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Monday Morning Art: Urban Canyon

 

January is still Edward Hopper homage month here at PopCult, and today we have a study (acrylic on board) of a scene from a trip to Chicago a couple or three years ago. I altered the composition a bit from my photo reference to be a bit more Hopperesque, and I think I’m getting closer to understanding his interplay between shadow and light.

When I blow this up on a real canvas, I’ll probably rearrange and remove some of the vehicles.

If you want to see this one a bit bigger, just click on it.

Meanwhile, Monday at 2 PM on The AIR, we attempt to warm your frozen cockles with a new episode of  Psychedelic Shack, followed at 3 PM by a new edition of Herman Linte’s weekly showcase of the Progressive Rock of the past half-century, Prognosis.  You can listen to The AIR at the website, or on the embedded radio player right here…

Nigel Pye dipped into his archives for another primo stash of amazing psychedelic rock, expanding your minds as he always does.

Check out the playlist for all the trippy music man…

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The Seeds “900 Million People”
Santana “Black Magic Woman”
Davie Allen & The Arrows “Cycle-Delic”
The Deviants “I’m Coming Home”
Dom “Dom”
The Rubber Memory “All Tegother”
Finch “Nothing In The Sun”
Magi “Win Or Lose”
Negative Space “The Calm After The Storm”
Zane “Damage”
Changin’ Tymes “Blue Music Box”
Music Machine “Talk Talk”

Psychedelic Shack can be heard every Monday at 2 PM, with replays Tuesday at 9 AM, Wednesday at 10 PM, Friday at 1 PM,  and Saturday at 9 AM. Classic episodes can be heard Sunday at 9 AM as part of our Sunday Haversham Recording Institute collection.

Following that hour of Psychedelic sweetmeats, Herman Linte’s Prognosis will bring us two hours of Tangerine Dream performing live in 2014, highlights from the recently-released 3 CD set that documents the band’s final tour with their late founding member, Edgar Froese.

You can hear Prognosis on The AIR Monday at 3 PM, with replays Tuesday at 7 AM, Wednesday at 8 PM, Thursday at Noon, and Saturday at 10 AM. You can hear two classic episodes of the show Sunday at 2 PM.

At 8 PM, we bring you eleven hours of fine programming from our friends across the pond at Haversham Recording Institute.  You’ll hear early episodes of Psychedelic Shack, Sydney’s Big Electric Cat and Prognosis, to get you through the night.

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Sunday Evening Video: Screwball Squirrel

It’s cold and nasty. A major winter storm is attack much of the East Coast. What better way to stay warm than with a slapstick absurdist cartoon by Tex Avery?

Be warned, it’s not exactly sensitive toward those suffering from mental illness. Luckily, nobody watches Tex Avery cartoons to learn about mental illness. This is definitely a product of less-enlightened times, but hopefully the humor holds up, even if the cultural attitudes don’t. Screwball Squirrel (later “Screwy Squirrel) was so over-the-top and frantic that after six cartoons, Avery killed him off…on screen at that.

Stay safe and stay warm.

 

The RFC Flashback: Episode 81

This week we jump way back to September, 2009, and pick up chronologically with the second Beatles tribute episode of Radio Free Charleston. For the next several months the plan is to bring you the episodes in order, filling in a huge gap we had from a few years back when a big chunk of our online archives disappeared along with everybody else’s MySpace videos.

In this episode we bring you rehearsal footage of Charleston’s Beatles tribute band, Rubber Soul tackling a pair of Fab Four songs, plus we captured Captain Crash and The Beauty Queen doing a Beatles tune at Taylor Books, and we have my animated take on Under The Radar’s version of “Eleanor Rigby.” Our animation is the promo video for Beatles Rockband, which was thing, back in the day.

You can find the original production notes HERE.

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Thank God It’s Disco On The AIR

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January 14, 2022

Your humble blogger is currently in deadline heck with a looming magazine article that’s giving me fits, so all I got for you today is notes on a new episode of MIRRORBALL on The AIR.

Luckily for you, it’s a great new hour of Disco classics courtesy of my lovely wife, Mel Larch, debuting on the afternoon after the 33rd anniversary of the night we met. So please enjoy this bright, shiny new episode of MIRRORBALL which will be followed by a very cool recent edition of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat.  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…

At 2 PM, Mel Larch uncorks a new MIRRORBALL! The AIR’s showcase of classic Disco music presents a wild collection of classic The show always debuts on a Friday, so we kick things off with the title song from the Deeeeesco movie,  Thank God It’s Friday, and then we boogie on from there.

Check out the playlist…

Love and Kisses “Thank God It’s Friday”
Sarah Brightman and Hot Gossip “I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper”
Average White Band “Let’s Go Round Again”
KC & The Sunshine Band “Baby Give It Up”
Frantique “Getting Serious”
McFadden & Whithead “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now”
The Isley Brothers “It’s A Disco Night”
John Davis & Monster Orchestra “Ain’t That Enough For You”
Barry White “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love”
Chic “Everybody Dance”
Donna Summer “Hot Stuff”
Cheryl Lynn “Got To Be Real”

You can hear MIRRORBALL every Friday at 2 PM, with replays this Saturday at  8 PM (kicking off a mini-marathon), Sunday at 11 PM, Monday at 9 AM, and Tuesday at 1 PM  exclusively on The AIR.

