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 August 19, 2017!

At #3 this week is a brand new act from Australia! We introduced them last week, thanks to Alex Kish of Wassup Rocker Radio. Their name is Amyl and The Sniffers. Amyl & the Sniffers consists of Amy Taylor on vocals, Dec Martens on guitar, Bryce Wilson on drums and Fergus Romer on bass. I really like this band and think they are one of the most exciting acts I’ve seen in years! (Amy is perfect for the new queen of punk!)

Oh, they have a Facebook page too:

Here’s their Bandcamp page:

#3) Amyl and the Sniffers – Balaclava Lover

Next up is a debut on our countdown, she’s from Echo Park in Los Angeles and her name is Aimee Lay. Aimee was also introduced to us by Alex Kish (maybe I should just call this the “Alex Kish Discovery Channel!” Aimee describes her music as “Moody 60s influenced rock, psych, garage & pop.”

Dirty Hippie Radio’s Dirty Jeff writes: “Aimee Lay can rock; but, most notably for me, she has a tendency to wrap her voice around my heart and ease it’s fluttered rhythm. I then feel as though I’ve wandered over icy city streets with her, in search of a hot cup of coffee, warm conversation, and a cigarette.”

Here’s Aimee’s FB page:

Bandcamp too!

#2) Aimee Lay – Whispers all around me

At #1 this week is Holy Moly & the Crackersss (No. That’s not a typo – with three “S’s” I think…) Holy Moly describes their music as “Gypsy Folk Rock.” They hail from Newcastle upon Tyne (North-east England). They calim their infulences as “Buffalo Skinners, The Holy Ghosts, Rob Heron & the Teapad Orchestra, TJ Muller & the Dixie Six, The Kentucky Cow-Tippers, Perch Creek Family Jug Band, Fablewood, Alex and the Wander Band, The Chimney Boys, Sleeping Passengers.”

Here’s their Facebook page:

#1) Holy Moly & The Crackers – Cold Comfort Lane

Spotlight Artist!  Today’s spotlight is a three-girl and one guy punk band from Kyoto, Japan. I put this band up here today because, even though they have broken up, this is one of the earliest videos my partner Ken and I ever made. This video is ten years old! The Soap were, I think, one of the hottest “girl” punk bands and they even performed at SXSW way back when. This video catorues the old “Punk x Horror flick” concept that was popular way back when (still is?). The archival footage is from (Thanks guys!)

Nope. The Soap have disappered down the rabbit hole and I cannot find any FB page nor Twitter page. I suspect they did have a Myspace page way back when but, of course, that’s gone too.

Spotlight Artist! The Soap – The Planet of No Sex (Discotic)

By the way, my video partner, Ken Nishikawa and I just completed (with a little help from our friends) Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story movie. It hits theaters in Japan on Sept. 30, 2017. AND we’ve been selected by Raindance Fil Festival in London. Raindance has been ranked as one of the “Top 10 Most Prestigious Film Festivals in the World.” 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 8/11/17! Amyl & The Sniffers, Spam69 (Jpn!), 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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