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

| 7 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

| 7 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 […]

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

| 8 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!

| 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 […]

Dieselpunks Carries On – And So Does Pilsner’s Picks!

| 11 months ago

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 […]

Spring Has Sprung, And So Have The May Pilsner’s Picks!

| 1st May 2016

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 […]

No Fooling, It’s Pilsner’s Picks!

| 2nd April 2016

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. […]

Marcher Than A Mad Hare: The March Pilsner’s Picks!

| 2nd March 2016

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 […]

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

| 3rd February 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 […]