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Sunday Evening Video: Zombie Walking

To put you all in the spirit of Halloween, tonight we’re going to look back at five videos that we made of the first four HallowEast Zombie Walks, plus one extra Zombie Walk from the Charleston Town Center. HallowEast abandoned the Zombie Walks when they couldn’t figure out how to use the event to sell beer, but it was fun while it lasted, as you can see here. Happy Halloween, folks!

The RFC Flashback: Episode 212

This week we go back six years to the most recent Halloween episode of Radio Free Charleston. This is a nice coincidence, because for the next two weeks we are going to suspend our normal chronological journey through the past of RFC to bring you some of our Halloween specials.

“Count Rudolf” is your host for Blood Red Shirt which is chock-full-o good Halloween-y stuff. We had music from Hurl Brickbat, The Renfields with Ari Lehman and HARRAH, plus we a plugged Kanawha Player’s production of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and showed footage from the prior weekend’s Zombie Walk. We even had a batch of “weird stuff” that revisited the Pentagram Flowerbox cartoon from our first Halloween special.

Next week week and the week after, we will present all of the Radio Free Charleston Halloween episodes, and we’ll probably devote one or two of our Sunday Evening Video slots to other spooky-holiday-appropriate videos that we’ve made over the years.

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Dance The Deadlines Away

The PopCulteer
October 15, 2021

Your PopCulteer is tied up with magazine work again today, so all I got for you is the notes on Friday’s new episode of MIRRORBALL, on The AIR.

Friday afternoon we offer up a new episode of MIRRORBALL and encore a recent Sydney’s Big Electric Cat. The AIR is PopCult‘s sister radio station. You can hear these shows on The AIR website, or just click on the embedded player right here…

At 2 PM, Mel Larch uncorks a new MIRRORBALL! The AIR’s showcase of classic Disco music presents a solid hour of some of the danciest hits of the classic disco era. It’s a great show, and I’m just going to drop the playlist right here…

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The Trammps “The Night The Lights Went Out”
Lace “Can’t Play Around”
Blue Magic “Look Me Up”
Stargard “Wear It Out”
George McCrae “Love In Motion”
Mass Production “Love You”
Norma Jean Wright “Sorcerer”
The Undisputed Truth “You + Me = Love”
Janice McClain “Smack Dab In The Middle”

You can hear MIRRORBALL every Friday at 2 PM, with replays Saturday at  8 PM, Sunday at 11 PM, Tuesday at 1 PM and Wednesday at 7 PM, exclusively on The AIR.  This week’s new MIRRORBALL will kick off our weekly Disco Marathon Saturday night running from 9 PM until Midnight.

At 3 PM, Sydney Fileen graces us with an encore of an episode of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat devoted to the quintessential hits of the New Wave era.

Sydney’s Big Electric Cat is produced at Haversham Recording Institute in London, and can be heard every Friday at 3 PM, with replays Saturday afternoon, Monday at 7 AM, Tuesday at 8 PM, Wednesday at Noon and Thursday at 10 AM, exclusively on The AIR. The Haversham shows will return with new episodes next week. YAY!

You can also hear select episodes of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat as part of the Sunday morning and afternoon Haversham showcases, which begin at 9 AM with Psychedelic Shack, and include double shots of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat and Prognosis.

And that is all I got for this week’s PopCulteer. I will be in full PopCult mode next week, with new radio shows, book reviews and maybe even more. This week, thanks for bearing with me while paying work beckoned.

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Outdoor Stuff To Do

Aside from what I’m posting below, there are tons of things in and around Charleston to keep you busy this early-autumn weekend.  However, I am not confident in suggesting anything that happens indoors because I’m still freaked out over the pandemic. So here are some things you can get into starting Friday that don’t actually involve you getting into a building.

