Friday, December 22, 2017

Top 3 Indies Videos 12/21/17 - Starcrawler, Spitfires, StarBenders, Minnesota Voodoo Men (Jpn)

It's time once again for this week's Top 3 Indies Video Countdown for the week of Dec. 21, 2017... 

First off, I have to say sorry for missing last week's countdown. I think that was the first countdown I missed since Sept. 2014 when was in the hospital! Last week, I was in Russia and I couldn't access the regular page where I post these countdowns. I thought there was something wrong with my Wi-Fi in Russia, but it seems the site had been down since at least last Saturday. They are trying to fix it now. So, very sorry about that.

First up are three guys from Watford, England who were first introduced to us by the Biscuit Boys, Gabbie and Chris (thanks guys!) the band is known as the Spitfires. Their bio says: "Taking influences from The Clash, Billy Bragg, The Jam through to Soul, Reggae and Ska - the band have released 2 albums since 2015... Their work ethic and powerful song-writing mixed with their acute social commentary and lack of mainstream industry support has made this fiercely independent band one of the most popular underground success stories in the UK today. This DIY attitude and independent spirit has earned them a dedicated following and sold out shows across the whole of the UK and Europe."

Dig it! Here's their Facebook page:
#3) The Spitfires - Over And Over Again

At #2 is a song that is performed by Starbenders which is one of the most exciting new acts of 2017! This is their second time on our countdown! Their bio states: "Hailing from Atlanta, GA, Starbenders are the half way home for misunderstood misfits, fringers and glam punks. Front-woman, Kimi Shelter and her gang have concocted a perfect alchemic blend of androgynous rock and roll power with "stuck in your brain" pop melodies. Imagine David Bowie playing 7 minutes in heaven with Debbie Harry."

Here's their Facebook page:

At this week's #1 is a band that I debuted on Japanese FM radio a LONG time ago, Starcrawler! This is their 4th or 5th time on our countdown! Their bio says, "We will kill you." So what more could you ask? 

Starcrawler are coming to Japan 3/7 (Wed) O-nest in Shibuya, 3/8 (Thu) Nagoya @ Huck Finn, 3/9 (Fri) Osaka @ Conpass, 3/10(Sat) Kyoto @ Metro. Tickets are available here: WWW.BEATINK.COM

Here's Starcralwer's Facebook page. Go Like it:

#1) Starcrawler - Used To Know

Spotlight Artist!  Today’s spotlight artists are a "Wild 60's Beat" trio from Tokyo, Japan named, The Minnesota Voodoo Men. They were introduced to us by rock star, Mario Cuzic in the legendary movie about Japanese Garage Rock: Garage Rockin' Craze (see trailer here:
Their bio says: "The Minnesota Voodoo Men formed in Tachikawa Near Fussa ( The capital of garage rock/group sound in Japan ) in 1998. Typical story, Ringo met Fabian while playing live at his art school. Fabian was the local guitar Madman & since Ringo played bass and had similar tastes in music they decided to form a band and got onboard, another wild man, Bamboo on drums. They started by honoring their idols samurai style and mostly did covers of 60's garage, surf & British beat with a few originals playing the tokyo/fussa underground garage scene while getting profusely inebriated and getting what “all” rockers start bands for: PUSSY. 

Of course, The Minnesota Voodoo Men have a Facebook page: 

Spotlight Artist! Minnesota Voodoo Men - I Want You to Get Excited

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:
Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story – Theatrical Release in Hiroshima and Yokokawa decided! Jan 13 ~ Jan. 19, 2018!
横浜シネマリンさんでの上映後少し間が空きましたが『ゴーストロード』の広島での上映が年明け1/13(土)~19(金)に横川シネマさんで決定いたしました!映画公開の前の週1/5(金)には広島クラブクアトロでTHE NEATBEATSのライブもございますので年明け早々、気分を上げていきましょう!

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 is a founding member and International Director of the Mt. Fuji - Atami Film & VR Festival. 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. He is currently producing and hosting “The Mike Rogers Show” every Sunday live on InterFM 89.7  in Tokyo and Radio Neo in Nagoya 79.5 and nationally broadcast on (Internet radio).  And his life’s dream is his just completed full-length motion picture, “Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Story”which was 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 Videos 12/7/17 – Starcrawler, Blondie, Monsieurs, The 50 Kaitenz (Jpn)
Top 3 Indies Videos 12/01/17 – Five Fab Japanese Indies and Garage Bands!
Top 3 Indies Videos 11/25/17 – 50 Kaitenz (Jpn), Pale Lips, Pip Blom, Dirty Fences!
Top 3 Indies Artist Video 11/17/17 – Dream Wife, Cabbage, Starcrawler, Boris (Jpn)
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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