If you can't make it to the event you can still PRE-ORDER a bunch of SIGNED Misfits and Osaka Popstar goodies by clicking this link right here to pre-order through Forbidden Planet online now!


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IN LOVING MEMORY OF TOMMY RAMONE: JAN 29, 1949 - JULY 11, 2014

"Truly at a loss. I'm thankful I had the chance to know you as I did. A friend and one of my heroes.
RIP Tommy Ramone" - John Cafiero

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JOHN CAFIERO (OSAKA POPSTAR) TEAMS W/ MELORA CREAGER (RASPUTINA)
FOR KURT COBAIN DEDICATION COMP
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A collective free arts release for the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death...

In addition to her extensive and renowned body of work in Rasputina, Melora Creager played cello for Nirvana's final European tour in 1994. Recognizing the 20th anniversary of the death of her friend and fellow artist Kurt Cobain; Melora thought up a collective free form compilation reflecting on those we've lost to suicide, overdose, mental illness, or otherwise—lost.

John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar) has collaborated with Melora Creager contributing a track to her project. The two joined forces for a unique rendering of the Rolling Stones classic tale of addiction, "Mother's Little Helper". The track features Melora Creager on lead vocals and cello, with John Cafiero on backing vocals, guitars, keys and percussion.

The Creager/Cafiero collaboration can now be heard in its entirety, in free streaming audio at the Dedication Compilation website. Click Here and scroll to find "Mother's Little Helper" while pursuing the works contributed to the project by others in various art forms.


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NEW LTD ED XMAS LONG SLEEVE TEE W/ "SUPER" VARIANT ART

This super-special, holiday themed variant of the femme fatale cover art of Osaka Popstar’s latest release “Super Hero” is available now on a gorgeous full-color Long Sleeve T-shirt showcasing incredible new art by Josh Howard (of "Dead @ 17" comics & "Monster High"). Only available for a limited time...click here to order now.

All domestic orders placed by or before 12/20 are guaranteed delivery by 12/25. Expedited shipping options will be offered and available (at an additional fee) for orders placed on 12/21 and after.

CLICK HERE FOR A LARGER VIEW OF THE "SUPER HERO" XMAS ART


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"MONSTERS OF ARTHOUSE" DVD FEATURES "SHAOLIN AFFEN"

Cult director Jörg Buttgereit's new "Monsters of Arthouse" limited edition DVD is out now featuring three filmed Buttgereit stage plays and a 16-page booklet. The "Punk Short Films" bonus extras include the Jörg Buttgereit directed music video for "Shaolin Affen" from the Klaus Beyer Covers Osaka Popstar EP. The EP is available in your choice of yellow or brown 7-inch vinyl from Misfits Records. Look for the "Monsters of Arthouse" DVD throughout Europe from Media Target or elsewhere wherever imports are sold. The disc is PAL region free in German language with English subtitles. A limited quantity of signed "Shaolin Affen" vinyl collector's sets autographed by Klaus Beyer, John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar), producer Frank Behnke and Director Jörg Buttgereit are also available while supplies last.


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MISFITS RECORDS INVADES NY COMIC CON

Fiends attending NY COMIC CON Thursday through Sunday October 10th - 13th at the Javitz Center in NYC be sure to stop by and visit the Misfits Records booth (#522) located in “The Block”!

Osaka Popstar's JOHN CAFIERO will be appearing with The Misfits' JERRY ONLY as special guests of NYCC throughout the 4-day event to meet and greet fans and sign autographs. The Misfits’ DEZ CADENA (guitar) and ERIC “CHUPACABRA” ARCE (drums) are scheduled to join the fold on Saturday.

Misfits Records also unveils its brand new logo designed by artist Tom Whalen and launches new T-shirts, tote bags, turntable mats & more featuring the new label logo. Look for these fiendish new items available for the first time anywhere at NYCC. The Misfits Records booth will also have a diverse supply of T-shirts, hoodies, silk-screened prints, vinyl records, CDs, vinyl toys and more including a small stash of rare sold out items—while supplies last.

Free postcards at the booth will reveal the B-side of the upcoming Misfits “Descending Angel” 12-inch and break news of the next two Misfits Records releases coming out in November and December 2013!

CLICK HERE to visit the NYCC website to check out the complete roster of guests from music, film, comics and animation appearing there throughout the weekend.

The booth will be up and running from opening through closing of the event, but to ensure you get something signed by the guys and meet them in person, drop by booth #522 during the designated signing schedule below.

MISFITS RECORDS BOOTH #522 NYCC SIGNING SCHEDULE

Jerry Only (Misfits) & John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar)

Thurs. Oct 10th: 6pm - 8pm

Fri. Oct 11th: 12pm - 2pm AND 4pm - 6pm

Sat. Oct 12th: 2pm - 5pm Jerry Only (Misfits) John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar) + Dez Cadena (Misfits, Black Flag and Osaka Popstar) and Eric "Chupacabra Acre (Misfits)

Sun Oct 13th: Schedule TBD


YOU BETTER WATCH OUT—OSAKA POPSTAR IS BACK ON NINTENDO 3DS!



OSAKA POPSTAR'S “INSECTS” DEBUTS IN 3D ON THE NINTENDO 3DS STARTING WED. JUNE 19!

SEE—a militia of punk rock puppies wage music driven warfare against an inevitable assault from off-beat creepy crawlers in all shapes and sizes IN 3D! Armed with guitars and a stack of sky high amps—set up in what could very well be your own backyard—heed their warning: "You better watch out or the Insects will get you..."

In a recent article on the MarketSaw 3D blog Osaka Popstar’s John Cafiero had this to say about the recent team up with Nintendo:

“With all the different components there are to explore in Osaka Popstar, I couldn't imagine a more perfect fit than teaming with Nintendo. Video games have an incredible dynamic mix of audio/visual excitement and Osaka Popstar has kinship in that approach. The imagery stemming from the music, and the animated videos themselves are essentially like video games that have taken on a life of their own, and started playing out in stealth mode. I’d love to take it the next step and reverse that concept, bringing the characters and scenarios into an actual gaming environment...”

On May 24th Osaka Popstar unleashed an army of fire breathing devil dogs and melodic punk with the debut of "Wicked World in 3D on the Nintendo 3DS platform... now, Osaka Popstar returns to Nintendo 3DS with “Insects”.

Cafiero added, “Weʼve done punk versions of the Astro Boy and Sailor Moon themes, and I canʼt tell you how many times fans have requested Osaka Popstar cover the theme to “Sonic X”, so if you do the math, it speaks for itself. Weʼre definitely in the right place with Nintendo, and Iʼm thrilled about it. This is going to be a blast.”

For more details and info on things to come, read the full article online at MarketSaw 3D.

Check out Osaka Popstar in 3D on Nintendo Video—available now on Nintendo 3DS!

 


VINTAGE VINYL INSTORE—NJ SIGNING—SUN MARCH 10TH
FREE BONUS 7-INCH OFFER WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!!!

The Misfits & Osaka Popstar Vintage Vinyl Records instore signing (originally scheduled for Feb. 9th but postponed due to the blizzard that hit the East Coast), will take place on SUNDAY MARCH 10TH @ 3PM. PLUS as a ‘snow day special’ bonus, for those who’ve patiently been awaiting the upcoming instore signing, Vintage Vinyl Records has 50 copies of the super-limited Misfits "Psycho in the Wax Museum" clear vinyl 7-inch single! The first 50 customers to purchase both the Misfits "DEA.D. Alive" vinyl LP AND Osaka Popstar "Super Hero" 12-inch receive a "Psycho in the Wax Museum" single as a special added value item. Unavailable for sale anywhere, get one of these rare promo only 7-inch premiums FREE on a first come first serve basis, limited to one per customer, while supplies last, only at Vintage Vinyl.

BE THERE! SUN. MARCH 10TH, 3PM @ VINTAGE VINYL RECORDS 51 Lafayette Rd. • Fords, NJ • 732-225-7717

Buy Misfits "DEA.D. ALIVE" on CD or Vinyl LP, or the Osaka Popstar "Super Hero" 12-inch single to get a wristband for this event. Each item pre-ordered comes with one wristband. Each person in line needs their own wristband in order to get into the signing.

If you haven't already, click here to pre-order your copies online from Vintage Vinyl Records now!

 


VIDEO ONLINE NOW @ FORBIDDEN PLANET COMICS

Click Here or the image below for a video recap of the Misfits & Osaka Popstar instore signing (held on Feb. 6th) at Forbidden Planet NYC -plus- catch up with Osaka Popstar's John Cafiero to see what he picked up at the shop on new comic book day. If you were at the event, you might be featured in the video! If you weren't there, click the link below to see what you missed... Thanks to everyone at Forbidden Planet for their support of Misfits Records and our artists, and thanks to all of you who turned out and made the event such a successful one.



Click Here or the image above to watch the video recap online now.

 


—NEW—
OSAKA POPSTAR "SUPER HERO" ZIP-UP HOODIE
Features all new-art by Josh Howard
ORDER NOW!
 

CELEBRATE BANANA JOE
WITH 20% OFF ALL "AFFEN" (MONKEY) ITEMS @ OSAKA POPSTAR

Celebrate the victory of Affenpinscher "Banana Joe" winner of 'Best in Show' at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 2013 with 20% OFF ALL “AFFEN” (English translation "Monkey") related items from Osaka Popstar!



PUREVOLUME PREMIERES NEW MUSIC FROM OSAKA POPSTAR:
STREAMING AUDIO, NEW INTERVIEW + WIN"SUPER HERO" VINYL & T-SHIRT

Visit PureVolume now to hear"Super Hero", (the brand new single from Osaka Popstar), in its entirety, check out the interview with John Cafiero, and enter to win a signed copy of the Ltd. white w/ red & blue splatter"Super Hero" 12-inch vinyl + matching T-shirt with art by Josh (“Dead @17") Howard.

Click Here for the feature at PureVolume and remember to enter to win!


OSAKA POPSTAR"SUPER HERO" ENTERS THE RADIO CHARTS AT #20

FMQB reports "Super Hero", the new single from Osaka Popstar (releasing worldwide on Misfits Records Feb 5th), entered the SubModern Singles Chart at radio this weeksa at #20 tied with David Bowie, Kate Nash & The Dropkick Murphys among others. Thanks to everyone out there spinning and supporting Oka Popstar!

Click Here to check out the full chart from FMQB.


NEW: OSAKA POPSTAR "SUPER HERO" IN STORES & ONLINE FEB 5TH!

PRE-ORDER @ MISFITS RECORDS TO WIN A SIGNED TEST PRESSING & MORE

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Osaka Popstar is back!

All-new original material from Osaka Popstar surfaces for the first time ever in this super-sized Ltd collector's edition vinyl 12-inch debuting the brand new single:"Super Hero"!

Stunning front and back cover art by Josh Howard: creator/artist of the"Dead @ 17" comic book/graphic novel series,"Black Harvest" & more.

FREE super-power with every purchase! X-Ray Vision inside: Peel away the shrink-wrap to unleash 'X-Ray Vision'—the inner sleeve reveals a super-sexy, 2-sided variant of the femme fatale cover art!

Download card w/ free MP3s of all tracks on the 12-inch vinyl + bonus animated music video download and more.

Includes lyrics, and for the first time in print on a physical release:"Where's the Cap'n?—Extra Crunchy Mix". Singer/producer, & longtime Misfits/Ramones collaborator, John Cafiero (aka Osaka Popstar) accompanied by members of the Misfits, Ramones, Black Flag & more (as guests in the backing band), plus sound bytes from vintage Cap'n Crunch TV commercials of the 60's & 70's blended into an 'Extra Crunchy' re-mix by DJ Product.

First pressing Ltd to 1,000 pcs on white vinyl

Also look for the Misfits Records Online Exclusive: WHITE VINYL W/ RED AND BLUE SPLATTER—ONLY 100 COPIES WORLDWIDE!

Pre-order at the Misfits Records Online Store for an instant MP3 download and receive your physical copy by or before the February 5th release date + automatically be entered to win fiendish prizes!


Osaka Popstar "SUPER HERO": ONLINE EXCLUSIVE WHITE VINYL W/ RED & BLUE SPLATTER—ONLY 100 COPIES WORLDWIDE—ALMOST GONE! Pre-order now @ theMisfits Records Online Store to guarantee one in your collection while supplies last. Only a few remain, don't say we didn't warn you... 1ST PRESSING LTD TO 1,000 PCS WORLDWIDE ON WHITE VINYL Pre-order now @ the
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NEW OSAKA POPSTAR "SUPER HERO" TEE
Features all new-art by Josh Howard
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ALSO AVAILABLE FROM MISFITS RECORDS: MISFITS "DEA.D. ALIVE!"

14 Fiendish 'Fits Cuts Recorded Live! The raw ferocity of the legendary Misfits captured DEA.D. ALIVE! in concert on All Hallows' Eve, in the center of Times Square—New York City! Need we say more Fiends? The 'Fits first proper live album since the 1980's is entombed in the ultimate greatest hits live package for the next generation of horror kids…A.D. An audio Molotov cocktail guaranteed to have bonfires burning bright with pumpkin faces, day or night, all year round. Speakers will virtually melt as a torrential downpour of"Devil's Rain" engulfs the senses, catapulting you front row center into a jam-packed house of horrors. In addition to 13 fiendish favs from the band's cryptic catalog, the live set also includes a cover version of the anthem"Science Fiction/Double Feature" (from the cult-classic"Rocky Horror Picture Show") performed by the Misfits for the first time ever on any release!

Co-produced by Osaka Popstar's own John Cafiero, with cover art by Jason Edmiston ("Famous Monsters", "Rue Morgue", Topps "Mars Attacks" 50th Anniversary trading card set, and more).

Available on CD and Ltd Ed 12-inch vinyl + MP3 Card, First pressing on SOLID GOLD vinyl Ltd to 1,500 pcs

Also look for the Misfits Records Online Exclusive Edition: GOLD VINYL W/ RED AND GREEN SPLATTER—ONLY 100 COPIES WORLDWIDE—NOW SOLD OUT!

PRE-ORDER BOTH AT THE MISFITS RECORDS ONLINE STORE AND BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN!

Order both new releases together @ the Misfits Records Online Store and be automatically entered to win signed test pressings of both new releases, the ultra-rare Misfits "Psycho in the Wax Museum" promo only 7-inch, and even a free Schecter "Damien" model guitar with black bat inlays personally autographed by the Misfits!






NEW YORK CITY INSTORE SIGNING: WED. FEB 6TH @ FORBIDDEN PLANET COMICS

Citizens of Gotham, we plan to fill Forbidden Planet to the brim with Sexy Super-heroines and live undead punks! Pick up your copies of Misfits "DEA.D. ALIVE!" & Osaka Popstar "Super Hero" at Forbidden Planet Comics (832 B'way, bet. 12th & 13th St. in NYC), and get them signed in-person starting at 7pm Wed. Feb 6th!

MEET THE MISFITS & OSAKA POPSTAR + CONTESTS, PRIZES AND GIVEAWAYS AT THE EVENT

Read "The Daily Planet" Forbidden Planet NYC's online newsletter for lots more details and a larger view of the instore ad.


NEW VIDEO INTERVIEW ONLINE NOW

John Cafiero talks with Eric Blair about Misfits Records, the new releases from the Misfits & Osaka Popstar and more, at the Dee Dee Ramone Memorial Art Show held in Los Angeles, CA.

Click here or the screen-cap above to watch the video interview online now.


ORDER @ INTERPUNK AND RECEIVE A FREE BUTTON & PATCH SET!

Pick up the new Osaka Popstar "Super Hero" WHITE vinyl 12-inch -AND- Misfits "DEA.D. ALIVE!" on CD or GOLD vinyl to receive a FREE matching button and patch set! Only at Interpunk, and only while supplies last. (Download cards also included).


Osaka Popstar "Super Hero" WHITE vinyl 12-inch Misfits "DEA.D. ALIVE!" on CD or GOLD vinyl 12-inch

DISNEY'S FRANKENWEENIE "PET SEMATARY" PROMO VIDEO DEDICATED TO THE RAMONES

Frankenweenie, Disney's latest feature film from director Tim Burton, is in theaters now. A "music inspired by" soundtrack was recently released, (entitled "Frankenweenie Unleashed"), featuring a cover version of the Ramones song "Pet Sematary." A promotional music video for the cover (performed by The Plain White Tees) features clips from the new movie and closes with a shot of the stop motion animated characters watching an on-screen dedication to The Ramones.

