Archive for the ‘Old-Timey’ Category

The White City Rippers Release Old-Timey Mad Scientist Music EP

Dec
17

Releasing music is not magical.  You don’t need some record label A&R rep discovering your band and signing you over to the label’s indentured servitude. It’s all business. If you want to record, you book time in a …

A Mansion Off the Magnificent Mile

Nov
15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicago banker Samuel Nickerson Mayo commissioned his mansion in 1879. Chicago philanthropist Richard H. Dreihaus founded his museum there in 2003 to preserve architecture and design of the Gilded Age.

The …

Don’t Blame Mrs. O’Leary!

Oct
08

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Chicago Fire burned Sunday, October 8, 1871, through Tuesday, October 10. 3.3 square miles burned and estimated 250-300 people died. We can stop blaming Mrs. O’Leary

Musee Mechanique in San Francisco

Oct
01

So I just got back from San Francisco where I Djed for the lovely Unwoman’s record release party and I have to say I’m quite impressed with how beautiful the city of San Francisco is.

Though it wasn’t all DJing …

Lords & Ladies return to Berlin for Electro-Swing Circus

Aug
28

Back in March Mr. M and myself joined local promoter Pete Augusta for one of his static nights, this one being steampunk themed. It was a lot of fun and so; we’re doing it again!

If you’re 21+ be sure …

Sycamore Steam Show August 9 – 12

Aug
06

The Northern Illinois Steam Power Club presents the 56th Sycamore Steam Show & Threshing Bee. August 9 through 12, 2012, sees an exhibition of steam-powered equipment in action.

The club formed in 1957. Chuck Raymond and LeRoy Levine …

Mechanical Music

Jul
23

Earbuds, iPods and mp3s. If you’re going to remove humans from music, why keep it small and isolated? Be grand and witness the marvel of a self-playing musical machine. Behold: the orchestrion!

Think of a music box, but on the …

Sunday’s a Good Day to be a Steampunk in the Chicago Area

Jul
12

Pocket Guide to Hell Tours and Reenactments invites you back in time for “Like a Secondhand Sea,” on Sunday, July 15 from 12-2:00 PM at the park across from the River East Arts Center (corner of Illinois and McClurg Ct).…

PBR: Beer of Chicago Steampunks?

May
30

Before you slag off PBR as being the beer of choice for skinny-belt wearing bearded folks and other hipster types, consider the role of the Pabst Brewing Company in Chicago history.

Jacob Best founded the Empire Brewing Company in 1844. …

Big Shoulders and a Hiwheel

May
02

My terribly clever wife Liz circumvented my impending mid-life crisis when she bought me a penny-farthing bike for my 40th birthday. She knew that it would be an affordable substitute for a Ferrari or Porsche.  As the Chicago seasons …