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Top 3 Videos 8/18/17! Amyl & the Sniffers, Aimee Lay, Holy Moly & The Crackers, The Soap (Jpn)

It’s time once again for the Top 3 Indies Artist Video Countdown of the Top 3 best Indies and Alternative Music artists for the week of August 19, 2017!

At #3 this week is a brand new act from Australia! We introduced them last week, thanks to Alex Kish of Wassup Rocker Radio. Their name is Amyl and The Sniffers. Amyl & the Sniffers consists of Amy Taylor on vocals, Dec Martens on guitar, Bryce Wilson on drums and Fergus Romer on bass. I really like this band and think they are one of the most exciting acts I’ve seen in years! (Amy is perfect for the new queen of punk!)

Oh, they have a Facebook page too: https://www.facebook.com/amylandthesniffers/

Here’s their Bandcamp page: https://amylandthesniffers.bandcamp.com/

#3) Amyl and the Sniffers – Balaclava Lover  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV6SttbSMmU

Next up is a debut on our countdown, she’s from Echo Park in Los Angeles and her name is Aimee Lay. Aimee was also introduced to us by Alex Kish (maybe I should just call this the “Alex Kish Discovery Channel!” Aimee describes her music as “Moody 60s influenced rock, psych, garage & pop.”

Dirty Hippie Radio’s Dirty Jeff writes: “Aimee Lay can rock; but, most notably for me, she has a tendency to wrap her voice around my heart and ease it’s fluttered rhythm. I then feel as though I’ve wandered over icy city streets with her, in search of a hot cup of coffee, warm conversation, and a cigarette.”

Here’s Aimee’s FB page: https://www.facebook.com/aimeelaymusic/

Bandcamp too! https://aimeelay.bandcamp.com/

#2) Aimee Lay – Whispers all around me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWSuyrLddPE

At #1 this week is Holy Moly & the Crackersss (No. That’s not a typo – with three “S’s” I think…) Holy Moly describes their music as “Gypsy Folk Rock.” They hail from Newcastle upon Tyne (North-east England). They calim their infulences as “Buffalo Skinners, The Holy Ghosts, Rob Heron & the Teapad Orchestra, TJ Muller & the Dixie Six, The Kentucky Cow-Tippers, Perch Creek Family Jug Band, Fablewood, Alex and the Wander Band, The Chimney Boys, Sleeping Passengers.”

Here’s their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/holymolyandthecrackers/

#1) Holy Moly & The Crackers – Cold Comfort Lane  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTPDSb3EV0c

Spotlight Artist!  Today’s spotlight is a three-girl and one guy punk band from Kyoto, Japan. I put this band up here today because, even though they have broken up, this is one of the earliest videos my partner Ken and I ever made. This video is ten years old! The Soap were, I think, one of the hottest “girl” punk bands and they even performed at SXSW way back when. This video catorues the old “Punk x Horror flick” concept that was popular way back when (still is?). The archival footage is from Archies.org (Thanks guys!)

Nope. The Soap have disappered down the rabbit hole and I cannot find any FB page nor Twitter page. I suspect they did have a Myspace page way back when but, of course, that’s gone too.

Spotlight Artist! The Soap – The Planet of No Sex (Discotic)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMdmqMVUwjk

By the way, my video partner, Ken Nishikawa and I just completed (with a little help from our friends) Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story movie. It hits theaters in Japan on Sept. 30, 2017. AND we’ve been selected by Raindance Fil Festival in London. Raindance has been ranked as one of the “Top 10 Most Prestigious Film Festivals in the World.” The Japanese trailer just came out! (It has English subtitles!) Check it! Oh, and we have a really cool webpage: http://ghostroads.jp/

That’s all for today! See you next week when we return to the Top 3 Indies Artist Videos Countdown. See ya! – Mike in Tokyo Rogers

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About Mike in Tokyo Rogers: Mike has been a professional music/TV/radio/anime-related program producer in Japan since the eighties. He began in the music business in 1977 as lead vocalist with the legendary Los Angeles Punk Band, “The Rotters” (Sit on My Face Stevie Nix.). As a university student, he was assistant to the legendary Rodney Bingenheimer (Rodney on the ROQ – KROQ Los Angeles from 1980 ~ 1981.) Mike was the first and only foreigner in Japanese history to become the General Manager of a major Japanese broadcasting station (TV Tokyo owned InterFM). Has produced a few smash hit programs (some real losers, too!) and several of Tokyo’s highest rated and most famous radio programs. A recent hit program was “The TV Show” (Set Program with “Ninja Slayer”) which, between April – Oct. 2015, garnered over 10 million viewers.  He is currently producing and hosting “WTF?” the hugely popular Sunday live show on InterFM 89.7 . And his life’s dream is his just completed full-length motion picture, “Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Story”which will be released by a major Japanese motion picture company and in theaters all across Japan in Autumn 2017.

Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Story Japanese Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxwJ4AfzOwM&t=8s

Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Story Foreign trailer: https://vimeo.com/210533272)

… Oh, and he likes to write about himself in the third person!)

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PAST ISSUES OF THE TOP 3 VIDEOS:

LAST WEEK:

Top 3 Videos 8/11/17! Amyl & The Sniffers, Spam69 (Jpn!), Draggs, Cosmic Psychos! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-videos-81117-amyl-the-sniffers-spam69-jpndraggs-cosmic-psychos/

Top 3 Videos 8/5/17! Kilo Tango, Cat Lundy, Amyl & the Sniffers, Lucy Gucy, The 50 Kaitenz (Jpn!) robot55.jp/blog/top-3-videos-8517-kilo-tango-cat-lundy-amyl-the-sniffers-lucy-gucy-the-50-kaitenz-jpn/

Top 3 Indies Videos August 2, 2017! The Twinkles, The Shanghais, Daisy House, Thee 50s Highteens (Jpn)! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-august-2-2017-the-twinkles-the-shanghais-daisy-house-thee-50s-highteens–jpn/

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/29/17! Fiona Silver, Sloan Peterson, Shitkid, Shit Girlfriend! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-72217-starcrawler–tacocat-polo-pan-daisuke-takase-jpn/

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/16/17! Bombón, Dubmatix King, The Van T’s, N’shukugawa Boys (Japan) robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-71617-bombon-dubmatix-king-the-van-ts-nshukugawa-boys-japan/

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/9/17! Pats Pats (Jpn), Pale Lips, Flemmings & Peeling! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-7917-pats-pats-jpn-pale-lips-flemmings-peeling/

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/1/17! Vile Assembly, Wolf Girl, Taffy (Jpn), Mutation, The Darling Buds, Bonsai Kitten! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-7117-vile-assembly-wolf-girl-taffy-jpn-mutation-the-darling-buds-bonsai-kitten/

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/25/17! The Shit! The Goggles (Jpn)! The Bopp! Ice Cold Slush! http://robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-62517-the-shit-the-goggles-jpn-the-bopp-ice-cold-slush/

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/18/17! Molly & The Krells, Shirley Holmes, JinnyOops (Jpn), Blood People! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-61817-molly-the-krells-shirley-holmes-jinnyoops-jpn-blood-people/
Top 3 Indies Videos 6/11/17! The Fontaines, Beck Black, Taffy (Japan) The Beverleys! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-61117-the-fontaines-beck-black-taffy-japan-the-beverleys/

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/4/17! Bobby’s Bar (Japan), Trash Templars, Peeling, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-6417-bobbys-bar-japan-trash-templars-peeling-jessica-hernandez-the-deltas/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/28/17! The Atomics, Fiona Silver, Plastic Girl in Closet (Japan), Blaire Alise & the Bombshells! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-52817-the-atomics-fiona-silver-plastic-girl-in-closet-japan-blaire-alise-the-bombshells/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/21/17! Moja (Japan), Baby Shakes, Sloan Peterson, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-52117-moja-japan-baby-shakes-sloan-peterson-jessica-hernandez-the-deltas/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/14/17! Blaire Alise & the Bombshells, Lisa Mychols, Pats Pats (Japan), Single By Sunday http://robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-51417-blaire-alise-the-bombshells-lisa-mychols-pats-pats-japan-single-by-sunday/

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Top 3 Videos 8/11/17! Amyl & The Sniffers, Spam69 (Jpn!), Draggs, Cosmic Psychos!

It’s time once again for the Top 3 Indies Artist Video Countdown of the Top 3 best Indies and Alternative Music artists for the week of August 11, 2017!

Today, my friends, I have a very special show for you. I guarantee that you are going to see some shit that makes you laugh and some stuff that just totally blows your mind!

First up is a garage punk outfit that’s been around since 1983. Their name is the Cosmic Psychos. Now, generally speaking, I hate it when oldsters stick around and play punk for decades and decades on end after they’ve become senile and forgotten to break up. Why? Well, punk music (in my most probably confused way of thinking) is for snotty young kids (insert Deadboys reference here). I find it “uncomfortable” when fat old guys try to jump around and recapture their youth. (I remember in 1996 when the Sex Pistols came to Japan – they were old and fat – I cringed)… But the Cosmic Psychos? THE COSMIC PSYCHOS???? These guys are fucking Godhead! They’ve done what few others (no one?) else has done before; old guys who capture the angst (in the pants?) of what being a twisted old fucker is like. And, trust me, I know what being a twisted old fucker is like. If there were a Punk Rock league for bands over 55, these guys would be the Crem De La Crappe’! World Champions! Chief Fry Cooks! Store Managers! Kings!

Their Facebook page says: “The Cosmic Psychos are a punk rock band based in Melbourne and rural Victoria in Australia. An underground band that has only ever achieved limited recognition, they were cited as a significant influence on the Seattle grunge scene of 90s.” Shit. Go “Like” their FB page (https://www.facebook.com/cosmicpsychos/) then watch this hilarious, ass-kicking video!

