It’s time once again for the Top 3 Indies Artist Video Countdown of the Top 3 best Indies and Alternative Music artists for the week of Sept 3, 2017! And, folks, I have some REALLY great stuff for you today. Especially this week’s #1. I promise that you will really love or hate this stuff. DISCLAIMER: To all my CIA or MI5 readers: I just write these countdowns & stuff, OK? I do not make these songs or videos. Oh and, I do not know where these people live either so please do not come looking for me. I know nothing! Nothing!

First up are the Twinkles and their newest hit song! The Twinkles are from Italy! Their bio says: “The Twinkles are a nice melodic ’77 punk band from Castelfranco Veneto, Italy. Behind the lyrics and the music is frontman Nick Mess who keeps the image and the style of ’77 punk still alive. A lot of fans already know their songs after many successful gigs all over Europe. Their songs are inspired by the likes of the Ramones, so there is just no way to NOT love them.”

Of course they have a Facebook page:

#3) The Twinkles – I Don’t Wanna Wake No More All Alone

At #2 is the newest from Stoke-on-Trent in the UK, Peter118! Peter118 is a punk band that brings a positive message. Today track was just released on August 31 and it is available on the ‘In Stereo’ EP split with No Lost Cause.

This is at least the 3rd time for Peter118 to be on the charts with us ($th or 5th time?)… Of course, Peter118 has a Facebook page. Go check it!

#2) Peter118 – ‘Wasting’

At this week’s #1 is a fantastic song and video by my former friends, Mr. Diagonal and Ken. Now, normally, if these guys made a video without me, I’d be upset… But not this time…. Today’s number one video is truly an amazing artistic statement and, frankly speaking, takes a lot of guts. I think the Powers That Be usually eliminate people for making stuff like this… So, well, it’s been nice knowing you guys… Before you are “disappeared” I thought I’d honor you by placing this excellent and disturbing video at this week’s #1. It’s Mr. Diagonal and the song is called “Diana.”

Of course, Mr. Diagonal has a Facebook page:

#1) Mr. Diagonal / Diana

Spotlight Artist!  Today’s spotlight are a band that I consider to be Japan’s best Beat Band. They are known as the Neatbeats! I am dead serious when I say that the Neatbeats are the most fun and entertaining concert I have ever seen in my life and I’ve seen a lot of concerts. They are starring in Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story. They are the Neatbeats!

I love the Neatbeats. With Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story, the Neatbeats are destined to become one of Japan’s most famous bands of all time. If you get a chance to see these guys, you HAVE to go. Oh! And the hot girl in the video? That’s Mina Shirakawa who also stars in “Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story.” (Please go “Like” the Ghostroads FB page:

Here’s the Neatbeats Facebook page:

Spotlight Artist!  The NEATBEATS – Snakey Baby

And speaking of Ghostroads! Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story hits theaters in Japan on Sept. 30, 2017. AND we’ve been selected by Raindance Film Festival in London. Raindance has been ranked as one of the “Top 10 Most Prestigious Film Festivals in the World.

Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story will world premiere in London on Sept. 25 and once again on Sept. 28 at Vue West End (Leicester Square) (3 Cranbourn Street, WC2H 7 London, United Kingdom) Tickets are available here: 

The Japan premiere is Sept 30, 2017. You can find details here:


The Japanese trailer just came out! (It has English subtitles!) Check it! Oh, and we have a really cool webpage:

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 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 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)

Top 3 Videos 8/11/17! Amyl & The Sniffers, Spam69 (Jpn!), Draggs, Cosmic Psychos!–draggs-cosmic-psychos/

Top 3 Videos 8/5/17! Kilo Tango, Cat Lundy, Amyl & the Sniffers, Lucy Gucy, The 50 Kaitenz (Jpn!)

Top 3 Indies Videos August 2, 2017! The Twinkles, The Shanghais, Daisy House, Thee 50s Highteens (Jpn)!–jpn/

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/29/17! Fiona Silver, Sloan Peterson, Shitkid, Shit Girlfriend!–tacocat-polo-pan-daisuke-takase-jpn/

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/16/17! Bombón, Dubmatix King, The Van T’s, N’shukugawa Boys (Japan)

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/9/17! Pats Pats (Jpn), Pale Lips, Flemmings & Peeling!

Top 3 Indies Videos 7/1/17! Vile Assembly, Wolf Girl, Taffy (Jpn), Mutation, The Darling Buds, Bonsai Kitten!

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/25/17! The Shit! The Goggles (Jpn)! The Bopp! Ice Cold Slush!

Top 3 Indies Videos 6/18/17! Molly & The Krells, Shirley Holmes, JinnyOops (Jpn), Blood People!
Top 3 Indies Videos 6/11/17! The Fontaines, Beck Black, Taffy (Japan) The Beverleys!

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

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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