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Comment by Into The Night on February 1, 2011 at 2:11am
Comment by Larry on January 13, 2011 at 9:17pm
I agree, Miss C about the Squirrel Nut Zippers. Very dieselpunk and a perfect fit for the list.
Comment by Dr. Carmilla on January 13, 2011 at 7:53am
Actually, the squirrel nut zippers are on the list/ have already been on the list (tis how I discovered them, actually)! But here's a seconding for keeping them on as I love their work and again with 50:50 split contemporary and classic tracks!
Comment by Miss C. Tickerlein on January 13, 2011 at 6:55am

How about the "Squirrel Nut Zippers"? Dieselpunky enough?

Comment by Bryle Felix A. Javier on January 3, 2011 at 11:57am

@Tome Wilson

Oh okay! Thanks!

What I really liked were Life Goes to a Party by Benny Goodman, Hut-Sut Song by Horace Heidt, I Surrender Dear by Artie Shaw, and Chicago (I forgot the artist). Thanks again!

Comment by Larry on December 30, 2010 at 12:35pm
Of course there's that other thread in the Articles section as well to make comments.
Comment by Tome Wilson on December 30, 2010 at 12:18pm

Hi Bryle,

Progress keeps moving.

If you know which songs you liked from the Summer playlist, let me know and I'll mix them into a future broadcast. 

But, if everyone stays quiet and keep lurking, I'll never know what to play.

Don't wait.  Pipe up!  Make a request!

Comment by Bryle Felix A. Javier on December 30, 2010 at 12:08pm
Where'd the Summer Playlist go? I kinda miss the songs there.
Comment by Larry on December 28, 2010 at 12:46pm
Tome, you da' boss. On the plus side it does give more attention to the Puppini Sisters. So, while it might not be my favorite version, it's always good to promote what might be considered a dieselpunk band.
Comment by Tome Wilson on December 28, 2010 at 10:00am

I used the Andrews Sisters' version in the previous setlist, so that's why I opted for the Puppini Sisters this time.


Mystery solved.

Comment by Larry on December 28, 2010 at 9:53am
Dr Carmilla and Joetraincool, I agree completely about the Andrew Sister's version. Especially as shown in that clip from Buck Privates, which is a great film also, btw. Though I love the Puppini Sisters this is one where you can't beat the original.
Comment by Dr. Carmilla on December 28, 2010 at 2:21am
I'd just like to say to all that I now have my next recording done and playable on my profile here, if anyone was interested in hearing more. It's called 'After the Bomb'.

Sorry if comes across as spam, but I couldn't help but think this was the best place to put it, especially if anyone wants to see it on an upcoming playlist here xXx
Comment by Dr. Carmilla on December 28, 2010 at 2:18am
Hi joetraincool, I have to agree with you that I prefer the andrew sisters version (despite how much I love the puppini sisters and their version, which is really great live, too).
Comment by joetraincool on December 26, 2010 at 12:54pm

I'm not sure if this is the place for this, but I had to mention it.

The version of Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B you have here is actually a (not as good) cover by the Puppini Sisters, here's a link to the youtube vid of the Andrews Sisters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pfCFU3Mqww

Also please add the soundtracks for Fallout 3, New Vegas, and Mafia 2. I know how difficult it is to get around the copyrights, but it would make the music player here much more enjoyable and popular.

Comment by Jessie Desmond on December 26, 2010 at 12:16pm
Add music by futurist composers like Luigi Russolo, Massimo Croce, and Filippo Marinetti.  There's a few albums called Musica Futurista which is just a compilation of futurists making music.   A more modern tip: Emilie Autumn is great.
Comment by Dr. Carmilla on December 24, 2010 at 2:38pm
Hey Larry, thanks for the comment, It feels great to know that people are really enjoying my music! I have a link to my mailing list on my profile here, if you're interested in recieving the fan emails that I send out, especially regarding gigs and new releases, etc. And thank you for taking the time to listen and enjoy!

and Tome, if you are interested in putting my music on the Jukebox, I can send you an MP3 or several. Naturally, dieselpunks.org have permission to stream it online. I'm not currently signed to a label or management, so the only person you'd have to go through, is myself. x
Comment by Tome Wilson on December 24, 2010 at 10:06am

We're just about full for the next quarter, but I would like to change our ratio in the Spring.

