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March is coming to a close (one more week to go) and then we have Fox Day, the big day in the magical universe of Babymetal that occures on April 1. This means that they will announce something, whatever that may be. And this year fans have every right to be excited. Do we have a new studio album coming up? New line-up? DVDs? Tours? All of the above? I hope that the key musicians will still be there, like guitarist Takayoshi Ohmura, drummer Aoyama Hideki and bass player Boh. The big question is of course if they have recruited a third girl, if they have actually replaced Yuimetal. The girl that did a few shows in December last year in Singapore and Australia, Saya, seems to have recently joined another outfit. I kind of hope that Su-metal and Moametal will be joined by a third girl though, the concept of the trio is so strong, it really should be cultivated to meet expectations. Having said that though, Babymetal will always come up with surprises.

Well, I think we have reason to be optimistic, and I have to say that I look forward a great deal to this date. Also, by chance, it is the day that I no longer have the old place in the city, meaning that I will officially be living in my new place on the countryside from then on. It has been a long journey, but now it is here. So I guess Fox Day will always remind me of this big move as well, this change in my life. How about that?

I have a hunch that 2019 is going to be a good year.

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Pretty busy this weekend unpacking boxes in my new place. At the moment I am just sorting stuff, I need to get the last couple of rooms ready this summer before I can squeeze in the last of my collections. Still, getting stuff organized is a good first step. Took this image about 10 days ago down in the hobby room. I have actually located a brilliant Modesty Blaise cloth that I got years ago as I subscribed to Agent X9, and I will present a snapshot of it next week on this blog. I just had to put that on the wall in this room.

The posts I put up today and this weekend has actually been prepared in advance as I do not have access to Photoshop in the new place as yet. This will happen fairly soon now though, as I will bring over the old computer over here as well. Thus I have to wait with some Whitesnake news (they have just released a new video), and Babymetal better not drop any kind of bombshell information in the next couple of days, that would drive me bonkers!

Blog update

Posted: January 25, 2019 in About this blog

I have updated the “Contact” (tag, page) with my new e-mail, so I can communicate with you guys again as of now.

Well it has been an interesting year for me (crazy busy, but interesting) and it feels a bit weird that 2019 is just a few hours away as I write this. Hard to believe that 2020 is coming up before you know it, a brand new decade. As you know (if you follow this blog) I bought a house on the countryside and this has taken up most of my time, and a lot of my resources. I see all these fantastic Vinyls flooding the market that I really want, but I am only buying a select few as it stands. Hopefully I will be able to catch up as things settle down. On a good note, I do have all the space that I could ever have hoped for and so the collections are finally dealt with and put up on display (one by one, I still have a couple of rooms to fix). With me on this journey I have had some really good friends whom have stepped up and helped me out (especially my old pal Kalle, a beautiful soul). I hope I will see things settle down in 2019.

I have enjoyed my usual slabs of culture and I have to say that Babymetal (no surprise there, eh?) has added a lot of happiness into my life. 2018 was a hard year for them but they are still growing, adding new fans every day (you can see it on YouTube). I think they will whack us over our collective heads with something brilliant in 2019. At the same time, I see a lot of the bands that I have had in my life since I was a kid bid their farewells right now. Time is running out, that is just the way that it is for the older bands. But good music is still out there and it will never really go away. Just look at the hype over Queen because of the Freddie Mercury movie, a signal to Hollywood that there is a lot of potential in tapping into the rich history of Classic Rock. It is not hard to imagine way more of this coming, just look at the success of all the official biographies (there is your source for inspiration right there). And then you have the generation that has grown up with this stuff being in charge now. I expect my kind of stuff to be out there as long as I live.

On the political side I prefer to watch and not comment these days. I do think that Western Civilization is on the brink and that the globalist agenda has finally run out of steam. I see them do crazy things now that will infuriate people. I do not see politics as a left/right kind of thing, but rather as a top/down thing, and we need a system that cares about us and our culture, not about the select few that thinks that they can gain even more if borders are erased. I am tired of it all, but I follow it with interest.

Fuck it all, just give me another great Babymetal album!

(Amazing traffic on the blog today, many thanks!)

1718

Posted: July 14, 2018 in About this blog, General, Jämtland (County), Stugun

As a bit of a history buff I was astonished to see that they will remember 1718 (if you are a Swede you should know what happened that year) in Stugun (Jämtland County) on July 22, very close to the house I have bought in the village. Only, I get the keys 24 hours later…

Still, wonderful to see that things like this is going on in Stugun.

(Added a new category for Stugun to this blog today)

Babymetal_CR215

Today is the first Anniversary of me being a devoted fan of Babymetal. I added the first blog post about them on March 9 last year and you can watch the sudden interest blossom on the blog – today you will find many blog posts about them here. It has been a wonderful journey to have experienced their music (and especially the live DVDs), not to mention their superb history. One that can never be replicated. In the last few days I dived into the old collection some more and found an additional four magazines with Babymetal content from before I took notice of them. The worst example of me missing the boat was the two page article I found inside the pages of Classic Rock (issue) 215 (published in October 2015). I do recall reading this article back in the day, but for some reason I did not check them out on YouTube. I kick myself for this now but there you go. At least it has been a wonderful ride for the last year and that is something to be grateful for. And I am. Also, the reason I checked them out on YouTube on March 9 last year was the fact that the “Gimme Chocolate!!” video I saw listed had some 68,000,000 views. Well, now it is closing in on 85,000,000. Imagine that!

(My image of Classic Rock 215 spread)

Took a snapshot of the growing Babymetal collection. This one is going to keep me busy for quite a while. I would say that the foundation is in place, now I need to go for the rare and obscure stuff (like Sakura Gakuin, the limited edition Babymetal singles etc). Also, the magazines and the books. I discovered and blogged about Babymetal for the first time back on March 9. I had seen some videos then and decided that I had to look into this. On March 15 “Metal Resistance” arrived and I was blown away by the sheer power of the group. On the same day it was announced that “Live At Tokyo Dome” was going to be released and the trailer for that was obviously awesome. On March 16 my first magazine popped up, Metal Hammer 293 with the big Metallica/Babymetal feature. On March 17 the “Live At Wembley” CD arrived and I wrote a detailed review. And finally, on March 20 “Live At Budokan” popped up. Well that nailed it.

I have never looked back. Babymetal is part of this blog now, like it or not. On June 6 I posted the “Live At Tokyo Dome” review and watched it go viral. It was translated into Japanese and Spanish and Trinkelbonker never had more visitors than June 6-June 8. I was quite stunned by the interest. Things are back to normal now but it is nice to see that Babymetal has that interest out there.

I do have a few DVDs that I still intend to review and the general tone of what you can expect is there for all to see. Babymetal is a unique phenomenon, nothing like it has existed before and who knows where this will all go in the future. It is very interesting though and it feels good to collect something with a bit of passion again.

(My image of said collection – thank you Kalle for your continued support)