Archive for the ‘General’ Category

I have always enjoyed compilation albums (LPs, CDs) and I certainly own enough of them. This goes back to the 1970s for me and I am sure many of you can see where I am coming from here. So finding something enjoyable like this, even now, feels good. And what we have here is a Sakura Gakuin Compilation from 2014, basically covering the most popular stuff from 2010 and onwards, the period when a little project called Babymetal was being groomed (and shot through the roof). They were just one unit that came out of Sakura Gakuin and you have others here like Twinklestars, Sleepiece and Scoopers. Little projects that worked on music and dance routines and got to record little pop songs. It is all quite happy stuff and it has a very positive vibe. This CD is still for sale in Japan and I assume many fans of Babymetal has picked it up to get some early history. It also sports a rather nice cover and a packed booklet.

A nice reminder of how incredible this journey has been for Babymetal.

(Thank you for your support Kalle)

(My image of said CD)

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Pulp rocks (2)

Posted: August 3, 2019 in Cool stuff, General, Music (general)

One month ago today I showcased a couple of CD collections with pulp art covers from the Not Now Music label. Here is another two – “Songs Of The Wild West – 50 Original Western Classics On 2CDs” and “Born Wild – 40 Tales Of Cool Guys And Hot Girls”. Excellent stuff.

(My image of said releases)

Feeling good

Posted: July 7, 2019 in Babymetal, Classic Rock, General

My back has been giving me trouble (pain) this weekend but I still feel that I am more than OK. You see, Babymetal has that effect on me and in the last 10 days or so they have managed to completely restore my faith in them. 2018 was a tricky year and although I did not want to say it in public, I had started to doubt some of the decisions that I saw play out and I wondered if it was over. Then they came back on June 28 in a big way live and six gigs later I know that everything is fine. They have made quite a stir with “Pa Pa Ya!!” (official video is about to hit 3,000,000 views, the BBC version from Glastonbury 2,300,000), they have the image of the trio back even though they still invite special guests to perform with them now, and on top of this we have heard several new songs from the upcoming album (also announced now). Yesterday and today they performed the Beyond The Moon – Legend M concerts (in Nagoya) that were dedicated to Moametal to celebrate her 20th birthday, and we got to see her play the acoustic guitar in the first seconds of a wonderful new song that begins quietly and roars to the heavens minutes later. By the looks of it a tribute to Mikio Fujioka whom passed away last year in a stargazing accident. The title of this song may be “Shining Star” but we will have to wait and see. This is the song that proves once and for all that Babymetal has matured, they have fully blossomed and there is no stopping them now. We have also been given a clue that the 10th anniversary next year will be celebrated. Knowing them they will do it in a big way. And maybe, just maybe, might we see Yuimetal appear? At least they still share the same company. Oh, and I have a ticket to see them in Stockholm next year (in good company). I almost forgot about that!

They have a month off now, in public. But there is a widespread feeling in the air that all is well and that good times are coming.

The truth is out there

Posted: July 6, 2019 in Books, Cool stuff, General

Just got the new Graham Hancock book “America Before – The Key To Earth´s Lost Civilisation” (Coronet, 2019) delivered and judging by his earlier work (and by new interviews I have seen) it is going to be pretty exciting stuff. Graham Hancock has blown the official history of mankind right out of the water with his groundbreaking work and it is truly annoying at this point that history books of today are still stuck in the past completely ignoring everything we know now. At this point I pretty much think that we have a cover-up of sorts going on and that that in itself (should it be true) is a crime against the principles of science. I think we will know more in time and I also think that all this is partly linked with the fact that we are not alone and it is all tied to a mindset that should have ended decades ago from those in the know. I think we are ready for the truth. It is long overdue.

We live in interesting times.

(My image of his classic trilogy)

Turned 58 today and all in all it was a good day. Secured the Babymetal tickets we (as in I and four others) need for the Stockholm show next February. Also, word got through that the new Deep Purple live album has shipped (more on this later), and on top of this there were some very nice gifts. Not least this box of chocolate (you guys know me so well!). No party or anything like that, I just enjoyed a day off. Loved the Elvis 1968 memorabilia too.

Thank you Kalle & Per for your visit.

(My image of said box)

Pulp rocks

Posted: July 3, 2019 in Cool stuff, General, Music (general)

From the Not Now Music label we have some fantastic compilations of great songs from the past, packaged with raw Pulp covers and images from days gone by (think 1950s-1960s era art). Somebody has come up with a great idea here and it bloody well works. These two double CD sets are titled “Whiskey Women & Loaded Dice – 40 Tales Of Gambling, Money & Hard Liquor” and “Born Bad – 40 Tales Of Bad Boys & Dirty Deeds”. What you get is songs that go well with these titles by artists like Bo Diddley, Johnny Cash, Bobby Blue Bland, Albert King, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Fats Domino, Elvis Presley, B.B King, Jimmy Reed etc. There is a bunch of similar titles, so I will showcase more of them later on.

(My image of said releases)

Yes, it is Babymetal. The BBC has put up videos with every artist on the bill (through the BBC Music Channel) but “Pa Pa Ya!!” by Babymetal is a runaway success with over 1,000,000 views in two days. Meanwhile, the official video of the same song that was released yesterday has also notched up over 1,000,000 hits. So we have two versions of “Pa Pa Ya!!” killing it. It is interesting that of all people that you saw on that very impressive bill at Glastonbury, Babymetal is the biggest draw on YouTube. This means something. Looks like the third album could be the ticket to the very top.

Now it begins.