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New Prognosis On The AIR Thursday!

Herman Linte returns with a new episode of our Progressive Rock showcase, Prognosis Thursday at 3 PM on  The AIR. You can listen at the website, or on this embedded radio player…

Our Thursday morning  line up sees this week’s Psychedelic Shack replayed at 9 AM, followed by a replay of the previous week’s edition of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat at 10 AM and Radio Free Charleston International at Noon. Then at 2 PM we replay this week’s new Radio Free Charleston, before kicking into a brand-new Prognosis at 3 PM.

This week Herman Linte presents two hours of great progressive rock on Prognosis at 3 PM, with a new show featuring a small number of very long songs from the likes of Gong, Big Big Train, David Gilmour, Alan Parsons Project, Jon Anderson and more. Then at 5 PM, starting this week, we follow that with a classic episode of Prognosis, giving you four solid hours of challenging and progressive music.

This week’s sports this lovely playlist:

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Big Big Train “Ariel”
Gong “Forever Reoccuring”
Regal Worm “The Dreaded Lurg”
The Skys “Dead End”
Alan Parsons Project “Soiree Fantastique”
Jordan Rudess “Wired For Madness Part 1”
Inventions “Logica”
Dvid Gilmour “The Great Gig In The Sky (Live)”
World Trade “Wheels of Life”
Jon Anderson “1,000 Hands (Come Up)”

Prognosis can be heard every Thursday at 3 PM, with replays Friday at 7 AM, Saturday at 8 AM, Tuesday at 8 PM and Wednesday at 10 PM, exclusively on The AIR. Also tune in Monday at 11 PM for a weekly eight-hour marathon of the best of Prognosis.

Our Thursday evenings continues to let our listeners play catch-up with the week’s new episodes of The Swing Shift, Curtain Call, Beatles Blast and Psychedelic Shack, beginning at 7 PM. At 11 PM we bring you an hour of comedy, then we kick into the all-night marathon of The Swing Shift.

Wednesday afternoon on The AIR, you can tune in to new episodes of Beatles Blast and Curtain Call.  You can listen at the website, or on this embedded radio player…

At 2 PM on Beatles Blast, yours truly hosts the first of a ten-part look at rare and unreleased music by The Beatles. For most of the summer, Beatles Blast will follow this format and bring you The Lost Beatles Project. This will be a treat for the die-hard fans as we mine the best of the recently-released archive projects by the band, and mix in rare releases and wild remixes from their band and solo years. We won’t be posting playlists for these shows because the whole point is that each of these programs will be a revelatory surprise.

Beatles Blast can be heard every Wednesday at 2 PM, with replays Thursday at 9 PM, Friday at 11 AM, Sunday at 5 PM and Tuesdays at 9 AM, exclusively on The AIR.

At 3 PM Mel Larch presents a new hour of great musical theater on Curtain Call.  This week Mel goes for the offbeat and slightly weird as she presents some strange songs from strange musicals you may never have heard of before, plus some ancient classics and even a song from Kinky Boots, song in Swedish.

Check out the playlist:

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“Forever” From We Are The Tigers
“Yeah, Yeah (in Swedish)” from the Kinky Boots Swedish cast album
“Falling For The Boy” from Bubble Boy
“The Prophecy” from Fly By Night
“Talk Like A Pirate” from How I Became A Pirate
“Chin Up Ladies” from Milk and Honey
“Why Do I Love You” from Tell Me More
“These Charming People” from Tip Toes
“The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals” title song
“Spend Per Head” Ushers: The Front Of The House Musical
“Nothing” from A Chorus Line
“Two Nobodies From New York” from [title of show]
“Think Of Meryl Streep” from Fame

After the new hour of Curtain Call, stick around for two additional episodes from the Curtain Call archives. Curtain Call can be heard Wednesday at 3 PM, with replays Thursday at 8 AM and Saturday at 6 PM. An all-night marathon of Curtain Call episodes can be heard Wednesday nights, beginning at Midnight, and an additional marathon can be heard Sunday evenings from 6 PM to midnight..

