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July 2010 Articles (78)

Zoot Suit Riot: The Death of the Swing Revival (Part 4 of 5)

Zoot Suit Riot: The Death of the Swing Revival (Part 4 of 5)
By Wolfgang Parker

With a bunch of bands whose appeal is sheer nostalgia, helped by the success of the film “Swingers,” they found they had to follow-up their initial hit about their “Zoot Suit Riot” with some truth, some meat, some substance. Guess what? Not one band achieved this. Not one. Truth be…

Added by Tome Wilson on July 8, 2010 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Your Opinions on Retro Style T-Shirt Designs


I've been working on some retro style T-Shirt designs and was wondering if I could get some opinions on them. Don't spare my feelings, and please let me know if you have any questions.



Brooklyn Patriots of Los Angeles

I got the idea for this on from the radio show "Life of Riley" …


Added by Scott on July 8, 2010 at 3:00pm — 10 Comments

50's era Home Theater PC.

Time for another "classic" PC. This one just showed up on Instructables.com and is reminiscent of tube amps from the 50's with their grill covers. Cheers.

Build a Birch and Mahogany Home Theater PC - More DIY How To Projects…


Added by Sparky Gage on July 8, 2010 at 2:25pm — 1 Comment

Duchess of Hamilton

I just found this streamliner train on Wiki and thought it was great. According to the article:

Preserved British steam locomotive of the former London, Midland and Scottish (LMS) Railway, Princess Coronation Class No. 6229 Duchess of Hamilton, 6 June 2009. The locomotive was built as a streamliner in 1938 in a blue and silver livery, and was exported to the United States (painted as Class sister No. 6220) for a 3,000 mile tour and visit to the 1939… Continue

Added by Larry on July 7, 2010 at 11:25pm — 6 Comments

Zoot Suit Riot: The Death of the Swing Revival (Part 3 of 5)

Zoot Suit Riot: The Death of the Swing Revival (Part 3 of 5)
By Wolfgang Parker

Our negotiations with Slim-style Records (the largest indie Swing label at the time) broke down but we did manage to appear on the final “Swing This, Baby” compilation, just minutes before the collapse. We were viewed as poisonous. We were too hard, too loud, too… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on July 7, 2010 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Last Ditch Grenades of Japan

Hand grenades, arming troops for centuries, took a variety of unusual forms in the hands of soldiers throughout the course of World War II. The Japanese military fielded two hand thrown grenades- one designed to punch through tank armor and the other a last ditch weapon of the Japanese homeland.

With the steady degradation of the Japanese munition manufacturing base by U.S. bombing, manufacturers turned to increasingly novel and unusual designs/construction methods especially… Continue

Added by Jake Holman Jr. on July 7, 2010 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Jolly Hangman

Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Jolly Hangman

Originally broadcast on May 9, 1955

The adventures of master detective Sherlock Holmes as he and his assistant, Dr. Watson, (and somewhat reluctantly, the bumbling Inspector Lestrade) battle criminals in London.

In this episode: A traveling salesman is found hanged in his hotel room. Although the police eventually rule it to be a suicide, his… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on July 7, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Zoot Suit Riot: The Death of the Swing Revival (Part 2 of 5)

Zoot Suit Riot: The Death of the Swing Revival (Part 2 of 5)
By Wolfgang Parker

Trailblazing virgin territory is exciting, but it has its drawbacks, and I have the battle scars to prove it. No matter what kind of music you play make no mistake, my friend, the music business is still dirty and mean, and much more difficult to navigate without a star in the sky. My…

Added by Tome Wilson on July 6, 2010 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with Philip Marlowe - The Promise To Pay

Welcome to Two Fisted Tuesdays, Dieselpunks' weekly beat on the mean streets.

