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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 — 3 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

Congratulations to Mike Mignola on 20 years of Hellboy comics

March 22 marks the twentieth anniversary of Mike Mignola’s career-defining release of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction #1. After the character’s somewhat humble beginnings in an eight-page feature in Dark Horse’s San Diego Comic-Con Comics special, Seed of Destruction would begin the long life of the beloved “beast of the apocalypse.”

In December, Dark Horse announced March 22, 2014, would be Hellboy Day, with events happening in comic shops around the world!

In addition to a slew…

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Added by Tome Wilson on March 22, 2014 at 9:05am — No Comments

The Return of Philip Marlowe

Respected Dublin based and former Booker Prize winning Irish author John Banville writing under the pen name of Benjamin Black has just published a new novel entitled The Black-Eyed Blonde.  Having good reviews so far (though I haven't read it yet) it's a sequel to Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye.  So probably a must for Philip Marlowe fans but you might want to re-read 'Goodbye' first. 

As a taster here's the second sentence:

"The telephone on my desk has…

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Added by Michael (Mike ) Owen Gaughan on March 17, 2014 at 9:08am — 2 Comments

Getting Weird in the Tiki Room with The Innsmouth Fogcutter

Since fulfilling his wild dream of making the Cthulhu tiki mug, Jonathan "Atari" Chaffin of www.HorrorInClay.com has decided it's time to tackle a wilder dream...the Innsmouth Fogcutter tiki mug (with matching Esoteric Order of Dagon Fez).

This large original tiki mug is inspired by HP Lovecraft's story "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" (you should read it if you haven't... I'll wait right here). Back? Good! Like I was saying, I designed a tiki mug…

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Added by Tome Wilson on March 10, 2014 at 9:19am — 1 Comment

Cap'n's Cabaret #113: Shooting Hoops

It's the Little Sport that Could: Basketball! Once a second-tier game with a minor following, basketball is about to hit the big time!

With the growth of the new American Basketball League, this lesser-known American sport, invented a while back in the Midwest by Dr. James Naismith, is getting a new influx of money and a new surge of interest outside of the small gymnasiums,…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on March 8, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

A notice from Pilsner Panther's "Please Bear With Us" department

Added by Pilsner Panther on March 8, 2014 at 1:30am — No Comments

An Introduction to Art Deco Wall Masks (Part 2)

In the first part of this two part article I provided some information in respect of the immediate background to the vogue for Art Deco wall masks. Here I want…

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Added by Michael (Mike ) Owen Gaughan on March 5, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Close-up on An Art Deco Classic: The Master Incolor Cocktail Shaker

This is the first in a series of short illustrated articles on Art Deco items.

The idea is to focus upon a classic piece of design that generally doesn't feature in the usual coffee table books and doesn't cost $1000s. This week, a classic cocktail shaker.

The Master Incolor Cocktail Shaker was manufactured in England circa 1935 and is a classic of Art Deco streamlined design with several unique features. These features are not the sole reason for writing this…

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Added by Michael (Mike ) Owen Gaughan on March 3, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #112: Headin' for Home!

The silent mental duel of pitcher versus batter, the sting of a lightning double play, the tension of the bottom of the ninth, and the roar of the crowd after a homer...this is what makes Baseball, the Great American Sport!

And let's face it, folks, we're living in a new Golden Age, and we can perhaps thank one man for bringing the excitement to every home in America: the…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on March 1, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Beware the Ides of March— or at least, the Picks!

Here in California, the February and March weather may be meshugges (whoever's in charge of it seems to have forgotten that it's supposed to rain in the winter)— but Pilsner's Picks goes on, right on schedule no matter what. I brave the 70-degree freezing cold in my t-shirt, shorts, and sunglasses just to put these playlists together, and what thanks do I get?!



Actually, I get plenty of thanks; but what I REALLY…

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Added by Pilsner Panther on March 1, 2014 at 1:52pm — No Comments

An Introduction to Art Deco Wall Masks (Part 1)

Introduction and Background

Although having its origins prior to The Great War what is today known as Art Deco has come to symbolize an era of glamour epitomized by The Roaring Twenties and 1930s Hollywood. Partly an antidote to the war and a reaction to all that led up to it as well as to the era of economic slumps, depression, social strife and political unrest which followed, Art Deco remains one of the most easily recognized styles of…

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Added by Michael (Mike ) Owen Gaughan on February 27, 2014 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

A Guide to Film Noir Genre by Roger Ebert

Film noir is . . .

1. A French term meaning "black film," or film of the night, inspired by the Series Noir, a line of cheap paperbacks that translated hard-boiled American crime authors and found a popular audience in France.

2. A movie which at no time misleads you into thinking there is going to be a happy ending.

3. Locations that reek of the night, of shadows, of alleys, of the back doors of fancy places, of apartment buildings with a high turnover…

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Added by Tome Wilson on February 25, 2014 at 12:50pm — 7 Comments

Official release of Dieselpunk: an Anthology, by Twit Publishing

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!  Twit Publishing announces long awaited release of Dieselpunk, an Anthology!

Eight exciting tales of Dieselpunk adventure and intrigue!

New and exciting worlds that never were (but…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on February 11, 2014 at 6:58pm — 7 Comments

Shirley Temple rides the Good Ship into Eternity (RIP)

She was the darling of the Diesel Era screen. Irrepressibly cute, but with just enough precocious personality to temper the sugar.

Shirley Temple was an icon of the silver screen. Instantly recognizable by her springy curls, bright eyes, and dainty voice, she became one of the first child superstars [above image from encoremag.com]. She could sing, she could…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on February 11, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Arts Décoratifs. What else...?

It wouldn't be fair, I guess to end this very brief review of what Paris has to offer in the regard of Art Deco museums and exhibitions without mentioning the Musée... des Arts Décoratifs. Even though the location of this major national museum isn't exactly Dieselpunk style - it is set in the western wing of the Louvre Museum - the place provides a gorgeous frame to its extensive collections in the very heart of Paris downtown, literally one block away from the room where…

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Added by Stefan on February 9, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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