#3) Cosmic Psychos – Fuckwit City   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q954LxEzyY8

At #2 is a new band from Australia. They are called The Draggs and they are nothing but “Garage slime oozing outta the Gold Coast.” This video is pretty funny too. These guys are delightfully crazy! They have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Draggsband/

#2) Draggs – Space Beat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HC2wUazbmKE

At #1 this week is probably my favorite new band of 2017! We introduced them last week, thanks to Alex Kish of Wassup Rocker Radio. Their name is Amyl and The Sniffers. Amyl & the Sniffers consists of Amy Taylor on vocals, Dec Martens on guitar, Bryce Wilson on drums and Fergus Romer on bass. I really like this band and think they are one of the most exciting acts I’ve seen in years! (Amy reminds me of a pissy bitchy chick! Simply perfect for the new queen of punk!

Amyl & the Sniffers’ music gives me the feeling I got when I first heard the Sex Pistols or X-Ray Specs in the late seventies. I can’t think of a better compliment. Check it out and see if you agree!

Oh, they have a Facebook page too: https://www.facebook.com/amylandthesniffers/

Here’s their Bandcamp page: https://amylandthesniffers.bandcamp.com/

#1) Amyl and The Sniffers – 70’s Street Munchies  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uid_8u7T13Y

Spotlight Artist!  Today’s spotlight is a bunch of guys from Tokyo that are out of their fucking minds. Their name is The Spam69 (“69” in Japanese is pronounced as “Rock.” So their name is “Spam Rock.”

This stuff is hilarious too! These guys rock!

The band consists of two main crazies named Jun Spam on guitar and vocals and Yuta Spam (Jumping & screaming like a lunatic). There are some other guys in the band (it’s like a football team) and you can see their names on the Spam69 Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/50kaitenz/

Spotlight Artist! THE SPAM69 – “CHE.R.RY” “HANG ON”   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQfjkPaj2zk

By they way, my video partner, Ken Nishikawa and I just completed (with a little help from our friends) Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story movie. It hits theaters in Japan on Sept. 30, 2017. AND we’ve been selected by some really famous film festivals (I will announce next week!) The Japanese trailer just came out! (It has English subtitles!) Check it! Oh, and we have a really cool webpage: http://ghostroads.jp/

That’s all for today! See you next week when we return to the Top 3 Indies Artist Videos Countdown. See ya! – Mike in Tokyo Rogers

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About Mike in Tokyo Rogers: Mike has been a professional music/TV/radio/anime-related program producer in Japan since the eighties. He began in the music business in 1977 as lead vocalist with the legendary Los Angeles Punk Band, “The Rotters” (Sit on My Face Stevie Nix.). As a university student, he was assistant to the legendary Rodney Bingenheimer (Rodney on the ROQ – KROQ Los Angeles from 1980 ~ 1981.) Mike was the first and only foreigner in Japanese history to become the General Manager of a major Japanese broadcasting station (TV Tokyo owned InterFM). Has produced a few smash hit programs (some real losers, too!) and several of Tokyo’s highest rated and most famous radio programs. A recent hit program was “The TV Show” (Set Program with “Ninja Slayer”) which, between April – Oct. 2015, garnered over 10 million viewers.  He is currently producing and hosting “WTF?” the hugely popular Sunday live show on InterFM 89.7 . And his life’s dream is his just completed full-length motion picture, “Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Story”which will be released by a major Japanese motion picture company and in theaters all across Japan in Autumn 2017.

Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Story Japanese Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxwJ4AfzOwM&t=8s

Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Story Foreign trailer: https://vimeo.com/210533272)

… Oh, and he likes to write about himself in the third person!)

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PAST ISSUES OF THE TOP 3 VIDEOS:

LAST WEEK:

Top 3 Videos 8/5/17! Kilo Tango, Cat Lundy, Amyl & the Sniffers, Lucy Gucy, The 50 Kaitenz (Jpn!) robot55.jp/blog/top-3-videos-8517-kilo-tango-cat-lundy-amyl-the-sniffers-lucy-gucy-the-50-kaitenz-jpn/

Top 3 Indies Videos August 2, 2017! The Twinkles, The Shanghais, Daisy House, Thee 50s Highteens (Jpn)! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-august-2-2017-the-twinkles-the-shanghais-daisy-house-thee-50s-highteens–jpn/

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/29/17! Fiona Silver, Sloan Peterson, Shitkid, Shit Girlfriend! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-72217-starcrawler–tacocat-polo-pan-daisuke-takase-jpn/

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/16/17! Bombón, Dubmatix King, The Van T’s, N’shukugawa Boys (Japan) robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-71617-bombon-dubmatix-king-the-van-ts-nshukugawa-boys-japan/

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/9/17! Pats Pats (Jpn), Pale Lips, Flemmings & Peeling! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-7917-pats-pats-jpn-pale-lips-flemmings-peeling/

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/1/17! Vile Assembly, Wolf Girl, Taffy (Jpn), Mutation, The Darling Buds, Bonsai Kitten! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-7117-vile-assembly-wolf-girl-taffy-jpn-mutation-the-darling-buds-bonsai-kitten/

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/25/17! The Shit! The Goggles (Jpn)! The Bopp! Ice Cold Slush! http://robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-62517-the-shit-the-goggles-jpn-the-bopp-ice-cold-slush/

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/18/17! Molly & The Krells, Shirley Holmes, JinnyOops (Jpn), Blood People! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-61817-molly-the-krells-shirley-holmes-jinnyoops-jpn-blood-people/
Top 3 Indies Videos 6/11/17! The Fontaines, Beck Black, Taffy (Japan) The Beverleys! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-61117-the-fontaines-beck-black-taffy-japan-the-beverleys/

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/4/17! Bobby’s Bar (Japan), Trash Templars, Peeling, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-6417-bobbys-bar-japan-trash-templars-peeling-jessica-hernandez-the-deltas/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/28/17! The Atomics, Fiona Silver, Plastic Girl in Closet (Japan), Blaire Alise & the Bombshells! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-52817-the-atomics-fiona-silver-plastic-girl-in-closet-japan-blaire-alise-the-bombshells/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/21/17! Moja (Japan), Baby Shakes, Sloan Peterson, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-52117-moja-japan-baby-shakes-sloan-peterson-jessica-hernandez-the-deltas/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/14/17! Blaire Alise & the Bombshells, Lisa Mychols, Pats Pats (Japan), Single By Sunday http://robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-51417-blaire-alise-the-bombshells-lisa-mychols-pats-pats-japan-single-by-sunday/

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Top 3 Videos 8/5/17! Kilo Tango, Cat Lundy, Amyl & the Sniffers, Lucy Gucy, The 50 Kaitenz (Jpn!)

It’s time once again for the Top 3 Indies Artist Video Countdown of the Top 3 Top 4 best Indies and Alternative Music artists for the week of August 5, 2017!

First up is a brand new band introduced to us, once again,  by Alex Kish of Wassup Rocker Radio Fame! The band’s name is Kilo Tango! Kilo Tango claims they are, “Rock pop n roll melting one face at a time!” Their influences are, The Strokes, Richard Hell, Velvet Underground, Debbie Harry, Dick Dale, Sonny and the Sunsets, Black Lips and Best Coast!

Of course they have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kilotangoband/

#4) Kilo Tango    Gone Baby Gone – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00IXj75qddY

Alex Kish of Wassup Rocker Radio Fame hits a bases loaded double this week with our next artist! (Check out Alex’s most recent Wassup Rocker Radio Mixtape here: https://vimeo.com/227689908 ) This next artist is from St. Kilda, Australia and their name is Amyl and the Sniffers. Amyl & the Sniffers claim to be a “Pub Punk Sharpie Rock” band. And they are a hot 4-piece with great tunes! For some reason, this band reminds me of X-Ray Spex!
Sure, they do have a Facebook, why do you ask? https://www.facebook.com/amylandthesniffers/ 

#3) Amyl and the Sniffers – Caltex Cowgirl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNC9dWWSXjE

At #2 ia an artist that is a three-piece from Los Angeles named, Lucy Gucy! Lucy Gucy is a, “Surffuzz pop grunk” outfit…. (Grunk???) Thie bio says: “Formed in April 2016, LA-based band Lucy Gucy is multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Tiffany Schirz, bassist/vocalist Lila Marshall and drummer/producer Garry Ventura. The band’s alt-pop sound is infused with 90s grunge and surf-punk flavor… Marshall’s melodic bass lines and spot-on harmonies, along with Ventura’s sharp, dynamic drumming create a cohesive sound bed for the vocals, guitars, and keyboards to leisurely dance around. Schirz‘ smooth and straightforward vocal delivery belies the songs’ often bright, catchy hooks, offering up lyrics that can skew sardonic and that take an un-sugar-coated look at the human condition from a modern-day female perspective.”

Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/lucygucymusic/

#2) Lucy Gucy Dead End Doll   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAGtE3V8iO0

At #1 is a brand new artist introduced to us by Gabbie Cabbie of the world famous Biscuit Boys on SRBradio.com. Gabbie does his show from the UK with his partner Chris Browne! (You can listen in here: http://biscuitboys.co.uk/)

Today, Gabbie brings us a rock n roll goddess from Dublin, Ireland named Cat Lundy. Gabbie sent this to me and on the first listen I thought, “This is awesome!” Ringmaster Magazine writes: “She is a singer/songwriter from Dublin; a classically trained vocalist from the Royal Academy of Music and a self-taught guitarist. Inspired by sixties blues, her songs often themed by tales of love and relationships, Cat has performed across London and as far as New York’s The Bitter End venue and Los Angeles famous House of Blues.” 

