Archive for September, 2014

Bolin_raw1

It took me a year to discover this release, I have no idea why. “Captured Raw” is the first Tommy Bolin release in a new jam series exclusively recorded in Glen Holly Studios in Los Angeles between 1973 and 1976. Apparently, there´s hundreds of hours of this stuff with countless musicians surrounding Bolin so this is pretty big news. What you get is jams, you may recognise a few bars here and there, but this is Bolin testing things and having some fun in good company. A list of artists that popped into this place with Tommy is mentioned and include guys like Glenn Hughes and Jeff Beck. The studio was owned by a longtime friend from Sioux City, Philip Polimeni, who captured all this stuff in a very relaxed setting.

Fans of Tommy will love this.

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Airfix_arado

I like my nostalgia and plastic kits and toy soldiers gives me good vibes. It just takes me back and I like that every now and then. This kind of stuff is increasingly hard to find though, so I was glad to discover a proper online operation the other day called Bromma Hobby in Stockholm that caters for people like me. And if you are anything like me, you will have a field day checking this out. Good prices too, got to love that.

Just bought this 1:72 Arado and some other stuff, the time has come to build a bit of a collection for later use.

Bolgen

Norway continues to deliver and now they will be the first country in Scandinavia to produce a disaster movie worthy of the name. Currently in production, “Bölgen” (which means “The Wave”) will premiere in August 2015 in Norway and it is big news at home. Inspired by a terrible disaster back in 1934, when a 62 meter high wave killed 47 people in Tafjorden, the film is stirring up feelings even now. In any case, Norway is fast becoming the most interesting country in Scandinavia as far as film is concerned.

Good luck I say.

Jonlord_celebrating

The release of this years Sunflower Jam Charity Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London has arrived on DVD (and CD) and I have to say that “Celebrating Jon Lord” is one of the key releases in the long history of what I call the Deep Purple Family. Here we have a fantastic gathering of wonderful talent playing in front of a very dedicated crowd, all for the purpose of a good thing and for remembering a very great man. The show was presented in two parts, on DVD 1 you get The Composer, with Paul Mann conducting the Orion Orchestra with special guests like Miller Anderson, Steve Balsamo, Rick Wakeman and others, ending with a wonderful bit of music combined with words from actor Jeremy Irons. Great music pulled from the classical side of Jon Lord. If you don´t have tears in your eyes on a few occations here, there´s something wrong with you. DVD 1 also includes a very entertaining documentary about the event.

Then you have The Rock Legend as the second half of the show on DVD 2, with guests like Bruce Dickinson, Paul Weller, Glenn Hughes and many others – and the incredible moments just pile up. It all comes to an end with Deep Purple having a blast and it´s hard not to think that this night really was a spectacular celebration of what has been and of a legacy that will live on forever.

This is a wonderful celebration, it will also – once and for all – establish The Sunflower Jam as a major event. Long may it live.

Lovely Scarlett Johansson cover

Posted: September 24, 2014 in Magazines, TV & Movies

Ljudobild_johansson

Bought Ljud & Bild (issue 9 2014) today, I just had to have this issue due to the lovely Scarlett Johansson cover. The latest Captain America film is reviewed in this issue, hot on the heels of the DVD release. Scarlett Johansson must surely belong to the Top 5 most published cover gals these days. I see her every week all over the place. She deserves it.

This is a beautiful cover.

Homeanddefense

Personal & Home Defense is an American publication and we can buy it on import here in Sweden now. The market exists now you see. 25 years ago, nobody would have had any interest in a magazine like this over here because we still had a society that was pretty much safe for the general public back then. Not so anymore, times are changing and it´s all for the worse. I have seen it creeping in, slowly. You see, I grew up in a nice town with very little crime. When I grew up we had the Cold War and Östersund was in fact a military town with an Air Force base (F4), an Infantry regiment (I5) and an Artillery regiment (A4) – so if anything, we feared The Bomb. If WW3 would have happened this town would have been nuked and everybody knew it. However, it was still a nice town and everything was quite serene. The entire country was very peaceful back in the day.

These days people are increasingly worried. You hear about people being assaulted when they leave their pub at night, you hear about foreign gangs travelling around the city and the surrounding countryside breaking into homes, and you have gangsters burning down restaurants. The local (as well as the national) media is not well equipped to deal with this new reality and they don´t really know what´s going on. If they do, they don´t write about it in great detail. This may be for reasons like political correctness and, well, fear… I can understand it to some extent, but I don´t like it. There is also a pretense that everything is just fine and that there is nothing to see or worry about here. You see, politics would have to change if they had to debate this, so they will not. Not yet. As a nation, we don´t seem to want to discuss the future right now.

As you may know if you follow this blog, I have handed out thousands of magazines and flyers around Jämtland (County) in the last few years, and guess what? I see signs proclaiming active Neighborhood Watch communities all over the place. Nearly everywhere you look. This is definitely new and it bloody well means something. On top of this I hear people talking about arming themselves. Yes, this is new too.

So here is what I think will happen in the next few years. People living in cities will start to move into the countryside to get away from the most immediate problems. On the national side, many will start to move up North to avoid the major cities. Especially the people that moved there from these parts years ago. I think we will see some real changes in how people view these things in the next few years.

Also, as faith in the State dwindles, people will look out for their own security. I hear people talk about this right now, I hear people discuss this subject and I think many will draw their own conclusions and take action. These are all signs of a nation that has undergone a monumental change in a very short time. I think it´s really sad but what can you do?

Sadly, I have seen things firsthand this summer – I even had a personal experince a few weeks ago that was a tad unsettling – and I know that I live in a different country now. The Sweden I once knew will be very hard to reclaim and I think it is unlikely that we´ll see it again. Some people are still oblivious to all this and I don´t blame them for not wanting to see what´s happening now. But I do and I will take action. I still have the luxury of time on my side and I will certainly relocate to the countryside within a few years. It will have many benefits.

Luckily, I have good friends that I can share these thoughts with.

Commando WW1 tribute

Posted: September 23, 2014 in Books, Comics, Cool stuff

Overthetop

I should have mentioned this book a few weeks ago. This is the 10th mammoth Commando compilation by my reckoning (not counting the thinner specials), and “Over The Top!” (Prion, 2014) still proves that this title is as relevant as it can be. WW1 erupted 100 years ago and Europe was thrown into chaos and bloody battles for a long time. Commando has printed many stories set in this conflict over the years, and here they have selected what they think is the 10 best issues ever for this 660 page tribute. It includes an introduction by current Commando editor Calum Laird.

Looks like an Ian Kennedy cover to me, very powerful.