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Ten Years of RFC Flashback: Episode 31

rfc31montageaThat’s episode 31 of Radio Free Charleston, “GI Joe Shirt,” fully remastered that you see up above. This was just at the beginning of the Christmas season. You’ll see the 2007 RFC Christmas show next week.

Originally from late November, 2007, this episode, hosted from the La Belle Theater, features music from Raymond Wallace and Doctor Senator, plus animation from Frank Panucci and news about then upcoming events in South Charleston, which are now many years in the past.

perkydang04Like I said, this episode of Radio Free Charleston is loaded with promos for upcoming events that, of course, already happened. You’ll see host, Rudy Panucci, give heartfelt plugs for The No Pants Players annual Christmas Show and IWA East Coast’s double-show, where they ran a high-flyer’s tournament and the first Masters of Pain show on the same day.

This show also includes a promo clip for the “Best of Radio Free Charleston Night” at the LaBelle and a brief appearence of Kitty Killton before she was Kitty Killton. We never did get around to doing “Mad Man Pondo’s Celebrity Run-in” though.

raymond04Our musical acts were Raymond Wallace, recorded in the lobby at LiveMix Studio, and Doctor Senator, recorded at The Sound Factory. Those two venues, sadly, are no longer with us. You can read the original production notes for this show, complete with dead links and junk HERE.

Rock The Lake Next Week

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January13
, 2017

Next week, January 21 to be exact, a very special ALL-AGES show takes place at the site of Rock Lake in South Charleston. “Rock The Lake at Rock Lake” doors open at 5 PM and attendees will be treated to a killer line-up of eight local musical acts. This is your chance to hear some of the Charleston area’s brightest talents in a drug-and-alcohol-free atmosphere.

This event will be held at the Community Life Center across the street from Rock Lake Presbyterian Church (905 Village Dr, South Charleston). Parking at the church is preferred. When the doors open at 5PM there will be games, food and a raffle. This is the first big all-ages show around Charleston this year and it’ll be great to shake out the Winter blues with a night of rock and roll.

Tickets are ten dollars in advance (you can order HERE), or fifteen dollars at the door. Several freinds of Radio Free Charleston are on the bill, and if your PopCulteer is up to it, this will be the first recording session for RFC in over ten months.

Check out the line-up:

RiverJam 6:00PM-6:45PM
Roy Bush 6:45PM-7:30PM
Dub V Funk 7:30PM- 8:15PM
Sheldon Vance 8:15PM- 9:00PM
Heavy Hitters 9:00PM- 9:45PM
Mike Bennett 9:45PM- 10:30PM
The Extra Pedestrials 10:30PM-11:15PM
College Hill Band 11:15PM- Midnight

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NJ Croce Toys For 2017

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njcrocecatalogThe International Toy Fair in New York is just about a month away, and unfortunately your PopCulteer cannot go this year due to a conflict with some medical tests for Myasthenia Gravis. However, I will do my best to remotely cover all the cool announcements about upcoming toys for 2017, and the news has already started leaking early from some companies. We’ll be bringing you the cool toy news as it comes in over the next several weeks, starting with today’s look at what’s new from one of our favorite companies.

The pre-Toy Fair catalog from our friends at NJ Croce is loaded with tons of cool stuff and new products. NJ Croce is the company that makes cool bendable figures, including Gumby and Pokey and DC Comics bendies that you see everywhere. Keep in mind that the images accompanying this article are prototypes and mock-ups and may look quite different when they hit stores later in the year. You should start seeing the new toys we tell you about in stores over the next few weeks, but you can find their existing products all over the place now, and at Amazon.

In 2017 they are expanding their offerings with a fantastic new line of 8-inch bendies of DC’s “New 52” Justice League, as well as new product lines based on the upcoming Wonder Woman movie, Where’s Waldo, Suicide Squad and Red Sonja and the big surprise, with no product images available yet, NJ Croce will be producing bendies based on Star Trek.

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The stunning 8″ New 52 Batman that we saw last year has spawned a whole new line of 8-inch bendable Justice League figures. Some of these will be available individually, but a few can only be found in the striking boxed set that you see above.

