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Top 3 Indies Videos 12/01/17 – Five Fab Japanese Indies and Garage Bands!

It’s time once again for the Top 3 Indies Artist Video Countdown! This week s a special! Today we have five of my recent fave Japanese Indies bands for the week of Dec. 1, 2017! These are five groups that I think could do alright in the west. First up are a group of four fab psychos doing the trash garage thingy like a boss! They are from Tokyo known as “Ed Woods.” Ed Woods describe themselves as, “B-Movie, Rock`n`Roll & TV Game Or Die !! They are ”ED WOODS”. Link Wray is their father. Ed Wood is their Grandfather. Divine is their Mom. Big Foot is their Pet. Thank you!!” 

Ed Woods are, in my opinion, one of the best garage bands around. They have some shows coming up if you are in Tokyo over the next few weeks. In fact, they are playing tomorrow night 12/2(Sat) in Nagano, @Live House J.  “MIDNIGHT RAMBLER” and Ed Woods will appear with UnderGrounded Monogram, Mr. Fin And Jake, Living Is Not Breathing.

Yeah? They have a Facebook page. Go Like it or DIE!

#5) ED WOODS – Rock Shock In My Head

At #4 are three guys who contributed a hot track to the Original Soundtrack of “Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story.” They are from Tokyo also and they are called, the Mackshow!” I’ve seen these guys live before and not only did they rock, they were funny too! Great sounds. Great look. Tokyo’s own Mackshow!

Their bio states: “The Japanese Rock & Roll icon of 21st century, sets the unique concept such as Leather jacket, regent hair, rock and roll and the “Showa” (Japanese 60’s~80’s) style three piece R&R band. They formed in 2002 by Vocal & guitar Kozzy Mack, bass Tommy Mack, and drums Bikeboy. For much of their career, most of their performances were held at club circuits. Very simple original R&R sound and vocal skills hit all over Japan.”

Here’s their Facebook page:

#4) THE MACKSHOW – Phantom of Twenty Faces:

Next up is a group that must have stepped into some sort of time machine. They are called the Learners! The Learners are known for covering songs from the 50s and beyond. They describe themselves as “Girl pop, punk, ska, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll” and they revive famous songs. The Learners do not have a Facebook page but they have a Tumbler page:

Oh, and the Learners also have some shows coming up soon too:


At #2 is a girl’s band that I think just might be one of the best girl’s punk band in Japan! They are Su凸ko D凹koi! How does one pronounce that? I don’t know, just try this: Su Ko D Koi! This is their latest video and it is for a song called, “Momanaide.” “Momanaide” is about her ex-boyfriend who has a new girlfriend and she pleads with him to not rub her, uh, well, not rub her tits…. Later on, when she fumes about what is going on, she consoles herself by remembering that she has a new boyfriend. It’s cynical and funny. Theie new album goes on sale Jan. 17, 2018.

Here’s their Facebook page:

#2) Su凸ko D凹koi (すっとこどっこい) 「MOMANAIDE」

At #1 this week are Kyushu’s favorite sons, The Routes. The Routes bio says: “Based in bowl in the mountains (Hita City, Oita prefecture), Anglo-Nipponese trio The Routes play independently over 600 miles south of the Tokyo garage scene. 
The Routes play mostly original music, taking influence from UK and US 60s music and culture, happily oblivious to the fads and trends of today.” I know for a fact that The Routes are getting airplay all over the world. And I air them a lot on my new FM radio, The Mike Rogers Show on InterFM 897 in Tokyo, Radio Neo 79.5 in Naogoya and nationwide on Please check it out! The Routes’ new album is now on sale too!

Here’s their FB page:

#1) The Routes – Somebody’s Child

Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story world premiered in London on Sept. 25 and was completely SOLD OUT! The movie is now on a Road Show in Japan and at a theater near you. You can find details here:


Here’s the Japanese trailer (It has English subtitles!) Check it! Oh, and we have a really cool webpage:

Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story – Theatrical Release in Hiroshima and Yokokawa decided! Jan 13 ~ Jan. 19, 2018!
横浜シネマリンさんでの上映後少し間が空きましたが『ゴーストロード』の広島での上映が年明け1/13(土)~19(金)に横川シネマさんで決定いたしました!映画公開の前の週1/5(金)には広島クラブクアトロでTHE NEATBEATSのライブもございますので年明け早々、気分を上げていきましょう!

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 “The Mike Rogers Show” every Sunday live on InterFM 89.7  in Tokyo and Radio Neo in Nagoya 79.5 and nationally broadcast on (Internet radio).  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:

Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Story Foreign trailer:

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




Top 3 Indies Videos 11/25/17 – 50 Kaitenz (Jpn), Pale Lips, Pip Blom, Dirty Fences!

