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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…


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

Historic Spitfire soars in record-breaking London sales

The immaculately restored World War II aircraft was the star in a remarkable week of sales that featured Marie Antoinette’s chair, and rare works by celebrated Old Masters

Having attracted media attention across the world, the immaculately restored Vickers Supermarine Spitfire P9347 sold for £3,106,500, establishing a new world record price for any Spitfire at auction. One of only two restored Mk.1 models still flying, the historic plane inspired competitive bidding,…


Added by Tome Wilson on July 11, 2015 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Miskatonic Monday - The Color Out of Space on BluRay

Lights out, everybody.

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

BrinkVision, the independent distributor behind the releases of films such as Sonno Profondo and Tin Can Man, have announced that they will be releasing a limited edition Blu-ray H.P. Lovecraft’s The Color Out of Space on July 7th, 2015. The indie horror…


Added by Tome Wilson on July 6, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Pilsner Presents Some Sonic Firecrackers— It's the July Picks!

Some fireworks that are very old can still pack a wallop! So please stand back while I light the fuse on the July edition of Pilsner's Picks. Included this month is a rare, late electrcal recording by John Philip Sousa's marching band. "The March King" began recording on Edison cylinders back in the 1890's, and most of his records were made in the very low-fi acoustical format that was the industry standard until 1925. Then, the new electrical recording method was perfected, and it…


Added by Pilsner Panther on July 1, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Live Event - Jazz Age on the Delaware - August 1st

Jazz Age on the Delaware

It's official. I'm on the event board for The Glen Foerd House in Philadelphia, which means I now have access to a Gatsby mansion. Mission accomplished!

My first event at the mansion will be on August 1st, and it'll be a ragtime Roaring Twenties blowout called "Jazz Age on the Delaware." We're welcoming everyone with an interest in the 1920s to attend, with a special nod to the dieselpunks and steampunks in the crowd.…


Added by Tome Wilson on June 20, 2015 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Rob Zombie to direct biopic about Groucho Marx

Rob Zombie is ready to expand beyond the horror genre. Zombie and Miranda Bailey have acquired the rights to Steve Stoliar’s memoir Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House. Love & Mercy co-writer Oren Moverman will write the screenplay and Zombie is attached to direct. Cold Iron Pictures’ Miranda Bailey and Amanda Marshall are producing along with Zombie and Andy Gould.

Groucho Marx

The book tells…


Added by Tome Wilson on June 18, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Make your own Shadow Radio

Several years ago I ran across a Majestic Charlie McCarthy Radio at an antique store. It was a midget radio with a plastic, or more likely bakelite moulded image of Charlie. They also did models featuring the Lone Ranger and Rudolph. Today each of those radios could bring up to $500- $1,000 at auction, maybe more depending on condition.…


Added by Scott on June 15, 2015 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Industrial-Strength Pilsner's Picks Is Back!

Now listen up, all you Red-Hot Mamas and Finger-Poppin' Daddies, old Pils is back with a full stack of twelve sizzlin' platters, after that short playlist and short run last month due to some internet hoo-hah that's better off forgotten. The Virtual Victrola is all wound up and has a brand-new tungsten needle, so get ready to croon into June!


Added by Pilsner Panther on June 2, 2015 at 11:58am — 5 Comments

Napoleon Gas (1925)

Dear comrades,

I believe you may be familiar with a great soviet movie from the 1920s, but now you may enjoy it via youtube.

for those who won't bother, let me present some screenshots and synopsis (thanks to guys mentioned in this …


Added by Komissar Hass on May 25, 2015 at 3:41am — No Comments

Natalie Portman to star in 1930s horror movie based on Spiritualism

Natalie Portman and Lily Rose Depp, the daughter of actor Johnny Depp, will play spiritualist sisters in “Planetarium,” a 1930s-set drama to be directed by French helmer Rebecca Zlotowski (“Grand Central”).

Although plot details are kept under wraps, Zlotowski told Variety that the film follows the journey of sisters who are believed to possess the supernatural ability to connect with ghosts. They cross paths with a visionary French producer while performing…


Added by Tome Wilson on May 16, 2015 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

"The Late" Pilsner's Picks

No, don't worry, fans— the Man with the Jive is still alive! But thanks to the "sterling" customer service of AT&T's internet division, Pilsner's Picks is nearly a week late, and late for the very first time in its nearly fourteen-year history.

Since the playlist is only going to be up for three weeks rather than the usual four, I've only posted eight tunes rather than the regular twelve; there's no point in doing noise reduction and volume equalization on a full list, which…


Added by Pilsner Panther on May 6, 2015 at 11:27pm — No Comments

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