For the first time since early April, we have an all-new-programming Tuesday on The AIR as we deliver new episodes of Radio Free Charleston, Psychedelic Shack and The Swing Shift to our loyal listeners. Why don’t you become one and tune in at the website, or on this embedded radio player…

It all kicks off at 10 AM (with a replay at 10 PM– all times EDT) with a brand-new edition of Radio Free Charleston. Now in its thirtieth year, RFC continues to bring you more local music than any other source. This week we open with new music from The Heavy Editors and Kevin Scarbrough, and you can read my reviews of their new albums, plus find info on how to get your own copies, HERE.

We also bring you our usual mix of new and classic local music, plus we take a deep dive into the RFC Archives for songs from The Laser Beams, Mother Nang, Jeff Ellis and Rasta Rafiki. Every episode of RFC this year will contain some goodies from our vaults as we celebrate 30 years of bringing local music to the masses.

Check out the playlist:

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The Heavy Editors “The City At Night”
Kevin Scarbrough “Yellow To Brown (Fair Warning)”
Beneath “The Departure/Welcome Home (Speak, PtI & II)”
John Lancaster “When Shadows Grow Teeth”
Beggars Clan “Maiden Voyage”
Marcie Bullock “Can’t Undo”
Qiet “I Want It All”
The Laser Beams “Eden By The Fire Escape”
Jeff Ellis “Something The Matter”
Rasta Fafiki “In The Dub”
Mother Nang “Fuggin”

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.

At 2 PM on Psychedelic Shack Nigel Pye checks in from Haversham Recording Institute with a 60-minute mixtape of groovy Psychedelic Rock. This is the first new episode of Psychedelic Shack in almost two months, and Nigel’s very happy to provide us with a playlist, which he had forgotten to do for some time. Groove on this line-up:

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Eyes of Blue “Merry Go Round”
The Doors “Been Down So Long”
Simon & Garfunkel “Cecilia”
The Who “Magic Bus”
The Head Shop “I Feel Love Comin’ On”
Harry Nilsson “Jump Into The Fire”
The Rolling Stones “Sing This Song All Together”
The Monkees “Saturday’s Child”
The Blues Magoos “Gloria”
The Beach Boys “Wild Honey”
The Turtles “Eleanore”
Barry McGuire “Eve of Destruction”

Psychedelic Shack can be heard Tuesday’s at 2 PM, with replays Wednesday at 11 AM, Thursday at 5 PM and Saturday at 7 AM as well as the following Tuesday at 9 AM.

At 3 PM your PopCulteer returns to host a new hour of The Swing Shift as we continue to bring you the best Swing Music of the last century. This week we open up with a classic from Mr. Frank Sinatra, and keep the Swing machine running with a mix of music from the 1930s to this year. We even toss a Beatle into the mix this week.

Dig the running order, Clyde:

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Frank Sinatra “Without A Song”
Ringo Starr “Night At Day”
Susan Arioli “Lover Come Back To Me”
The Monkey Swngers “A Swing Lullaby”
Jack’s Cats “When You’re Bad You’re Good”
Squirrel Nut Zippers “Axman Jazz (Don’t Scare Me)”
Swing Ninjas “My Belle”
Joe Jackson’s Jumpin’ Jive “You Run Your Mouth (And I’ll Run My Business)”
Swing Shift Big Band “Blue Five Jine”
Jennifer Wharton “Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise”
Lionel Hampton “China Stomp”
Lady J and her Bada Bing Band “Flying High”
Royal Crown Revue “Come Back To Sorrento”
Brian Setzer Orchestra “Rock This Town”

You can hear The Swing Shift Tuesday at 3 PM, with replays Wednesday at 7 AM, Thursday at 7 PM and Saturday at 9 AM, only on The AIR. You can also hear all-night marathons, seven hours each, starting at Midnight Thursday and Sunday evenings.

Remember, you can tune in to The AIR at all hours of the day and night for a variety and quality of programming that you will not find anywhere else. Check PopCult regularly for details on our new episodes.

 

 

Monday Morning Art: The Madding Crowd

 

After a couple of weeks of posting real physical artworks (at least partly) we find ourselves back in digital mode today with a digital painting inspired by the crowd waiting to hit up the TKIS booth in Times Square to see what Broadway shows they can get into cheap. The booth is right by Father Duffy’s steps, and as you can see, even on a drizzly day, there’s a whole bunch of people there.

