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Happy Easter From Pilsner The "Wabbit!"

I don't have any candy eggs to put in your Easter baskets, folks, but what I do have is the April Pilsner's Picks. Besides, Popeye wants you to eat your spinach, not rot your teeth with candy!http://www.pilsnerspicks.blogspot.com/See More
Mar 31, 2013
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Today Is Shemp Howard's Birthday...

...so, in honor of the occasion, let's not forget that the Three Stooges were among the great pioneers of Film Noir.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfOBPePAT3QSee More
Mar 11, 2013
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Pilsner's Picks: Skirting The Law Since 2002!

I've been forced into a kind of strange position by the current U.S. copyright law, in that I could get into legal trouble if any eager-beaver attorney thinks that I might have violated it. This law can always be changed arbitrarily, as it's been changed that way so many times before, but never mind that. Most of these ancient 78-rpm records aren't worth legally pursuing over copyrights (even the heirs' children are probably long dead), but if I'm wrong about this, I'm screwed. However, being…See More
Mar 1, 2013
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Mr. Push-Button, R.I.P.

I usually don't post anything on Dieselpunks besides my monthly vintage music link, but this man, starting in the 1940's, molded much of what we think of as the modern world— and he was so shy (maybe even reclusive) that I'd never even heard of him before, even though I had an uncle who worked at Bell Labs during the same era.…See More
Feb 10, 2013
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Pilsner Plays Cupid (Well, Sort Of...)

Since another year has gone by without Cupid's arrow piercing my tuchis, Valentine's Day is nothing special to me. However, for those of you who'd like a romantic soundtrack for the occasion, I'm happy to provide it. Yes, it's the Pilsner's Picks Special Valentine Edition!http://www.pilsnerspicks.blogspot.com/See More
Jan 31, 2013
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Happy New (?!) Year

Popping the cork on another New Year, and I hope it's a bit calmer and less screwy than the last one. Maybe it will be, because at least it's not another U.S, election year. In any case, my very best wishes for 2013 to all you Dieselpunks, Steampunks, and various other types of punks, unless they're Republicans.http://www.pilsnerspicks.blogspot.com/See More
Dec 30, 2012
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"Papa Ain't No Santa Claus," But Pilsner Is!

So here we have my Xmas stocking-stuffers for all you good boys and girls (I prefer bad girls myself, but that's another subject). If you're sick of the usual Yuletide chestnuts— and who isn't?— try playing some of these at your next holiday party, instead:http://pilsnerspicks.blogspot.com/I've changed the format a bit this year, mixing in some non-holiday music. That's mainly because I have a limited supply of the stuff, and some of these tunes…See More
Dec 1, 2012
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Something You Won't Boo On Halloween (I Hope)

We interrupt all the recent political and meteorological news for a really important announcement: it's the November Pilsner's Picks!http://www.pilsnerspicks.blogspot.com/See More
Oct 31, 2012
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October Pilsner's Picks

The leaves are falling, and the old records are calling...http://www.pilsnerspicks.blogspot.com/Long-time listeners may notice that I've been concentrating more on the 1920's lately, and not so much on the 30's and 40's. This is because I had another run-in with the Keystone Kopyright Kops, and I'm trying not to tread on their too-sensitive toes. Thanks to the late and unlamented Sonny Bono and his Draconian copyright law extension, posting…See More
Oct 1, 2012
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Sep 1, 2012
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Pilsner Presents An Invitation To The Tango!

On these hot Summer nights, what's better than to put a rose between your teeth and Tango until dawn? It's even better if you have a partner, but never mind that— there's also some other interesting stuff in the August Picks.http://www.pilsnerspicks.blogspot.com/See More
Jul 31, 2012
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What Is So Rare As A Day In June? Pilsner's Picks!

Actually, a day in February is rarer because there aren't as many of them. But that's poetic license, and mine's been revoked. In any case, we now stomp, scat and swing into summer with the latest edition of the Picks:http://www.pilsnerspicks.blogspot.com/Featuring a rendition of "On The Good Ship Lollipop" that definitely won't remind you of Shirley Temple!The slightly annoying registration requirement for downloading tunes is still in…See More
May 31, 2012
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Let Every Day Be Mother's Day (If Mother Likes 78's!)

