We have a brand-new episode of Radio Free Charleston Tuesday on The AIR. It’s the only new show on The AIR this week because our German broadcastmasters are still tinkering with their new servers and outages are still possible. However, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that we’ll be able to bring you all our shows uninterrupted by the end of the week. All you have to do is tune in at the website, or on this embedded radio player…
RFC hits at 10 AM (with a replay at 10 PM– all times EDT) with a brand-new edition of the show. The reason we’re dropping a new RFC this week is that we have a brand-new, fresh out of the musical oven, song from Kevin Scarbrough. Less than five years ago Kevin released his first album, Birthright, and we became instant fans. Friday Kevin will officially release his second album, Rock The Patriarch, but Thursday PopCult will bring you a detailed review of the full album, a day before it’s released. Meanwhile, Tuesday you can tune in and hear his new song, “End Of The Day” open up Radio Free Charleston. PopCult readers can purchase a download of the entire album now at THIS LINK.
Now in its thirtieth year, Radio Free Charleston continues to bring you more local music than any other source.
After opening the show with Kevin’s latest, we continue with a mix of brand-new local music, classic tracks and a deepish dive into our archives.
Check out the playlist here:
Kevin Scarbrough “End of The Day”
Beggars Clan “Glass of Water”
Fletcher’s Grove “Ride”
Mother’s Nature “Stand Back”
Mojomatic “That’s what The Blues Is All About”
Todd Burge “Back To The Races (Burlap)”
Holly And The Guy “Since I Met You”
Jay Parade “How This Ends”
John Lancaster “Phantom Moon”
Poor Man’s Gravy “That Which Should Never Be Played”
Feast of Stephen “Gomec”
Holden Caulfield “The Fields Still Burn”
Following the 10 AM debut of this episode, you can stick around and listen to three previously-aired shows, for a four-hour local music fix.
Radio Free Charleston can be heard Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM, with replays Thursday at 2 PM, Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 11 AM and Midnight and Sunday at 1 PM, exclusively on The AIR.
As for the rest of our programming on The AIR we are still in encore mode this week. The plan is to return with all-new episodes of all of our shows next week, and the week after, as well.
This week’s art is truly an example of “mixed media.” This psychedelic take on The Empire State Building (part of our New York-inspired art series) started out as a silhouette of the famed skyscraper. I blew it out on the computer so that it was just an outline. Then I printed it out, and took to it with with a variety of pens, gel pens, colored pencils, markers and Sharpies. I then scanned what I had so far back into the computer, where I cleaned up some pencil lines and sloppy coloring, and added the sky, the border, and did some digital tweaking, like boosting the saturation. The end result is The Altered State Building. You might see it in person if you ever take the open-top bus tour while using hallucinogens.
As always, click the image to see it bigger.
Meanwhile, Monday on The AIR, 7 AM kicks in with a bit of synergy with today’s art, as we bring you eight hours of Nigel Pye’s Psychedelic Shack. Then at 3 PM you can settle in for eight hours of great New Wave music with Sydney’s Big Electric Cat. At 11 PM you can spend your late night with eight hours of the best Progressive Rock of the last half-century on Prognosis.
You can listen to The AIR at the website, or on this embedded radio player…
Tonight, for those of you who aren’t particularly interested in the series finale of Game of Thrones, we bring you a three-hour documentary about Mr. Warhol.
