Since the record and DVD stores in Norway have dropped dead like flies during the recent years, and especially this year, browsing record shops abroad has become part of the traveling. I am both a buyer and an embracer of the digital format, but there are still some old nostalgic bones left in me from the 90’s that prefers the physical format once in a while. And the pleasure of simply browsing a number of shelves to find some treasures.

The Gibert Joseph store has become a permanent post in Paris, a place where they sell CDs, vinyls, DVDs, books and comics (mostly in French of course). Fortunately, however, the music isn’t dubbed, and the music section is so huge that I could spend a whole weekend there just browsing. And right next door to Gibert Joseph is the shop where I buy some of my drawing equipment that I also cannot find anywhere to purchase here in Norway. One would think that I came from a piss-poor country that only had farm fields and broken out-houses to offer, but if I have to put anything from Norway on my recommendations list, it’s got to be the great selection of beer-labels. Cheers.

So, what did I bring home with me this time? Let’s have a look:

 

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TYRANT: Legions of the Dead / Too Late to Pray / King of Kings

 

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MARDUK: Fuck me Jesus / Opus Nocturne / Nightwing

 

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THE 69 EYES: West End, ALICE COOPER: Flush the Fashion / Special Forces, ATTIC: The Invocation, ALIEN SEX FIEND: Possessed, ENTRAILS: Rise of the Reaper, EXHORDERMourn the Southern Skies, GRAVE DIGGER: Witch Hunter / The Living Dead

 

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GORGOROTHDestroyer, MASSACREBack from Beyond, RAZORMalicious Intent / Open Hostility

 

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THE CULT: Love / The Electreic / Sonic Temple

 

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MAYHEM: Daemon

 

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ALIEN SEX FIEND – Classic Albums and BBC Sessions Collection: Here Cum Germs / Another Planet / Curse / Open Head Surgery

 

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SINISTER – The Nuclear Blast Recordings: Hate / Aggressive Measures / Savage of Grace / Afterburner

 

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ART ZOYDNosferatu

Huh..? What’s this, you may ask? This is a soundtrack made for the silent-horror film Nosferatu in 1990, in which later was added on one of the countless DVD’s. And I’ve watched it countless times just for the soundtrack alone.  It fits the moody and the gothic imagery perfectly, and there’s even a brief moment of some death metal vocals here. Because, why not. The perfect way to describe it is to experience it yourself. It’s quite a trip, I can say..

And with the band Art Zoyd being French and all, I was really thrilled to see their own section at the store, and grabbed this immediately. They also made the soundtrack to other silent films such as “Haxan”, “Faust”, and “Metropolis”, to mention some..

But yeah, that cover don’t look very… appealing, unless you know what you’re looking for. It looks like some cheap bootleg. But I can assure you it’s not. A small poster and still images from the film is also included.

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Live DVD with Killing Joke.

 

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Didn’t browse much at the vinyl section this time, but at least bought one.

 

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Jack and Sally, from the “Miss Mindy” collection. Souvenirs from Disneyland Paris.

 

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And we came over this cute cat calendar at La Chaise Longue, and of course we just had to grab a pair to our two, furry four-legs at home, Fia and Philip. If they’re even going to care about it, remains to be seen..

Vanja and I recently had a trip to Paris, and of course visited Disneyland Paris as it’s a part of our “routine” when we travel there. This time, our favorite attraction “Phantom Manor” had been given some upgrades and the first reopening since 1992. First of all, Vincent Price’s introduction in the opening area was back once again, with original excerpts as well as previously unused material from his 1990 recording. The French actor Bernarde Alane is doing the parts in French. They’ve also tied the story of the manor a lot more into the attraction itself, which in my opinion makes it even more “horror”. So, good work by the “renovators”, and two thumbs up from us!

 

Below is an older photo from our second visit, which was in October 2012. The facade remains the same.

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I filmed a little bit of the hallway and the attraction, where the hallway had some very nice additions regarding the paintings on the wall. Photos wouldn’t really do them justice, so I decided to make some animated gifs from the videos I captured. Enjoy:

 

The painting in the hallway featuring the Phantom, showing both his previous human side and what he eventually becomes.

 

 

Another painting in the hallway, showing a duel in front of Phantom Manor.

 

 

The loading area, where you get into the “doom buggies”. A new addition to this area, is that the bride is now present on top of the stairs.

 

 

And of course, the upgraded animatronics of the Phantom in all his glory, from inside the attraction (the cemetery part)! His upgraded version has more fluid movements and overall looks much better.

 

For more photos from Disneyland Paris, and other places,  check out my SmugMug page: https://tomte.smugmug.com/Travel

 

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We had a great Halloween celebration (as always, as it’s our favorite time of the year!) and here are some photos.

Vanja and I didn’t have a specific theme for our costumes this year, so we picked something a bit more random:

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And of course, we had some Halloween cupcakes and cake! They’re watching…

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Vanja’s brother playing Super Castlevania IV, no-damage run.

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And I carved two pumpkins. The smallest one was left all alone in the grocery store, so I just had to buy it, that poor thing.. and it ended up as a Cyclops pumpkin, which we put out on the porch to welcome the kids who came trick or treating.

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