Once again, your humble blogger was in Chicago the week before last to celebrate my beautiful wife’s birthday, and that’s the real reason we did Marathon Week on The AIR and last week’s posts might’ve seemed off a bit, since they’d been written by an exhausted PopCulteer who was hobbling around on a bum knee (doing much better now,by the way).

Just as with last year,  I took a few photos of the Christmas Tree in Union Station in Chicago, and just like last year, I knocked out a quick, tiny acrylic painting, this time on cheap canvas board.  If you’re looking at this on a computer monitor, you’re probably seeing it at the actual size it was painted, if not a little larger. I photographed it rather than scan it because the paint wasn’t dry. Had to do a little color correction in the computer because of this. I also couldn’t get rid of the highlights and reflections on this one due to me using sunlight. That always annoys me.

I don’t know if it’s the second installment of a new tradition here at PopCult, or just me being lazy and repititive. I have to say, last year’s came out much better, probably because I spent more time on it and my MG wasn’t flaring up.

To see it bigger try clicking HERE.

Meanwhile, Monday at 2 PM on The AIR, we have brand-new episodes of  Nigel Pye’s Psychedelic Shack and at 3 PM,  Herman Linte’s Prognosis, and because, like Sydney did last week, they rushed to get these to us before heading out of London for an extended holiday, we do not have playlists,  However, Nigel tells me that his show is actually a Psychedelic Christmas show, while Herman devotes his entire program to an obscure 1970s Prog band from Indiananame “Ethos.” 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 next week 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 next week Tuesday at 7 AM, Wednesday at 8 PM, Thursday at Noon, and Saturday at 10 AM.

At 5 PM the Christmas programming begins in earnest on The AIR, as we devote big chunks of the next eight days to celebrating the holidays with special episodes of our regular programs, plus huge comglomerations of holiday music, radio plays, weird Christmas stuff and more. That will start every weeknight this week at 5 PM EST, and then on Friday it will take over the entire station until Tuesday morning, so you can tune in at any time and join the party.