Quoting from The IMDB Page:
ANDY WARHOL: THE COMPLETE PICTURE is the definitive account of the life and work of the most enigmatic and influential artist of the late twentieth century. Over 60 interviews with Warhol’s close friends, collaborators, Superstars, Factory cohorts and family, as well as distinguished philosophers, art historians and cultural commentators, constitute a documentary profile unprecedented in its depth, range and scale. The series boasts unique access to the Warhol Foundation’s rich and extensive archives, previously unseen private home-movie footage, audio-tapes as yet unheard, and extracts from Warhol’s legendary film experiments, mysteriously withdrawn by the artist over 30 years ago. Warhol’s intuitive grasp of, and influence on, the collapsing of high and low culture in the late twentieth century is reflected in the extraordinary range of participants in this series, who include ARTHUR DANTO, Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, Blondie’s DEBBIE HARRY, Hollywood maverick DENNIS HOPPER and fellow Warhol collector LORD ARCHER. Other contributors include artists JULIAN SCHNABEL, JEFF KOONS, PETER BLAKE, KENNY SCHARF, RONNIE CUTRONE and KOMAR and MELAMID; actors CRISPIN GLOVER, JOE DALLESANDRO, UDO KIER and JARED HARRIS; filmmakers PAUL MORRISSEY and JONAS MEKAS; musicians JOHN CALE and THE DANDY WARHOLS; New York socialite NAN KEMPNER, and guru of window dressing, SIMON DOONAN. Beginning with Warhol’s death and the establishment of the Andy Warhol museum in Pittsburgh (the only museum dedicated to an American artist), it becomes immediately apparent as we sift through the vast treasure of archives that whether Warhol was sketching, painting, screen printing, photographing, filming, writing, publishing, tape recording, videotaping, or speaking on the telephone, that his entire life was his work, and that as an artist he was obsessed with documenting experience.
Originally presented as a mini-series for TV, here’s the entire thing, in one nearly three-hour block. Enjoy, and maybe have some Campbell’s soup with it!
And remember, some reviews have said that this documentary is chock full of mistakes and inaccuracies.
This week we go back to late April, 2013 for Radio Free Charleston 184, “Sherlock Shirt,” which was shot all over the city of Charleston and featured the RFC debuts of both The Carpenter Ants and Time and Distance. Plus we had a song from Joseph Hale (in a music video by Murfmeef) and a preview of the Alban Arts Center production of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance as well as animation from Frank Panucci.
The Carpenter Ants are seen performing “Blessing” at The East End Bazaar. We recorded Time And Distance doing their song, “There Is Nothing I Hate More Than The DMV,” at The Empty Glass, and the late Mr. Hale’s video for “Serene” was shot around Parkersburg.
For the original production notes, go HERE.
Today we’re going to tell you how you can help finish a terrific-looking local indendent film. This is a really special project, and I think it could really help show off the filmmaking talent in this area with a first-rate production.
My Autopsy is a film project that writer/director Holly Mollohan has been working to bring to life for ten years. It’s a fresh take on the issue of domestic abuse with an enlightened point of view.
I spoke with Serenity Allinder Velasco Valle, the producer of My Autopsy, as well as an actress in the film. She tells the story of the film, “Holly Mollohan began this journey ten years ago! The screenplay won several awards along the way. I signed on in June of last year as pre-production was starting and went head over heels into my first stint on that side of the camera. I’ve acted, but never been part of the crew until now.”
My Autopsy follows 24-year-old Rachel (Gareth Tidball) as she tries to move on with her life after a violent relationship. However, the more she tries to move on, it becomes more evident of how much deeper the emotional scars are than the physical ones from the relationship with Vince (Dave Stishan), the film’s main antagonist. Vince starts reminding her that she isn’t her own person: she is his property. In effect, she never fully became free. Eventually, the threat of Vince becomes real in a final showdown that pits Rachel and Vince against each other for ownership of her inner power, and her true self.
Set in the environment of the gritty local music scene, My Autopsy examines Rachel’s fall into the abyss and her ultimate realization of self in a hard hitting, “no holds barred” fashion. It’s sex, drugs, rock and roll, and stream of consciousness poetry with a dreamlike emotional twist. In this tale it is discovered that within even the most broken woman hides a strong person who will eventually break out of the emotional cell in which she is imprisoned. She will find that she has the inner strength to not only tackle life on her own, but to effectively exorcise the demons from her past.
