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Top 3 Indies Videos 6/4/17! Bobby’s Bar (Japan), Trash Templars, Peeling, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas!

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 4, 2017!

First up are some lovable nutcases from Failchester / Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen in Germany…. (Failchester!?) When I saw their photo, I knew that I didn’t even have to listen to these guys to know I’d like it. I love bands with a sense of humor! Their Facebook page says their interests are “Crusading.” Bwa! Ha! Ha! That’s hilarious! But seriously, they say they are a “Teenage sixties Garage Punk Band.” 

Their bio says: “After some very long Crusades the Templars are back Home with fully loaded Bags to bring the Holy Grail of Fuzz to the cheerin´ audience. They found it in the Backyard of a an ugly Beat-Garage where it was laying over decades and now the Templars hand the Grail around for all the thirsty disbelievers. Drink from our stomping Teenage Shutdown Nectar and have a refreshing taste from the holy Beat-Punk-Water to reach the Fuzz-Paradise.”

The Trash Templars

Look at their helmets! They mimic the days of King Arthur by cutting metal buckets and putting them upon their heads! Shockingly Chivalrous Genius! Go “Like” their Facebook page:

#3) The Trash Templars – Dancing with the Bull

At #2 is a 4-piece psychedelic punk / noise pop band from Ontario named Peeling. Their newest EP “7 Years of Blood” just came out on May 26, 2017. Today’s track, “Wandering Womb” is taken from that EP. That’s about all I now about Peeling excepting this is way cool. Go Like their Facebook page:

#2) Peeling – Wandering Womb

At #1 this week is Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas. This is their second time to hit our countdown. The first time was on May 20, 2017! Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas hail from Detroit, Michigan. Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas have performed countless headline gigs and as support for such like-minded acts as Gogol Bordello, Social Distortion and St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and well-received sets at festivals like Lollapalooza, ACL Music Festival, Osheaga, and Bonnaroo. Long hailed as an explosive and theatrical live outfit, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas will celebrate the release of they new album, “Telephone // Telefono” (On Sale June 23, 2017) with a non-stop North American tour.

#1) Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas – Run Too Far

Spotlight Artist! Today’s spotlight goes to a trio from Tokyo named Bobby’s Bar. Bobby’s Bar claims to be making music that is: “Voodoo Spook-a-Billy.” To get an idea of what these monsters are like, check out their influences: “Horror movie / Jungle Exotica vol 1 &2/ Lavender’s Jungle/ Las Vegas Grind / Reverend Horton Heat / Halloween music / Screamin’ Jay Hawkins / Bo Diddley / Surf music / Tiki culture / Swing music / Django Reinhart / William Bolcom / Tim Burton.” That pretty much sums it up!

Garage Rockin’ Craze

They are in our Spotlight this week because the feature prominently in the cool Tokyo Garage scene documentary: “Garage Rockin’ Craze.” (You can check out that awesome flick’s trailer here:

Bobby’s Bar have a Facebook page. Go “Like” it!

Spotlight Artist! Bobby’s Bar – Weirdo Jungle

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


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




Top 3 Indies Videos 5/28/17! 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!

Top 3 Indies Videos 5/14/17! Blaire Alise & the Bombshells, Lisa Mychols, Pats Pats (Japan), Single By Sunday

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Top 3 Indies Videos 4/30/17! No Girlfriends, pinksideofthemoon, Lisa Mychols, Bo-Peep!

Top 3 Indies Videos 4/23/17! 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!

Top 3 Indies Music Videos 4/9/17! 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!

Top 3 Indies Music Videos 3/25/17! 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!

Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Mar. 11, 2017! Theee Bat (Japan), Middle Kids, Honeychain!

Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Mar. 4, 2017! Baby Shakes, TsuShiMaMire (Japan), The Coathangers, Hands Off Gretel!

Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Feb 26, 2017! Neatbeats (Japan), Lemon Twigs, Faz Waltz, Honeychain!

Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Feb 19, 2017! Sex Organs, LA Velvet, Molice (Japan), Honeyblood!

Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Feb 12, 2017! The Coathangers, The Regrettes, The Routes & Luby Sparks (Japan),

Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Feb 5, 2017! Baby Shakes, Su Ko D Koi (Japan), Bleached, Daphne Guinness!


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Top 3 Videos for June 11, 2015! And Japanese Rockabilly Band, Bobby’s Bar!

We’re back for the weekend version of the Top 3 Indies Videos for May 11, 2015. I want to say thanks to all the artists who have been submitting videos to me for review. Much appreciation. And for you readers, thanks too! I hope you dig finding new artists and bands as much as I do!

First up today at #3 are a band from Auckland, New Zealand who took off to Jolly Old London England the first chance they got. They are an Alternative rock trio, Adam, Dave and Joel. Their name is the Popstrangers and they are at #3.

#3) Popstrangers – Heaven –

At #2 are those two sisters that seem to be catching fire. Their names are Gwendolyn and Lucy and they are better known as the punk band, Dog Party. This is their newest single!

#2) Dog Party – Peanut Butter Dream –

Finally, at this week’s #1 is a punk band from Los Angeles that has been a favorite of mine for quite a while. They beeen on my countdowns before, but this is their first time on the Top 3 Videos. Wikipedia writes:

“FIDLAR is a skate punk/garage punk band from Los Angeles California… The band’s name is an acronym for ‘Fuck It Dog, Life’s a Risk’, a skate mantra gleaned from singer Zac Carper’s former roommates. Originally, FIDLAR went under the name ‘Fuck The Clock’, as referenced in their song ‘Cheap Beer’. Three years after recording their first songs they stepped on stage together with The Black Lips and went on tour with The Hives. In 2012, FIDLAR were named one of Stereogum’s ’40 Best New Bands of 2012′.”

I think you’ll dig this video. It’s got parodies of all sorts of famous videos and pop/rock stars. The Devo “Jocko Homo” parody at about 1:05 into the video floored me! I certainly DID NOT expect that!

#1) FIDLAR – 40oz. On Repeat

And finally, as I always like to do, I’d like to introduce you to some of Japan’s unsung heroes. Today is a Rockabilly instrumental trio from Tokyo named Bobby’s Bar. This band rocks and performs at some of Tokyo’s coolest underground dives. I’ve seen them live several times and am always impressed by them.

Today’s Freebie: Bobby’s Bar – Weirdo Jungle

Well, that’s it for this weekend edition. See you next time!



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