Rudy Panucci On Pop Culture

Month: May 2024 (Page 1 of 3)

Monday Morning Art: Length

We wrap up our month of digital abstracts with the final piece in the “Dimensions” series. As I mentioned in previous weeks, with my Myasthenia Gravis flaring up, I had to step back from producing physical art for the time being. At the moment, I’m not sure if next week’s art will be real-world, or digital, but I’ve run out of dimensions to explore, so it will at least be a different theme.

This week’s piece is another exercise in distorting refracted and reflected images and playing with color compostion.  I recylced elements of my pieces from the previous three weeks and combined it with a minimalistic and surreal background. With this entry I think the ship with that dead horse on it has sailed.

To see it bigger try clicking HERE.

Over in radioland, Monday at 2 PM on The AIR, we bring you a new episode of Psychedelic Shack, and then at 3 PM 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 elsewhere on this page. As I write this, I have no idea what will be featured on these shows. I can assure it, it will be really cool stuff. (Update: Prognosis will feature UK Progressive Jazz, while Psychedelic Shack will open with Jimi Hendrix)

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. 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. All times listed are Eastern, so if you’re in another timezone, adjust accordingly.

At 8 PM you can hear an hour of supposedly real bloopers from Kermit Shafer on a recent episode of The Comedy Vault.

Tonight at 9 PM for the Monday Marathon We bring you ten hours of Psychedelic Shack, because we forgot to acknowledge Nigel Pye’s birthday last week. Hope it was a good one, buddy!

Sunday Evening Video: WonderFest Is Next Weekend

Next weekend is the weekend after Memorial Day, and that means that it’s time for WonderFest USA in Louisville. Mr. and Mrs PopCulteer are planning to attend for the first time in three years, and to get ready we’re going to re-share videos from 2021 and 2015. It’ll be fun to check out (and photograph) all the cool model kit builds, and it’ll be cool to see William Stout and Greg Nicotero again.

Other guests include the daughter of Ray Harryhausen, plus effects crew and performers from Silent Running, Space: 1999, Star Trek, Star Wars, Jurassic Park and more. It’s loads of fun for Monster kids of all ages, and it’s just a four-hour drive down I-64 from Charleston.

You can read  more about this year’s show HERE, and check out our videos above and below.

The RFC Flashback: Episode Eighty-Four

From October 2009, this week’s flashback brings you a show loaded with great music from Shindig and Joseph Hale, some prehistoric animation and the big reveal of who won the Great Guitar Giveaway from Route 60 Music. Our host segments were shot at Route 60 Music in Barboursville, and those segments were shot by none other than Flare Baroshi, who you will see performing in next week’s flashback.

We recorded Shindig at the Labelle, in South Charleston, and the late Mr. Hale was recorded at Taylor Books in Charleston.

For the full story on this show, check out the restored production notes HERE.

STUFF TO DO Memorial Day Weekend Part Two

The PopCulteer
May 24, 2024

Because there’s so much STUFF TO DO with the unofficial first weekend of Summer, we split our weekly feature into two parts. It’s also standing in as this week’s PopCulteer because your humble blogger has had the kind of week that deserves to wind up with a little slacking off.

You can find part one HERE.  The plan was to cover Thursday and Friday in the first part, then do Saturday and Sunday in the second. However, after we put yesterday’s post to bed, more Friday events came to our attention. You’ll find graphics for those below.

Let’s hit the boilerplate because there is so much STUFF TO DO in Charleston and all over the Mountain State and beyond this weekend that we needed to do a two-parter, the second part of which you are reading.

Live Music is on tap at Taylor Books. There is no cover charge, and shows start at 7:30 PM.  Saturday Tim Browning, with the Unwanted Saints, plays at Charleston’s beloved coffee shop/bookstore/art gallery.

One of the big events this weekend is The Vandalia Gathering, which we have a graphic about below. You’ll also find a graphic for Friday’s first Live on the Levee of the season.

Please remember that the pandemic is still not entirely over yet. It’s a going concern with the ‘rona still lurking about. And now there are nasty seasonal allergies, hyper-intelligent bees with a mean streak, alien butt-freaks gearing up for probing season, ultra-high readings on the hypocrisy meter and other damned good reasons to be careful. Many people who have very good reasons are still wearing masks, and many of us, understandably, are still nervous about being in crowds, masked or not. Be kind and understanding  while you’re out.

Keep in mind that all shows are subject to change or be cancelled at the last minute.

And now, roughly in order, here’s more STUFF TO DO for Memorial Day Weekend…

That is a whole lot of STUFF TO DO and that is this week’s PopCulteer. Check back for our regular features every day.