At 3 PM, Sydney Fileen graces us with an encore episode of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat that  brings you New Wave music from Scotland. You can find the playlist HERE.

Sydney’s Big Electric Cat is produced at Haversham Recording Institute in London, and can be heard every Friday at 3 PM, with replays Saturday afternoon, 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 because we have a fresh post every day and next week I plan to catch up on stuff I didn’t have time to tell you about this week.

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Thursday Morning Art

Okay, I know what you’re thinking…Isn’t it supposed to be Monday Morning Art?

Normally it is, but your PopCulteer is deep in research for a magazine article and doesn’t have time to craft one of my carefully-prepared and patented PopCult posts for today. So, since I was able to crank out a number of Monday Morning Art pieces last weekend, I decided to dip into that pile to bring you one of those instead. It was either do this, or go a day without a fresh post, and nobody wants that to happen.

This is another acrylic-on-board study for a larger canvas piece, inspired somewhat by the work of Edward Hopper. It’s untitled, and some of you may recognize the area as part of Charleston’s West Side. I used some fifteen-year-old photos for reference.

With luck, we’ll be back to what passes for normal around here tomorrow.

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A Pair Of Cool Kickstarter Campaigns

We have two cool Kickstarter projects to tell you about today. Both are from proven creators that we’ve plugged here in the past. So let’s just jump in, because these are really nifty things, indeed.

First up we have a new graphic novel from local boy made good, Jason Pell.  I’ve been a fan of Jason’s for some time, and I’ve told you about his Pinpricks illustrated books and graphic novel, all of which easily met their goals and were funded and delivered promptly.

This time Jason is handling the writing, while the art is provided by Jok, and the story, Bear Skin, is about a small West Virginia town that gets wiped out by a serial killer. Is the man in the bear suit the killer, or is he defending the town from other monsters?  Check out this cool preview video…

With a local creator, localish setting and a murderous guy in a bear suit, how can you go wrong?

You can find out how to support Bear Skin and get this intriguing graphic novel in your hands in time for Halloween at this link. 

Next up, we have another giant grab-bag of Madman goodies courtesy of Christopher Irving and The Drawn Word.

Last year I told you about the Madman Ginchy Glider and the Madman Activity Book, all based on Mike Allred’s beloved offbeat Superhero, and now we have Mike Allred’s Madmania Saturday Morning Cereal Box Fun Pack!

Check out this message from Christopher…

This is the dream of every kid my age. It’s a big cereal box with NO CEREAL. It’s filled with “toy surprises inside” instead.  As they say, “Get the Madmania cereal box with NOTHING but prizes inside, including yo-yos, a sticker, postcards, and more!”

This campaign is already fully-funded, and every time a stretch goal is met, another cool item gets added to the Cereal box. As I write this, the box will contain four yo-yos emblazoned with Madman characters, one whoopie cushion, and two lobby cards. The next stretch goal will see the addition of one more lobby card and TWO POGS! With three weeks to go and more people kicking in every day, this may be one of the most impressive fake cereal boxes filled with toy surprises ever Kick-started.

Follow this link to go to the Kickstarter page for this way-cool, fun-filled project.

There are three or four weeks left in these campaigns, but don’t sleep on them. You don’t want to miss out on the rampant coolness.

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Radio Free Charleston Is 33 1/3 Percent NEW!!!

Once again we have come to Tuesday on The AIR  and you know what that means. Today we deliver unto you a one-third-new, three-hour  episode of Radio Free Charleston.  You simply have to poke 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  hybrid edition of Radio Free Charleston at 10 AM and 10 PM Tuesday.  This week we open with a full hour of non-local music, from all over the world, with a mix of independent rising stars, grizzled veterans and even a New Wavish oldie or two.

However, the reason no local artists are in the first hour is because the second and third hours of our show bring you a classic, all local (ish) episode of Radio Free Charleston Volume Four, from six years ago. This hasn’t been heard for over five years, so consider it a really cool time capsule of the local scene.

