Archive for the ‘Retrofuture’ Category

Ended my day with a beer at Captain Cook in Östersund (Jämtland County) and watched Michael Mojo Nilsson crank up his guitar with his blues mates. We are going through a bit of a heat wave over here in the last few weeks and it was a hot night in more ways than the excellent musicianship on that stage. Mojo is one of the best blues artists in Europe, his 2013 album “The Abduction Of Big Papa Mojo” is certainly top notch. And I always wanted a live album from this guy.

Seen here is a few shots from the night and the cover I gave him for RETROFUTURE 7 (2014). You can read that interview on this blog.

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After a few years in hiatus we can now enjoy M/S Thomée again in Lake Storsjön (The Great Lake) here in Jämtland County. It has been in operation since 1875 but the last few years was problematic and local politicians did not help. Now it has been rescued by people that care, by the owners of Sir Winston as a matter of fact (a local restaurant). I knew that drinking a beer or two there every now and then was a good thing. In a cosmic sense, we can now all enjoy this wonderful boat again. The top image was taken at the harbour in Östersund back in 2009.

I took this shot from a bridge in 2011 as I happened to be at the right place at the right time. I have published both pictures in different magazines back in the Retrofuture days.

Same position, a few seconds later. Pretty happy of these particular shots. There is something magical about this boat.

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Here is a snapshot (thank you Kalle) with yours truly and Arne Johansson. He paid me a visit this evening and shot an interview about my life as a freelance journalist and magazine publisher. He is putting together a massive project in which he is talking with musicians etc from these parts and it will all be stashed away for safe keeping at the Jamtli museum archives some day. I know he has put together one film and I guess a minute or two from this meeting might pop up somewhere at some time in the future. Always happy to help good people that do interesting projects out.

Good luck.

It was five years ago now that I published the 28 page Tornado Blaze novel magazine. The novel itself went out in two parts and ended in RETROFUTURE 6 roughly six months later. The model is the very wonderful Ellinor Nordbakk, she was later interviewed about this adventure for the final issue of RETROFUTURE, and you can read that here.

Good days.

Every now and then I need a good little project to sink my teeth into and after decades of publishing magazines (over 100 all in all) and with a background as a freelance journalist that goes way back to the early 1980s I have decided to publish a book. It will be a pilot project of sorts and I will publish this myself. The subject matter will be Babymetal. With little or no real press coverage at all in Sweden for Babymetal so far, I feel that I can help out in a small way to give this excellent Japanese phenomenon some attention in these parts. I have a working title, it will be in Swedish and I will send out copies to many newspapers and news outlets when the project is completed. With any luck (fingers crossed), there will be a new album coming up in 2018, if that happens nobody on earth would be happier than me. Only the Fox God knows.

I took the decision to do this about five weeks ago. I will have 10 weeks off from my regular work starting next week and the Babymetal project will commence then in ernest. This is a heads-up that this is going to happen but it is too early to give out details about a publishing date. At this point, I will concentrate on the actual writing. Later on I will hunt down whatever I need for the book as far as photographs and Babymetal fan art goes (I really would like to showcase some of that). Anybody that wants to get in touch can do this now though, I don´t mind. But a general call to arms will go out through this blog sometime after the Su-metal birthday gigs in Hiroshima.

Really looking forward to this.

 

Mike Eriksson

(Sweden)

(Top image shows myself and a few magazines etc – the images of me, Tarja Turunen, Jon Lord & David Coverdale was taken by Michael Johansson back when we roamed the earth)

BabymetalDatabase

This is so nice. One of my favourite News feeds, the Babymetal Database, has added Trinkelbonker (or more specifically, the Trinkelbonker Babymetal Category) to their incoming feeds, meaning whenever I post something on Babymetal it will appear on their Database. This has to be one of the nicest things that anybody has ever done for this blog and I appreciate this so much. I knew that fans of Babymetal would eventually find out about Trinkelbonker and this is the moment right here right now. I am so happy to be part of the Babymetal Database Community.

And to the fans of Babymetal, welcome to Trinkelbonker. This blog is made in Sweden and Babymetal has been part of it since March 9 2017 when I discovered this wonderful project. I have added over 100 posts on Babymetal since then, covering history etc. Basically, I have been catching up. I am a former freelance journalist (METAL in the States, METAL HAMMER in Europe etc) and I also used to publish magazines in Sweden (DEEP PURPLE FOREVER, LUCY IN THE SKY, SLICE, RETROFUTURE) and quite honestly, maybe Babymetal will inspire me to publish another issue of RETROFUTURE some day?

Babymetal is the best thing that have happened in Metal since Nightwish came along. Long may Babymetal reign.

teknikland

My family´s annual meeting – Festus – is going to take place this weekend and I am looking forward to it very much. I have rented a cottage owned by a local Aviation Society at a closeby airfield, close to the Teknikland museum. This is closed for the season now but there might be a few pilots doing their thing at the field while we are there. Nice spot to have a little party on.

This magazine page is from RETROFUTURE 3, published by yours truly back in November 2010. I did a Teknikland Special in that issue.