Radio Free Charleston and The Swing Shift are new today on The AIR. You can tune in at The AIR website, or just listen on this little embedded radio doohickey…

At 10 AM and 10 PM our latest Radio Free Charleston opens this week with a track by Charleston’s new sensation, Emmalea Deal. We also have new tunes from Creek Don’t Rise, The Stars Revolt, Mark Beckner, In The Company of Wolves and Ptolemy, plus classic tracks from Feast of Stephen, Hellblinki, Karma To Burn and Punk Jazz. Just check out this cool hour of great local and localish artists…


Emmalea Deal “The Light”
Creek Don’t Rise “White Coat Man”
Mark Beckner “I Don’t Want To Be Your Hero”
In The Company of Woves “Holding On To You”
The Stars Revolt “Burn What’s Left”
Bud Carroll “Tell It Like It Is”
Feast of Stephen “Mighty Gomec”
Ptolemy “Wax Knoll”
Bon Air “Virginia”
Hellblinki “Ants For Now”
Karma To Burn “37”
Screaming Js “Screaming Js’ Spaghetti”
Punk Jazz “Link Sausage”

Radio Free Charleston can be heard Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM, with replays Thursday at 2 PM, Friday at 8 PM and Saturday at 11 AM and Midnight, exclusively on The AIR.

At 3 PM stay tuned to The AIR for a special new hour of The Swing Shift, devoted this week to Electro Swing artists like Bart and Baker, Tape Five and Kitten on the Keys. This episode is presented as one long mixtape-style block of music, so we won’t post the playlist here. You’ll just have to listen to it and jive and groove along.

You can hear The Swing Shift Tuesday at 3 PM, with replays Wednesday at 7 AM, Thursday at 7 PM and Saturday at 9 AM, only on The AIR. You can also hear all-night marathons, seven hours each, starting at Midnight Thursday and Sunday evenings.

Also of note Tuesday evening: Last Friday we debuted a new episode of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat, our two-hour weekly showcase of the best music of the New Wave era. We had a bit of a hitch as our host company, Sourcefabric, had technical issues Thursday and The AIR went silent last Thursday, just as your humble blogger was headed to New York City for a whirlwind weekend of fun and theater and stuff. Because of this, I did not go into great detail about Sydney Fileen’s show.
Sourcefabric did manage to get The AIR back up and running  in time for the Friday debut of the Big Electric Cat, but this was a very special episode, as Sydney recorded the program directly after attending a viewing party for a certain royal wedding which she apparently did not want to attend. So as Sydney staked out her position by the bar, and imbibed judiciously throughout the proceedings, by the time she got back to Haversham Recording Institute to record the show, her inhibitions were tossed to the wind, along with three sheets and any semblence of respect for the monarchy. The show opens with The Sex Pistols performing “God Save The Queen,” and spirals into a bit of a punk-oriented festival of anti-royal songs, with a few jabs at her producer and engineer along the way. It’s actually quite entertaining, and it’s Sydney Fileen as you’ve never heard her before.

We have a replay of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat scheduled for Tuesday at 8 PM, and you can hear it again Thursday at noon. It’s worth checking out.