Local Scene News

We have new feeds added From Charleston Underground and The Defintley Loud Podcast!!

These two cover much of the local art and music scene and if you are from out of town this will give you a great heads up on what goes on in Charleston and the Rest of WV.
You can Read it here on the Empty Glass site or click on the Links and read if on the on the original Site.

Sunday Evening Video: Revisiting 4tet and More Playing Miles Davis on RFC 

11013046_1572785516324557_2085747821886289188_nMonday, April 27, 4tet and More will reassemble at West Virginia State University to perform the Miles Davis classic, Bitches Brew, in its entirety. You may recall that our most recent episode of Radio Free Charleston brought you rehearsal footage and interviews with members of the band. Now you get one more chance to experience this musically intimidating undertaking live. We’re bringing you RFC 208 again tonight, just to get you all excited. This will be your last chance to hear 4tet and More take on Bitches Brew.

Bitches Brew is a studio double album by jazz musician Miles Davis, released in April 1970 on Columbia Records. The album continued his experimentation with electric instruments previously featured on his critically acclaimed In a Silent Way album. With the use of these instruments, such as the electric piano and guitar, Davis rejected traditional jazz rhythms in favor of a looser, rock-influenced improvisational style.”

4tet’s performance will take place at West Virginia State University, April 27, 2015 at 7:30 PM. You can learn more about this project in our original production notes HERE.


The Old School Convention 

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1486709_10204838276530098_5781398931997889692_nA very happy Mr. and Mrs. Popculteer meandered up North to Saint Mary’s earlier today for the first Old School Convention. You may remember that we wrote about it last Thursday. Organized by Aaron Hickman, who teaches at Saint Mary’s Elementary, this was an old-school convention on many levels, since it took place in an historical school building. It was a fun, small convention, making up for the lack of glitz with an abundance of fun.

Vendors from all over the region offered cool toys and comics. Cosplayers mingled with Ghostbusters and the band HarraH even performed an acoustic set.

In one personally mortifiying moment, your PopCulteer was asked if he was dressed as Game of Thrones author, George R.R. Marton. The fact that anyone thought I resembled the ultra-successful, but aged and troll-like writer made me want to curl in a fetal position and bang my head on the floor, but aside from that, it was a great time, and here’s a quick mini-photo essay, short on captions, that’ll give you a taste of the fun. I’m off to either shave or dye the facial hair. Here’s hoping that this is just the first of many Old School Conventions.

We arrived just as the cosplay contest was wrapping up, but there was still a good crowd looking for cool stuff.

We arrived just as the cosplay contest was wrapping up, but there was still a crowd looking for cool stuff.

Ghostbusters WV Division kept the place safe for the public

Ghostbusters WV Division kept the place safe for the public

Milton's Hillbilly Toy Chest was on hand.

Milton’s Hillbilly Toy Chest was on hand.


Third Floor Comics from Nitro helped your Popculteer part with some money for some cool offbeat comics

Third Floor Comics from Nitro helped your Popculteer part with some money for some cool offbeat comics














RFC Flashback: Episode 3 

This week we’re going way the heck back to August 2006, for our third episode,  “Mother Nang Shirt,” which was named after a shirt featuring the then-disbanded, since-reunited legendary band.  RFC 3 was restored and remastered back in 2012. This early edition of RFC features a solo performance by Eduardo Canelon, of Duo Divertido and Comparsa fame, plus a vintage video from Charleston legends, Three Bodies.

Also in this show, is the first installment of “Pentagram Flowerbox” by Third Mind Incarnation (restored to the show for the first time since 2007) and the short film, “The Alien Threat” by Frank Panucci.

The third episode of Radio Free Charleston is a bit of a departure show for us. This is the only show where the host segments were shot against a green screen, It was our first to feature a pre-made music video, and this remastered edition includes the first chapter of “Pentagram Flowerbox,” once a recurring RFC cartoon by Third Mind Incarnation about Satan living in a trailer park that ran off-and-on in the first year of Radio Free Charleston.

Following a dispute with the man behind Third Mind Incarnation, all the Pentagram Flowerbox cartoons were edited out of Radio Free Charleston’s archives. Peace was made last year, and the shorts will be reinserted into the show as we progress with the remastering process. The only catch is, Third Mind Incarnation wishes to remain anonymous.

