It’s another big day on The AIR.  We have a new episode of  Radio Free Charleston, which includes the second part of our salute to Budget Tapes & Records.  To listen to The AIR, 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.

Like last week, our first hour is our usual collection of cool local, independent and brand-new music. We open with brand new music from Tucker Riggleman & The Cheap Dates.

The remainder of our first hour has new music from Unmanned, Kim Gordon, Catherine Campbell, Radio Free Honduras, Duck City Music and more cool tunes that come from all over the map,musically.

Our second and third hours are also new, but like last week they are even more of our extended tribute to Budget Tapes & Records, which just closed a week ago Sunday. These two hours consist entirely of music that I purchased at Budget over the years. It’s more of my personal playlist of music I bought at Budget.

In hour two of this week’s show, I talk (too much) about the records, who sold them to me, and which location of Budget I patronized to purchase them (a long time ago they had three stores). The final hour of today’s show is just a mixtape, without me rambling about which store I went to to buy the music. I had to do something to fit it in, or there’d have to be a part three of this.

I also want to again recommend my post from a couple of weeks ago, and a great entry by Douglas Imbrogno at WestVirginiaVille that collects Doug’s memories of Budget, along with those of Stephen Schmidt, of Astrodot fame. For the unintiated, this is a good way to catch up on the history of Budget. Also, hiding behind a paywall, is a great article by Jason “Roadblock” Robinson at Coal Valley News. This is a good way t catch up on why Budget was so special.

The links in the first hour of the playlist will take you to the pages where you can learn more about each artist and buy their music or find out where to see them (where available)…

RFC V5 167

hour one
Tucker Riggleman & The Cheap Dates “Bucket and the Boot”
Radio Free Honduras “Bellos Momentos”
Duck City Music “Can It All Be So Simple”
Andy Prieboy “Did We Come All This Way For Nothing”
Unmanned “Aliens”
Kim Gordon “Dream Dollar”
Lords of Atlantis “Sands of Mauritania”
The Broken Relics “Night In The Desert”
The Paranoid Style “Style Makes Fights”
Dion “Soul Force”
Pallas “Ghostdancers (Violin Mix)”
Sarah Jane Morris “Sisterhood”
Catherine Campbell “Orion”
Fischer Z “Amoral Vacuum”
63 Eyes “Strange Way”

hour two
Mike Batt “Love Makes You Crazy”
Roger Daltry “Bitter and Twisted”
Nektar “Recycle”
Heart “Strange Night”
David Bowie “Young Americans”
ELO “The Diary of Horace Wimp”
Peter Gabriel “I Don’t Remember”
Oingo Boingo “Reptiles and Samurai”
The Boomtown Rats “Skin On Skin”
The Buggles “Clean Clean”
Shriekback “Nemesis”
Hazel O’Connor “Will You”
New Musik “Dead Fish Don’t Swim Home”

hour three
The Budget Tapes & Records Mixtape

The English Beat “Twist and Crawl”
Madness “My Girl”
The Selecter “Too Much Pressure”
The Specials “Ghost Town”
Vanilla Fudge “Ticket To Ride”
Donovan “There Is A Mountain”
Small Face “Here Come The Nice”
Jefferson Airplane “White Rabbit”
Badfinger “Come and Get It”
The Rutles “Let’s Be Natural”
The Knack “My Sharona”
Klaatu “Hope”
Utopia “That’s Not Right”
Nina Hagen “TV Glotzer”
Mi Sex “Computer Games”

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  have to interrupt our four-part series of Boogie Woogie because on Monday, too much life happened and something had to give. So our crash course in Boogie Woogie will have to return next week with new episodes. In its place today, we’ll give you a chance to play catch up by running the first two installments.

 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.