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Rerun Week On The AIR

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rfc LOGO 3 29Radio Free Charleston and our other General Substances programs will be going into re-run mode for the next week or two as we gear up for an internet radio revolution on July 1.We will be brining you some of our best shows from recent weeks as we plow our efforts into gearing up for an exciting new era. Still, you can tune in for tune in for two hours of the best local and regional music every Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM at The AIR website or right here on this little play widget…

In this week’s Radio Free Charleston it’s a show from March that kicks off with the title cut of QiET’s latest CD, and we wrapped up the show with a previously-unheard collaboration between Douglas Imbrogno and Melanie Larch, which had been hidden away in our vault for over eight years. As a bonus this week, if you tune in at 8:30 AM, you can hear the original 2012 episode of That Conversation with Patrick Felton where he tries to interview me while my phones start ringing incessantly.

You can catch replays of Radio Free Charleston Saturday morning at 9 AM (kicking off five hours of programming produced by your PopCulteer) and late Saturday night at 1 AM.

Our playlist:

QIET “Kiss of the Universe”

Blue Million “Next Year”
Diablo Blues Band “Price of a Broken Heart”
Underdog Blues Revue “Back Door Blues”
The Horse Traders “Nothing At All”
The Ruins “Used To Be Friends”

Jordan Andrew Jefferson “One Step At A Time”
Jack Grifftith “With A Girl Like You”
The Buttonflies “Lil’ Birdie”
Go Van Gogh “I Can’t Sleep At Night”
Hellblinki “Bella Ciao”

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Monday Morning Art: The Thin White Kitty

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Last night saw a very fun edition of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School as Kitty Killton paid tribute to the great David Bowie. Today we have three digital pieces: two takes on Kitty as The Thin White Duke and one of her as a lass insane. Look for more from this session in the coming weeks. It was a great night and you shoulda been there. Click to enlarge.

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tc pROMO 03Back about four years ago I told you about Patrick Felton’s podcast, That Conversation. It featured in-depth and thoughtful interviews with some of the Charleston-Huntington area’s top creative people. Somehow, your PopCulteer even wound up among the subjects of Patrick’s interviews. I am happy to announce that, starting in July, The AIR will present newly-annotated versions of Patrick’s podcasts, with follow-up interviews where possible, as part of our reinvigorated line-up.

As a special treat on Memorial Day, The AIR will run a marathon of some of Patrick’s original That Conversation podcasts all day long, beginning at 8 AM Eastern time, and running well past midnight. You can listen in on The AIR website or on this nifty little embedded tuner right here…

Patrick is an actor, playwright, filmmaker, and arts advocate from Charleston WV. Patrick holds a Masters of Arts in Television, Radio, and Film from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Communication. A staunch advocate for West Virginians in film, Patrick has worked previously with the West Virginia International Film Festival and West Virginia Filmmakers Festival, of which he acted as director.

As an actor, Patrick Felton is a veteran of the West Virginia theater community. He has appeared in over 40 local productions including Charlotte’s Web (CTOC) A Lion In Winter (Angevin Players), The Importance Of Being Earnest (Angevin Players),  Jesus Christ Superstar (CYAC), and Proof (Alban Arts Center). Patrick has also appeared in numerous short films, commercials, and features in the area, and has performed Stand-up comedy and directed many local theatrical productions.

These are terrific conversations between Patrick and many very recognizable names in the local arts scene. The shows are unedited and each one has a different running time, but here’s a list of shows in the order that they will run on The AIR. The times are approximate, but the running order is correct.

8:00 AM   Mike Murdock
9:12 AM BZ Tat
10:29 AM Elaine McMillion Shelton
11:38 AM Brainwrap
1:00 PM Sam Holdren Pt. 1
2:35 PM Sam Holdren Pt. 2
3:38 PM Chase Henderson
4:41 PM Rudy Panucci
6:08 PM Kevin Pauley
7:47 PM Dan Kehde
9:13 PM Penny Maple
10:24 PM Toby Poole
11:30 PM David Smith

If you want a sneak preview of one of the many new programs joining The AIR in July, tune in and listen to some very engaging conversations.

Wacky-Races-characters-500x484In honor of the Indianapolis 500, long a Memorial Day tradition, we bring you this serious documentary about auto racing.This is a serious sport and it deserves a tremendous amount of respect.

You will learn of the grit and determination behind the men and women who pit the aweseomeness of their fantastic machines against one another. The level of engineering is astounding and the sheer bravery of those involved is simply magnificent.

Below, you’ll see a couple of other racing videos. Enjoy!

RFC Flashback: FestivAll 2010

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Back in 2010 Radio Free Charleston made a six-episode voyage into Cinéma vérité coverage of FestivAll. This week, to get you all in the mood for FestivAll, coming up later next month, we’re going to re-present, in one handy post, all six of our FestivAll 2010 shows. Above you see RFC 102, with The Nanker Phelge, Spurgie Hankins Band, The Kanawha Kordsmen and Bob Thompson.

After the jump, you’ll find the remaining five episodes (for a total of over two hours of RFC at FestivAll) with music from Brian Diller, The VooDoo Katz, Comparsa, The Velvet Gypsies, Miss Behavin’, Option 22, Alasha Al-Qudwah, Mark Scarpelli, The Sweet Adelines, Actual Rhinocerous, Bare Bones, T.J. King and many more. You’ll also see lots of the art, parades, theater and film that permeated the city.

