We’re back once again for this week’s Top 3 videos for Nov. 3, 2018!
First up is a band from Canada who call themselves Tommy & the Commies.
Louder Than War writes: “On their debut album, Tommy and the Commies race from the traps with that spitting punk pop sound first seen on The Buzzcocks’ Spiral Scratch, on The Undertones’ Teenage Kicks. It’s a fine eight-track blast back to two minute wonders that flit in full of harmony and melody over chugging and ringing guitars that drive the songs forcefully and infectiously along.They dive in head first with opener Devices. There’s no clever intro or lead in as they employ that great Orgasm Addict trick of kicking straight off with the vocals. There’s also a definite Jam sound going on as the song flies out with backing vocals tripping over and falling perfectly in the spaces of the lead. It’s a catchy and contagious sound that they continue with throughout the rest of this (too short) album. In fact the only criticism is that there just ain’t enough!” The lead singer looks like he was a member of the Sweet! Cool!
Here’s their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TOMMYSCOMMIES/
#3) TOMMY and the COMMIES: Permanent Fixture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mM054v26hP0
Next up is a band that was introduced to us by Alex Kish of Wassup Rocker Radio (like, just about 15 minutes ago!) This band whose record just came out a couple of days is only available on vinyl (I guess)… But at least we get the cool video that looks like it was pulled outta a 1980s studio! It’s Brower!
Their bio states: “BUZZSAWS is the debut album by BROWER, the solo project of Nat Brower, resident of Ridgewood Queens and erstwhile NANCY and METALLEG compatriot, already championing the spirits and sounds of our most cherished Punk and Rock musical varietals the world over. After last spring’s Little Big EP (DIG007), BROWER is back, and the fire behind that ass is simply inextinguishable! Enter BUZZSAWS – a glam’d-out glitter-bomb of fuzz guitars and giant vocal melodies within the Venn diagram of Bolan, Bowie and Brett (Smiley).”
First question: Where the heck is Ridgewood Queens???
They have a Facebook too (sort of): https://digrecords.bigcartel.com/product/brower-buzzsaws-lp
#2) BROWER – HACKSAW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OHf6Quqmww
At #1 are the Touts from Derry in the UK with their newest release! This is the the 4th or 5th time the Touts have graced our countdown! Their bio says about this fine track: “‘Can’t Blame Me’ is about that period when an election is creeping up. The media and politicians start their campaigns of fear mongering, scaring the people, keeping things just the way they like them. It creates unease and everyone falls in line when in fact they should be out demanding a better life, demanding change.”
Of course they have a Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/toutsband/
#1) Touts – Can’t Blame Me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1rkCWxRcv8
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 Sesame and the Pats Pats! Get your tickets now! (They are free (+¥1000 for 2 drinks!) At Shibuya Milky Way! Be there!
The band is a quite humorous unit, and they call themselves Spam69!… Not sure who will show up on Jan. 7th from this band, but be ready for a gas!
They have a Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/THESPAM69/
SPOTLIGHT ARTIST! THE SPAM69 (ザ・スパムロック)”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” will world premiere at the 2018 Raindance Film Festival in Oct.
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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