Monday, May 18, 2015

Lucky Cat Sat 16th May - Kawaii Petit Koenji Special

Saturday's show was a Kawaii Petit Koenji Special!  I visited the wonderful shop Petit Koenji in Tooting Market and interviewed owner Sabrina Tobuchi, Gizmo also joined in!  

I reviewed Be My Baby, available 

Do let me know your favourite Japanese street food : luckycatzoe  at

Photos of Petit Koenji shop below courtesy of Stella Makinwa. 

Listen here: 

I Will Never Grow Old - Toots and the Metals (Coxsone LP)
Doraemon Theme - Doraemon OST
Unknown Japanese 80s Anime Pop 7"!
Unknown Japanese 80s Space Anime Pop 7"!
Una Sera Di Tokyo - The Peanuts (King Hit Parade vol 5 LP)
A-Ha - The Peanuts (EMI Columbia 7")
Poetry in Motion - The Peanuts (King Hit Parade vol 5 LP)
Ein Weiss SchiffThe Peanuts (EMI Columbia 7")
All I Have is Love - Gregory Isaacs (7")
Lovely Ginza - Atsumi Oomae (King Pop Parade LP)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Kawaii Special on Today's Lucky Cat

This week's show is a kawaii Japanese pop culture special! I interview Sabrina Tobuchi in Tooting's kawaii emporium Petit Koenji. Plus a review of Japanese indie youth movie Be My Baby, directed by Hitsohi One; and Japanese street food in the dim sum lunch box.

More photos of Petit Koenji coming very soon....
3.30pm 104.4FM

Friday, May 08, 2015

Lucky Cat Series 10 Episode 7 (2nd May 2015)

This week's show was co-hosted by my daughter Lina, we discussed the upcoming film Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II and the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival (7th - 18th May)


Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon – Tan Dun and Yo Yo Ma (from the OST CD of same name)
Shanghai – Freddie Notes and the Rudies (Trojan label 7”, A side)
I Can’t Stand the Rain – Elaine Montague (Hums label 7”)
Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day - Freddie Notes and the Rudies (Trojan label 7”, B side)
Heigh Ho – from the 7” record of Disney’s Snow White and The Seven Dwarves
I’m a Bird – foxtrot from the Taiwanese LP Dancing Music
Penny Reel – Eric Morris (UK Island label 7”)
Mount Zion – Desmond Dekker and the Aces (UK Island label 7”)
Dark Show – AM444
Homeward Bound – cha cha from the Taiwanese LP Dancing Music
Dis Oh Dis! – Line Renauld (7”)
Gee Baby Gee - The Butterflys (The Red Bird Story Vol 2 LP, Charly label)
Karate Boogaloo - Jerry O 

Saturday, May 02, 2015

PJ Rox, AM444 and KFC Lucky Cat Sat 25th April

Here is the track listing or last week's show which you can listen to here:

  • Lana - PJ Rox (CD/download single:

  • Lian - AM444 (from the EP Dark Show)

  • Dark Show (Forrane Remix) - AM444 ()

  • Love Me or Leave Me - Nina Simone (7" Bethlehem label)

  • Send Me Some Lovin - Jeanette Simpson (7" Giant label)

  • Dearest - Dotty and Bonny (7" Treasure Isle label)

  • I Yi Yi Yi Yi - Carmen Miranda (Hollywood Sings LP)

  • When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano - Billy Ward and His Dominoes feat Clyde McPhatter and Jackie Wilson (King label LP)

  • Swallows Return when Willows Are Green - Lui Hung (Chinese Folk Songs LP)

  • I Cover the Waterfront - The Ink Spots (label 10" LP)

  • West Lake Under Autumn Moonlight
  • Lui Hung (Chinese Folk Songs LP)
  • Cool Water - Hank Williams (MGM label LP)

  • Drinking Again - Dinah Washington (from the Roulette LP of the same name)

  • Monday, April 27, 2015

    The other KFC

    After visiting a local Korean chicken restaurant I decided to have a go at making the finger licking' good chicken myself.  I found this fantastic blog:

    There are many different types of fried chicken; garlic, plain, shredded spring onion style and so on.  I decided to try out this sweet sticky chilli chicken as I love to dip fried chicken into sweet chilli sauce anyway - these wings come ready-smothered in a delicious spicy sauce, yum!

    The recipe did not fail me - possibly the best fried chicken I have ever tasted.   A bit of a palaver what with the double frying but good things come to those who deep fry twice as they say!

    Recommended.  Finger smackin' marvellous!

    Yangnyeom Chicken

    Saturday, April 25, 2015

    'Dark Show' - New EP by AM444 is out now!

    At last the dynamic duo of ChaCha and Jay Soul (AM444) have their new EP Dark Show out!  The new EP has more of an electronic and futuristic sound than previous releases with Cha Cha's smoky and hypnotic vocals weaving their spell over the listener.  They have a fantastic video for the title track Dark Show, which suits the mood of the EP perfectly, directed by American director Eric Ransdell (Fly Films):

    AM444's track Guai Meng (weird dreams in Chinese) from their previous album Rooms, featured on the soundtrack to the Michael Mann film Blackhat (a Sino American thriller starring Chinese film starts Tang Wei, Wang Lihong and “Thor” Chris Hemsworth). Sadly the track couldn't save the film, not even the dynamic duo AM444 could manage that feat.

    Dark Show is an EP full of atmosphere; the darker side of life in the metropolis of Shanghai, a futuristic noir, a Blade Runner for the ears!

    AM444 plan to tour in the latter part of 2015...Watch this space....

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    See also:

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    Chinese Visual Festival - Podcast Online

    Art Curator Xuhua Zhan and Festival Director James Mudge with Zoe

    Last Saturday I was joined by Chinese Visual Festival Director James Mudge and Art Curator Xuhua Zhan.  We spoke about the upciming Chinese Visual Festival (held at Kings College London and the BFI).
    There are some fascinating films showing this year, including The Naked DJ (Singapore), 0.7% Salt (China), The Last Moose of Aoluguya (China) and Meeting Dr. Sun (Taiwan) .  For the full programme see:

    Listen to the show here:

    Jaan Pehehan Ho - Mohd. Rafi (Ghost World sound track)
    Picnic in Spring - Lui Hung (from the LP Chinese Folk Songs pictured above)
    Jing Me De Hu Po (Lies) - AM444
    Good Morning - from the Best Chinese Folk Songs LP (helf by James in the pic above).

    Thanks to Xuhua and James for joining me.  To follow the festival on Twitter go to: @CVF_London

    To follow me on Twitter go to: @luckycatzoe