Today we feature her latest single and this is hot!

Of course Cat Lundy has a Facebook page….https://www.facebook.com/CatLundyofficial/

#1) Cat Lundy – Triggerman  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCSD7PSuK4o

By the way, the Biscuit Boys are always playing, and on the lookout for, new music and new artists!  The Biscuit Boys have a show on Sports Radio Birmingham www.sports-radio.co.uk every Wednesday at 8pm, Its a mix of madness and madness and bordering on complete stupidity…tune in! So, if you have a band and you think you’ve got what it takes, send your music to Gabbie and Chris Browne on the Biscuit Boys show! Here’s the email address: tracks@sports-radio.co.uk   Tell them Mike sent you!

Spotlight Artist!  Today’s spotlight is a band that I think is one of Japan’s premiere rock bands, they are the awesome and mighty 50 Kaitenz from Osaka!

The 50 Kaitenz are one of the most entertaining, fun and funny rock bands Japan has ever produced. They are a trio with Danny on lead guitar and vocals, Dory on vocals and bass, and Bogie on drums. “Since their miraculous meeting at the notorious Osaka Rock ‘n’ Roll Juvie, the 50 Kaitenz have taken the world of rock by storm. These three stray dogs have become the new legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”  If you ever come to Japan and you get a chance to see these guys, don’t miss it… This is truly a hilarious and exhilarating Rock n Roll experience. For today’s track, here they are doing a smashing cover of the Bay City Rollers hit, “Saturday Night.”

They have a Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/50kaitenz/

Spotlight Artist! The 50 Kaitenz – Saturday Night  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mv3O6bbNWA

Cool, eh? And speaking ofthe 50 Kaitenz, they are in the movie Ken Nishikawa and I just completed (with a little help from our friends) Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story. It hits theaters in Japan on Sept. 30, 2017. The Japanese trailer just came out! (It has English subtitles!) Check it! Oh, and we have a really cool webpage: http://ghostroads.jp/

That’s all for today! See you next week when we return to the Top 3 Indies Artist Videos Countdown. See ya! – Mike in Tokyo Rogers

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About Mike in Tokyo Rogers: Mike has been a professional music/TV/radio/anime-related program producer in Japan since the eighties. He began in the music business in 1977 as lead vocalist with the legendary Los Angeles Punk Band, “The Rotters” (Sit on My Face Stevie Nix.). As a university student, he was assistant to the legendary Rodney Bingenheimer (Rodney on the ROQ – KROQ Los Angeles from 1980 ~ 1981.) Mike was the first and only foreigner in Japanese history to become the General Manager of a major Japanese broadcasting station (TV Tokyo owned InterFM). Has produced a few smash hit programs (some real losers, too!) and several of Tokyo’s highest rated and most famous radio programs. A recent hit program was “The TV Show” (Set Program with “Ninja Slayer”) which, between April – Oct. 2015, garnered over 10 million viewers.  He is currently producing and hosting “WTF?” the hugely popular Sunday live show on InterFM 89.7 . And his life’s dream is his just completed full-length motion picture, “Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Story”which will be released by a major Japanese motion picture company and in theaters all across Japan in Autumn 2017.

Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Story Japanese Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxwJ4AfzOwM&t=8s

Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Story Foreign trailer: https://vimeo.com/210533272)

… Oh, and he likes to write about himself in the third person!)

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PAST ISSUES OF THE TOP 3 VIDEOS:

LAST WEEK:

Top 3 Indies Videos August 2, 2017! The Twinkles, The Shanghais, Daisy House, Thee 50s Highteens (Jpn)! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-august-2-2017-the-twinkles-the-shanghais-daisy-house-thee-50s-highteensjpn/

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/29/17! Fiona Silver, Sloan Peterson, Shitkid, Shit Girlfriend! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-72217-starcrawler–tacocat-polo-pan-daisuke-takase-jpn/

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/16/17! Bombón, Dubmatix King, The Van T’s, N’shukugawa Boys (Japan) robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-71617-bombon-dubmatix-king-the-van-ts-nshukugawa-boys-japan/

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/9/17! Pats Pats (Jpn), Pale Lips, Flemmings & Peeling! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-7917-pats-pats-jpn-pale-lips-flemmings-peeling/

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/1/17! Vile Assembly, Wolf Girl, Taffy (Jpn), Mutation, The Darling Buds, Bonsai Kitten! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-7117-vile-assembly-wolf-girl-taffy-jpn-mutation-the-darling-buds-bonsai-kitten/

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/25/17! The Shit! The Goggles (Jpn)! The Bopp! Ice Cold Slush! http://robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-62517-the-shit-the-goggles-jpn-the-bopp-ice-cold-slush/

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/18/17! Molly & The Krells, Shirley Holmes, JinnyOops (Jpn), Blood People! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-61817-molly-the-krells-shirley-holmes-jinnyoops-jpn-blood-people/
Top 3 Indies Videos 6/11/17! The Fontaines, Beck Black, Taffy (Japan) The Beverleys! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-61117-the-fontaines-beck-black-taffy-japan-the-beverleys/

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/4/17! Bobby’s Bar (Japan), Trash Templars, Peeling, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-6417-bobbys-bar-japan-trash-templars-peeling-jessica-hernandez-the-deltas/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/28/17! The Atomics, Fiona Silver, Plastic Girl in Closet (Japan), Blaire Alise & the Bombshells! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-52817-the-atomics-fiona-silver-plastic-girl-in-closet-japan-blaire-alise-the-bombshells/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/21/17! Moja (Japan), Baby Shakes, Sloan Peterson, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-52117-moja-japan-baby-shakes-sloan-peterson-jessica-hernandez-the-deltas/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/14/17! Blaire Alise & the Bombshells, Lisa Mychols, Pats Pats (Japan), Single By Sunday http://robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-51417-blaire-alise-the-bombshells-lisa-mychols-pats-pats-japan-single-by-sunday/

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Top 3 Indies Videos August 2, 2017! The Twinkles, The Shanghais, Daisy House, Thee 50s Highteens (Jpn)!

It’s time once again for the Top 3 Indies Artist Video Countdown. Today is a SPECIAL WEEKDAY EDITION of the Top 3 best Indies and Alternative Music artists for the week of August 3, 2017! Why is it a special edition? Well, it’s summer and it’s hot, so why not?

First up is a brand new band from San Francisco introduced to us by Alex Kish of Wassup Rocker Radio Fame! It’s the Shanghais! The Shanghais bio says: “The Shanghais are a switchblade-sharp four-piece San Francisco rock ‘n roll gang. Power pop vocals and busting garage chords summon the sounds of The Shangri-Las and Timi Yuro. Don’t be deceived, these girls and guy are a tough clique. Stripping down rock ‘n roll to its most primitive recipe and coating it with sugary-sweet vocals will snatch you and keep you hooked. So get your ticket because the train’s leaving the station. Next stop: Shanghai.”

Bwa! Ha! Ha! Of course, they have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheShanghais/

#3) The Shanghais – Sick Of You  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60u8Ux8FikI

Next up, at #2 is a band that describes their music as “Punk 77!” It’s the Twinkles. Their bio states: “The Twinkles is a nice melodic ’77 punk band from Castelfranco Veneto, Italy. Behind the lyrics and the music is the frontman Nick Mess who keeps the image and the style of the ’77 still alive. A lot of fans know already pretty well their songs after many successful gigs all over Europe. So there is just no way to listen to their songs influenced by the tunes of The Ramones and The Boys and not to love them!

Today’s track is their brand new single, “C’est La Vie” and it just came out! It’s hot off the presses! These guys remind me of Olga and the Toy Dolls and that’s a good thing! This is the summer song to sing along with! Here’s their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thetwinkles/

#2) The Twinkles – C’est La Vie  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRfwBfhMQHY

And at this week’s number one is an artist that we just started playing on our Sunday FM radio show WTF? on InterFM 897 and they are a, are you sitting down? A dad and daughter group from Long Beach, California named Daisy House! Daisy House features daughter Tatiana Hammond on vocals and her father, Douglas Charles Hammond on everything else. Their new album, “Crossroads” just came out to absolutely rave reviews (check it here: https://daisyhouse.bandcamp.com/)

Big fan, Crystal writes: “(Crossroads is) An absolute masterpiece. Albion and My Death Is Coming For Me are just stunning. Just when I think I can’t possibly enjoy your music more, you go ahead and prove me wrong.” It really is. This band is killer. Today’s song just might be up for Song of the Year! Check and then tell me how brilliant this is!

Yep. Here’s their Facebook, go like it: https://www.facebook.com/daisyhouseband/

#1) Daisy House – Languages    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg15v-kf9nU

Spotlight Artist! Thee 50’s Highteens – Surprise Sun Today’s spotlight is a band that was recommended to the countdown by The Routes guitarist and vocalist, Christopher Jack! It’s a Japanese girl’s band that, unfortunately, has broken up… But the lead vocalist and guitarist, Tomo, is still making music and I hope to have something by her soon.

The band’s name is Thee 50’s Highteens. They were a pioneering Japanese girls band. Their bio says, Thee 50s Highteens were a screaming girls garage band that formed in 1998 in Fukuoka (Fukuoka is Japan’s southernmost large island). They were known for playing Garage Punk, Rock n Roll and “screaming violently with passion!” And, I quote, “That staging totally catfighted!”  They released their 1st album in September 2003 and toured Europe in November 2005. Their second album, “PUNCH DE BEAT” was released in December of 2006. In September 2008, they toured America. After that, they moved to Tokyo in February 2009 but the band dissolved in 2010.

