Posted in Art/Style, Books, fashion, hybrid culture on July 6, 2010 by lili

Steampunk Pullip Eos Doll (via Suemomo’s SteamPunks flickr set & the official Steam Punk Project website)

Steampunk fashion (Livejournal community)

Steampunk on

Steampunk toys (

(via this Wired article)

Steampunk robots by Stephane Halleux

A short film:

And last but not least, Android Karenina (set in a Russian Steampunk universe) – which I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend!

As in the original novel, our story follows two relationships: the tragic adulterous romance of Anna Karenina and Count Alexei Vronsky, and the much more hopeful marriage of Konstantin Levin and Kitty Shcherbatskaya.These four, yearning for true love, live in a steampunk-inspired 19th century of mechanical butlers, extraterrestrial-worshiping cults, and airborne debutante balls. Their passions alone would be enough to consume them-but when a secret cabal of radical scientific revolutionaries launches an attack on Russian high society’s high-tech lifestyle, our heroes must fight back with all their courage, all their gadgets, and all the power of a sleek new cyborg model like nothing the world has ever seen.”

Filled with the same blend of romance, drama, and fantasy that made the first two Quirk Classics New York Times best sellers, Android Karenina brings this celebrated series into the exciting world of science fiction. (via Amazon)

Ishkur’s Guide to Electronic Music V2.5

Posted in Music on July 6, 2010 by lili

Updated version! Still fun to play around with. (via mainstreamology)


Posted in Film on July 5, 2010 by lili


Related link: From Skinhead to SoulBoy (YouTube)


Posted in Art/Style, hybrid culture, Music, Thoughts on July 5, 2010 by lili

Apologies for the lack of updates on the Grab Bag. I am collecting URLs and YouTube videos behind-the-scenes, yes I am.

In the meantime, check out mainstreamology, the wonderful and exciting blog of Zoltan Kacsuk, who emailed us today:

I accidentally stumbled on your blog Grab Bag, and i can’t tell you how happy I am. I always knew other people must be into gathering the same kind of stuff on subcultures and countercultures as I am, but so far I’ve never encountered a range so closely matching my own interests.

So just wanted to let you know that, I am really grateful for the collection and I am in the process of reblogging (with a reference to Grab Bag obviously) all the stuff I like and need to my own tumblr, which you might also like (based on a reverse logic of the above):

Thank you, Zoltan!

Mainstreamology is my new favorite blog.

On YouTube –

Posted in fashion, Mod, Music, Rockabilly on March 19, 2010 by lili


Tokyo Rockabillies in Yoyogi Park. Via Japanprobe.


FOG BAR commercial

I am going to Japan in 2 weeks! First time! Tokyo-Hakone-Kyoto-Osaka.

Open to suggestions & recommendations! – music events, clubs, bars, restaurants, stores.

The 10 Varieties of Mod

Posted in Mod on February 10, 2010 by lili

Ha, I love this.

According to  the 10 Varieties of Mod in 2010 are the:

  1. Old School Mod
  2. Revival Mod
  3. Non-Mod
  4. Used-to-be a Mod
  5. Indie Mod
  6. Mod-ern Day Elitist
  7. Quadrophenia Mod
  8. Garage Psych Mod
  9. Mod-Life Crisis
  10. Internet Mod

Harold Loyd & Elvis

Posted in Music with tags , , , on January 24, 2010 by lili

More music from Wes…


Side B –  A Message From Harold

Sometime in the mid 80’s I picked up an Elvis tribute record in one of the tackier gift shops across the street from Graceland, entitled “A Prayer for Elvis”. It was recorded by one Harold Loyd, Elvis’ first cousin and night shift gate-keeper at Graceland Mansion.

It was true, Harold was indeed Elvis’ first cousin (their mothers were sisters), and starting in 1962, Elvis had employed him as the gate-keeper at Graceland.  It was in fact Harold who fended off a drunken pistol waiving Jerry Lee Lewis in the early morning hours of Nov 23, 1976, calling the police and hiding in the guard-house until they showed up and hauled the Killer away (

Little was I prepared for the weirdness I was about to experience when I put the record on the turntable and set the needle down.  Harold’s voice spoke over a bare instrumental piano track with backing chorus.

“Elvis, he was the greatest gift you ever bestowed upon us as our lord, Jesus Christ”.
The b-side (“A Message from Harold”) was even stranger and more compelling.  At the 2:20 mark Harold tells the story of a woman who went into a deep depression while watching Elvis’ last tour on TV, went into another room and shot herself in the stomach – “Now Elvis wouldn’t want us to do anything like this”.

A year later I was back looking for another copy, only to find that the gift stores had been “cleaned up” by the Elvis estate and now were only selling officially licensed Elvis items.  Luckily, down the road apiece, I found a gift shop that was selling a hardcover memoir (apparently self-published) by Harold called “Elvis Presley’s Graceland Gates”. An entire book written in the same style as the 7 inch tribute record!  All I had to do was picture Harold’s voice in my mind as I read it, and this became the greatest book ever written.

I went to the gates and asked to meet Harold.  “Oh, he don’t work the gates no more, he’s across the street takin’ tickets at the car museum”.  I walked across and there he was, looking bored and lonely in his new position.  When I produced my record and book and asked him to sign them, a big smile came over his face, and you could see that he was filled with pride.  Over the next hour (and another hour the next day), Harold told me the story behind every picture in that book.  Priscilla was always referred to as “the bitch”.

When he got to a picture of Elvis with a beard (Elvis was filming a Western called “Charro” at the time), Harold framed Elvis’ face with his hands so that you could only see his face, and asked “now who does that look like?”

“I don’t know” I replied, “it looks like Elvis with a beard”.

Harold looked me in the eyes, and slowly gave the answer to his riddle… “He looks just like Jesus.”
%d bloggers like this: