Why Does The Groundhog REALLY Come Out Of His Hole? To Hear Pilsner’s Picks!

Posted By on February 3, 2016

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?

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Hard Facing a DIY Anvil

Posted By on January 26, 2016

I have been assembling an anvil from several slabs of mild steel that have been kicking around the workshop. I milled a horn onto one slab and in this video I harden the billet that will be the top of the anvil. The “right” way to do this is to weld a 1/2″ plate of […]

Chap Shop Sale

Posted By on January 25, 2016

The Chap Shop’s January Sale has never-to-be-repeated bargains in many of its departments.

Snap up rock-bottom prices on essential gentlemen’s articles while you can, such as Moustache Wax, gramophone recordings by Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer and Patricia Hammond; pocket squares, The Chap Cook Book and a selection of rare back issues that will soon disappear from our shelves forever.

The Chap Shop’s January sale is designed to clear our stock room to make room for exciting new products and lines of clothing being developed for later in the year.

www.thechap.co.uk/shop

The 2016 Chap Olympiad

Posted By on January 22, 2016

The date has been set for the 12th Chap Olympiad: Saturday 16th July, 2016. The venue, as ever, will be the splendidly verdant Bedford Square Gardens in London’s fashionable Bloomsbury.

The competitive events, as ever, will rely more on dashing panache, wit and skullduggery than athletic prowess. The contestants, as always, will be dressed in a manner that is totally unsuitable for sport – yet ideal for strutting about and looking wonderful.
New events will be created especially for 2016, and old events that produce an outraged outcry when we try to mothball them will continue to fill the fixtures. Another first for 2016 is that a couple will be getting married on the Chap Olympic track – but only if the groom has performed appallingly in several events, and is therefore a suitable mate for a Chapette.
Tickets for this sensational and unique event will go on sale in April.
In the meantime, we urge you to cancel anything else you had planned for Saturday 16th July, and make a preliminary visit to your tailor, your milliner and your wig maker.
www.thechapolympiad.com

Chrome Noir: Present by The Black List Table Reads

Posted By on January 14, 2016

I just finished listening to an episode of The Black List Table Reads, a podcast that takes the greatest screenplays that have failed to make it to the silver screen and presents them in as a radio show. The episode I listened to is right up a diesel punk’s heart; it features crooked cops, German directors, a helpless P.I., robots, Art Deco, and maybe a femme fatale (you’ll have to listen to the whole thing to find out.) Here’s the website’s summary of Chrome Noir:

Welcome back to The Black List Table Reads, hosted by Franklin Leonard. Today we start something new and special. We asked YOU, the listeners to choose the next script to get the Black List Table Reads treatment and the winner is Kent Tessman’s Chrome Noir. Men in hats. Tommy guns. Robots. A film noir detective story that will have you riveted. Bringing the world of Chrome Noir to life is Colin Hanks, Zachary Levi, Rob Morrow, Katie Lowes, Billy Burke, Stephanie Drake, Matt Bohrer, Ben Schrader, Andrea Anders, and Cooper Thornton.


Don’t be a wurp and check it out!

The Chap Tweed Jacket

Posted By on January 11, 2016

In our ceaseless quest to dress the nation properly, The Chap has created a tweed jacket for gentlemen, in conjunction with renowned tweed merchants Walker Slater.

The Chap Tweed Jacket comes in an all-round shade of bottle green with a classic hacking jacket construction, with a single rear vent, three buttons and a ticket pocket. Unlike a hacking jacket, however, the pockets are straight, not slanted, a feature we considered more versatile and suitable for town and well as country wear. the tweed is a medium-weight Harris Tweed with a herringbone pattern.

Walker Salter are an Edinburgh-based menswear company specialising in tweed, and have previously produced a three-piece linen suit for The Chap Collection. Later this year another tweed jacket in a different colour will be produced, along with trousers and a waistcoat.

The Chap Tweed Jacket is available from thechapmagazine.co.uk/shop/clothing

The Chap Tweed Jacket

Posted By on January 11, 2016

In our ceaseless quest to dress the nation properly, The Chap has created a tweed jacket for gentlemen, in conjunction with renowned tweed merchants Walker Slater.

The Chap Tweed Jacket comes in an all-round shade of bottle green with a classic hacking jacket construction, with a single rear vent, three buttons and a ticket pocket. Unlike a hacking jacket, however, the pockets are straight, not slanted, a feature we considered more versatile and suitable for town and well as country wear. the tweed is a medium-weight Harris Tweed with a herringbone pattern.

Walker Salter are an Edinburgh-based menswear company specialising in tweed, and have previously produced a three-piece linen suit for The Chap Collection. Later this year another tweed jacket in a different colour will be produced, along with trousers and a waistcoat.