Check out the playlist below to see all the goodies we have in store (live links will take you to the artist’s pages where possible)…

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hour one
The Stranglers “Water”
The Dollyrots “Vibration”
Guitarmy of One “Overtones of Hercules and Holmes”
Red Spot Rhythm Section with Claire Liparulo “Breakdown”
Ringo Starr “Just That Way”
The Lickerish Quartet “Bluebird’s Blues”
Tautologic “Covered In Grit”
Andy Prieboy “Heaven or Anaheim”
Tyler Pedersen “T-Boneasaurus”
IDKHOW “Lights Go Down”
Lene Lovich “Nightshift”
Ghost Twin “Blue Sunshine”
PM “You’re Too Much”
Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox “Video Killed The Radio Star”
Deep Purple “Let The Good Times Roll”

hour two
Hybrid Soul “Hate On Me”
Chuck Biel “The Other Side”
TriElement “Mind Frenzy”
Mark Wolfe “Gypsy Rant”
Punk Jazz “Eminence”
Mother Nang “Buy The Farm”
Some Forgotten Color “High Chair”
Spencer Elliott “Some Forgotten Color”
Superfetch “Sheen Dinner”
Three Bodies “Gardens Of Hope”
Larry Groce “What do You Think About”
Jordan Andrew Jefferson “Beyond Words”
Ann Magnuson “Disassociation”

hour three
Red Honey “Backs To The Wind”
Time And Distance “Live A Lie”
Westerberg High “Walking With A Ghost”
Hellblinki “Rust”
Charlie West All Stars “Frankenstein”
Charlie West All Stars “Snortin’ Whiskey”
Haulden Caulfield “The Field Still Burns”
The Nanker Phelge “Killer Took A Holiday”
Joe Vallina “Haven’t Got Enough”
QiET “Hirundieans”
Mike Morningstar and Rick Roberts “East End Bar”
The Swivel Rockers “Chemical City”
The Company Stores “Rollin’ In”
J Marinelli “Acceptable Faces”
Bobaflex “You Don’t Wanna Know”
The Renfields “Forbidden Planet”

You can hear this episode of Radio Free Charleston Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM on The AIR, with replays Thursday at 3 PM, Friday at 9 AM, Saturday at Noon and Midnight,  and  Monday at 11 AM, exclusively on The AIR. Now you can also hear a different episode of RFC every weekday at 5 PM, and we bring you a marathon all night long Saturday night/Sunday morning.

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.

 

After RFC, stick around for encores of MIRRORBALL at 1 PM, and Ska Madness at 2 PM. At 3 PM we have two recent episodes of The Swing Shift.

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Monday Morning Art: Spyros Parking

 

I have retroactively decided that January is Edward Hopper-inspired month here at Monday Morning Art.  Today we have a Hopperesque painting of Lee Street, inspired a series of photos I took fifteen years ago. As with all of the paintings I’ve been posting here for the last year or so, this is not a finished product, but rather a small-scale study, that I fully intended to blow up and render on canvas more fully at a larger size at some point in the future when they’ve added an extra twelve hours to the day.

While I like the composition, I’m not at all happy with the sky on this one. It’s little to Van-Gooery for my tastes. I’m going to have to work on that. This is acrylics on thick board, cropped digitally after scanning.

If you want to see this painting larger, just click on it.

Meanwhile, Monday at 2 PM on The AIR, we bring you a recent episode of  Psychedelic Shack, followed at 3 PM by a recent edition of Herman Linte’s weekly showcase of the Progressive Rock of the past half-century, Prognosis.  You can listen to The AIR at the website, or on the embedded radio player right here…

Psychedelic Shack can be heard every Monday at 2 PM, with replays Tuesday at 9 AM, Wednesday at 10 PM, Friday at 1 PM,  and Saturday at 9 AM. Classic episodes can be heard Sunday at 9 AM as part of our Sunday Haversham Recording Institute collection.

You can hear Prognosis on The AIR Monday at 3 PM, with replays Tuesday at 7 AM, Wednesday at 8 PM, Thursday at Noon, and Saturday at 10 AM. You can hear two classic episodes of the show Sunday at 2 PM.

Our Monday Marathon, beginning at 8 PM, brings you the rest of The Lost Beatles Tapes episodes of Beatles Blast, hosted by Yours Truly. This block of programs will include the nine installments we didn’t play last week, along with a couple of bonus episodes of White Album rarities.

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Sunday Evening Video: Art and Animation

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This week we bring you a YouTube playlist of some of the short art shows, and experimental animated clips that we’ve brought you over the last sixteen years here in PopCult. These are videos produced and edited by yours truly, and some cases with music and animation by me, too.  I’ve also tossed in a few short recaps of art shows from the area. Enjoy!

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The RFC Flashback: MINI SHOW number 77

We’re jumping back six years for the last RFC MINI SHOW before I was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis and cut way back on producing videos.

From January, 2016, this show stars The Dread Crew of Oddwood who sailed into Charleston the previous September, docking at The Empty Glass for an evening of wild, riotous madness with The Renfields. Our cameras were there and we decided to bring you some of this fine piratic debauchery. We first featured this San Diego band way back on episode three of The RFC MINI SHOW, and if you watched all of last week’s RFC Flashback,  you saw the band playing over the end credits.

After this edition of The RFC Flashback, we are going to make a bit of a jump back to late summer, 2009, and pick up with Radio Free Charleston 82. Several years ago I hit a point where I had two missing episodes of the show, so I decided to leapfrog more than forty episodes, many of which still need to be re-uploaded. We’re going to go back to that period next week and fill in the rather large gap.

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