Okay, so perhaps I’m a little laser-focussed on GI Joe this week. Anyway, our art to start the week is a digital painting based on a photo taken in my living room, of a GI Joe, aided by a couple of Minions, guarding the “cool kids” section of the bookshelf, with titles by folks like Kim Dietch, Harvey Pekar, Chester Brown and Larry Marder.
Click to enlarge, and check out more posts coming your way later today in PopCult.
Big Surprise, right? You know I’ve been talking about JoeLanta and The Great Atlanta Toy Convention for days already, and promise to continue doing so for the next week or more, so it shouldn’t come as any shock that I’m going to bring you some of the videos that I’ve made in previous years.
Right now, in descending order, we’re going to bring you the wrap-up shows for 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013, with our most recent clip up at the top of this post. This video not only shows you how cool the show was last year, but it also has the dates of this year’s show and plugs the Cody Lane Memorial Toy and Diorama Museum exhibit in Stone Mountain. You’ll hear more about that later this week. Also, you’ll get to hear me mispronounce the word “diorama” all through the video. It’s a bad habit I picked up from a college professor and never quite shook.
These are your videos today. More are coming as we continue our countdown to JoeLanta and The Great Atlanta Toy Convention.
Episode 39 of Radio Free Charleston, “Go Van Gogh Shirt” comes to us from March, 2008, and it’s a nostalgia-soaked trip down memory lane. And you can take the word “trip” any way you want. The music is from an archival video that I found while rooting around in the “gem closet” here at Stately Radio Free Charleston Manor. It’s from November 1990, recorded live at The Empty Glass. We called that night “Shooting Fyssh In A Glass” because I was going to videotape the band, Strawfyssh. They were opening for Three Bodies, and until I checked the tape I’d forgotten that I had also taped Three Bodies doing their sound-check that night. So I had both bands on tape.
No, of course, since this show is nine years old, it’s doubly-nostalgic.
I hosted this show from the Empty Glass of 2008, during Happy Hour. It was a bit loud, as the Glass tends to be, and there are parts of the show where the audio on the host segments is questionable, but the show is still packed with musical goodness. Okay, let’s be honest. The audio for the host segments is horrendous. It was this show that convinced your host to start using a microphone, rather than relying on the word of his cameraman that “It sounded okay.”
There is also a surreal guest appearance by none other than Charleston’s Mayor, in a segment that has to be seen to be believed, and which, considering events that occurred after this show first debuted, has taken on a twisted and bizarre character.. There’s also an animated short by me, just so that the entire show doesn’t degenerate into ruminations on “the olden days.”
This was one of the shows where I was burdened with a production assistant who…didn’t work out. We actually had two assistants during this time that proved to be more of a detriment than a help to our show. They were quickly “future endeavored,” never to be heard from again. You can read the original production notes HERE.
PopCult Note: We have been presenting these classic episodes of Radio Free Charleston in the order in which they premiered, but next week we are going to skip one, then come back to it a couple of weeks later, for reasons that should be obvious.
Here at PopCult central we are back from one adventure and preparing to embark on another, but we have a ton of odd little items to address and report, so let’s go!
About Those Medical Tests
I’m talking about the ones that kept me from attending Toy Fair this year. Well, the results are in. I still have Myasthenia Gravis (which was no shock), but I will soon be exiting the land of prednisone. Prednisone is a marvelous drug, pretty much the best medicine for my condition, but it also comes with a full regiment of nasty side effects that Your PopCulteer will be perfectly happy to put in his rear-view mirror.
As I am weaning off of that medicine, I will be attending to one of those side effects, and that will require another brief sabbatical from the world of editing video. So after I return from JoeLanta and The Great Atlanta Toy Convention and produce the videos of that wonderful event, I will be going back on the video shop track for a month or two.
After that matter is taken care of, Radio Free Charleston will return in all its video glory, just in time to make the eleventh anniversary of its first episode. Before that, though, a “lost” episode will likely pop up when you least expect it. This is one for which we shot the host segments almost a year ago in Senoia, Georgia.
But Enough About Me
Highlights Thursday on The AIR include a tribute to David Bowie on Radio Free Charleston International at 3 PM, followed immediately by this week’s all-instrumental edition of Radio Free Charleston, the area’s only regularly-scheduled local music radio program. Just for kicks we’ll throw in some Unknown Hinson and an overnight dose of Swing.
In a show that we originally ran back in July 2016, and which has been out of rotation since August, we bring you two hours of the music of David Bowie, performed by him and others, on RFC International:
David Bowie “Ashes To Ashes”
Rick Wakeman “Life On Mars”
Nirvana “The Man Who Sold The World”
Frankie Goes To Hollywood “Suffragette City”
Mike Garson “Space Oddity”
Cuddly Toys “Madman”
Spiders From Mars “Moonage Daydream”
Waltari “Look Back In Anger”
Adrian Belew with DB “Pretty Pink Rose”
Queen with DB “Under Pressure”
Iggy Pop with DB “Funtime”
Reeves Gabriel with DB “You’ve Been Around”
Bauhaus “Ziggy Stardust”
Tin Machine “Sacrifice Yourself”
David Bowie “John, I’m Only Dancing”
Ava Cherry and the Astronettes “I Am Divine”
Dana Gillispie “Andy Warhol”
The Polyamorous Affair “Cat People”
The Mission UK “After All”
Mystique “Drive In Saturday Night”
Duran Duran “Boys Keep Swinging”
The Erin Orchestra “Be My Wife”
Graham Blvd “Changes”
Carla Bruni “Absolute Beginners”
Mick Karn “Ashes To Ashes”
We Have Band “Let’s Dance”
Gene Loves Jezabel “All The Young Dudes”
Rick Wakeman “Space Oddity”
That’s followed by this week’s Radio Free Charleston at 5 PM, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy at 6 PM and a primetime lineup of The Swing Shift and Curtain Call.
At 10 PM Live From The Empty Glass brings you Unknown Hinson and Low Cut Connie, recorded live at Charleston’s premiere dive-bar music venue, the World Famous Empty Glass. Then the night owls can jitterbug the night away with our weekly marathon of The Swing Shift at 1 AM.
Tune in to The AIR. You don’t know what you’re missing.
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