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Pilsner's Pyrotechnics— Happy Fourth!

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Yes, gang, it's time again for some fireworks of the musical variety. Unlike last year, though, there are no actual patriotic tunes on the playlist. That's because I don't have too many of them, and I've posted just about all of them before. If I wanted to put my Uncle Sam hat on, I'd now have to go back into the pre-1925 acoustical recording era for some sides by flag-waving artists like George M.…

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Added by Pilsner Panther on July 1, 2014 at 11:26pm — No Comments

Google honors the people of World War I with a virtual museum

Almost 100 years ago, Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was shot dead in Sarajevo by Gavrilo Princip. The fallout from this assassination ultimately led to the start of the Great War (World War I). To commemorate this historical event’s centennial milestone, Google has launched a new portal dedicated to telling the story of this extraordinary time.

With support from several museums, this channel brings together a trove of World War I content like documents, letters, paintings,…

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Added by Tome Wilson on June 27, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Chester Nez, Last of the original Navajo Code Talkers, Dies at 93

He was the last of his kind, one of the 29 original US Marine Corps "Code Talkers" of the Navajo Nation. As a child, the teachers at his government-run boarding school tried to force him to give up his native tongue, a hellaciously complex mess of tenses and verbs without many adjectives. In WW2, he and his brothers would ironically use that very language to help the United States liberate the Pacific.…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on June 24, 2014 at 1:33pm — 4 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #118: And They're Off!!

Throroughbred horse racing, the Sport of Kings; grand, classy, exciting...and a good excuse for a mint julip and a wager or two.

Years of careful breeding, specialized training, and practice go into crafting the perfect racing horse, and not a little luck!  Horse, jockey, and trainer must learn to think as…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on June 14, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

H.G. Wells' Things to Come Trailer

Do any of you wonder what a movie trailer would be like if you used footage from the 1936 science fiction film Things to Come, combined with a contemporary Pacific Rim style soundtrack? So did I.

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Hope you enjoy.

Scott…

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Added by Scott on June 7, 2014 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

June 6th - Remembering D-Day 70 years later

Today is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day.  

Let us never forget the brave men who gave their lives for us.


General Eisenhower’s Message Sent Just Prior to the Invasion of Normandy

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty…

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Added by Tome Wilson on June 6, 2014 at 8:08am — 1 Comment

The June Pilsner's Picks Are Up And Spinning On The Old Victrola

Pilsner's Picks may be going on hiatus in July because I'm moving (for the first time in seven years), and I might be using a laptop for a while. Without my PC and the external hard drive that holds the Picks Archives, I can't post any MP3's to my web host for downloading.



But that's a month away, and in the meantime, the June Picks are here— including a real rarity this time, a George Gershwin tune performed by a very young Fred Astaire, his sister Adele, and last but not…

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Added by Pilsner Panther on June 1, 2014 at 1:39pm — 1 Comment

Johnny Depp approached to play Harry Houdini, famed magician adventurer

Johnny Depp is in negotiations to star as famed magician & adventurer Harry Houdini in Lionsgate/Summit's The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero  directed by Dean Parisot (Red 2).

The story, which is said to be in the vein of Indiana…

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Added by Tome Wilson on May 28, 2014 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Today, Memorial Day, marks the fifth anniversary of Dieselpunks.

Today, Memorial Day, marks the fifth anniversary of Dieselpunks.

Like many of you, I witnessed the rise of steampunk in the early 2000s and introduced myself to the growing “Neo-Victorian” community as it was known as in my area, but years passed and I was still missing something. Steampunk felt uncomfortable, like a pair of shoes you wear to the club because they look awesome, but are far too unwieldy to be dancing in.

I…

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Added by Tome Wilson on May 26, 2014 at 12:26pm — 12 Comments

Colonial Paris

Although located downtown in Paris, the VIIIe arrondissement is considered one of the "new" districts of the French capital city. Mostly fields and gardens till the mid-XVIIIth century, along with the western part of Paris, it became a place for expansion of the city from the XIXth century. A place for tremendous real estate speculation, too: the newly designed lavish environment rapidly made the VIIIe district of Paris one of the most sought-after places…

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Added by Stefan on May 26, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

A wonderful piece of French Dieselpunk engineering...

...and the troubles about the use of it.