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rfci-jan-12-logoRadio Free Charleston International is all over the map this week this week on The AIR. You can hear RFC International, the show where your PopCulteer, Rudy Panucci, gets to play whatever music he wants, Thursday at 3 PM at The AIR website, or right here, on the embedded player…

This week your humble host was too lazy to cook up a unifying theme, so this two-hour blast of random cool music is way the heck more random than usual. We have one mini-set of four DEVO covers, but other than that, this show is all about clashes of musical stylings. We begin with Italian film composer, Ennio Morricone, and along the way we’ll hear tons of emerging bands mixed in with things like Peter Gabriel singing in German, Kawai Heavy Metal, neo-classical metal, bizarro Rockabilly and even classic rock.

You can hear Radio Free Charleston International Thursday at 3 PM, Friday at 7 AM and 10 PM, Saturday at 11 AM, Sunday at 1 AM and Tuesday at 11 PM. That’s plenty of chances for you to catch this week’s show, which is like playing radio roulette. Seriously, check out the playlist:

Ennio Morricone  “Frantic”
The Aquabats  “Love Without Anger”
The Vandals  “The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprise”
Voodoo Glow Skulls  “Time Out For Fun”
Don Knotts Overdrive  “Snowball”
Peter Gabriel  “Das Fishermelz”
Plymouth Fury “Maribor”
Ray Davies  “The Getaway (Lonesome Train)”
Luciferian Light Orchestra  “Thunder Perfect Mind”
David Bowie  “Killing A Little Time”
All Them Witches  “Cowboy Kirk”
Babymetal  “The One”
Foxygen  “Mrs. Adams”
The Murlocs  “Wolf Creep”
Skytown Riot  “Devil’s Masquerade”
Diablo Swing Orchestra  “Voodoo Mon Amour”
No Resolve  “Love Me To Death”
Jordan Max  “Hell”
Symbolic  “Chameleon”
Go Get Gone  “Chasin’ My Baby”
DEVO  “Soo Bawlz”
Keith Emerson Band  “Marche Train”
The Who  “Pure and Easy”
The Rutles  “Piggy in the Middle”

Plus we end it all with a mystery bonus cut!

juke002At 3 PM today Curtain Call offers up a primer of “jukebox musicals.” You can tune in at 3 PM on The AIR website or on this embedded radio player…

Curtain Call host, Mel Larch, brings you an hour of the best broadway musicals based on existing songs. These “jukebox musicals” include shows like Jersey Boys, Million Dollar Quartet, American Idiot and Mama Mia.

In this brisk hour, Larch plays you tunes from these shows as well as stage musicals based on the works of Carole King, Billy Joel, Queen, the songwriting team of Leiber/Stoller and The Beatles. You’ll hear plenty of recognizable songs ranging from the early days of rock & roll to the power ballads of the eighties and more.

Curtain Call can be heard on The AIR every Wednesday at 3 PM, with replays Thursday at 7 AM and 8 PM, Saturday at 1 PM and Tuesday at 9 AM.

Check out the playlist for this week’s Curtain Call:

“On Broadway” from Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Lieber & Stoller
“Be My Baby” from Leader of the Pack
“Big Girls Don’t Cry” from Jersey Boys
“Oh Boy!” from Buddy Live! The Buddy Holly Story
“I Wanna Hold Your Hand/She Loves You” from Beatlemania
“Down By The Riverside” from Million Dollar Quartet
“Don’t Be Cruel” from the original Million Dollar Quartet session 12/4/56
“Folsom Prison Blues” from Million Dollar Quartet
“Great Balls of Fire” from Million Dollar Quartet
“Get Ready/Dancin’ In The Street” from Motown: The Musical
“1-2-3” from On Your Feet!
“Dancin’ Queen” from Mamma Mia
“It’s Raining Men” from Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
“High Enough” from Rock of Ages
“She’s Got A Way” from Movin’ Out
“We Gotta Get Out of This Place” from Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
“St. Jimmy” from American Idiot (featuring Billie Joe Armstrong)
“We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions” from We Will Rock You

zirk-logo-1-11Today at 1:30 PM and 7 PM you can hear a new episode of Life Speaks with Michele Zirkle Marcum on The AIR website, or on this embedded radio player…

A new year brings in lots of change and fresh starts, and Michele Zirkle Marcum talks about ridding your life of unwanted clutter as we begin a new year. As “life speaks” to you about those things you may overlook, Michele guides you to ways to streamline your life of unwanted possessions and draining relationships.