Instead of 80% oldies with 20% contemporary, I'm shooting for more of a 50/50 mix.  So, if you have any suggestions for new steampunk or dieselpunk music we can add to Dieselpunks Radio, send it along.  It takes quite a while to collect and legalize six hours of new music every season, so I rely on you guys to help!

Comment by Larry on December 24, 2010 at 10:00am
Just to let you know I enjoyed the song and read the lyrics with the background makes it even better. Whether or not it goes on the Jukebox it's very good.
Comment by Dr. Carmilla on December 23, 2010 at 9:11pm
... Cabaret- and that I feel
that dieselpunks everywhere will hopefully get a kick out of my music
which will hopefully in turn also inspire others to love our beloved

I hope this helps.


As a side note, I also record vocals using a Shure SH55 II and an MXL Ribbon mic (using the Dark and Warm end) through a tube pre-amp (none of this 'solid state nonsense',
lol) . I love late-period Dieselpunk technologies and utilise them
where possible :D

Comment by Dr. Carmilla on December 23, 2010 at 9:09pm

Ok, firstly, I'll pop up the lyrics for 'Thick as Thieves' as that seems a fairly sensible thing to do in this regard:


Shattered pigment on a nameless wall
[Left foot, right foot]
And the beat goes on,
As we march to the sound of a broken drum

A hanging man swayed in the wind,
The mask clung tightly to his pallid skin,
But, "A punctured tank is all it takes
To break a man, to cake a lung-
So keep yourself strapped tight,

We walked in the falling ashes
And the dust settles, thick as thieves.
Whilst angels slept in blackened snow,
Unearthing bones 'midst sticks and stones,
We dug our treasures from human sheaths.

Overhead, the sirens moaned,
We packed and fled towards our homes,
but "clumsy feet make people trip,
The smallest tears will make you sick"
And through the gas I felt your grip.

I fell into the ash,
You and I, thick as thieves.
Whilst angels slept in blackened snow
I saw their faces, close below,
silently colliding as they speak.


The song is about a post-nuclear future and survivors picking up supplies on the urban battlefield (wonderfully distopian) and about the act of breaking a gas mask. Following the lyrics, there is an adapted reading from Wilfred Owen's 'I Saw His Round-Mouth's Crimson' (Adapted for gendering purposes only). Wilfred Owen has been a large influence in my music, as well as Jeff Wayne's 'War of the Worlds', The Ink Spots, Rasputina, the Men Who Will Not be Blamed For Nothing, Wolfgang Parker, Nick Cave and Tigerlillies. A lot of the music that I write is very inspired by 1920's Cabaret and Jazz. Much of the narrative centres on themes of warfare, post-1950's post apocolyptica, the >1910's Japanese imperialism/military coup, Fascism and the evils of these times and how events could have been become different if the war had ended badly.

My music is very 'fantastic' and detached from modern times. I also have a troupe (Dr. Carmilla & the Mechanisms) which features instruments such as flute, cello, violins, piano, percussion, bass and regular 2-part harmonies which keeps truer to the 'traditional jazz' instrumentation. however, not to be restricted by this, the elements which I use in my solo project (Dr. Carmilla) are more guitar-based and follows a much more Enka and surf based tradition. I used to identify my music as 'steampunk' but I came to the realisation a while ago that the Jazz and caberet elements to the music and the space based futures much more closely reflected Dieselpunk, so naturally the ter mand the skin fitted well! I feel that the music doesn't reflect victorian re-invention, british imperialism or the later Japanese Trading Era, but of times much darker: between two World wars, Weapons of mass distruction, the so called 'code of honour' way that wars were fought until the end of WWI, the period of optimism following it, as well as the poverty, mass production, and before the hippies, the commercialism of rhythm and blues (Rock and Roll, anybody?). The period of the 1910's onwards saw a great boon for womens' and black peoples' rights and this is something I'd rather identify with than the victorian objectification (although America in the 1940's is pretty good fuel- there are no catalogues or housewives in my music). I feel that my music is very retrospective futurist. It draws from Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Surf, Swing, Enka, Flamenco and Spaghetti Westerns, to name but a few. There are too, elements of metal, prog-rock and Post-Rock, but does not sit well in any of them, save perhaps maybe prog-rock, å la pink floyd, moody blues, Mars Volta, but only in a structural sense. And anyways, aren't a lot of prog-rock bands fairly fantastical too? :P

Above all, I feel that my music should be included in the playlist as that's how I identify my music- as Dieselpunk Cabare

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