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

| 9 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 […]

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

| 10 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 […]

Some Hot Music To Warm Up The House On These Cold Winter Nights

| 2nd December 2015

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 […]

Broken Strings Folk Punk Campout!

| 27th August 2015

Tickets are now on sale for BrokenStrings Music Fest and campout! The event is in Sacramento, CA September 25th-27th. Broken Strings is an incredible folk-punk campout at beautiful Camp Pollock, a former Boy Scout campground on the banks of the American River. It’s under a mile from downtown Sacramento, and not far from public transportation, […]

Miskatonic Monday – Cthulhu Rises… for Jazz?

| 6th April 2015

Lights out, everybody. On Miskatonic Mondays we celebrate the “weird” fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror it spawned. This week, we’re exploring the more musicial side of Cthulhu. Dark and mystical, the nightmarish stories of famed horror author HP Lovecraft have been brought to life through Tui Award winning drummer/composer Reuben […]

Sir Round-a-Sound — Little Heart

| 15th February 2015

This little beauty plays iPods (with a lightning connector) and also USB sticks!The shiny buttons on the front are for volume control.  What you can’t see below the grill is the play/pause button.  The button on the top left is for turning on…

This is the start of my new Ultimate Steampunk Entertainment System (U.S.E.S.)

| 19th October 2014

I have big plans for this old neglected, trashed radio cabinet from the 30’s…stay tuned! (Pun intended)

Why Live Music? A Serious Question

| 18th April 2014

Your car stereo. Your computer. Your MP3 player. Your phone. We’ve never had more technology enabling us to listen to music, and that technology has never been more mobile. And with services like iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Bandcamp Last.fm, GrooveShark, et al, we’ve never had more ways of discovering new music. And due to incredible advancements […]

Why Live Music? A Serious Question

| 18th April 2014

Your car stereo. Your computer. Your MP3 player. Your phone. We’ve never had more technology enabling us to listen to music, and that technology has never been more mobile. And with services like iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Bandcamp Last.fm, GrooveShark, et al, we’ve never had more ways of discovering new music. And due to incredible advancements […]

Hot Music For A Cold Winter: It’s The February Pilsner’s Picks!

| 1st February 2014

Mushing my sled through the ten-foot snowdrifts of a California blizzard with nothing to feed my dogs but fresh oranges (picked right off the trees), I still came through on time with another “stack o’sides!” Yes, fans, “Neither snow, nor rain, nor gloom of night, etc., etc., etc…” Anyway, if you happen to be freezing […]