PopCult Rudy Panucci on Pop Culture

This week PopCult’s sister radio station, The AIR, is presenting special marathons all week long, so that new listeners can hear our most popular programs and get caught up on just how cool they are. You can tune in at The Website, or listen right on this cool embedded player.

It’s all about your PopCulteer on Thursday. From 7 AM to 7 PM, tune in for Rudy Panucci unleashed, as we bring you twelves hours of Radio Free Charleston International, the show where I play whatever I want.

Then at 7 PM, we switch to Radio Free Charleston, your local music showcase. At Midnight we have to kick in to our regular twice-weekly marathon of The Swing Shift, If we don’t run that, they riot in Europe.

Most weeks you can hear RFC International Thursday at 3 PM, Friday at 7 AM and 10 PM, Saturday at Noon and 1 AM and next Tuesday at 11 PM, exclusively on The AIR.

Radio Free Charleston can normally be heard Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM, with replays Thursday at 2 PM, Friday at 8 PM and Saturday at 11 AM and Midnight, exclusively on The AIR.

Most weeks 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.

 

The Swing Shift and Radio Coolsville On The AIR

This week PopCult’s sister radio station, The AIR, is presenting special marathons all week long, so that new listeners can hear our most popular programs and get caught up on just how cool they are. You can tune in at The Website, or listen right on this cool embedded player.

Every week The Swing Shift brings you another new hour that mixes a variety of Swing Music from the last one hundred years into an eminently danceable, cohesive whole.Hosted by your PopCulteer himself, this show has become one of our most-listened-to programs with two weekly overnight marathons that draw listeners from around the world. Wednesday we’re bringing you twelve hours of the best of the lot from 7 AM to 7 PM, so that you can listen yourslef and find out what all the swing is about.

Most weeks 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.

Wednesday night at 7 PM, tune in for five hours of DJ Betty Rock and Radio Coolsvile, which originally aired on WMUL in Huntington. DJ Betty Rock has put her show on the back burner for most of 2018, but in the coming weeks we will be bringing you several new-to-The AIR episodes of this alternative rock extravaganza. You can hear the best of Radio Coolsville every Tuesday at 5 PM.

After all that coolness, we’re still not done. At Midnight, Mel Larch takes her weekly all-night marathon of Curtain Call into high gear, bringing the best of musical theater to the masses.

Big Electric Cat and Psychedelic Shack On The AIR

This week PopCult’s sister radio station, The AIR, is presenting special marathons all week long, so that new listeners can hear our most popular programs and get caught up on just how cool they are. You can tune in at The Website, or listen right on this cool embedded player.

Today we bring you twelve hours of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat, starting at 7 AM. Then at 7 PM you can tune in for six hours of Psychedelic Shack.

Sydney Fileen is a legendary UK voice on radio and television, and her passion is the classic music of the New Wave era. Each week her show brings you with two hours of the best music of the New Wave era. Sydney’s Big Electric Cat is produced at Haversham Recording Institute in London, and can be heard most weeks on Friday at 3 PM, with replays Saturday afternoon, Tuesday at 7 AM, Wednesday at 8 PM and Thursday at Noon, exclusively on The AIR.

Psychedelic Shack, also produced by our friends at Haversham Recording Institute in London, England, and presented by Nigel Pye, takes the evening shift today. Each week Nigel creates a mind-expanding mixtape with this showcase for Psychedelic Rock, Every Tuesday you can tune in, and turn on with an all-new hour of mind-altering and mood-expanding music.

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.

 

Monday Morning Art: A Different Luna

 

Last week we brought you Luna Lovegood, and this week we bring you Luna L’Enfant. This is another previously-unseen digital painting based on a years-ago Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School session (Have I mentioned how much I miss those?). Luna L’Enfant was one of the regular models at Dr. Sketchy’s, and this is from a session devoted to the science fiction series, Firefly. To be honest, I have no idea why I never used this before. Looking at it now, I like it better than all the other pieces of art I did from that session.

If you like it, you can click to see a larger version.

