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Happy holidays from Tome Wilson

To my family at Dieselpunks,

I'm wishing you all a very festive holiday season!

It has been a very hard year.  We've faced uncountable struggles and losses.  But we continue to push forward to create a better world.  It's what we do.

This new year, may the spirits of peace and wisdom grant you everything you need to build something greater than what came before.

Until then, stay warm and keep those eyes on the future.


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Added by Tome Wilson on December 25, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Some Hot Music To Warm Up The House On These Cold Winter Nights

In the words of a great American novelist, "Christmas is almost down our throats." Which means, among other things, that it's time for the annual Special Holiday Edition of Pilsner's Picks!

Which is admittedly somewhat short of Yuletide music— only three numbers out of the usual twelve— but I did include the original version of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," if only to prove that some things definitely don't improve with age. So here we go, with a "Ho Ho Ho!" Merry, uh,…


Added by Pilsner Panther on December 2, 2015 at 12:52am — No Comments

Geekonomicon 2015 - A convention for Dieselpunks

Geekonomicon, the premier pop culture and sci-fi con on the Gulf Coast, in partnership with John Pyka Productions and The Diesel Powered Podcast, is proud to present its first dedicated Dieselpunk programming track from December 11th – 13th at the Gulf Coast Coliseum Convention Center 2350 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS 39531.

Leading the programming track is John Pyka, best known for his work as "Big Daddy Cool” on stage and on The Diesel Powered…


Added by Tome Wilson on November 27, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Paris, Friday 13


Tired of that time...

But imagination is not a refuge from reality, but a response.

Imagination is the part in us that no person or organization can destroy.

Our poetic universes, indestructible fortresses, can not be reach by death and horror.

Let us be stronger…

Added by RETROPOLITAIN on November 15, 2015 at 9:40am — No Comments

I Didn't Come Over On The Mayflower... But Some Of My Records Did, They're THAT Old!

Yes, 78 r.p.m. platter fans, here it is November first already, and the goblins are gone and the turkeys are coming and it's time for the November Pilsner's Picks (or Pilgrim's Picks, as you'll see when you go to the page).

I've started something new this month; and that is, asking for money. There's still no charge for the music, but I'm now accepting voluntary contributions (which is a polite way to say "begging"). For a full explanation of why, and how you can toss a few…


Added by Pilsner Panther on November 1, 2015 at 5:12pm — No Comments

From A Deep And Forbidding Eldritch Vault Come... The October Pilsner's Picks!

Actually, there's not much of a "boo factor" in this month's Pilsner's Picks— I really don't have much music that's suitable for Halloween parties. I did manage to scare up one ghostly number, though, although it's not very scary. It's more like something that you'd hear on the soundtrack of an early animated cartoon, accompanying the dance of some "rubber hose" ghosts.

Anyway, here are the October Picks (with a weak, obligatory "Boo" from yours truly).…


Added by Pilsner Panther on October 1, 2015 at 3:53pm — 2 Comments

Halloween Dreams 2015

You can smell the change in the air.

The leaves are on fire. The winds are colder. Summer is fading and Autumn is upon us.

As we drift towards the haunting season, remember to tune into Dieselpunks Radio. Starting today, you can enjoy 6+ hours of commercial-free spooky music from the Jazz Age and beyond. Enjoy your trip to the Devil's Ball with the Ghost of Smokey Joe,…


Added by Tome Wilson on October 1, 2015 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment


All four studios are major attractions of the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, each of them rivaling in audacity about their own pavilion designed by great names of the architecture of the era, the Primavera pavilion being built by no less than the Perret Brothers.…


Added by Stefan on September 22, 2015 at 2:33pm — No Comments


Primavera tells the story of a stunning artistic adventure spanning over six of the most creative decades about French Art Décoratifs.

In 1912, the department store "Au Printemps" in Paris is the first of its…


Added by Stefan on September 22, 2015 at 2:23pm — 1 Comment

Interview with Gil Cnaan, CEO of Storykeeper Events

Storykeeper Events volunteer Maisha Elonai is interviewing Gil Cnaan, CEO of Storykeeper Events, about the upcoming Gilded Festival to be held September 19 – 20 at Historic Cold Springs Village in Cape May, NJ.

Please see http://gildedfestival.com/ for more details on our time travel adventure.

