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Sunday Evening Video: Asparagus

This week we bring you eighteen minutes of surreal, not-safe-for-work animation by the late Susan Pitt. Finished in 1979, after four years of work, it debuted as part of an installation at The Whitney Museum of Modern Art, Asparagus, which took four years to make, was eventually paired with David Lynch’s Eraserhead on the midnight-movie circuit. It’s a smorgasboard of sexual imagery mixed into a dreamlike stream of psychedelic consciousness.

Don’t expect a traditional narrative.

Pitt went on to create several more animated shorts, as well as creating multimedia installations and contributing tanimated projections to many theatrical productions around the world. She also taught experimental animation techniques and Harvard and Cal Arts.

This is one of those experimental cartoons that you just have to stare at and soak in…unless you are easily offended by sexual imagery, in which case you should maybe skip this one.

Pitt died just over two years ago at the age of 75, from pancreatic cancer. I remember watching Asparagus one time in the early 1980s, when Danny Boyd was invited to the Dunbar Public Library to show a collection of short films. I don’t believe he was asked back.

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The RFC Flashback: episode 209

This week, we coincidentally rolled upon our ninth anniversary episode of RFC in our Flashback, just six days after we premiered our fifteenth anniversary show.

On this show we had music videos by The Company Stores, Close The Hatch and Volt 9000. We also have live performances by Tape Age and Speedsuit and animation from Third Mind Incarnation. We kicked things off with a trailer for Ann Magnuson’s Dream Puppet Theater.

We played the music from this show on this week’s radio episode of Radio Free Charleston.

You can read the full production notes HERE.

And you can watch our latest episode, right here…

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The PopCulteer
July 9, 2021

Welcome to “overly dramatic headline day, here at PopCult.

Friday brings new episodes of MIRRORBALL and Sydney’s Big Electric Cat to The AIR. The AIR is PopCult’s sister radio station. You can hear these shows on The AIR website, or just click on the embedded player right here…

Today’s episodes of our AIR Music Specialty programs are musicologist’s delights. Sydney’s Big Electric Cat, for the second time in a row, presents 26 New Wave acts, each representing a letter of the alphabet. I’m informed by Ms. Fileen that she won’t be revisiting this gimmick again unless she can find more New Wave acts whose names start with “Q” or “Z.”

Before we get to New Wave, we have to ploy through Disco, and at 2 PM,  on a new episode of MIRRORBALL, Mel Larch introduces American Audiences to the German/Carribbean group, Boney M, who had a couple of minor hits in the US, but were a phenomenon overseas. This is some amazing music, as the band manages to pull off Disco covers of “No Woman, No Cry” and “In A Gadda Da Vida.” Check out this playlist…

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Boney M
“Let It All Be Music”
“Ma Baker”
“New York City”
“Ribbons of Blue”
“No Woman No Cry”
“Take The Heat Off Me”
“Sunny”
“Children of Paradies”
“Boonoonoonoos”
“I Feel Good”
“Gadda Da Vida”
“A Woman Can Change A Man”
“Gotta Go Home”
“Bahama Mama”

You can hear MIRRORBALL every Friday at 2 PM,  with replays Sunday at 11 PM, Monday at 9 AM, Tuesday at 1 PM and Wednesday at 7 PM, exclusively on The AIR.

At 3 PM, Sydney Fileen graces us with a second consecutive special mixtape episode of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat based on what she calls a “silly idea” from Nigel Pye, the host of Psychedelic Shack.  In a two-hour mixtape show, Sydney presents 26 New Wave artists, each one with a name starting with a different letter of the alphabet, just like last time. Since she didn’t have room to back-announce every song, she has asked me to include the playlist here so you can see who’s playing what…

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ABC “The Look of Love”
Bananarama “Robert DeNiro’s Waiting”
Concrete Blonde “Ghost of a Texas Ladies Man”
DEVO “The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprise”
Eurythmics “Here Comes The Rain Again”
Falco “Der Kommisar”
Graphic Shadows “Goodbye Libido”
Harlequin “Thinking of You”
Inspectors “Day After Day”
Joy Division “I Remember Nothing”
Klark Kent “Office Talk”
Lost Loved Ones “The Flag”
Moon Martin “Writng On The Wall”
Nena “99 Luftballoons”
Hazel O’Connor “Who Needs It”
Pretenders “Private Life”
Quarterflash “Williams Avenue”
Red Rider “Ships”
Simple Minds “New Gold Dreams (81-82-83-84)”
Tears For Fears “Shout”
The Ultraviolet “Kerry”
VHF “The Peril of Passion”
Wang Chung “Black-Blue-White”
X Ray Spex “Germfree Adolescents”
Yellow Magic Orchestra “Castalia”
Leydon Zar “I Want You Back”