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Memorial Day Weekend on The AIR

radio 03It’s the Friday afternoon that starts off Memorial Day Weekend and that means it’s time to tell you about all our special programming on The AIR, Charleston’s niftiest source of amazing and apocryphal original radio programming. You can listen at the AIRadio website, or tune in on this neat little virtual radio set…

Tonight at 8 PM on Word Association with Lee and Rudy, Rudy Panucci and Lee Harrah discuss toy cars, That’s a broad topic and your pair of pop culture pundits barely scratch the surface before Luigi, the kitchen timer, rings out. At 8:30 it’s a special replay of the episode of On The Road with Mel where Lee and Rudy invade The AIR’s weekly travel show to talk about their trip to Georgia.

At 9 PM we will be treated to a brand-new episode of Laugh Appalachia with Lee Hale and his crew, filled with fun talk of craft beer, extreme Frisbee and other cool stuff.

At 9:30 listen to an encore presentation of last week’s Word Association where Lee and Rudy spend thirty minutes .talking about Lame Superheroes. 10 PM sees a replay of this week’s brand-new Radio Free Charleston International, which combined an hour of brand-new music with an hour of classic cuts from the world’s greatest musical forces, including Bob Dylan, King Crimson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, Joe Jackson, Prince Frank Zappa and more.

Because it was so well-received last week, we will once again let Radio Free Charleston take over the overnight spot Friday, with repeats of Radio Free Charleston and Radio Free Charleston International running all night long, just to give you an extra chance to listen to our shows that you may have missed. The fun starts start at midnight and will run until our regularly-schedule Saturday morning replays.

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Memorial Day

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It’s a short PopCulteer this week as your loyal correspondent doesn’t really have much to say.

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and while there is a ton of stuff happening in and around Charleston, this is a holiday weekend that doesn’t really affect me that much. Let me explain.

When I was growing up, Memorial Day always meant traumatic and stressful running around for my family. My aunts and uncles and grandmother all had family buried all over the state. They were all hung up on going out ech year and decorating the graves. it was a major family obligation. The graves absolutely had to have new (plastic) flowers every Memorial Day, even though we didn’t have a lot of military folks in the family. By the time I came along the holiday had evolved from its original intent to honor veterans and had turned in a generic “honor all dead folks” day, an economic stimulus for florists and Chinese plastic flower factories.

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RFC International is Half-New/Half-Old

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RFCI LOGO MAY 26AThursday at midnight, with replays Friday at 10 PM and Saturday morning at 11, tune in for an all-new edition of Radio Free Charleston International, as we bring you a crazy two-hour mix of wild music that no other radio station would dare to program.

Tune in to the AIRadio website, or listen to the show on this handy little radio-player widget…

This week we open with an hour of brand-new music from folks like Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ben Harper and Corinne Bailey Rae. That’s followed by an hour of cool tracks and deep cuts by artists like King Crimson, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Frank Zappa, Astor Piazolla and Prince.

Just check out this crazy playlist…

Bob Dylan  “That Old Black Magic”

Corinne Bailey Rae  “Ice Cream Colours”
Radiohead  “Burn The Witch”
Billy Sherwood “Breaking The Cycle”
John Frusciante  “Foreglow”

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STUFF TO DO: May Into June

It’s time for our weekly look at Stuff To Do in town, and there sure is plenty of it. I’m certain that this little collection of graphics is nowhere near complete (and if you have an event, and make a graphic, I’ll be sure to contact me here or on Facebook). The big thing for your PopCulteer this weekend is Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School’s tribute to David Bowie, featuring my imaginary daughter, Kitty Killton. There’s also food, music and more in Charleston this weekend. We even take a peek into the middle of next week as an RFC favorite touring band returns to The Empty Glass. Check it all out…

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Rotofugi Designer Toy Store

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968_2064 On our trip to Chicago last week (which you can read more about HERE), we stopped in to visit Rotofugi, a store/art gallery specializing in designer toys.  That means stuff like Funko Pop figures, but way more of it in a huge variety of different styles, sizes, and prices.

We saw everything from small blind-box figures that were only a few bucks to medium-sized figures in the ten to twenty-dollar range to gigantic designer statues selling for several hundred dollars.  Of course, there were all sorts of cool things at all points in between, including Funko Pop, Vinyl Idolz, Kid Robot blind-boxes, weird plush, wooden toys, coloring books, Dunnies, Pusheen, and way more than I could possibly list here. It was overwhelming for collectors like us.

While it was amazing to visit Rotofugi in person, if you can’t make it to Chicago, head over to their website where this week they are running a sale in honor of the owner’s birthday, where everything is 20 percent off.  Check out their Facebook page for details on how to get that discount. This is, of course, some of the coolest stuff on the planet and it was an amazing treat to get to go stand at Ground Zero for epic cool-assed weirdness and the world’s niftiest trinketry.

As with our Chicago photo essay posted earlier today, these photos were all taken with a Kodak Zi8 video camera, set to still picture mode, which had a fixed focus and less flexibility.  Please accept our apologies for the resolution and any inadvertent blurriness.  We are presenting these images without captions because Rotofugi literally left us speechless.

If you do make it to Chicago, you can visit Rotofugi at 2780 North Lincoln Avenue.

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