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First Batch of Wonderfest Pics!

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img_0290Your Popculteer is at WonderFest USA in Louisville and I promnised you photos this weekend. The convention is a blast and we’ve had fun running into old friends and seeing the sights.

And those sights include incredible models built by people from around the world. This photo essay is just a taste of what you can expect.

We will be presenting these without captions and with very little editing and processing since we’re working out of the PopCult mobil office, which is a laptop I got for fifty bucks at a pawn shop.

You can expect more photo essays all week, maybe even later tonight. However, these will be shorter essays with fewer photos. Since the last upgrade of blogging software here at the Gazette-Mail, posts with more than ten or so photos seem not to be welcome.

However, this should give you a quick idea of the fun and talent on display down here. There will definitely be more to come. Next up we’ll take a quick look at the vendors.

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52montagethumbFrom September, 2008, this episode features music from Jonathon Glen Wood and Civil State. We also have a promo video for “Jack The Ripper,” the musical by Mark Scarpelli and Dan Kehde, which opened the week this show was originally posted, and there’s some vintage campaign animation from 1960.

I went back to the original production notes, and was highly amused by what I wrote about one of our guests, so I’m excerpting it here:

“Our first musical guest is Jonathon Glen Wood, and I’m telling the truth. I really didn’t know he was a musician when we first met. I ran into him at Heathen’s bar in South Charleston where we both went to hear our mutual friends, Mark Bates and The Vacancies.  Jonathon was kind enough to let me hide behind him when a rather inebriated woman who looked like Ed Asner decided I was her new boyfriend.

When I found out Jonathon was a musican, I checked out his Myspace page, and was floored by the quality of his voice and his songwriting.  This was golden material, like Woody Guthrie and Hank Sr. had a kid (don’t try and imagine that, though).”

Jonathan is based in Louisville now, but he occasionally returns home to play at Kinship Goods, and is still making wonderful music.

The Wonderful World of STUFF TO DO

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June 2 , 2017

It is the weekend after Memorial Day. your PopCulteer is headed to Louisville for WonderFest USA and will bring you much in the way of photos and video from that cool event in the next week. However, we are now (unofficially) in the swing of Summer, and that means that Charleston is knee-deep in cool and interesting things to do.

While I’m in Kentucky hob-knobbing with ace model builders and special effects gurus, you guys can stay right in town and get into all sorts of fun trouble. There’s free music, non-free music, theatre, wrestling, culture and tons of other things happening in town.

As usual, this is just a rough collection of events that had ready-to-use graphics. I’ll bet you dollars-to-donuts that you can find even more stuff if you just get off your butt and look, instead of complaining that “there’s nothing to do” in Charleston.

I mean, just look at this stuff…

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David Dunkley and Johnny Compton On The AIR!

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Thursday night at 10 PM we have BRAND-NEW episode of Six Degrees of Separation featuring an interview with David Dunkley. You can hear it exclusively on The AIR,  or on this embedded radio player…

Friday night Mother’s Nature featuring Lola Spencer will kick off the 2017 Special Olympics Summer Games with a concert at Live On The Levee, and sitting in on drums will be the legendary David Dunkley, a Dunbar native who spent thirteen years touring the world and recording albums with Tim McGraw. Of course, the guitarist for Mother’s Nature is another local legend, Johnny Compton. Tonight you can hear both men interviewed by Tim Dorsey and Jason “Roadblock” Robinson on Six Degrees of Separation, which is recorded at The World Famous Empty Glass.

In the first show, it’s a never-before-heard interview with David Dunkley, who coincidentally has known your PopCulteer probably longer than anyone else on the music scene. David talks about his career ups and downs and how he came to be part of Tim McGraw’s band. It’s a terrific hour-plus of in-depth interviewing.

Following that we will replay the classic episode of Six Degrees of Separation with Johnny Compton, who traces his musical path to Charleston. This is all to shine the spotlight on Mother’s Nature featuring Lola Spencer, who take the stage Friday at 6:30 PM to usher in the Special Olympics Summer Games.

You can hear these interviews again Friday at Noon on The AIR, just to get you in the mood to come out and listen to this great band at a wonderful FREE event…and even the weather is expected to be fantastic.

Deja Vu All Over Again

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As I said Last week, “If you think that headline means that we’re bringing you reruns all day on The AIR….well, you’re right.” Your PopCulteer took it easy for a few weeks while undergoing cataract surgery, and spent this week in what experts call “deadline hell.”

air-5-18Most of the day Thursday is going to, once again, be a day for you to catch up with some of the wonderful programming you may have missed on The AIR.

Radio Free Charleston International, which is usually new Thursdays at 3 PM, is going to be an encore of a recent show. But it’s a good one, so you’ll still want to tune in at the website, or on this handy embedded radio player…

Starting at 7 AM you’ll get replays of Curtain Call, Radio Coolsville, Ska Madness and Sydney’s Big Electric Cat. Then at 3 PM, tune in for an episode of Radio Free Charleston from March.This one opens with new music from Bob Dylan.

