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Secret Origins of Super Radio Shows

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rfc 9 20With the first anniversary of the re-branding of The AIR coming up next week, this week we are going to re-present some of the first episodes of our key shows.  Today you can hear the first episode of Radio Free Charleston volume four, Ska Madness and The Swing Shift. And at 5 PM stay tuned for a special presentation of this week’s Marking Out, which was bumped for the Prognosis marathon Monday. You can tune in at The AIR Website, or just settle down right here on this embedded radio player…

At 10 AM and 10 PM relive the first new RFC radio show, from January of last year. We’ll post the playlist below. This is in our old, two-hour format, but it’s still solid, wall-to-wall local music.

At 2 PM, we re-present the first hour of Ska Madness, which used to be a half-hour program. Dexter Checkers brings you the best of the three waves of Ska in the new Ska Madness timeslot.

3 PM is when we give you an encore of the first two editions of The Swing Shift, with the best of the last century of Swing Music, hosted by yours truly.

5 PM sees this week’s episode of Marking Out with Matt BelVillain and Betty Rock, looking at last week’s professional wrestling highlights. We’ll also run this at 7 PM, in case you miss it the first time.

We’ll be bringing you encores of a lot of the premiere episodes of our most popular shows all week long. Next week we mark the anniversary of The AIR with all-new episodes of everything.

Here’s the playlist for Radio Free Charleston V4 Episode 1:

Jordan Andrew Jefferson “White Light”
The Smoky Room “Pie Chart”
No Rain  “Don’t Come Around”
Jack Griffith  “Everything It Takes”
Dina  “Pies”
The Laser Beams  “Eden By The Fire Escape”
Sheldon Vance “Don’t Walk Away”
Miss Mousie and The Rigamarole  “Dumpsters and Divebars”
Neil Zaza  “Take On Me”
Under Surveillance  “Rachel”
The Nanker Phelge  “Meerkat and Wombat”
Trielement  “Ultra Violet”
The Company Stores  “Pocket Change”
Wolfgang Parker  “Ain’t That A Kick In The Head”
Superfetch  “Suck My D*ck ISIS”
Mark Wolfe “Gypsy Rant”
The Heydays  “Shady Grove”
Bud Carroll  “Mistaken Identity”
Out of Nowhere  “Rise Above”
Tape Age  “Worst Night Of My Life”
J Marinelli  “The Great Negation”
Joe Vallina “Humble Days”
Renaissance  “So Blase”
Stark Raven  “It Never Goes Away”
Clownhole  “Old Man Jumping A Fence”
Under The Radar  “All Along The Watchtower”
Bobaflex  “Pray To The Devil”
Syphter  “No Laughing Matter”

Monday Morning Art: Melvin

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Today’s art is a geometrical digital painting that recycles one of my old works and turns it into something new. I call it “Melvin,” because I’m writing this late at night, I’ve been up all day and really don’t want to bother thinking of another name. As always, click on the image to see a bigger version.

If this piece puts you in the mind of progressive rock, then you should listen to The AIR today. There’s a 24-hour marathon of our progressive rock program, Prognosis going on. Listen at the website, or on this embedded player…

Sunday Evening Video: Marx Redux

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The man of the hour, Johnny WestYour PopCulteer was in Wheeling for The Marx Toy Convention this weekend, and with Marx on our minds, how about we look at some video from a previous Marx Toy Convention? Specifically, how about we look at Scott Stewart’s discourse on Johnny West from a couple of years ago?

Scott Stewart walks us through the “50 Years of Johnny West” exhibit at Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum in Wheeling, West Virginia. Learn about fifty years of one of the country’s most memorable action figures, Johnny West, and The Best of the West toy line. Recorded June 20, 2015.  Scott has a special page devoted to Johnny West’s 50th Anniversary up at his site, and it’s well worth checking out.

If all goes according to plan, you’ll have fresh video from this year’s Marx Toy Convention at Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum later this week.

Ten Years of RFC Flashback: Episode 56

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montage (1)Episode 56 of Radio Free Charleston, “DEVOBAMA Shirt” hails from November, 2008. This episode features searing hot rock from Dog Soldier, a really cool music video from The Button Flies, encore animation from Frank Panucci, and a trailer for the film “The Bride & The Grooms,” which was written and directed by Charleston native, Butch Maier.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been so long since we put this show together. Time flies, y’know. Check PopCult each week as we continue our chronological presentation of  Radio Free Charleston‘s past. You can read the original production notes HERE.

Speaking of chronological, here’s a bonus “half” episode that we did the following week, featuring music from the CYAC production of Scarpelli and Kehde’s MARY

An Epic Event Of Trivial Importance

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The PopCulteer
June 23 , 2017

This week’s PopCulteer is about PopCult. Earlier this week, PopCult’s streak of having a fresh post every day came to an end at 1,401 days. Your PopCulteer was about seven weeks shy of four years of consecutive daily posting. And breaking the streak was pretty much all my fault.