Top 3 Indies Artist Video 11/17/17 – Dream Wife, Cabbage, Starcrawler, Boris (Jpn)

Top 3 Indies Artist Video 11/11/17 – Van T’s, Nervous Twitch, Eux Autres, Daikaiju!

Top 3 Indies Videos 11/04/17! Starbenders, ED WOODS, the Routes (Jpn), Luxury Death!

Top 3 Indies Videos 10/28/17! Touts, Peter118, Rews, Van T’s, Cabbage, Vivian Boys (Jpn)!

Top 3 Indies Videos 10/23/17! Japanese Garage Bands and Amyl & the Sniffers!

Top 3 Indies Videos 10/14/17! Femme Krawall (Ger.), Neatbeats (Jpn), Fazerdaze, Pale Waves!

Top 3 Indies Videos 10/08/17! Crazy Squeeze, Su凸ko D凹koi (すっとこどっこい), The Beverleys!

Top 3 Videos 9/30/17! The Neatbeats (Jpn!), Lola Pistola, The Jacques, MeMe Detroit!

Top 3 Videos 9/16/17! Amyl & the Sniffers, Cambodian Space Project, Mackshow (Jpn), Shame!

Top 3 Videos 9/9/17! The 50 Kaitenz (Jpn), Lisa Mychols, The Sold! & Bones!, Ya Freshness!

Top 3 Videos 9/2/17! Twinkles, Neatbeats, Peter118, Mr. Diagonal!

Top 3 Videos 8/25/17! The Neatbeats, Darts, Estrons, Honeychain, Creepshow, Homeless Gospel Choir!

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


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Top 3 Videos for Sept. 3, 2016! Big Jesus, Suzy Blu, Peach Kelli Pop, The Mackshow (Japan)!

Saturday in Japan! And that means it’s time once again for the Top 3 Videos! The best of the Top 3 Indies Band videos for Sept. 3, 2016!

First up today is a 4 piece rock group from Atlanta, Georgia. They are named “Big Jesus.” Their debut album comes out Sept. 30. Here’s their FB page:

#3) Big Jesus – SP

Next up is the newest from Suzy Blu. Her webpage says: “Dark electric pop from Leeds (UK). Suzy Blu combines heavy old school beats with layers of feedback drenched melody, and experimental driving bass. Suzy Blu is a writer and poet who serves her black coffee vocals on a plate of electronic post-punk attitude.” Here is her FB page too:

#2) SUZY BLU – Part 2 of 6: Lone Wolf

At #1 are four girls from Los Angeles in a rock n roll band that call themselves, “Peach Kelli Pop.” They are coming to Japan and will be appearing with The Pats Pats (who have been on our countdown before) starting the first week of October. Here’s their FB page:

#1) Peach Kelli Pop – “Princess Castle 1987”

SPOTLIGHT ARTIST! Today’s Spotlight Artist is a Japanese rock band from Tokyo that is a standard in rock n roll circles here and quite highly regarded. I’ve seen their shows before and they always pack the house and are extremely entertaining. Their name is “The Mackshow.” I think you’ll dig these guys. Great sound. Great sense of humor too. Here’s their FB page: 

SPOTLIGHT ARTIST! THE MACKSHOW 【PV】 – 怪人二十面相 (The Fiend With Twenty Faces)

Well that’s it for today. See you next week – Mike in Tokyo Rogers




Top 3 Videos for Aug. 27, 2016! Hands Off Gretel, Death Valley Girls, Stephanies (Japan), Summer Twins!

Top 3 Videos for Aug. 13, 2016! Black Honey, Mirror Trap, Spam 69 (Japan), Rock ‘n’ Roll Monkey & the Robots!

Top 3 Videos for Aug. 6, 2016! The Whereabouts, Guitarwolf, Mirror Trap, Dog Party!

Top 3 Videos for July 31, 2016! Ginger Wildheart, myeahns (Japan), Deap Vally, Julie Ruin!

Top 3 Videos for July 19, 2016! The Mirror Trap, Black Honey, The Coathangers!

Top 3 Videos for June 25, 2016! Kill My Coquette, Rat Boy, Van T’s, Let’s Go’s (Japan)!

Top 3 Videos for June 25, 2016! Richie Ramone, Rangsteen (Japan), Angelic Milk, Mommy Long Legs!

Top 3 Videos for June 18, 2016! Frankie and the Studs, Su Ko D Koi (Japan), Creeping Ivies, Dressy Bessy!

Top 3 Videos for June 11, 2016! The Mirror Trap, Woolly Bandits, So So Glos, King Brothers (Japan)

Top 3 Videos for June 5, 2016! Wendy James, The 50 Kaitenz, The Sloths, John No Arms!


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