The premise of Pentagram Flowerbox is that Satan moves into a trailer park so that he can be filmed for a reality TV show.  Third Mind Incarnation is heavily influenced by The Church of the Subgenius, and restoring Pentagram Flowerbox to Radio Free Charleston helps us recover some of our lost “slack” mojo.

The first musical guest in this episode, Eduardo Canelon, ran off to host a music camp before we had a chance to find out what the piece of music he performed was called. He treats us to a very cool, laid-back Spanish number, performed on the LiveMix Studio fire escape. In the many years and many appearances by Eduardo on RFC in Duo Divertido and Comparsa since this episode debuted, I have still not remembered to ask him what this piece is called.

The performance was directed by Brian Young, with camera by Brian and Greg Wegmann. Red tinting was added by Frank Panucci during the editing of the show.

Our other musical guest is Three Bodies–no mean feat, since they hadn’t performed together in over fifteen years when this show was assembled. “Shingles And Tar” is a vintage music video, which was hastily assembled in the summer of 1991, the day before it was due to be shown at a film festival. I got a call from RFC Big Shot, Brian Young, and headed down to an editing bay at West Virginia State College with a handful of tapes of stock footage.

We combined the stock footage with a short film Brian had made starring Kris Cormandy, the lead singer of Three Bodies, and wound up with a decent little music video. As the night wore on, and the deadline loomed, we slacked off and ended the video with what may be a world record for the most nuclear explosions ever used in a rock music video.

For reasons of copyright and ox-mistreatment, this video was re-edited slightly when we included it in the show. We have not bothered to restore the video, since nobody really noticed.

We wrap up the show with a public service announcement of great importance. There be aliens afoot, and this short film will make you keep watching your foots.

After we finished the show, we noticed that an unintentional theme had emerged. The show seems to be a bit hot. Perhaps subconsciously influenced by the record heat we’ve had in the valley during the summer of 2006., this episode of Radio Free Charleston has a recurring flame motif. In fact, the heat is the reason we used a green screen, instead of shooting on location.

We actually shot the host segments twice. The first time, we had audio problems that were insurmountable. This was actually a good thing, because I was experimenting with my “look” for the show, and the particular combination of facial hair and beat-up old fedora that I tried for the first shoot imbued me with a look not unlike that of a fat Jed Clampett.

So we rescheduled the host segments for two days later. When faced with the prospect then of shooting on a rooftop in 104 degree weather at two in the afternoon, my resistance to the idea of using the green screen melted away, and we absconded to the secret RFC studio. I prefer shooting on location, but I think the show looks all right this time. In many ways, this is our hottest show yet! We’ve got fiery Latin balladeering, a neighbor from Hell, lots of nuclear explosions, and an oppressive heat which we defiantly flip off by shooting in an air-conditioned studio.

Catching up with PopCulteer topics 

the-real-rfc-041615The PopCulteer
April 24, 2015

Since we are not operating at full capacity here at PopCult Central this week, let’s take a moment to pause and update some of the stuff we’ve written about lately.

Rudy on The Real

Last week I appeared as a guest on Mark Wolfe’s new internet radio show, The Real, over at New Appalachian Radio. We had a lot of fun talking about random weird stuff and Amish Mafia, and Mark’s sidekick, Steven Allen Adams, has a cool set of notes about the show online now. You can listen to the show at the Voices of Appalachia archive site.

Last night, Mark and Steve welcomed Danny Boyd to the show, and if that turns up in the archive in time, I’ll link to it right HERE. Next week’s guest is scheduled to be Hizzonner, Charleston’s mayor, Danny Jones. That should be a very entertaining show, especially if Mark gets another parking ticket before then.

Bizarre TV Debuts an Indie Film


All weekend long, Bizarre TV will debut a new indie film, Music Store Massacre by Gordy Price and Robert Sebold. Murder, mayhem and evil run wild in a seemingly innocent music store, chock full of instruments…of TERROR. Check out the probably not safe for work trailer after the jump…

You can see Music Store Massacre Friday April 24th at 7 PM, Saturday April 25th at 9 PM and Sunday April 26th at 5 PM on Bizarre TV, located conveniently on your Roku device. If you don’t have a Roku device, then you should go over to Mark Wolfe’s house. I just hooked his up earlier this week.

