Up above you see Radio Free Charleston 126, “Purple Batman shirt.” This episode features music from WhiteChapel District, the duo of Chad Foss and Sean Sydnor, and a trailer for “Zombie Babies,” Eamon Hardiman’s latest motion picture. This is our first show uploaded in Hi-Def, so you can sit real close to your computer monitor and pretend that you’re watching it on the big screen.

Host segments were shot on a beautiful Sunday morning in front of Jeff Pierson’s East End mural, which can be found right across Greenbrier Street, on the back of the Mini Mart. Among the notable East End denizens on display are No Pants Player, Jeff Bukovinsky, owner of The Book Exchange, Todd Griffith, of WVSU and Buswater fame, Jenna Brooke Swanson, Bellydancer extraordinaire and Jeff and his wife Shannon and their beautiful baby. We wanted to use Jeff’s mural as a backdrop for a long time, but until last Sunday we never had the right combination of weather, light and low traffic.

Here’s a short video showing the different stages of the mural.

Our first musical guest this week is WhiteChapel District. We had Tim, Jimmie, Michael, Thom and Tim on RFC 118 a few weeks ago, and the two songs on this episode were recorded the same night, New Year’s Eve, at Tomahawk’s Smokehouse and Saloon.

Since we captured these performances the boys have been hard at work in the studio, recording a new CD. Both of these songs are slated to appear on the disc, which should be released very soon. Keep reading PopCult for details on their next shows, and when it’s ready, their CD release party.

Next up we have the slightly-edited trailer for Eamon Hardiman’s new movie, “Zombie Babies.” This touching family drama about what happens when a zombie infestation happens at a discount abortion clinic will have it’s FINAL CUT PREMIERE on Wednesday night at The Empty Glass. The evening starts at 10 PM. There will be free food, prizes, a charity raffle and music be provided by Dinosaur Burps and The Hard C’s. Five bucks is the cover charge for this wonderful night of fine cinema, music and debauchery.

You can also buy the “Zombie Babies” DVD. You can also order it here.

The musical guest sandwiched between the two WCD songs is the duo of Chad Foss and Sean Sydnor. Sean was on the show way back in our early days as a member of Professor Mike. Both of their appearances were in our first eight episodes, from 2006. I’ve wanted to get Sean back on the show since then, but we could never get our schedules to mesh. The guy’s a scary-amazing virtuoso guitarist.

A couple of weeks ago RFC Big Shot Melanie Larch and I stopped by the Wednesday Night Electric Jam at the Blue Parrot, and we were stunned. We knew Sean was fantastic, but this was the first time we’d seen Chad. When Chad opened his mouth and started singing, we were floored. You can tell by the cover of Lindsey Buckingham’s “Big Love” that both guys are incredibly talented.

You can expect to see more of Sean and Chad on RFC in the future. If you want to see them live, hit up the Wednesday night jam at The Parrot. Prank Monkey hosts, and it’s always an eclectic night of great music.

Charleston is blessed with an astounding assortment of great open mic nights. Mondays at The Empty Glass, Tuesdays at Sam’s Uptown Cafe, Wednesday at The Parrot, Thursday you have your choice of The Pour House or The Boulevard Tavern–with the weekend shows that the bars in town have booked, you can hear great live music every night of the week, somewhere in town.

That’s the straight poop on this week’s show. Next week we’re looking at The Nanker Phelge and some other cool stuff.