Sydney’s Big Electric Cat is produced at Haversham Recording Institute in London, and can be heard every Friday at 3 PM, with replays Monday at 7 AM, Tuesday at 8 PM, Wednesday at Noon and Thursday at 10 AM, exclusively on The AIR.

That’s what’s on The AIR Friday, and that is this week’s PopCulteer. Check back for fresh content every single freakin’ day.

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A Midsummer Weekend’s Stuff To Do

Okay, we’re not really at “mid-summer” yet, but I needed a headline.

Now that we are almost out of the pandemic, cool things are happening all over town. Some of them are big and very well-publicized, like Live on the Levee, which begins Friday. Some of them are being put on by people who don’t bother to make usable graphics to plug their shows.

But the stuff I’m telling you about are the cool shows by folks who are kind enough to make cool graphics and leave them scattered around social media so that I may easily find them.

Remember, if you’re not vaccinated, don’t be an even bigger moron and go to an indoor show without a mask. Here’s some fun stuff happening in and around Charleston this weekend…

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100 Years of Musical Theatre On Curtain Call 100

It’s Milestone Time Wednesday afternoon The AIR brings you a very special brand-new episode of  Curtain Call!  You can tune in at the website, or or you could just stay on this page, and  listen to the convenient embedded radio player lurking right here…

At 3 PM on Curtain Call, Mel Larch celebrtes both the fifth anniversary of Curtain Call on The AIR, as well as the 100th episode of her showcase of the best of musical theatre. To mark this special occasion, Mel is going to bring you a sampling of the best of each decade of the last century, with the 2000s getting a bonus song and an opening number that dates back to 1904!

You will hear songs composed by George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Schwartz, Lin Manuel Miranda and more, and the singers include Ella Fitzgerald, Elaine Page, Bernadette Peters, Joel Grey, Nathan Lane and more.  Mel didn’t go with the Original Cast recordings for every track, opting for a mix of original performancs, revival casts and interpretations from the world’s greatest singers. Mel chose one song to represent each decade in which it debuted.

This is not supposed to be a definitive list of the absolute best, but rather a sampling of the cream of the crop of the many entertaining shows that have brought joy to millions over the last hundred years.

It was a challenge trying to cram over a hundred years of musical theatre into one hour, but Mel pulled it off. She does plan to go back and revisit each decade in future editions of Curtain Call. For now, check out this playlist:

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“Give My Regards to Broadway” Al Jolson
1920’s: “Oh, Lady, Be Good” from Lady Be Good, 1924 (George and Ira Gershwin) Buck and Bubble
1930’s:”The Lady Is a Tramp” from Babes in Arms 1937 (Rodgers and Hart) Ella Fitzgerald
1940’s: “There’s No Business Like Show Business” from Annie Get Your Gun 1946 (Irving Berlin)  Bernadette Peters and Tom Wopat
1950’s : “Getting To Know You” from The King and I  1957 (Rodgers and Hammerstein)Elaine Page
1960’s: “Hair” (Title song) 1967 (Gerome Ragni James Rado)
1970’s: “What I Did For Love” from A Chorus Line ( 1975 Marvin Hamlisch)
1980’s: “The Phantom of the Opera” (title song) 1986 (Andrew Lloyd Webber/Hart/Stilgoe)
1990’s: :La Vie Boheme” from RENT 1996 (Jonathan Larson)
2000s: “Where Did We Go Right?”  from The Producers (2001 Mel Brooks) Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick
“Wonderful” from Wicked 2003 (Stephen Scharwtz) Idina Menzel, Joel Grey
2010s: “My Shot” from Hamilton 2015 (Lin-Manuel Miranda)

Curtain Call can be heard on The AIR Wednesday at 3 PM, with replays Thursday at 8 AM and 9 PM, and Saturday at 8 PM. A six-hour marathon of classic episodes can be heard Sunday evening starting at 6 PM, and an all-night marathon of Curtain Call episodes can be heard Wednesday nights, beginning at Midnight.

