It’s time once again for the Top 3 Indies Artist Video Countdown for Feb 24, 2018! And starting off the countdown today are Amyl & the Sniffers. They were featured on last week’s countdown (“She’s Not a Loser” and they had the #2 song for the entire year in 2017 (“70s Street Munchies“) in Top 50 Best Songs of 2017 (Music Videos!) 

It’s Amyl and the Sniffers from their 2016 SOLD OUT, “Giddy Up.” This did so well, that they are getting ready to rerelease it! This band is awesome. Here is their Bandcamp. You can find/buy their entire catalogue her:

Here is their Facebook:

#3) Amyl and The Sniffers – Pleasure Forever

At #2 is my new fave new group for 2018 (I found Amyl and the Sniffers in 2017!) and their name is the Reckless Drifters and they are from Los Angeles. The Reckless Drifters are Dramarama’s John Easdale & Mark Englert, The Woolly Bandits’ Christa Collins, Miss Derringer’s Sylvain De Muizon, & original Social Distortion drummer Derek O’Brien. This os their debut single and it is a cover of an old Hank Williams tune (Yeah. You read that right, Hank Williams.) My dad loved Hank Williams and when I first heard this rendition it dropped my jaw…. It takes some real special talent to cover a Hank Williams classic and actually make it original and, dare I say it? Better than the original! 

Wow! Check it. Their Facebook page only has 94 Likes. Go be the first on your block to go and spread the word!

#2) The Reckless Drifters – “Baby, We’re Really in Love”

At #1 this week are the Baby Shakes! The Baby Shakes just finished a bunch of shows in Florida where they played with my friends from my old hometown, Mel Bergman and the Phantom Surfers! So to commemorate that event and because it was guitarist Judy’s birthday the other day (well, not the ‘other day,’ more like 4 months ago) here they are at #1…. This also gets to #1 this week as Shuichi Masaki from Fukuoka’s awesome Garage Band, Titty Twister randomly put this video up as his recommendation last night. I was shocked and told him, “Hey! Shuichi san! Ken Nishikawa and I made that Baby Shakes video!”

The Baby Shakes are hot. Here’s their Facebook page:

#1) Baby Shakes – Do What You Want

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT ARTIST!  Today’s spotlight artists are the mighty 50 Kaitenz from Osaka, Japan! The 50 Kaitenz just released their new album and I have been playing some of their new songs on my FM radio show just about every week! (The Mike Rogers Show on InterFM 897 in Tokyo and Radio Neo 79.5 in Nagoya – Please come “Like” my FB page: The new record was released on Jan. 17, 2017 and it is simply awesome and I think it’s their best one yet!

Of course, they have a Facebook page:

SPOTLIGHT ARTIST! The 50 Kaitenz – Mr.1234man:

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 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 was released by a major Japanese motion picture company and in theaters all across Japan from Sept. 2017 ~ Feb. 2018.

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 Feb 17, 2018 – Melbourne, Australia Special! Amyl & the Sniffers, Dumb Punts, Parsnip, Stephanies (Jpn)!

Top 3 Indies Videos Feb 10, 2018 – Voiid, Marc Platt, Daisy House, The Stephanies (Japan)!

Top 3 Indies Videos Feb 3, 2018 – Problem Child, Rosegarden Funeral Party, Parsnip!

Top 3 Indies Videos Jan. 27, 2018 – Starcrawler, Amyl & the Sniffers, Duncan Reid, The 50 Kaitenz!

Top 3 Indies Videos Jan. 20, 2018 – Elmo Weber, Amyl & the Sniffers, Starcrawler!

Top 3 Indies 01/13/18 – Les Stores, Moody Beach, Starcrawler, Neatbeats, 50Kaitenz, Su Ko D Koi!

Top 3 Indies Videos Jan. 6, 2018 – Starcrawler, The Chats, The Cambodian Space Project!

Mike (in Tokyo) Rogers’ Top 50 Best Songs of 2017 (Music Videos!)

Top 3 Indies Videos 12/7/17 – Starcrawler, Blondie, Monsieurs, The 50 Kaitenz (Jpn)

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


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