The Chap Tweed Jacket is available from thechapmagazine.co.uk/shop/clothing

Jazz Age slang

Posted By on January 10, 2016

TypewriterA few years ago, I started a database of Jazz Age slang terms. The intention was to help our artists stay a little more true to the spirit of their favorite eras. I also made a note of recording when the terms were first reported, so you wouldn’t mix your decades too much.

As I poured through old documents, I found an excellent distraction in Sarah Churchwell’s “Careless People.” Inside her overview of Jazz Age culture, I found a treasure trove of fun words I’d like to share.

If you don’t feel comfortable expanding up your vocabulary with some less-than-savory language, you’d best run now.

“A list of the words first recorded in English between 1918 and 1923 reads like a Jazz Age divination of the century to come, a catalog of the origins of our life. The year 1922 alone added: ‘brand-name,’ ‘Hollywood,’ ‘moviegoing,’ ‘rough cut,’ ‘performative,’ ‘robot,’ ‘sparkly,’ ‘schlep,’ ‘dimwit,’ ‘no-brow,’ ‘oops,’ ‘multilayered,’ and ‘rebrand…'”

Here are some of my favorites:

  • ad lib (circa 1919)
  • arbitrage (circa 1923)
  • atom bomb (circa 1921)
  • bagel (circa 1919)
  • biracial (circa 1921)
  • brand-name (circa 1922)
  • cartwheel (circa 1920)
  • check-up (circa 1921)
  • columnist (circa 1920)
  • comfort zone (circa 1923)
  • comparison-shopping (circa 1923)
  • cool (circa 1918)
  • cross-selling (circa 1919)
  • debunk (circa 1923)
  • deflationary (circa 1920)
  • devalue (circa 1918)
  • dimwit (circa 1922)
  • encode (circa 1919)
  • existentialism (circa 1919)
  • extrovert (circa 1918)
  • fantasist (circa 1923)
  • Fascist (circa 1921)
  • feedback (circa 1920)
  • French kiss (circa 1923)
  • food chain (circa 1920)
  • fucked-off (circa 1923)
  • fundamentalism (circa 1923)
  • hitch-hike (circa 1923)
  • Hollywood (circa 1922)
  • homosexually (circa 1921)
  • hypermodern (circa 1923)
  • inflationary (circa 1920)
  • junkie (circa 1923)
  • market research (circa 1920)
  • mass media (circa 1923)
  • merchant bank (circa 1921)
  • mock-up (circa 1920)
  • motherfucker (circa 1918)
  • moviegoing (circa 1922)
  • multi-purpose (circa 1920)
  • multilayered (circa 1922)
  • no-brow (circa 1922)
  • nouveau poor (circa 1921)
  • nutritionist (circa 1921)

John Steed Ball

Posted By on January 8, 2016

In association with lounge-scene legend Count Indigo, The Chap is launching a sensational competition to win not one, but TWO tickets to the inaugural John Steed Ball, taking place in London on 30th January.
Please read all the information below, answer the question and you’ll be in with a chance to be guests of honour at a sumptuous celebration of the life and work of Patrick MacNee in his role as Britain’s most gentlemanly secret agent.

John Steed Ball

Posted By on January 8, 2016

In association with lounge-scene legend Count Indigo, The Chap is launching a sensational competition to win not one, but TWO tickets to the inaugural John Steed Ball, taking place in London on 30th January.
Please read all the information below, answer the question and you’ll be in with a chance to be guests of honour at a sumptuous celebration of the life and work of Patrick MacNee in his role as Britain’s most gentlemanly secret agent.

Final Ever Issue! (and funding drive)

Posted By on January 2, 2016

Hot Air Balloon

 

By now, most of you have probably noticed that there’s not been a huge amount of activity for a while. That there hasn’t been a new issue of the magazine for a long-ass time now. We wish it wasn’t so, but the fact of the matter is that most of our editors and regular contributors are increasingly busy with other things. As such, we’re sad to say that the next issue, SteamPunk Magazine #10, will be our last.

That said, SPM has been immensely important to a lot of us, and we would have it make such an end, the likes of which have never been seen before. To do that, we need a bit of help from all of you. We pretty much have a full compliment of awesome fiction, articles, interviews, and other interesting bits and pieces all ready to go. What we’re still missing is some lovely artwork to go with it.

Are you an artist? Do you have a bit of time to help out and draw something to go with one of our articles? Then please do get in touch by adding a comment below. If you don’t, but you have some spare pennies kicking around and you want to help us make this last issue truly awesome, use the donate button below and we’ll put your cash to hard work by commissioning some truly awesome pieces of art.

It’s been a hell of a ride, folks. And we don’t intend to go out without a party!

 

A Very Happy New Year To My Fellow Dieselpunks!

Posted By on January 2, 2016

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.

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