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BABYMETAL

Babymetal just performed at the Summer Sonic Festival in Osaka. Typhoon Krosa caused trouble with the Mountain Stage (that they performed on) and some artists were cancelled earlier in the day, but Babymetal could get up and do their thing with only a slight delay. Tomorrows show in Tokyo will be streamed on YouTube, so that will make waves.

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT

The first Blue Öyster Cult album (from 1972) is reissued in blue Vinyl today.

ELVIS

Elvis has now been dead as long as he lived his life. Kind of sad to think about it.

(Thank you Kalle for the Elvis note)

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Pop treasures

Posted: August 16, 2019 in Cool stuff, Music (general)

I like my nostalgia and here is another five compilations from the Not Now Music label. “Café Italia – 75 Original Italian Classics” (Sophia Loren cover, 3 CDs), “Parisienne Affair – Les Femmes Chantent” (Brigitte Bardot cover, 3 CDs), “Made In France – 75 Original French Classics” (Brigitte Bardot cover, 3 CDs), “Bing! Bang! Bong! – The Italian Girls Sing Pop” (3 CDs), and “Café Tokyo” (2 CDs).

(My image of said releases)

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)

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)

BABYMETAL

Sky Arts in the UK has scheduled the Babymetal show at Wembley 2016 (out on CD in Europe and DVD in Japan only) to be shown on July 6 at 11:45 pm. This is a direct result of the incredible success they had at the Glastonbury Festival last weekend. It was decided when Sky Arts noticed the response and when they tested the waters on Twitter fans quickly supported the idea.

ELVIS PRESLEY

There will be an 11 set CD box coming out with Elvis titled “Live 1969” on August 9. It was all recorded at the International Hotel in Las Vegas back in the day. It sports a very cool cover and I think he was in top shape at this time. 50 years ago now.

MAD

MAD Magazine will soon be gone. The last issue with newly produced material will be issue 10 and then they will publish old stuff only until the current subscription has been fulfilled. The magazine was born in 1952 and it had an enormous cultural impact back in the day. I used to buy the Swedish edition for years in the 1970s, still buy special editions to this day.

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)

There is no stopping the Babymetal community from figuring out who the guest dancers that are currently working with them are. On the first night in Yokohama (June 28) it was Riho Sayashi, a former member of Morning Mesume. But worthy of note is that she also went to the Actor´s School Hiroshima with Suzuka Nakamoto (Su-metal) all those years ago when they were both kids. The second girl is a current member of Sakura Gakuin and her name is Kano Fujihira. Now we all know that Babymetal came out of Sakura Gakuin so it is very interesting that they have given this young lady a chance to step up. In fact, she is the current President of Sakura Gakuin, an honour that was also bestowed on Suzuka and Moa Kikuchi (Moametal) when they were members. This means that we had three Presidents of Sakura Gakuin on that stage today. Now Kano is too young to fully replace Yuimetal, but she has been given a big chance to be seen and it is a nod to the past for the both of them that they have been picked. We shall see who they bring out at the Glastonbury Festival tomorrow.

Perhaps the third slot in Babymetal will never be filled in the traditional way we would have seen as a natural move. After all, bands change all the time. By the looks of it they really are cementing Su-metal and Moametal as Babymetal. Perhaps to honour Yuimetal and what she did? The third spot to complete the image of the trio on stage looks more and more like the rotation we see in the Kami band. At least for now.  Babymetal do things their way, we should know that by now.

(Info found on the Babymetal & Sakura Gakuin reddit pages)