See, the blogs here at the Gazette-Mail have had some routine glitches lately, and the IT team managed to get everything under control. I thought that my streak might have been broken two weeks earlier, but it didn’t happen and we very quickly got back to our normal routine.

But Monday I went to update PopCult, and…I couldn’t log in.

Before I go any further, let me explain my relationship with the Gazette-Mail. They are perfectly happy to have me as a community blogger and I am perfectly happy to have PopCult hosted on their site. Much of the reason for their happiness is that I am low-maintainance. I don’t cause any trouble and I pretty much operate autonomously within the parameters of what they want PopCult to be. In fact, I go above and beyond what the other community bloggers do, mainly because of what some would characterize as a personality disorder. I get pretty obsessive about any project I work on, and PopCult has been my most visible work for nearly twelve years now.

I’m happy because I have plenty of freedom, and I benefit from being associated with a major media presence here in Charleston. Since 2005 I have only been asked to remove one two-part story, and I completely understand and agree with the reasons for that. While that story was completely true and accurate, it’s not a good idea to get into a conflict with somebody who buys lawyers by the barrel, especially over something laughably trivial. I’m really happy to be part of the Gazette-Mail, and I’d like that to continue for some time.

Because of this, I hate to complain when there’s a technical issue because I know that fixing these things can be a major headache and the last thing you need when trying to sort out a computer problem is someone leaning over your shoulder going “Is it fixed yet?”

In this case, I called the Gazette-Mail Monday and got a voice mailbox and did not leave a message because I figured they were working on the problem, like they did a couple of weeks ago, and would get it fixed soon enough. Tuesday was West Virginia Day and the only post I wanted to run would have plugged the Radio Free Charleston marathon on our companion radio station, The AIR.

So Tuesday I didn’t even try to contact anyone. It was the first day since August 17, 2013 with no fresh post in PopCult.

The world did not come to an end. There were no major catastrophes as a result, and I went out for a pleasant drive with Mrs. PopCulteer. To be honest, ending the streak was a bit liberating.

Wednesday, however, I was starting to feel blogger withdrawal, and called and spoke to Glen Flanagan, who was completely unaware of my technical issues. It was a simple matter of fixing a problem with my log-in to the system. If I’d left a voicemail on Monday, it would’ve been fixed Monday. This one is all on me for being too sheepish to speak up sooner.

Many thanks to Glen for his prompt action. Glen’s even going to try and update our cover image to the collage that I created for that purpose a couple of years ago. You see bits of it illustrating this post.

Wednesday evening I was able to post a quick note plugging the marathons we’ll have on The AIR for the next few days and I was able to get ahead on my PopCult posts because I’m heading to Wheeling this weekend for The Marx Toy Convention that I told you about last week.

Now I just need to decide if I’m going to start a new streak, or allow myself to take a day off once in a while. It’s a safe bet that I’m going to try to post every day. I mean, I got lots of stuff to cover, and lots of video and photos that I haven’t brought to my readers yet. And that’s just how I do.

Anyway, that’s why we didn’t have a post for you on Tuesday.

That is our PopCulteer for this week. Please get out and enjoy something this weekend, whether it’s FestivAll, Riverfest, or if you’re one of those brave souls making the drive to Wheeling to gather in tribute to The Marx Toy Company. All our regular features will still be here. I’m writing them as I write…I guess.

Stuff To Do: June 23-24

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Okay, your PopCulteer is going to level with you. I won’t be able to attend any of the cool things I talk about in this space this week. I will be in Wheeling at The Marx Toy Convention that I told you about last Friday. That’s a neon Magic Markie that you see to the right. I’ve been going to the Marx Toy Convention since 2009, and this year, due to some medical issue, I chose it over FestivAll.

This will be the first year since its inaugural weekend back in 2005 that I have not attended a single FestivAll event. This is mostly due to the fact that the medications I’m taking for Myasthenia Gravis make it risky for me to be in sunlight for too long.  Outdoor events are just too potentially dangerous for me. This is also the first time I can recall the Marx Toy Convention taking place during the second weekend of FestivAll instead of the first.

There are plenty of great FestivAll events, and I recommend you take advantage of our city becoming a work of art. This is one of the things that makes Charleston such a special place, and you should visit the website for a full schedule of this weekend’s FestivAll festivities.

Likewise, Riverfest, which made the last-minute switch from Saint Albans to Nitro this week, is happening, and many local bands will be playing in the more comfortable environs of Nitro City Park. I do have to wonder why, if they could move the location of Riverfest at this late date, why didn’t they move it to the following weekend, when there isn’t anything major going on locally.

