One week out from the big day, we have gone slightly Halloweenie on The AIR as we debut somewhat spooky episodes of Radio Free Charleston Volume Five and The Swing Shift on Tuesday! You simply have to point your cursor over and tune in at the website, or you could just stay here, and  listen to the cool embedded player found elsewhere on this page.  

You can hear Radio Free Charleston Tuesdays at 10 AM and 10 PM, with tons of replays throughout the week.  This week we have one new hour of sorta spooky new music, with our usual mix of local, indepedent and big fancy-ass artists. Then our second and third hours, by popular demand, revive a 2016 Halloween episode of RFC International featuring Count Rudolf and Igor.

We open the first hour with “Ghost Cat” by Ann Magnuson, recorded with the band she had here last year when she did her Surruralism shows. This was just released last week and you can download your own copy HERE. We also have new music from The Big Bad, Sierra Ferrell, Matt Berry, David Synn, Frenchy & The Punk, Payback’s A Bitch, The Dollyrots and Hello June, along with some other musical gems in our first hour.

For our second and third hours this week, since I had a few emails from folks asking if I was planning to run the 2016 RFC Horror Theater International Halloween Special this year, and my neighborhood was descended upon by ridiculously loud utility crews, I decided to repeat this fun show. . So stick around past the first hour if you want to hear your PopCulteer improvise two characters in one take, introducing spooky music for two hours.

Check out the playlist below to see all the goodies we have in store. Live links in the first hour will take you to the local and indie artist’s pages (where possible)  so you can find out more about them, buy their music and find out where to see them perform live…

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Ann Magnuson “Ghost Cat”
The Big Bad “The Ballad of Mary Kelly”
Sierra Ferrell “Fox Hunt”
Sideshow Villains  “Be The Wicked One”
Matt Berry “Driving Seat”
David Synn “Stardust”
Astrodot “The Blank Dahlia”
Frenchy & The Punk “Cities in Dust”
Payback’s a Bitch “Fascination Street”
The Dollyrots “I Touch Myself”
Maxi Priest “Message In A Bottle”
Franz Ferdinand “Tainted Love”
Jamie’s Pawnshop Guitars “Love Song”
The Tom McGees “Save Me”
Lucky “Bent The Laughter”
Hello June “The Moon”

RFC Horror Theater International

MX 80 Sound “Theme From Halloween”
The Renfields “Machete A Go Go”
The Big Bad “The Omen”
Snakefinger “The Man In The Dark Sedan”
Blue Oyster Cult “Joan Crawford”
Crack The Sky “Invaders from Mars”
Christopher Walken “The Raven”
Kate Bush “Get Out of My House”
Stephen Merritt “Scream”
The Nanker Phelge “Scream”
The Jasons “Camp Arawhak”
Shakespear’s Sister “Bad Blood”
The Dickies “Attack Of The Mole Men”
The Aquabats “Fashion Zombie”
Mike Oldfield “Tubular Bells”
Oingo Boingo “Dead Or Alive”
Harrah “Sawney Bean”
Nine Inch Nails “Come Back Haunted”
The Misfits “Horror Business”
The Stranglers “Ghost Train”
The Who “Boris The Spider”

You can hear this episode of Radio Free Charleston Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM on The AIR, with replays Wednesday at 9 AM,  Thursday at 2 PM, Friday at 9 AM, Saturday at Noon and Midnight,  and  Monday at 11 AM, exclusively on The AIR. Now you can also hear a different classic episode of RFC every weekday at 5 PM, and we bring you a marathon all night long Saturday night/Sunday morning.

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.


After RFC, stick around for encores of last week’s episodes of  MIRRORBALL at 1 PM and Curtain Call at 2 PM.

At 3 PM we offer up a brand-new episode of The Swing Shift.  This week our showcase of more than a century’s worth of Swing Music is also slightly spooky in places, but it’s really a long, long overdue mixtape salute to one of my all-time favorite bandleaders, Cab Calloway & His Orchestra.  We open with a sort of spooky tune, beloved by fans of Max Fleischer cartoons, and continue with a mix of his big hits and some killer deep album cuts.

Check out the playlist…

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Cab Calloway & His Orchestra

“The Old Man Of The Mountain”
“Minnie The Moocher”
“Kickin’ The Gong Around”
“St. James Infirmary”
“You Rascal You”
“Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea”
“Down-Hearted Blues”
“Minnie The Moocher’s Wedding Day”
“You Got To Hi-De-Ho”
“Strange As It Seems”
“The Lady With A Fan”
“Jitter Bug”
“Duck Trot”
“The Scat Song”
“The Calloway Boogie”
“Jumpin’ Jive”
“San Francisco Fan”
“Some Of These Days”
“Reefer Man”

You can hear The Swing Shift Tuesday at 3 PM, with replays Wednesday at 8 AM, Friday at 10 AM and 8 PM and Saturday afternoon, only on The AIR . You can also hear all-night marathons, seven hours each, starting at Midnight Thursday and Sunday evenings.