Osaka Popstar's John Cafiero, (who also manages Dee Dee Ramone's Estate), commented: "Frankenweenie is an incredible film! I can't recommend it enough. It's so cool to see one of Tim Burton's earliest works come full circle into one of his finest. Don't miss it. BIG THANKS to everyone at Disney for obliging the closing dedication to The Ramones as requested." - John Cafiero

Upon hearing the new cover version and seeing the music video, Daniel Rey, who co-wrote the song with Dee Dee, and produced the original version performed by the Ramones on their 1989 "Brain Drain" album, commented: "The kids did a good job with the song. I hope it's a hit!" - Daniel Rey

Check out the Frankenweenie Music Video set to a cover of the Ramones song "Pet Sematary." Visit the official Frankenweenie movie website to watch the trailer and more.


ALL-NEW DEE DEE RAMONE ANIMATED SHORT!

The fantastic new animated short celebrating the life and legacy of Dee Dee Ramone was Produced by John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar) on behalf of Dee Dee's Estate, with Dee Dee's wife and longtime collaborator in art and music: Barbara Ramone Zampini serving as Executive Producer. The piece showcases an incredible team with illustrations and direction by Sam Fout of Moon Toad Productions, and animation by Todd Cronin of Fishtoonz Animation, (collective credits include Cartoon Network, Lucasfilm, SNL, Warner Bros. and Disney among others).

Enjoy cretins and...viva Dee Dee Ramone!

Visit Dee Dee's Official Website or click here to watch the Dee Dee Ramone Animated Short now!


OSAKA POPSTAR & PASSMORELAB TEAM TO RELEASE INSECTS IN 3D! PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR KIDS OF WIDNEY HIGH

Passmorelab, the San Diego-based 3D production and post studio, has teamed up with indie-punk-rock outfit Osaka Popstar to release of the INSECTS music video in stereoscopic 3D. The music video is a product of producer John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar), and British cult animator Joel Veitch, the latter who's garnered a devoted global following with his "Rather Good" videos. The cartoonish, yet photorealistic animated music video, consists of a militia of punk rock puppies armed with guitars and walls of amplifiers.

Osaka Popstar's INSECTS is a catchy upbeat punk-pop re-imagining of the version originally written and recorded by The Kids of Widney High ("KOWH") a Los Angeles based school for mentally and physically challenged children taught by musician Michael Monagan.

Such notable musicians as Smokey Robinson, Jackson Browne, Marilyn Manson and the Beastie Boys' Adam Horowitz have all cited themselves as fans of the KOWH. "We first learned of Michael Monagan's work with the KOWH through OP's cover of Insects. Since then, many of us here at Passmorelab have become big fans of the KOWH and we were all excited to be able to work on a project that will benefit the musical education program at Widney High," said James Humann of Passmorelab.

Cafiero adds: "It's genuinely satisfying to see Osaka Popstar's cover of INSECTS turn new audiences on to KOWH and their work. I've been a longtime fan, so it was great fun covering the song with a different sonic approach. When we charted on alternative radio with the single, it was like a personal victory. I'm a huge aficionado of what's commonly known as "outsider art" and from my perspective, outsiders are insiders. That's been a punk credo since the initial movement of the 70's. We brought something to a wider audience-in a punk rock Trojan horse-that might not have been given a chance by some otherwise. Many people were turned on to something new without even realizing it initially. When they delve further and learn the back-story, they appreciate it even more, and I find that fun and inspiring."

This is the second time Osaka Popstar and Passmorelab have joined forces. Last year, Passmorelab provided 3D for the band's Wicked World video, a product of Cafiero's collaboration with Japanese cult animator Mari-Chan. "Our 3D production style works well for music videos and we enjoyed working on the Wicked World project with Osaka Popstar. We saw INSECTS as a wonderful opportunity to jointly promote the incredible special education program at J.P. Widney High School," said Greg Passmore, President of Passmorelab.

Both INSECTS 3D and WICKED WORLD 3D are available for distribution through Passmorelab on multiple 3D platforms including mobile devices, video on demand, television broadcast and theatrical. All of the producer's net proceeds from the distribution of INSECTS 3D will benefit J.P. Widney High School.

For more details, click here to read the complete press release.

Click here to watch the Insects video in 2D, its entirety now.

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8TH ANNUAL JOHNNY RAMONE TRIBUTE
EXTENSIVE PHOTO GALLERY—ONLINE NOW!

Artist Shepard Fairey and Producer/Musician John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar) at the 8th Ann. Johnny Ramone Tribute in LA
The 8th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute took place on Sunday August 19, 2012 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA. As always, momentum for the event grows stronger each year, and the 8th Annual event was particularly special in celebrating Johnny's newly released autobiography "Commando". The book garnered an impressive supporting cast from the music and film community as Johnny's wife and companion of over two decades Linda Ramone, "Commando" book Editor and Ramones manager John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar), and sole surviving founding member of the Ramones: drummer Tommy Ramone, were joined by special guest "Commando" signees: Steve Jones (of the Sex Pistols & Jonesy's Jukebox), actress Rose McGowan, Henry Rollins, guitarist Billy Zoom of X, actress PJ Soles (Riff Randell of"R'n'R High School"), and Slim Jim Phantom (of the Stray Cats). The eclectic bunch signed copies of "Commando" in yearbook-like fashion, (along with scores of other memorabilia fans brought along relative to each personality), for hours on end—until each and every person who'd patiently waited on line was taken care of. Fittingly, all of the participating signees were featured in the text or photos of the book (and in some cases both).

Others in attendance included artist Shepard Fairey, Burlesque performer Dita Von Teese, Butch "Eddie Munster" Patrick, musicians Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) & Pete Yorn, musician and "Intoxica" DJ Howie Pyro, London May (of Samhain) and many more too numerous to mention, all celebrating with countess JRA 'Commandos' and Ramones fans in from all over the world.


OSAKA POPSTAR & KLAUS BEYER ON THE DR. DEMENTO SHOW!

This week's episode of the Dr. Demento Show features a "musical mutation" block spotlighting the "Extra Crunchy Product Mix" of Osaka Popstar's "Where's the Cap'n?" back to back with Klaus Beyer's German language cover version "Wo ist der Käpt'n?" from the new "Die Shaolin Affen EP" release!

The Dr. Demento Show is radio's weekly two-hour festival of "mad music" heard on stations coast to coast, and worldwide in streaming audio online. Its a free-wheeling, unpredictable mix of music and comedy. Along with legends like Spike Jones, Stan Freberg, Monty Python, and Frank Zappa, the Doctor plays new funny songs by both amateur and professional singers and comedians alike. This is how the world was first introduced to "Weird Al" Yankovic, who went on to become rock music's best-known musical satirist. A home-made tape that Al made at age 16 and sent to the Doctor provided him with his very first media exposure.

Check out the playlist of Dr. Demento Show #12-30 and listen to the episode online for the "musical mutation" block featuring Osaka Popstar and Klaus Beyer, along with lots of other great demented music you're not likely to hear anywhere else!

Fiend Fact: the song "Rat Fink" recorded by the Misfits in 1979 (see "Collection II") was a cover of the 1963 song parody/novelty record by Allan Sherman, often spun by Doctor Demento.

Learn more about the legendary National Radio Hall of Famer Dr. Demento at his Official Website.


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 FREE RADIO STUTTGART GOES "AFFEN"
FOR
"KLAUS BEYER COVERS OSAKA POPSTAR"

Radio Harakiri airs every Friday night on Germany's Freies Radio Stuttgart (Free Radio Stuttgart) with news on music, pop culture, entertainment and more. Harakiri hosts Yvy Pop & Arne Braun recently reported on Klaus Beyer and the release of his German language covers of Osaka Popstar songs on "Die Shaolin Affen EP" (available now on Misfits Records in association with Germany's Amsel Records).

Click here to listen to a clip now
.

Irwin Chusid, the outsider music enthusiast and historian that broke Klaus Beyer on the US airwaves, has been spinning cuts and speaking of "Die Shaolin Affen EP". Tune in to Irwin's show from 3-6pm Wed afternoons on 91.1 FM WFMU.

The great alternative music block on 89.1 FM WFDU airing every Saturday night, (starting with Defective Jukebox w/ Your Old Pal Jim at 6-9pm, TMRS w/ Ghosty at 9pm-1am and The Big Al Show from 1-6am), have been spinning cuts from Klaus Beyer's new "Die Shaolin Affen EP", plus a steady dose of Osaka Popstar's "Extra Crunchy Product Mix" of the "Where's the Cap'n?".

Osaka's "Extra Crunchy" digital single, and corresponding music video, (featuring sound bytes from vintage Jay Ward Cap'n Crunch commercials of the 1970's), was recently endorsed on Twitter by Cap'n Crunch himself!

The digital single is available on iTunes, and Amazon, or buy the T-shirt and receive a free "Extra Crunchy" instant download.

Look for on-air giveaways on the above mentioned shows, and big thanks to everyone out there worldwide spreading the word and supporting our releases!



KLAUS BEYER COVERS OSAKA POPSTAR:
DIE SHAOLIN AFFEN EP AVAILABLE NOW

ONLINE STORE ORDERS SHIPPING NOW!
AVAILABLE IN STORES JULY 31ST

In one of the most unusual and eclectic musical team-ups in contemporary punk-rock, German outsider artist Klaus Beyer, infamous worldwide for his off-beat, lo-fi, cover versions of Beatles classics, (often utilizing the original music track), now sets his sights—and sounds—on inimitably crooning adapted German language lyrics to the punk-pop stylings of NYC’s Osaka Popstar.

Beyer delivers an oddly appealing & wholly unusual vocal performance sure to please fans of his eccentric Beatles work, the"Adult Swim" generation, & those with an appreciation for the truly unusual.

Pressed in a physical edition limited to 1,000 7-inch EPs worldwide, the blind assortment offers a 50/50 chance at finding a"Monkey-brown" or"Banana-yellow" vinyl record inside.

Also available is the ultra limited "Monkey/Banana Mash-Up", a brown/yellow transitional vinyl blend. ONLY 100 pcs worldwide! Not sold in stores, order exclusively from Misfits Records Online—while supplies last!

All orders at the Osaka Popstar Online Store or the Misfits Records Online Store can specify the color of their choice, AND at a price below you'll find in stores!

"Monkey-Brown" 7-inch
"Monkey/Banana Mash-Up"
Online Exclusive Vinyl variant

(B-side shown)
"Banana-Yellow" 7-inch

Track Listing: 1.) Shaolin Affen (Shaolin Monkeys),
2.) Monster (Monsters), 3.) Wo ist der Kapt'n? (Where's the Cap'n?)

Order individually, or pick up all three in the Autographed Collector's set  and save! Collector's set guarantees you:

All three vinyl colorways + signed 5" x 7" color, glossy art-card, (suitable for framing) autographed by Klaus Beyer, John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar), Jörg Buttgereit (Director of the "Shaolin Affen" music video, "Nekromantik" & more), and Frank Behnke (Producer & ex-Mutter guitarist).

Get all 4 items in the collector's set for less than the price of the three  7-inches when purchased individually!

Each purchase includes instant MP3 download of all three tracks on the EP.

Click Here for complete details, and to watch the "Shaolin Affen" music video.



Digital EP available now worldwide at iTunes, Amazon.
iTunes edition includes 3 exclusive videos!

(Digital download purchases are excluded from contest entry)

"Die Shaolin Affen EP" currently featured
as "Tip of the Month" at New-Vinyl.com!

ALL PRE-ORDERS ARE AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED TO WIN A SIGNED TEST PRESSING
PLUS ANOTHER CHANCE AT "PSYCHO IN THE WAX MUSEUM"!

Everyone who purchases the new "Die Shaolin Affen EP" 7-inch OR the Collector's Set by July 31st will be automatically entered into a random drawing to win a signed test press copy on black vinyl! The generic white label will be autographed by Klaus Beyer, John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar), Jörg Buttgereit (Director of the "Shaolin Affen" music video + horror/cult classic "Nekromantik" & more), and Frank Behnke (Producer and Mutter guitarist).

12 runner ups will win a copy of the rare promotional only Misfits Records 7-inch "Psycho in the Wax Museum" from the original 2006 pressing, not available for sale anywhere!


ALSO AVAILABLE
LTD ED. "KLAUS BEYER COVERS OSAKA POPSTAR" T-SHIRTS

The surreal outsider art of Klaus Beyer leaps off of the page of his sketchbook,
and onto great Ltd Ed. T-shirts, for the first time ever!

Order the Shaolin Affen Collector's set
, and get 10% off either T-Shirt OR both!


Use the zoom feature in the online store for a close up view of each T-Shirt design.

All "Beyer Covers Osaka" T-shirt orders placed by July 31st
are automatically entered to win one of the 12 "Psycho in the Wax Museum" runner up prizes!

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AVAILABLE NOW IN OUR ONLINE SHOPS:

LTD. QTY OF JUICEHEAD X OSAKA POPSTAR
ETCHED 7-INCH

Order online now to pick up a copy of the special Ltd. Record Store Day Edition of the JuiceheaD X Osaka Popstar etched vinyl 7-inch w/ sleeve art by Shepard Fairey (OBEY GIANT) for your collection.

Very Limited supplies available — first come first served basis only—once they’re gone, they’re gone...

Online-orders include instant download of the complete JH X OP 5-track"Waiting Room" Digital remix EP!

Two Misfits Records artists join forces performing together in a super-charged new school homage to the old school, as JuiceheaD & Osaka Popstar team to debut an all-new cover version of Fugazi’s classic punk anthem"Waiting Room". Produced by long-time Misfits and Ramones collaborator, John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar).

Features front and back sleeve art created specifically for this release by world-renowned visual artist Shepard Fairey (OBEY GIANT ART/Studio Number One), in a nod to his punk-rock inspired, graffiti-driven, street-art roots.

7-inch includes the dynamic new rendition of"Waiting Room" performed by JuiceheaD X Osaka Popstar on Side A, with an exclusive etched B-side showcasing the iconic Shepard Fairey sleeve art on black vinyl.

Only 1,000 etched copies pressed worldwide. 1-in-10 chance at a red etched vinyl variant.

All Online-orders for the JH X OP 7-inch from the Misfits Records and Osaka Popstar online stores include INSTANT DOWNLOAD of the complete 5-track JH X OP "Waiting Room" digital EP (featuring the single version, the "Time Bomb Remix" and 3 additional, alternate remixes of the track).

1-in-10 chance red etched vinyl variant
JH X OP 7-inch
A-Side shown
exclusive etched B-side showcasing the iconic Shepard Fairey sleeve art on black vinyl.
   

Special limited time offer: JH X OP 7-inch online orders, add a 18" x 24" JH X OP screen-print & get 10% off!

ORDER NOW AND DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES TO WIN

One grand prize winner will be chosen at random to receive a FREE 18" x 24" Ltd Ed. screen-print from a signed and #’d edition of 400 worldwide. Suitable for framing and personally autographed by Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant Art), John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar), Casey Ryder (of Studio Number One), and Rob Vannice (of JuiceheaD).

12 runner-ups who order the JH X OP 7-inch by July 31st will be chosen at random to win a rare promo only"Psycho in the Wax Museum" 7-inch from Misfits Records. Not available for sale in any store!

For complete details on the JH X OP
"Waiting Room" release Click Here.

"Waiting Room" is also available now worldwide at iTunes and Amazon, along with the remixes.

(Digital download purchases are excluded from contest entry)

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SPEX MAGAZINE GERMANY FEATURES BEYER COVERS OSAKA POPSTAR

Spex, Germany's prominent bi-monthly magazine for rock and pop culture, music news, literature, cinema, fashion, social trends and more; recently ran a feature on Klaus Beyer and "Die Shaolin Affen EP".

Click Here to read an English translated version of the article. Klicken Sie hier um zu lesen wie ursprünglich veröffentlicht in deutscher Sprache.


VIDEO INTERVIEW W/ JOHN CAFIERO @ "COMMANDO" SIGNING AT BOOKMARC LA

Marc Jacobs BookMarc recently hosted a private event in Los Angeles, CA to celebrate the arrival of"Commando: the Autobiography of Johnny Ramone". "Commando" Editor: John Cafiero, Johnny's wife Linda Ramone, and original drummer Tommy Ramone were all on hand signing books for those in attendance. Eric Blair and the Blairing Out Show covered the event, conducting interviews with John, Linda, Tommy and other noteworthy guests including the Sex Pistols Steve Jones, The Dickies Stan Lee—joined by Jessica Nesmith; (daughter of the Monkees Mike Nesmith), Actress Shenae Grimes (of TV’s 90210) and more. Others in attendance included Charlotte Caffey of the Go-Gos, Billy Zoom of X, London May of Samhain,"Rock ‘n’ Roll High School" actress Dey Young (Kate Rambeau), co-screenwriter Rich Whitley, and many more.

