We offer up two new episodes of our speciality music shows Tuesday on The AIR with fresh editions of Radio Free Charleston and The Swing Shift. You can jump over and tune in at the website, or you could just stay on this page, and listen to this exquisite little embedded radio player…

Tune into this week’s Radio Free Charleston at 10 AM and 10 PM Tuesday for a how loaded with an eclectic mix of music–local and international–brand new and decades old–you can expect everything from punk to metal to ska to classic rock, melodic pop, experimental jazz and the blues.

We open with music from a new Charleston band, Jerks! who count former members of Miniature Giant among their line up. We also have the latest from Jay Parade and Mark Beckner Group, as well as a deep dive into the RFC local music archives, with a track recorded for our video show and several other classic local cuts. This is all mixed in with music from all over the world, including stuff by Paul McCartney, B.B. King, DEVO, Soul Asylum, Mungo Jerry, No Doubt and more.

We are about five months into my experiment of combining Radio Free Charleston and RFC International into one show, and I have to say, I’m loving the results. This is what I tried to do with the original broadcast incarnation of RFC back in 1989/90.  There’s just something really satisfying about taking local artists and showing that they can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the coolest music that the world has to offer. I’m having so much fun with this format that I did all the announcing this week in one take. In the process I mangled one song title, so if you want to, you can try to figure out which one.

Check out this playlist…

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hour one
Jerks! “You’re So Cool, Brewster”
Jay Parade “Jay Charade”
Rich Kids “Cheap Emotion”
Time And Distance “Little Disaster”
Cockney Rejects “Oi, Oi, Oi”
The Renfields “Ramones Zombie Massacre”
DEVO “Come Back Jonee”
Whitechapel District ‘How Heavy Is Thy Crown”
Stage Moms “California Cream”
Scorpions “We’ll Burn The Sky
John Lancaster “Liars”
Rush “Presto”
Sky “Toccota”
Danzig “Baby Let’s Play House”
Captain Catfeesh “They Hung Him On A Cross”

hour two
The Swell Fellas “Acid Tone”
Mark Beckner Group “The Beautiful Ones”
Paul McCartney & Wings “Letting Go”
Slade “I Don’t Mind”
Farnsworth “Erased”
Soul Asylum “Landmines”
Tom Rader “Angels”
Killing Joke “The Hum”
Scrap Iron Pickers “Junkyard Jesus”
J.G. Thirlwell and Simon Steensland “Catholic Deceit”

hour three
Green Day “Sugar Youth”
Payback’s A Bitch “Do You Wanna Go Out Tonight”
Blue Million “Don’t Leave”
Paul Callicoat “Trampled Flowers”
Mungo Jerry “You’ll Be Sorry”
Gary Moore & B.B. King “Oh, Pretty Woman”
Underdog Blues Revue “What You Say”
The Science Fair Explosion “Kornchipz”
69 Fingers “Average Joe”
The English Beat “Rough Rider”
Goldfinger “99 Red Balloons”
Madness “Night Boat To Cairo”
No Doubt “Snakes”

Radio Free Charleston can be heard Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM, with replays Thursday at 2 PM, Friday at 9 AM and 7 PM, Saturday at 11 AM and Midnight, Sunday at 1 PM and the next Monday at 8 PM, exclusively on The AIR.

At 1 PM today, we’ll replay last week’s edition of Rudy & Mel’s Shut-in Show. 2 PM sees an encore of a great episode of Steven Allen Adams’ NOISE BRIGADE. Steven is still being held hostage by the governor’s daily Coronavirus briefings, but we’re hoping he’ll return with new shows soon.

We have a new episode of The Swing Shift at 3 PM Tuesday. It’s a special episode that brings you Wynton Marselis and the Jazz From Lincoln Center Orchestra with their new release, The Fifities: A Prism, a celebration of Swing and Jazz as it evolved in the middle of the last century.  This is a stunning follow-up to last year’s Swing Symphony.

You can hear The Swing Shift Tuesday at 3 PM, with replays Wednesday at 7 AM and 6 PM, Thursday at 7 PM and Saturday at 5 PM, only on The AIR. You can also hear all-night marathons, seven hours each, starting at Midnight Thursday and Sunday evenings.