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Monday Morning Art: River’s Edge

 

Today’s art isn’t quite what it seems to be.

As finished, it’s meant to look like weeds and water as seen at a riverbank.

In reality, it’s something very different. What I did was take a digital photo from 2008, print it out as a negative image on thick paper, and paint over it with acrylics and ink. I changed the colors, rotated it and turned it into the scene you see above. I deliberately wanted to make it look like something as far removed from the original photo as possible.

So what was it originally?

As you can see to the right, it’s a close-up of the windshield of a car I totaled in December, 2008. I took the photo in the junkyard when I cleaned it out, and on that very cold day it was covered with frost. I actually used the original photo as Monday Morning Art back then.

But now it’s a happier and almost calming, but not quite pastoral, scene. So I guess I made it better.

To see it bigger try clicking HERE.

Meanwhile, Monday at 2 PM on The AIR, we bring you a new episode of  Psychedelic Shack, followed at 3 PM by a recent edition of Herman Linte’s weekly showcase of the Progressive Rock of the past half-century, Prognosis.  You can listen to The AIR at the website, or on the embedded radio player right here…

Psychedelic Shack can be heard every Monday at 2 PM, with replays Tuesday at 9 AM, Wednesday at 10 PM, Friday at 1 PM,  and Saturday at 9 AM. Classic episodes can be heard Sunday at 9 AM as part of our Sunday Haversham Recording Institute collection. This week’s show is new, but as I write this I don’t have a playlist or even a clue what Nigel Pye has in store for his loyal mind-expanded listeners.

You can hear Prognosis on The AIR Monday at 3 PM, with replays Tuesday at 7 AM, Wednesday at 8 PM, Thursday at Noon, and Saturday at 10 AM. You can hear two classic episodes of the show Sunday at 2 PM.

Tonight at 8 PM you can hear an hour of brilliant stand-up from Eddie Griffin on The Comedy Vault. Wednesday evening at 10 PM, we’ll have another new episode of The Comedy Vault.

Then, at 9 PM we bring you an overnight marathon of Prognosis, wherein Herman Linte makes sure that you all get your recommended daily amout of Robert Fripp.

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Above you see our video wrap-up of the 2022 Kentuckiana GI Joe & Toy Expo from last weekend. Set to YouTube-friendly background music, you’ll see the people, the toys, the custom figures and dioramas and more, just like last year.

This year I just turned Mel loose with the camera and instructions to shoot short clips of anything that looked really cool. I used almost everything she caught on video in this 14-minute clip.

You’ll get to see lots of collectors buying lots of cool toys and having a blast doing it.

We had a great time and I want to thank Steve Stovall and the Kentuckiana crew for putting on such a wonderful show.

Because we’re still dealing with graphic limitations here at PopCult, I’m including some still photos below. There should be a couple more photo essays coming you way soon, including a look at the new Super Joe Unlimited figures which will be coming soon!

I call ths one “Still Life With Choppers and Space Capsules.”
Every time I tried to get a photo of the booth for the charity cosplay group, The Finest, the guy manning the booth ran out of the shot. I think he might be related to Mel.
Immaculately restored, customized and upgraded vintage Joes, by The Pawtucket Platoon.
The ultra-rare GI Nurse, with a full diorama, including patient. Another Pawtucket Platoon production.
I may not have gotten as many photos of the little guys, but there was plenty of stuff for collectors of the Real American Hero GI Joe.
Here’s a better look at Tearle Ashby’s repro box for one of the rarest GI Joe vehicles, plus his repro flotation collar for the Space Capsule (A Sears exclusive, back in the day).
A kid-sized ride-on RAH toy.
And we leave you with proof that the current GI Joe: Classified line was well-represented. More photos of Kentuckiana are coming to PopCult soon.

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The RFC Flashback: Episode 116

It’s Christmas in August as we go back to December, 2010 for what became a last-minute holiday episode of Radio Free Charleston.

This was almost the year without an RFC Christmas show, but after a production schedule bedeviled by weather woes and other intrusions of life, I decided to call an audible. The original plan was that this episode of the show would feature songs from two local favorites, plus a song or two from the CYAC production of the original rock opera, “Mary.” with everything being tied together with host segments shot the Monday before Christmas while caroling with Dan and Penny Kehde and the gang from CYAC.

The taping for the other songs didn’t happen (through no fault of the artists) and I was left with the possibility of skipping the holiday show this year, when it occurred to me that I could record some of the Christmas carols, toss in some of the tunes from “Mary” and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. You can read the full story HERE.