In addition to those huge events, there are several other cool things happening, and I’m going to specifically mention two cool shows, which are happening at roughly the same time, in Charleston Saturday night.

At the Blue Parrot, three bands that I play regularly on Radio Free Charleston on The AIR will take turns storming the stage. Zeroking, Under Social and Payback’s a Bitch combine to offer up a triple-bill that would sorely beckon me if I weren’t en route from Wheeling to Canonsburg, PA while it’s going on.

Across town at The Empty Glass, Pale Nova finds support from Indighost and Scroungehound for another killer triple-bill. Pale Nova has also been in heavy rotation on RFC of late, and when the video show goes back into production later this summer, they’re on my list of bands to record.

Both of those shows require a measly five dollar cover. That is an insanely low price to see three bands. Cover charges weren’t that low back in caveman days. You couldn’t go wrong with either show. Check out the virtual flyers, and then after the jump, check a few other cool shows that I could find graphics for this week.

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Marathon Time on The AIR

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It’s sort of Summer Vacation time here at PopCult. I’ll tell you more about our unexpected break on West Virginia Day later this week, but right now it’s time to clue you in on the marathons that we’re running in lieu of new programming on The AIR for the next few days. Tune in at the website, or on this handy embedded radio player…

With Mr. and Mrs. PopCulteer headed up North for The Marx Toy Convention and a family visit later this week, we decided that now would be a good time to let new listeners sample the awesome goodness of our programming on The AIR. We actually started yesterday, with an all-day West Virginia Day marathon of Radio Free Charleston, but internet gremlins kept us from telling you about that.

For the remainder of Wednesday and all night long, you can hear Mel Larch host the best of musical theatre on Curtain Call. You still have time to tune in and catch songs from hit musicals like Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, and many, many more. You can get your theatre jollies on all night long Wednesday.

Thursday sees Radio Free Charleston International, the show where I get to play whatever I want, take over at 7 AM and run until 1 AM, when The Swing Shift assumes its weekly position as the overnight antidote to squaresville.

On Friday, Radio Coolsville takes the stage at 9 AM for a 12-hour marathon that will be followed immediately by an hour of The Third Shift, with Jay and Jarod. On Radio Coolsville, DJ Betty Rock brings you the best of college radio, with a healthy dash of quality surprises, all hosted from WMUL in Huntington. The guys on The Third Shift bring you Beer, Babes and Beyond every week on The AIR.  At midnight, settle in for an all-night Ska party, with Dexter Checkers and Ska Madness in an after-dark marathon.

Saturday, spend the day with legendary London disc jockey Sydney Fileen as she brings you Sydney’s Big Electric Cat all day long, filling the airwaves with crunchy New Wave goodness!

Spend Sunday afternoon with Michele Zirkle Marcum as a five-hour marathon of the most recent episodes of Life Speaks to Michele Zirkle Marcum kicks off at noon. Learn all about the spirtual side of the different forces affecting every day life.

Then at 6 PM, after this week’s episode of Marking Out, it’s six hours of The (BS) Crazy Show. At Midnight we have our second weekly overnight marathon of The Swing Shift. For some reason, folks like to swing all night long before starting the work week.

Monday it’s Prognosis, hosted by Herman Linte, all day long bringing you the best of the last half-century of progressive rock. If YES, ELP, Genesis, Pink Floyd, King Crimson and their fellow travelers are your bag, you’ll want to soak in this marathon all day long and into the next morning.

And then Tuesday we get back to what passes for normal on The AIR. I promise.

 

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The streak was broken. Here’s to the new streak!

 

Monday Morning Art: Introspect

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This week’s art stuff on Monday is a digital painting that mixes many virtual media into a sort-of self portrait. It’s something I knocked out on Saturday evening because it was too hot outside to bother doing much of anything else.

As always, click on the image to see it bigger.

Sunday Evening Videos: Happy Big Daddy Day

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Today is Father’s Day, and in honor of that fine manufactured holiday, we pay tribute to Ed, “Big Daddy” Roth, a master car customizer, designer and the creator of none other than RAT FINK!

As it says on the Wikipedia, “Ed “Big Daddy” Roth (March 4, 1932 – April 4, 2001) was an artist, cartoonist, illustrator, pinstriper and custom car designer and builder who created the hot rod icon Rat Fink and other characters. Roth was a key figure in Southern California‘s Kustom Kulture and hot rod movement of the late 1950s and 1960s.”

There is an official website that preserves the legacy of this influential man. On it you can find toys, decals, T-Shirts, posters and tons of information on his life and work.

Above you see coverage of last year’s Ratfink Reunion in Manti, Utah. Below you’ll find a two-hour discussion about pinstriping between Roth and Von Dutch. On the other side of the jump there’s even more Big Daddy Roth video goodness.

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