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Cap'n's Cabaret #103: Clowning Around...

Out of the inkwell and into your heart, it's Koko the Clown!

Yes, Max Fleischer, the new master of animation, is stunning the world with new and exciting animation techniques in his Out of the Inkwell series, and capturing its heart through his lovable Koko the Clown.

Thanks to his amazing "rotoscoping" process, which carefully overlays each image being drawn onto a corresponding motion picture still, Fleisher is able to capture the realistic movement…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on December 14, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Two-Fisted Tuesday - The Barbara James Matter

Welcome to Two-Fisted Tuesdays, where we throw on our trench coats, don our fedoras, and walk down the mean streets of classic crime fiction.


Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was a crime drama that ran for over 12 years during the golden age of radio. The main character, Johnny Dollar, was a smart, tough, wisecracking insurance detective who tossed silver-dollar tips to waiters and bellhops. While always a friend of…

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Added by Tome Wilson on December 10, 2013 at 12:22pm — No Comments

It's new music day on Dieselpunks!

It's new music day on Dieselpunks!

Along with a brand new five-hour setlist of dieselpunk music on the jukebox, we also added over 40 new music videos to the site. Stop by our audio speakeasy and fill your ears. We'll pick up the tab.

Where to start...

  • In the Music Group area of Dieselpunks…

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Added by Tome Wilson on December 9, 2013 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #102: Oh, that Cat!

Welcome once again, folks, to the Cap'n's Cartoon Cabaret!  Today the Cabaret has gone to the cats...Felix the Cat, to be specific!

Yes, Mr. Sullivan's feisty, precocious kitty is tearing up the silver screen at the moment, and today the Cabaret features a double feature of original works, including "Felix's" first appearance (as "Master Tom") in…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on December 7, 2013 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Christmas Comes But Once A Year, Bringing Pilsner's Picks, and Cheer!

...Or something like that. Ho ho ho, folks, now it's the moment you've all been waiting for (or maybe dreading), the annual Holiday Edition of Pilsner's Picks has arrived!



If you've never heard the immortal Ozzie and Harriet's equally immortal rendition of "Jingle Bells," then believe me— you've never heard it. So now's your chance; other than that I'll say no more,…
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Added by Pilsner Panther on December 1, 2013 at 8:41pm — No Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #101: Feeling Animated?

It's a new revolution in art: Animated Drawings!! 

Ain't it amazing what the new flicker pics can do today?  For the past few years we've gotten to see new and amazing things done with the motion picture camera including amazing cut-scene effects that let you heighten dramatic tension, and we've seen…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on November 30, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Dixon Hawke Library #549

Taken from the comic plus: The other, other "Great Detective", Dixon Hawke (although fans would say Hawke was a better read than Sexton Blake) appeared in The Dixon Hawke Library in 1919, which ran 576 issues till 1941. His adventures also appeared in the subsequent Dixon Hawke Case Books, plus the weekly paper, "Adventure" and in the Sunday Post. The library issues were smaller than pocket libraries.…

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Added by Scott on November 21, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret 100th Episode Spectacular!! [Part 2]

Back again for the exciting conclusion of our two-part 100th Episode Spectacular Celebration. 100 weeks of music, dance, history, and cocktails!

And today we start where we…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on November 16, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Today is November 12th. Dieselpunk Day. Our day.

Today is November 12th. Dieselpunk Day. Our day.

As a holiday, it holds as much influence as any other corporate-created greeting card sales campaign. However, let's aside the word and focus on what the day represents.

In Philadelphia, Dieselpunk Day started as a snowy and wet Tuesday. Whether you work in a city, on the land, or in the home, we all woke up to the same day; and at first glance, it looks a lot like yesterday. You'll go through your routine, make…

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Added by Tome Wilson on November 12, 2013 at 10:41am — 8 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret 100th Episode Spectacular!! [Part 1]

Raise your glass, everyone around the world, it's the Cabaret Centenial Celebration!!!

Yes, it's the greatest moment in Entertainment History, a gala celebration that dozens the world over have been eagerly anticipating for the last 99-odd weeks.  It's the official 100th Episode of the Cap'n's Cabaret, your home for Diesel Era Music, Cocktails, Pop…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on November 9, 2013 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

Raymond Loewy's 120th Birthday

Google is celebrating the 120th Birthday of designer extraordinaire, Raymond Loewy today!