Click here (or click the photo above) to watch the interview with John now, and watch additional interviews from the event here.


REVIEW: JOHNNY RAMONE ‘COMMANDO’ AND THE ENDURANCE OF RAMONESINESS

"Commando (edited with care and competency by John Cafiero, manager of both Johnny and Dee Dee’s estates) is thrillingly brief and direct; Johnny’s voice rings true and sharp." - Sara Bir, City Sound Inertia

Click Here to read the full article and book review of "Commando: the Autobiography of Johnny Ramone".


OSAKA POPSTAR FEATURED IN NON-SPORT UPDATE MAGAZINE

NSU Magazine, covering non-sport and entertainment trading cards and hobby news, recently ran an article on Garbage Pail Kids and included Osaka Popstar's "Rock 'Em O-Sock 'EM" cover art. The art, painted by Garbage Pail Kids creator John Pound, was also featured on actual GPK stickers issued by Topps in their All-New Series 7 set (sticker #'s 38a & 38b).

Click Here to read the article.

MISFITS & OSAKA POPSTAR FEATURED IN
10 CLASSIC ALBUM COVERS INFLUENCED
BY POP HORROR & SCI-FI CULTURE

The Dance Hall Pimps new album features original art by Crow creator James O'Barr. To celebrate the interesting and fun legacy of album art inspired by horror and sci-fi, DHP spotlights "10 Classic Album Covers Influenced by Pop Horror & Sci-Fi Culture", featuring the Misfits and Osaka Popstar, along with Frank Zappa's "Mothers of Invention", 'Iron Maiden", "White Zombie", "Alice Cooper" and more.

Click Here to check out the "10 Classic Album Covers" List with a track from each included in streaming audio.



EDDIE, JASON & CHRIS SHOW:
IDOBI RADIO INTV W/ JOHN CAFIERO - ONLINE NOW


John Cafiero recently appeared live on idobi radio's "Eddie, Jason & Chris Show". Tune in to The EJ&C Show every Friday night on idobi, one of the internet's longest running and most listened to online radio stations.

Eddie and Jason interview John about the latest with Osaka Popstar, talk about the movie Promethus, and lots more including the upcoming "Klaus Beyer Covers Osaka Popstar" EP. Click Here to listen to the interview online now. Check out idobi for the best in pop-punk, modern rock, and alternative music daily.

JOHN CAFIERO ON 95.9 FM WRAT'S ELECTRIC BALLROOM RADIO SUNDAY 5/13 @ 10PM EST

Tune in to 95.9 FM WRAT on Sunday May 13th starting at 10pm EST as John Cafiero guests on the Electric Ballroom Radio Show with host Keith Roth! Tune in for an in-depth interview covering everything from John's role editing the new book "Commando: the Autobiography of Johnny Ramone", thru his work with the Misfits, Misfits Records, Osaka Popstar, and much more. In addition to spinning the new JH X OP "Waiting Room" single, John & Keith will also give listeners a chance to win a Ltd Ed. JuiceheaD X Osaka Popstar 18" x 24" screen print personally autographed by artist Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant), John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar), Casey Rider (Studio Number One) and Rob Vannice (JuiceheaD). Lots of great music will be spun throughout the interview too, so don't miss it.

Tune in to 95.9 FM The WRAT on Sunday May 13th at 10pm EST, or Listen Online LIVE from anywhere in the world at WRAT.com. Check out the syndicated Electric Ballroom Radio Show on 95.9 WRAT for the best in 70's, Punk, Alternative, Glam, Stoner, and deep underground classics every Sunday night from 10pm – Midnight.


JH X OP "WAITING ROOM" IN TOP 10 @ WFDU 89.1 FM

Hot on the heels of debuting on the alternative radio charts at #19 in the top 20 submodern singles, the JuiceheaD and Osaka Popstar team up to cover Fugazi's classic "Waiting Room" made WFDU's New Music top 10 this week:

1 LUX We Are Not The Same Self-Released
2 PAUL WELLER Sonik Kicks Yep Roc
3 CHUCK PROPHET Temple Beautiful Yep Roc
4 SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS Ghostory Vagrant
5 KETAMINES Spaced Out SouthPaw-Mammoth Cave
6 M. WARD A Wasteland Companion Merge
7 TIGER HIGH Myth Is This Trashy Creatures
8 VCMG Ssss Mute
9 JUICEHEAD/OSAKA POPSTAR Waiting Room [7-Inch] Misfits
10 ANYA MARINA Felony Flats Chop Shop
11 COKE WEED Nice Dreams Self-Released
12 ARCTIC MONKEYS "R U Mine?" [Single] Domino
13 2 BEARS Be Strong DFA
14 DANDY WARHOLS This Machine The End
15 LEE RANALDO Between The Times And The Tides Matador
16 SHINS Port Of Morrow Columbia
17 CONCEPT Gimme Twice Flagstone
18 DR. DOG Be The Void Anti
19 CARINA ROUND Tigermending Dehisce
20 KONRAD Shadow Boxing Radical Turf
21 HONEY BROTHERS Time Flies Like A Peach Velour
22 BATTLES Dross Glop Warp
23 JOEY RAMONE ...Ya Know? BMG
24 OUTER MINDS Outer Minds SouthPaw
25 PHANTOM SIX Plastic Rain Zone 8
26 DELTA SPIRIT Delta Spirit Rounder
27 POLYPHONIC SPREE "What Would You Do?" [Single] Good Records
28 WHITE RABBITS Milk Famous TBD
29 FRANKIE ROSE Interstellar Slumberland
30 FRESHKILLS Raise Up The Sheets The End


THE GRILL FEATURES
OSAKA POPSTAR'S JOHN CAFIERO

Each week The Grill reports on new happenings in modern rock, classic rock, food, pop culture and more. This week their "What's On Your Grill" segment focuses on John Cafiero of Osaka Popstar. Read on as John discusses the latest in music, books, movies and more he's currently into.


AUDIO ARCHIVE: "THAT MODERN ROCK SHOW"
GOES "COMMANDO" JOHN CAFIERO INTERVIEW
W/ GHOSTY ON WFDU 89.1 FM



John Cafiero recently appeared on 89.1 FM WFDU's "That Modern Rock Show" with host Ghosty to discuss Johnny Ramone's new autobiography "Commando", and spin the new JuiceheaD X Osaka Popstar single "Waiting Room". Among other things, the new "Uncle Floyd Show" Johnny Ramone vintage replica T-shirt by Worn Free was also briefly discussed. "That Modern Rock Show" airs the best in 70's Punk, 80's New Wave, 90's Alternative, New Indie and Celebrity Interviews every Saturday night with host Ghosty from 9pm to 1am Eastern.

Click Here
to listen to Ghosty's audio archive of the interview segment with John Cafiero which originally aired Saturday 4/28 @ 10pm EST.


JUICEHEAD & OSAKA POPSTAR "WAITING ROOM" SINGLE
AVAILABLE IN STORES AND ONLINE NOW!

The JuiceheaD x Osaka Popstar "Waiting Room" digital EP (featuring both the single, the "Time Bomb Remix" and 3 additional, alternate remixes of the track) is now available worldwide @ iTunes, Amazon and everywhere digital music is sold.

JuiceheaD & Osaka Popstar have teamed to debut an all-new cover version of Fugazi’s classic punk anthem"Waiting Room"! Features art work by world-renowned visual artist Shepard Fairey (OBEY GIANT ART / Studio Number One), in a nod to his punk-rock inspired, graffiti-driven, street-art roots.

For more details click here.

Available now on vinyl at participating locations everywhere while supplies last!

JH X OP "Waiting Room" Single & Remix EP Now Available on iTunes
and featured in "New & Noteworthy"




Thanks to everyone who picked up the new single
on Record Store Day 2012.

L-R: Rob Vannice (JuiceheaD) and John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar) sign in NY @ Looney Tunes Records.


AOL NOISECREEP FEATURE ON JH X OP + INTERVIEW W/ JOHN CAFIERO

AOL Noisecreep's Amy Sciarretto recently spoke with John Cafiero about Indie record shops, Record Store Day, the new JuiceheaD X Osaka Popstar team up covering Fugazi's classic "Waiting Room" and lots more.

Click Here to read the the feature and interview, plus listen to streaming audio of the new single at AOL.



PASTE MAGAZINE'S: 101 MUSICIANS DISCUSS
THEIR FAVORITE RECORD STORES



To celebrate the fifth annual Record Store Day, Paste spoke with 101 musicians about their beloved record stores and what these institutions mean to them. Hear what members of The Black Keys, Superchunk, My Morning Jacket and others remember the most about their favorite music retailers. Within the 101 artists included, John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar) is featured at #75 representing NYC.

Click here to read this article @ Paste.

Celebrate the new book, "Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone", and join Johnny's wife and companion of over two decades, LINDA RAMONE, with sole surviving founding member, producer and original drummer TOMMY RAMONE, and "Commando" Editor/JRA Chief of Staff JOHN CAFIERO (of Osaka Popstar) for a special instore book signing event, at Amoeba Music, Hollywood!

Purchase your copy of the book at Amoeba on the day of the event to attend this special signing. With purchase of the book fans may get two additional items signed (i.e.: Ramones titles featured, Osaka Popstar release).

Thurs. April 26th, 6pm @ Amoeba Music 6400 Sunset Blvd. at Cahuenga, Hollywood, CA (323) 245-6400

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JUICEHEAD & OSAKA POPSTAR "WAITING ROOM" 
DEBUT IN TOP 20 @ ALTERNATIVE RADIO!

The new JuiceheaD X Osaka Popstar "Waiting Room" single has been surfacing on radio airwaves nationwide, and debuted on the alternative speciality charts in the top 20!

FMQB reported the JuiceheaD X Osaka Popstar "Waiting Room" single entered the SubModern Singles chart at #19, with many other noteworthy artists charting just outside the Top 20 at #24.

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to check out the full chart from FMQB.

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LTD ED 18" x 24" AUTOGRAPHED SCREEN PRINTS w/ FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF "WAITING ROOM" EP


ORDER NOW!
L-R: John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar) & Rob Vannice (JuiceheaD), sign each of the 400 individually numbered, 18" x 24" Ltd. edition silk screen poster prints at the TT Underground Gallery in NYC. Each print has also been signed by Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant) and Casey Ryder (Studio Number One). Order now, available while supplies last.

Exclusive Ltd. Ed 18" x 24" autographed screen print created specifically for this release AVAILABLE NOW for pre-order while limited supplies last in the Misfits Records Online Store and Osaka Popstar Online. Each print is hand numbered in an edition of 400, and personally signed by world-renowned visual artist Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant Art), John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar), Casey Rider (of Studio Number One), and Rob Vannice (of JuiceheaD).

Printed with the same high quality standard stock and inks typically used by Obey Giant, the cream colored speckletone paper perfectly compliments the screen print, and is suitable for framing. Each Ltd Ed. screen print purchased through the Misfits Records and Osaka Popstar Online Stores includes free MP3 download of the JuiceheaD X Osaka Popstar"Waiting Room" digital EP the dynamic new rendition of"Waiting Room," the extended"Time Bomb Remix", plus three additional, alternate remixes of the track.


JUICEHEAD & OSAKA POPSTAR TEAM TO COVER FUGAZI
7-INCH RELEASE ON RECORD STORE DAY + MORE

Exclusive premiere @ Rolling Stone!
Click the logo for audio & more.

Two Misfits Records artists join forces performing together in a super-charged new school homage to the old school, as JuiceheaD & Osaka Popstar team to debut an all-new cover version of Fugazi’s classic punk anthem"Waiting Room"! Produced by long-time Misfits and Ramones collaborator, John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar), who just edited and contributed an afterword to the recently released Johnny Ramone autobiography (“Commando").

Features front and back sleeve art created specifically for this release by world-renowned visual artist Shepard Fairey (OBEY GIANT ART / Studio Number One), in a nod to his punk-rock inspired, graffiti-driven, street-art roots.


Click here for a closer view.

The special Ltd. Edition Record Store Day 7-inch pressing includes the dynamic new rendition of"Waiting Room" performed by JuiceheaD X Osaka Popstar on Side A, with an exclusive etched B-side showcasing the iconic Shepard Fairey sleeve art on black vinyl. 1-in-10 chance at a red etched vinyl variant. Includes free digital download card with MP3s of the new JH X OP"Waiting Room" single, plus an extended"Time Bomb Remix" of the track. Only 1,000 etched copies pressed worldwide. Available now at participating locations everywhere while supplies last.

The JuiceheaD x Osaka Popstar "Waiting Room" digital EP (featuring both the single, the "Time Bomb Remix" and 3 additional, alternate remixes of the track) is now available worldwide @ iTunes, Amazon and everywhere digital music is sold.

In a recent interview, John Cafiero told Rolling Stone:"I reached out to Dischord (Fugazi’s label) about covering the song, and eventually had the pleasure of speaking to (Fugazi vocalist) Ian MacKaye personally about it. Conceptually, it was intimidating because talking to Ian MacKaye about covering"Waiting Room" is like walking on metaphorical hallowed ground. But he’s truly someone that lives up to his ethos. On top of that, he couldn’t be a more gracious guy. Like the music he creates, Ian MacKaye is a role model for integrity without pretension."

LTD. ED. 18" x 24" SIGNED & NUMBERED JH X OP
SHEPARD FAIREY SCREEN PRINTS AVAILABLE NOW

The release also features an extremely Ltd edition of 400 hand numbered and signed 18" x 24" screen prints signed by Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant Art), John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar), Casey Rider (of Studio Number One), and Rob Vannice (of JuiceheaD).

These Exclusive Ltd. Ed 18" x 24" autographed screen prints are AVAILABLE NOW while limited supplies last in the Misfits Records Online Store and Osaka Popstar Online.

Printed with the same high quality standard stock and inks typically used by Obey Giant, the cream colored speckletone paper perfectly compliments the screen print, and is suitable for framing. Each Ltd Ed. screen print purchased through the Misfits Records and Osaka Popstar Online Stores includes free instant MP3 download of the JuiceheaD X Osaka Popstar"Waiting Room" Remix EP.

50 prints were specifically signed, numbered and made available exclusively to select record stores that competed to be among those to receive prints for use in their Record Store Day celebrations. The goal of the release—to reawaken the fun and experience of seeking out treasures from your local record store.

“Indie Record shops have always been a breeding ground of great music, art, culture and ideas, but they’re becoming casualties of modern circumstance," Cafiero says of Record Store Day."It’s exciting and inspiring that artists and individuals are pulling together in recognition of that, and working to create a grass roots uprising in support of maintaining the existence of these small hubs that once were, and to many still are, sacred staples in our society.

To me,"Waiting Room" is truly a punk anthem, and indicative of the indie music movement in general." Cafiero elaborates."I’m proud to have the chance to ignite a flame in its honor for Record Store Day. I don’t think the song, the artwork created for this release, or the intention of everyone, and everything, surrounding this project for that matter, could be any more perfectly suited to the cause.

The artwork perfectly represents the spirit and sound of the record, not to mention it was rendered by a visual pioneer in his own rite, Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant Art/Studio Number One)—another icon of indie, DIY street ethics, and a success story to boot. There are so many different facets to this project. If I wasn’t one of the creators behind the release, I’d have marked my calendar and readied to seek it out on Record Store Day. I encourage those who like what they hear to seek out more material from JuiceheaD, Osaka Popstar—and for the uninitiated—Fugazi of course.

Be sure to ask for them at your local record store…" – John Cafiero

Preview JuiceheaD X Osaka Popstar in streaming audio now at Rolling Stone.com.


JUICEHEAD & OSAKA POPSTAR "WAITING ROOM" PROMO VIDEO

On Record Store Day, Saturday, April 21st, Misfits Records unleashes a team up between JuiceheaD and Osaka Popstar covering Fugazi's indie music anthem "Waiting Room". John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar) recently took to the streets of NYC to talk up the details on the Ltd. Ed. etched vinyl 7-inch, signed screen-prints, and the goal to support local businesses and indie record shops through the efforts of Record Store Day.

Click Here to watch the JH X OP Record Store Day Promo video.

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NY1: PUNK ROCKER JOHNNY RAMONE'S BIO READS LOUD AT FORMER CBGB SITE

NY1 reports: Some of the biggest forces behind the seminal punk rock band The Ramones turned out this week at the former site of CBGB to celebrate the release of "Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone."

CLICK HERE TO WATCH.


Features interviews with Johnny's wife Linda Ramone, sole surviving founding member and original drummer/producer Tommy Ramone, "Commando" Editor/Ramones manager John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar), and designer John Varvatos.