During the early thirties, the City of Paris decided to replace the old metallic Pont du Carrousel (Carrousel Bridge), one of the 37 bridges over La Seine, by a new one. The structure of the bridge, built in 1833, was now too low for the constantly increasing navigation over the river.…

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Added by Stefan on May 12, 2014 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #117: Is This For Real?

Action! Excitement! Glamour! This Sunday,Sunday, Sunday, coming to a ring near you! It's Professional Wrestling! And...seriously, is this for real?

Once the game of carnival side shows and shady back-room rings, the sport of Professional Wrestling is getting huge, as are it's competitors. Always an action-packed clash of the manliest of…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on May 3, 2014 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Pilsner's Picks Is Back!

Or it at least seems to be, as far as I can tell with some basic testing of the download function. So I've posted the May playlist, but I suggest that you grab any tunes that you like sooner rather than later, as there's no telling whether I'll get hit with another completely bogus copyright complaint and have to go through the whole megillah for the third time. Or maybe I'll just retire my little old web feature, after twelve years. How much aggravating hassle over…

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Added by Pilsner Panther on May 1, 2014 at 12:34pm — 4 Comments

Free eBook - The Dieselpunk ePulp Showcase Returns!

Free dieselpunk ebook This sci-fi smorgasbord serves up nine retro tales inspired by the pulp magazines of the 1920s - 1940s, but adds a jolt of diesel. It drops you into the deco-chiseled cities of alternate Americana, then blasts you off to the farthest reaches of yesterday's tomorrows.

Get ready to explore outerspace, uncover forgotten pasts, delve into parallel histories, and futures that never were.…

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Added by Tome Wilson on April 25, 2014 at 11:30am — 8 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #116: Ready for a Rumble?

Pugilism, fisticuffs, the duel in the squared circle, the sweet science...whatever you call it, it is perhaps the manliest dance in the world.

One ring, two men, fifteen rounds. No low blows or rabbit punches. Let's get it on! [image from wikimedia]

Boxing is a sport that has been around as long as man has been entertained by a good fight. From Ancient…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on April 12, 2014 at 9:35pm — 5 Comments

I Wish This Was An April Fool's Day Gag, But It's Not!

Sorry, Pilsner's Picks fans, but I'm still temporarily out of business due to a copyright infringement claim by my web host, 4Shared. This claim happens to be clearly mistaken, but the company's legal counsel can't seem to understand why. So there won't be any April playlist, but I might be back in May with some more free music.

Free music, yes— where but in America can you get in trouble for giving something away? Sheesh!

Added by Pilsner Panther on April 1, 2014 at 11:39am — 5 Comments

Cap'n's Cabret #115: Hockey, eh?

Furious, fast-paced, and frozen, hockey comes to the US!

A gift from our northern neighbors, the sport of Hocky brings the fast paced world of nonstop sport to the ice. Skates are worn, allowing incredibly fast movement as the players chase a small rubber "puck" across the ice, assaulting it with a large L-shaped stick, and then attempt to score a goal in…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on March 29, 2014 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Good Co. swings it with their new album, The Kicker

Electroswing me brother, with a solid four.

Things are looking bright for Good Co with their second studio album, The Kicker. Following on the smoking heels of 2013’s Electro Swing for the Masses, this sophomore album corrects some of the flaws with its predecessor and spreads out in new & unusual directions.

If you’re just finding the Good Co sound, then you’re in for a treat. Fronted by jazz-man Carey Rayburn, this American electroswing…

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Added by Tome Wilson on March 24, 2014 at 9:47am — No Comments

DC comics goes dieselpunk in June

Whether it's January's "Scribblenauts" variants, February's Steampunk variants or March's "Robot Chicken" variants, DC Comics has certainly made 2014 the year of themed-cover months so far. Although there aren't any announced plans for April, May will bring "Batman '66"-style variants by Mike Allred and -- according to the announcement on USA Today -- June will be DC Bombshells variant month, showcasing covers in the style of DC Collectibles' statue line of the same name, which re-imagine DC…

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Added by Tome Wilson on March 23, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #114: The Other Football

Football that primarily uses the players' feet? Uncanny! It's the growing sport of Soccer, what the rest of the world calls football, and if it can overcome its internal difficulties it's set to become the next great American sport!

Yes, the "Other Football" may not have the glory of the Gridiron yet, but if the growing popularity of the American…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on March 22, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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