As Mark Twain would say, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."
On Saturday, October 15th, Tome Wilson from Jazz Age Style will be teaching a one-hour multimedia class on Halloween in America. If you’re interested in learning about the costumes & customs of Halloween during the Jazz Age, please pick up a day pass to “Halloween in the Catskills” at …Continue
Added by Tome Wilson on October 9, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Last night I explored the world of Dick Tracy again. This movie, along with Batman, and the Rocketeer were my first introductions to the world of Diesel Punk. I fell in love with the visual feast of the Art-Deco world imagined by minds in the late 80's early 90's and the powerful rhythm in the scores and…Continue
Added by Anthony Scialla on October 7, 2016 at 6:02pm — No Comments
Another dozen sizzling platters to warm up your roost on these increasingly cold evenings of Octo- brrr!
This month I'm featuring one of the most unusual collaborations of the Jazz Age, the very unlikely one between "society" bandleader Leo Reisman and Duke Ellington's low-down, growling trumpet star Bubber Miley (who was heard on last month's playlist, wailing with the Duke's band on their early Victor side "Flaming Youth").
Miley, along with trombonist "Tricky…
Added by Pilsner Panther on October 2, 2016 at 12:16am — No 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…Continue
Added by Pilsner Panther on September 2, 2016 at 12:22am — No Comments
I couldn't find any mention of one of the greatest but least known of British streamlined cars so her
e are a few examples of the Hillman Aero Minx. Hillman unveiled this very pretty car at the London Motor Show of 1932 and was a complete departure for the company, best known for producing reliable but unexciting family…
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"…Continue
Added by Pilsner Panther on July 31, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Saturday is the big day!
Since I transitioned to live events, this festival is certainly one of the biggest I've ever produced. I want to invite all dieselpunks and steampunks to come out and strut their stuff.
Jazz Age Style's 1920s festival in Northeast Philadelphia will be on Saturday from 11:00am - 5:00pm. We've assembled a great show for everyone.
Added by Tome Wilson on July 29, 2016 at 11:16am — No Comments
One of Disney’s most underrated films, The Rocketeer, is finally getting the respect it deserves. The Hollywood Reporter says the company is prepping a brand new sequel/reboot called The Rocketeers and the new hero is an African-American woman. Read more at io9.…Continue
Why Rush is the greatest thing to happen to humanity since Nick Tesla landed on Mars in his flying saucer
I was recently accused of being a ‘Hipster,’ because I worship the holy trinity of Neil Peart, Alex Lifeson, and Geddy Lee. For the uninitiated, they are respectively the lyricist and drummer, the guitarist, and the vocalist, bass player and organ player…Continue
Added by Burningmonk on July 15, 2016 at 3:48pm — No Comments
I’m pleased to announce a new source of music for Dieselpunks.org. We are now streaming Radio Riel Dieselpunk via TuneIn.
Radio Riel is an Internet-based public radio…Continue
Added by Larry on July 12, 2016 at 4:00pm — No 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…
I've recently ran across a nice mobile game Redcon , that depicts war between the Empire and Traitors in a rather dieselpunk fashion.
Basically, you command the Fortress with several gas-mask wielding grunts, fine-tuning its weapons and facilities to meet misson demands and targetting relevant parts of…Continue
Added by Komissar Hass on July 1, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments
Many of us have enjoyed the Prairie Home Companion radio show for years. I've long seen dieselpunk elements to it. So when I heard that Keillor was stepping down from hosting this beloved show I was saddened. His final show will be this Saturday, July 2, 2016.…Continue
Added by Larry on June 29, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments
“Now, as we close one chapter, the pen is gradually inking up, preparing itself to write the next.”
― Mie Hansson, Danish poet, writer, publisher and visual artist
Like most here I was in shock when I learned that Dieselpunks.org was going to close on June 23rd. Very few things have changed my life as this site and Tome’s friendship has. After the shock…Continue
What with Dieselpunks staying around for another year, I can say I'm a damn happy person. Dieselpunk just seems to have so much potential for RL Crafts, cons, and stories among a sea of other things and it's one I'm wanting to contribute to in some small way.
So to try and help, what with Dieselpunks damn near going into the morrasse I wanted to say that if anyone needs help and needs a signal boost or even just someone to talk to I'll be checking here frequently.
Added by Tony Austin on June 23, 2016 at 12:33pm — No Comments
After seven years, I'll be stepping down from my role as manager but Dieselpunks will continue roaring into 2017!
Thanks to a very generous effort from long-time contributor "Boss" Larry Amyett, we will keep our doors open for another year.
What does this mean to you?Continue
People make the difference in your life. For years people like Tome Wilson and his team have worked hard at keeping people with similar interest in touch as well as inspiring others to pursue new passions and idea's. As he takes on a new chapter in his life, We wish him all the best in his future en devours. I myself will always be grateful for the time that was taken to create a space where artist, writers and dreamers could come together to share, connect, and inspire each other in a…Continue
I write to you today from a place of deep sadness and astounding joy for the future. In my 7+ years as Dieselpunks' owner and lead developer I have witnessed the brightest humans in my life refer to me as their friend. I am truly humbled. In honor of these individuals, I have decided to change my focus in the dieselpunk community from…Continue
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!…
It was revealed Memorial Day that Shane Black (Iron Man 3, Lethal Weapon) will direct a new Doc Savage film with Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. Being a long time Doc Savage fan, I was really excited, till i read some of the comments by 'The Rock'…Continue