Some readers have reported technical issues with this edition of The PopCulteer. To try and iron them out, we have moved the photo essay, Linda Vista review and the schedule for The AIR to separate posts and republished these as four different entries. Let’s hope that works. Now on with the PopCulteer:
The AIR Friday Schedule
Friday on The AIR swells to new heights as we hit listeners with the double shot of DJ Betty Rock and Radio Coolsville, and Sydney Fileen with her Big Electric Cat. You can tune in at The AIR Website, or just settle down right here on this embedded radio player…
With our new schedule on The AIR, we now have three hours of specialty music programming every weekday, starting at 3 PM. Friday, as before, is where you’ll find the debut of new episodes of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat at 3 PM. This is our New Wave Showcase from Sydney Fileen courtesy of Haverhsam Recording Institute in London, England. Check the playlist for this week’s show at the bottom of this item.
Joining Sydney on Friday afternoons, we are proud to have DJ Betty Rock and Radio Coolsville. DJ Betty’s show, which originates out of WMUL in Huntington, has shrunk down to an hour, but is still chock-full of the coolest Alternative-inflected music you’ll find. Radio Coolsville will debut a new episode every Friday at 5 PM, with replays throughout the week.
At 6 PM tonight, it’s another half-hour of The New Music Show, and at 6:30 PM we bring you The Crazy Show. At 7 PM, this week, we’re bringing you a special replay of the Life Speaks Bigfoot Special, and at 8 PM we continue The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy with hour four.
9 PM sees a full hour of The Third Shift with Jay and Jared. Check this show our for the wildest conversations about beer, babes, gadgetry and the latest news from the world of the key demographic. At 10 PM we offer up a replay of this week’s Radio Free Charleston International. Midnight brings you an all-night trip to The Comedy Vault, with cutting edge humor to keep you awak and screw up your sleep cycle for the weekend.
Your PopCulteer has returned from a quick trip to The Windy City and has a bunch of cool stuff to talk about this week.
I’m going to try and keep it short, but chances are that I won’t succeed.
Your faithful correspondent made the trip to Chicago to accompany his wife to see Linda Vista, the new play by her favorite playwright, Tracy Letts (August Osage County, Bug, Killer Joe, Superior Donuts), and on this trip we managed to squeeze in visits to a few great record stores for Record Store Day as well as our first-time as a couple stops at The Art Institute of Chicago and Millenium Park. That’s the Crown Fountain you see at right.
Because I don’t want to write a book about this play, just let me say that it was spectacularly performed and exqusitely written. There were no weak links in the cast with every performer perfectly capturing the essence of their role and Barford making “Wheeler” a very real entity. The story evoked a “there but for the grace of God go I” feeling in me as it put Wheeler through the paces of what seemed like a cross between a “Make Your Own Adventure” book and “Cards Against Humanity.” The audience really, really comes to like Wheeler and root for him, and he keeps making the worst possible decisions. There is a hint of redemption at the end, just to keep the play from being so realistic that it becomes depressing.
Radio Free Charleston International mixes up the muzix once again at 3 PM Thursday on The AIR. Tune in at the website, or on this handy embedded radio player…
After another morning and afternoon filled with special encores of Curtain Call, Radio Coolsville, Beatles Blast, Ska Madness and more, we make the world safe for eclecticism on Radio Free Charleston International at 3 PM with another show that, like last week, revisits a ton of great music that we originally presented one year ago. This show was also bumped off the server last summer, but it was so good we decided to bring it back for your listening pleasure.
Listeners will be treated to then-brand-new music by Bob Dylan, Corinne Baily Rae, Billy Sherwood, Radiohead and more, plus classic tracks from Emerson Lake and Palmer, Frank Zappa, King Crimson, Joe Jackson and more. It’s a smorgasboard of excellence in music, presented lovingly for your ears.
You can hear Radio Free Charleston International on The AIR Thursday at 3 PM, with replays Friday at 9 AM and 10 PM, Saturday at 11 AM and Sunday at 1 AM and 10 PM.
Following RFC International on Thursday,you can listen to this week’s new Radio Free Charleston, with Deni Bonet 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, followed at 10 PM by Live From The Empty Glass (this week with C2J2, The Contrarians and more). All night long after that, it’s a marathon of The Swing Shift.
We wrap up Monochrome Month with a digital illustration depicting a scene from a science fiction story that I’ll probably never get around to finishing. Without giving away too much (in case I do decide to finish it) the story takes place in a dystopian civilisation on a barren planet where the ruling class trades human lives like commodities. And there’s also pneumatics involved.
On second thought, I probably don’t need to protect the story elements that much. Click to see the image larger.
Above you see a brilliant parody of 1960s anti-drug “educational films.” CATNIP: EGRESS TO OBLIVION? debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and comes to you now here in PopCult. Thanks go out to Mistress Rhonda at Bizarre TV who brought it to my attention. Written and directed by Jason Willis, this short film takes the over-the-top anti-drug propaganda of the 1960s and applies it to catnip. Cat lovers will enjoy it because of the cute kitties. Everyone else will just laugh.
Below you find an actual 1960s anti-drug film, just for reference, or more laughs, depending on your point of view.