We’re in the middle of July, and once again we’re bringing you our regular Tuesday programming on The AIR that means it’s time for a new  Radio Free Charleston and a classic edition of The Swing Shift. 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.  

We have three full hours of new stuff (sorta) this week. We do go way back and revive 20 minutes of a March, 1990 show in our third hour, but that was due to popular demand, so our hands were sort of tied in the matter.

We open the show with a newly-released tune from our old friend, Brian Diller. This one dates back to 1989/90, and the basic tracks were recorded above Gorby’s Music Shop. We then have new music from Buni Muni, and great local tracks from Sean Richardson, Massing, The Tom Batchelor Band, Matt Mullins & The Bringdowns, Jim Lange and more. Our first hour veers a bit into Americana/Country for a set that includes a couple of memorable cover tunes.

In our second hour, during a set of instrumental music, we bring you a couple of tracks courtesy of the newly-minted House of Tabu record label: The Tentakills and The Madeira offer up new generation surf music with a lounge/tiki edge to it.

Hour three sees some classic free-formatting, along with almost a half-hour chunk of a March 1990 Radio Free Charleston Broadcast that folks keep asking me to share again.

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

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Brian Diller “Joe Franklin”
DEVO “C’mon”
Wobbly “You Belong Here”
Sean Richardson “Let Me Sleep”
Massing “Life Rocks”
Ultravox “Cut and Run”
Tom Batchelor Band “Rubber Meets The Road”
Jesse Blankenship Band  “Shutting Down The Warehouse”
The Cleverlys “Party Rock Anthem”
Annie Neely“Sweet Love”
Paul Callicoat “Guns”
Travis Yee “WAP”
Novelty Island “Scuba Diver”
Jeff Ellis “Marla Darling”
Emmalea Deal “Rosie”

hour two
Matt Mullins and The Bringdowns “Lucky Man”
Jim Lange w/Tim Courts “Ocracoke Island”
Brian Diller “Indian Summer”
Logical Fleadh “General Bonhomie’s Last Waltz (acoustic Character Fleadh Mix)”
Shawn Maxwell “Appointment With”
The Tentakills “Grit”
The Madeira “Tribal Fury”
Yoko Ono “No No No”
The Monochrome Set “Cosmonaut”
Payback’s a Bitch “The Devil’s Advocate”
Sheldon Vance “Turn It Back Around”
The Science Fair Explosion “Final Embrace (Not A Cover)”

hour three
Underdog Blues Revue “Trouble Man”
The Humans “Pipeline”
The Rose Garden “I’m Only Second”
Speedsuit “If Love Gets In The Way”
The Anchoress “Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town”
Galen and Paul “The Lighthouse Waltz”
The Wearing Hands“Cluster”

RFC Flashback:
RFC Theme
John Lennon “Cold Turkey”
Three Bodies “Broken Vase”
Beckner, Price and Panucci “Got Drunk, Got Married, Got Screwed”
The Wedding Present “Getting Better”
Electronic Moog Orchestra “Cantina Band (from Star Wars)”
David Bowie“Jean Genie”

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 last week’s episodes of  MIRRORBALL at 1 PM and Curtain Call at 2 PM.  At 3 PM we’re going to bring you a couple of classic episodes of The Swing Shift.

We plan to return with new episodes of The Swing Shift next week, but after spending last week dodging tornadoes in Chicago, your humble blogger/radio guy was just a little too worn out.

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.