You can then listen to this week’s new Radio Free Charleston, with all-new music from Pale Nova, Scarlet Revolt and more at 5 PM, and The New Music Show at 6 PM , The Crazy Show at 6:30 PM. In prime-time, it’s this week’s episodes of The Swing Shift and Curtain Call.

We are working on a special surprise NEW program at 10 PM, but I’ll have to tell you about that later, so keep checking PopCult.

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wednesday-5-31-logoA striking new episode of Life Speaks To Michele Zirkle a milestone episode of  Curtain Call and a new show about Professional Wrestling headline your day of programming on The AIR. You can tune in at the website, or on this embedded radio player…

It’s “Butterflies with Messages and Freedom from Within” this week on a brand-new episode of Life Speaks To Michele Zirkle   Wednesday at 1:30 PM on The AIR. Don’t forget you can learn more about Michele’s views on life and how the spiritual and physical worlds coexist at her website, where you can also find out about her book, Rain No Evil.

Then at 2 PM The Best of The Real with Mark Wolfe sees Mark at Create WV.

At 3 PM Yours Truly invades Mrs, PopCulteer, Mel Larch’s show, Curtain Call to mark her twenty-fifth episode. We do it with SWING. That’s right, Broadway Swings this week on Curtain Call. You’ll hear Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstong, Atie Shaw, Frank Sinatra, The Royal Crown Revue and others jazz up some famous showtunes, and we also bring you numbers that already swing from Hamilton, Aladdin, Young Frankenstein and more. This turned out to be such an epic crossover event that we had to stretch it into a second part, which you can hear next Tuesday on The Swing Shift. Go read the playlist at the bottom of this post.

At 5 PM, we encore two of the half-hour episodes of Beatles Blast because your PopCulteer is in deadline purgatory this week. 6 PM sees The NEW MUSIC SHOW, followed at 6:30 PM by the now-daily Crazy Show. At 7 PM we have a replay of Life Speaks, followed at 7:30 PM by Word Association with Lee & Rudy.

We shake up our prime-time Wednesday line-up this week, but we still keep Prognosis at 8 PM.

Then at 10 PM it’s the debut of Marking Out, a new hour-long show devoted to Professional Wrestling, which comes to us from WMUL radio in Huntington. Hosted by Matt BelVillain and Betty Rock, this weekly show will fill you in on everything you need to know about WWE, NXT, ROH, Impact Wrestling and even the local indy scene. We will be scheduling replays of this show later in the week, but we’re thrilled to have this new addition to The AIR.

That’s followed by The Comedy Vault at 11 PM. Then at midnight listeners can settle in for an all-night marathon of weird random stuff I had laying around the program list.  All part of the unique programming on The AIR.

Here’s that playlist for Curtain Call 25: Broadway Swings Part One

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies  “Lullaby of Broadway” (from “42nd Street”)
Ella Fitzgerald  “Just One Of Those Things” (from Jubilee)
Frank Sinatra  “I Get A Kick Out Of You” (from Anything Goes)
Lady And The Tramps  “My Heart Belongs To Daddy” (from Leave It To Me, originally made famous by Mary Martin; also performed by Marilyn Monroe in the film Let’s Make Love)
Artie Shaw  “Night And Day” (Gay Divorce)
From Hamilton  “What’d I Miss” (performed by Tony winner Daveed Diggs)
From Aladdin  “Friend Like Me” (performed by Tony winner James Monroe Igelhart)
From How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying “Pirate Dance”
From Young Frankenstein  “Transylvania Mania”
Louis Jordan  “Five Guys Named Moe”
Indigo Swing  “Choo Choo Ch Boogie”
Louis Jordan  “Caldonia Boogie”
Joe Jackson  “It Don’t Mean A Thing” (from the musical revue “Sophisticated Ladies”)
Dean Martin  “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” (from the musical revue “Black Birds of 1928”)
Royal Crown Revue “Lover, Come Back To Me”(from “The New Moon”)

Part Two of Broadway Swings will debut next Tuesday at 3 PM.

The Swing Shift Has It Covered

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swing-graphic-0021The Swing Shift debuts a new episode Tuesday at 3 PM on The AIR.Folks who turn in will find themselves confused and delighted. You can tune in at The AIR Website, or just settle down right here on this embedded radio player…

Tuesday afternoon gets a little goofy as The Swing Shift brings you unconventional covers handled in the style of Big Band Swing Music. The show kicks off with Richard Cheese and gets stranger from there with Big Band covers of songs by Led Zepplin, The Beatles, Queen, Dire Straits, Poison, Bob Marley and even King Crimson and Emerson Lake and Palmer. Performers include Buddy Rich, Ella Fitzgerald, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Woody Herman, Johnny Favourite and more.

