And now, the moment that at least half a dozen of you have been waiting for— presenting the June Pilsner's Picks! If you like slide whistles, snake charmers, stream line rhythm, and soft lights and sweet music, we've got 'em all. It's too tight!
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Since you've got to be modernistic, why not be modernistic with the May edition of Pilsner's Picks? After all, this ancient music was all very modern, once upon a time.
For example, John Kirby and his hot little combo were making Beethoven roll over, years before Chuck Berry did!…
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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?!
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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.
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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…
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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…
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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
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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
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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…
As he does on the first of every month, the mysterious and reclusive Pilsner Panther has dropped by with another “stack of sides” pulled from the stygian darkness of his equally mysterious sub-sub-sub-basement record vault. No one knows where it is, but rumor has it that the vault is located beneath the old Gennett Records factory in a remote and nearly deserted section of rural Indiana.
Yes, (drum roll, please), it’s the June Pilsner’s Picks!…
It's a real mixed bag this time, gang; I always try for variety in the selections, but I think that I've outdone myself this time! There's everything from some hot washboard hokum to the Mighty Wurlitzer theater organ, and the playlist finishes up with some pork chops and gravy (a rare radio "air check" by the Ink Spots, from early in their long career). Enjoy!
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Not an April fool, or any other kind of foolishness— yes, it's the April edition of Pilsner's Picks!
I almost didn't make my regular first-of-the-month date for it, because my web host completely changed their site's design last month, and so I had a lot of trouble with the song title and embedded MP3 formatting. This is usually a simple procedure, but not this time! It took me about two hours longer than usual, but now I have it down (after plenty or trial and error, mainly…Continue
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All right, it's time for me to take a break from all the raging political hoo-hah, before I finish off yet another bottle of aspirin in a futile effort to control my raging Trump- and Clinton- induced headache.
Not just a break, but a musical interlude! Without further ado (I always run out of ado late in the winter), yes, it's the March edition of Pilsner's Picks!Continue
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That's a little-known fact about the groundhog. Anyway, since I don't have any groundhog music (whatever that is), I present instead my annual Valentine's Day program of sentimental tunes for lovers. I especially recommend the Cliff Edwards and Hoosier Hot Shots numbers for wooing purposes. Play them for the object of your affection, and I guarantee that something will happen! If it's not to your liking, please don't sue me, okay?…
And now, what you've been waiting for all year long (which is to say, at this point about twelve hours), the January 2016 edition of Pilsner's Picks!
Happy New Year— or in this case, really old year, since this time we start out in 1925 with a couple of catchy numbers from Frank Crumit and Paul Whiteman.
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,…Continue
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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…Continue
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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).…