Tag: japan

MOVIE REVIEW | ***TOM WEEK*** Mr Baseball (1992)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “I wasn’t expecting much from Mr Baseball, and it pretty much delivered.”

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It’s like being a black guy back home. Only there’s less of us.

If you were to tell me that Tom Selleck was one of the biggest stars of the 80s, I’d agree.  I was there and remember him being huge.  What I don’t remember, are very many specific reasons why. Sure, he was the titular star of Magnum PI.  But that was a TV show, in a time when TV actors where scum compared to their big screen colleagues.  Selleck had a big hit with Three Men and a Baby and a slightly less big hit with its sequel, but that’s all I can remember about his movie output.  So why do I remember Tom Selleck as a mega star?  Maybe I’ll get a refresher by watching a movie I vaguely remembered when I saw it listed on his IMDb page, Mr Baseball.

Four years ago, Jack Elliot (Selleck) was a World Series MVP for the New York Yankees.  But now he’s deep in a rut of too many strike outs and not nearly enough home runs, or even base hits.  Trying to rescue some dignity for their old star, Yankees management put out the call looking for another club that might take Elliot in a trade.  The only club that answers, is the Japan based Dragons. (more…)

MUSIC REVIEW | Oromocto Diamond & Zoobombs – Oromo Kumakus (2014)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “It did an amazing job of making me feel like I was back in ‘99ish, or whenever it was, covered in sweat and spilled beer, and loving every second of it.”

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I’d say a solid 99% of the music I listen to comes out of Australia, America and the UK.  Maybe throw some Canadian stuff in there as well, but that’s about it.  Millencolin might be the only band not from one of those countries that I listen to a lot, and have for many years.  But there’s another one that I know I need to listen to more.  Sometime around the turn of the century, I saw The Zoobombs live.  It was that long ago and I was pretty drunk, but it might be one of the most vivid live music memories I have all these years later.  The chaotic energy of these Japanese punkers, and the way it infected the crowd, was like noting I’d seen before, or have seen since.  Which was why I was stoked to discover a kind of recent live Zoobombs album on Spotify with Oromo Kamakus.

But this isn’t just the Zoombombs. This is a combo live album between The Zoobombs and Oromocto Diamond.  I’d never heard of Oromocto Diamond, but if they’d toured with The Zoobombs, I was pretty sure they’d be worth taking a chance on.  And from the loose and messy chant of No Pressure, No Diamonds, to the rat-a-tat-tat instrumental of machine gun drums and percussive guitar of Osoyoos, that gamble pays off.  Channelling Jack White’s warble and love of dirty guitar grooves, Maps get the crowds involved with some crucial “yeah, yeah, yeahs” as the rhythm section keeps a beat more regular than a Nazi train. (more…)