It is, as they say, delightfully strange. Check out the playlist:

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Richard Cheese  “One Love”
SugarPie and The Candymen  “Bohemian Rhapsody”
The Swing Kings  “Sultans Of Swing”
Postmodern Jukebox  “Never Gonna Give You Up”
Ed Palermo Big Band  “21st Century Schizoid Man”
Ella Fitzgerald “Can’t Buy Me Love”
Johnny Favourite  “Black Dog”
The New Morty Show  “Unskinny Bop”
John Pizzarelli with Michael McDonald  “Coming Up”
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy  “I Wanna Be Like You”
Brian Setzer Orchestra  “Take The Fifth”
Buddy Rich  “Norwegian Wood”
Woody Herman  “Fanfare For The Common Man”

The Swing Shift can be heard Tuesday at 3 PM, with replays Wednesday at 7 AM, Thursday at 7 PM, and Saturday at 9 AM. Plus Sunday at Midnight and Friday at 1 AM you can tune in for all-night marathons of The Swing Shift 

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rfc-5-23A new episode of Radio Free Charleston debuts Tuesday at 10 AM, and 10 PM on The AIR. Listeners will get a huge load of local Charleston, WV music to thrill and delight them. You should seriously consider becoming a listener yourself. All you have to do is tune in at The AIR Website, or just hit the button right here on this embedded radio player…

This week’s show opens with Pale Nova, and closes with an encore of the song “Bleed” by Scarlet Revolt. We played it for you a couple of weeks ago, but we’re bringing it to you again to celebrate the release of their music video.

“Bleed” is a new take on the story of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven,” and the video was directed by Keyamo Onoge. It’s a powerful piece of music and filmmaking and it’s great to see some local bands taking the initiative to make their own music videos. Radio Free Charleston will be returning as a video show soon, but I don’t have the time or resources to produce music videos this spectacular for every show.

Check it out right here…

Between Pale Nova and Scarelt Revolt you’ll get to hear great local music by Kerry Hughes, The Company Stores, Farnsworth, Ona, The Amazing Delores, Sheldon Vance and more. Just look at this playlist:

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Pale Nova  “Never Get Enough”
Kerry Hughes  “Walking Neon Sign”
The Company Stores  “Fall From Heaven”
Farnsworth  “No Friend To Man”
Ona  “Ides Of July”
The Amazing Delores  “Coal”
Sheldon Vance  “What Remains”
Jack Griffith  “California Fire”
Payback’s A Bitch  “Mercenary Mary”
The Wolves of Calla  “Embrace The Lie”
David Synn  “The Horror”
Trielement  “Monster Movie Scenery
Scarlet Revolt  “Bleed”

Radio Free Charleston can be heard exclusively on The AIR Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM, Thursday at 5 PM, Friday at 7 PM and Saturday at 10 AM and Midnight.

Craziness on The AIR Monday

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img_9732bMonday The AIR features a day-long marathon of a show that I cannot actually spell out here in PopCult. Tune in to The AIR or listen on this neat little embedded radio player…

For the sake of brevity (and not angering my bosses here at the Gazette-Mail) we will refer to this program as “The BS Crazy Show,” which is a good compromise. The show itself is uncensored and definitely not safe for work, which is why we’re running our marathon on a day that most people have off from work. Seriously, if you are easily, or even just moderately capable of being, offended, you might want to tune in to other radio stations today.

The show itself is a half-hour compendium of audio delights designed to confuse and confound anyone. You will hear everything from classic comedy and novelty records to foul-mouthed celebrity outtakes to bizarre found audio and more. We guarantee at least four “WTF” moments in every episode.

We’ve had music from The Bonzo Dog Band, Spike Jones, The Aquabats, DEVO, Oingo Boingo, Phil Harris and more. Comedy bits have made their way into the show by the likes of Monty Python, George Carlin, The National Lampoon, Brain Posehn, Jim Norton and more. Plus we’ve had some absolutely filthy blues songs from the 1920s and 30s, classic outtakes by Orson Welles, Jim Backus, Bette Davis, Barry White and many others. The show is also chock-full-of found audio and absudist edits of things like Vincent Price’s cooking records.

Imagine Dr. Demento with Tourette’s Syndrome on acid. That’s pretty much The BS Crazy Show.

The marathon begins at 9 AM Monday and runs until 9 AM Tuesday. The BS Crazy Show can be heard every weekday at 6:30 PM, with three new episodes every Saturday night at 7 PM exclusviely on The AIR. Check it out if you’re curious and daring, but remember, you’ve been warned.

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For the duration of the month of May, Monday Morning Art will present two pieces of art by your PopCulteer each week, based on his recent trip to Chicago.

We wrap up our month-long look at art inspired by my recent trip to Chicago with a couple of building portaits, which have been manipulated, painted over, digitally futzed-with and otherwise made to look different than the original photos.

I have no clue which buildings these are. I tell ya, Chicago is lousy with these things. Seriously, they’re all over the place. I ain’t kidding. They make for great digital art, though, so I ain’t complaning any. Above you see the bright one. Below is where you’ll find the dark one.

Click on them to see the images larger. I’m still trying to decide if I want to do a theme for the month of June. Check back next week to see.

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