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Shut Up And Dance On The Swing Shift

Tuesday on The AIR we deliver a brand-new episode of The Swing Shift.  In order to hear this new hour of Suh-Wing, you simply have to move your cursor over and tune in at the website, or you could just stay on this page, and listen to this copascetic little embedded radio player right here…

First off, at 1 PM we have a replay of the pride episode of  MIRRORBALL, wherein Mel Larch makes long to dance the inclusive Disco way for one full hour! Then at 2 PM an encore of Steven Allen Adams’ NOISE BRIGADE makes you want to jump in the mosh pit, the Ska/Punk way for the next hour.

At 3 PM a new hour of The Swing Shift drives home the dance theme by presenting a mixtape show where we shut up and dance…mostly. I do introduce the show, and Eddie Nichols sings one line at the end of the Royal Crown Revue tune, but otherwise the show is all instrumental. Check out this powerful playlist…

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Benny Goodman “Let’s Dance”
Artie Shaw “The Grabtown Grapple”
Brian Setzer Orchestra “Mr. Jazzer Goes Surfin'”
Tyler Pedersen “The Dig”
Glenn Miller “Tuxedo Junction”
Django Reinhardt “Oh, Lady Be Good”
Paolo Tomelieri “Esquire Bounce”
Jack’s Cats “King of The Singapore Sling”
Hot Sugar Band “Swing 41”
Lester Young “Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid”
Quincy Jones “Boogie Stop Shuffle”
Royal Crown Revue “Be Bop For Boo”
Swing Rocket “Soul Station”
Charlie Barnett “Cherokee”
Gene Krupa/Roy Eldridge “Swing Is Here”
Teddy Wilson “Liza”
Tommy Dorsey “Opus One”
Jim Parrot, Don Stiernberg “I’ll Remember April”

You can hear The Swing Shift Tuesday at 3 PM, with replays Wednesday at 8 AM and 6 PM, Thursday at 2 PM and Saturday afternoon, only on The AIR. You can also hear all-night marathons, seven hours each, starting at Midnight Thursday and Sunday evenings.

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Tuesday on The AIR  we deliver a completely brand-new episode of Radio Free Charleston. It’s three hours of music that lets you support the local scene and indulge your strange musical desires. You simply have to move your cursor over and tune in at the website, or you could just stay on this page, and  listen to the cool embedded player right here…

We have a new Radio Free Charleston at 10 AM and 10 PM Tuesday.  This week we celebrate fifteen years of the RFC video show by bringing you the music from the just-posted fifteenth anniversary episode of Radio Free Charleston (Volume Two-the video show). We also bring you the music from our ninth anniversary show, from back in 2015, and we have tons of music from folks who you might not have realized have new albums out. We open the show with a newly-remastered song from John Radcliff.

This new episode caps off a four-day-plus marathon of Radio Free Charleston that was part of our low-key anniversary conglomerate celebration. The AIR turns five years old this week, but in truth really launched back in 2014 as Voices of Appalachia. It’s been five years since we changed the name to The AIR, and took ownership of the station as the internet radio arm of PopCult.  It’s been a long, strange trip, but we’re still having fun.

Check out the playlist to see all the goodies we bring you this week…

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John Radcliff “Stupid Mind”
The Madison 2 “Indian Summer”
Spurgy Hankins Band “True Love”
The Swivel Rockers “Lost Without Your Love”
David Synn “Muse”
The Paris Project “Sugar”
Volt 9000 “A Glitch In Time”
The Company Stores “Rollin'”
Tape Age “Hangman”
Close The Hatch “Skull and Burn”
Speedsuit “Hold Me Up, Lay Me Down”

hour two
James Townsend “Talking Former White Nationalist Reactionary Blues”
Joan Armatrading “Consequences”
Styx “Crash of the Crown”
Dennis DeYoung “St. Quarantine”
Garbage “The Creeps”
Naked Eyes “Coming Up For Air”
Danny Elfman “Happy”
mediogres “Extra Dirt”
Dweezil Zappa and Keith Emerson “Run Like Hell”
The Kronos Quartet “Act III”
Toyah “Tiger Tiger”
All Torches Lit “Strangelove”
The Madison 2 “Say It Ain’t So”