NY DAILY NEWS FEATURE ON
JOHNNY RAMONE'S "COMMANDO"





Great article by Jim Farber on "Commando" The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone in NY's Hometown Newspaper The Daily News!

“Amazing book…dense and throbbing with character - enough to bring this departed New York icon barking back to life" - Jim Farber

Click to read the full article now.


THE definitive book on The Ramones arrives at last with "COMMANDO: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHNNY RAMONE". This is the real deal, straight from the source—a razor sharp stiletto from the grave delivering the story that has never been told before.

On Friday, March 30th join Johnny's wife and companion of over two decades, LINDA RAMONE, with sole surviving founding member, producer and original drummer TOMMY RAMONE, and "Commando" Editor/JRA Chief of Staff JOHN CAFIERO (Osaka Popstar) for a special instore book signing event, Q&A and more, starting 6pm at Barnes & Noble in Tribeca @ 97 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007, 212-587-5389.

"Commando" arrives in stores and online nationwide on April 2nd from Abrams Image. Pick your copy up at Barnes & Noble in NYC on Friday March 30th and get it signed! Click here for directions and more info.

"Johnny Ramone was a living legend. A true enigma. One in a Million. I reveled in his iron-clad, piss and vinegar sort of temperament towards everything and life in general...Long Live Johnny Ramone!!!!" - Kirk Hammett (Metallica)

"Johnny Ramone's autobiography is a no holds bared, straight forward book written in a no-nonsense style that is Johnny personified. His story is written in his own actual words, so the reader gets an insight into what made him the unique, charismatic and exciting individual that he was. It also gives a great view of the Ramones from Johnny's perspective." - Tommy Ramone

The ultimate music autobiography arrives at last in the form of Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone out nationwide on April 2nd, 2012 from Abrams Image. THE definitive book on The Ramones, Commando is the first and only truly autobiographical work written by a founding member of the legendary Ramones chronicling his life, and the story of the band itself, from start to finish. Johnny authors a brutally honest and detailed firsthand account of the band, from inception and their humble beginnings at CBGB in 1974 all the way through to their retirement in 1996 and beyond. This is the real deal, straight from the source—a razor sharp stiletto from the grave delivering the story that has never been told before.

The Ramones emerged from New York City’s underground rock scene in the mid 70′s to become a global, genre-defining force for rock & roll. Johnny Ramone, (born John Cummings 1948–2004), found his reprieve from a dead-end life through rock and roll as a founding member of one of the most influential bands of all time. Despite his ultimate success with The Ramones, Johnny never really strayed from his working-class roots and attitude. The tough guy from the streets of Queens assumed the role of the tough guy in the band who kept The Ramones focused and moving forward, ultimately securing the seminal band’s place in rock history. The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 18, 2002, and nearly a decade later, the seminal band was awarded a Grammy for lifetime achievement.

Commando is Johnny’s story and the story of The Ramones told in his own words. Insightful and introspective, the 176-page, visually driven memoir walks through Johnny’s days as a founding member of one of the world’s most iconic bands and also chronicles his personal life beyond the stage. Never afraid to speak his mind, it includes raw and unflinching opinions of the band as well as his fellow peers in music and even the struggle with cancer that ultimately took him. Grounded in decades of his own meticulous records and notes, Johnny also shares his personal assessment of The Ramones catalog, several of his brilliantly eccentric Top Ten Lists, rare historical artifacts and scores of personal and professional photos, most of which have never been seen before.

Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone will be released in stores and online nationwide on April 2nd, 2012 from Abrams Image for $24.95 with pre-ordered copies available through the Johnny Ramone Army Online Store. E-book will be available on Kindle, iPad, Nook, Kobo and Sony Reader. Global demand for the book is already such that rights have been pre-sold in four different languages throughout Europe and Brazil with more soon to be announced.

Among other incredible offerings,"Commando" includes a foreword written by sole surviving founding member, drummer, Tommy Ramone, and an epilogue written by Johnny’s close friend (and daughter to the King), Lisa Marie Presley."Commando" was edited by longtime Ramones collaborator John Cafiero, (who also contributed an afterword to the book), with co-editors Steve Miller and Henry Rollins.


JUICEHEAD'S "HOW TO SAIL A SINKING SHIP" "SPOTLIGHT"  FEATURE ON MUSIC-NEWS.COM!

"This is real punk, not the overblown Punk-pop of Blink 182 or prog-punk of Green Day. About a hundred numbers (actually 20) with titles like ‘Rotting From The Inside’ or ‘Deadly Nightshade’ or ‘No Regrets’, produced by Ramones collaborator John Cafiero and even loaded with little twists like Cello from Melora Creager (Nirvana & Rasputina) on ‘Black Roses’ or the Punk Pipers on ‘When I Fall From Grace’. The talents on show actually bring to mind The Pogues in their ‘Rum Sodomy & The Lash’ days, not for the music but the integrity and the preparedness to do different things." - ANDY SNIPPER

Click here to read the full 4-star review. Click here to purchase the album.

ANIME PICKS' "THEY CAME FROM THE COMIC BOOKS: MANGA IN MUSIC" FEATURING OSAKA POPSTAR

UK's Anime Picks feature on "Manga in Music" spotlights Osaka Popstar, along with Weezer, Kanye West, and more...

Click here to read the feature.

OSAKA POPSTAR "WHERE'S THE CAP'N?: EXTRA CRUNCHY PRODUCT MIX"

DIGITAL SINGLE AVAILABLE NOW ON iTUNES & AMAZON
FREE MP3 WITH T-SHIRT PURCHASE!

In 1985 Cap'n Crunch disappeared. Kids collected clues from three different cereal box panels to solve the mystery of where the Cap'n had gone. The answer, released on December 14, 1985, revealed he was in the Milky Way.

Created to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Quaker's "Where's the Cap'n?" campaign, the"Extra Crunchy Product Mix" is available now as a digital single @ iTunes, Amazon, and everywhere digital music is sold. Features Osaka Popstar frontman/producer John Cafiero on vocals, with special guests Jerry Only (Misfits) on bass, Dez Cadena (Black Flag) on guitar and more; including sound bytes from vintage Cap'n Crunch TV commercials of the 1960's and 1970's.

The virtual B-side at iTunes and other digital music outlets also includes, (available for the first time anywhere), the instrumental version of"Where’s the Cap’n?" (from the album"Osaka Popstar & the American Legends of Punk), just as it appeared on the soundtrack of the 3D film"The Physics of Surfing".

Dig in and enjoy this exclusive video for "Where's the Cap'n?" by Osaka Popstar, pick up the digital single @ iTunes, Amazon, OR download an MP3 of the"Extra Crunchy Product Mix" for free with purchase of the official T-shirt at the online store now.

Look for more coming from Osaka Popstar in 2012... Until then, celebrate the holidays and wrap up the year with Osaka Popstar's Xmas track "The Christmas that Almost Wasn't" available on iTunes, and on the critically acclaimed CD/DVD combo "Osaka Popstar & the American Legends of Punk".

IN-DEPTH REVIEW OF JUICEHEAD'S
"HOW TO SAIL A SINKING SHIP" PLUS INTERVIEW
W/ ROB VANNICE @ HOUSTON PRESS


"How to Sail a Sinking Ship is a tremendous punk achievement. It's like all the things that people tried to convince us of about Rancid has finally come true" - Jef With One F


Click here to visit Houston Press for the full article.

Read Page 1 for the review, read Page 2 for the interview.


PRODUCER JOHN CAFIERO & JUICEHEAD'S ROB VANNICE
ON VIRGIN MOBILE LIVE - RECAP NOW ONLINE, AUDIO COMING SOON!


Producer/Osaka Popstar frontman John Cafiero , along with JuiceheaD's Rob Vannice appeared on Abbey Braden's Show on Virgin Mobile live from 1-2 pm EST, Monday Oct. 31st to discuss and spin tracks from JuiceheaD's new album "How to Sail a Sinking Ship", and celebrate the Misfits/JuiceheaD Halloween Show at BB Kings in Times Square in NYC. Virgin Mobile LIVE is a music and entertainment stream available online and via mobile Android app. The Virgin Mobile Live online stream provides access to music 24/7 and includes a signature music show hosted by Abbey Braden weekdays from 12-2pm EST.

Click here to read a full recap on Abbey's Blog @ Virgin Mobile Live and look for audio coming soon.

NJ UNDERGROUND INTERVIEWS JuiceheaD

Chicago punk group JuiceheaD are back with a new album. How To Sail A Sinking Ship (released ealier this month via Misfits Records and produced by John Cafiero, (Osaka Popstar) The album features 20 tracks of good ol punk rock with special apperances from Melora Creager (Nirvana) and The Punk Pipers, which features NYC firefighters. Vocalist Rob Vannice took some time from the band's current tour with The Misfits to discuss the new record and current tour with the NJ punk legends. Click here to read the full interview.

MISFITS RECORDS @ THE 7TH ANNUAL JOHNNY RAMONE TRIBUTE!

The 7th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute took place on Sat. Oct 1st 2011 in Los Angeles, CA. As anticipated the event was the biggest and best one yet! Look for a full recap with lots of photos, audio and video to come. The turn out of Ramones fans, Misfits fiends, celebrities and more was as amazing as it was diverse. Peep the pic of the Misfits own Jerry Only, Producer/Osaka Popstar frontman and JRA Chief of Staff John Cafiero with Lisa Marie Presley taken at the event, which made its way into the second biggest daily newspaper in the UK, The Daily Mail.


JuiceheaD: HOW TO SAIL A SINKING SHIP

Misfits Records presents, the all-new, full-length, breakthrough studio album by JuiceheaD

Armed with a hard, aggressive melodic arsenal and thought provoking lyrics, JuiceheaD defines the new breed of punk rock. Their music is infectious, contagious and packs enough punch to satisfy most old school punk rock fans, while simultaneously delivering a universal sound that any enlightened music fan will truly appreciate. 

Produced by longtime Misfits & Ramones collaborator John Cafiero. Known for chart topping releases, Producer/Osaka Popstar frontman Cafiero also appears on guest backing vocals for"Rotting from the Inside." Additional guest appearances include Melora Creager (Nirvana, Rasputina) on cello for the punk-goth ballad "Black Roses," and The Punk Pipers (consisting of NYC Firefighters) adding a traditional bagpipe flavor to the melodic track"When I Fall From Grace."

Includes FREE 9.5" x 14" exclusive full-color poster with art by Joe King (Obey Giant, Crooks & Castles, Billabong). "How to Sail a Sinking Ship" features 20 tracks, with over an hour of new-music, showcasing the band's ability to combine a diverse range of musical styles & influences into their own blistering blend of punk rock.

Available now in stores and online wherever music is sold.

Order now @ Misfits Records online and receive a free instant
MP3 Download of the single"Better Days"!

New JuiceheaD"Sinking Ship" tees also available in your choice of brown or black.

Juicehead's official website has re-launched with a new look, new content,
plus you can preview four songs from the new album "How to Sail a Sinking Ship", in their entirety, in the site's built in music player!





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LINDA RAMONE AND
JRA CHIEF OF STAFF
JOHN CAFIERO PRESENT
THE 7TH ANNUAL JOHNNY RAMONE TRIBUTE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2011
HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY

6000 Santa Monica Blvd. LA, CA
GATES 5:30PM, ADMISSION $10

SPECIAL GUESTS: THE MISFITS
PLUS MISFITS RECORDS RECORDING ARTISTS
JUICEHEAD

SIGNING THEIR NEW ALBUMS"THE DEVIL’S RAIN" &
“HOW TO SAIL A SINKING SHIP"
GET THEM BOTH—3 DAYS BEFORE THEY ARRIVE IN STORES!
+ EXCLUSIVE MISFITS VINYL AVAILABLE ONLY AT THE EVENT

GRAMMY AWARD WINNER & RNR HALL OF FAMER:
TOMMY RAMONE
DRUMMER, PRODUCER & FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE RAMONES



MEET & GREET WITH FANS

ON-SITE INTERVIEWS

LIVE STREAMING BROADCAST ON INDIE1031.com
HOSTED BY  JOE ESCALANTE

DOUBLE FEATURE – OUTDOOR SCREENING – AFTER DARK

THE RAMONES: JOHNNY, JOEY, DEE DEE & TOMMY
LIVE ON DON KIRSHNER’S ROCK CONCERT
FILMED IN 1977 & SCREENED IN ITS ENTIRETY FOR THE 1ST TIME IN DECADES
COURTESY OF HISTORIC FILMS

AND

BELA LUGOSI, VAMPIRA & TOR JOHNSON STARRING IN
ED D. WOOD JR.’S 1959 B-MOVIE CULT CLASSIC:
"PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE" —NOW IN 3D

COURTESY OF PASSMORELAB AND PRESENTED IN REALD 3D!

SURPRISE CELEBRITY GUESTS

AUTOGRAPH SIGNINGS, PHOTO OPS & LOTS MORE!

Visit the 8-Ft Johnny Ramone Memorial Statue
& the Grave Site of Dee Dee Ramone.

Net proceeds benefit the Johnny Ramone Research Fund
at USC Westside Prostate Cancer Research Center

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE TRAILER FOR "PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE"

CLICK HERE FOR COVERAGE AND EXCLUSIVE 
FOOTAGE FROM LAST YEAR'S EVENT


GERMANY'S KLAUS BEYER COVERS OSAKA POPSTAR -
UNVEILS BRAND NEW VIDEO BY JÖRG BUTTGEREIT ...
PLUS A LIMITED TIME 'AFFEN'!

In one of the most unusual and eclectic team-ups in years, notorious cult director Jörg Buttgereit (Nekromantik, Der Todesking) recently shot a new music video in collaboration with German outsider artist Klaus Beyer and Osaka Popstar…

Klaus Beyer, best known for his off-beat, lo-fi, German language cover versions of Beatles classics, (often utilizing the original music track), sings his adapted German lyrics to Osaka Popstar's"Shaolin Monkeys"! The song, (written by John Cafiero), translates to"Shaolin Affen" when performed by 5th Beatle and actor in the Schlingensief Team, Klaus Beyer.

Click here to watch the new video, read more details, and download a FREE MP3 of the song (LIMITED TIME AFFEN!)

CRUNCHY NEW INTERVIEW IN RUNNING WITH SCISSORS W/ OSAKA POPSTAR

Osaka Popstar’s John Cafiero recently spoke with Running with Scissors about the new"Extra Crunchy Product Mix" and animated video for"Where’s the Cap’n?", cereal culture, restoring the vintage Jay Ward animation and more.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW @ RUNNING WITH SCISSORS.

Click here for the exclusive new video for"Where’s the Cap’n?: Extra Crunchy Product Mix", plus a free MP3 download, and more.

Osaka Popstar "Where's The Cap'n?" T-shirts are available now in the Osaka Popstar online store.


OSAKA POPSTAR ON THE SOUNDTRACK FOR"PHYSICS OF SURFING" IN 3D

A special ‘surf’s up’ mix of"Where’s the Cap’n?" is featured in"The Physics of Surfing"; PassmoreLab’s new 3D film that submerges viewers into the magnificence of surfing and the power of the ocean's waves.

The musical legacy of surfing is a rich and exciting element of surf culture and Osaka Popstar are pleased to be included on the soundtrack, (produced by Dusty Watson), alongside skate-punk pioneers Agent Orange, Slacktone and more. The John Cafiero penned cut by Osaka Popstar concludes the film, and continues on throughout the duration of the end credit roll.

Physics of Surfing has already had several 3D screenings in the Los Angeles area and is currently on exhibition in museums throughout Europe. In the festival circuit, the film has received an Award of Excellence at the Indie Film Festival and the 3D Excellence Award at the Asheville Children's Film Festival, the largest children’s film festival in the southeast.  Most recently, Physics of Surfing screened at the Waimea Ocean Film Fest in Hawaii.

Click here to check out the trailer for the film and more info.

MISFITS & OSAKA POPSTAR FEATURED IN STICKER ART CULTURE BOOK: STICKERS: FROM PUNK ROCK TO CONTEMPORARY ART

Whether you’re a punk, skater, graffiti artist, musician, clothing brand, political activist, fine artist, or just a fan of a band, stickers have always been the perfect way to express oneself. 

"Stickers: From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art" is a great new book by DB Burkeman and Monica LoCascio, with introductions by Shepard Fairey & Carlo McCormick. The book was published by Rizzoli, a leader in art and design books.

Among the works spotlighted in the comprehensive collective, the Misfits iconic Fiend Skull is featured, along with a quote from Misfits founding member Jerry Only himself about the logo’s impact on pop culture.

Three different Osaka Popstar sticker designs, art directed by John Cafiero, including the Devil Dog (illustrated by Mari-chan), Osaka Monstar (by Dalek) and Osaka Popcan (by John Pound), are also featured within the 308 page oversized coffee table book.

