I'm not sure I'm ready to jump into the fray in the world of mp3 blogs, but I heard about the recentdeath of Shonen Knife and DMBQ drummer Mana “China” Nishiura in a car accident, and was surprised to see no mention in any of the mp3 blogs over at The Hype Machine. (If there were any comments, no mp3s were posted.) “China” was currently touring with the band DMBQ. She apparently was a session and touring drummer that played with a number of other bands (Teem, Rashinban, Droop, Slower Traffic 5), in many styles.
I will not pretend to know a lot about her, and if you are interested in learning more about Mana “China” Nishiura, then I suggest visiting some of the links in this post.
The only CD I own by Shonen Knife is Let's Knife, but my favorite track is on the soundtrack to The Powerpuff Girls: Heroes & Villains movie. The Shonen Knife contribution is “Buttercup (I'm a Super Girl)”, and The Ramones influence is way beyond obvious. But that's okay. The song is a lot of fun.