You can listen to Life Speaks with Michele Zirkle Marcum on The AIR Wednesdays at 1:30 PM and 7 PM, with replays Friday at 11 AM, Sunday at 5 PM and Monday at 1 PM. You can also listen to archived episodes at her website.

Local Music, Swing Music, The AIR has it all!

tuesday-logo-1-10aIt’s Tuesday and that means new episodes of Radio Free Charleston and The Swing Shift on The AIR! Tune in at the website, or on this handy embedded radio player…

At 10 AM and 10 PM Radio Free Charleston brings the local music to you with a show that includes Jeff Ellis and 40 Days, Lady D (Doris Fields), The Company Stores, Spurgie Hankins Band and more, opening with a fifty-year-old cut by The Rose Garden, featuring Parkersburg native, Diana Derose.

Radio Free Charleston is replayed several times each week, including Thursday at 5 PM and Saturday at 10 AM and Midnight.

At 3 PM The Swing Shift takes over with a show filled with surprises. From Harry James shredding on the trumpet, to Swing Revivalists like Indigo Swing, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Colin James and his Little Big Band and The Blue Saracens to The Mahatten Transfer and even Buddy Rich’s Big Band peforming a song that was also done by Emerson Lake and Palmer, this is one fast-paced hour. We even include a set of Electro-Swing to keep you hopping.

The Swing Shift replays Wednesday morning at 7 AM, Thursday evening at 7 PM and Saturday at 9 AM. The AIR will also present a marathon, Swing All Night every Thursday at midnight.

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Monday Morning Art: Big City Black and White

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We are going to kick off this new work week with a trio of images of Chicago, run through the new and improved “Stark Charleston” filter, which you may remember from my unfinished series of animated short films from about six years ago. Though, to be honest, you probably don’t.  These are photographs run through a high-contrast artsy filter of my own tweakery that makes them look a bit like a detailed pen-and-ink drawing. But they aren’t. You can click on the images to see them bigger anyway.

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Sunday Evening Videos: Progressive Rock Rules!

This week’s blast of videos salutes Progressive Rock, the viruostic, classically-influenced rock and roll that moved music forward into complex and intelligent areas that were deeply offensive to musically-conservative listeners who prefer to be spoon-fed formulaic dreck.  Taking their cue from the Beatles and their musically-adventurous ways, progressive rock musicians pushed the envelope to breaking with challenging and often pretentious and pompous tunes that destroyed the musical conventions of the day, with extended song structures, bizarre time signatures, non-traditional instrumentation and unusual subject matter.

prog-lgo-jan17You can hear Prognosis, a show that brings you two hours of progressive rock each Monday (with replays throughout the week) on The AIR, and on this embedded player, if you are so inclined…

At the top of this post you see The Progressive Rock Anthology, a collection of performances by Emerson Lake and Palmer, Curved Air, Focus, Rick Wakeman and more. Below you will find the Beat Club compilation “Frontiers of Progressive Rock,” with vintage performances by King Crimson, YES, ELP, The Nice and Soft Machine.

If you like what you hear in these videos, don’t forget to tune in to Prognosis, presented by Herman Linte, Mondays at 3 PM and Wednesdays at 8 PM, on The AIR.

Ten Years of RFC Flashback: Episode 30


rfc30montageThis week we go back to November, 2007, for a show that features the Radio Free Charleston debut of Mark Bates, who can still be seen performing around town and occasionally sitting in with The Carpenter Ants. In this classic show, he’s heard solo, recorded at the old Unity Church, during one of Ron Sowell’s open mic nights.

Our other musical guests are most of The Voo Doo Katz, recorded live at the La Belle Theater in South Charleston, and RFC regular John Radcliff, performing in the kitchen at LiveMix Studio. We also feature animation and the first installment of “The Android Family.”You can read the original production notes, bum links and all,  for this episode right HERE.

Also, be warned, Radio Free Charleston will return as a video program soon. In the meantime, you can listen to the radio version of our local music showcase, along with tons of other great programming, on The AIR, at the website, or on this embedded internet radio player…