More Stuff To Do

I already told you about the Old School Convention in Saint Mary’s, but there’s other stuff going on in and around town.








That’s it for this week. With luck, we’ll be back to normal next week. Who knows, they may even decide to acknowledge us in print for the first time this year.


Comic Book Convention This Weekend 

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We are still operating on reduced power here at PopCult Central. Rather than a review a book that we haven’t had time to read this week, we’re bringing you news of a cool comic book and toy convention happening Saturday in Saint Mary’s.  To tell you about The Old School Convention, here is Aaron Hickman…

“My name is Aaron Hickman. This is a web page for the small comic convention I am trying to put on as a fundraiser for St. Marys Elementary School. I am hoping to raise money for the school that I work at and have grown to love the teachers, students and building. All proceeds will go directly to the school for the playground and other items that will benefit the students and community. Why “The Old School Convention” you may ask? SMES is the oldest functioning school in the state of WV. It does have a dual meaning though. Growing up in the valley I always went to the small comic cons I could find here most of these were in school gyms, armories, park buildings or hotel ball rooms. I loved those shows and still do. I will be bringing in vendors selling various comics, toys, games and ball cards. I will also will be bringing in some local celebrities.”

You will find comic books, toys and other cool stuff, plus I hear that HarraH will make the trek up North to perform an acoustic set, and it’s all for a good cause. The show runs from 10 AM to 5 PM at St. Marys Elementary School, 317 Washington Street in St Marys, WV. Five bucks gets you in the door. There will be raffles and cosplay and tons of other neat stuff. Vendors from all over the Tri-State will have goodies for you to buy and Ghostbusters, WV Division, will be on hand to minimize ghostly apparitions.

Meanwhile, At The Joe Report… 

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mikepoweruniformsetPopCult is still under siege by computer gremlins, but luckily Mark Otnes, who produces The Joe Report for Patches of Pride has been diligently updating his readers with details of the recent Official GI Joe Collector’s Club Convention, held this year in Springfield, IL.

Unlike JoeLanta, The Official convention focuses more on the 3 3/4″ “Real American Hero” figures, but that doesn’t mean that fans of the original GI Joe are left out in the cold. Mark tracked down the club’s head honcho, Brian Savage, for a very cool interview and Savage revealed quite a few pleasant surprises for collectors of the 12″ GI Joe.

Mark’s also put in yeoman duty covering the convention via video. Head on over to the Joe Report, and tell ‘em PopCult sent you.

Midweek Stuff To Do 

Your Popculteer is still toiling away at the rebuilding process, after a power outage took out his main online computer. However, we’ve updated Popcult every day for more than 600 consecutive days, so we’re not going to let a little thing like catastrophic failure get in our way. Here is a midweek edition of Stuff To Do. Later today you can expect a brief PopCult Toybox.

Wednesday Night

The Blue Parrot presents an early jam session, hosted by Prank Monkey at 8 PM, followed by a 10 PM screening of the new Byzantine video directed by Holly Siders. Check the details…


At the Empty Glass, performing without a net and with no cover, it’s Ladies On The Rag, a collective of female musicians from New Orleans, which includes Charleston native (and occasional RFC guest) Sierra Ferrell. You can expect an evening of unbridled Ragtime music. The music kicks off at 10 Pm and I hear that Travis Stephens will be sitting in.





Pride is a 2014 British LGBT-related historical comedy-drama film written by Stephen Beresford and directed by Matthew Warchus.

Based on a true story, the film depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the British miners’ strike in 1984, at the outset of what would become the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign. The National Union of Mineworkers was reluctant to accept the group’s support due to the union’s public relations’ worries about being openly associated with a gay group, so the activists instead decided to take their donations directly to Onllwyn, a small mining village in Wales, resulting in an alliance between the two communities. The alliance was unlike any seen before but was successful.

Post screening interview led by award winning NPR reporter Roxy Todd, featuring LGBT activist Sam (Hall) Williams and Fairness West Virginia Executive Director Andrew Schneider

Tickets cost $8. This event is Co-sponsored by Fairness WV and the West Virginia International Film Festival





A Double Shot of Rerun Week on RFC at New Appalachian Radio 

NAR log 106It’s a rerun of sorts with this week’s Radio Free Charleston at New Appalachian Radio. As you already know if you read PopCult yesterday, a computer crash happened at a very bad time, so there is no RFC MINI SHOW this week, and we were also unable to finish our very special streaming tribute show to the late Tom Medvick. Both of those shows will wing their way to you next week.