Meanwhile, over on The AIR, Marathon Monday kicks off a special week of marathons that will allow new listeners to sample our programming, and it’ll also allow your PopCulteer more time to recover from writing The 2018 PopCult Gift Guide.  Each day this week we’ll present a whole bunch of episodes of some cool shows for you to cram in your ears.  We’ll tell you about them every morning so you can be right on top of things. Today you can hear every episode of On The Road With Mel, which will be going on hiatus at the end of the year. That marathon begins at 7 AM and wraps up around 8 PM, after which you will hear Patrick Felton’s That Conversation, which will also being going on hiatus soon.  You can tune in on The AIR website, or on this rather ingenious embedded transistor radio thingy…

 

A few years ago Ronn Smith and his crew at Temporal Orbit Films began work on a fan-made, not-for-profit continuation of the classic “Fourth Doctor” version of the BBC sci-fi series, Dr. Who. We made the above film, capturing some of their location shots to promote it back then. It was to be called Dr Who: The Classic Series Reimagined, and for a number of reasons, the production was put on hold for over four years.

Now they are once again gearing up to take another shot at creating new adventures of the classic Doctor, and they’re raising funds on IndieGoGo. If you go there (follow the link in the widget below, and you’ll see a new video with an update on what they plan to do with the project. If it’s not working, go HERE) you can get all the details.

You can donate at a variety of levels and help this cool project come to fruition. There are all sorts of rewards, ranging from digital downloads of the script, poster and episodes, all the way to signed good DVDs and an executive producer’s credit.

Go check it out and chip in to help out a Timelord and his jellybabies.

The RFC Flashback: Episode 159

We resume our trek through the Radio Free Charleston archives with a stop in May, 2012, for the episode “Cap Seniors Shirt,” named after a high-school protest shirt that was a big deal at the time. Our music this week came from The Big Bad, In The Company of Wolves and Foz Rotten, plus we had animation from yours truly, and a trailer for Dennis Strom’s film, “One Soldier, One Grave.”

Following Dennis’ trailer, we jump into the music with The Big Bad, who had just reformed after a brief hiatus. This was our first chance to capture the band live.  You’ll see them rip through two songs: the instrumental opener “Muertos,” and “Transylvania Is For Lovers,” which features some very energetic guest vocals by Roger Beane, the lead singer of Drop Ded Phred, who chimes in from the audience (from right over this cameraman’s head, in fact.) The Big Bad is still going strong and has been working on a new album.

Next up we have my animation, then music from In The Company of Wolves, performing their song “Holding On To You.” ITCOW broke up shortly after this performance, but reunited earlier this year and released a really impressive new album.  Closing this week’s show was Foz Rotten, who really needs to make some new music of his own. It’s been too long.

You can read the full production notes and get the full story behind the show’s title shirt HERE.

 

 

 

THE 2018 POPCULT GIFT GUIDE MASTER LIST

The PopCulteer
November 9, 2018

Well, I made it through the month. There were a few times when I thought I might not. The 2018 PopCult Gift Guide is in the books, and this is the index. Below you will find all the items I recommended as holiday gift ideas this year, with their names being live links so that you can jump right to the post where I make my suggestion.

This year I decided to try to spread the gift guide over the entire month of November, with two or three posts every day. I think it’s safe to say that I won’t be doing that again. It seesm like I kicked into things too early, and burned myself out in the process. So next year I might do the gift guide after Thanksgiving, and maybe have five to ten posts each day for a week to ten days.  However, aside from the grueling pace I created for myself and the forced withdrawal from social media or watching television, I think this might be the best Gift Guide that I’ve ever done. So here, organizized into rough catagories, is The 2018 PopCult Gift Guide:

(Note that some items are listed more than once because I’m lazy or something)

APPAREL

Lady D ‘s Not Just Music

Mitch O’Connell Leave It To Beaver Monster Shirts

TranslunaGen Shirts

Greenlight Tees

 

BEATLES

John Lennon: Imagine – The Ultimate Collection/Complete Fan Bundle

The Beatles (White Album) Super Deluxe Edition

The Beatles Yellow Submarine Graphic Novel

Paul McCartney “Egypt Station”

The Roof: The Beatles’ Final Concert

 

BOOKS

Pinpricks: A Book of Tiny and Terrible Oddities.