Too bad. I loved this band. They still have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thee50shighteens/

Check this out, gang, you will dig this!

Spotlight Artist! Thee 50’s Highteens – Surprise Sun   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i6GMofpXB4

Cool, eh? And speaking of Ken Nishikawa. Ken and I (with a little help from our friends) made the feature film: Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story. It hits theaters in Japan on Sept. 30, 2017. The Japanese trailer just came out! (It has English subtitles!) Check it! Oh, and we have a really cool webpage: http://ghostroads.jp/

That’s all for today! See you next week when we return to the Top 3 Indies Artist Videos Countdown. See ya! – Mike in Tokyo Rogers

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About Mike in Tokyo Rogers: Mike has been a professional music/TV/radio/anime-related program producer in Japan since the eighties. He began in the music business in 1977 as lead vocalist with the legendary Los Angeles Punk Band, “The Rotters” (Sit on My Face Stevie Nix.). As a university student, he was assistant to the legendary Rodney Bingenheimer (Rodney on the ROQ – KROQ Los Angeles from 1980 ~ 1981.) Mike was the first and only foreigner in Japanese history to become the General Manager of a major Japanese broadcasting station (TV Tokyo owned InterFM). Has produced a few smash hit programs (some real losers, too!) and several of Tokyo’s highest rated and most famous radio programs. A recent hit program was “The TV Show” (Set Program with “Ninja Slayer”) which, between April – Oct. 2015, garnered over 10 million viewers.  He is currently producing and hosting “WTF?” the hugely popular Sunday live show on InterFM 89.7 . And his life’s dream is his just completed full-length motion picture, Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Storywhich will be released by a major Japanese motion picture company and in theaters all across Japan in Autumn 2017. (See trailer here:  https://vimeo.com/210533272)

… Oh, and he likes to write about himself in the third person!)

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PAST ISSUES OF THE TOP 3 VIDEOS:

LAST WEEK:

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/29/17! Fiona Silver, Sloan Peterson, Shitkid, Shit Girlfriend! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-72217-starcrawlertacocat-polo-pan-daisuke-takase-jpn/

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/16/17! Bombón, Dubmatix King, The Van T’s, N’shukugawa Boys (Japan) robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-71617-bombon-dubmatix-king-the-van-ts-nshukugawa-boys-japan/

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/9/17! Pats Pats (Jpn), Pale Lips, Flemmings & Peeling! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-7917-pats-pats-jpn-pale-lips-flemmings-peeling/

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/1/17! Vile Assembly, Wolf Girl, Taffy (Jpn), Mutation, The Darling Buds, Bonsai Kitten! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-7117-vile-assembly-wolf-girl-taffy-jpn-mutation-the-darling-buds-bonsai-kitten/

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/25/17! The Shit! The Goggles (Jpn)! The Bopp! Ice Cold Slush! http://robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-62517-the-shit-the-goggles-jpn-the-bopp-ice-cold-slush/

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/18/17! Molly & The Krells, Shirley Holmes, JinnyOops (Jpn), Blood People! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-61817-molly-the-krells-shirley-holmes-jinnyoops-jpn-blood-people/
Top 3 Indies Videos 6/11/17! The Fontaines, Beck Black, Taffy (Japan) The Beverleys! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-61117-the-fontaines-beck-black-taffy-japan-the-beverleys/

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/4/17! Bobby’s Bar (Japan), Trash Templars, Peeling, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-6417-bobbys-bar-japan-trash-templars-peeling-jessica-hernandez-the-deltas/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/28/17! The Atomics, Fiona Silver, Plastic Girl in Closet (Japan), Blaire Alise & the Bombshells! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-52817-the-atomics-fiona-silver-plastic-girl-in-closet-japan-blaire-alise-the-bombshells/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/21/17! Moja (Japan), Baby Shakes, Sloan Peterson, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-52117-moja-japan-baby-shakes-sloan-peterson-jessica-hernandez-the-deltas/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/14/17! Blaire Alise & the Bombshells, Lisa Mychols, Pats Pats (Japan), Single By Sunday http://robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-51417-blaire-alise-the-bombshells-lisa-mychols-pats-pats-japan-single-by-sunday/

 

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Top 3 Indies Videos 7/29/17! Fiona Silver, Sloan Peterson, Shitkid, Shit Girlfriend!

It’s time once again for the Top 3 Indies Artist Video Countdown. The Top 3 best Indies and Alternative Music artists for the week of July 29, 2017! And it’s LADIES NIGHT! The top female fronted bands of the week!

First up is a brand new band from Gothenburg, Sweden introduced to us by alert DJ extrodinaire, Alex Kish of Wassup Rocker Radio. (See Wassup Rocker Radio’s Mix Tape for this week here: https://vimeo.com/226693583)

Alex brings us two girls with bad attitudes and they are named “Shitkid.” Shitkid is on the PNKSLM Recordings label (It says, “Punk Slime.”) Punk Slime has a cool webpage: http://www.pnkslm.com/

Shitkid has a cool Facebook page. Go “Like” it. https://www.facebook.com/shitkidmusic/

#3) ShitKid – “Sugar Town” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceyb0K3YO1s

Next up is new star, Fiona Silver From New York! One of my fave music magazines, Deli Magazine says, “We are aware that the label “Femme Fatale” may sound chauvinistic to some, but when a lady enters the stage like this … we think the title is not only deserved but actually pursued.” 

Thank God I live in Japan! We don’t really have this PC correct nonsense going on here so much… I like girl bands… They say Fiona Silver is a “Femme Fatale”!?“Femme Fatale”? What’s that? Big words in foreign language!?Ohh, I’m scared! …. I won’t have this PC nonsense on my posts! I won’t! I won’t, I tell you! I just think Fiona Silver is a smoking hot babe with an awesome voice and great tunes. She’s been getting heavy airplay here in Japan on my weekly radio show (WTF? InterFM897 – Please come “Like” our page: https://www.facebook.com/WhattheFunday76.1/) and if she keeps cranking out tracks like this one, this trend will continue!

Oh, Fiona Silver has a Facebook page too: https://www.facebook.com/FionaSilver/?pnref=lhc

#2) Fiona Silver – Love Grenade   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6LwppbXcK0

This week’s #1 is another hot tune brought to you by, Wassup Rocker Radio‘s ever-on-the-lookout DJ, Alex Kish. Alex is one of the best American purveyors of the finest in Punk and other forms of sonic brain damage. Alex brings us our second shit band (Please refer to #3 above) and this time it’s two girls from London who their label claim to be, “BFF.” I reckon in today’s vernacular that either means, “British Female Friends” or”Best Friend’s Forever” or “Bacon Fried Fajitas.” (I think I just invented a new food sensation!)

Today, we feature their debut single which came out in May, 2017…. This band kind of reminds me of Le Tigre… Besides that, there’s basically no information about these two excepting being British and friends… They don’t even have a Facebook page, but their label does: https://www.facebook.com/PNKSLM/?rc=p

#1) Shit Girlfriend – Mummy’s Boy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T2i0_Q2rvE

BONUS TRACK! Sloan Peterson from Australia! Her bio says: “Sloan Peterson; a love child of 50’s guitar pop and modern garage rock, bursting with a warmth that’s inseparable from her private identity. Influenced by everything from Elvis, to Latin legend Xavier Cugat or the fashion statements of Nancy Sinatra and Bowie – Sloan Peterson is the sum of these influences that adds up to so much more.” 

Sloan Peterson’s also been getting heavy airplay here in Japan on my weekly radio show (WTF? InterFM897 – Please come “Like” our page: https://www.facebook.com/WhattheFunday76.1/) Here’s Sloan Peterson’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sloanpetersonmusic/

BONUS TRACK! Sloan Peterson – Rats https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GydxpxuRqw4

Cool, eh? Hey! My friends and I made a feature Rock n Roll comedy ghost film: Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story. It hits theaters in Japan on Sept. 30, 2017. The Japanese trailer just came out! (It has English subtitles!) Check it! Oh, and we have a really cool webpage: http://ghostroads.jp/

That’s all for today! See you next week when we return to the Top 3 Indies Artist Videos Countdown. See ya! – Mike in Tokyo Rogers

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About Mike in Tokyo Rogers: Mike has been a professional music/TV/radio/anime-related program producer in Japan since the eighties. He began in the music business in 1977 as lead vocalist with the legendary Los Angeles Punk Band, “The Rotters” (Sit on My Face Stevie Nix.). As a university student, he was assistant to the legendary Rodney Bingenheimer (Rodney on the ROQ – KROQ Los Angeles from 1980 ~ 1981.) Mike was the first and only foreigner in Japanese history to become the General Manager of a major Japanese broadcasting station (TV Tokyo owned InterFM). Has produced a few smash hit programs (some real losers, too!) and several of Tokyo’s highest rated and most famous radio programs. A recent hit program was “The TV Show” (Set Program with “Ninja Slayer”) which, between April – Oct. 2015, garnered over 10 million viewers.  He is currently producing and hosting “WTF?” the hugely popular Sunday live show on InterFM 89.7 . And his life’s dream is his just completed full-length motion picture, Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Storywhich will be released by a major Japanese motion picture company and in theaters all across Japan in Autumn 2017. (See trailer here:  https://vimeo.com/210533272)

… Oh, and he likes to write about himself in the third person!)