You should know the drill by now. The pandemic is still not over.  In fact, it’s getting slightly better, but it’s still really bad. If you are fully vaccinated and ready to do your best to stay safe, you should go check this stuff out. Outdoor shows were okay for vaccinated folks to go maskless, but maybe not at the moment. Indoor shows I am not ready to plug at the moment. I hate it, but I’d also hate losing any more readers to COVID.

So use your common sense and stay safe…and support the local scene.

 

 

 

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Leftovers Again On Radio Free Charleston

Tuesday on The AIR  we offer up yet another patchwork edition of Radio Free Charleston. A double shot of magazine article deadlines is eating up much of my workday, and even on Columbo Day, when we pay tribute to the late Peter Falk, I was not able to carve out enough time to make new radio.

So instead we’re going back to 2017 to slap togther a show that’s jam-packed with three hours of great local and not-local music. 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…

At 10 AM and 10 PM you can hear this combination of RFC volume 4, episode 43 with RFC International number 34, both from early 2017. Both shows are loaded with great music, and neither has been heard anywhere for over four years. I do apologize for not providing any brand-new content for the show this week, but paying work beckons, and these are two great lost gems.

Check out this playlist.

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hour one
Deni Bonet “A Perfect Storm”
Time And Distance “Live A Lie”
The Swivels “Panama”
The Company Stores “Bottom Out”
Linnfinity “Molly Marr of Rome”
Paul Calicoat “Dylan Stole My Life”
Billy Matheny “I Won’t Be Around”
The Big Bad “Shadowbrook Road”
Wolfgang Parker “Whisper Something German in my Ear”
Frenchy and The Punk “Why Should I?”
QiET “Get Found”
Go Van Gogh “Planet of Pyschotic Women”
Red Audio “Girl From Outer Space”
WATT 4 “I Don’t Deserve You”
The Concept “Guitar Pick In My Kool Aid”

hour two
Oingo Boingo “The Controller”
Neil Young “Sample and Hold”
Dubioza Kolectiv “Alarm Song”
Marc Ribot y Los cubanos postizos “Los Teenagers Bailan Changui”
The Cure “Let’s Go To Bed”
Red Vox “There She Goes”
The High Violets “Bells”
The Enid “Someone Shall Rise”
The Foreign Films “Sweet Sorrow”
The Hillbilly Moon Explosion “Heartbreak Boogie”
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band “Run Paint Run”
Mike & The Melvins “Dead Canaries”
The Residents “Japanese Watercolor”
St. Vincent “Krokodil”
The Dandy Warhols “Pope Reverend Jim”

hour three
Killing Joke “The Big Buzz”
Brian Eno “The Hour Is Thin”
Escapism “Ship To Shore”
The Range “Superimpose”
Filter “Pride Flag”
Dread Crew of Oddwood “Siren’s Song”
Atomic Rooster “Friday The 13th”
Black Stone Cherry “War”
Emerson Lake and Palmer “Toccata”
Hooverphonic “I Like The Way I Dance”
Danielle DeCosmo “Don’t Know What It Means”
The Buzzcocks “ESP”
Operators “Bring Me The Head”
Spoon “Hot Thoughts”

You can hear this episode of Radio Free Charleston Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM on The AIR, with replays Thursday at 3 PM, Friday at 9 AM and 7 PM, Saturday at Noon and Midnight,  and  Monday at 11 AM, exclusively on The AIR. Now you can 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, and NOISE BRIGADE at 2 PM. At 3 PM we have two recent episodes of The Swing Shift.

My deadline commitments end Friday, so I should be back with a new three-hour episode of RFC next week. If I can squeeze it into the schedule, there might even be a new Beatles Blast tomorrow, too.

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Monday Morning Art: Bikini Girl

 

This week’s art is my second entry in Inktober. The idea is that I’ll post a pen and ink drawing each Monday this month. This is all dependent on my hands holding up well enough to hold a pen that long. So far, so good, but for today’s art I used a brush pen. I think that still counts.

