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Since then I’ve written about toys, comic books, movies, television, animation, art and music. With Radio Free Charleston, I’ve brought you tons of local music, film and animation. I made a concerted effort to make this blog as much like a personal blog as I can while still focusing on pop culture as much as possible.
Over the years I’ve introduced regular features like Monday Morning Art and Sunday Evening Videos, along with RFC, which I hope makes PopCult a true multimedia blog that you folks can enjoy. A few months ago I added this regular Friday feature, The PopCulteer, which sort of deviates from the blog format to present my half-baked tribute to the late James Dent (who wrote “The Gazetteer” for years for The Gazette). It’s been a kick forcing myself to write longer essays, or present photo essays from Art Walk and other events, and despite the lack of feedback, I intend to keep at it for the foreseeable future.
Despite some recent changes at The Gazette, I will be continuing PopCult here. So you can count on seeing more Monday Morning Art, Sunday Evening Videos, PopCulteers, Cool Comics Of The Week (starting next week, really) and Radio Free Charleston, until they get sick of me. Maybe someday I’ll rate a mention on page two like the other blogs.
You can also find Radio Free Charleston at Shouts And Hollers and at the RFC MySpace Page. The show is now available for any website that wishes to embed it. Email me at email@example.com for details. We’re ready to go viral with this thing.
I just wanted to take a moment to thank my readers for putting up with four years of my self-indulgent blather. Hope you enjoy the ride. We’re not done yet. Yay me!
THE FIRST GREAT GUITAR GIVEAWAY
Monday Night, Melanie Larch, my main squeeze, was called to sing The National Anthem at Appalachian Power Park. Here’s a photo of her, taken moments before she sang, followed bya shot of the game and pre-game activities.
Option 22 and The Clementines played at LiveMix Studio last Friday night. Below you see Option 22, but first we have Casi Null of The Clementines. Casi is one of my favorite subjects to photograph.
A couple of weeks ago, Deni Bonet rocked LiveMix Studio. After the show, we hammed it up for the cameras, producing one of the worst photos of me ever taken.
FREE CREDIT REPORT DOT CON
Quickly, here’s the cool stuff this weekend. Capitol Roasters is hosting tryouts for Lady D’s “West Virginia’s Finest” talent show Friday at 7 PM. Radio Free Charleston cameras will be on hand for Alan Griffith at Bruno’s Friday at 9 PM. The Black Knots hold their CD release show (read about it here) Friday at 10 PM at The Blue Parrot. The VooDoo Katz are at The Empty Glass at 10 PM.
Saturday, check out Ric Cochran and Friends at The Bridge Road Bistro from 7:30 PM to 10 PM. Andy Park is at Taylor Books 7:30 to 9:30. Justin Johnson, The Roots and Last Standing are at The Blue Parrot starting at 10 PM. Steve Himes Connection is at Sam’s Uptown Cafe at 10 PM.
Sunday Mountain Stage happens at The Cultural Center at 7 PM. Albert Castiglia and Blues Crossing put on a benefit for The West Virginia Blues Society at The Sound Factory at 8 PM. The Carpenter Ants are at The Empty Glass starting at 9:30 PM.
Check the Gazz Calendar for more details, directions and cover charges.
NEXT WEEK IN POPCULT
Look for episode 80 of Radio Free Charleston, which will in some way acknowledge the twentieth anniversary of the first broadcast of the Radio Free Charleston radio show. We’re going to be making periodic visits to the old radio show roots of RFC in the coming months, leading up to the twentieth anniversary of the sudden cancellation of the show!
We’ll also have part two of our Monday Morning Art digitally assaulted photo thingy. Sunday evening videos will be a potpourri of odd things. The Cool Comic Of The Week, debuting on Tuesday or Wednesday, will be “Citizen Rex” by Mario and Gilbert Hernandez. Next week’s PopCulteer will likely focus on the radio show anniversary.