Stickers features approximately 4,000 stickers from the exploding, vibrant world of street art, DIY culture, music, and branding. Cheap, democratic, easy to "tag," and not always fast to fade, the sticker has been an ever-present medium—from the New York and London underground punk scene to skate culture and political expression. Celebrating the graphics of this street-art medium, Stickers illustrates the timeline of this pastime, from counterculture to politics. The book includes approximately 4,000 sticker graphics organized by categories and themes, with works by such diverse artists as Raymond Pettibon (Black Flag); street artists such as  Shepard Fairey, Banksy and Kaws; and amateur artists who "tag" the streets anonymously. The book illustrates not only the visual and social history of sticker art but also the personal relationship that street artists and pedestrians alike have with stickers. The book even includes eight sheets of stickers.

“Stickers: From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art" is out now in stores and online everywhere in Standard Softcover Edition OR, for hardcore collectors, pick up the Deluxe Ltd. Hardcover Edition packaged in an oversized clamshell box. Includes 23 original die-cut stickers, many of which are signed by the artist.

Check out a commercial for the book online featuring music by the Buzzcocks.

Click here to visit the book’s satellite site for more info.


OSAKA POPSTAR "WHERE'S THE CAP'N?" - ALL-NEW - EXTRA CRUNCHY PRODUCT MIX
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO AND FREE MP3 ONLINE NOW + LTD. ED. TEES ON SALE NOW

Osaka Popstar's animated video for "Where's the Cap'n?: Extra Crunchy Product Mix" starring Cap'n Crunch and the crew of the SS Guppy. Features rare footage from vintage Cap'n Crunch TV commercials of the 1960's and 1970's created and animated by Jay Ward (Rocky & Bullwinkle) with voice talent Daws Butler as the Cap'n & crew member Alfie (the tall), June Foray as crew member Brunhildie (the girl) and Bill Scott as crew member Dave (the untidy). Look for appearances by Crunch regulars Jean LaFoote the Barefoot Pirate, Crunchberry Beast, Smedley the Elephant plus cameos from classic cereal icons Quisp & Quake (also created and animated by Ward) and the silly Trix Rabbit too. The video and Extra Crunchy Product Mix by Osaka Popstar were created in 2010 in honor of the 25th Anniversary of Quaker's "Where's the Cap'n?" campaign.

Dig in and enjoy this exclusive video for "Where's the Cap'n?" by Osaka Popstar and look for the official T-shirt available now in the Osaka Popstar online store.

In 1985 and 1999, the Cap'n disappeared. In 1985, Kids collected clues from three different cereal back panels to solve where the Cap'n had gone. The answer, released on December 14, 1985, revealed he was in the Milky Way. In Winter 1999, the Cap'n disappeared again. This time kids could log on to the internet to help solve the clues. In Spring 2000, the Cap'n was back. This time it was revealed he was in Volcanica (at the center of the Earth) saving the Earth's supply of Crunchium.

The All-New Extra Crunchy Product Mix of "Where's the Cap'n?" features Osaka Popstar frontman/producer John Cafiero on vocals with special guests including Jerry Only (the Misfits) on bass, Dez Cadena (Black Flag) on guitar and more.
Mix by Product © 2010 Caf Muzeck, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Click here for more info and a FREE MP3 download!


OSAKA POPSTAR MUSIC SKINS ARE AVAILABLE NOW

Official OSAKA POPSTAR premium vinyl skins are available now for over 100 different devices including phones, iPods, laptops, gaming consoles and more. MusicSkins is the leader in music and music-related, high-quality, vinyl skin products. Their premium 3M vinyl applies just like a sticker, but they’re fully removable and won’t leave any residue. Protect your device in style!

Use the Coupon Code "OSAKA" and receive 15% OFF your next order.

Click here and pick your favorite design to view all the available MP3, phone, gaming & laptop devices.

THE 6TH ANNUAL JOHNNY RAMONE TRIBUTE! SUN. JULY 25TH IN LA
VIDEO INTERVIEWS NOW ONLINE

Each year, an annual tribute in honor of the legendary guitarist, Johnny Ramone is held in Los Angeles with celebrity guests, autograph signings, photo ops and screenings of Johnny's favorite movies projected on a 24-foot mausoleum wall! This year's event includes special guests Kirk Hammett of Metallica, PJ Soles and the cast/crew of 'Rock 'n' Roll High School', founding member and drummer Tommy Ramone and many more! The 6th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute takes place on Sunday July 25th at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, CA. Gates open to the public at 6pm and admission is only $10. Net proceeds benefit the Johnny Ramone Research Fund at USC Westside Prostate Cancer Research Center. If you can't make it to the event in person, tune in from anywhere in the world for the live streaming broadcast on Indie1031.com for on site interviews, music and more.

Visit JohnnyRamone.com for more info and view the online press release here.

Click below to watch two interviews w/ Osaka Popstar frontman and Johnny Ramone Army Chief of Staff John Cafiero taped at last year's event and originally aired on the"Blairing Out Show". Host Eric Blair talks to John about his involvement with the Ramones, the first time he met the band, and sheds light on different aspects of Osaka Popstar.



JUICEHEAD TEARS IT UP ON RADIO W/ SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE BY OSAKA POPSTAR

John Cafiero & JuiceheaD at Bennett Studios.
Photo: Suzanne Cafiero [enlarge]

JuiceheaD's new single has been tearing up the airwaves and chumming the water for their upcoming full-length release "How to Sail a Sinking Ship". In addition to producing the new single and the forthcoming studio album, John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar) appears on guest backing vocals for the track"Rotting from the Inside. "Rotting" debuted at #40 on the alternative specialty radio charts, eventually climbing up to #33. The second wave is about to break as track two from the new single, "Death of Democracy" has surfaced on air, and was recently added into regular rotation on Sirius XM's Faction channel.  Look for JuiceheaD's full-length release"How to Sail a Sinking Ship" coming this fall on Misfits Records.


NEW OSAKA POPSTAR VIRTUAL T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE NOW IN
SONY PLAYSTATION HOME FOR PS3!

Get your Sony PlayStation Home avatar in-toon with the new Osaka Popstar V-Shirts! FIVE different designs, ('Osaka John', 'Osaka Monstar', 'Rock'Em O-Sock'Em', 'Skeleton Suit Devil Dog', and 'Cheerleader') are available now throughout Europe in the 'Original V-Shirt Store' for Sony's PlayStation Home. Home is the community based virtual social gaming platform for PS3 on the PlayStation Network. Look for more Osaka V-Shirts coming to PlayStation Home worldwide (including the US & Asia) in the not too distant future. Gamers in Europe, visit the official Sony PlayStation Home EU website for more info.


EXPANDED OSAKA ONLINE STORE LAUNCHES W/ 3 NEW POSTERS!


The Osaka Popstar Online Store has expanded and re-launched! The store is fully stocked, with some all-new items including three different 24" x 36" wall posters: 'Giant Robot', 'Sailor Girl' and 'Shaolin Monkeys' (available the last week of July), plus Ltd Ed. vinyl toys and lots more.

OSAKA INTERVIEW IN ROYAL FLUSH BOOK SIX OUT NOW

A feature interview with John Cafiero is out now in Royal Flush Magazine Book Six (on newsstands through Oct. 2010). Topics discussed include Osaka Popstar, Garbage Pail Kids, John's work in film, video, vinyl toys and more. The same issue includes a Q & A with Legendary Famous Monsters of Filmland cover artist Basil Gogos, group-interviewed by a cast of 'special guest art students' consisting of John Cafiero along with Misfits founder Jerry Only, Rob Zombie, Screenwriter David C. Chow (The Crow), the Royal Flush artist posse and many more.

TUNE INTO THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - THURS. JAN 28TH

Tune into the CW this Thursday, January 28th at 8pm (7 Central) because things are about to get fiendish! The Misfits dominate the soundtrack at a 50's themed party on this week's episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES. The show will feature 3 tracks from MISFITS PROJECT 1950 "This Magic Moment" with guest backing vocals from 60's pop icon Ronnie Spector, "Great Balls of Fire" with guest Jimmy Destri of Blondie  on keys, and "Runaway" also featuring Jimmy Destri on keys with guest backing vocals from John Cafiero of OSAKA POPSTAR. This is a must see episode that's sure to become a fan favorite. Tune in Thursday, January 28th at 8pm (7 Central), don't miss it!


Visit the official Vampire Diaries website and check out a teaser spot for the episode online now.

'WICKED' WORLD PREMIERE IN 3D @ JOHNNY RAMONE TRIBUTE –
5TH ANNUAL EVENT REACHES RECORD HIGH ATTENDANCE

PHOTO GALLERY NOW ONLINE

The 5th Annual Johnny Ramone memorial tribute was the largest ever, with thousands of fans gathering from all over the world to pay homage to the legendary guitarist and take part in a multitude of events, attractions and festivities. PassmoreLab unveiled their high-res, 3D conversion of Osaka Popstar's animated video,"Wicked World" as an opening featurette to the WORLD PREMIERE of the 1968 cult classic"Night of the Living Dead" in 3D!

The eclectic mix of fans, Hollywood celebrities and rockers in attendance included actress Rose McGowan, actress Rosanna Arquette, actress PJ Soles, actress Virginia Madsen, actors David Arquette and Vincent Gallo, Sex Pistols' Steve Jones, musician Pete Yorn, X's Billy Zoom, radio personality Joe Escalante of the Vandals, Gilby Clarke of Guns n' Roses, Stan Lee of The Dickies, Jeff McDonald of Redd Kross, Charlotte Caffey of the GoGos and many more including Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, founding member and sole survivor of the original lineup, drummer and producer Tommy Ramone and youngest member CJ Ramone.

JRA Chief of Staff John Cafiero with custom jacket by Shepard Fairey

"This is something Johnny definitely planned before he died. He was always 15 steps ahead of everyone." Stated founding member Tommy Ramone."It is very gratifying to see Ramones fans gather together for events like this. It gives us the opportunity to keep the Ramones legacy alive and to share special times together."

The special outdoor event, presented by Linda Ramone in association with the JRA, took place on Sat. Oct. 3rd in Los Angeles, CA at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, home of the 8 ft. bronze, Johnny Ramone memorial statue and gravesite of legendary bassist Dee Dee Ramone.

"This year's event was spectacular and turned out to be everything we'd hoped for," said John Cafiero, Chief of Staff of the Johnny Ramone Army. "It was just a great night all around. The event was rich and diverse as a whole and so was the crowd. Commandos assembled from all over the world and it was the biggest turnout we've ever seen at the annual Tribute. I think Johnny would be proud."

The event concluded with the 3D World Premiere of George Romero's original 1968 cult classic "Night of the Living Dead, Now in 3D!" which was superbly introduced by actress and JRA affiliate Rose McGowan.

Rose McGowan and John Cafiero.

“We had a huge turnout! What can I say? It was for the love of Johnny Ramone, a great cause and fantastic entertainment," reflects McGowan."Johnny would've been thrilled that so many people love & respect The Ramones."

"Night of the Living Dead" was one of Johnny Ramone's favorite films, listed at #4 in his top 10 horror favs of all time. Attendees received free commemorative Johnny Ramone Army 3D glasses upon entering.

“I think Johnny would have been very proud. He loved horror movies, and would have been thrilled that"Night of the Living Dead in 3D!" had its world premiere at his tribute, in front of so many fans," said Linda Ramone, wife of the legendary guitarist.

When asked how Johnny would've described the night in two words, Linda Ramone replied:"fucking cool…."


'WICKED' WORLD PREMIERE IN 3D @ JOHNNY RAMONE TRIBUTE

PassmoreLab
unveils their high-res, 3D conversion of Osaka Popstar's animated video,"Wicked World" starring an army of fire breathing devil dogs. The wicked 3D world premiere takes place at the 5th annual Johnny Ramone Tribute. The opening featurette precedes the WORLD PREMIERE of the 1968 cult classic"Night of the Living Dead" in 3D! – to be introduced by actress Rose McGowan (Grindhouse). The screening will be held outdoors, after dark at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Blvd.) in LA, CA Sat. Oct. 3rd. Gates are at 5:30pm and events leading up to the 3D screening include a full-length Ramones concert film shot in 1977, autograph signings with Tommy and CJ Ramone, an art show with original paintings by Dee Dee Ramone, celebrity guests, an exhibit of rare Ramones memorabilia, a live radio broadcast on 98.7 FM and lots more! Net proceeds from the event held in memory of legendary guitarist benefit the Johnny Ramone Research fund at USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center. For a press release on the 3D screening CLICK HERE. More details @ JohnnyRamone.com.

John Cafiero presents Jane Hoffman, president of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, with the donation raised for the Picasso Veterinary Fund.
DEVIL DOG ART SHOW RAISES OVER $5,000.00 FOR ANIMAL RESCUE!

"The generous donation we received from John Cafiero and the Osaka Popstar Devil Dog Art Show for the Picasso Veterinary Fund truly has made the ultimate difference for the dogs and cats whose lives were saved as a result of the donation. We, and the animals, are grateful for such important support."

- Steve Gruber, Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals

The Osaka Popstar Devil Dog Art Show was curated by John Cafiero and debuted at The Showroom Gallery in New York City, Halloween night '08. Many pieces sold immediately on opening night and sales continued steadily into 2009.

The works contributed to the show ranged from an eclectic and diverse mix of visual artists including Obey Giant's Shepard Fairey, Popaganda's Ron English, Japan's Rockin' Jelly Bean, JTHM & Invader Zim creator Jhonen Vasquez and countless other incredibly talented artists from all over the world too numerous to list here in their entirely (nearly 100 total!). Each created a custom one of a kind toy work of art utilizing their skills, imagination and a solid white Devil Dog vinyl figure. Celebrity participants included actress Rose McGowan & Director Robert Rodriguez (contributing an autographed Cherry Darling/Grindhouse Devil Dog by Gentle Giant Studios) and Actor/Comedian Seth Rogen. Seth, who happens to be a vinyl toy fan and DIY enthusiast, painted his piece personally contributing to the worthy cause and the show itself, which opened to rave reviews from the art and toy community. Sales of the show raised over $5,000.00 for the Picasso Veterinary Fund administered by the Mayor's Alliance for New York City's Animals.

“It was the success of a rescued stray that inspired me to create the Devil Dog initially, so I thought it would be great if the character gave something back somehow. The Picasso Veterinary Fund saves the lives of rescued animals that would have been destroyed simply because there's no one to cover the costs or take care of them. Not only do the Picasso and the Alliance provide the medical attention needed, they even place the rescues in homes when they're well enough. The promise of all of that tagged with name Picasso felt like it was destined for the Devil Dog Art show."

– John Cafiero, Osaka Popstar

All pieces from the show were professionally shot by a variety of photographers for inclusion in a forthcoming book documenting the show. Look for more news on that to be posted here in the not too distant future. Until then, visit the blog to view photos taken at the event. Click the Devil Dog Art Show banner below for a look at the pieces that were available too.

DEVIL DOG VINYL TOYS AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE @ KIDROBOT STORES

The Ltd. Ed. Skeleton Suit and Candy Corn editions of Osaka Popstar's first vinyl toy, the Devil Dog are available now at all Kidrobot locations nationwide (including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami & Dallas) while supplies last! Visit Kidrobot.com for address and store hours or to order online now. Click here to view some pics of the Devil Dogs on display and available now @ Kidrobot stores.


"O-SOCK'EM" @ #2 IN SMASHING MAG'S 100 REMARKABLE CD COVERS

The cover art for Osaka Popstar's "Rock' Em O-Sock 'Em Live!" painted by Topps artist John Pound (Wacky Packages, Garbage Pail Kids and more), made the #2 slot in Smashing Magazine's 100 Obscure and Remarkable CD covers!

As art is an integral facet in the world of Osaka Popstar, its truly an honor to be cited alongside legendary album covers like the Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "Revolver", The Sex Pistols "Never Mind the Bollocks" (designed by Jamie Reid), Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" (voted and declared on many lists internationally as the greatest album cover art in history), plus modern day classics like Green Day's"21st Century Breakdown" (with art by English graffiti sensation Banksy). The extensive and eclectic list includes covers from Tool, the Pixies, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Zappa, Marilyn Manson, Smashing Pumpkins, Joy Division, Bjork, Beck and far too many to list here, 100 to be exact! Click the Smashing Magazine logo above or CLICK HERE to check out the list and the remarkable covers in their entirety.

