As I mention almost every week, Tuesday is “New Show Day” on The AIR.  As such, we have new episodes of  Radio Free Charleston and The Swing Shift for you. 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 boatloads 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 no less than Novo Combo, the legendary New Wave band that featured West Virginia’s own Jack Griffith on lead guitar.  Last week Jack contacted me and offered me a new song, and it wasn’t until he sent it to me that I realized it was not a solo track, but was instead new music from Novo Combo.

A new album, collecting new tracks with previously-unreleased demos, is due out later this year, and you can follow the band and get the latest news at their website, or their Facebook page.  It’s a real treat to see these guys back in action.

The single, “Don’t Throw Your Love Away,” is available now on all streaming services.  When I recorded today’s show, I wasn’t sure if their website was live yet, but rest assured, it is and they are gearing up for a big release with all four original members this Fall.

The rest of our new first hour is loaded with sets of music featuring female artists like Sierra Ferrell, Unmanned and Emmalea Deal & The Hot Mess, and another set featuring new surf music from five bands on House of Tabu Records plus our old buddy, Guitarmy of One.

House of Tabu, who publish Exotica Moderne Magazine, have launched a new magazine, Reverb International, that covers surf music. I’ve had my copy of the first issue for a few weeks,  but haven’t had a chance to crack it open yet. I know it’s going to be great.

We wrap up our first hour with a new song from The Dread Crew of Oddwood, and a classic track from Feast of Steven.

For our second and third hours, we go back to an episode of Radio Free Charleston International from 2016.  This one hasn’t been heard for over seven years, so it’ll be new to most of you.  It’s loaded with a wild and eclectic collection of tracks by national and international artists.   This file had been mislabelled, and it was MIA for many years.

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 172

hour one
Novo Combo “Don’t Throw Your Love Away”
Massing“Go Away (Rejuiced)”
Sierra Ferrell “Wish You Well”
Unmanned “Parasite”
Emmalea Deal & The Hot Mess“Does She Have You”
Paula Cole “The Replacements & Dinosaur Jr.”
Bjork “Oral(Remix)”
Kitten & The Tonics “Memphis Red”
Lords of Atlantis “The Bastion”
The Madeira “Cities of Gold”
The Tentakills “Rage of Atlantis”
Test Subject 17 “Patient Zero”
Guitarmy of One “Must Be The Season of Treason”
The Dread Crew of Oddwood  “Revenge Prawn”
Feast of Steven “Season of the Wizard”

hour two
Steve Vai (featuring Mohini Dey) “Bop!”
Ultravox “Some of Them”
Jerry Lee Lewis “Lewis Boogie”
The Incorruptibles “Lowdown and Dirty”
Laura Mvula “Show Me Love”
Anderson Stolt “Chase and Harmony”
Emily Kinney “Molly”
Paul McCartney “Jenny Wren”
The Shelters “The Ghost is Gone”
Roger Daltry and Wilco Johnson “Ice on the Motorway”
Paul Weller “Instant Karma”
Product of Piracy “In The Land of the Dead, the Living Man is King”
The Last Shadow Puppets “Sweet Dreams TN”

hour three
Sky Technology “Crazy Machines”
The Strokes “Drag Queen”
Leland Sundries “Apocalypse Love Song”
Tim Nielson “Dark Age Dancin’”
Link Wray and the Raymen “Jack The Ripper”
The Avett Brothers “Satan Pulls The Strings”
ABC “I Believe In Love”
The Shift “Moon Boots”
Volbeat “Marie Laveau”
The Monkees “You Bring Me Summer”
Paul Simon “Cool Papa Bell”
Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals “Pink Balloon”
Viv Stanshall “The Young Ones”
Jo-Ann Campbell “Let Me Do My Twist”
Oingo Boingo “Goodbye, Goodbye”

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 a brand-new episode of The Swing Shift that, as I write this, does not yet exist.

Normally I record RFC and The Swing Shift on Mondays, but things got hectic that day, and rather than skip another week, I plan to record this week’s episode first thing Tuesday morning, about fifteen hours after I’m writing these words. .

I will tell you that it will open with a track from the new Rod Stewart/Jools Holland Swing album, and it will include the complete version of “Keely’s Boogie,” by Keely Smith, which I had to truncate last time. I’ll also toss in a bunch of stuff, and if possible, insert the full playlist right here…

 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.