This painting was inspired by a photo I took and posted to Facebook, but when painting the final image I made a lot of minor compositional changes, turning the heads of some figures, moving some around, changing the color balance and better defining the background buildings, along with a few other subtle touches.

You can do things like that when you’re painting on a new layer over the original photo. You can see that original photo at right.

While this was digital work and not physical work, it took longer than my recent forays into “real” art to bring it to its finished stage. I hope you enjoy it. As always, click the images to see a bigger version.

Meanwhile, Monday on The AIR, this week we depart from what has become our norm to bring you 24 hours of Radio Free Charleston, mixed with Radio Free Charleston International. It starts at 7 AM Monday, and runs until 7 AM Tuesday.

You can listen to The AIR at the website, or on this embedded radio player…

 

Sunday Evening Video: Toys

I’ve always felt that one of the best ways to honor our fallen veterans is to do everything possible to avoid sending even more young people to their deaths. Our video tonight is an anti-war cartoon from the National Film Board of Canada that uses stop-motion animation and GI Joes to send an anti-war message. From 1966, Toys is a classic by animator Grant Munro that takes a dark look into the war toys often given to children at Christmas time. Starting off as harmless objects, the toys quickly take on the gestures of real soldiers, mimicking the actions and penalties of a real war. This critical commentary on war and glamorized violence creates a real and frightening battle.

Now, to be honest, it’s not really the anti-war message or loose connection to Memorial Day that earned this film a spot in PopCult.  It’s the beautiful, pristine footage of so many terrific vintage toys. Of course, my ulterior motive in presenting this film is that it’s really, really cool to see GI Joe animated so well. I’m a long-time GI Joe collector (even though I concentrate on the Adventure Team era rather than the military stuff), and this is just really cool to watch. There are toys being used and abused in this film that would be worth hundreds or thousands of dollars today. In addition to seeing almost the full range of GI Joe product available in Canada in 1966, we also get to see some other cool toy planes and tanks, and even some vintage Barbie and Ken dolls.

I mean, you could see this as an anti-war film, or you could see it as a cautionary tale about giving children bad LSD. Etither way, just look at those cool toys!

The RFC Flashback: Episode 186

This week we go back to June, 2013 for a show that was loaded with then-new music from two RFC veterans, QIET and Mother Nang, plus we took an animated look at the newly-erected East End Main Street Streetworks project street signs. The show kicks off with a look at the locally-written play,  “The Princess of Rome, Ohio,” which ran in June and July, 2013 at The Alban Arts Center in St. Albans.

This show featured two songs by QieT and one by Mother Nang, and included two guests running camera three on our music shoots, Steven Allen Adams and Flare Baroshi.  Music mixes were by James Vernon Brown and Andrea Anderson, so we actually had three people who were musical guests on previous shows helping out behind the scenes.  You can find the original production notes HERE.

Two Great Albums By Former West Virginians

The PopCulteer
May 24, 2019

This week your PopCulteer has two treats to share with you. We have reviews of two great new albums by expatriate local musicans. Both are offically released today, and we’ll tell you how you can get copies below.

I played a track from Kevin Scarbrough’s new album, Rock The Patriarch, on this week’s episode of Radio Free Charleston, and next week we’ll kick off the show with a track from the new album by The Heavy Editors, The City At Night. The Heavy Editors features singer/songwriter/guitarist Joe Vallina, who aging local scenesters may remember from the bands Blind Blue Leper Society and Feast of Stephen.

A quick note about my local music reviews: I will gladly review any new album or single release by any local musician. All I ask is that you get in touch with me in advance through the message button over at the Radio Free Charleston Facebook page, or leave a comment here on the blog and I’ll get back to you via email. There have been so many great new CDs released this year, and I would be glad to review them, but past incidents have persuaded me to only review CDs by artists who want them reviewed.

So you gotta let me know, folks.

So let’s jump into the reviews, shall we?

Kevin Scarbrough
Rock The Patriarch
Available frm Bandcamp

As I knew from Kevin’s previous album, Birthright, he is one talented musician. On his new album, Kevin plays all the instruments, save for a guest stint by Aaron Fisher on drums on one song, and this new collection of songs is pretty amazing. Since we last heard from Kevin, he has left the area with his family, and is now living in Texas, but much of this album was recorded before he left, when he resided in Charleston.

