Tuesday always means cool new stuff on The AIR.  We have new episodes of  Radio Free Charleston and The Swing Shift.  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.

Our first hour is our usual collection of cool local, independent and brand-new music. We open with brand new music from Unmanned, from their latest album, “As The Beacon Stands Aflame,” which was just released a few days go.

The remainder of our first hour has new music from Dinosaur Burps, Disco Risque, Andy Prieboy, The Paranoid Style, James McCartney, Tucker Riggleman & The Cheap Dates and more cool tunes to which you may well groove.

Our second and third hours are also new, but they are also an extended tribute to Budget Tapes & Records, which just closed Sunday. These two hours consist entirely of music that I purchased at Budget over the years, beginning with a track from the very first album I bought there 51 years ago.  It’s my personal playlist of music I bought at Budget.

In between, I talk about the records, who sold them to me, and which location of Budget I went to to purchase them (a long time ago they had three stores). The problem is, as I went along with assembling the show, I realized that it’s going to take more than two hours, so I’m doing this again next week. This little exercise stirred up an awful lot of wonderful memories.

I also want to recommend my post from Friday, 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.

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 166

Unmanned “Light The Beacons”
Dinosaur Burps “Driftwood”
Strawfyssh  “Beautiful”
Lords of Atlantis “Chariots of the Gods”
Disco Risque “Drawing Blood Pt. 2”
Andy Prieboy “Anyone But You”
Tucker Riggleman & The Cheap Dates “Virtue”
Tilting At Windmills “What You Do”
Slate Dump “Feral and Unobtainable”
The Paranoid Style “Are You Loathsome Tonight”
Novelty Island “Word Art”
IDKHOW  “Downside”
Strawfyssh  “New Frontiers”
Shirley Bassey “Slave To The Rhythm”
Weird Al Yankovic “My Bologna”

hour two
Monty Python “Spam”
Frank Zappa “Cosmik Debris”
The Beatles “I Am The Walrus”
YES “Heart of the Sunrise”
DEVO “Jocko Homo”
Kate Bush “Wuthering Heights”
XTC “Generals and Majors”
Lene Lovich “Wonderful One”
Split Enz “Nobody Takes Me Seriously”
Elvis Costello “Five Gears In Reverse”
The Clash “Something About England”
Siouxsie And The Banshees “Dear Prudence”

hour three
The Who “Music Must Change”
Pete Townshend “Empty Glass”
Marianne Faithful “Why’d Ya Do It”
Cheap Trick “Dream Police”
Kansas “People of the South Wind”
John Lennon “Starting Over”
Paul McCartney “On The Way”
George Harrison “Not Guilty”
Ringo Starr “Attention”
Yoko Ono “No No No”
The Stranglers “Just Like Nothing On Earth”
Joe Jackson’s Jumpin’ Jive “Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid”
Mark Davis “Water Come To Me Eye”

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 offer up another new mixtape episode of The Swing Shift.  This is the second of what has been expanded to become a four-week dive into Boogie Woogie and its essential contribution to the success of Swing Music.  The reason for the expansion to four episodes is also the reason this is another mixtape edition. Yours truly wore his voice out recording this week’s RFC, and therefore will be recording The Swing Shift 155 early Tuesday morning, after this column goes live.

(UPDATE: 3-4-2024  10:10 AM EST:  Here is the playlist for today’s new episode of The Swing Shift)

The Swing Shift 155

Lester Young “Boogie Woogie (I May Be Wrong)”
Hazel Scott Brown “Boogie Woogie”
The Rosenberg Trio “Guitar Boogie”
Steve Howe “Cactus Boogie”
Tyler Pedersen “T-Boneasuarus”
Jack’s Cats “Phil’s Boogie”
Louis Jordan “Choo Choo Ch-Boogie”
Quincy Jones “Boogie Stop Shuffle”
Earl “Fatha” Hines “Boogie Woogie On St. Louis Blues”
Count Basie & His Orchestra “One O’Clock Boogie”
Pete Ruggalo “Good Evening Friends Boogie”
Gene Krupa Orchestra “Boogie Blues”
Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra “Andy’s Boogie”
Woody Herman “Indian Boogie Woogie”
Nat King Cole “Windy City Boogie Woogie”
Sir Jay & His Orchestra “T-Bone Boogie”
Jean-Pierre Bertrand, Peter Muller, Dani Gugolz “Rhythm Boogie’
Harry James “Back Beat Boogie”
Mondo Exotica “Elephant Boogie”
National Radio Station “Plantation Boogie”
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy “The Boogie Jumper”
Cab Calloway “The Calloway Boogie”

Sadly, that means I don’t have a playlist to share, but rest assured, it’s going to Swing, not like the dickens, but more like the the Boogie Woogie Beat.

 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.