Well, it’s Good Friday for those of you who observe such things, and it’s also the mid-point of Passover, for those of you who observe those things. Today is also the anniversary of the assassination of President Lincoln, and the day that the Titanic found an iceberg the hard way. 90 years ago the first Volvo was spotted in the wild, and 50 years ago the president of Togo was overthrown. John Gielgud, Loretta Lynn and Daniel Clowes were all born on this day. In 2017, your PopCulteer, faced with a blank slate and having put off writing his weekly column until after breakfast the morning of publication, farted out an almanac-style post for the first-time ever, just to fill up space.
Our lead image this week is an artist’s depiction of yesterday’s veto of the state budget bill by our governor, Mr. Haney from Green Acres. I could write further about it, but the best part would still be that image, so I’ll quit while I’m ahead.
To be honest, I have a decent excuse for not having been my prolific self this past week, but I’m saving it up for next week’s Popculteer, so you’ll just have to wait for it. In the meantime, here’s some other stuff to fill this column up…
One More Stuff To Do
I missed this event at Route 60 Music in Barboursville on Saturday when I put together the Stuff To Do post yesterday. Feed people in need and hear great music in return. You can’t find a better deal that this…
Carrot Saves Easter
Carrot Saves Easter is a cool gift that I really should have written about a week or three ago.
Unless you order it rush-shipped from Amazon it’s probably way too late to get it in time for Easter, but there’s the video up above anyway.
Friday 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. Sydney is back for week two after an extended absence due to illness with two hours of the best music of the New Wave era, courtesy of Haverhsam Recording Institute in London, England. Check out the playlist for this week’s show…
Blondie “Hanging On The Telephone”
Buzzcocks “Times Up”
Teardrop Explodes “Camera Camera”
The Alarm “68 Guns”
The Plimsouls “A Million Miles Away”
Josie Cotton “Schools In”
The Ramones “Blitzkrieg Bop”
Television “See No Evil”
Real Life “Send Me An Angel”
Simple Minds “Glittering Prize”
Fiction Factory “Never Never”
The Payloas “Eyes of a Stranger”
Lene Lovich “Lucky Number”
Wayne County and The Back Street Boys “Max’s Kansas City”
Heaven 17 “Temptation”
Duran Duran “Girls On Film”
Rich Kids “Rich Kids”
Wire “I Am The Fly”
The Stranglers “(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)”
Ratata “For Varja Dag”
The Members “The Sound of the Suburbs”
Alphaville “Sounds Like A Melody”
Magazine “Shot By Both Sides”
New Order “Blue Monday”
Yazoo “Don’t Go”
Howard Jones “What Is Love”
XTC “This Is Pop”
Wreckless Eric “Whole Wide World”
Elvis Costello and The Attractions “Pump It Up”
Joining Sydney on Friday afternoons, we are proud to welcome back 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. Going forward, Radio Coolsville will debut a new episode every Friday at 5 PM, with replays throughout the week. We are thrilled to have new episodes of Radio Coolsville back on our line-up.
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 Radio Free Charleston, and at 8 PM we continue to encore The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy as we bring you the second hour.
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. At midnight it’s an all-night marathon of The (BS) Crazy Show.
After this week, where United Airlines proved that if you drag a paying passenger off a plane and beat him senseless, then nobody will notice later in the week when you develop a problem with the scorpions on your planes biting people, I am reminded how much I enjoy traveling on Amtrak.
So of course, our newest White House occupant is proposing a budget that will kill all funding for rail travel in this country.
That’s it for this week. Check back for our regular features and a well-thought-out PopCulteer next week.