Stylistically, Rock The Patriarch straddles the worlds of Classic Rock, Alternative Rock and 1970s Art Rock. More than anything it sounds like a lost album by a group like Crack The Sky or City Boy, and coming from me, that is high praise. Lyrically the songs are contemporary, exploring themes like social media, the water crisis, bullying, aging and writer’s block. The songs are clever without being obnoxiously so, and my only gripe is that there’s not a lyric sheet to make it easier to follow along.

The opening track, “Algorithm Rock” is a driving, almost New Wave, tune with killer guitar lines. “Yellow To Brown (Fair Warning)” is a slightly funky groove with Zappa-esque vocal arrangements and a hook that will stick with you. “Salamander Man” is another great rock tune that I believe is about a totally new mythological creature, and not the guy in the unitard from the Filthy Frank YouTube videos. It’s a great track, and you’ll hear it next week on RFC.

Kevin starts off with an almost Ramones-like tack with “Middle School,” which is also a nice shot of nostalgia-wallowing, lyrically. The song becomes wonderfully complex with the middle eight, and ends with a killer hook. The next track, “Another One On The Egress,” sounds like a collision between Crosby, Stills Nash and Young with Pink Floyd, only better.

The mood changes with “Unsatisfied Animal,” which really sounds so much like Crack The Sky that I’d almost nominate Kevin to join the band. The production on this track is just perfect, from the vocal arrangement to the final mix. “White Paper, Black Pen,” is a great slow groove about how hard it is to write a song. “Impetus Worm” is a great New Wave-ish tune with hints of DEVO in the chorus.

The final track, “End of the Day” sounds like classic Progressive Rock, with a complex arrangement and lush harmonies. “O for Operative” is a great lazid-back collection of conspiracy theories set to music. It wraps up the album on a high note.

While I have mentioned a lot of other artists in this review, I don’t mean to suggest that Kevin is imitating anyone. He has developed his own style and has grown considerably as a writer and musician since Birthright, but as a reviewer, it’s my job to suggest what his music reminds me of, and with the first-rate musicianship throughout, plus the tight harmonies on the vocals, Keven just happens to remind me of a lot of my favorite music.

Rock The Patriarch is impeccably-crafted, highly-intelligent rock music, and you should give it a listen. You can buy it at his Bandcamp page. Also of note to local folks, the album cover is by Chris Woodall, and the back cover features an illustration by Mark Wolfe, both of them bastians of the Charleston art scene.

The Heavy Editors
The City At Night
Available From Bandcamp

As I write this, The City At Night has just gone live on the band’s Bandcamp page. The City At Night is pure power-pop gold. The Heavy Editors are my old buddy, Joe Vallina on guitar and vocals, along with Wally Bird on drums and John Rapoza playing bass.

Filled with crunchy guitar licks, clever lyrics and delicious backing harmonies, The City At Night is great modern rock for a post-rock world. This is the type of music you wish would take the world by storm and save us from the over-produced, artificially-created dreck that dominates the charts these days.

The album kicks off with “Meltdown,” an upbeat New Wave-inlected tune about anxiety. This song would not be out of place on an album by the legendary cult band, The Shoes. Next up we have a new recording of “How The West Was Won,” which was a standout track on their debut EP a couple of years ago. “Slaves” is a pean to being a cog in the labor machine.

The title track, “The City At Night,” is a moody bit of musique-noir that paints a vivid musical picture without being too specific. It’s a pretty deep tune. Following that up is the fun and bright, “To the Phonomatic,” that is just perfect ear candy. “Faces on the Clock” has a bit of an Americana feel among its laid-back groove.

A song I recognize from one of Joe’s solo releases, “On TV,” is a fun, upbeat tune, presented in a more polished version here. “Alien Lover” is a great little rocker that was released as a single last year. It’s another fun, short tune with a great hook. The next track, “Within Reach,” slows things down a bit with a more reflective tone and a nice, relaxed groove.

The album ends with “Time,” a great, poppy song that manages to remind me of The Monkees, XTC, Weezer and The Who, all at the same time.