Starring Gerald Mohr and starting with the famous lines, "Get this and get it straight! Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave." The Adventures of Philip Marlowe runs about 25 minutes without commercials. You can listen to this blast from the past in MP3 format for free at the link below.…


Added by Tome Wilson on July 6, 2010 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Zoot Suit Riot: The Death of the Swing Revival (Part 1 of 5)

Zoot Suit Riot: The Death of the Swing Revival (Part 1 of 5)
By Wolfgang Parker

Wolfgang circa 1980

Wolfgang circa 1980
I remember the bad old days. Back in 1993 when I conceived of a band that could fuse the slick tricks of 1930’s Swing Jazz movement with the raw power of…

Added by Tome Wilson on July 5, 2010 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Sankofa - "Go Back and Take it Forward"

While listening to the Fresh Air interview of the Carolina Chocolate Drops fiddler/vocalist Rhiannon Giddens brought up the concept of "Sankofa", an Akan word meaning to "go back and take [from the past into the present/future]". This ancient saying came across with the slaves and its symbol (below) has been unearthed on slave graves in Manhattan.…


Added by Cap'n Tony on July 5, 2010 at 4:11pm — 2 Comments

Wolfgang Parker's "Room Nineteen" limited edition is now on sale

Hi everyone,

Room Nineteen by Wolfgang Parker This week, we'll be running an ongoing article from PunkSwing legend Wolfgang Parker detailing the rise and fall of Swing in the late 1990s.

To help Wolfgang raise funds for his new album, we're selling a limited run of his "Room Nineteen" special edition…

Added by Tome Wilson on July 5, 2010 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Athena Exhibition: July is for Setting the World on Fire

It's that time again, pals and gals! Our first Exhibition of Authors and Artists was quite the success--we had a wonderful exhibition of talent from the community centering around Travel and its wonders in the Dieselpunk era-that-never-was.I liked it so much, I thought we should do it again. And I'm casting my net further afield for subjects--all the way into....THE FUTURE. (With a hat-tip to Wesley R. Mortega for providing the original idea upon which I…

Added by Athenaprime on July 5, 2010 at 8:31am — 3 Comments

Miskatonic Mondays - Herbert West: Reanimator (The Tomb-Legions)

Miskatonic University Lights out, everybody.

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

This week, we complete our look into the macabre world of Herbert West, The Reanimator." Written by Lovecraft between Halloween 1921 and June 1922, Herbert West: Reanimator is a six part serial originally published in Home Brew magazine.

Below, I've…


Added by Tome Wilson on July 5, 2010 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Crazy Taylor has been released!

Airships...intrigue...adventure! Just another day in the life of Crazy Taylor.

When Charles Morgan inherits an Australian town from a distant uncle, he never dreams what it will eventually lead to. Along with his wife, best friend, and brother-in-law, they set out on the adventure of a lifetime that will shape their children's future.

Taylor Morgan is her father's daughter. Adventurous and obsessed with flying from an early age, she… Continue

Added by Anthony Stevens on July 2, 2010 at 10:04pm — 4 Comments

Picture of my Great Uncle from the Zeppelin Wars of '32

Here's a picture of my Great Uncle battling it out with the evil Dr. Strang before he can escape in his Autogyro.

Just kidding, I found this on ebay. It's a promotional still from the movie serial "The Whispering Shadow". That's Bela Lugosi in the back seat of the Plane.


Added by Scott on July 2, 2010 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

State of the dieselpunk union

We have just received an extremely generous donation from Cap’N Tony.

His contribution will be put directly towards Dieselpunks’ website hosting fund so we can continue to grow and thrive on the internet.

It’s only proper that we all give thanks to Cap’N Tony; not only for his dedication to the cause, but for his continued efforts at making our dream a reality.

This one’s for you, Cap’N.



Added by Tome Wilson on July 2, 2010 at 10:53am — 5 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #44. Two Healeys

Just after the WWII, before Jensen-Healey, Healey Silverstone and classic Austin-Healeys there were two cars called Healey.

Donald Healey, a former RFC pilot and 1931 Monte Carlo Rally winner, is best known for the Austin-Healey 100 and 3000 of the 1950s and 1960s. Right after World War II, he began to manufacture his own automobiles based on his designs at Warwick, near Coventry. His first model featured a… Continue

Added by lord_k on July 2, 2010 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

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