Bastard Battalion: A History of the 83rd Chemical Mortar Battalion in World War II

Comic Book Implosion

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America

Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-the-Scenes Companion

Forever Nerdy: Living My Dorky Dreams and Staying Metal

The Best Of SHOCKED AND AMAZED! – On & Off the Midway

New GI Joe Books From Thomas Wheeler

The Joy of Joe: Memories of America’s Movable Fighting Man from Today’s Grown-Up Kids

Exotica Moderne Magazine

The Roof: The Beatles’ Final Concert

 

COMICS

Frankenstein Alive Alive

Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set

The Prisoner Jack Kirby Gil Kane Art Edition

The Creeps Magazine Fan Club

The Beatles Yellow Submarine Graphic Novel

Super Patriotic Heroes

Charlton Comics Classics

A Bunch of Jews (and other stuff)

The Best of Don Winslow of the Navy

Batman: The Complete Animated Series (Deluxe Limited Edition)

Reefer Madness Comics

Joe Kubert’s Tarzan of the Apes Artist’s Edition

DC Universe

Forbidden Gallery #3

 

GAMES

Rick and Morty Games

Yeti In My Spaghetti

Relative Insanity The Party Game About Crazy Relatives

 

LOCAL CREATORS OR SHOPS

Pinpricks: A Book of Tiny and Terrible Oddities.

Karen Allen: Here We Are Now

Bastard Battalion: A History of the 83rd Chemical Mortar Battalion in World War II

William Matheny: Moon Over Kenova/”Christian Name”

Local Spotlight: Oddbird Emporium

Todd Burge: The First Album and Your Reflection Will Kill You

Glen Brogan Art

Lady D ‘s Not Just Music

Local Spotlight: Two Tinkers Jewelry and Fine Art

Ann Magnuson: “The Sun Don’t Care”

Local Spotlight: Art Emporium

Moonage Daydream: The David Bowie Songbook

Local Spotlight: Kin Ship Goods

Eat Local

Local Spotlight: Record Store Day Special Release

Rabin’s Relics

Local Spotlight: Route 60 Music

TranslunaGen Shirts

Local Spotlight: The Purple Moon

Greenlight Tees

 

MUSIC

Karen Allen: Here We Are Now

John Lennon: Imagine – The Ultimate Collection/Complete Fan Bundle

William Matheny: Moon Over Kenova/”Christian Name”

Dr. Demento: Covered In Punk

SpongeBob Squarepants The Musical Original Cast Recording

Todd Burge: The First Album and Your Reflection Will Kill You

The Beatles (White Album) Super Deluxe Edition

The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society

Lady D ‘s Not Just Music

Small Faces “Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake”

Ann Magnuson: “The Sun Don’t Care”

Best Of R.E.M. At The BBC

Moonage Daydream: The David Bowie Songbook

Matt Berry:Television Themes

Music From Big Pink – 50th Anniversary Super Deluxe

The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown – Deluxe Box Set

Paul McCartney “Egypt Station”

I Don’t Know How They Found Me, But They Did: 1981 Extended Play

 

TOYS

THE 2018 HESS RV WITH ATV AND MOTORBIKE

IAMElemental Action Figure Gift Sets

LEGO Creator Expert James Bond Aston Martin DB5

BLUE LIGHTNING – E-Z APP TRAIN CONTROL Train Set

LEGO Harry Potter 71043 Hogwarts Castle

Auto World 10′ Route 66 Slot Race Set

Hot Wheels Track Builder System Race Crate

STRESS MANATEE

MEGO Figures at Target

Fresh Dolls/Fresh Squad

 

VIDEO

The IT Crowd: The Complete Series

Best of Warner Bros 20 Film Collection: Best Pictures

The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley

Batman: The Complete Animated Series (Deluxe Limited Edition)

Tex Avery’s Droopy: The Complete Theatrical Collection

DC Universe

 

OTHER COOL STUFF

The Creeps Magazine Fan Club

Retro Planet Tiki Mugs

Glen Brogan Art

Local Spotlight: Two Tinkers Jewelry and Fine Art

Ann Magnuson: “The Sun Don’t Care”

Pulling Gifts Out of Uranus

MST3K trading cards

STRESS MANATEE

The Lights of Broadway Show Cards

Cyber Monday Guide

Rabin’s Relics

Earth III Guitar Straps

Local Spotlight: Route 60 Music

Local Spotlight: The Purple Moon

Exotica Moderne Magazine

 

There you have The 2018 PopCult Gift Guide Master List. I hope this has been a useful endeavor for my readers, and maybe alerted you to some great gift ideas for your loved ones…;or yourself.

Tomorrow PopCult reverts back to its normal (ish) self, with our regular features and at least one post per day. Next week on The AIR we’re scrambling the schedule and running marathons so that those of you who have yet to take the plunge can tune in and sample some different programs.

 

Forbidden Gallery #3

Forbidden Gallery #3

Our month-long journey to bring you the coolest gift ideas from the world of pop culture concludes with a comic book that I reviewed enthusiastically just a few weeks ago. This is our final pick in The 2018 PopCult gift Guide.