The City At Night is a cool collection of short, punchy and excellently-crafted blasts of pure power pop, with a little punk thrown in for good measure. It’s available now at The Heavy Editors’ Bandcamp page.

And that is this week’s PopCulteer. Feel free to check back for all our regular features and hopefully your guide to all-new musical programs next week on The AIR

SpongeBob Mania Runs Wild!

The PopCult Toybox

It’s hard to believe, but SpongeBob Squarepants has been around for twenty years. That’s two decades, with over 250 half-hour shows (and counting) plus two movies (with a third on the way) and 86 issues of a comic book. Even with the passing of the show’s creator, Steven Hillenburg, last year, the SpongeBob juggernaut continues.

Millions of fans tune in to enjoy the exploits of our fry cook hero, SpongeBob Squrepants, and the folks who live under the sea in the town of Bikini Bottom. SpongeBob Squarepants is a classic animated cartoon, created by cartoonists instead of “writers,” just like the beloved Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons of the Golden age of animation.

Nickleodeon is celebrating the beloved sponge and his Bikini Bottom pals with a series of special programming events all summer long. We’ll tell you more about those as their airdates approach. Nickelodeon has also teamed up with Alpha Products to produce some terrific collectibles and toys, and we’re going to look at a few of those today, and a few more in the coming weeks.

First, we have the SpongeBob Squarepants Mini-plush. These are cute soft six-inch plush figues of SpongeBob and his friends. They’re available at Target for under eight bucks (and at Hot Topic for a bit more) and they’re great little souvenirs of the show. These are on-model representations, so they look as close as possible to the characters as shown on the cartoon. Just look at ’em.

The small size makes them appropriate as office decorations, and they’re soft enough for kids to find them quite cuddly. You can find a couple of different versions of SpongeBob himself, plus his pals Sandy, Patrick, Squidward, and even the evil Plankton. These are cool, fun items, and they won’t break your budget.

Next up is the incredibly fun and ridiculous SpongeHeads. These are inflatable headgear shaped like your favorite SpongeBob Squarepants characters. When inflated they measure over 20 inches, and then you put them on your head., like in the photo below.

You can become the human host for SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward or Plankton, and reenact your favorite scenes from the show. My suggestion is that you get these to wear to work, but when people ask you about them, act like you have no idea what they’re talking about.

Made to fit most kid and adult heads, SpongeHeads can be found at Target and Amazon now, and should cost just under thirteen bucks. It’s a small price to be for the absolute finest in inflatable cartoon haberdashery.

Our last entry today is a pretty spectacular series of collectibles. Masterpiece Memes are eight-inch tall collectible vinyl figures that depict some of the images from SpongeBob Squarepants that have gained notoriety and infamy on the internet.

Figures include Mocking SpongeBob (left), Imaginaaation SpongeBob, Surprised Patrick, Spongegar (below) and Handsome Squidward. The detail is amazing on these, with first-rate sculpting and paint detail that you don’t usually see in the mass market.

These are terrific as office decor, home accents or just really cool vinyl toys to put on a shelf and admire. What makes these stand out among things like Funko Pops is that they are ON MODEL. That means they look exactly like the SpongeBob cartoon. Funko Pops are cute, but they don’t really look great when they try to adapt animated cartoons into their house style of super-cuteness with no pupils. Those are making cartoons of cartoons, and they lose a lot of the charm of the original cartoons.

Masterpiece Memes don’t fall into that trap. These figures not only look exactly like the cartoons, they’re also more than twice as tall as most Funko Pops. They’re much better for die-hard fans of the show. You can find them for just under twenty bucks at Target and Amazon.

That’s not all of the SpongeBob goodies coming your way this year. In a couple of weeks PopCult will undertake our first unboxing video as we crack open some SpongeBob Slimeez Figures. These are cool three-inch blindbox figures that come in a plastic crate filled with Nickelodeon Slime. You’ll get one of six figures (including a rare golden SpongeBob as seen at right), and you can load each one with slime that will ooze through them, popping out in all sorts of fun orifices. There are six different figures available now at Target stores, and seven more will be due out in the Fall.