STUFF TO DO Memorial Day Weekend Part One

Because of a whole bunch of stuff going on this holiday weekend, we’re splitting up STUFF TO DO and running it over two days. Today we’ll run events that begin on Thrsday or Friday. Tomorrow we’ll cover the rest of the weekend. There is so much STUFF TO DO in Charleston and all over the Mountain State and beyond this weekend that we need to do a two-parter.

Live Music is on tap at Taylor Books. There is no cover charge, and shows start at 7:30 PM.  Friday it’s Nolan Collins.

The World Famous Empty Glass Cafe has some great stuff this week  to tell you about.  Thursday at 5:30 PM the Helping Hour with Swingstein & guest, Stefan Cotter make the world a better place with music for the benefit of the Kanawha-Charleston Animal Shelter. Thursday at 9 PM, Chris Harris takes the stage at The Empty Glass. Friday, Tim Courts plays during happy hour. You can read about their Friday night show below. Sunday night Christopher Carter, from Hurl Brickbat, performs a solo show at 10 PM.

Please remember that the pandemic is still not entirely over yet. It’s a going concern with the ‘rona still lurking about. And now there are nasty seasonal allergies, very grumpy car salesmen, sneks on which you don’t want to step, a strong urge to say “I told you so” and other damned good reasons to be careful. Many people who have very good reasons are still wearing masks, and many of us, understandably, are still nervous about being in crowds, masked or not. Be kind and understanding  while you’re out.

Keep in mind that all shows are subject to change or be cancelled at the last minute.

And now, roughly in order, here’s STUFF TO DO for Thursday and Friday…

12 Years Ago In PopCult: The Liquid Canvas

You know that new regular feature here in PopCult where I dig back into the archives and present a vintage post because I’m buried under other deadlines?

Well, today I’ve got a particularly timely one for you. James Vernon Brown, AKA The Liquid Canvas, has been performing most Wednesday nights at The Empty Glass. In fact, he’s scheduled for tonight and next Wednesday at 9 PM.  Well, 12 years ago today, I debuted a special episode of The Radio Free Charleston video show, where I basically turned the show over to James.  Here it is, complete with the original production notes (lightly edited)…

RFC 158

JVB, himself

Radio Free Charleston‘s 158th episode, “The Liquid Canvas,” is devoted to the work of Charleston filmmaker, musician, and artist James Vernon Brown. I first met James back in 2007, when we recorded the band Doctor Senator. James was playing bass and had also made several cool short films and music videos featuring the band.

James ended up leaving Doctor Senator and, at a jam session at The Blue Parrot one night, I heard him play guitar for the first time and was blown away with his David Gilmore meets Jimi Hendrix six-string pyrotechnics. I remember going up to him after hearing him play and asking “why the hell were you wasting your time playing bass?”

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It’s Local. It’s Independent. It’s a NEW Radio Free Charleston!

Tuesday is still “New Show Day” on The AIR.  As such, we have a new episode of  Radio Free Charleston for you. To listen to The AIR, you simply have to point your cursor over and tune in at the website, or you could just stay here, and  listen to the cool embedded player found elsewhere on this page.  

You can hear Radio Free Charleston Tuesdays at 10 AM and 10 PM, with boatloads of replays throughout the week.

This week’s Radio Free Charleston has more than an hour of new music, plus a ten-year-old local concert and a vintage episode of RFC Volume Four from 2017.

A little more than our first hour is our usual collection of cool local, independent and brand-new music. We open with brand new music from Ginger Wixx, who made her RFC debut just last week and has been lighting up the local music scene for a couple of years. Her debut EP hit all the major streaming services a couple of weeks ago. We also have brand-new music from Buni Muni, St. Vincent, John Bunkley, Oliver Wakeman, The Anchoress and more. Plus we have a few tunes from the recently-released “Live on Mountain Stage Outlaws & Outliers” collection.

Our second hour, after a timely song dedication from The Settlement, is live music from Farnsworth, who have been threatening to unleash new music with cryptic posts on their social media for a few years now. Our third hour is a time capsule of local music circa 2017.

The links in the playlist will take you to the pages where you can learn more about each artist and buy their music or find out where to see them (where available)…

RFC V5 177

hour one
Ginger Wixx “The Girl and The Bear”
Buni Muni “Caitlin Clark”
St. Vincent “Slow Disco”
Novelty Island “Thinkin’ Things/ Road Signs”
Massing “Do The Right Thing (Rejuiced)”
John Bunkley “Dirt In My Hair”
Rasta Rafiki “Calypso Too”
Nixon Black “The Beautiful Ones”
Nektar “Marvelous Moses”
Novo Comb “Don’t Do That”
The Anchoress “Wicked Game”
Oliver Wakeman “The View From Here”
Wilco “Space Oddity”
Tyler Childers “Going Home”
Sierra Ferrell “I’d Do It Again”

hour two
The Settlement “Snake Farm”