hour three
Mind Garage “Paint It Black”
The Mumps “Scream and Scream Again”
Liz Phair “Bad Kitty”
Boldly Go “Fell In Love On Qo’nos”
Jay Parade “FPLGP”
The Slits “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”
Unmanned “Stick In The Mud”
Crowded House “To The Island”
Chrissie Hynde “In The Summertime”
Jim Lange “Call Me Tonight”
Rose Garden “Here’s Today”
Paula Cole “God’s Gonna Cut You Down”
Matt Berry “Blues Inside Me”
Paul Weller “White Horses”

You can hear this episode of Radio Free Charleston Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM on The AIR, with replays Wednesday at 9 AM, Thursday at 3 PM. Friday at 7 PM, plus Saturday afternoon, and again at Midnight, and then one more replay Monday at 11 AM.

As is now the norm, I’m also going to  embed a low-fi, mono version of this show right in this post, right here so you can listen on demand.

We will have details on the rest of Tuesday’s programming on The AIR later.

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Monday Morning Art: Muse

This week’s art is a digital painting that is the last image you see in the video for David Synn’s tune, “Muse.” The video debuted yesterday as part of the latest video episode of Radio Free Charleston, and you can see the video by itself right here…

I took David’s piano piece from his latest release, Legacy, and inspired by the title, tried to capture some of the ways an artist looks at his model, or his “muse,” at it were. This is a digital painting based on the last model we see in the video. You can purchase David’s music at his Bandcamp page, and keep watching PopCult, because I have another one in the works.  Today’s piece is a simple, tasteful, nude.

If you want to see it bigger, just click on the image.

Meanwhile, Monday at on The AIR, we continue with our marathon of Radio Free Charleston. This runs until Tuesday afteroon, and wraps up with a brand-new episode that debuts Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM.  You can listen to The AIR at the website.

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Sunday Evening Video: New Radio Free Charleston!

July 4, 2006, the video version of Radio Free Charleston made its official debut at The Gazz.com. Now, fifteen years later, we have a brand-new edition of our local music showcase!

Eight days ago as your PopCulteer and his lovely wife were heading to Madison, WV for our first music video shoot in 16 months, I realized that the fifteenth anniversary of the RFC video show was this year…on the Fourth of July, no less. I hadn’t done an anniversary episode of the video show since 2015, the year before my diagnosis of Myasthenia Gravis that caused me to cut back on the video stuff. So with a week to put a show together, I kicked into high gear and started trying to figure out what I could put in the show.

The two bands we filmed last week were in, as was the music video I’d been quietly working on for a couple of months. Then I dove into the vaults for some never-edited video of performances from 2008, and got some table scraps of animation from my brother, Frank Panucci, and I had the bulk of a show. All I had to do was head out and shoot host segments and then edit the show while my neighborhood sounded like a warzone, and here we are, just over forty minutes of local music and animation, featuring The Madison 2, Spurgy Hankins Band, David Synn, The Swivel Rockers and The Paris Project. Plus animation from Frank,  and editing by yours truly. The end result was Radio Free Charleston V2 218, “West Virginia Shirt.”

Host segments were shot on the roof of Charleston’s Quarrier Street Parking Building, which, while deserted, was not as quiet as we had imagined. Loud trucks, motorcycles, church bells and helicopters kept this from being a one-take show, which is why we have some jump cuts while I’m talking. I’m out of practice with this stuff.  Our namesake shirt for this episode come from Kin Ship Goods.  It’s actually called “Life On Mars” but I didn’t know that until I went to get the link.

Before we get into the music, there’s time for some senseless violence, courtesy of Frank.

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The RFC Flashback: MINI SHOW number 62

This week we go back to June, 2015, for an RFC MINI SHOW starring The Seude Brothers that was recorded almost four years earlier.

The Suede Brothers are a Rust Belt Rock trio out of beautiful Cleveland, Ohio. The Forest City three spread the good word across the Midwest and to the American South. To promote their appearance as part of Mission Coalition in September, 2011, we featured the band and their “Coos Bay Boogie” video on episode 144 of Radio Free Charlesston, but we didn’t do much with the Mission Coalition footage we had…until the summer of 2015.

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