The above drawing is brush pen on paper for pens, and it’s just a very rough drawing of a pin-up pose with very little detail. To be honest, I’m crunched for time this week, and only had a few minutes to spare to jot this down. There’s nothing phenomenal about this. It’s just the kind of doodle I’d normally knock out while warming up to so a more complex piece.

If you want to see it a bit bigger, just click on it.

Meanwhile, Monday at 2 PM on The AIR, we bring you a recent encore episode of  Psychedelic Shack, followed at 3 PM by a recent encore 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…

Our friends at Haversham are otherwise occupied with paying work again this week, and I can sympathize, because I am too. I might be able to squeeze out a new Radio Free Charleston this week if I pad out the last two hours with a rerun of RFC International, but everything else is on hold while I work on a couple of magazine articles.  There will be fresh content every day this week here in PopCult, but it might be a little skimpy.

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.

At 8 PM, stick around for an 11-hour marathon of Dexter Checker’s Ska Madness program, from about four years ago.

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Sunday Evening Video: The Return of Gorgo

As longtime readers may know, I have been slowly (very slowly) restoring this blog since I moved it out from under the auspices of The Charleston Gazette-Mail. One of the latest posts I fixed was from 2014, and it was the movie, Gorgo, the video of which had been taken down by YouTube shortly after. It has since resurfaced, but instead of expecting you to wander back seven years in my archives, I’m bringing it to you once again here, as well as in the archives.

In 2013 I reviewed a very nice collection of comics by Steve Ditko that were based on the 1961 monster movie, Gorgo. The consensus is that the comics are way better than the movie, which was a British-made cheesy knockoff of Godzilla.

Now you can see for yourself as we present the entire movie, here in PopCult. It’s a good way to kick off the Halloween season which I’ll be stretching out here in the blog for the next few weeks.

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The RFC Flashback: MINI SHOW number 71

This week we go back six years to an RFC MINI SHOW starring guitar master, Ryan Kennedy

This was recorded live at the much-missed Third Eye Cabaret in August 2015. Kennedy performs the theme from the movie “Black Orpheus” by Louis Bonfi, and two pieces by Antonio Lauro, “Tatiana” and “Natalia.”

Ryan, of course, is still active all over Charleston’s music scene, and it was an honor to have him on the show.

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When Synthesizers Ruled The Earth

The PopCulteer
October 1, 2021

Friday brings a brand-new episode of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat to The AIR. The AIR is PopCult’s sister radio station. You can hear these shows on The AIR website, or just click on the embedded player right here…

At 3 PM, Sydney Fileen graces us with a very special mixtape episode of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat that salutes the modern instrument that became identified with the New Wave sound, the synthesizer. A necessary ingredient in what I call “blippy, farty music,” the synthesizer had evolved beyond the Moogs that dominated progressive rock, and became cheaper, lighter, less complicated and infinitely more colorful in terms of the sounds they produced.

Beyond making experimental sounds, these instruments were played on hit records, and in this special mixtape episode of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat, you’ll hear a number of massive, worldwide number-one hit records. It’s cool to hear the synth before it evolved to the point where it’s used for almost every song you hear nowadays, and you can’t even tell. These were hits back in the day when new sounds were welcome, not just new technology sampling old sounds. It’s a pretty epic two-hour thrill-ride.

Just check out the playlist to see for yourself…

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Yaz “Don’t Go”
Depeche Mode “Enjoy The Silence”
New Order “Bizarre Love Triangle”
The Human League “Don’t You Want Me”
Tears For Fears “Pale Shelter”
The Cure “Let’s Go To Bed”
Heaven 17 “Temptation”
Rational Youth “Saturdays In Silesia”
Thompson Twins “In The Name of Love”
John Foxx “Underpass”
Kon Kan “I Beg Your Pardon”
Fad Gadget “Collapsing New People”
Kraftwerk “The Model”
Real Life “Send Me An Angel”
Gary Numan “Cars”
The Normal “Warm Leatherette”
Glass Candy “Digital Versicolor”
Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams”
The Postal Service “Such Great Heights”
The Associates “The Affectionate Punch”
Druan Duran “Planet Earth”
DEVO “Planet Earth”
The Units “Go”
Men Without Hats “Safety Dance”
Bronksi Beat “Smalltown Boy”
Erasure “A Little Respect”
A Flock of Seagulls “Wishing”
Thomas Dolby “She Blinded Me With Science”
Altered Images “Don’t Talk To Me About Love”
Orchestra Manoeuvres In The Dark “Enola Gay”
M “Pop Musik”

