Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Cap'n's Cabaret (at Dieselpunks.org)!


The Cap'n and an intrepid companion off to another corner
of the Dieselpunk world!

During my time blogging (a few years now), I've seen many endeavors come and go, both hosting sites and blogs, thus I do have an admiration for longevity.  Keeping an eye out for this quality, I did wish to mention an excellent series at Dieselpunks.org, by Cap'n Tony, called "The Cap'n's Cabaret".  The good Captain reviews a musical highlight from the Dieselpunk genre every week, and as an added bonus, includes the details to a tasty beverage to indulge (necessitating a serious upgrade to my own bar - which is sadly lacking since my bachelor days...).  Nonetheless, I would certainly recommend visiting at least one (or at best, all) of the Cap'n entries... starting at: http://www.dieselpunks.org/profile/JohnPhilpott - Do enjoy!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Film Noir Classics: Quicksand


Another gem from YouTube, Quicksand is a classic storyline...

Young auto mechanic Dan Brady (Mickey Rooney) takes $20 from a cash register at work to go on a date with blonde femme fatale Vera Novak (Jeanne Cagney). Brady intends to put the money back before it is missed, but the garage's bookkeeper shows up earlier than scheduled. As Brady scrambles to cover evidence of his petty theft, he fast finds himself drawn into an ever worsening "quicksand" of crime, each of his misdeeds more serious than the last.
His descent is sped along by his heartless and morally lacking boss Oren Mackay (Art Smith), and the seedy owner of a penny arcade on Santa Monica Pier, Nick Dramoshag (Peter Lorre). Brady and Vera split when Vera purchases a mink coat with money Brady has stolen. Brady's still-loyal but unappreciated former girlfriend Helen (Barbara Bates) then reenters the scene and tries to woo him back. Later fleeing what he believes will be a murder charge, Brady carjacks a sedan which happens to be driven by a sympathetic lawyer (Taylor Holmes).
By movie's end Brady is back with his faithful girlfriend, who promises to wait for him while he spends the next few years of his life in prison. (from Wikipedia)

Another Noir gem, so do enjoy!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Caravan Palace - Rock it for me!


Wanted to ensure one didn't think the site had gone stale, so to speak, so I'm adding a gem from Caravan Palace's newest album, Panic! (er, from March, so again, I'm a bit behind).  Nonetheless, please do enjoy, and consider a visit to their website, at: http://www.caravanpalace.com/

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Film Noir Classics: Double Indemnity



Walter Neff: "I killed him - I killed him for the money, and the woman, and I didn't get the money, and I didn't get the woman.  Pretty isn't it?"

As I was reviewing Dieselpunks.org, I followed a link from a smart short called "Blood Ties" (which I promise to post later), when reading the sidebar for YouTube suggestions, my eye practically fell out of their sockets!  One of the greatest Film Noir works, Double Indemnity, was waiting for my enjoyment. One of my evening readings, Dark City, (by Eddie Muller), reviews the entirety of Film Noir, "District by District" (e.g. the different chapters have ominous titles "Sinister Heights", "Knockover Square", "Shamus Flats", etc...), and one of the great works they mention is Double Indemnity - a story of intrigue, murder, and well, I'd recommend getting comfortable, pouring a nice drink, and watching one of the greatest Film Noir works ever!  

For more information on this, please pass an eye over...

Film Page Classics: http://moderntimes.com/double/


Friday, July 13, 2012

Electroswing Sessions - July, '12


Been a bit distracted with RL for the time being, but Electroswing added a new mix, which for all intents and purposes is a nice place holder - do enjoy!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

The 40's Guys!



Happened upon Mr. Tome (from Dieselpunks.org fame) on this spiffy series from "The 40's Guys!  Its like a retrospective comedy series - done in an old-school sitcom setting, with canned laugh track, topical humor spices with era slang and attitude... and one of the funniest things I've seen in ages!  I"ll be posting more from the fellows in the near future, but for now, here is a taste of their work, and to fannagle the remaining videos, pay a visit to their YouTube website, at: http://www.youtube.com/user/The40sGuys?feature=watch


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Zeppelin Memorabilia for Sale!



Came across an interesting article in the Mail Online about a British pensioner who is placing over 600 items of zeppelin memorabilia for sale on the 25th of July, in East Sussex, UK.  Many are original pieces from era airships, including items form the Hindenburg, but the overarching theme revolves around German zeppelins.  However, some are pieces are replicas, such as the zeppelin salt shaker, though the article did give the impression the majority of the items were originals.  To read the article in full, please turn to the Mail Online article, located at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2168218/Hindenburg-Airship-shaped-cocktail-shaker-scorched-letter-pulled-rubble-1937-Hindenburg-disaster-15-TON-collection-Zeppelin-memorabilia-sale.html

Monday, July 2, 2012

Dieselpunk Artists: Jack Vettriano


The Singing Butler, by Mr. Jack Vettriano

At times, one fails to see something that is obvious to others, especially when it concerns art.  The above image, The Singing Butler, by Mr. Jack Vettriano, is a staple of many stores (including Ikea, where I've spent many an hour waiting, patiently in my opinion), for framing in many abodes.  However, after a reading a thread on Dieselpunks.org, I decided to delve a bit deeper into Mr. Vettriano's work.



Amateur Philosophers, by Mr. Jack Vettriano

Mr. Vettriano's works delve deeper into what could be considered the Dieselpunk genre, before it was named or identified as such.  The majority of his works tend to revolve around imagery of the era, though there are subsets which include modern vehicles (well, modern for the era), and some almost NSFW type of artwork.



Exit Eden, by Mr. Jack Vettriano

Additionally, the gentleman is a member of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), and though a spry 60 years old, I believe he still continues to produce amazing works.  This being said, though his original works may not be affordable for the every day admirer of his skills, reproductions are easily available (and quite reasonable, as well)!



The Duelists, by Mr. Jack Vettriano

Not to belabor his background, but there are numerous sites in which on can preview more of his works... to do so, please consider visiting any of the following locales...

Mr. Vettriano's website, at: http://www.jackvettriano.com/
Mr. Vettriano's Wikipedia site, at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Vettriano
A Vanity Fair article about Mr. Vettriano's works, at: http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2012/07/jack-vettriano-singing-butler-art
A website with posters and limited editions, at: http://www.vettriano-art.com/



The Temptress, by Mr. Jack Vettriano
(a sample of his NSFW works)