Welcome back to this week’s Top 3 videos for the last week of 2018!
Today’s show starts off with a band that was featured in the 2017 soundtrack of Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story! It’s the Psycrons. They are having some sort of shindig on Jan. 7, 2018! Also on Jan. 8th & 9th! Check it out: http://thepsycrons.info/top.php
Sure, the song is a bit dated, but it’s cool!
They do have a Twitter: https://twitter.com/psycrons
#3) I WANNA BE SUPERMAN /THE PSYCRONS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npk40jHsHfQ
At #2 is Gretchen’s Wheel! Her bio states: “Lindsay Murray’s indie-pop solo project Gretchen’s Wheel returns with her fourth full-length release, Black Box Theory. Black Box Theory joined Murray with previous collaborator Nick Bertling on a 10-song collection that blends Murray’s clear voice with her aggressive, energetic power-pop guitar attack. Murray produced and recorded the songs in her home studio near Nashville, TN, and Bertling (Chicago, IL) played drums and mixed the album.”
Here’s her Facebook: http://www.gretchenswheel.com/
#2) Gretchen’s Wheel – Plans https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrQyJmWguS0
At this week’s #1 is a band from Russia. Of course, it’s Messer Chups! Today is a video made during their summer tour 2018. Finally she’s back! Love you Zombierella! Gee, I wish these guys would come to Japan! Messer Chups’ bio states: “While Messer Chups’ mostly instrumental sound is hard to neatly categorize, it’s safe to say that it would be embraced by fans of rockabilly, horror punk, vintage surf records, Italian slasher films, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Pulp Fiction, lounge music, the theremin, The Cramps, and the theme song from The Munsters. Their catchy music combines surf, vintage Russian melodies, rare film samples from the 50s and 60s, scratchy historical recordings, and lounge loops. Live, they explode with garage-punk intensity, all played against a video-collage backdrop of mid-century trashy cult and horror movie clips featuring Russ Meyer and Ed Wood, and superstars like Vampira and Bela Lugosi in a zombie mash-up.”
#1) Messer Chups – Cemetery Beach. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sftBj2cBS68
SPOTLIGHT ARTIST! This week’s Spotlight Artist is an artist that will appear at my New Year’s Party on Jan. 7, 2018 (Monday) along with The Pats Pats and the Sesame! Get your tickets now! (They are free (+¥1000 for 2 drinks!) At Shibuya Milky Way! Be there!
Today we will feature Spam69. These guys are nuts!
Here’s the Facebook page for Spam69! https://www.facebook.com/THESPAM69/
SPOTLIGHT ARTIST! THE SPAM69 – DO YOU WANT?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNsHaSkjFns
Hey! If you want tickets for the New Year’s Party (It’s free but tickets are going fast!): Go reserve them here (Jan. 7, 2019!): The Mike Rogers Show の新年会？2019年1月7日！やりましょうか？出演バンド: The Pats Pats, Spam69, Sesame! チケットの予約: http://www.shibuyamilkyway.com/new/SCHEDULE/
Of course, if you want to hear more of this stuff, check out InterFM’s, “The Mike Rogers Show” (Every Sunday morning from 5 am ~ 7 am on InterFM 897 in Tokyo, Radio Neo 79.5 in Nagoya, and nationwide simulcast on Radiko.jp! Check it out for tons of cool new music every week!)
Well, that’s it for today. Have a great weekend!
‘Matsuchiyo – Life of a Geisha‘ World Premiered at the 2018 Raindance Film Festival in London, England. ‘Matsuchiyo – Life of a Geisha‘ is a documentary about one of the last true geisha in Japan. From her wartime childhood to geisha apprenticeship to the glory days of a top geisha. This film illustrates the trials of the ultimate Japanese cultural enigma that is – The Life of a Geisha.
“Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Story,” enjoyed its World-Premiere at the Raindance Film Festival in London on Sept. 25, 2017, and was released by a major Japanese motion picture company and in theaters all across Japan. The DVD and Blu-Ray went on sale all across Japan on June 13, 2018! It also enjoyed its Canadian theatrical release on August 31, 2018!
Here’s the movie trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxwJ4AfzOwM
Well, that’s it for today. Have a great weekend!
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 Internet TV 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 “The Mike Rogers Show” every Sunday live on InterFM 89.7 in Tokyo and Radio Neo in Nagoya 79.5 and nationally broadcast on Radiko.jp (Internet radio). And he is the creator and founder of the Mt. Fuji – Atami Film & VR Festival. Also his life’s dream is his just completed full-length motion picture, “Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Story,” which enjoyed its World-Premiere at the Raindance Film Festival in London on Sept. 25, 2017, and was released by a major Japanese motion picture company and in theaters all across Japan from Sept. 2017 ~ Mar. 2018. The DVD and Blu-Ray went on sale all across Japan on June 13, 2018! His next project, “Matsuchiyo – Life of a Geisha” world premiered at the 2018 Raindance Film Festival in Oct. 2018.
Mike is also an Official Jury member to the 2018 Raindance Film Festival in London making him the first person ever to serve as a Jury Member from Japan in Raindance Film Festival history.
… Oh, and he likes to write about himself in the third person!
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