Rest assured that all the musicians you hear on this show are much more accomplished than this guy…

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 this blog for fresh content every single freakin’ day. I’m cool like that.

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5-Star Super Kickstarter Spectacular

It’s a bit of a perfect storm for comics fans who support projects via Kickstarter. Today we’re going to tell you about five projects featuring work by acclaimed comics veterans, four of which are already fully-funded, so that you can see what kinds of cool stuff is happening in the world of sequential art beyond the scope of Marvel, DC and even the direct market. Most of these campaigns still have a couple of weeks left, but you want to act fast so you don’t forget.

Let’s dive in…

I’m starting off with the most in-depth preview because this project just launched yesterday, and has a way to go to reach its ambitious goal. This campaign has about a month left, but it could use a good surge.

The MASTERS!

THE MASTERS! are a group of villains inspired by master artists of the 20th century, and in this five-issue series, they prove worthy opponents for some of history’s favorite super heroes! This is he brainchild of Austin Hough, a fellow MEGO action figure enthusiast, and a man after my own heart. He has gathered together a “who’s who” of classic silver and bronze-age comic book artists to pit the villains he’s created against a wild collection of some of the most fun public domain superheroes available.

The roster of artists include Ramona Fradon, Tom Palmer, Joe Staton, Mike Vosburg, Alan Weiss, Bob Hall, Mike Grell, Pablo Marcos, Romeo Tanghal, Alex Saviuk, Al Milgrom, Tom Grummett and many, many others that would have me typing all day to mention here.

The story pits the heroes against the villains in the manner of the classic Batman team-up comic, The Brave and Bold, so that in each issue we have two or more of our revitalized Golden Age heroes teaming up to take on our artistically-influenced bad guys. As a guy who spent the better part of the last 18 months wearing Rene Magritte-inspired facemasks, this is right in my wheelhouse. The Masters are: Sir Real Ordeal, The Clerk, Graffiti, Panorama, and Monsieur Petit Renard.

The covers to the comics pay homage to classic covers from the 70s, and 80s, and the rewards for higher tiers are impressive as heck, ranging from a tabloid-sized final issue to trade paperback collections, a calendar, a “Who’s Who” style guide to the characters, a jigsaw puzzle, action figures, tin lunchboxes a set of Slurpee-style cups with heroes emblazoned on them, posters and prints, Ben Cooper-style masks,  and even more gooides to be unlocked if they top their goals. This one punches all of my nostalgia buttons.

You can keep up with the project on Facebook and Instagram, and support the Kickstarter project HERE.

BLIGHTER: TRACKER OF THE REALM

BLIGHTER is an original graphic novel by writer Jeff Parker (X-Men First Class, Flash Gordon, Batman ’66 and Future Quest) and artist Drew Moss (Vampirella/Red Sonja, Star Wars, The Crow, Army Of The Dead, M.A.S.K. and Heavy Metal). Available in both paperback and digital download editions,  BLIGHTER is a dimension-spanning, action-packed suspense ride, chock-full of monsters, and a swaggeringly brutal Tiger-man who fancies himself a living legend.

I have to admit, this one had me at Jeff Parker, one of my favorite comic book writers.  About this project, Parker says, “Despite all the classic heroes I’ve written, super and adventurous, I have to say I really enjoy characters who are terrible role models and just a whisker away from being the villains of the story. That’s Lord Blighter, renowned tracker from The Old World who comes to Earth to help us with chaotic threats all over our planet. He’s unmatched at hunting these fiends – just ask him, he’ll gladly tell you!”