Kate Bush on Sydney’s Big Electric Cat

The PopCulteer
August 5, 2022

This week we have a really cool episode of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat, which is a belated birthday tribute to one Kate Bush, who turned 64 a mere six days ago. You’ll get a special birthday celebration Friday afternoon on The AIR.  You can hear this two-hour block of primo Kate on The AIR website, or just click on the embedded player right here…

At 2 PM, we have an encore episode of Mel Larch’s DISCO showcase, MIRRORBALL! Mel will return with a new episode next week. You can hear MIRRORBALL every Friday at 2 PM, with replays Saturday at  9 PM (kicking off a mini-marathon), Sunday at 11 PM, Monday at 9 AM, and Tuesday at 1 PM  exclusively on The AIR.

At 3 PM, on Sydney’s Big Electric Cat, Sydney Fileen pays tribute to one of my favorite musicians, and one of her old friends, with a mixtape of the music of Kate Bush in the New Wave era.

I’ve been a huge Kate Bush fan ever since I first saw her on Saturday Night Live in 1978, and I’ve been spreading the gospel over here for 44 years. Sydney has been a fan and confidant since even before that, and with Kate’s birthday and her resurgence in popularity due to Stranger Things, it seemed to be the perfect time to fill an episode of BEC with the woman whom Sydney called “Our National Treasure.”

This is a terrific collection of Kate’s music, mixing her hits with deep album cuts, B-sides, home demos and alternate mixes, so even the die-hard devotee of the KT Bush Band will find something new.

Check out the playlist and you’ll see that August can be magic again, or something…

Sydney’s Big Electric Cat 094
Kate Bush Special

“Wuthering Heights”
“Moving”
“Them Heavy People”
“The Man With The Child In His Eyes”
“James And The Cold Gun”
“Kite”
“Kashka From Bagdad (demo)”
“Lionheart (demo)”
“Symphony In Blue”
“Oh, England, My Lionheart”
“Coffee Homeground”
“Don’t Push Your Foot On The Heartbrake”
“Wow”
“A Rose Growing Old (demo)”
“Violin”
“Delius (A Song of Summer)”
“Night Scented Stock”
“Army Dreamers”
“Babooshka”
“The Wedding List”
“Frightened Eyes (demo)”
“December Will Be Magic Again”
“Sat In Your Lap”
“There Goes A Tenner”
“Suspended In Gaffa”
“The Dreaming”
“Get Out of My House”
“Hounds of Love (Alternate Mix)”
“Ran Tan Waltz”
“Sexual Healing”
“Experiment IV (Extended Mix)”
“L’amour Looks Something Like You”
“Running Up That Hill”

At 8PM Friday, we bring you four hours of The Swing Shift, and then at Midnight, and all-day Saturday, we divert from our usual programming to bring you 24 hours of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat 

Sydney’s Big Electric Cat is produced at Haversham Recording Institute in London, and can be heard every Friday at 3 PM, with replays Monday at 7 AM, Tuesday at 8 PM, Wednesday at Noon and Thursday at 10 AM, exclusively on The AIR.

That’s what’s on The AIR Friday, and that is this week’s PopCulteer. Check back every day for fresh content and loads of or regular features.

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STUFF TO DO, But First, Flood Relief

It’s time our latest edition of STUFF TO DO. But first we’re going to tell you about some friends in need.

Since 1969 Appalshop has been documenting life and giving voice to the culture of Eastern Kentucky, Southern West Virginia and Appalachia through film, theater, literature music and radio.  They are headquartered in Whitesburg, Kentucky, right in the middle of the recent severe flooding in the region.  The full damage to their property and archives has yet to be assessed, but they have a page up seeking donations, not just for themselves, but for the entire region.

If you want to find out how you can help, please GO HERE.  For the latest information about the ongoing situation with their radio station, WMMT, GO HERE.  You can also find updates at their Facebook Page.

Meanwhile, in and around Charleston…

This weekend MultiFest happens downtown. Find all the details HERE.

Live Music is back at Taylor Books. There is no cover charge, and shows start at 7:30 PM. Friday it’s Alondra Johnson feat. Aaron Fisher & Friends. Saturday sees Andrew Pauley at Charleston’s Bookstore/coffeehouse/art gallery institution. The links will take you to the Facebook event page for more details.

At this point, there are no vaccination or mask mandates for any of the events listed this week. However, we all need to remember that the pandemic is not over yet. Many people who have very good reasons are still wearing masks, and many of us, understandably, are still nervous about being in crowds, masked or not. Be kind and understanding  while you’re out.

