Tuesday on The AIR we take yet another dive into the archives for classic episodes of Radio Free Charleston and NOISE BRIGADE, but we do have a all-new episoe of The Swing Shift.  If you want to hear the audio joyfullness yourself, you simply have to move your cursor over and tune in at the website, or you could just stay on this page, and  listen to the cool embedded player over at the top of the right column.

We have a special compilation edition of Radio Free Charleston at 10 AM and 10 PM Tuesday.  This week wego back and combine two very old episodes of the show, one from 2015 and one from 2016, into one three-hour celebration of great local music.

Included in this new Frankensteined program, we have music from legendary Charleston Playhouse bands from 1989-90, including eight tunes from Stark Raven. Mix into this a heaping helping of Charleston music circa 2015/16 and you get a pretty wild and varied collection of great West Virginia music, with more than a few surprises. We have everything from one-man-bands, to cabaret rock to heavy metal, ambient music and more.

This week I am one-again tied up with other projects (including restoring PopCult’s early posts to their original state) and found myself with not enough time to do new radio shows. So I came up with this clever plan, since these episodes of RFC volumes three and four have not been heard by human ears for over five years. Part of me hates to resort to the archives, but another part of me is glad to revive these great shows for people who might have missed them the first time around.

Check out the playlist to see all the goodies we bring you this week…

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Sheldon Vance “Strength To Let It Go”
The Laser Beams “Everybody Knows”
Slate Dump “Blues Grows On Trees”
Stephen Beckner “Cracker Blues”
QiET “The Indie Song”
John Palumbo “Drifting Back To Motown”
Dave Roberts “Dreaming In Drift”
From The Future “Cool Taco”
Neil Zaza “Take On Me”
Decomposing in Paris “He Loves Me”
Ouralias “Too Gone”

Stark Raven:

“Pachabel’s Canon in D Major/ Whiter Shade of Pale”
“Riding On A Wave”“I Know You”
“There’s More To Life Than This”
“Every Time You Say Goodbye”
“Back On My Baby’s Arm”
“Couldn’t I Just Tell You”

Chuck Biel “The Other Side”
TriElement “Mind Frenzy”
Mark Wolfe “Gypsy Rant”Punk Jazz “Eminence”
Mother Nang “Buy The Farm”
Some Forgotten Color “High Chair”
Spencer Elliott “Some Forgotten Color”
Superfetch “Sheen Dinner”
Three Bodies “Gardens Of Hope”
Westerberg High “Walking With A Ghost”
Hellblinki “Rust”
Charlie West All Stars “Frankenstein”
Charlie West All Stars “Snortin’ Whiskey”
The Nanker Phelge “Killer Took A Holiday”
Joe Vallina “Haven’t Got Enough”
QiET “Hirundieans”
Mike Morningstar and Rick Roberts “East End Bar”
Swivels “Chemical City”
The Company Stores “Rollin’ In”
J Marinelli “Acceptable Faces”
Bobaflex “You Don’t Wanna Know”
The Renfields “Forbidden Planet”

You can hear this episode of Radio Free Charleston Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM on The AIR, with replays Thursday at 3 PM, Friday at 9 AM and 7 PM, Saturday at 11 AM and Midnight, Sunday at 11 AM and the next Monday at 8 PM, exclusively on The AIR.

I’m also going to  embed a low-fi, mono version of this show right in this post, right here so you can listen on demand.


1 PM sees an encore of last week’s new episode of Mel Larch’s Disco showcase, MIRRORBALL.

At 2 PM we offer up a classic episode of Steven Allen Adams’ NOISE BRIGADE, loaded with the punkiest ska and the ska-most punk you can imagine. NOISE BRIGADE alternates weeks with Psychedelic Shack  Tuesdays at 2 PM, with replays Wednesday at 10 PM, Thursday at 9 AM, Friday at 1 PM, Saturday at 8 AM, Sunday at 9 AM and Monday at 7 PM.

At 3 PM we offer up a new hour of The Swing Shift, bringing you Swing of all kinds in a mixtape format, due to the previously mentioned outside projects. Check out the playlist…

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Wolfgang Parker “It Don’t Mean A Thing”
Glenn Miller Orchestra “The Anvil Chorus”
Indigo Swing “She Dreams Of Me”
Joe Jackson “Rockin’ In Rhythm”
Lady J and her Bada Bing Band “What’s Next”
The Peppi Moreale Trio “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You”
Benny Goodman “Tea For Two”
Hot Sugar Band “Yacht Club Swing”
Parov Stelar “Blind Alley”
Louis Prima Jr. “Might Be Crazy”
The New Morty Show “Take Me Tonite”
Royal Crown Revue “Walkin’ Blues”
Mose Allison “Eyesight To The Blind”
Stan Kenton “Eager Beaver”
Devil Doll “Heart Sized Crush”
Manhattan Transfer “Topsy”
Woody Herman “A Jug Of Wine”

You can hear The Swing Shift Tuesdays at 3 PM, with replays Wednesday at 7 AM and 6 PM, Thursday at 2 PM,  Saturday at 5 PM and Sunday at 10 AM, only on The AIR. You can also hear all-night marathons, seven hours each, starting at Midnight Thursday and Sunday evenings.

Those are Tuesday’s music shows on The AIR. Leave a comment and let us know what you think.