Nix, Nix On Politics! Take Time Out For Pilsner’s Picks!

| 5 months ago

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; […]

The “Serious Nonsense” of Bruce McCall

| 5 months ago

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 […]

Halloween in the Jazz Age by Tome Wilson

| 6 months ago

As Mark Twain would say, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” On Saturday, October 15th, Tome Wilson from Jazz Age Style will be teaching a one-hour multimedia class on Halloween in America. If you’re interested in learning about the costumes & customs of Halloween during the Jazz Age, please pick up a day […]

Dick Tracy

| 6 months ago

Last night I explored the world of Dick Tracy again. This movie, along with Batman, and the Rocketeer were my first introductions to the world of Diesel Punk. I fell in love with the visual feast of the Art-Deco world imagined by minds in the late 80’s early 90’s and the powerful rhythm in the […]

It’s October And There’s A Chill In The Air, But The MUSIC Is Still Hot— At Pilsner’s Picks!

| 6 months ago

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 […]

As The Leaves Turn To Gold, I’ve Got Music That’s Old— The September Pilsner’s Picks!

| 7 months ago

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 […]

Hillman Aero Minx

| 8 months ago

I couldn’t find any mention of one of the greatest but least known of British streamlined cars so here are a few examples of the Hillman Aero Minx. Hillman unveiled this very pretty car at the London Motor Show of 1932 and was a complete departure for the company, best known for producing reliable but […]

Hot Music At The Height Of A Hot Summer— It’s The August Pilsner’s Picks!

| 8 months ago

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 […]

Jazz Age on the Delaware – Saturday is the big day!

| 8 months ago

Saturday is the big day! Since I transitioned to live events, this festival is certainly one of the biggest I’ve ever produced.  I want to invite all dieselpunks and steampunks to come out and strut their stuff. Jazz Age Style’s 1920s festival in Northeast Philadelphia will be on Saturday from 11:00am – 5:00pm. We’ve assembled […]

Rocketeer getting a sequel, maybe?

| 8 months ago

One of Disney’s most underrated films, The Rocketeer, is finally getting the respect it deserves. The Hollywood Reporter says the company is prepping a brand new sequel/reboot called The Rocketeers and the new hero is an African-American woman. Read more at io9.