Photo of Gil Cnaan Could you tell me what The Gilded Festival…


Added by Tome Wilson on September 19, 2015 at 9:44am — No Comments

A Modern Castle

In June 2015, the huge restoration project of the Villa Cavrois, a true French Art Deco architectural treasure listed as a historic monument in 1990 thank to citizen mobilisation and acquired by the State in 2001, has finally been completed.



Added by Stefan on September 17, 2015 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Steampunk excitement in New Jersey - The 2015 Gilded Festival

Gilded Festival Travel across time and culture at The Gilded Festival, a family-friendly Steampunk adventure. Presented by Storykeeper Events, the makers of Philadelphia’s feted Dorian’s Parlor, The Gilded Festival will transform Historic Cold Spring Village in Cape May, New Jersey into a world of fantasy and science fiction from September 19 to September 20, 2015. Join anachronauts in celebrating a past, present, and future that never were as they entertain you with music and…


Added by Tome Wilson on September 3, 2015 at 11:24am — No Comments

As Summer Winds Down, I Wind Up The Old Victrola Again

A long, hot summer of unpredictable politics, that is. We're enjoying (or suffering through) one of the most fascinating U.S. presidential races in many years, but now I'll take a break from obsessively following it and get back to the IMPORTANT stuff— namely, Pilsner's Picks! Submitted for your approval, the September edition.


Added by Pilsner Panther on September 2, 2015 at 5:01pm — 1 Comment

Tesla Watch from Think Geek

I saw this and went squeeeee.

Taken from Think Geek | Click to Order:

The Tesla Watch goes with your steampunk aesthetic. With a weathered-brass look on all the metal parts, this analog watch features a leather strap. The highlights of this design, however, are the two faux vacuum tubes…


Added by Scott on August 31, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Miskatonic Mondays - Children of Lovecraft

Lights out, everybody.

On Miskatonic Mondays we celebrate the "weird" fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror it spawned.

When Lovecraft and Mike Mignola come together… well, that’s just about all the horror fandoms in one place. It’s actually Lovecraft’s birthday this month, having just passed (August 20th) and seems only appropriate to announce more Lovecraft news, particularly since it’s the 125th anniversary of his…


Added by Tome Wilson on August 31, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Miskatonic Mondays -HP Lovecraft Festival by Radiotheatre

Lights out, everybody.

On Miskatonic Mondays we celebrate the "weird" fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror it spawned.

The talented storytellers of Frigid, New York's "Radiotheatre" will be performing a swath of Lovecraftian tales this October at The Kraine Theater. Now in it's seventh year, the production will run October…


Added by Tome Wilson on August 24, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Miskatonic Mondays - Retro "Legends Of Cthulhu" Toys by Warpo

When you’re making a line of retro action figures, you might as well go whole hog and make your TV spots look suitably retro too—just as Warpo are doing for Legends of Cthulhu figures, and their upcoming gigantic Old One action…


Added by Tome Wilson on August 17, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

John Pyka's "Tales From The Flip-Side" comes to The Centennial Black Box Theater August 15th

John Pyka Well-known dieselpunk actor, singer, and magician John Pyka is proud to announce an ongoing partnership with the Metro Arts Center to bring his brand new mostly one-man show "Tales From The Flip-Side" to the Centennial Black Box Theater in Nashville on August 15th, 2015.

"I'm very excited about this project," says John Pyka, who is most well known as his signature character, the 1940s zoot-suited hipster "Big Daddy Cool" Johnny Dellarocca. "It's been nearly two years since…


Added by Tome Wilson on August 4, 2015 at 10:13am — No Comments

The success behind Jazz Age on the Delaware

A very big "thank you" and a tip of the hat to everyone who made Saturday's Jazz Age on the Delaware event a roaring success! We wrapped up this morning with Good Day Philadelphia, CBS Philly, the Philadelphia Business Journal, and the Metro. Check out our silly pictures at the links below and tell your friends we'll be back next summer on July 30th, 2016 for another trip back in time!

Dieselpunks -…


Added by Tome Wilson on August 3, 2015 at 1:18pm — 1 Comment

At Pilsner's Picks, We Don't Poach Anything But Eggs!

With all the controversy that's going on right now over hunting, I have to admit that I did a LOT of hunting in my callow youth— hunting for rare 78's, that is, in the darkest and most forbidding thrift shops of New York City and northern New Jersey!

I took many trophies, which are now presented to the curious as Pilsner's Picks; here's the August edition.


Added by Pilsner Panther on August 1, 2015 at 1:17pm — No Comments

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