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PAST ISSUES OF THE TOP 3 VIDEOS:

LAST WEEK:

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/22/17! Starcrawler, Tacocat, Polo & Pan, Daisuke Takase (Jpn)! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-72217-starcrawler-tacocat-polo-pan-daisuke-takase-jpn/

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/16/17! Bombón, Dubmatix King, The Van T’s, N’shukugawa Boys (Japan) robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-71617-bombon-dubmatix-king-the-van-ts-nshukugawa-boys-japan/

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/9/17! Pats Pats (Jpn), Pale Lips, Flemmings & Peeling! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-7917-pats-pats-jpn-pale-lips-flemmings-peeling/

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/1/17! Vile Assembly, Wolf Girl, Taffy (Jpn), Mutation, The Darling Buds, Bonsai Kitten! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-7117-vile-assembly-wolf-girl-taffy-jpn-mutation-the-darling-buds-bonsai-kitten/

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/25/17! The Shit! The Goggles (Jpn)! The Bopp! Ice Cold Slush! http://robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-62517-the-shit-the-goggles-jpn-the-bopp-ice-cold-slush/

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/18/17! Molly & The Krells, Shirley Holmes, JinnyOops (Jpn), Blood People! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-61817-molly-the-krells-shirley-holmes-jinnyoops-jpn-blood-people/
Top 3 Indies Videos 6/11/17! The Fontaines, Beck Black, Taffy (Japan) The Beverleys! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-61117-the-fontaines-beck-black-taffy-japan-the-beverleys/

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/4/17! Bobby’s Bar (Japan), Trash Templars, Peeling, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-6417-bobbys-bar-japan-trash-templars-peeling-jessica-hernandez-the-deltas/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/28/17! The Atomics, Fiona Silver, Plastic Girl in Closet (Japan), Blaire Alise & the Bombshells! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-52817-the-atomics-fiona-silver-plastic-girl-in-closet-japan-blaire-alise-the-bombshells/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/21/17! Moja (Japan), Baby Shakes, Sloan Peterson, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-52117-moja-japan-baby-shakes-sloan-peterson-jessica-hernandez-the-deltas/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/14/17! Blaire Alise & the Bombshells, Lisa Mychols, Pats Pats (Japan), Single By Sunday http://robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-51417-blaire-alise-the-bombshells-lisa-mychols-pats-pats-japan-single-by-sunday/

 

MORE TOP 3 VIDEOS SEARCH: http://robot55.jp/?s=Top+3+videos

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Top 3 Indies Videos 7/22/17! Starcrawler, Tacocat, Polo & Pan, Daisuke Takase (Jpn)!

It’s time once again for the Top 3 Indies Artist Video Countdown. The Top 3 best Indies and Alternative Music artists for the week of July 22, 2017!

First up is a brand new band from Los Angeles. Issue Magazine wrote: “I am god. I am a dog. I am also a cult member of @thestarcrawler,” reads Arrow de Wilde’s Twitter bio. With intense dedication to style, performance and a fanciful streak of madness, this 17-year-old fronts Los Angeles-based band Starcrawler. Her red-stained mouth, wide eyes and feverish energy make for take-no-prisoners punk-rock theater. Fresh out of high school (or almost), with only a handful of performances behind them and one single, Starcrawler already commands our attention.” 

I think this band might become big. Here’s their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/starcrawlertheband/

3) Starcrawler – Ants  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxLvMDjH_0M

Next up is a delightful new artist from Paris, France, two guys who called themselves, Polo & Pan. They describe their music as “Space Jungle.” Their bio says, “Polo & Pan were born under the stars in 2012, shortly after there was an orbital collision of two satellites : Polocorp & Peter Pan.” 

I chose this video this week because this might be one of my favorites videos on 2017. The choreography, direction, conception, lighting and action are worthy of an Academy award. Really! You watch this and tell me the last time you saw an arty video like this – AND it comes with a great song. Been playing this on my Sunday radio show WTF? (https://www.facebook.com/WhattheFunday76.1/) This is fantastic! 5 Stars!

2) POLO & PAN – Coeur Croisé   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB98kRDUTM4

At #1 this week is a band from Seattle called Tacocat. Tacocat is a “Post Post Punk Pop Pop” band. They also say they are: “Go-Go’s meets The Monkees. Kurt meets Courtney.” This video is pretty cool as they have a girl in there who looks A LOT like Guilian Anderson who played Scully in the “X-Files.” It’s a cool song and the video is worth several laughs. Here’s their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tacocatband/

#1) Tacocat – “Dana Katherine Scully”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FShqXAqGv4

Spotlight Artist! Today’s spotlight is on another Japanese artist who is considered a guitar maestro. My partner in video production, Ken Nishikawa writes: “Masterpiece by Daisuke Takase who is considered by many to be one of the greatest rock guitar virtuosos not only in Japan but the world!” Sorry but Daisuke Takase has no Facebook fan page or Twitter or anything like that.

Check this out, gang, you will dig this!

Spotlight Artist! Daisuke Takase / 夢みたい(な)もんだ Yumemitai (na) monda   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibwFU-_Wx1E

Cool, eh? And speaking of Ken Nishikawa. Ken and I (with a little help from our friends) made the feature film: Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story. It hits theaters in Japan on Sept. 30, 2017. The Japanese trailer just came out! (It has English subtitles!) Check it! Oh, and we have a really cool webpage: http://ghostroads.jp/

That’s all for today! See you next week when we return to the Top 3 Indies Artist Videos Countdown. See ya! – Mike in Tokyo Rogers

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About Mike in Tokyo Rogers: Mike has been a professional music/TV/radio/anime-related program producer in Japan since the eighties. He began in the music business in 1977 as lead vocalist with the legendary Los Angeles Punk Band, “The Rotters” (Sit on My Face Stevie Nix.). As a university student, he was assistant to the legendary Rodney Bingenheimer (Rodney on the ROQ – KROQ Los Angeles from 1980 ~ 1981.) Mike was the first and only foreigner in Japanese history to become the General Manager of a major Japanese broadcasting station (TV Tokyo owned InterFM). Has produced a few smash hit programs (some real losers, too!) and several of Tokyo’s highest rated and most famous radio programs. A recent hit program was “The TV Show” (Set Program with “Ninja Slayer”) which, between April – Oct. 2015, garnered over 10 million viewers.  He is currently producing and hosting “WTF?” the hugely popular Sunday live show on InterFM 89.7 . And his life’s dream is his just completed full-length motion picture, Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Storywhich will be released by a major Japanese motion picture company and in theaters all across Japan in Autumn 2017. (See trailer here:  https://vimeo.com/210533272)

… Oh, and he likes to write about himself in the third person!)

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PAST ISSUES OF THE TOP 3 VIDEOS:

LAST WEEK:

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/16/17! Bombón, Dubmatix King, The Van T’s, N’shukugawa Boys (Japan) robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-71617-bombon-dubmatix-king-the-van-ts-nshukugawa-boys-japan/

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/9/17! Pats Pats (Jpn), Pale Lips, Flemmings & Peeling! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-7917-pats-pats-jpn-pale-lips-flemmings-peeling/

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/1/17! Vile Assembly, Wolf Girl, Taffy (Jpn), Mutation, The Darling Buds, Bonsai Kitten! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-7117-vile-assembly-wolf-girl-taffy-jpn-mutation-the-darling-buds-bonsai-kitten/

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/25/17! The Shit! The Goggles (Jpn)! The Bopp! Ice Cold Slush! http://robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-62517-the-shit-the-goggles-jpn-the-bopp-ice-cold-slush/

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/18/17! Molly & The Krells, Shirley Holmes, JinnyOops (Jpn), Blood People! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-61817-molly-the-krells-shirley-holmes-jinnyoops-jpn-blood-people/
Top 3 Indies Videos 6/11/17! The Fontaines, Beck Black, Taffy (Japan) The Beverleys! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-61117-the-fontaines-beck-black-taffy-japan-the-beverleys/

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/4/17! Bobby’s Bar (Japan), Trash Templars, Peeling, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-6417-bobbys-bar-japan-trash-templars-peeling-jessica-hernandez-the-deltas/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/28/17! The Atomics, Fiona Silver, Plastic Girl in Closet (Japan), Blaire Alise & the Bombshells! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-52817-the-atomics-fiona-silver-plastic-girl-in-closet-japan-blaire-alise-the-bombshells/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/21/17! Moja (Japan), Baby Shakes, Sloan Peterson, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-52117-moja-japan-baby-shakes-sloan-peterson-jessica-hernandez-the-deltas/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/14/17! Blaire Alise & the Bombshells, Lisa Mychols, Pats Pats (Japan), Single By Sunday http://robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-51417-blaire-alise-the-bombshells-lisa-mychols-pats-pats-japan-single-by-sunday/

 

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Top 3 Indies Videos 7/16/17! Bombón, Dubmatix King, The Van T’s, N’shukugawa Boys (Japan)

It’s time once again for the Top 3 Indies Artist Video Countdown. The Top 3 best Indies and Alternative Music artists for the week of July 16, 2017!

First up is an all-girl trio Surf rock and roll band from San Pedro named Bombón. Their FB says, “Founded in San Pedro in 2009, the three ladies behind the band, Angela Ramos, Paloma Bañuelos, and Jerico Campbell, have been working hard ever since to deliver their gospel of old style surf rock blended with ‘60s garage rock and DIY punk rock attitude far and wide. The last five years have seen the girls release an EP on Burger Records and an LP on 45 RPM Records.”

Today’s song is surfomatic cinematic cool! Here’s their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/laschicasdelbombon

#3) Bombón – “La Sirena” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3i8nKGZEek

At #2 is a song that could easily qualify for my “Cool & Strange Music” countdown (See the latest here: Cool & Strange Music Countdown June 20, 2017! Pinksideofthemoon, Japanese Led Zeppelin, Miami Dade County Police!)