My Autopsy was filmed entirely in West Virginia. Holly Mollohan directed from her own script, with Assistant Director Eric Lorenz for Screaming Butterlfy Entertainment. Now You can help finish this project and bring Holly’s vision to the big screen.
A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to cover the costs of the finishing the film: shooting pick-ups, post-production expenses and festival submission fees.
There’s just under four weeks left in the campaign, and you can see the Kickstarter trailer right here…
Best of all, you’ll be encouraging the film industry in West Virginia, and maybe help us retain more of our young creative people.
Holly has been a fixture on the local music scene for some time, directing videos for bands like Byzantine and Voices of Anatole. In fact, I first met Holly back in 2007 when she contributed a Voices of Anatole music video to an episode of Radio Free Charleston that is currently in the cue to be remastered.
The Screenplay for My Autopsy has won the Silver Ace Award at the 2011 Las Vegas International Film Festival, was an Official Finalist at the 2011 Beverly Hills International Film Festival, won the Award of Excellence at the 2012 Canada International Film Festival, and took Second Place at the 2011 Appalachian Film Festival. Now with the production inches away from the finish line, you can help give it that one final push.
We go back to Serenity for the last word on My Autopsy, “We have the absolute BEST cast and crew! We have fun while getting things done. I haven’t had this much fun since I got to walk around making small talk with Tim Burton on the set of Planet of the Apes!”
Go kick in some funds, and keep checking PopCult for more updates on My Autopsy. When it’s finished I’ll let you know where and when you can see the finished film.
That is the PopCulteer for today. Check back for our regular features and one last NYC photo essay.
Right after we got on the bus, on Eighth Avenue, near 42nd Street. This is a hop-on, hop-off bus so that you can jump off and explore, then jump on the next bus that comes along in about twenty minutes. We didn’t hop off any, but we may do this again and use the bus to explore the city in more detail.
The obligatory bus selfie, this time with a real camera, and in focus.
If that headline looks to you like a euphemism for reruns, you are correct. The nice German folks who maintain the service we use to bring you The AIR have informed us that they are upgrading their servers this week, and as a result, there may be intermittant outages during that time. Since we don’t want to promote new shows, only to have our listeners tune in to hear dead air, I made the call to bring you encore presentations all week, so that you don’t get too disappointed if the station goes dead for a minute or fifty right in the middle of the cool new thing I promised.
You can still tune in at the website, or on this embedded radio player…
As for our reruns, I can assure you that we will only use the finest, USDA Grade-A repeats of our musical programs this week.
Tuesday, you can hear episode 100 of Radio Free Charleston at 10 AM and 10 PM, and the morning run will be followed by our three most recent RFC episodes. The Swing Shift will replay its fiftieth show, followed by a couple of other classic episodes at 3 PM.
Wednesday Curtain Call will present an encore of recent shows devoted to The Tony Awards. The rest of the week will also see classic episodes of our music programs. This is a great chance to check out The AIR, because one thing I know is, with our luck, hundreds of people will tune in right when the servers shut down and we have nothing but dead air.
Cross your fingers and hope that they get this all worked out by next week. We have lots of cool stuff we want you to hear. In the meantime, check PopCult for the rest of our NYC Tour Diary, and some reviews of really cool stuff.
This week we kick off a longish series of paintings and images based on my recent trip to New York City. Today it’s a fairly normal street scene, with an astronaut walking down Eighth Avenue. It’s a digital painting based on a composite of several photos I took from the taxi on the way from our purgatorial hotel in Queens to our real hotel. I’ll probably have NY-centric art in this space for the next couple of months.
As always, click the image to see it bigger.
Meanwhile, Monday on The AIR, 7 AM sees a marathon of Radio Free Charleston International with your PopCulteer playing whatever stikes his fancy. Then at 3 PM you can settle in for eight hours of great New Wave music with Sydney’s Big Electric Cat. At 11 PM you can spend your late night with eight hours of the best Progressive Rock of the last half-century on Prognosis.
You can listen to The AIR at the website, or on this embedded radio player…
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