It’s time once again for the Top 3 Indies Artist Video Countdown for Aug. 18, 2018!
Starting us off today is a powerpop, punk and rock’n’roll band from Beijing, China named the Sino Hearts. This band’s bio claims they are a “Beijing power pop trio via Vienna.” And they boast their influences to be The Boys, The Flamin Groovies, Protex, The Barracudas, Firestarters, and bunch of other bands as well as the Real Kids…. A punk band from Beijing? Are you kidding? Nope. They just were here in Japan and played some cool shows last month!
Here’s their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sinohearts/
#3) The Sino Hearts – Black Technology: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcn2SSgaBZo
At #2 is a video of a cool “Sunshine Garage Pop” track that was just released this morning! No kidding! It’s the one and only Lisa Mychols! Lisa’s bio reads: “AKA “Queen of Power Pop”, Long Beach, CA-based singer/songwriter bringing sounds of Colorful, Sunshine, Garage Pop, with lyrics inspired by real experiences and the many emotions we all go through, all wrapped up in music, melody and muse.” She also lists up a mighty fine roster of influences such as: Petula Clark, Temples, Jackie DeShannon, Kirsty Maccoll, Lulu, Paul Weller, Jason Falkner, The Clouds, The Lemon Twigs, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Tame Impala, Wondermints, The Three O’Clock, The Zombies, Lesley Gore, The Bangles, The Byrds…
Here’s her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Lisamychols/
#2) Lisa Mychols -“One Revolution”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1crT0OVhFBg&t
At this week’s #1 is a band introduced to us by DJ Alex Kish of Wassup Rocker Fame! Their name is Hayley and the Crushers and they are a Bubblegum Punk & Roll outfit from San Luis Obispo, California! Hayley and the Crushers say they are, “Poolside Glitter Trash. You went to the beach to get a tan but were rudely interrupted by a gaggle of leather-clad beasts feasting on beer and ho-hos under the pier.” Hey! That’s happened to me!
Here’s their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hayleyandthecrushers/
#1) Hayley and the Crushers – “Blue and Green”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaEMAkVUBp4
SPOTLIGHT ARTIST! Departing from our usual spotlight on a band from Japan is this week’s band coming to Japan! It’s the B-Girls! Their bio states: “The ‘B’ Girls are a Canadian all girl rock’n roll band that formed in 1976 and recorded on Bomp Records. They moved to NYC in 1977 and toured w the Clash.” The B-Girls are coming to Japan in September!
The B-Girls Japan tour 2018 (https://www.gogovamp.com/chicksriot/4141.php)
9/1(sat) @大阪 難波Mele
9/2(sun) @静岡 浜松Kirchherr
9/7(fri) @東京 下北沢Three
9/8(sat) @東京 高円寺HIGH
Go Like their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/therealbgirls/
SPOTLIGHT ARTIST! B-Girls – High School Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oeirLZNXDE
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!
Here’s the movie trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxwJ4AfzOwM
Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story
DVD and Blu-Ray on sale all across Japan on June 13, 2018!
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!
Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Story Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxwJ4AfzOwM&t
… Oh, and he likes to write about himself in the third person!
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