It’s the Dubmatix King! Dubmatix King (or maybe just “Dubmatix” is from Toronto, Canada). He is a Musician, Producer, Mastering, Radio Host, Label Owner and has won a shitload of Juno awards… Most recently this year for “Best Reggae Recording.” This stuff is hot! Oh, he has a Facebook page (or two): https://www.facebook.com/dubmatix/

2) Dubmatix King – Sex Pistols – “Anarchy In The UK” (Ska Remix)    https://www.youtube.com/watch?sns=fb&v=OaQi63-DXEo

At #1 this week is a video hot off the presses. It a 4-piece group from Glasgow, Scotland who got together in 2013 and, also, have graced this chart at least 2 or 3 times in the past. Their name is the Van T’s. And they are two twins and two others joining in to make “…everything you ever wanted from a 90’s dream.” I think they are fab!

I can’t find a homepage for them (they have a Spotify but Spotify sucks!) But they do have a Facebook page (But duh! Facebook sucks too!) Go Like it here: https://www.facebook.com/TheVanTs/

#1) The Van T’s – Fresh Meat  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYa52w5OgG0

Spotlight Artist! It’s now time to show you good people our usual spotlight on a Japanese artist. I had planned on introducing a different artist, but they put out a video and it was merely a 30-second teaser. I hate those. Why bother? So…. Since I don’t have anything super brand new, here is one of my all-time favorites from a short while back. They are a trio named the N’shukugawa Boys. I LOVE THIS BAND!!!!! I think this was one of the best songs that has come out of Japan in a long time. It’s got everything you want from a Japanese band: looks, hooks, and slightly bizarre. This is a true classic!

Unfortunately, the N’shukugawa Boys broke up (last year, in 2016, I think it was). The lead vocalist Marya is currently heading up the fantastic Japanese bad boy group, The King Brothers… Check this out, gang, you will dig this!

Spotlight Artist! N’shukugawa Boys – Monogatari Ha Chito Fuantei  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBddnWs4-Ag

By the way, the King Brothers have a song on the Original Soundtrack on my feature length Rock n Roll Ghost Movie: Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story. Here’s the trailer (If you like the trailer and want to see this flick near your hometown, please come “Like” our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/Japaneserocknrollghost/)

That’s all for today! See you next week when we return to the Top 3 Indies Artist Videos Countdown. See ya! – Mike in Tokyo Rogers

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About Mike in Tokyo Rogers: Mike has been a professional music/TV/radio/anime-related program producer in Japan since the eighties. He began in the music business in 1977 as lead vocalist with the legendary Los Angeles Punk Band, “The Rotters” (Sit on My Face Stevie Nix.). As a university student, he was assistant to the legendary Rodney Bingenheimer (Rodney on the ROQ – KROQ Los Angeles from 1980 ~ 1981.) Mike was the first and only foreigner in Japanese history to become the General Manager of a major Japanese broadcasting station (TV Tokyo owned InterFM). Has produced a few smash hit programs (some real losers, too!) and several of Tokyo’s highest rated and most famous radio programs. A recent hit program was “The TV Show” (Set Program with “Ninja Slayer”) which, between April – Oct. 2015, garnered over 10 million viewers.  He is currently producing and hosting “WTF?” the hugely popular Sunday live show on InterFM 89.7 . And his life’s dream is his just completed full-length motion picture, Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Storywhich will be released by a major Japanese motion picture company and in theaters all across Japan in Autumn 2017. (See trailer here:  https://vimeo.com/210533272)

… Oh, and he likes to write about himself in the third person!)

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PAST ISSUES OF THE TOP 3 VIDEOS:

LAST WEEK:

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/9/17! Pats Pats (Jpn), Pale Lips, Flemmings & Peeling! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-7917-pats-pats-jpn-pale-lips-flemmings-peeling/

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/1/17! Vile Assembly, Wolf Girl, Taffy (Jpn), Mutation, The Darling Buds, Bonsai Kitten! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-7117-vile-assembly-wolf-girl-taffy-jpn-mutation-the-darling-buds-bonsai-kitten/

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/25/17! The Shit! The Goggles (Jpn)! The Bopp! Ice Cold Slush! http://robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-62517-the-shit-the-goggles-jpn-the-bopp-ice-cold-slush/

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/18/17! Molly & The Krells, Shirley Holmes, JinnyOops (Jpn), Blood People! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-61817-molly-the-krells-shirley-holmes-jinnyoops-jpn-blood-people/
Top 3 Indies Videos 6/11/17! The Fontaines, Beck Black, Taffy (Japan) The Beverleys! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-61117-the-fontaines-beck-black-taffy-japan-the-beverleys/

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/4/17! Bobby’s Bar (Japan), Trash Templars, Peeling, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-6417-bobbys-bar-japan-trash-templars-peeling-jessica-hernandez-the-deltas/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/28/17! The Atomics, Fiona Silver, Plastic Girl in Closet (Japan), Blaire Alise & the Bombshells! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-52817-the-atomics-fiona-silver-plastic-girl-in-closet-japan-blaire-alise-the-bombshells/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/21/17! Moja (Japan), Baby Shakes, Sloan Peterson, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-52117-moja-japan-baby-shakes-sloan-peterson-jessica-hernandez-the-deltas/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/14/17! Blaire Alise & the Bombshells, Lisa Mychols, Pats Pats (Japan), Single By Sunday http://robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-51417-blaire-alise-the-bombshells-lisa-mychols-pats-pats-japan-single-by-sunday/

 

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Top 3 Indies Videos 7/9/17! Pats Pats (Jpn), Pale Lips, Flemmings & Peeling!

It’s time once again for the Top 3 Indies Artist Video Countdown. The Top 3 best Indies and Alternative Music artists for the week of July 9, 2017!

First up is a brand new artist called the Flemmings that was introduced to us by Alex over at Wassup Rocker Radio (Check their newest groovy video here: http://bit.ly/2tSpLZB). The Flemmings just released a cool punk vinyl 10-inch EP with a mere 250 copies, so we’re seeing some really fresh new stuff here. There is absolutely no information about this band anywhere but I gather from the jacket art, it is a guy and a girl – the video shows 4 of them. Their label, ODD Records is in Cardiff in the UK. Nope! No Facebook page or Twitter that I can find!

#3) Flemmings – The Rats Are Back   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZaFBKA7LcM

Next up is a 4-piece “psych punk/noise pop” unit from Toronto. Their name is “Peeling.” Band info? Ha! You now know as much as I do; which is next to nuttin’. (I wonder why bands seem to have stopped posting basic information? Hmmm?) Here is their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/peelingband

And their Bandcamp page: https://peeling.bandcamp.com/

#2) Peeling – Leisure Life  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im4kG_VejZA

At #1 is a band that I just discovered yesterday and I LOVE THIS BAND!!!! It’s the Pale Lips who claim to be “Drippy mascara slopped rock n’ roll with sprinkles!” from Montreal, Canada…. (Hey! That’s two bands from Canada on this week! What’s going on up there?) The Pale Lips are a Bubblegum Punk/ Power Pop/ Rock n’ Roll all-girl quartet and they get the enthusiastic nod for #1 this week. Here’s their Facebook page. Go “Like” it. I did: https://www.facebook.com/palelips/

#1) Pale Lips – Mary-Lou Sniffin’ Glue https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFM4i_0XsmM

Spotlight Artist! Today’s spotlight goes to one of my favorite Japanese girls bands of all time. Their name are the “Pats Pats.” AND I AM SO DAMNED PROUD OF THEM!!!!!! I’ve been telling people for a few years now that I think the Pats Pats are going to become famous and that they could become the “Next Shonen Knife!” Well, well, well… Lookie here! Give you one guess who is opening for the legendary Shonen Knife’s tour starting tomorrow night! The Pats Pats!!!! Yeah!!!!!

Check it! http://www.gogovamp.com/news/3412.php

Pats Pats Shonen Knife Tour

Be there! Also, here is the Pats Pats Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/patspats/

(I like this band so much that my friend Ken Nishikawa and I made their latest video!)

Spotlight Artist! The Pats Pats A.A.A.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7-4IWBiSSU

Here’s a freebie for all you Shonen Knife fans. Here’s another video Ken Nishikawa and I made – for Shonen Knife!

Shonen Knife – Ghost Train / 少年ナイフ – ゴースト・トレイン https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCpfohSnp0U

That’s all for today! See you next week when we return to the Top 3 Indies Artist Videos Countdown. See ya! – Mike in Tokyo Rogers

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About Mike in Tokyo Rogers: Mike has been a professional music/TV/radio/anime-related program producer in Japan since the eighties. He began in the music business in 1977 as lead vocalist with the legendary Los Angeles Punk Band, “The Rotters” (Sit on My Face Stevie Nix.). As a university student, he was assistant to the legendary Rodney Bingenheimer (Rodney on the ROQ – KROQ Los Angeles from 1980 ~ 1981.) Mike was the first and only foreigner in Japanese history to become the General Manager of a major Japanese broadcasting station (TV Tokyo owned InterFM). Has produced a few smash hit programs (some real losers, too!) and several of Tokyo’s highest rated and most famous radio programs. A recent hit program was “The TV Show” (Set Program with “Ninja Slayer”) which, between April – Oct. 2015, garnered over 10 million viewers.  He is currently producing and hosting “WTF?” the hugely popular Sunday live show on InterFM 89.7 . And his life’s dream is his just completed full-length motion picture, Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Storywhich will be released by a major Japanese motion picture company and in theaters all across Japan in Autumn 2017. (See trailer here: https://vimeo.com/210533272)… Oh, and he likes to write about himself in the third person!)

