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

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 Nov. 17, 2017!

First up is Dream Wife. Their bio says: “The pop-punk trio – Alice, Bella & Rakel – Dream Wife formed within the walls of art university in Brighton. When they left uni that’s when the rocky roads of Dream Wife kicked in full speed: Their reputation as one of the best new live bands in London is already cemented following tours with Sleigh Bells, The Kills and their recent US triumphant stateside debut on tour at SXSW which earned them praise from NPR, DIY, Stereogum, Nylon, Entertainment Weekly etc. Armed with razor-sharp pop tunes and a take no prisoners punk attitude they’re are known to elicit pure chaos at their raucous live shows.” 

Here’s their Soundcloud page:

Here’s their Facebook page:

#3) Dream Wife – Let’s Make Out

At #2 is Peter Litvin. Peter is an actor, music producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist. This is cool. It was released on the Troma Label. Troma usually releases horror shit so this is right up their alley.

Here is Peter Litvin’s Facebook page:

#2) Peter Litvin – Gunz Up!

At #1 is a band from L.A. that some people love and some people hate. Their name is “Starcrawler” and I love them. OK. OK… Maybe they are not exactly from the streets, but they’ve been on our charts now 3 times (I think) and they still only have less than 3000 likes on Facebook… ) So, that’s still minor in my books! Maybe if they really were backed by big mney, then they’d have 100,000 FB likes by now, no?

By the way, since they’ve had so many great tunes and suddenly have released several videos, I suspect trouble and wonder if there is some crisis going on with this band? Guys! Stick with us! We might be slow but we come to realize sooner or later!

Their bio says, “We will kill you.” ….. Cool. Please. Do it. I’m sick of this shit.

Go Like their Facebook page:

#1) Starcrawler – I Love LA

Spotlight Artist!  Today’s spotlight artists are  Boris from Japan! Boris kicks ass and even Iggy Pop wrote comments for their last album!

Think about that for half a second… Iggy Pop writing a comment for an album??? WTF?????

What exactly is Boris? Boris is one of those killer Japanese rock bands that sell out all their shows in the west, but  in Japan,  they are not big at all (Kurosawa the film director wasn’t famous in Japan either!). Boris kicks fucking ass and takes the listener to another totally different dimension.

Of course, they have a Facebook page. This shit kicks ass!

Spotlight Artist! Boris – Absolutego

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:

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  and nationally broadcast on Radiko. 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 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 MAY 17, 2015! And Taffy!!!!!

Once again, it’s time for the Top 3 Indies Artist’s videos for the week of May 18, 2015…

But, before I get started, I’d like to say a sincere “Thanks” from Ken Nishikawa, Ayumi and me to you and all of those who came to our Robot55 Facebook page and gave us a “Like.” We really do appreciate it.

Two weeks ago, we had a little bit over 400 “Likes” and in the last two weeks, we’ve jumped (thanks to you music fans, musicians and your friends) to 570 “Likes.” So, once again, thanks so much.  The more people who “Like” our FB page, Twitter page or subscribe to Youtube, the bigger and better this countdown will become and it will be seen by more and more people.

On that note, did you know recent survey data in Japan of over 20,000 young people showed that: “…people 13 to under 29 …. only 11% had a TV in their bedroom; less than 6% had a radio (those must all be people over 25). But over 97% had a smart device or PC.”

What that means is that young people are not getting their new music from the radio or TV, they’re getting it from the Internet…. Duh! For more on that refer to: Data on Young People in Japan Show Extremely Difficult Times Coming for Old Media (…

But, enough of my yapping! Let’s get to the music!


OK. BORIS. BORIS as in “all capital letters BORIS.” Watch this and I’m sure you’ll say the same thing I did when I first saw this video, “Holy shit!” This stuff can peel paint! Here’s what Wikipedia says:

“Though relatively unknown in their home country, a recent series of reissues on US label Southern Lord Records has seen their popularity in North America increase dramatically, even gaining them widespread recognition in the mainstream music press…. Boris opened for Nine Inch Nails on part of the fall 2008 segment of the Lights in the Sky tour.”

A Japanese band opened for Nine Inch Nails?! WTF? Screw your head on tight, cause here they go:

#3) Boris – Statement

Next up is a band from Australia, that used to be called Brigitte Handley and the Dark Shadows (a band I fetaured on the Top 5 a few years ago. See that video here: but now is just called “The Dark Shadows.” German’s Static Magazine wrote: “Now it is time for something DIFFERENT. Take gentle and dark melodies, combine them with loud and fast punk rock, add some sound of guitars and believe me the result will throw you for a loop. You will find yourself in a delirium you can’t (or just don’t want to?) escape. That is The Dark Shadows.”

#2) The Dark Shadows – The Boy From Berlin

This week I was in a quandry as to what to do about our #1 song. But then my friend Gav, sent me this:

This week's Top Uk albums chart. What?! Eureka Machines at #3? Wow!

This week’s Top Uk albums chart. What?! Eureka Machines at #3? Wow!

Eureka Machines at #3? Incredible! OK, that’s good enough for me! You know, success can’t be argued with. These guys have hit on something so who am I to argue with them? Heck, if I knew what 17-year-olds liked, then I wouldn’t be writing these “Top 3 Videos” countdowns! If I knew what young people wanted to buy, I’d be a rich bastard living on a yacht in the Caribbean! But, alas, I am not. So back to the countdown!

At #1 is the new band, the Eureka Machines. They are a British pop-rock band from Leeds, West Yorkshire, who formed in 2007. The band is fronted by Chris Catalyst (of The Sisters of Mercy fame.)

#1) Eureka Machines – BRAINWAVES

Finally, this week’s オマケ!The EXTRA SPECIAL! And this is their 2nd time on the Top 3 and probably at least five times on the countdown over these past 2 years. Taffy is a band fronted by an amazingly talented singer named Iris. Currently they are touring the UK and will be in the USA so if you can see them live, do it. This band is going to be huge! Don’t beleiev me? Well watch the video and check their Facebook page, they have over 78,000 “Likes”!…. WTF??????

Taffy are the best band I have found in the last few years. A band like this only comes around once every 10 or 20 years. Check it!

EXTRA SPECIAL! Taffy – So Long


Well, that’s it for this week! See you next time.


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