In the meantime, if you’re up for going out, here are some suggestions for Thursday through Sunday…

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Sunday

A First Look At Kentuckiana 2022

Your PopCulteer has been back from this year’s Kentuckiana GI Joe & Toy Expo for a few days now, but this is the first chance I’ve had to bring you photos. Because of ongoing technical issues, we’re limited to ten pictures per photo essay here in PopCult, so you can expect several more photo essays over the next week or so, and hopefully a video by Sunday. As you can see by the custom re-packaging of a vintage set to the right, there was a lot of great vintage GI Joe stuff for sale.

We had a great time. The convention set and add-on were spectacular, plus we got to see the prototypes of the new Super Joe Unlimited figures. Sadly, a different technical glitch (a bad SD Card this time) wiped out the last twenty photos I took, which included close-ups of those prototypes, but they will still get their own photo essay after I pull images from the video we shot.

It was nice to catch up with old friends and spend way too much money on cool toys, and we’re seriously considering going to the winter show in January, just so we can check out the new location as Kentuckiana moves to a dedicated convention center, having grown too large for the hotel conference rooms that have been its home since the beginning.

For now, this is just a taste of what we saw. PopCult will have several more 2022 Kentuckianua GI Joe & Toy Expo photos in the coming days.

The aforementioned “spectacular” convention set and add-on. And extra add-on accessory was made and sold by Brad Curry, and you’ll get to see it in a later photo essay.
Very cool sets from Mattsquatch Customs (one came home with me).
Tearle Ashby with his way-cool shark cage and repro Crash Crew Firetruck Box. Also, his repro of the rare Space Capsule Flotation Collar.
I always have to get a good photo of Cotswold Collectibles‘ flocked head display.
As you can see, the RAH incarnation of GI Joe was also well-represented.
The amazing Ace Allgood, with his usual assortment of primo vintage Joe-ness.
3D Printing master, Brad Curry, of Bee-Active Toys, making a sale.
Old friends, including Steve Bugg from JoeLanta  and Scott and Charlotte Beckmann of The Trenches fame. .
Finally, even Mrs. PopCulteer got into the act, finding a Walking Dead figure she didn’t have hidden among the GI Joes.

Check back in the coming days for more pics and video from Kentuckiana 2022.

It’s Tuesday on The AIR  and you know what that means. For the first time in a few weeks it’s time for yet another one-third-new, three-hour  episode of Radio Free Charleston. You simply have to point your cursor over and tune in at the website, or you could just stay on this page, and  listen to the cool embedded player right here…

It’s one more hybrid edition of Radio Free Charleston at 10 AM and 10 PM Tuesday. This week we open with a full hour of  local and independent music, and then we hit you with two hours of classic Radio Free Charleston International from the summer of 2016.

Our first hour, opens with new music from Three’s Company Blues.  You’ll also hear cool music from Jaysin Christ and Bane Star and we have loads of cool recent local tunes . We also have some new tunes from Chicago bands, Curious Grace & Black Rabbit and Cosmic Bull. Clarifying a note from the show, the new single from Curious Grace & Black Rabbit is available now.

The second and third hours of our show re-present a cool episode of Radio Free Charleston International from January, 2019, when your humble host veered off into several different half-assed mini-themes.

Check out the playlist below to see all the goodies we have in store (live links will take you to the artist’s pages where possible)…

RFC V5 098

hour one
Three’s Company Blues “River Song”
Jaysin Christ “We The People The Sheep And The Wolves”
Reckless Threat “Dehumanize”
Byzantine “Oblivion Beckons”
Cassius At Best “Alabaster”
Disarm The Fallen “Cold Dead Night”
Lost Decades “Come Ruin”
Curious Grace & Black Rabbit “Believer”
Cosmic Bull “Unless You Know People (Trigger Mix)”
Bane Star “Behind The Veil”
Agile Thumb “Edocesrom”
Joseph Hale “My Biography”
Emmalea Deal  “Sugar and Champagne”
Rob Fetters “Prophets”

hour two
Rockestra “So Glad To See You Here”
The Lennon/Claypool Delirium “Boomerang Baby”
James McCartney “Wisteria”
thenewnotwo “Wide Awake”
Julian Lennon “How Many Times”
Midge Ure “Day After Day”
Toyah Wilcox “Out Of The Blue”
Skillet “Burn It Down”
Big Audio Dynamite “Psycho Wing”
Shakespear’s Sister “Hello (Turn Your Radio On)”
Peter Garrett “I’d Do It Again”
Oingo Boingo “Helpless”
Lene Lovich “Savages”