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PAST ISSUES OF THE TOP 3 VIDEOS:

LAST WEEK:

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/1/17! Vile Assembly, Wolf Girl, Taffy (Jpn), Mutation, The Darling Buds, Bonsai Kitten! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-7117-vile-assembly-wolf-girl-taffy-jpn-mutation-the-darling-buds-bonsai-kitten/

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/25/17! The Shit! The Goggles (Jpn)! The Bopp! Ice Cold Slush! http://robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-62517-the-shit-the-goggles-jpn-the-bopp-ice-cold-slush/

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/18/17! Molly & The Krells, Shirley Holmes, JinnyOops (Jpn), Blood People! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-61817-molly-the-krells-shirley-holmes-jinnyoops-jpn-blood-people/
Top 3 Indies Videos 6/11/17! The Fontaines, Beck Black, Taffy (Japan) The Beverleys! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-61117-the-fontaines-beck-black-taffy-japan-the-beverleys/

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/4/17! Bobby’s Bar (Japan), Trash Templars, Peeling, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-6417-bobbys-bar-japan-trash-templars-peeling-jessica-hernandez-the-deltas/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/28/17! The Atomics, Fiona Silver, Plastic Girl in Closet (Japan), Blaire Alise & the Bombshells! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-52817-the-atomics-fiona-silver-plastic-girl-in-closet-japan-blaire-alise-the-bombshells/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/21/17! Moja (Japan), Baby Shakes, Sloan Peterson, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-52117-moja-japan-baby-shakes-sloan-peterson-jessica-hernandez-the-deltas/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/14/17! Blaire Alise & the Bombshells, Lisa Mychols, Pats Pats (Japan), Single By Sunday http://robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-51417-blaire-alise-the-bombshells-lisa-mychols-pats-pats-japan-single-by-sunday/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/07/17! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-50717-jungles-japan-pinksideofthemoon-the-coathangers-skating-polly/

Top 3 Indies Videos 4/30/17! No Girlfriends, pinksideofthemoon, Lisa Mychols, Bo-Peep! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-43017-no-girlfriends-pinksideofthemoon-lisa-mychols-bo-peep/

Top 3 Indies Videos 4/23/17! Daphne Guinness, Potty Mouth, Femmepop, Hands Off Gretel! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-42317-daphne-guinness-potty-mouth-femmepop-hands-off-gretel/

Top 3 Indies Videos 4/16/17! Warbly Jets, Baby Shakes, Samehada Shiroko & Dynamite, Ryan Hamilton & the Traitors! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-41617-warbly-jets-baby-shakes-samehada-shiroko-dynamite-ryan-hamilton-the-traitors/

Top 3 Indies Music Videos 4/9/17! Miss Derringer, 222, Glam Skanks, Yanagiya Mutsumi&The Ratbones (Japan) robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-music-videos-4917-miss-derringer-222-glam-skanks-yanagiya-mutsumi&the-ratbones-japan/

Top 3 Indies Music Videos 4/2/17! Lisa Mychols, The Routes, Circe Link, Su Ko D Koi! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-music-videos-4217-lisa-mychols-the-routes-circe-link-su-ko-d-koi/

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Top 3 Indies Videos 7/1/17! Vile Assembly, Wolf Girl, Taffy (Jpn), Mutation, The Darling Buds, Bonsai Kitten!

It’s time once again for the Top 3 Top 5 Indies Artist Video Countdown. The Top 5 best Indies and Alternative Music artists for the week of July 1, 2017! Why is this week a “Top 5”? Because I have so many great new songs that I’m backlogged and gotta get these great tracks out there!

First up is a brand new artist that was introduced to us by Wassup rocker radio host Alex Kish. Thanks Alex! Their name is Wolf Girl and they are from London. They claim they are an “Indie Pop, Garage rock band.” Also, they have getting great reviews. check this one out: “Wolf Girl […] are like 3 bands in one (The Ramones, Shop Assistants and Bratmobile will do for now), with a bunch of droolworthy garage Pop and riot grrrl-doo-wop heartbreakers jagged and torn at the edges…”

I like that! I think you’ll like this too. Here’s their Facebook page, go “Like” it: https://www.facebook.com/wolfgirlband/

#5) Wolf Girl – Moody: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBci7gSJJ64

At #4 this week is the legendary Ginger Wildheart with just another of his incredible projects (Man! The guy is prolific!) This one is called, “Mutation.” And today’s song is from their 3rd album called, “Mutation III: Dark Black.” Mutation will be touring the UK in October and November and will be coming to Japan after that! Be there!

Here’s Mutation’s Facebook page. Check it: https://www.facebook.com/XXMUTATIONXX/

#4) Mutation – Hate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LvySwEwbXU

At #3 is a band that’s been around, broken up, been around, broken up and now are back around again. Their name is the Darling Buds. Wikipedia says: “The Darling Buds are an alternative rock band from Newport, South Wales. The band formed in 1986 and were named after the H. E. Bates novel The Darling Buds of May – a title taken in turn, from the third line of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18: “Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May.”  The Darling Buds are influenced by the early Beatles as well as the catchy sound of Blondie.  The Darling Buds remain to this day a huge cult favorite!

#3) The Darling Buds – Evergreen:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l1LV2wNrpo

At #2 is Berlin, Germany’s own, “Bonsai Kitten.” They have quickly made a reputation as one of the most exciting bands to come out of Germany in a long time and are considered one of Germany’s best rock/punk bands.  Today’s track is their latest, “Do What You Want To Do.” Here’s their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BonsaiKittenBand/

#2) Bonsai Kitten – #DWYWTD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rkoyHF7QNg

At #1 is a real treat for you. Their name is the Vile Assembly and they are from the UK… That’s about all I know about them. Just Listen To This Magazine says about today’s track: “The song itself has a nagging sound highly evocative of early Bowie and perhaps moreso vintage Cockney Rebel in the nasal and insistent vocal…. Debut British punk-rock band, The Vile Assembly, were created solely to be the whistle-blowers on unjust society; their purpose to say what needs to be said through the universally understood medium of music. The band was created following a fortuitous meeting between three lifelong friends in a New York café, who decided that enough was enough and the troubles of the world needed to be voiced.” 

Nope. No Facebook page… The only thing I can tell you is the brain behind this genius is a guy named Paul Mason.

#1) The Vile Assembly – Suicide Feast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaUVTo24Wqw

Spotlight Artist! Today’s spotlight goes to Japanese band that have been on our countdown A LOT! Their name is Taffy. Are they a guitar band? Alternative? Shoegazer? Whatever. It doesn’t matter to me… Taffy are awesome! They have released their latest album called, “Nyctophilia” and, along with that release, they are touring the UK at the end of July, 2017! (Tour information here: http://www.taffy8.com/news/?p=488) Today’s track is the Taffy cover version of the Charlatans song, “Come Home Baby.”

Also check out their Facebook page. They have over 81,000 Likes! Wow! https://www.facebook.com/taffy8/

Spotlight Artist! Taffy – Come Home Baby: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOZnvEvTQSg

That’s all for today! See you next week when we return to the Top 3 Indies Artist Videos Countdown. See ya! – Mike in Tokyo Rogers

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About Mike in Tokyo Rogers: Mike has been a professional music/TV/radio/anime-related program producer in Japan since the eighties. He began in the music business in 1977 as lead vocalist with the legendary Los Angeles Punk Band, “The Rotters” (Sit on My Face Stevie Nix.). As a university student, he was assistant to the legendary Rodney Bingenheimer (Rodney on the ROQ – KROQ Los Angeles from 1980 ~ 1981.) Mike was the first and only foreigner in Japanese history to become the General Manager of a major Japanese broadcasting station (TV Tokyo owned InterFM). Has produced a few smash hit programs (some real losers, too!) and several of Tokyo’s highest rated and most famous radio programs. A recent hit program was “The TV Show” (Set Program with “Ninja Slayer”) which, between April – Oct. 2015, garnered over 10 million viewers.  He is currently producing and hosting “WTF?” the hugely popular Sunday live show on InterFM 89.7 . And his life’s dream is his just completed full-length motion picture, Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Storywhich will be released by a major Japanese motion picture company and in theaters all across Japan in Autumn 2017. (See trailer here: https://vimeo.com/210533272)… Oh, and he likes to write about himself in the third person!)

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PAST ISSUES OF THE TOP 3 VIDEOS:

LAST WEEK:

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/25/17! The Shit! The Goggles (Jpn)! The Bopp! Ice Cold Slush! http://robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-62517-the-shit-the-goggles-jpn-the-bopp-ice-cold-slush/

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/18/17! Molly & The Krells, Shirley Holmes, JinnyOops (Jpn), Blood People! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-61817-molly-the-krells-shirley-holmes-jinnyoops-jpn-blood-people/
Top 3 Indies Videos 6/11/17! The Fontaines, Beck Black, Taffy (Japan) The Beverleys! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-61117-the-fontaines-beck-black-taffy-japan-the-beverleys/

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/4/17! Bobby’s Bar (Japan), Trash Templars, Peeling, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-6417-bobbys-bar-japan-trash-templars-peeling-jessica-hernandez-the-deltas/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/28/17! The Atomics, Fiona Silver, Plastic Girl in Closet (Japan), Blaire Alise & the Bombshells! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-52817-the-atomics-fiona-silver-plastic-girl-in-closet-japan-blaire-alise-the-bombshells/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/21/17! Moja (Japan), Baby Shakes, Sloan Peterson, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-52117-moja-japan-baby-shakes-sloan-peterson-jessica-hernandez-the-deltas/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/14/17! Blaire Alise & the Bombshells, Lisa Mychols, Pats Pats (Japan), Single By Sunday http://robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-51417-blaire-alise-the-bombshells-lisa-mychols-pats-pats-japan-single-by-sunday/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/07/17! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-50717-jungles-japan-pinksideofthemoon-the-coathangers-skating-polly/

