Archive for June, 2018

Well the hunt is over. Found my place in the countryside a couple of weeks ago after years of property hunting and things are in motion as we speak (it will take a couple of weeks to clear the paperwork). The property is located in a nice little village called Stugun (population ca 650), near great fishing waters and with a mountain rising closeby (this shot shows the back of the house). It was built in the 1960s and I like that era a lot. My holiday kicks in next wednesday and then the big move is in the cards. I will have no problem finding things to do this summer and beyond, this is going to be one hell of a project. Just glad the hunt is over.

A friend of mine (hello Staffan!) actually gave me a housewarming present yesterday, a Technics Vinyl Player no less. So lucky to have such wonderful friends and I appreciate this so much. I feel pretty good about finally having a chance to be able to set up a proper music room (also called living room…). Soon I will be able to revisit the old (and not so old) Vinyl collection. This alone excites me so much that I will celebrate all this with some excellent Swedish cake tonight.

Good times.

Yui Mizuni (aka Yuimetal) turns 19 today, and that is worth a mention. Whatever it is that has caused her to stand down lately in Babymetal, I hope that she is OK.

Most people that discover Babymetal go “What the Hell is this!?”. That is just a fact. Then you are drawn in and before you know it you are lost in this magical world that only exists in their creation. It is not a band (it is a construction of parts), it is not a J-Pop outfit or a Heavy Metal thing. They called themselves Kawaii Metal (Cute Metal) in the early days, which fitted them well then. But since then they have added so much theater, created so many exceptional stages, inserted so much from the world of Classical music (intense drama and Score like moments of supreme beauty and power) that they are now occupying a world on the music scene that is theirs alone. It can simply not be duplicated. They are certainly insanely entertaining and they will blow your head off with diamond sharp riffs and rhythms that leave most Metal acts in the dust. But inserted in all this madness is that happiness, that unique thing that is a remnant from the Kawaii Metal days and that will probably be part of what they are right to the very end. A Babymetal show is nothing short of a theatrical experience. The bigger the stage, the better they are as they can take it to another level. They were always good and they will be entertaining even in clubs, but give them a big stage and you will get that extra fire and brimstone. They will probably never be a heavy touring act, it will be more exclusive and I think they will move into the big arenas pretty much everywhere given time.

I have struggled with what to say when you try to introduce them to a novice, and I do not think that I am alone in this. How on earth do you explain this in a few words? Well I think I will actually go with the term Theatrical Experience from now on. It takes hours to understand how beautiful all this is. How precious it is. I do know that old rockers like me can love this. I know that Pop fans can like it (hardly noticing that they are slipping into Metal territory here). It is a beast that has a positive message, a positive vibe. People of all ages can be drawn in. It could not have happened 40 years ago. It was a case of having a vision at the right moment (talking about the creator Kobametal now), as these very individuals was right there (both the girls and the musicians). Then they went for broke against impossible odds and they made it! 2018 has not been an easy year for them, but they are fighting on. In their own way.

We will never experience anything like this again.

Made another trip to check out a nice little house in Jämtland (County) today, strangely not too far from the place that I visited a couple of weeks ago. This one has maybe 300 meters to the water but you have a mountain rising at the back so it is pretty good in that regard. Very quiet neighborhood. I kind of like this place.

Interesting.

Got the “Visions of Whitesnake” (Wymer, 2018) book in the mail today. Neil Murray takes us through the 1978-1982 period of Whitesnake and Alan Perry and other photographers gives us plenty of eyecandy from the good old days. I do enjoy these little souveneirs, especially since I have good memories myself from those days. 130 pages of lovely nostalgia.

As expected Babymetal got a big thumbs up by the UK crowd at the Download Festival yesterday. Again, they did not perform at the main stage, but they drew a huge audience. Imagine Babymetal being able to put on a headline show at one of these festivals in Europe. I think it will happen, it is just a matter of time. People know where the fun is.

Thin Lizzy released their classic live album “Live And Dangerous” in early June 1978. It still stands as one of their finest moments and the cover shot is in itself pretty iconic. The twin guitar harmonies/solos was a Lizzy trademark and this style can still be heard today in acts like Babymetal (“No Rain, No Rainbow” etc) and Arch Enemy.

Good days.