I actually didn't know that today (April 30th) is International Jazz Day, so any jazz content in the May edition of Pilsner's Picks is strictly coincidental. However, everything except for the Klezmer music and the Hoosier hokum qualifies as jazz, in one way or another. Sorry that I haven't included any tracks by that great Traditional New Orleans Jazz musician Bruce Springsteen— but at least it's all free.…See More
Apr 30, 2012
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I Don't Know If This Thing Qualifies As Dieselpunk...

...I've just been fooling around with a new computer and some new graphics software, and this is something that came out of my feverish brain. Anyway, if it's not Dieselpunk art, what is it?See More
Apr 16, 2012
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Bulletin From The Pilsner's Picks Control Room

In spite of the problems caused by changes to my long-time web storage host, I can't seem to find a better alternative, so I've put the page back online, as is.There's nothing I can do about the new restrictions that 4Shared has imposed on its users, and in order to keep the music free I'm just going to have to live with the status quo (and so is everybody else, I'm sorry to say). In ten years of doing this I've never so much as put up a PayPal donation box, and I never will— that, I guarantee.…See More
Apr 9, 2012
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Who Broke Pilsner's Picks?

I know who it was, it was my (now former) web host. Since my page has a number of loyal fans here at Dieselpunks, I should tell you that it's not going away, I just need to find another host that still allows free MP3 downloads with no stupid restrictions like the one that 4Shared just imposed. So, "Stay tuned, boys and girls!," I'll be back. But probably not until next month— the Picks are going on an unscheduled vacation.See More
Apr 3, 2012

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As The Leaves Turn To Gold, I've Got Music That's Old— The September Pilsner's Picks!

Posted on September 2, 2016 at 12:22am 0 Comments

Yes, friends, summer is winding down, but I'm still winding up the old Victrola. Notable in this month's "grab bag," a great example of Duke Ellington's early "jungle sound," featuring the growling, snarling, low-down plunger-muted trumpet of the great Bubber Miley. Also, the aptly-named British theater organist Sidney Torch burns up the keyboard of a Mighty Wurlitzer, and don't miss the pure, driving New Orleans collective improvisation sound of Sam Morgan's Jazz Band. This kind of music is…

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Hot Music At The Height Of A Hot Summer— It's The August Pilsner's Picks!

Posted on July 31, 2016 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

Hot music, plus a little vaudevillian hokum from Billy Murray and some good old-fashioned song-belting from Sophie Tucker. Also of interest are the two equally great but very different renditions of "China Boy" made twelve years apart, which really show how much the style of jazz had changed (or evolved) over that time. By the way, it's just as well that they're both instrumentals, because the lyrics of that tune would definitely fail any modern "political correctness"…

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Dieselpunks Carries On - And So Does Pilsner's Picks!

Posted on July 2, 2016 at 7:47pm 2 Comments

I never really thought that this fantastic site would go away, but I was a bit worried about it... weren't you, friends? But an "angel" (in the showbiz sense of the word) appeared at the last moment, and now all is well once again.



I got a couple of messages asking me where the Picks could be found if Dieselpunks vanished into the digital Great Beyond. Well, you can always find it with your favorite search engine, just by typing in "Pilsner's Picks." However, now you won't…

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Pils Says, "Let's Moon, Spoon, And Especially Croon— Because It's June!"

Posted on June 1, 2016 at 11:35pm 1 Comment

As he does on the first of every month, the mysterious and reclusive Pilsner Panther has dropped by with another “stack of sides” pulled from the stygian darkness of his equally mysterious sub-sub-sub-basement record vault. No one knows where it is, but rumor has it that the vault is located beneath the old Gennett Records factory in a remote and nearly deserted section of rural Indiana.



Yes, (drum roll, please), it’s the June Pilsner’s Picks!…



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At 3:46am on April 6, 2012, Blake "Blakesby" Canham-Bennett said…

Ah bother. A great pity indeed. It's most unfortunate that I won't get to hear April's Picks. But then I guess these things can happen sometimes. I shall look forward to May's Pick, and hope that they may be just as good as whatever April's may have been.

Oh, and of course I don't blame you at all for any of this. It's awfully frustrating when technology doesn't do what it's meant to. I do hope you can get it all up and running again. Best of luck, sir.

Kind regards,

Maceo

At 6:08pm on March 26, 2012, Larry said…

Hey, Pilsner. I've been wondering what happened to ya'.

 
 
 

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