Top 3 Indies Videos 4/30/17! No Girlfriends, pinksideofthemoon, Lisa Mychols, Bo-Peep! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-43017-no-girlfriends-pinksideofthemoon-lisa-mychols-bo-peep/

Top 3 Indies Videos 4/23/17! Daphne Guinness, Potty Mouth, Femmepop, Hands Off Gretel! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-42317-daphne-guinness-potty-mouth-femmepop-hands-off-gretel/

Top 3 Indies Videos 4/16/17! Warbly Jets, Baby Shakes, Samehada Shiroko & Dynamite, Ryan Hamilton & the Traitors! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-41617-warbly-jets-baby-shakes-samehada-shiroko-dynamite-ryan-hamilton-the-traitors/

Top 3 Indies Music Videos 4/9/17! Miss Derringer, 222, Glam Skanks, Yanagiya Mutsumi&The Ratbones (Japan) robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-music-videos-4917-miss-derringer-222-glam-skanks-yanagiya-mutsumi&the-ratbones-japan/

Top 3 Indies Music Videos 4/2/17! Lisa Mychols, The Routes, Circe Link, Su Ko D Koi! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-music-videos-4217-lisa-mychols-the-routes-circe-link-su-ko-d-koi/

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Top 3 Indies Videos 6/25/17! The Shit! The Goggles (Jpn)! The Bopp! Ice Cold Slush!

It’s time once again for the Top 3 Indies Artist Video Countdown. The Top 3 best Indies and Alternative Music artists for the week of June 24, 2017!

Today’s edition is special as we are featuring only acts from Europe and Japan! First up is a band from Bern, Switzerland fronted by the legendary Bobby “Pantichrist” Butler. The band is called , “The Shit!” The Shit describe themselves as, “THE SHIT are a garage Rock And Roll band from Bern, Switzerland. Loaded with lots of FUZZ, primitive beats and a whole lot of complaining about love, life and all the crap in between.” They say artists who influenced them are: “Picasso, Van Gogh, Dali, Coleman, Bonsma, Burroughs, Darger, Wölfli, Warhol, Beefheart.” Wow! This band has been a regular on my radio show for years and they’ve just come out with their newest single from their latest album entitled, RUE DU CHOCOLAT! They have a Facebook page, go “Like” it: https://www.facebook.com/ILoveTheShit

#3) The Shit – Don’t Let Me Down https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M6QiSf17rs

Next up is a band from Bordeaux, France named, The Bopp. Their Bandcamp page describes themselves as: “The Bopp is a musical project with a revolving cast of musicians and friends. It’s pure jangle pop, with catchy melodies, stellar vocal harmonies and multi-guitar arrangements.” This song has been getting heavy airplay on my regular FM radio show, “WTF?” on InterFM 897. Please go “Like” our Facebook page here.

Of course the Bopp have their own Facebook page too – Go “Like” That one and tell them “Mike sent me!” https://www.facebook.com/The-Bopp-141122372625217/

#2) The Bopp – Power My Pop https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oCvfVRdDsU

At #1 this week is a band that was introduced to us by Alex Kish who is the guy behind Wassup Rocker Radio! Wassup Rocker Radio makes a weekly short video show that features new bands and it’s a gas. Here is the most recent episode here: https://vimeo.com/221216247 – Thanks Alex!

Alex introduces us to a band named Ice Cold Slush and they are a trio from London. If you like what you are hearing here today, go check out Ice Cold Slush’s Soundcloud. There’s tons of tracks there: https://soundcloud.com/ice-cold-slush

And, of course they have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/icecoldslush/

#1) ICE COLD SLUSH – Brainfreeze https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8shM_70XWY

Spotlight Artist! Today’s spotlight artist is from Fukuoka, Japan and this is their second time on the countdown. They are The Goggles! The Goggles get the nod today because they will be guests on my radio show this Sunday, June, 25, 2017.  “WTF?” on InterFM 897. Please go “Like” our Facebook page here.

The Goggles describe their musical Genre as, are you ready for it? “The Beatles.” Chuckle and that they are. But they aren’t a cover band. The Goggles add their own uniqueness to their sound and come out original and fresh. Soetimes they remind of the Beatles and sometimes the Who… But, no matter what, they have that British Invasion groove going that you just gotta love…. And speaking of that… This song was so catchy that Toyota used them in a TV commercial? Now how many indies bands get the nod from Toyota to do a commercial? This is the first time I have ever heard of such a thing. Wow!

They have a Facebook page. Go “Like” it: https://www.facebook.com/gogglesfukuoka/

Spotlight Artist! Goggles – I Wanna Call Your Name https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzwTbNWKDvU

That’s all for today! See you next week when we return to the Top 3 Indies Artist Videos Countdown. See ya! – Mike in Tokyo Rogers

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About Mike in Tokyo Rogers: Mike has been a professional music/TV/radio/anime-related program producer in Japan since the eighties. He began in the music business in 1977 as lead vocalist with the legendary Los Angeles Punk Band, “The Rotters” (Sit on My Face Stevie Nix.). As a university student, he was assistant to the legendary Rodney Bingenheimer (Rodney on the ROQ – KROQ Los Angeles from 1980 ~ 1981.) Mike was the first and only foreigner in Japanese history to become the General Manager of a major Japanese broadcasting station (TV Tokyo owned InterFM). Has produced a few smash hit programs (some real losers, too!) and several of Tokyo’s highest rated and most famous radio programs. A recent hit program was “The TV Show” (Set Program with “Ninja Slayer”) which, between April – Oct. 2015, garnered over 10 million viewers.  He is currently producing and hosting “WTF?” the hugely popular Sunday live show on InterFM 89.7 . And his life’s dream is his just completed full-length motion picture, Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Storywhich will be released by a major Japanese motion picture company and in theaters all across Japan in Autumn 2017. (See trailer here: https://vimeo.com/210533272)… Oh, and he likes to write about himself in the third person!)

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Spotlight Artist! JinnyOops!/爆音ヘッドフォン (Explosive Headphones) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpMztRCW6Xg

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/11/17! The Fontaines, Beck Black, Taffy (Japan) The Beverleys! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-61117-the-fontaines-beck-black-taffy-japan-the-beverleys/

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/4/17! Bobby’s Bar (Japan), Trash Templars, Peeling, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-6417-bobbys-bar-japan-trash-templars-peeling-jessica-hernandez-the-deltas/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/28/17! The Atomics, Fiona Silver, Plastic Girl in Closet (Japan), Blaire Alise & the Bombshells! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-52817-the-atomics-fiona-silver-plastic-girl-in-closet-japan-blaire-alise-the-bombshells/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/21/17! Moja (Japan), Baby Shakes, Sloan Peterson, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-52117-moja-japan-baby-shakes-sloan-peterson-jessica-hernandez-the-deltas/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/14/17! Blaire Alise & the Bombshells, Lisa Mychols, Pats Pats (Japan), Single By Sunday http://robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-51417-blaire-alise-the-bombshells-lisa-mychols-pats-pats-japan-single-by-sunday/

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/07/17! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-50717-jungles-japan-pinksideofthemoon-the-coathangers-skating-polly/

Top 3 Indies Videos 4/30/17! No Girlfriends, pinksideofthemoon, Lisa Mychols, Bo-Peep! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-43017-no-girlfriends-pinksideofthemoon-lisa-mychols-bo-peep/

Top 3 Indies Videos 4/23/17! Daphne Guinness, Potty Mouth, Femmepop, Hands Off Gretel! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-42317-daphne-guinness-potty-mouth-femmepop-hands-off-gretel/

Top 3 Indies Videos 4/16/17! Warbly Jets, Baby Shakes, Samehada Shiroko & Dynamite, Ryan Hamilton & the Traitors! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-41617-warbly-jets-baby-shakes-samehada-shiroko-dynamite-ryan-hamilton-the-traitors/

Top 3 Indies Music Videos 4/9/17! Miss Derringer, 222, Glam Skanks, Yanagiya Mutsumi&The Ratbones (Japan) robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-music-videos-4917-miss-derringer-222-glam-skanks-yanagiya-mutsumi&the-ratbones-japan/

Top 3 Indies Music Videos 4/2/17! Lisa Mychols, The Routes, Circe Link, Su Ko D Koi! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-music-videos-4217-lisa-mychols-the-routes-circe-link-su-ko-d-koi/

Top 3 Indies Music Videos 3/25/17! The Stephanies, Kolars, Bonsai Kitten, Fazerdaze! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-music-videos-32517-the-stephanies-kolars-bonsai-kitten-fazerdaze/

Top 3 Indies Music Videos 3/18/17! Japanese Bands! The Swamps, Pats Pats, Su Ko D Koi, The Goggles! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-music-videos-31817-japanese-bands-the-swamps-pats-pats-su-ko-d-koi-the-goggles/

Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Mar. 11, 2017! Theee Bat (Japan), Middle Kids, Honeychain! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-artist-videos-for-mar-11-2017-theee-bat-japan-the-mirror-trap-honeychain/

Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Mar. 4, 2017! Baby Shakes, TsuShiMaMire (Japan), The Coathangers, Hands Off Gretel! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-artist-videos-for-mar-4-2017-baby-shakes-tsu-shi-ma-mire-japan-the-coathangers-hands-off-gretel/

 

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Top 3 Indies Videos 6/18/17! Molly & The Krells, Shirley Holmes, JinnyOops (Jpn), Blood People! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-61817-molly-the-krells-shirley-holmes-jinnyoops-jpn-blood-people/