It’s another week of “best laid plans” Tuesday on The AIR  your blogger and radio show host had grand ideas about doing a new full-length Radio Free Charleston plus a special episode of The Swing Shift that is already assembled and awaiting my voice over, but real world intrusions forced me to dig into the archives for two hours of RFC, and put off finishing The Swing Shift until next week.

Fear not, though, because we do have one hour of great local, new and independent music, plus we fill out the show with an RFC International from almost six years ago.  To hear all this cool music you simply have to point 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.

At 10 AM and 10 PM you can hear one new hour, and two classic hours of cool music.

The first hour of RFC is all-new, and we open with a real treat. Brian Diller, who ruled the local music scene in the 1980s, is making new music again, and we have a bright, shiny new song from him to open our show. Speaking of bright and shiny, our second track this week is the debut single from Huntington’s Gasser, a cool grunge/punk band I hope to be featuring on the show a lot in the future.

The rest of our first hour is our usual eclectic mix of local artists, indie bands and establishe acts like Tears For Fears and Soft Cell, who close out the hour with brand-new music.

Our second and third hours re-present an episode of Radio Free Charleston International from April, 2016. This show has been offline for five years, so most of our new listeners haven’t heard it yet. This was the week after Prince died, and I play a couple of his tunes in tribute, but I also play my role as the musical non-sequitor and mix in music by Hawkwind, Reginia Spektor, Cheap Trick, Bridgette Bardot, The Tubes and more.  Thi is free format radio taken to the extreme.

Check out the playlist:

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hour one
Brian Diller “Dear Boy”
Gasser “Mirror Me”
Kerosene Stars “Hearts”
Drawing Hands “Jumping Jacks”
Cassius At Best “Bazuca”
Red Audio “Lo Zone”
Sandy Nelson “The Veebles”
The Bob Thompson Band  “Funk On The 1”
Harper and the Midwest Kind “Love = Peace = Freedom”
Lady D “Run On Easy”
Jim Lange “33 Years And Counting”
James Townsend  “The Premeditated Familial Usurpation of the Drunkard John Garvin”
Paul Calicoat“Paint A Picture”
Tears For Fears “My Demons”
Soft Cell “Nighthawks”

hour two
Prince “Housequake”
Hawkwind “The Machine”
Focus “Hocus Pocus”
U2 “Lucifer’s Hands”
Regina Spektor “Machine”
Cheap Trick “Reach Out”
Status Quo “Let It Fly”
The Zombies ‘Play It For Real”
Bruce Dickinson “1,000 Points of Light”
Plastic Flowers “Heavenly”
Dan Random “I’m Only Sleeping”
The Turtles “She’s My Girl”
Bridgette Bardot “Ne Me Laisse Pas L’amimer”
Klaatu “Hope”

hour three
Prince ‘Paisley Park”
Deftones “Phantom Bride”
Wire “Pilgrim Trade”
Vera Vinter “Monsterland”
Flaming Lips “Lightning Strikes The Postman”
Mel C “Here It Comes Again”
Tubes “What Do You Want From Life”
The Communards “Don’t Leave Me This Way”
Reverand Horton Heat “Jonny Quest/Stop That Pigeon”
Sparkle Moore “Skull and Crossbones”
Fleur “Endless Groove”
John Foxx “Touch and Go”
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies “Shake Your Love Maker”

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 3 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 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 MIRRORBALL at 1 PM, and Ska Madness at 2 PM. At 3 PM we have two recent episodes of The Swing Shift. Next week, I promise, we’ll have a new episode of The Swing Shift, saluting the music of Sy Oliver, who deserves to be in the spotlight.