DEVIL DOGS FEATURED IN PREVIEWS

The Ltd. Ed Skeleton Suit and Candy Corn Devil Dog vinyl figures, plus matching Skeleton Suit Devil Dog tees for both guys and girls, were Featured Items in the April issue of Previews the comic shop's catalog. Look for the toys and tees in comic book and collectible shops nationwide. Click here to view some of the coverage seen in the April issue's designer toy section, plus the full-color, glossy Devil Dog cover insert!

INSITE MAGAZINE – OSAKA FEATURE INTV. W/ JOHN CAFIERO

INsite Magazine, the national entertainment monthly, recently ran an interview with Osaka Popstar frontman John Cafiero. Topics include the current state of punk, the Ramones, new music, upcoming projects and more including (of course)...Osaka Popstar.

Click Here to read it now.

OSAKA CHARTS @ #12 IN TOP 20 ALT ROCK/POWER POP BANDS

NYC’s The Deli Magazine recently ran a piece on Osaka Popstar and currently lists the band @ #12 in the their top 20 Alt Rock/Power Pop bands.

Here’s a blurb from the article:

“Osaka Popstar is led by filmmaker by day and rock star by night, John Cafiero. Cafiero injects not only his high pitched Dickies-esque vocals but a healthy love of anime to the band's pulsating punk rock. So don’t be surprised if you find a pit forming to songs about beloved Japanese character"Astro Boy" or a bunch of crazied "Shaolin Monkeys".

Click Here to check out the chart and the full piece.


OSAKA MAKES INSITE MAGAZINE’S TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2008 & MORE

White Collar Punk Rocker as well as INsite Magazine Boston and INsite Atlanta listed Osaka Popstar’s latest release"Rock’Em O-Sock’Em Live!" in the Top 10 albums of 2008 along with The Clash, Vampire Weekend and Flogging Molly.

Here’s a quote: "It was hard to believe that this punk rock super group, comprised of refuges from The Misfits, The Voidoids and The Ramones, could top their 2006 debut Osaka Popstar and the American legends of Punk, but adding the immediacy of a live audience managed to do just that. A hybrid of originals and covers recorded at a small Jersey club show finds the band in their element. Can’t wait to see how they are going to top this one." - John B. Moore


OSAKA IN THE RAMONES FAMILY TREE

A new compilation album was released in South America by Music Brokers Argentina entitled"Ramones the Family Tree". The officially licensed CD was compiled by Ramones fans, for Ramones fans and includes rare cuts featuring the Ramones themselves as well as those rooted in the band’s family tree. Osaka Popstar’s live version of"The KKK Took My Baby Away" (from the"Rock’Em O-Sock’Em Live!" CD) is included on disc 1 of the limited edition two disc set which includes extensive liner notes on all of the bands and the corresponding tracks. Look for it wherever imports are sold. Gabba Gabba Hey!...


NEW ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME ANNEX NYC
PHOTO ALBUM @ MYSPACE

On December 2nd, 2008 an opening night party was held for The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ANNEX NYC in Soho. Much of the Ramones extended family were on hand celebrating the landmark site along with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Debbie Harry and Chris Stein (of Blondie) who held a very special, intimate performance at the private event. The entertainment community was represented in full force with an eclectic mix of musicians, actors and industry execs all under the same roof, as fans, paying homage to the preservation of rock and roll history.


John w/ Debbie Harry

Check out the new photo album at Osaka Popstar’s official myspace profile for pics taken throughout the week of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex NYC launch in Soho, December 2008.

 


AVAILABLE NOW! NEW LTD ED SNOW DEVIL DOG GIRLS TEE!

This great girls tee featuring the brand-new Snow Devil Dog with fireball snowflake back print is a perfect fit all winter long. The frosty new tee is available now in limited edition. Size Medium has completely SOLD OUT but limited quantities of S, L & Xl are still available while supplies last!

CLICK HERE FOR A CLOSER VIEW

Also new to the online store: Autographed Devil Dog Art Show posters! Visit the online shop to order now.


AVAILABLE NOW!
NEW LTD ED SKELETON SUIT & CANDY CORN DEVIL DOG VINYL FIGURES!

Two brand new Ltd Ed Devil Dog figures are available now! The Skeleton Suit Devil Dog comes in its black and white fireball-bones suit, produced in a limited edition of 200 pcs worldwide. The variant Candy Corn edition (only 100 pcs produced worldwide) comes with orange, yellow and white striped Candy Corn horns on its head! Each stands approx. 6-inches tall and feature articulated head, tail and arms with a removable pitchfork accessory. Designed by Mari-chan & John Cafiero, the new figures were made in Japan by Secret Base. These Ltd. Ed. glossy vinyl figures are incredibly well made and ultra high quality! Get ‘em while they last. Order now.


OSAKA POPSTAR DEVIL DOG ART SHOW

ONLINE GALLERY ADDED!

NET PROCEEDS BENEFIT ANIMAL RESCUE

The Osaka Popstar Devil Dog Art Show was held to rave reviews on Friday Oct. 31st at the Showroom Gallery in NYC. If you couldn’t make it to the show in person, the exhibit can now be viewed in our ONLINE GALLERY! The incredible pieces were available WORLDWIDE on a first come first served basis. Each will be featured in a forthcoming book documenting the entire show!


“This is one of the best custom shows I've ever seen!" – Camilla d’Errico

“Different from any other custom show that’s been done before." – Buff Monster

An eclectic mix of over a 100 unique, incredibly talented artists from all over the world have customized Devil Dog vinyl figures into one of a kind toy-works of art! The pieces debuted in a group showing in NYC on October 31, 2008 from 7 – 11pm and made available for sale to the public worldwide on a first come first served basis.

Click here for the ONLINE GALLERY
and view the incredible Devil Dog creations now!

Net proceeds from the sale of these one of a kind pieces will be donated to the Picasso Veterinary Fund, administered by the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals.

About the Picasso Veterinary Fund:

Traditionally, animals with extreme medical needs who are taken in by animal control shelters are euthanized because the funds needed to pay for extensive surgeries and other expensive treatment just haven't been available. But many of these animals would make wonderful, loving pets if only they had access to the medical treatment they need. The Picasso Veterinary Fund was created to give these animals the second chances they deserve. By paying for medical treatment that otherwise would not be available to them, the Fund is saving lives that in the past would have been lost. Administered by the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, the Picasso Veterinary Fund pays for lifesaving medical treatment for sick and injured animals that would have otherwise been destroyed. These animals get the veterinary care they need to get back on their feet, and put up for adoption when they are healthy enough to be placed in a good home.






ROBOT CHICKEN joins The Osaka Popstar Devil Dog ART SHOW!

The amazing team that bring you Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim hit"Robot Chicken" (created by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich) have joined the Osaka Popstar Devil Dog Art Show! Be sure to check out the artist roster for nearly a dozen creatives from Robot Chicken, Moral Orel and FX artists from The Dark Knight, Iron Man, X-men, Spiderman 2 and more!

So many more incredible artists were added since the initial announcement including Rockin’ Jelly Bean of Erosty Pop as well as Super-badass actor/comedian Seth Rogen (Knocked Up, 40 Year Old Virgin, Pineapple Express, Superbad). Seth has gone all out painting and autographing his custom Devil Dog personally! A special"Cherry Darling" Custom Devil Dog personally autographed by Cherry herself the beautiful Rose McGowan (Grindhouse, TV’s Charmed and the forthcoming Red Sonja), AND creator/Director extraordinaire Robert Rodriguez (Grindhouse, Spy Kids, El Mariachi)! So many and so much is represented its impossible to list it all here. The line-up and the show itself must be seen to be believed, so don't miss it!

Click here for a larger view of the poster and a list of all on the artist roster!

The all-new limited edition Skeleton Suit Devil Dog and Candy Corn Devil Dog were unveiled in person for the first time anywhere at the art show and are also available now, worldwide, at the Osaka Popstar Online Store while supplies last.

Visit the newly launched Osaka Popstar Devil Dog Myspace profile too.


DEVIL DOG LTD ED VINYL TOY – SOUL’D OUT!

BOTH the CLEAR RED and SOLID WHITE Osaka Popstar DEVIL DOG vinyl figures are completely SOLD OUT and no longer available at our online store.

Thanks to all of you who made our first toy release a success! There’s more to come and we are proud to announce the ALL NEW LIMITED EDITION ORANGE AND BLACK SKELETON SUIT DEVIL DOG VINYL FIGURE! The Skeleton Suit edition of the Devil Dog  vinyl figure is now in pre-production at Secret Base in Japan and will make its debut in time for Halloween release in connection with the NYC DEVIL DOG ART SHOW!

Until then, for those who missed out on the first edition in CLEAR RED and want to complete their collection before flippers double the prices on eBay, you can seek out the remaining CLEAR RED and SOLID WHITE Devil Dog vinyl figures in circulation at the following specialty Toy shops nationwide while supplies last!

TOY TOKYO
CLEAR RED STILL IN STOCK! – WHITE SOLD OUT!
121 Second Ave. (Upstairs), off St. Mark’s Place. NYC`
KIDROBOT
SOLD OUT!
LULUBELL TOY BODEGA
(search under Secret Base)
439 N. 6th Ave, Suite 187, Tucson, AZ
ROTOFUGI
CLEAR RED STILL IN STOCK! – WHITE SOLD OUT!
1953 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
SUPER 7
SOLD OUT!

LUCID DREAMS 3D & PASSMORELAB PRESENT OSAKA POPSTAR IN 3D!

San Diego, CA (eMedia Wire) , High-kicking cheerleaders. Fire-breathing devil dogs. Rain-cloud-breathing counter-devil-dogs. Punk-Rock Superheroes. Get ready, it's Osaka Popstar in 3D! And giving OP the ultra-dimensional force to fight evil, it's digital 3D technology developers PassmoreLab, who have joined forces with media content company Lucid Dreams 3D to produce the new stereographic video for "Wicked World," the lead single from the band's debut LP Osaka Popstar and the American Legends of Punk.

Released originally in 2006 as a conventional 2D video, "Wicked World," created by the renowned Japanese cult animator Mari-chan, was an instant hit with its classic anime imagery propelled by the driving, hook-laden music of Osaka Popstar. The band is the inspired collaboration of its creator/frontman John Cafiero, along with punk legends Marky Ramone (the Ramones), Jerry Only (Misfits), Dez Cadena (Black Flag), and Ivan Julian (Richard Hell & The Voidoids). Cafiero is a true creative visionary and longtime collaborator of the Misfits, having produced, among other hits, their 2003 Project 1950 CD - the highest-charting release in the band's long and storied career. Cafiero also produced and directed the acclaimed 2004 DVD, RAMONES RAW. Additionally, he has extended his considerable talents into the areas of film animation, toy development, and merchandise licensing through the Hard Rock Cafe franchise.    

"I became acquainted with John Cafiero of Osaka Popstar and the American Legends of Punk in a previous life as in-house counsel for Hard Rock International," said Lucid Dreams 3D president, James Humann. "I've loved Osaka Popstar since the very first time I heard their first CD and, as someone who loves punk music, it's tremendously cool to be associated with these heroes of American rock 'n' roll."

"We've done some conversion of cartoon content before," continued Humann, "so we are confident that the 'Wicked World' video is going to look fantastic in 3D. In addition, we're looking forward to continuing our relationship with Osaka Popstar beyond this initial project. Lucid Dreams 3D is also currently in negotiations with several other musical artists to establish the company as a leader in providing 3D musical content."

"In my initial dealings with James Humann at Hard Rock International, it quickly became obvious that he's a schooled music fan with discerning tastes," said OP frontman John Cafiero. "It was really flattering that he gravitated as much as he did to Osaka Popstar, and I was thrilled when he and Lucid Dreams 3D approached me about converting the animated music video, 'Wicked World,' into this rich new format. James and the entire Lucid Dreams team are both forward-thinking and passionate about their projects. Combine that with an exciting new hi-def technology and an army of fire-breathing devil dogs reaping havoc in 3D, and how can you not be on the verge of something white hot!"

The enthusiasm for the project is shared by PassmoreLab founder and president, Greg Passmore, who observed, "'Wicked World' is fresh and fun and bright and lively, and is well suited for conversion into 3D. The cell-animated conversion leaves tremendous room for interpretation of depth to our stereographers. For example," noted Passmore, "there's a section of fire-breathing dogs that burn down an entire city, and in this sequence we're taking considerable liberties at determining how we can apply depth to further enhance the imagery and make it appear larger than life. There are so many instances where the symbolic imagery lends itself well to dimensionalization. We think the 3D conversion will be a hit not only with anime fans, but with punk and pop-culture enthusiasts in general."

Look for news on the forthcoming WORLD PREMIERE of Osaka Popstar’s Wicked World in 3D coming soon.


SOUNDGARDEN’S KIM THAYIL SPINS OSAKA POPSTAR
REPORTED BY SUB POP’S GRUNGE SUMMIT

In the latest installment of Sub Pop’s Grunge Summit 2008, guitar icon Kim Thayil (Soundgarden, Probot), who’s highly influential guitar work pioneered the Seattle Sound and grunge movement, was quoted on the current state of music stating:"...bad time for record labels, great time to listen to music! Greater number and variety of artists, genres, listening formats, and avenues of distribution".

When asked what albums he’s been listening to lately, Kim cited"OSAKA POPSTAR".

Kim Thayil ranked #100 in Rolling Stone’s list of "100 greatest guitarists of all time" along with other groundbreaking guitarists including Johnny Ramone who was listed at #16. Visit the Sub Pop website to read the Grunge Summit by Sasha Sarene in its entirety.


TOMMY RAMONE COMMENTS ON THE LIVE DISC FROM OSAKA POPSTAR

Ramones founding member, producer and original drummer, Tommy Ramone recently had some kind words to say about the live CD from Osaka Popstar"Rock'Em O-Sock'Em Live!


"
This is a great sounding live show, which includes excellent performances
of several classic Ramones songs."
- Tommy Ramone

A high compliment indeed coming from the only surviving member of the original Ramones lineup and co-author of the Ramones anthem"Blitzkrieg Bop"!

For those who might not be aware, Tommy co-authored (along with Johnny, Joey & Dee Dee) many Ramones’ classics, some of which are included on OP’s live CD. Both"Blitzkrieg Bop" and"Beat on the Brat" originally appeared on the 1976 self-titled debut"Ramones" on Warner Bros. imprint, Sire Records. Tommy Ramone co-produced that groundbreaking album and went on to produce many more of the now legendary Ramones albums including,"Leave Home","Rocket to Russia" and"Road to Ruin".

Tommy had this to say on the Ramones songwriting process:"We were really good at collaborating. It was actually a fun process. Since we were all very different, we all came up with very different ideas. I think the songs we collaborated on are some of the best songs we have." When questioned about the infamous chant ‘Hey Ho, Lets Go!" Tommy stated: 'Saturday Night' (by the Bay City Rollers) was a big hit at the time and I thought it would be a great idea to have a chant. It worked for them...laughs)".

Most recently, Tommy has taken his musical pursuits in a totally different direction exploring his interests in Blue Grass Music with a new project called "Uncle Monk."

Osaka Popstar’s LIVE CD"Rock’Em O-Sock’Em Live!" is in stores now.


OSAKA ROBOT STOMPS INTO HOT TOPIC & MORE...

Look for the Osaka Popstar"Robot" Tee (with art by  Batman and Justice League’s Butch Lukic) available now at all Hot Topic locations nationwide.

 
OP was featured and spotlighted in the July and August issues of Previews the comic shop’s catalog! Look for an assortment of OP T-shirts, wristwatches, CDs and more in comic book and collectible shops throughout the US & Europe and keep your eyes open for future Preview’s exclusives from Osaka Popstar to be announced in the future.
 
A limited supply of the 11x17" full color"Rock’Em O-Sock’Em Live!" promo poster is available now in the online store. The full-color poster features a great oversized print of the OP-Garbage Pail Kids art by John Pound! Printed on heavy stock and suitable for framing, get ‘em while they last!

SURF 98.3 RADIO INTERVIEW AUDIO ARCHIVE NOW ONLINE

Osaka Popstar's John Cafiero & drummer Marky Ramone were recently interviewed by A. Webb on WSFM Surf 98.3 Wilmington’s New Rock in support of the "Rock’Em O-Sock’Em Live!" CD.

CLICK HERE to listen to the full interview segment, (originally aired June 18th 2008 @ 11PM EST).

Q101 CHICAGO'S ALTERNATIVE MANNO BROS INTERVIEW OSAKA POPSTAR

Osaka Popstar frontman John Cafiero and drummer Marky Ramone recently appeared on Q101 Chicago’s Alternative for an interview in support of the new release"Rock’Em O-Sock’Em Live!". CLICK HERE to listen to the entire interview segment with Q101’s Ryan & Kevin Manno in streaming audio now!

