Archive for July, 2017

Here we are then. Babymetal. The video for the song “Doki Doki Morning” (see recent post) has over 20,000,000 views on the official Babymetal YouTube Channel as of a few moments ago. The fifth they have to cross that number, although you would have to point out in this particular case that you would have to add some 2,760,000 hits of this video that sits over at the Toy Factory Japan YouTube Channel as well, since they actually uploaded this video before Babymetal had gone full on professional and created their own account. So, this is a bit tricky then, but at least it looks darned good to reach 20,000,000 hits somewhere with a video. Meanwhile, the “Gimme Chocolate!! video is closing in on 75,000,000 hits so that one is burning rubber fast (watching Top Gear at the moment…). Still, I kind of think that this is sort of epic, so it was worthy of a mention here surely.

Watch the video at the Babymetal Channel here. Then, suitably impressed and with a yearning to see it again, check it out over at the Toys Factory Japan Channel here.

(I bet this report would have sounded great if Jeremy Clarkson had read it out loud)

US publication Cowboys & Indians (August/September 2017). Clearly one for the old collection since they have good old Clint Eastwood talking about the old Westerns that made his name in this issue.

The GG (Guy Gene) approves.

Got to love France

Posted: July 20, 2017 in General, Magazines

This is a very nice cover. French edition of Glamour (August 2017). Not sure how the weather has been in France this summer but this image pretty much nails it as far as my neck of the woods (Sweden) is concerned.

Lovely model.

The first three nights of the Babymetal Five Fox Festival Tour of Japan has just been performed at the Akasaka Blitz Hall. On July 18 it kicked off with a show for men only, yesterday it was for women only, and today it was for teenagers. The tour continues in Tokyo on the 25th for children & 60+ and with dresscode corpse paint only on the 26th. As you can see on the three pictures of Babymetal posing with some of the merchendise from these nights, it varies from night to night. This means that many items will be seen as rare right of the bat. I have seen pictures with Sold Out signs too, so there you go. They performed 10 songs each night but varied the set slightly. No glimpses on YouTube so the ban on that sort of thing holds up, for now. This will be a memorable tour and it is nice to see them do a few smaller sized shows before the mega ones that they end this trek with.

Maybe we will get a nice documentary out of this tour?

Classic Rock 239

Posted: July 20, 2017 in Classic Rock, General, Magazines

This looks like a good read. UK publication Classic Rock (issue) 239. Nice Jimmy Page cover. As we all know, Classic Rock is like an unofficial fan club type magazine for Led Zeppelin, but that is fine.

Rock on.

Nice Dunkirk cover

Posted: July 20, 2017 in General, Magazines

UK publication History Revealed (August 2017). As far as history goes, the evacuation from France out of Dunkirk in 1940 was a victory inside a disaster, but the army was saved to fight another day. Luckily, the film is worthy of all the hype.


Posted: July 19, 2017 in General, TV & Movies

Saw Christopher Nolan´s “Dunkirk” tonight in good company, and it was very good. Certainly one of the best WWII movies of all time (say, Top 10). It starts quietly enough, but about two minutes in all hell breaks loose and it is nothing but suspense from that moment on, as seen through some characters who are involved in different situations. At times, we get to see the same action more than once but from different angles and it may take you a while to get that. All in all, brilliant acting, epic music (by Hanz Zimmer, who also did “Interstellar” with Nolan) and this is probably as close to the real thing that we are ever going to get. I see a lot of very positive reviews for this one too which is rare for WWII films over here.

No worries here, just go and see it.