hour three
George Harrison “Shanghai Surprise”
Oktopus “World’s Apart”
Frank Zappa “You Are What You Is”
Eskobar “Rocketship”
MaidaVale “The Greatest Story Ever Told”
They Might Be Giants “Miniature Sidewalk Whirlwind”
Owl City “The Bird and The Worm”
Dalek I Love You “Horrorscope”
The Descendants “Spineless and Scarlet Red”
Zodiac “Down”
The Misfits “Nightmare on Elm Street”
Ultravox “Perfecting the Art of Common Ground”

You can hear this episode of Radio Free Charleston Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM on The AIR, with replays Thursday at 2 PM, Friday at 9 AM, Saturday at Noon and Midnight,  and  Monday at 11 AM, exclusively on The AIR. Now you can also hear a different episode of RFC every weekday at 5 PM, and we bring you a marathon all night long Saturday night/Sunday morning.

I’m also going to  embed a low-fi, mono version of this show right in this post, right here so you can listen on demand.

 

After RFC, stick around for encores of MIRRORBALL at 1 PM. At 3 PM we re-present the two-part crossover between Curtain Call and The Swing Shift as “Broadway Swings.”

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Monday Morning Art: Space Girl

 

This week it’s another mixed media piece. The drawing above started out as a phone doodle, done with a thick Sharpie while I was on the phone. After I scanned it, I laid in some colors and effects and came up with what you see above. It’s just an example of pushing a pen around on paper without really thinking, and coming up with a pin-upish pose.

To see it bigger try clicking HERE.

Meanwhile, Monday at 2 PM on The AIR, we bring you a recent episode of Psychedelic Shack, followed at 3 PM by a recent edition of Herman Linte’s weekly showcase of the Progressive Rock of the past half-century, Prognosis. You can listen to The AIR at the website, or on the embedded radio player right here…

Psychedelic Shack can be heard every Monday at 2 PM, with replays Tuesday at 9 AM, Wednesday at 10 PM, Friday at 1 PM, and Saturday at 9 AM. Classic episodes can be heard Sunday at 9 AM as part of our Sunday Haversham Recording Institute collection.

You can hear Prognosis on The AIR Monday at 3 PM, with replays Tuesday at 7 AM, Wednesday at 8 PM, Thursday at Noon, and Saturday at 10 AM. You can hear two classic episodes of the show Sunday at 2 PM.

Tonight at 8 PM you can hear an hour of hilarious musical comedy from Garfunkle and Oates on The Comedy Vault. Wednesday evening at 10 PM, we’ll have another new episode of The Comedy Vault.

Then, at 9 PM we bring you an overnight marathon of Radio Free Charleston, It’s my birthday month, so I’m going to celebrate with extra airings of our me-starring flagship program.

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Sunday Evening Video: MTV’s Birthday

On August 1, 1981, MTV, a new cable channel intended to bring music videos to the world, launched and for a few short years, did exactly what its name entailed. Of course, that all went to hell when music started sucking as hair metal came in, then the network started making awful reality shows and got rid of music altogether. But for a short time, MTV was the coolest thing around.

Above you see an embedded playlist that roughly recreates the first hour or so of MTV from forty-one years ago. Some of the videos were hard to track down, and some have unwanted subtitles, but you will get to see The Buggles, Pat Benetar, Rod Stewart, The Who, The Pretenders and the other bands that helped launch Music Television, along with the very first moments as broadcast on August 1, 1981.

I shared this a few years ago, but it was time to dig it out and polish it up for you again.  It’s hard to believe that some people who weren’t born yet when this aired are grandparents now.

The RFC Flashback: Episode 115

RFC 115 “Frank Sinatra Shirt” from Rudy Panucci on Vimeo.

This week we time-travel back to December, 2010, for a pre-winter edition of Radio Free Charleston filled with great music.

This episode features a wide variety of music: a Metal classic by HARRAH, a Progressive-Alternative jolt from Linfinity, an operatic waltz from Hellblinki set to animation, Blues from Crossroads and a great rocked-up ballad from The Nanker Phelge.

Host segments were shot in Davis Park in Charleston on a bitterly cold day, which sounds sort of heavenly about now. Our namesake shirt featured Frank Sinatra.  You can find the original production notes HERE.