And here’s a Tiger-looking dude, to boot. How can this Tawky Tawny fan pass that up?

The book has met its goal, so if you kick in now, you know you’ll get the book, and maybe even some keen stretch-goal gravy. Check it out HERE.

Jetcat & Friends: The ultimate full-colour collection!

You may remember JetCat from a series of Nickelodeon shorts in the 90s, but Jay Stephen’s creation had a pretty good run as a comic strip, and this book collects them all.

Jetcat & Friends is the definitive, full-colour collection of every one of Jetcat’s comic book adventures, combining the long out of print stories from Jetcat ClubhouseNickelodeon Magazine, and the multiple Eisner-Award-nominated Land Of Nod Rockabye Book into one, ultimate, 248 page explosion of colour!

And if one ’90s TV cartoon star wasn’t enough, & Friends also includes the original Tutenstein comics, as well as Space Ape Number EightOddetteBug Patrol, and more!

These are great comics for all ages and show off Stephen’s mastery of the humor comics genre.

This is another project that is already fully-funded, so you know you’ll get it. Check it out HERE.

IMPOSSIBLE 2B: IMPOSSIBLE JONES & CAPTAIN LIGHTNING TEAM-UP!

This Kickstarter is written by Karl Kesel, longtime comics creator for DC and Marvel (he created King Shark, who was seen in The Suicide Squad comics and movie), and drawn by Dan Schkade and it brings together two of Kesel’s independent creations in one fun adventure.

Debuting in successful Kickstarter campaign in 2019,  Impossible Jones, features a thief with the newfound super power to shape-shift. She learns, it’s easier to rob New York City blind if its police and citizens believe she’s the only superhero standing in the way between them and dire threats. Along the way, despite her best efforts, she becomes a hero.

This 34-page adventure odd-couple team has the secret thief working alongside the super-straight arrow, and rumor has it that another Kesel co-creation, Section Zero, will figure into the story.

Kesel describes Impossible Jones as “Grin and Gritty,” and it’s pure superhero fun, sort of in the mold of the late 1980s Justice League International comics.

This is yet another project that is already fully-funded, so you know you’ll get it. Check it out HERE.

Mike Allred’s Madmania Shindig Activity Book

Our last Kickstarter alert for today is not for a comic book, but it is comic book-related.  A few months ago I told you about the Madman Ginchy Glider, starring Mike Allred’s beloved comic book hero. Now we have an activity book featuring Madman and all his Madmaniverse friends.

As the blurb says, “Hang out with the cool cats of Snap City (and beyond!) in this sweet activity book! Activities! Word stuff! Stickers! 3D! And coloring!”

I’ll just quote liberally from the campaign page here:

The Madmaniverse, that catch-all title for the comics from superstar creators Mike Allred (story, pencils, inks) and Laura Allred (vibrant colors!), comes to life in the Madmania Shindig Activity Book! This is jam-packed with 36 pages of activities, sticker fun, coloring, and 3D images featuring:

  •  Madman (aka Frank Einstein of Snap City): the swinging superhero enjoying life after death, rocking out with his band and fighting crime around Snap City!
  •  The Atomics: Formerly Mutant Street Beatniks, these do-gooders and hep cats join Madman in his quest to make everything swell. Oh, and to stop the badguys from winning!
  •  It Girl: One of the Atomics, lovely Luna Romy gains the ability of anything she touches. That, and she’s swell!
  •  Red Rocket 7: This cosmic clone from outer space rocks with the best of them, and taught the best of them how to rock!
  •  X-Ray Robot: Max and his alternate timeline future cyborg version of himself are keeping the timestreams neat.

And more! There’s even the G-Men from Hell and Cheetahman!

It’s cool. It’s fun. There are higher reward levels with extra goodies and I’ve already kicked in on it.

This is even still yet another project that is already fully-funded, so you know you’ll get it. Check it out HERE.