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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Dieselpunk Holiday Gifts

Here are a few ideas for some last-minute gifts for the dieselpunk who has everything.

Last Request by Lee Presson and the Nails

You can’t go wrong with the gift of fresh dieselpunk music. The award-winning dieselpunk band from San Francisco is out with a fantastic new CD “Last Request”. According to website CD Baby,

No concept album this time. It's not like "the latin (sic) album" (El Bando En Fuego) or "the ballroom album" (Balls In Your Face), this one is just Lee and the Nails doing what they do best: pounding out their own peculiar brand of Sinister Swing! After playing for 25 years, Lee wanted this anniversary album to be something special so he pulled out all the stops. Some songs are brand new arrangements and some go all the way back to Show #1. It's smooth, it's silly, it's swing! It's LPN!

You can purchase "Last Request" through a variety of services. I purchased mine through Amazon.

Diesel Fashion Company

Diesel is an Italian clothing brand founded by Renzo Rosso in 1978. While the company is best known for its denim collection it also has accessories that would interest a dieselpunk.

As a charter member of DAMM (Drunks Against Mad Mothers) any holiday gift list of mine has to include alcohol. Here are a few brands with either retro or deco design/ theme.

Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey

According to the Dad’s Hat web site, Dad’s Hat distillery is located in Bristol, Bucks County, which is just five miles from where the Philadelphia Pure Rye Whiskey Distilling Company was located until 1920 in Eddington, PA.

Johnny Walker Black Label

Johnny Walker Black Label is described as, “A deluxe blended whiskey, Black Label is a masterful blend of about 40 top-notch whiskies that come together to produce one of the most highly regarded spirits of its kind. Known for its silky feel, Johnnie Walker Black Label is an essential liquor cabinet staple.”

Twisted Shotz B-52

Twisted Shotz B-52 is a prepackaged shot of coffee cream liqueur and orange liqueur.

Stetson Hats

Nothing is more dieselpunk than a fedora. And one of the top manufacturers of fedoras is Stetson. If you don’t have a retailer you can buy them online. Online gift cards are available.

Downton Abbey: The Motion Picture

Here in 2019, fans of the television series got their long-awaited treat with a major motion picture of “Downton Abbey: The Motion Picture.” The film takes place in 1927. The storyline centers around a royal visit from the King and Queen of England to the Crawleys. Written by series creator Julian Fellowes and starring the original cast.


While it’s not dieselpunk per se, I wanted to make a personal recommendation for one of my favorite charities: Dog's Life.Org. According to their website: “Our mission is to remove the burden of having to make the impossible determination of the value of a dog's life who has been diagnosed with cancer by providing grants to dogs and their families for necessary cancer-specific treatment when it could not otherwise be afforded.”

Please consider donating to this great cause. You can visit them here.

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