You can listen to Radio Free Charleston’s streaming radio incarnation at 10 AM and 10 PM on Tuesdays (and again at midnight Thursday) at New Appalachian Radio, part of Voices of Appalachia. If you miss it, check our the archives for previously-aired shows. You can also listen to Radio Free Charleston Saturday at Midnight. Saturday, RFC airs for six hours, starting at midnight.

So this week at New Appalachian Radio you will get to hear the first two streaming episodes of Radio Free Charleston combined into one, two-hour block. You may recall that our first two shows were only an hour long each, so this way you can enjoy them all in one tasty bunch.

This was back when I was still pretending to call the show “Radio Free Charleston: Volume Three,” and we didn’t have a theme hour because we only had one hour.

Our first hour is basically a primer on the history of Radio Free Charleston. We kick it off with the very first local song I played on RFC back in 1989, and each segment has a theme of sorts.

The Hour One Playlist:

The Haze

The Haze

Hasil Adkins–“Big Red Satellite”
The Amazing Delores–“Love Magic”

Go Van Gogh–“Shut Up, I Love You”
Three Bodies–“Shingles and Tar”
Blue Million–“Lazy Bones”
Mad Scientist Club–“Save The Whales”

Strawfyssh–“Graveyard Shift”
Crazy Jane–“Echo of a Season”
Mother Nang–“Knee Deep In Wine”
Todd Burge–“Crawl Like Babies Do”

Ghosts of Now–“Deathburn”
Ovada–“Church of Paranoia”
Melanie Larch–“Ave Maria”
Panucci Brothers–“Dancing Midget Spider-man Fantasia”

The Renfields–“Machete a Go Go”

Hour Two Playlist:

Paul Calicoat — “American Pirate”
Pepper Fandango — “Scotch Whiskey”

dog Soldier — “Blanket”
Whitechapel District — “How Heavy Is Thy Crown”
The Liquid Canvas — “Spirit Molecule”
HarraH — “CODA (I Gotta Get Out Of Here)”

The album with

The album with “Sanjula’s Junk.”

Hellblinki — “Sanjula’s Junk”
Flare Baroshi — “Vampire Mafia”
Under Surveillance — “Pictures of You”
Unknown Hinson — “Ugly Things”

Time And Distance — “There is Nothing I hate More Than The DMV”
The Big Bad — “Shine The Signal”
The Renfields — “Ramones Zombie Massacre”
The Science Fair Explosion — “Cosmic Girls”

There you have it. Our first rerun episode, and the first two episodes of the show from November, 2014. We will return with our tribute to Tommy Medvick next week.

Monday Morning Art: Apocalypse 


Last night one of those scheduled power outages from Appalachian Power destroyed your PopCulteer’s main computer. There will be no RFC MINI SHOW this week and the streaming radio program may be a re-run.

In honor of this loveliness, today’s art is a recycled explosion. Please enjoy it while your humble servant in reinstalling his operating system and all the programs he needs to bring you this blog. Click to enlarge.

Sunday Evening Videos: Mr. Cartoon 

wsaz_watn_jule_mrcartoon_01We lost Jules Huffman last week at the age of 91. The retired WSAZ weatherman was better known to generations of kids as “Mr. Cartoon,” the host of a daily (later weekly) cartoon show on WSAZ that for most of its run aired at 5 PM, right after school.

The outstanding thing about Huffman was that he was a genuinely nice man. I met him a couple of times as an adult working in the television business, and he treated everyone, from a major TV executive to a lowly production assistant, with respect.  I’ve heard dirt on almost every local broadcaster, and he’s one of the few people that had no dirt to tell. He was just the same nice guy that you saw on TV.

Today we’re bringing you two video clips of the man in action. That’s a ten-minute excerpt up top, with a longer video below from the 1985 Charleston Regatta. He was the last of a generation of cartoon-show hosts, and a lot of “Cartooners” are really bummed out by his passing.

Mr Cartoon membership card