Archive for November, 2015

Sabbath – The End?

Posted: November 30, 2015 in Classic Rock, Magazines

Sabbath_theend

The hype for the upcoming Black Sabbath tour next year kicks in with a rather nice 12 page feature in Metal Hammer 277 (December 2015). Now we´ve been down this road before, it isn´t the first time that this band announces a final tour – and recent history with bands like Judas Priest and Scorpions has put a serious dent in such proclamations as well – but who knows? It very well may be the last outing of this legendery outfit.

However, Tony Iommi mentions ideas for a possible album, so let´s not get too excited here.

Still, enjoy this while you can. This may or may not be The End, but it´s certainly The End Days.

Nice Tony Iommi cover shot by Sam Scott-Hunter.

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Teutonic Gin & Tonic

Posted: November 29, 2015 in Classic Rock, Cool stuff

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The Scorpions re-issues has arrived in force, and I opted to start with “Lovedrive” and “Animal Magnetism” from 1979-1980 – the albums that kickstarted the bands second chapter and placed them in the elite.

I´ve got these albums on vinyl stashed away but I´ve not heard them in a couple of decades (far too long if you ask me), but that only enhances the great vibe that washes over you when you listen to it now. I really had a blast listening to all those songs. Also, the DVD that comes along with “Lovedrive” was quite good – a 45 minute documentary about the making of the record plus some live stuff from the Japanese tour they did (probably from German television).

Unforgettable cover art – truly great.

As for the headline for this post – this is very heavy, but smooth. And you´ll get high.

Beetle Bailey Christmas special

Posted: November 27, 2015 in Comics, General

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Here´s the Norwegian Beetle Bailey Christmas special for 2015, I kind of like this cover. I think long standing readers of this classic comic will.

Are these specials a Scandinavian tradition only?

Earth Alert

Posted: November 27, 2015 in Books

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Author Kris Neville has not been forgotten, and I like that a lot. “Earth Allert – And Other Science Fiction Tales” (Wildside Press, 2010) presents some classic stuff from the past, the actual novel from 1953 and a couple of short stories from 1962 (“General Max Shorter”) and 1963 (“New Apples in the Garden”). These works were originally printed in Imagination Stories of Science and Fantasy, Galaxy and Analog Science Fact & Fiction. 158 pages.

Cover is not credited, but it´s a good one.

Thirteen Days

Posted: November 25, 2015 in TV & Movies

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Watched Roger Donaldson´s “Thirteen Days” (2000) about the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis tonight. It portrays the close to two weeks that could´ve become the last for mankind. In its genre, it´s probably the best film that has been made about such matters.

It makes you think. Had WWIII happened I would´ve ended my days in October 1962. I was born in July 1961…

Blaze!

Posted: November 25, 2015 in Books, Cool stuff

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Added my first copy of the new Adult Western series Blaze! to the old collection – the second book – “The Deadly Guns” (Rough Edges Press, 2015) by author Robert J. Randisi (creator of The Gunman series). What we´ve got here is author James Reasoner putting out this series – after a concept by author Stephen Mertz who wrote the first book, “Blaze!” – on his Rough Edges Press outlet and when I asked him for some details he told me yesterday that there are eight books out so far with two more in the works and that he plans to go on through 2016 which means 14 by next Christmas. The Blaze! books is written by a team of well known authors who shares a deep affection for all things Western. In keeping the Adult Western concept alive, they´re keeping an old tradition going and I like that a lot.

Excellent cover design by (author) Livia Reasoner.

Check out the Rough Edges Press operation here.

Sophia Loren

Posted: November 24, 2015 in Books, Cool stuff

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Well I always wanted a book about Sophia Loren and her biography “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow – My Life” (Atria Books, 2014) solved that problem. 406 pages of which 66 is a splendid photographic section.

This is it.