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 July 22, 2017!
First up is a brand new band from Los Angeles. Issue Magazine wrote: “I am god. I am a dog. I am also a cult member of @thestarcrawler,” reads Arrow de Wilde’s Twitter bio. With intense dedication to style, performance and a fanciful streak of madness, this 17-year-old fronts Los Angeles-based band Starcrawler. Her red-stained mouth, wide eyes and feverish energy make for take-no-prisoners punk-rock theater. Fresh out of high school (or almost), with only a handful of performances behind them and one single, Starcrawler already commands our attention.”
I think this band might become big. Here’s their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/starcrawlertheband/
3) Starcrawler – Ants https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxLvMDjH_0M
Next up is a delightful new artist from Paris, France, two guys who called themselves, Polo & Pan. They describe their music as “Space Jungle.” Their bio says, “Polo & Pan were born under the stars in 2012, shortly after there was an orbital collision of two satellites : Polocorp & Peter Pan.”
I chose this video this week because this might be one of my favorites videos on 2017. The choreography, direction, conception, lighting and action are worthy of an Academy award. Really! You watch this and tell me the last time you saw an arty video like this – AND it comes with a great song. Been playing this on my Sunday radio show WTF? (https://www.facebook.com/WhattheFunday76.1/) This is fantastic! 5 Stars!
2) POLO & PAN – Coeur Croisé https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB98kRDUTM4
At #1 this week is a band from Seattle called Tacocat. Tacocat is a “Post Post Punk Pop Pop” band. They also say they are: “Go-Go’s meets The Monkees. Kurt meets Courtney.” This video is pretty cool as they have a girl in there who looks A LOT like Guilian Anderson who played Scully in the “X-Files.” It’s a cool song and the video is worth several laughs. Here’s their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tacocatband/
#1) Tacocat – “Dana Katherine Scully” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FShqXAqGv4
Spotlight Artist! Today’s spotlight is on another Japanese artist who is considered a guitar maestro. My partner in video production, Ken Nishikawa writes: “Masterpiece by Daisuke Takase who is considered by many to be one of the greatest rock guitar virtuosos not only in Japan but the world!” Sorry but Daisuke Takase has no Facebook fan page or Twitter or anything like that.
Check this out, gang, you will dig this!
Spotlight Artist! Daisuke Takase / 夢みたい(な)もんだ Yumemitai (na) monda https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibwFU-_Wx1E
Cool, eh? And speaking of Ken Nishikawa. Ken and I (with a little help from our friends) made the feature film: Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story. It hits theaters in Japan on Sept. 30, 2017. The Japanese trailer just came out! (It has English subtitles!) Check it! Oh, and we have a really cool webpage: http://ghostroads.jp/
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. (See trailer here: https://vimeo.com/210533272)
… Oh, and he likes to write about himself in the third person!)
PAST ISSUES OF THE TOP 3 VIDEOS:
Top 3 Indies Videos 7/16/17! Bombón, Dubmatix King, The Van T’s, N’shukugawa Boys (Japan) robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-71617-bombon-dubmatix-king-the-van-ts-nshukugawa-boys-japan/
Top 3 Indies Videos 7/9/17! Pats Pats (Jpn), Pale Lips, Flemmings & Peeling! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-7917-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! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-7117-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! http://robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-62517-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! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-61817-molly-the-krells-shirley-holmes-jinnyoops-jpn-blood-people/
Top 3 Indies Videos 6/11/17! The Fontaines, Beck Black, Taffy (Japan) The Beverleys! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-61117-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! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-6417-bobbys-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! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-52817-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! robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-52117-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 http://robot55.jp/blog/top-3-indies-videos-51417-blaire-alise-the-bombshells-lisa-mychols-pats-pats-japan-single-by-sunday/