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We added a new toy to the Radio Free Charleston arsenal last week. The Kodak Zi8 is a flip-style video camera that shoots full HD video and gets astonishing sound for a device that’s smaller than an iPhone. We’re going to be using it on the show (we’ve already shot five artists with it and we haven’t had it a week yet), but I’m also going to be posting some quickie, one-camera videos here in PopCult.

Above you see WATT 4, recorded Friday night at The Blue Parrot, tearing through an amazing version of “Proud Mary.” We’re still getting the hang of how to encode and edit the new format, so you might see the screen sizes change until we nail it, but it looks and sound incredible.

Below you see Josh Buskirk, recorded at Taylor Books on Saturday, with a Medley that includes Kottke and Bach.  Josh is also the subject of tomorrow’s Monday Morning Art.  You’ll be seeing much more from these artists and the new camera both in PopCult and on Radio Free Charleston in the coming months.

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