If the person on your holiday shopping list likes great horror comics, say, the kind that combine classic EC Comics with Rod Serling’s Night Gallery, then you can’t go wrong with Forbidden Gallery #3.

As I said in my review, this third issue continues the wonderful combination of veteran talents with bright newcomers and creates a perfect comics experience for the Halloween season with five scary short stories , all hosted by Archimedes, the curator of the Forbidden Gallery. Forbidden Gallery #3 is a worthy successor to the excellent previous two issues .

Now, you can get Forbidden Gallery #3, as well as the first two issues, plus ACP Comics T Shirts and posters for 25% off their regular price, and on top of that, 25% of all proceeds will be donated to Hero Initiative, the charity that helps comic book professionals who have come upon hard times. All you have to do is visit the ACP Comics website for details.

You get the chance to load up on great comics and goodies, plus help out a worthwhile charity, all the while putting a smile on the face of your comic book-loving loved one. You can’t go wrong with that.

With that, we wrap up The 2018 PopCult Gift Guide. This may be the last time that we devote an entire month to the Gift Guide, as it has been exhausting. We aren’t done yet, though. A special PopCulteer with the master list to this year’s guide is still coming later this afternoon, and we’ll be reminding you of some of our suggestions all next week, so stay tuned to PopCult.

All of our regular blog features return tomorrow.

Fresh Dolls/Fresh Squad

Fresh Dolls/Fresh Squad

Next up in The 2018 PopCult Gift Guide we find a great new line of African-American fashion dolls, Fresh Dolls, and their male counterparts, Fresh Squad.

Created by Dr. Lisa, of World of EPI fame, Fresh Dolls came on the scene last year hoping to fill a void in the fashion doll market. An extension of the Positively Perfect baby doll line, Fresh Dolls were designed with a variety of custom-blended skin tones ranging from deep mocha, caramel, latte, and even blended. They have authentic facial features, like beautiful full lips, and cute noses and eyes. Their stylish hair features braids, afros, afro-puffs, wavy and curly styles. FRESH doll bodies are specifically designed to be more representative of multicultural young women so they have fuller hips, thighs and more realistic waists.

Due to popular demand, The Fresh Dolls are getting male companions. Shipping December 1 is The Fresh Squad, three male fashion dolls, with the same attention to multicultural detail and sharp design sense. That’s also the date that Fresh Dolls releases their second wave of female figures, including YouTube sensation, Froggy.

These dolls are of interest not only for fashion doll fans, but also for action figure customizers. With a greater amount of articulation, and a much more diverse range of face sculpts and skin tones, these dolls are easily adapted into action figure dioramas, and can greatly expand a hobbyist’s selection of different characters with which to work. They’re very well-made, with terrific headsculpts and the rooted hair is much more realistic that what you find on a typical fashion doll. These are quality products.

You can find Fresh Dolls at most toy retailers, as well as Amazon and their own website. In order to get the guys from Fresh Squad, or the second wave of Fresh Dolls in time for Christmas, you’ll have to order directly from the website.

Fresh Dolls and Fresh Squad are great gift ideas for young girls who find Barbie to be a little too bland for their tastes, and also for 1/6 dioramists who want a larger cast of characters.

 

Greenlight Tees

Greenlight Tees

We begin the final day of The 2018 PopCult Gift Guide with a new T-Shirt line designed right here in Charleston. Greenlight Tees offers a new concept, postive affirmations written in an attractive font, printed in reverse so that the person seeing them in a mirror can read them.

For an explanation, we turn to their Facebook page:

Green light Tees is a women’s line of t shirts (and more coming soon!) that focus on sending out a positive, self-affirming message.But here’s the cool part… The message is written backwards! We do it this way because the message is for YOU, not everyone else to read. The most important person to impress and live up to is yourself.

Why’s it all backwards? The point of GreenLight Tees is that the only person you need approval from is yourself! These shirts aren’t designed to shout a message to every random stranger you meet, but for you to remind yourself every time you look in the mirror that you are IMPORTANT, SPECIAL, BEAUTIFUL, and LOVED. (Plus, when you take selfies, you can read the design.)

So, when you’re about to walk out the door, getting ready for the day, or just happen to catch a glance of yourself in a mirror, you’ll be reminded that you are beautiful, strong, and unique.

The shirts are available in a wide variety of designs, colors, and sizes at The Greenlight Tees webstore, and would make a great gift for any woman who deserves a little affirmation in her life.