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The latest installement of Radio Free Charleston is online now! This episode features music from Holden Caulfield and The Synergy Collective.  Plus we have new animation from Frank Panucci and some long-lost missing scenes from Star Wars. This show is called “Maddrummerinc.com Shirt,” which marks the second show in a row named after a free T Shirt.  You can check out Mad Drummer Inc. for all sorts of deals on drums and stuff.

Host segments were shot all over the place, with me driving around under the influence of various cold medicines.  Melanie Larch, RFC’s Resident Diva and one of the “RFC Big Shots” turns up as our “animation intro chick” this episode as well, as we cavort within site of Governor Manchin’s infamous party tent.  Eagle-eyed viewers will also spot the State Capitol, The University of Charleston, the statue of those fruity guys in front of the BB&T bank, and Mel’s neighborhood in the background of this show.

Had we not done it with the Christmas episode, I probably would have shot the host segments in my house.  I was so sick.  Lucky for you guys, I’m a freakin’ trooper!

Holden Caulfield was captured live at the La Belle Theater in South Charleston last August (the same night that we taped 69 Fingers for our Christmas show, in fact) and from them we have “Northern California Nightmare.”  You can catch the hardcore machinations of Holden Caulfield live this very weekend.  Friday night at Yesterday’s in Wheeling, the Rye-catching hard rockers will appear with Unholy and Hank Jones.  Saturday, Holden Caulfield returns to the La Belle, with Unholy, Time and Distance, and Hands Bleed Hope for an all-ages show that kicks off at 6 PM. 

The Synergy Collective is an exciting band that we just recently discovered.   We took our cameras to Ric Cochran’s Lighthouse Cafe at the Baptist Temple Fellowship Hall last November, and recorded TSC’s uplifting acoustic blues.  The band was not at full strength that night, but they still turned in a remarkable performance.   We feature their song “Looking For Heaven” here. The guitar/vocal tandem of Brandon Hughes and James Townshend is a real powerhouse, and with the addition of Luke Mitchell on vocals and percussion, and Lacy Dix dancing, The Synergy Collective presents a musical and visual experience unlike anything else in the local scene.  We hope to have the full band, with bassist Pat Turley and drummer Jason Reese back on the show in the near future. 

Frank Panucci is back with another installement of his “Existential Journey” series. You will want to take notes.  At the conclusion of this series, you should possess all the knowledge you will need to focus your chi towards the heart of the universe so that you can open the mystic doo-hickey that controls gravity.  This will enable you to mentally control the outcome of the Plinko game on “The Price Is Right.” 

Our moles in Hollywood have come through with some amazing footage.  These are scenes that were cut from Star Wars after some of the early test screenings.   I’m not going to say much about these, because the lower the profile I keep, the longer we can go without a “Cease and Desist” order from Lucasfilm.  But you want to make sure and watch the show early and often, before they make us take this episode offline.  We’re really putting ourselves on the line for you, here. 

That’s the behind-the-scenes dirt on RFC episode 33.  In about two weeks, we’ll have our first “show without words.”  So check back for that.