It’s time once again for the Top 3 Indies Artist Video Countdown. The Top 3 best Indies and Alternative Music artists for the week of Apr. 9, 2017!
First up is Miss Derringer! Miss Derringer is a trio from Los Angeles that is fronted by singer and visual artist Liz McGrath. She returned to the studio with many long-time friends. Drummer Clem Burke and guitarist Frank Infante, both Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members who contributed to a string of Blondie hits, punk legend Cheetah Chrome of the Dead Boys, former Social Distortion drummer Derek O’Brien, as well as guitarists Jimmy Wilsey (The Avengers/Chris Isaak) and Danny B. Harvey (The Head Cat/The Rockats) all contributed their considerable talents to the EP. This is their single from that latest work and here’s their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/missderringer
#3) Miss Derringer – Nobody to Come https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pi0Z3lfHJGk
Next up is a duo called 222. And they are introduced to us by sharp-eyed music scout, Kona Cindy. Cindy tells me (If you get the Brian Eno right there, give yourself high score!) Anyway, Cindy tells me that Rodney Bingenheimer of Rodney on the Roq (Kroq Los Angeles) fame loves this artist! If it’s good enough for Rodney, it’s good enough for me!
222 are Jade and Howard and they are from Los Angeles. Their blog says, “222 delivers their own power packed take on dance rock via a mixture of pop punk 80s/ 90s influenced rock mixed with current techno influences.” Here is their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/222jdband/
222 – I’m Not Trying to Be You …: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDTxQqIKhTU
At #1 this week is another band that is making waves and I noticed Rodney on the Roq started playing them too! They are the Glam Skanks from Los Angeles! I don’t know if this is a secret or not, but a little birdie told me that the Glam Skanks are about to break big with a tour of the UK and North America tours with a guy named Adam Ant! Ia that way cool or what?
The Glam Skanks are a rock n roll girl’s group with an attitude and a ton of glitter! I like it a lot! I think you’ll dig this cool video! Here’s their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Glamskanx/
#1) Glam Skanks – Bad Bitch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh-h72EExjI
TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT ARTIST! Today’s Spotlight artist is from Japan! It’s Yanagiya Mutsumi ＆ The Ratbones. How do I describe this madness? Well, Yanagiya Mutsumi is a legendary Japanese psychobilly musician (of “Battle of NinjaManz” fame) and the Ratbones are his newest project. Ratbones are a distinctly Japanese groove. It’s difficult to explain to westerners…. But, like any good joke, when you have to explain it, it doesn’t work well. Yanagiya Mutsumi ＆ The Ratbones are to be experienced… I think this is hilarious. They will be guests on my nationally broadcast FM radio show, “WTF?” What the Funday on InterFM897 on Sunday April 9, 2017! Check it out!
Oh, Yanagiya Mutsumi has a Facebook page… Tell him I sent you: https://www.facebook.com/mutsumi.kubouchi
TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT ARTIST! Yanagiya Mutsumi ＆ The Ratbones – Soshite Atami no Hihokan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gooYK-86G94
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 and several of Japan’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 as well as Rakuten Superrr Radio’s Power Morning everyday Mon. ~ Fri. 6 am ~ 10 am. As well as Rakuten Superrr Radio’s Power Evening Mon. ~ Fri. 5 pm ~ 8 pm. 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. (See trailer here: https://vimeo.com/210533272)
PAST ISSUES OF THE TOP 3 VIDEOS:
Top 3 Indies Music Videos 4/2/17! Lisa Mychols, The Routes, Circe Link, Su Ko D Koi! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-music-videos-4217-lisa-mychols-the-routes-circe-link-su-ko-d-koi/
Top 3 Indies Music Videos 3/25/17! The Stephanies, Kolars, Bonsai Kitten, Fazerdaze! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-music-videos-32517-the-stephanies-kolars-bonsai-kitten-fazerdaze/
Top 3 Indies Music Videos 3/18/17! Japanese Bands! The Swamps, Pats Pats, Su Ko D Koi, The Goggles! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-music-videos-31817-japanese-bands-the-swamps-pats-pats-su-ko-d-koi-the-goggles/
Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Mar. 11, 2017! Theee Bat (Japan), Middle Kids, Honeychain! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-artist-videos-for-mar-11-2017-theee-bat-japan-the-mirror-trap-honeychain/
Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Mar. 4, 2017! Baby Shakes, TsuShiMaMire (Japan), The Coathangers, Hands Off Gretel! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-artist-videos-for-mar-4-2017-baby-shakes-tsu-shi-ma-mire-japan-the-coathangers-hands-off-gretel/
Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Feb 26, 2017! Neatbeats (Japan), Lemon Twigs, Faz Waltz, Honeychain! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-artist-videos-for-feb-26-2017-neatbeats-japan-lemon-twigs-faz-waltz-honeychain/
Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Feb 19, 2017! Sex Organs, LA Velvet, Molice (Japan), Honeyblood! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-artist-videos-for-feb-19-2017-sex-organs-la-velvet-molice-japan-honeyblood/
Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Feb 12, 2017! The Coathangers, The Regrettes, The Routes & Luby Sparks (Japan), http://robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-artist-videos-for-feb-12-2017-the-coathangers-the-regrettes-the-routes-luby-sparks-japan/
Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Feb 5, 2017! Baby Shakes, Su Ko D Koi (Japan), Bleached, Daphne Guinness! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-artist-videos-for-feb-5-2017-baby-shakes-su-ko-d-koi-japan-bleached-daphne-guinness/