This devestating scene of destruction is a digitally-assaulted photo of….the Huntington Mall undergoing renovations. It’s the floor that was ripped up in front of Gamestop a few weeks ago. I messed with it a bit. Click to stare at a bigger version for hours on end until you see the pirate ship and the bumble bee.
Cool Comics returns to The PopCulteer this week as we look at the latest really nifty historical collection assembled by Craig Yoe, “Archie’s Madhouse.” This book is a real nostalgic treat for me because, as a very young kid, this comic book, one of many sort-of-imitators of “Mad Magazine” was one of the comics that would entertain and confound me to no end.
See, back in those days it was hard to keep up with comic books. There were no comic book stores, we had to seek out our books at newsstands, drug stores, grocery stores, any place that might carry a magazine usually had a comic book rack, but you couldn’t find all the comic books from the various publishers in a single place. Finding consecutive issues of a comic was nearly impossible, especially if you were under six years old.
At the head of this post you will find the one-hundred forty-third installment of Radio Free Charleston, “Naked Gumby Shirt.” This episode departs from our usual formula by featuring three songs by the same band, Frenchy and the Punk. We also have animation by Frank Panucci, and a short film by K.D. Lett.
Random Acts Of PopCult
It’s been a while since we took the PopCult blunderbuss off the wall and fired wildly into the crowd. In the spirit of the 7 11 Machine Gunner, we’re going to fire this week’s PopCulteer in as many directions as possible–probably without hitting anything!
Your Mission, Should You Choose To Accept It
September 9 and 10 a new Heavy Metal Showcase debuts in the Capitol City. Mission Coalition 2011 is a two-day celebration of all things metal, to be held at The Sound Factory, on Kanawha Boulevard in Charleston.
I don’t hate Steely Dan.
I think they’re fine musicians who make well-crafted music with clever lyrics. And I think they put on a show at the Clay Center Tuesday night that should have pleased their loyal fans. I do not wish the members of the band any ill will.
I just hate their music.
I don’t really understand why I hate their music. It’s intelligent, witty and very well played, and it contains many individual elements that I normally find quite appealing.
Perhaps it’s some sort of Pavlovian response that makes me hate their music. Their formula harmonies kick in and I get a little gag reflex. I associate their music with the morning drive to high school. Except for my brief disastrous marriage, my high school years were the most miserable period of my life. Music that transports me back to that time is basically transporting me back to hell.
Positioned strategically at the head of this post, you should see the latest episode of Radio Free Charleston. Our 142nd installment is called “It’s Just A Flesh Wound Shirt.” Our music this week is by InFormation, The Renfields, and the Charleston Light Opera Guild cast of “Hairspray”. In addition, this episode features a quick look at Dan Kehde’s new play “Cupid Falling/Cupid Rising,” a short film by K.D. Lett, and new animation by Frank Panucci.
Host segments were shot in downtown Charleston Monday afternoon during lunch, which is why we ended up at Slyce Pizza Company.