OSAKA INTERVIEW AIRS SUN. JUNE 29 @ 7PM EST ON WCYY 94.3

Tune into to WCYY 94.3 Portland’s New Rock Alternative on Sunday June 29th from 7 - 10PM EST for an interview with Osaka Popstar creator/frontman John Cafiero & drummer Marky Ramone on"Spinout" with host Mark Curdo. The interview (in support of the new CD"Rock’Em O-Sock’Em Live!"), originally aired Thurs. June 26th but you can catch a repeat on Sunday June 29th starting at 7pm EST. For those outside the reach of Maine’s airwaves, log on to WCYY.com and listen online in streaming audio, Sun. June 29th from 7-10 PM EST.

OSAKA POPSTAR IN ALTERNATIVE PRESS

In a recent exclusive interview with Alternative Press Magazine, drummer Marky Ramone was quoted on Osaka Popstar’s debut CD saying:

“It’s one of the best albums that I ever played on."

High praise indeed coming from the man who played drums alongside Johnny, Joey and Dee Dee on classic Ramones albums like "Road to Ruin" and "End of the Century" and Richard Hell's seminal "Blank Generation" album to name a few.

To read the rest of Marky's interview and see what else he's been up to lately, visit Alternative Press Online now.


OSAKA POPSTAR JOINS THE JOHNNY RAMONE ARMY!

Osaka Popstar creator and frontman John Cafiero has enlisted in the Johnny Ramone Army and among other things, produced a great new animated short in memory of the legendary Ramones guitarist!

The JRA gets a cutting edge toon-up with some fantastic new Johnny Ramone cartoon art & animation by illustrator/animator Sam Fout! Sam (who’s credits include Cartoon Network, Lucasfilm, SNL and Disney among others) was approached by JRA’s own John Cafiero with concepts for tooned up imagery of the legendary Johnny Ramone! This resulted in a number of great new designs and quickly evolved a step further into a short Animated by Sam Fout of Moon Toad Productions and Todd Cronin of Brainchild Animation. The animated spot, Produced by John Cafiero (of Osaka Popstar) with Johnny’s wife, Linda Ramone herself serving as Executive Producer, can be viewed free of charge right now at JohnnyRamone.com!

Stop by the JRA online store and check out the great new line of JRA T-shirts AVAILABLE NOW.


ROCK'EM O-SOCK'EM E-CARD NOW ONLINE!

Check out our Rock'Em O-Sock'Em online eCard now to preview 4 full songs from the new CD in streaming audio, check out some cool sights and sounds and watch streaming video of 89.5 FM WSOU's Pirate Radio conducting a full-length interview backstage with John Cafiero, Marky Ramone & Ivan Julian just moments after the live performance recorded for the Rock'Em O-Sock'Em CD!


LIVE CD FROM OSAKA POPSTAR IN STORES & ONLINE NOW!

Osaka Popstar returns with "Rock'Em O-Sock'Em Live!" Recorded on Halloween Night at the Starland Ballroom in NJ the all-new CD features 9 tracks including favorites from the critically acclaimed debut album PERFORMED LIVE along with Osaka Popstar performances of 3 Ramones classics!

With rich cover art straight from Topps' Garbage Pail Kids All-new Series 7; each Limited Edition Digipak includes a FREE exclusive Topps Osaka Popstar-Garbage Pail Kids Trading Card inside!

Look for Osaka Popstar's all-new CD "Rock'Em O-Sock'Em Live!" in stores, available on iTunes and all other online digital music stores worldwide now!

Online exclusive! All orders for "Rock'Em O-Sock'Em Live!" placed at our online store will receive a FREE P2 OP-GPK "Drum Kit" bonus card personally autographed by Osaka Popstar frontman John Cafiero! Combine it with the exclusive "Rock'Em O-Sock'Em" P1 bonus card found inside the Ltd. Ed. CD digipak and you've got a complete set of rare and highly exclusive trading cards!


OSAKA POPSTAR TEAMS WITH THE HARD ROCK CAFÉ!

Osaka Popstar has joined forces with the prestigious Hard Rock Cafe for an incredible assortment of high quality, collectible, limited edition cloisonné pins and key chains available exclusively at all eight Hard Rock Cafe locations throughout Japan, while supplies last!

8 unique pins and 8 different key chains were produced including the Osaka Popstar Devil Dogs in fire breathing red, blue and skeleton suit, Sailor Girl, Giant Robot, Shaolin Monkeys and even frontman John Cafiero himself in anime form! Each design includes the Osaka Popstar & Hard Rock Café logos cobranded together with the city name of the emanating café location which includes; Universal Citywalk Osaka, Yokohama, Tokyo, Nagoya, Narita Tokyo, Fukuoka, Uyeno and Osaka of course!

To collect the entire set you must visit each of Japan’s 8 Hard Rock Café locations. Collectors take note; the Universal Citywalk Osaka location at Universal Studios Japan carries 7 additional Osaka Popstar cloisonné keychain designs exclusive to their shop.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE HARD ROCK CAFÉ WEBSITE FOR FULL DETAILS, CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS & IMAGES OF THE ENTIRE SET AVAILABLE NOW!

For those of you outside of Japan, not to worry we’ve got you covered! Three variant Ltd. Ed cloisonné pins and keychains are available now, exclusively in the Osaka Popstar online store. The variant pins were produced on silver metal (whereas the pins available in Japan were produced on gold metal) and each are branded Hard Rock Cafe Japan (where the individual Japanese city locations are indicated on the pins available at the Japanese cafés). This collaboration also marks the first time the Hard Rock Café have authorized HRC branded items to be offered outside of their own shops!

OSAKA POPSTAR ONLINE EXCLUSIVES:


Osaka Popstar
Devil Dog
Hard Rock Cafe
Keychain


Osaka Popstar
John Cafiero
Hard Rock Cafe
Keychain | Pin

Osaka Popstar
Robot
Hard Rock Cafe
Pin

Osaka Popstar
Skeleton Dog
Hard Rock Cafe
Keychain


Making our online exclusive edition of the Red Fire Breathing Devil Dog OP-HRC pin even more unique is a red metal flake fill that must be seen in person to be fully appreciated.

All items in this limited edition set are truly impressive and a rare piece of pop-culture history. Collect them all while supplies last!

Look for the counter top display at all Hard Rock Cafe locations throughout Japan!

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE HARD ROCK CAFÉ WEBSITE

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE OSAKA POPSTAR ONLINE STORE


Red Fire Breathing Devil Dog with Red Metal Flake
Pin

LTD. ED. SHAPED PICTURE DISCS ON SALE NOW @ HOT TOPIC!

You can now pick up the Limited Edition Osaka Popstar"Shaolin Monkeys" 10-inch shaped picture disc at Hot Topic stores nationwide for the sale price of $17.99 each! Also look for them wherever vinyl is sold while supplies last.

"DEVIL DOG" LTD. ED VINYL FIGURE AVAILABLE NOW!

The Osaka Popstar mascot and star of the animated music video "Wicked World" made it's vinyl figure debut on April 18th at NY Comic Con and is available now at the Osaka Popstar online store while supplies last!

120 CLEAR RED VINYL editions were produced as well as 50-pcs in SOLID WHITE VINYL.

Both the clear red and solid white editions of the Devil Dog stand approx. 6-inches tall and feature articulated head, tail and arms with a solid red removable pitchfork accessory and a solid red, pointed tail.

Made in Japan by Secret Base (for Osaka Popstar).

Sculpted by Betch (Pushead Skullpirate).

Design by Mari-Chan, based on concepts by John Cafiero.

Click the pic at left for a larger view of the figure.

Both the CLEAR RED and SOLID WHITE editions have SOLD OUT.

For those in the NY area who want to pick up the figure in person, visit Toy Tokyo @ 121 Second Ave (upstairs) off St. Marks Place in NYC where you’ll find a limited supply of both the clear red and solid white Devil Dog figures on hand and in stock.

For those in the bay area on the West Coast, visit Super 7 @ 1628 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94115.

If you're in the Chicago area, you can pick up your RED or WHITE Devil Dog at Rotofugi Designer Toy Store & Gallery located at 1953 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL.

Buy them in person or order online but get ‘em while you still can!

Be on the lookout for future editions to come as well as the Osaka Popstar Devil Dog Art Show coming this fall to The Showroom Gallery in NYC where a team of incredible artists will assemble and paint custom Devil Dog figures to benefit animal rescue! More news to come…


"ROCK'EM O-SOCK'EM" T-SHIRT AVAILABLE NOW!

Featuring artwork by Topps Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages legend John Pound, this brand new tee spotlights the main character from the front cover of the upcoming Live CD from Osaka Popstar entitled"Rock’Em O-Sock’Em Live!" (in stores May 20th). This variant version of the 2-headed drummer sports an Osaka Popstar tee of his own and new Converse-like kicks. The 2-sided tee also includes a GPK-style treatment on the Osaka Popstar logo by Pound himself! The new"Rock’Em O-Sock’Em" tees are available now at the Osaka Popstar online store (in sizes S - 2XL).


LIVE CD FROM OSAKA POPSTAR IN STORES & ONLINE NOW!

You asked for it and you've been heard. On May 20th Osaka Popstar returns with an all-new CD "Rock'Em O-Sock'Em Live!"

Recorded on Halloween Night (10/31/06) at the Starland Ballroom in NJ the EP features 9 tracks including favorites from the critically acclaimed debut album PERFORMED LIVE along with Osaka Popstar performances of 3 Ramones classics!

With rich cover art straight from Topps' Garbage Pail Kids All-new Series 7, each Limited Edition Digipak includes a FREE exclusive Osaka Popstar-Garbage Pail Kids Trading Card inside! That's right GPK fans, not a sticker but an authentic GPK trading card brought to you straight from the Topps company themselves. There's even a special variant version of the GPK art printed full panel inside the Ltd. Ed. Digipak packaging.

NY Punk at its finest, look for Osaka Popstar's all-new CD "Rock'Em O-Sock'Em Live!" in stores and available on iTunes and other online digital music stores worldwide on May 20th, and expect lots more to come from Osaka Popstar!

GPK collectors and completists take note the free GPK card that comes inside each Ltd. Ed. Digipak in stores on May 20th will be numbered by the Topps Company "P1" (promo 1) with the character name "Rock'Em O-Sock'Em". True to traditional GPK series releases, an alternate "b" version of the trading card numbered "P2" (with the character name "Drum Kit") will be available as a FREE GIVEAWAY at the Topps booth at NY Comic Con April 18-20 so be sure to stop by and ask for one to complete your set!

More news on this and related events to follow...

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WATCHES AVAILABLE FROM OSAKA POPSTAR
Osaka Popstar's Shaolin Monkeys battle face wrist watch is now available in three different high quality watch styles!

Also look for the Robot and Devil Dog wrist watches now available in the new velcro band style too:

Each high quality watch comes with a Lifetime Warranty from the manufacturer (Crave Trendware)
and is packaged in a protective tin!


JOHN @ DREW FRIEDMAN'S
BOOK RELEASE PARTY

It’s widely known that Osaka Popstar’s John Cafiero is a huge fan of the underground art scene. Renowned cult artist Drew Friedman recently held a private book release party in the Milton Berle room at the exclusive Friars Club in NYC for his latest book"More Old Jewish Comedians". The scene was a total who’s who of comedians, artists and musicians all on hand to celebrate Drew's new book release.

CLICK HERE for lots more photos and news from Drew Friedman's Old Jewish Comedians book release party!


OSAKA POPSTAR MEETS
THE GARBAGE PAIL KIDS!


The infamous"Garbage Pail Kids" are back and the latest set, all-new series 7 (IN STORES NOW), features Osaka Popstar! Included in the base set of 110 stickers/cards (which are each available in"a" &"b" versions) you’ll find #38a"Drum Kit" aka #38b"Tom Tom". The sticker/card design spotlights a decapitated, two-headed GPK drummer ferociously pounding on a snare drum. Stuck on the end of each drumstick are his bruised and battered decapitated heads! Behind him is an Osaka Popstar logo stage backdrop complete with fire breathing devil dog bookends and the entire lineup of the debut album"Osaka Popstar & the American Legends of Punk" performing live on stage, just as they appeared on their UK tour and nationwide throughout North America on the most recent Fiend Fest tour. John Cafiero (vocals), Jerry Only on bass, Dez Cadena & Ivan Julian on guitars and Marky Ramone on drums are all rendered behind the freaky GPK drummer at center stage.


Click Here for a larger view of the A & B version of the OP-GPK sticker.

Osaka Popstar creator/frontman John Cafiero comments:"It’s really surreal and a lot of fun to see Osaka Popstar included in this set. The all-new GPK series is fantastic and they’ve only continued to get cooler ever since it first came back on the scene a few years ago. By all-new series-4, (one of my favorites), I was totally hooked. The people behind them really enjoy what they’re doing and it shows in the work. More often than not, the quality of art even steps up a notch surpassing the richness old school GPK fans remember while maintaining the same outrageous sensibilities that made GPK so great to begin with. Each card is a bizarre work of art. They’re very detailed paintings. I collect GPK so for me; being in this set is like the lowbrow art equivalent of a Grammy! The pop culture references in GPKs are always a lot of fun to spot and to become one of them is a real honor. I love it."


Jerry Only (Misfits) who is featured on Bass in the card comments: "Back as a kid I used to collect trading cards like Mars Attacks and Wacky Packages. I remember the Garbage Pail Kids stickers from the 80’s. They were always very extreme. From the looks of it, they still are and I'm in one! How cool is that?"

Drummer Marky Ramone (of the world Famous Ramones) states: "It’s great to be in cartoon form. This is just as high of an honor as it was being portrayed with the Ramones in the Simpsons. The artwork is wild. I really like it. Two heads are better than one!"

Garbage Pail Kids All-new series 7 is in stores now. Look for them in comic book and collectible shops, grocery stores and major chains like Rite Aid, Target, Walmart and Toys R Us. You can also buy them by the pack or by the box at the Topps Online Store. All of the stickers in the set are randomly inserted into"mega-packs" of 10 but you’ll easily complete a full base set, (including both the"a" &"b" version of sticker #38 featuring Osaka Popstar) if you buy a box of 24 packs or trade with your friends! For more info on the series, visit the official Garbage Pail Kids website.

The debut disc (“Osaka Popstar & the American Legends of Punk) included an official Osaka Popstar-Wacky Packages sticker and now the NY punk rooted anime inspired outfit has the honor of being the first and only band immortalized in the Garbage Pail Kids series as well. The circle is now complete. Both pieces were painted by legendary Topps veteran artist John Pound. Collect them all!

Look for the OP-GPK art to tie into the release of an Osaka Popstar LIVE EP coming Spring 2008 from Misfits Records! Osaka Popstar will be returning to the studio later this year for a follow up album. Until that time, fans can look forward to the release of a LIVE EP recorded Halloween Night @ the Starland Ballroom in NJ on the Fiend Fest tour.

Stay tooned, there’s lots more to come…


SKELETON SUIT DEVIL DOG TEE AVAILABLE NOW

The fire-breathing Devil Dog, known for changing color based on its mood or climate, has turned orange and zipped into a full body skeleton suit this Fall!

This two-sided tee gives both the front and back view of the bones clad Devil Dog and includes a matching orange Osaka Popstar logo on the back. Pick one up now in our online store while they last! Click here for detailed front and back view.

Limited edition Devil Dog vinyl toy available too!

JAPANESE IMPORT W/ 3 LIVE BONUS TRACKS
AVAILABLE NOW IN OUR ONLINE STORE

For those outside of Japan looking for the Japanese import of the Osaka Popstar CD with live bonus tracks it’s NOW IN STOCK at our online store while supplies last.

The live bonus tracks (“Wicked World","Sailor Moon" and the Ramones classic"Beat on the Brat"), were recorded on the Fiend Fest tour, Halloween night at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ. Visit the official Osaka Popstar MySpace page now to listen to the live bonus track"Beat on the Brat" in it's entirety. For more on the Japanese release of the debut album from Osaka Popstar, visit the news archive on this site.


ON SALE NOW: LTD. ED. SHAPED PICTURE DISC FROM OSAKA POPSTAR!

In an effort to bring you the coolest and most unusual presentation possible with it's releases, Misfits Records raises the bar for fans of vinyl with this unbelievable shaped vinyl picture disc available from the Osaka Popstar online store!

In conjunction with the Japanese release of the Osaka Popstar CD comes this shaped vinyl picture disc single for"Shaolin Monkeys"! The picture record (measuring 10.5 inches tall) is a die-cut image of the crowned head of Shaolin Monkey leader, Stan Lee! Stan sports his 'war paint' battle-face on Side A (with the album version of the song) and appears mild-mannered without 'war paint' on Side B, (along with an unreleased instrumental version of the track). Click here for a detailed view.