Farnsworth Live
“20 Days”
“Already Written”
“The Timber Bears His Name”
“Roll Me Up”
“Underwater”
“For You”
“No Friend To Man”
“Call On My Phone”
“Cinnamon Girl”
“Let’s Play Nice”
“Everything Must Go”

hour three
Red Audio “Money Tree”
The Company Stores “Homesick”
Sheldon Vance “Say What I Want To Say”
Ona “I Will Wait”
Farnsworth “Already Written”
Pale Nova “Nothing Is Easy”
Payback’s a Bitch “Whoa Nelly”
Kerry Hughes “My Brain is Next On The Chopping Block”
Speedsuit “Handful of Pills”
Radarhill and Nick Weckman “Trading Scarabs for Oil”
Crazy Jane “Ride”
Jack Grifftith “The Way She Moves”
Out of Nowhere “Take It Back”

You can hear this episode of Radio Free Charleston Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM on The AIR, with replays Wednesday at 9 AM,  Thursday at 2 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 classic 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 last week’s episodes of  MIRRORBALL at 1 PM and Curtain Call at 2 PM.

At 3 PM we offer up a  couple of recent episodes of The Swing Shift, which will return with more new episodes soon.

 You can hear The Swing Shift Tuesday at 3 PM, with replays Wednesday at 8 AM, Friday at 10 AM and 8 PM and Saturday afternoon, only on The AIR . You can also hear all-night marathons, seven hours each, starting at Midnight Thursday and Sunday evenings.

Monday Morning Art: Height

We continue our month of digital abstracts. As I mentioned in previous weeks, with my Myasthenia Gravis flaring up, I am retreating from producing physical art for the time being. I will be filling this space for the month of May with digital abstracts, rather than try to finish some of my existing sketches and studies while I have impaired hands.

This week’s piece is another exercise in distorting refracted and reflected images and playing with color compostion.  I recylced elements of my pieces from the previous two weeks and combined it with a slightly surreal sky. I’m still trying to figure out what the next installment of this series will be, but you’ll find out next week in this space.

With any luck my fingers will come back to life in time for me to bring you some real world art in June.

To see it bigger try clicking HERE.

Over in radioland, Monday at 2 PM on The AIR, we bring you encores of a recent episode of Psychedelic Shack, and then at 3 PM 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 elsewhere on this page.

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. 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. All times listed are Eastern, so if you’re in another timezone, adjust accordingly.

At 8 PM you can hear an hour of standup from Patton Oswalt on a recent episode of The Comedy Vault.

Tonight at 9 PM for the Monday Marathon We bring you nine hours of Radio Free Charleston, with an hour of  Live and Local music tossed in as a bonus. You’ll get to hear the first three episodes of 2024, so you can relive those halcyon days of four months or so ago.

Sunday Evening Video: The Plastic Multiverse

Two old friends of PopCult, Kevin Pauley and Dave Humpreys, have started a new YouTube series where they talk about action figures, with extensive reviews. Heck, Kevin was on the first video episode of Radio Free Charleston eighteen years ago.

As they say in their description, “(This is) The official channel of The Plastic Multiverse, where we talk toys from all dimensions! If you love toy photography or just collecting action figures, this is the place for YOU!” This first episode features an in-depth look at a…dubiously-licensed action figure of Count Duckula.

And since I know a large segment of PopCult readers are toy collectors, I figured it’d be a good idea to share the premiere edition of there show with you.  You can subscribe at the end of the video, or go HERE and bookmark the page to keep up with their new episodes.

And guys, if you ever need a guest to talk about figures from an earlier generation…you know how to get in touch.

The RFC Flashback: Episode Eighty-Three

From September, 2009, we have the 83rd episode of Radio Free Charleston. In this episode you’ll find then-new music by Mother Nang as well as footage from a Tuesday Open Mic at Sam’s Uptown Cafe by James Vernon Brown, Sierra Ferrell and Patrick Stephens. We also have a Plant Ro Duction Mini Movie. This restored episode had been offline for close to a decade before I managed to re-upload it in 2022.

This is one of the earliest videos that was posted featuring Chareston’s own Sierra Ferrell, who has gone on to great acclaim, signed to Rounder Records and touring all over the world. Over the last couple of years Sierra’s become the crown princess of traditional country music. It’s a kick, going back to this old video (even before Sierra’s stint with 600 lbs of Sin) to hear her and James doing a Citizen Cope tune.

This show also has a plug for our Great Guitar Giveaway, a contest (now long over with) that we did in conjunction with Route 60 Music.

Headlining the show is Mother Nang, old friends of mine, seen here in a psychedelic video for their song “The Painter.” We recorded this at the much-missed LiveMix Studio, where I got to direct using LiveMix’s Video Toaster. I handled the post-production and inserted the painterly psychedelica back here at Stately Radio Free Charleston Manor.

You can find the original production notes HERE.

 

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