Here is his stunning official website. And a fun article in…

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Added by Joe May on November 5, 2013 at 9:57am — 2 Comments

Some Picks To Remember... Well Into November

For the half-dozen or so people who are wondering what happened to Pilsner's Picks, yours truly was wandering around Seattle snapping pictures and doing the whole tourist bit when I'm usually putting the playlist together. So for the first time in about twelve years (!!!) the Picks are late. However, here they are, without further ado (I ran completely out of ado during the trip).…



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Added by Pilsner Panther on November 4, 2013 at 11:40am — No Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #99: Happy Days are Beer Again!!

WET ONCE AGAIN!!!  Glory, hallelujah, America is wet once again!

Hail to Senator Blaine, hail to the Blaine Act, and hail to the 21st Amendment!  Volstead is dead, the 18th is dead, and the Fifth is back in hand [image from sidedish.wpengine.com].

For our fans outside the USA it's impossible for us here to overstate just what a collossal mess Prohibition was. …

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Added by Cap'n Tony on November 2, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #98: Care for a Shag?

Kick up your heels, it's time to Shag!

It's the Shag, the latest dance craze to sweep the land!

It's a high-kciking, high energy dance perfect for this new "Swing" sound coming out of St. Louis, and it's changing the whole dance scene.

Where it comes from nobody knows for sure.  Some say Jersey, others Carolina.  There's a Carolina Shag and a St. Louis Shag, but tonight…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on October 26, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Dieselpunk Industries TV for Roku

Hi everybody. I've been working creating a Roku channel for Dieselpunk Industries. I've submitted it for approval to the Roku channel store, but after reading Roku's three and half pages of requirements I don't know if that's ever going to happen. So in the meantime if you have a Roku device you can add the channel with the URL below. It might not show up immediately on your device, but if you update your Roku player's setting it should include the newly added channel.…

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Added by Scott on October 19, 2013 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Cap'n's Cabaret #97: Trot like a Turkey!

It's the dance so explicit the Vatican condemned it: the Turkey Trot!

This old Ragtime favorite is hot once again, folks, and the Cabaret is on the scene. One of the many "animal dances" of that era. [image from mentalfloss.com]

An influence for many of today's hottest dances, from the Foxtrot to the Charleston and even the Black Bottom, the…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on October 19, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Two-Fisted Tuesday - Johnny Dollar in The London Matter

Welcome to Two-Fisted Tuesdays, where we throw on our trench coats, don our fedoras, and walk down the mean streets of classic crime fiction.


Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar by Douglas Klauba Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was a crime drama that ran for over 12 years during the golden age of radio. The main character, Johnny Dollar, was a smart, tough, wisecracking insurance detective who tossed silver-dollar tips to waiters and bellhops. While always a friend of…

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Added by Tome Wilson on October 15, 2013 at 1:08pm — 1 Comment

Cap'n's Cabaret #96: Shake and Shimmy!

Shake what you got...we're doing the Shimmy!

It's the dance so scandalous it's been banned in places, a chest-out shoulder-shaking dance that sets the young folks (and the moral guardians) aflame! 

It's the Shimmy, a dance popularized by the great Gilda Grey in her stage acts, where her Shimmy stole the show from her voice!

You ready?  It's easy. 

Let's…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on October 12, 2013 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Two-Fisted Tuesday - Trapped by Boston Blackie

Welcome to Two-Fisted Tuesdays, where we throw on our trench coats, don our fedoras, and walk down the mean streets of classic crime fiction.


Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar by Douglas Klauba Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was a crime drama that ran for over 12 years during the golden age of radio. The main character, Johnny Dollar, was a smart, tough, wisecracking insurance detective who tossed silver-dollar tips to waiters and bellhops. While always a friend of…

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Added by Tome Wilson on October 8, 2013 at 12:28pm — No Comments

No Shutdown At Pilsner's Picks!

I'm very pleased to report that the U.S. Government shutdown has NOT affected Pilsner's Picks (since we accept no government funds, never having been offered any— what's wrong with them, anyway?).

So, here's the October edition, right on schedule!

http://pilsnerspicks.blogspot.com/

Added by Pilsner Panther on October 2, 2013 at 12:50am — No Comments

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