Celebrating All Things Dieselpunk

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Race

The Jessie Owens story with be coming to theaters February 19, 2016. According to IMDb, titled 'Race", "Jesse Owens' quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy."

Sunday, January 17, 2016

2016 News

2016 is starting out to be an interesting year for dieselpunk.

Agent Carter Season 2

The dieselpunk television series Agent Carter returns in 2016. This year the series is moved from New York to Los Angeles. An exciting plot line will include a tie-in with the upcoming Doctor Strange movie.

Agent Carter two-hour season 2 premiere will be on ABC on January 19th, 2016 at 9 pm.

Hail, Caesar!

This year the Coen Brothers, who gave us the dieselpunk classic Oh Brother Where Art Thou’ will give us a new dieselpunk movie, Hail, Caesar! Set circa Diesel Era, according to Wikipedia, "Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) is a Hollywood "fixer" helping the production of the upcoming film entitled Hail Caesar starring famous actor Baird Whitlock (George Clooney). When a hungover Whitlock is kidnapped by a group named The Future, Mannix is the one in charge of collecting $100,000 and rescuing him."

Hail, Caesar! is scheduled for release February 5, 2016.

Electro Swing Commentary

Angus Harrison of the online electronica music magazine Thump published a tirade criticizing Electro Swing music titled “Electro Swing Music is The Worst Music in the World, Ever”. You can read this small minded, opinion piece here.

Death of David Bowie

The world saw the loss of David Bowie on January 10, 2016. Bowie had a reputation for dressing ‘dapper’ with a fashion sense that many dieselpunks could relate to. In 1974, Bowie release Diamond Dogs on RCA Records with the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell as the theme. In 1983 he appeared in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence as a prisoner of war in a Japanese POW camp.

Thank you for all that you've given us, David. You shall be missed.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

New York World's Fair 1939 Film

Not long ago I came across several videos on You Tube of what appears to be homemade movies from the 1939 World's Fair in New York. What struck me about these were not only were they in color, which was very uncommon, but how they seemed to capture the feeling of being there.

Note: Oddly, episode 2/2 is the same film as 1/2. So I've only posted 1/2.

The You Tube page reads,  

'Views of the "World of Tomorrow." The 1939--40 New York World's Fair, which covered the 1,216 acres (492 ha) of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (also the location of the 1964--1965 New York World's Fair), was the second largest American world's fair of all time, exceeded only by St. Louis's Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904. Many countries around the world participated in it, and over 44 million people attended its exhibits in two seasons. The NYWF of 1939--1940 was the first exposition to be based on the future, with an opening slogan of "Dawn of a New Day", and it allowed all visitors to take a look at "the world of tomorrow". According to the official New York World's Fair pamphlet,


"The eyes of the Fair are on the future — not in the sense of peering toward the unknown nor attempting to foretell the events of tomorrow and the shape of things to come, but in the sense of presenting a new and clearer view of today in preparation for tomorrow; a view of the forces and ideas that prevail as well as the machines. To its visitors the Fair will say: "Here are the materials, ideas, and forces at work in our world. These are the tools with which the World of Tomorrow must be made. They are all interesting and much effort has been expended to lay them before you in an interesting way. Familiarity with today is the best preparation for the future.'"


Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Hoping all of my readers who celebrate Christmas have a happy one!


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

New Postmodern Jukebox Site!

The dieselpunk band Postmodern Jukebox has a new web site: postmodernjukebox.com.



A really cool new feature of the site is the addition of a fan forum. This new feature allows us to interact not only with the band but also with other fans of PMJ.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

82nd Anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition

Today marks the 82nd anniversary of the end of the disastrous "noble experiment" called Prohibition. The 18th Amendment of the US Constitution was ratified on January 16, 1919 and went into effect one year and a day later. Enforced by the Volstead Act of 1919, Prohibition outlawed the sale of beer and intoxicating liquors within the US. Though it succeeded at dramatically reducing the consumption of alcohol, Prohibition resulted in a dramatic increase in criminal activity and made criminals out of everyday citizens.

You can read the news article from the Daily News, printed December 6th, 1933, concerning the end of Prohibition here


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Macy’s Day Parade

Here in the U.S. we’re celebrating Thanksgiving Day. Like so much, there’s a Diesel Era connection. To learn more visit the NYC Tourist web site.