Added by Pilsner Panther on April 2, 2017 at 7:07pm — No Comments
Several times, I published Dieselpunk-related pictures of my special kind of modelling art. Under the German title 'Virtuelle Eisenbahnwelten' (virtual railway worlds), the online campus magazine of TU Braunschweig, which is the University of Technology at Braunschweig, Germany, published an interview on my art activities. The text is in German but can be easily translated online using the Google translation tool:…Continue
Added by Joern Pachl on March 17, 2017 at 3:40pm — No Comments
The Donald The President (or is that The President The Donald?), hasn't found any reason to shut down Pilsner's Picks yet, so here's the March edition.
Notable this month, a real oddity in the enormous Duke Ellington discography: an early Ellington band record with an accordion as the featured instrument. I suspect that this is the only such record of the Duke's, and I've heard most of them from the 20's and 30's. Who did he think he was, anyway? Lawrence Welk?!
Added by Pilsner Panther on March 2, 2017 at 1:26am — No Comments
When I recently searched Dieselpunks.org for the name Carlos Gardel but found no mention of him I was flabbergasted. I decided to rectify this glaring oversight in a website championing interbellum Western pop culture.
If you have not heard of Senor Gardel, that is understandable for several reasons: First, he performed in the musical genre of tango which is not as popular as it was in the Teens, Twenties, and Thirties. Second, he died on June 24 1935, before Frank Sinatra began his…Continue
Added by CaptainTangoPunk on February 9, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments
It's February, when a young man's fancy turns to... no, not the groundhog, forget that lousy groundhog! I mean romance, as in Valentine's Day. So, Mr. Romance himself, Pilsner Panther, will now wax romantic with the old wax.
Added by Pilsner Panther on February 2, 2017 at 7:26pm — No Comments
Who needs Mariah Carey when you can have Bessie Smith? Who never lip-synched anything, by the way— the technology didn't exist in her time. But I have a feeling that she wouldn't have done it even if it had been possible.
Anyway, as 2016 is flushed deservedly down the old commode, here's the New Year Edition of Pilsner's Picks.…
Added by Pilsner Panther on January 1, 2017 at 4:29pm — No Comments
Okay, so I'm not an elf, I'm usually not jolly, and as for that other part— never mind! Ho ho ho.
Added by Pilsner Panther on December 2, 2016 at 12:11am — No Comments
If you've had about enough of both The Donald and The Hillary (I know that I have) and can't wait for this whole god-awful election to finally be over with, maybe it's time to enjoy a little trip to the past for a restful musical interlude. The Picks are, and always have been, strictly non-political; however, be warned— there's a "Washington Squabble" in here, too!
I usually don't post anything here but the monthly link to the Pilsner's Picks playlist (coming soon!), but this little video is definitely worth watching. Bruce McCall— a longtime artistic hero of mine— invented a "retro-future" that's seriously bent!
If you're old enough to remember the National Lampoon in its 1980's-90's heyday, you've seen his work. But if you haven't seen it before, you're in for a treat. The man has a wildly inventive imagination, and just the…
Added by Pilsner Panther on November 1, 2016 at 4:09am — No Comments
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 soundtracks stuck like glue in the head and painted our worlds.…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 saloons to that point. The 1933 model with its helmet front…
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 station supported by listeners and sponsors, with six audio streams…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…