For under seven bucks you’ll get a collectible figure, 2 ounces of Nickelodeon Slime and a collectible cube. It’s the ultimate blind package experience for fans of SpongeBob, and you’ll get to see Mrs. PopCulteer, Mel Larch (who also happens to be our resident SpongeBob expert) open some of these sometime in the next week or two.

As Plankton might say, 2019 will be the year of TOTAL WORLD DOMINATION for SpongeBob Squarepants and his crew.

PopCult Remembers Malcolm Ewen

We have a sad note today in PopCult. Longtime readers may remember my stealth wedding in Chicago almost five years. Your PopCulteer married his long-time love, Melanie Larch, on the stage at the legendary Steppenwolf Theater.

Yesterday, Malcolm Ewen, the man who made that happen, passed away after a long struggle with a variety of ailments. Malcolm and Mel had become Facebook friends after we saw a Steppenwolf production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” back in 2011, and when the time came for us to get married, Malcolm pulled strings and made contacts so we could tie the knot in a very special place.

I’m going to switch over now and bring you Mel’s tribute to Malcolm:

Flash back with me for a few minutes. It’s around this time in 2014. Rudy & I are planning our stealth nuptuals. We know we want to get married in Chicago. In the midst of this planning, we think it’d be great to get married at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, but we don’t know if that’s doable.

So I fire off a message to Malcolm Ewen, asking, “Hey, has anyone ever gotten married at Steppenwolf before?” He replied that he didn’t know, but he’d ask! Next thing you know, I’m getting e-mails from a couple of people on staff and God bless those awesome folks, they said yes, when they could just as easily have told us to bugger off and go to City Hall. But as far as we’re concerned, Mal’s the one who got the ball rolling so it could happen.

While we were friends here on the Book of Faces–another good thing I attribute to Steppenwolf’s production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” that I love so very dearly–it was actually quite some time before we got to meet him in person. Sometimes it was due to the cancer he spent the last few years battling. Other times, we’d be visiting in the summer when he’d be hard at work at the Weston Playhouse in Vermont. If you read the link below, you’ll see that he had an impressive body of work, including Steppenwolf’s acclaimed adaptation of “The Grapes of Wrath.”

But we finally had the chance to meet face to face in December of 2017, when we made one of my birthday trips to Chicago. We were going to see “The Minutes” in the Downstairs Theater. Malcolm was stage managing “BLKS,” which was running at the same time in the Upstairs Theater. After waiting for that show’s fight call (for those not versed in theatre, it’s a pre-show practice of any stage combat to make sure the actors involved can safely execute it in performance) to end, Malcolm came out to the lobby and greeted us like old friends. I’m so very glad we had the opportunity to thank him for his kindness that helped us make our special day even more so.

I had sent him a message a few months back, telling him that I was going to go on my first audition in five years in the near future. His reply? “Have a great audition! Have confidence you will be great!” Those words mean a lot, coming not only from a friend, but also from a member of the company whose work I respect deeply.

RIP, my friend (& fellow Cubs fan!) Thank you for being part of my life in such a very memorable way. I’ll never forget you.
And BTW…we’ll leave the ghost light on for ya.

“Fear no more the heat o’ the sun,
Nor the furious winter’s rages;
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta’en thy wages:”–William Shakespeare

Malcolm was a beloved member of the Steppenwolf Theater family, the first stage-manager to be named a member of the ensemble, and a man who devoted half his life to Steppenwolf. He worked for Steppenwolf for 32 years and stage-managed more than 40 shows. His credits included “American Buffalo,” “BLKS,” “The Christians,” “The Doppelganger,” “East of Eden,” “Familiar,” “Man From Nebraska” and “The Tempest.”

He took Steppenwolf’s critically acclaimed “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” to Broadway. Both won Tony awards. And he helped bring to Broadway Steppenwolf’s “The Rise and Fall of Little Voice,” as well as its collaboration with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, “The Song of Jacob Zulu.”

Mr. Ewen also brought Steppenwolf productions to theaters around the country and to London’s Royal National Theatre and His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth, Australia.

You can read Steppenwolf’s profile of Malcom here. Your PopCulteer bids farewell to the man who helped make the happiest day of my life happen.

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:

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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.