Spin this regal monkey head picture disc on your turntable or hang it on your wall but whatever the case, it will undoubtedly be one of the coolest looking records in your entire collection!



WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE DEBUT RELEASE
FROM OSAKA POPSTAR



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The existence of the Osaka Popstar debut is further proof that God loves The Ramones..."

- AMP (American Music Press-monthly, national punk and indie magazine)

“...like a major motion picture release. The billing is high profile for audiophiles and the results are pop punk purity..."
- Thomas Martin, EnigmaOnline.com

“The verses are catchier than many a groups choruses, and the choruses are like three-chord crack."
- Ian Winwood, Classic Rock Magazine

“...an excellent voice to lead the next generation of post-Ramones music..."
- David Burd, The Uncle Floyd Show

“This is what a true punk rock band is supposed to sound like..."
- JK, All Ages Zine .com

“This is full on no frills punk rock..."
- Jonathan Falcone, Big Cheese Magazine (UK)

“The whole record is an adolescent fantasy world, trapped between Saturday morning cartoons and the ultimate doom that is adulthood..."
- Zane Ewton, Rocknworld.com

“Osaka Popstar and the American Legends of Punk takes early punk sounds and give them slick, modern production. The result is nothing less than spectacular..."
- Jim McDonald, 1340mag.com

"Osaka Popstar is a celebration of punk rock and pop culture that is impossible not to like..."
- Courier Press

“Well done and a fresh outlook on punk rock..."
- entertainmentworld.us

“The album is a juiced-up colorful comic book in which Cafiero sings with such vibrancy you could almost see the colors pop..."
- Candied Pop.com

“It’s good old-fashioned punk: pop-flavored, American made, and as fun to listen to as it likely was to record..."
- BonTon, sweetdarkness.net

“This is the kinda record that makes me wanna reach for that repeat button over and over again..."
- David Bostijn, Punkx.nl

“The production is excellent, powerful, but leaving freshness in the place of urgency..."
- Zicline.com (translated to English from French)

“Seemingly out of nowhere, Osaka Popstar have perfected a near-miraculous combination of fun and catharsis that leaves you breathless, exhausted, and completely satisfied..."
-Tom Ryan, American Hit Network

“...the band’s debut is an infectious set, and dare I say – sweet as a rock-hard stick of Topps trading card gum."
- AVERSION.com

“...it’s a thrill to listen to this album. Real old-school, feel-good Punk. No fillers, all killers!"
- Frode Kilvik, Metal Express Radio

“a truly delicious project that proves punk is about spirit and delivery..."
- Cammila Albertson, All Music Guide

“Everything punk rock you’ll ever need is on this disc."
- Pulse Weekly


OSAKA POPSTAR TO APPEAR AT ALL HARD ROCK CAFES WORLDWIDE.
FROM OSAKA TO NEW YORK CITY…LITERALLY!


Starting Christmas weekend, Osaka Popstar's"Wicked World" and"Insects" music videos can now be seen on the in-house programming at all Hard Rock Cafés worldwide! The people behind the prestigious Cafés loved what they’d heard of Osaka Popstar and personally requested the 2 animated music videos for the in-house programming at each and every Hard Rock throughout the world. Be sure to look for Osaka Popstar during your next visit to one of the Hard Rock Cafe's 122 locations worldwide! We’d like to thank the Hard Rock for the invitation as well as their interest in Osaka Popstar. For a location near you, CLICK HERE and visit their official website. Hard Rock Cafés are located all over the world …from Osaka, Japan to New York city, literally!

MTV.COM ADDS "INSECTS" TO "TOP INDIE MUSIC VIDEOS!"
"Insects" is #5 on MTV.COM'S. "Hottest Indie Music Videos"!


ONCE AGAIN OSAKA POPSTAR ARE ON THE CHARTS!
"Insects" is on is on the "Top 25 Singles" on the Sub Modern radio air-play charts!

BETTER WATCH OUT! "INSECTS" VIDEO ADDED TO FUSE TV'S "THE DIVE!"
Osaka Popstar's second video for the single "Insects" directed by "Rather Good" Joel Veitch has been added to FUSE TV's show "The Dive". You Better Watch Out and watch it! airdate: November 6th!

OSAKA POPSTAR INTERVIEW IN UP MAGAZINE
Click here to read an in-depth Interview with Osaka Popstar creator and frontman John Cafiero as conducted by Bram Van Schaik for UP Magazine in Holland. The issue (#30) includes a 2 page spread on Osaka Popstar centering around the interview. The same issue also includes an excellent CD review that compares the Osaka Popstar album to visiting a theme-park!

Bram Van Schaik of UP magazine had this to say about the full interview with John Cafiero:

"This interview with John appears in edited form in issue #30 of UP Magazine. Sadly, I couldn't run the full interview of over 5000 words (yes, that's right) in UP mag, not even when you're the reincarnation of both Joey Ramone, Joe Strummer and, let's say, Frank Zappa themselves! I think the full interview is really worth reading. There's a lot of history-related info in it and it tells how someone grows up in the roaring seventies and starts a musical career. It's such a great story and I felt sorry when cutting it down to 2 pages. I thought it would be a great idea to put the entire Q&A on the website."

Click here to read the full uncut interview in English courtesy of Bram from UP and be sure to pick up issue #30 for the edited version translated in Dutch!



3 PAGE ARTICLE ON OSAKA POPSTAR IN HUSTLER MAGAZINE!


You read correctly, the folks over at Hustler think we’re hot! So hot in fact that they devoted 3 pages of the upcoming issue to a feature article on Osaka Popstar! The 3-page article also includes an interview with frontman John Cafiero and drummer Marky Ramone.

Here’s a quote from the upcoming issue:
"Osaka Popstar is solid, upbeat and infectious, with more hooks than an all-day fishing trip and an image cool enough to chill your beer."

- Tom Farrell, Entertainment Editor, HUSTLER MAGAZINE

The December issue of Hustler will be available and on newsstands mid September. Please note, Hustler is a monthly adult magazine that includes explicit material as well as current-event satire and social exposés. You must be 18 or over to read Hustler, check your state laws for proper age limit and local restrictions where applicable.

Believe it or not, Osaka Popstar will return in Hustler’s January issue too! As a result of the feature story in Hustler’s forthcoming Dec. issue, John Cafiero was asked to review a bunch of anime DVD’s from Geneon and Marky Ramone will chime in with his thoughts on the new Gojira DVD and a couple of Geneon anime titles as well!

On a related note, Tom Farrell the Entertainment editor at Hustler informs he’s already gone through numerous copies of the Osaka Popstar CD due to the fact that everyone in the office loves the album. Every time he turns around someone’s taken his copy and as a result, as you walk through Hustler headquarters, Osaka Popstar is playing nearly everywhere you go!



SATURDAY MORNING PUNK ROCK RADIO WITH JOHN CAFIERO!

Osaka Popstar frontman John Cafiero hosted an hour of radio on WFMU Saturday July 29th. John DJ’d a show filled with cutting edge punk, anime oriented music and other good stuff that you might not find elsewhere. Everything on the show was hand picked by John personally and is all music he genuinely listens to. In addition to a lot of great music, the show was chock full of interesting info too. Fans of Osaka Popstar label mates Balzac might be interested to know John’s show includes Balzac’s hard to find cover version of the Damned classic"Smash it Up" which is only available on a rare comp CD in Japan! If you missed John’s show, CLICK HERE to see the full playlist and listen to the entire hour in your choice of streaming MP3 or Real Audio.


OSAKA POPSTAR VOTED #1 ON FUSE TV’S"OVEN FRESH"!

We’d like to say a huge THANKS to all of you who showed your support for Osaka Popstar and voted for us on Fuse’s"Oven Fresh." Thanks to all of you, the music video for our first single"Wicked World" was ANNOUNCED AT #1 on Fuse’s"Oven Fresh Keepers" on Friday June 16th!

You can catch the rebroadcast of"Oven Fresh Keepers" with the Osaka Popstar video for"Wicked World" ranked at #1 on Saturday June 17th at 1:30pm EST and again on Sat. June 17th at 9:30 pm EST.

It just goes to show that punk rock is alive and well and all of you proved that point along with us by making your voices heard. Thanks again to all of you who voted for Osaka Popstar and MADE US #1! Click here to see the voting results.

Look for the"Wicked World" video to air on Fuse TV’s"The Dive" this Sunday, June 18th at 3:30am EST (12:30am PST).


Osaka Popstar frontman John Cafiero guests on Irwin Chusid's show on WFMU on May 31st

LISTEN TO THE FULL SHOW ARCHIVED ONLINE IN STREAMING AUDIO – CLICK HERE NOW

"Thirty years of punk rock history layered with Japanese anime frosted with the mainstreaming of outsider music = the headbanging genius of Osaka Popstar. No one else should follow this formula because it can't be done better, or louder, or with more panache."

- Irwin Chusid (WFMU DJ; author, Songs in the Key of Z: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music)

WFMU’s Irwin Chusid presents"genre-surfing tokenism" from 12 - 2 pm…what’s that you ask? Probably one of the coolest, most unusual experiences in radio where there are no boundaries, outsiders are insiders and insiders are…well…confused! On May 31st John mixed it up live in the studio with Irwin from 1 – 2pm EST. In an interesting twist, Irwin’s gave John free reign for the hour to pick a special blend of punk and outsider tunes he’d like to share with WFMU’s listeners. In between that, Irwin and John discussed Osaka Popstar in detail and played cuts off the new album. The show aired live on Wednesday, May 31st on 91.1 FM (NJ and NYC metro area) and 90.1 FM (Hudson Valley region).

You can hear the entire show (exactly as it aired live) online at WFMU.org. Click here for the full playlist and the entire show archived in your choice of streaming MP3 or RealAudio. Check the playlist and note that John begins midway into the show (at the 1pm hour).

John is a longtime WFMU listener and admits to being musically schooled by WFMU's free-form offerings. In addition to being a WFMU Radio personality, Irwin Chusid is a respected Author, Producer, Music Historian and journalist having written for The New York Times, Mojo, New York Press, and many other publications.

The unsuspecting DJ (who’s book"Songs in the Key of Z" includes profiles of outsider artists Daniel Johnston & The Kids of Widney High) received an advance copy the new Osaka Popstar CD a week before the release with no explanation whatsoever.

Irwin informs:"Had no idea why the OP CD was sent to me. I get a lot of crap dropped into the mailbox, and when I first saw the sleeve, assumed it was a mistake. I gave it a listen at home while fixing dinner, and without realizing the first song was Daniel's, found myself mesmerized by the recording. Song after song, it just got better. I was a fan by the time "Man of Constant Sorrow" ended."

Immediately following his new discovery, Irwin debuted 4 tracks from the Osaka Popstar CD on his radio show:"I rarely play an artist more than once in a program, but sometimes I make exceptions... in exceptional cases."

Click Here to listen to the archive of Irwin’s May 17th show which includes the original Kids of Widney High version of the song"Insects" back to back with the Osaka Popstar’s cover version plus 3 more OP tracks, Irwin’s comments on the new OP CD he’d just discovered and many rare gems you’d likely never hear anywhere else. You can learn more about Irwin Chusid and his projects via his webpage at WFMU and his Outsider Music website KeyofZ.com.

Click here for the online archive of Irwin’s May 31st show with live in studio guest; John Cafiero appearing for an interview and programming the music midway into the show.



PUNK ROCK TRULY IS ALIVE AND WELL FROM OSAKA ... TO NEW YORK CITY!

Click here for a gallery of random shots from the streets of NY!



OSAKA POPSTAR CLIMBS THE RADIO CHARTS TO #6 IN THE TOP 25 SINGLES AND #10 IN THE TOP 25 ALBUMS!
Click here for the May 17th Chart, click here to see last weeks' chart debut @ # 15.


OSAKA POPSTAR AUDIO/VIDEO E-CARD IS NOW ONLINE
Click to preview three songs ("Wicked World", "Astro Boy" & "Insects") in their entirety PLUS view clips from the two animated music videos featured on the CDs bonus DVD! When you're done checking out all the content, send the E-card to your friends so they can check it out too! Be sure to sign up for the Osaka Popstar mailing list to stay up to date on the latest news.


OSAKA POPSTAR ARE TOPPS!

OSAKA POPSTAR TEAM UP WITH TOPPS TO INCLUDE LIMITED EDITION OSAKA POPSTAR"WACKY PACKAGES" BONUS STICKER BY ARTIST JOHN POUND IN SPECIALLY MARKED CD PACKAGES. MISFITS RECORDS ANNOUNCES OFFER FOR AN EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED-EDITION MISFITS VINYL 45 WITH OSAKA PROOF OF PURCHASE.

Punk super-group OSAKA POPSTAR--fronted by JOHN CAFIERO and featuring the legendary MARKY RAMONE (THE RAMONES), JERRY ONLY (MISFITS), DEZ CADENA (BLACK FLAG) and IVAN JULIAN (RICHARD HELL & THE VOIDOIDS)—have made pop culture history by teaming with the world famous Topps trading card company to add a limited-edition and highly collectible Osaka Popstar"Wacky Packages" bonus sticker available exclusively in specially-marked packages in the first run of CDs.

John Williams from Topps Company, Inc. had this to say about the collaboration:

"Wacky Packages and Osaka Popstar share some of the same basic ingredients--a playful mix of fun, humor and good-natured rebellion. In the 70s, Wacky Packages achieved pop icon status after spawning a feverish collecting craze among kids. Now Wacky Packages are back to tickle the funny-bone of a whole new generation. John Pound has produced yet another Wacky masterpiece for the Osaka Popstar CD."

Artist John Pound--the artistic genius behind countless Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids stickers--designed the sticker that renders OSAKA POPSTAR as the first rock band to be immortalized as a"Wacky Pack," the art form created during Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Art Spiegelman’s tenure at Topps.

Pound informs that the popular Garbage Pail Kids craze began as a bi-product of the Wacky Packages series:

"GPKs were born through Wacky Packages. Art Spiegelman called me in the 80's to do some Wacky Packages paintings for Topps. I did a few. One was a "Garbage Pail Kids" doll, looking like a bum in a trashcan, inside a doll package. But instead of doing the GPK as a Wacky Package, Topps decided it would work better to do GPKs as a series. So they asked me for some ideas and sketches, and soon I had to do a lot of cute and gross paintings really fast. Who knew it would be so popular?"

Pound went on to comment on the recent collaboration with Osaka Popstar stating: "I'm impressed with all the care and detail put into this CD release!"

Fans can also expect to find an OSAKA POPSTAR proof-of-purchase seal inside the CD package that, when combined with proof-of-purchase from prior Misfits Records releases, can be redeemed for an exclusive, unreleased, limited-edition Misfits vinyl 45. Visit misfitsrecords.com for more details. Click here to view the latest full page ad which includes a sneak peak at the cover art for the exclusive 45.

OSAKA POPSTAR has been garnering a steady grassroots following on Modern Rock, Alternative and Specialty Radio as well as Internet and Satellite Radio. Check out the great write up in radio publication FMQB's Submodern Buzz.

For more information on Wacky Packages, check out www.wackypackages.com.

Click on misfitsrecords.com/ecards/osakapopstar to view the OSAKA POPSTAR E-Card where you can preview three songs from the upcoming CD in their entirety and view clips from the two animated music videos featured on the CDs bonus DVD.



OSAKA POPSTAR DEBUT CD IN STORES NOW!

The full-length CD/DVD combo"Osaka Popstar and the American Legends of Punk" is now available in stores worldwide. Osaka Popstar is helmed by John Cafiero (vocals), and the debut release features a variety of punk legends within the backing band including Jerry Only (Misfits) on bass, Dez Cadena (Black Flag) guitar, Ivan Julian (Richard Hell & the Voidoids) guitar, Marky Ramone (of the world famous Ramones) on drums and a special guest appearance by indie music icon Daniel Johnston. The CD includes a bonus DVD with 2 animated music videos created exclusively for the release. John Cafiero has assembled an incredible roster of musical talent as well as an impressive roster of visual artists to render his concepts for the artwork found within the over-the-top booklet and CD packaging. For more in-depth info on Osaka Popstar and the release, visit the about section of this site.

You can listen to the final mix of "Wicked World" (the first single from the upcoming CD), in its entirety via the streaming audio player in the menu above. Previously an early,"rough mix" of the track""Wicked World"" was featured on Rykodisc's 20th Anniversary 2-CD compilation set.

Click here to view the original advance promo poster for Osaka Popstar and the American Legends of Punk.

Both the poster and the CD/DVD are available now at the Osaka Popstar online store.


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