Tuesday finds your humble blogger and radio host weak of voice but strong determination on The AIR.  We have new episodes of  Radio Free Charleston and The Swing Shift. Both shows “cheat” a little to conserve my voice.

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 opens with “String,” a very cool track from 2003 that was in a batch of music recently gifted to me by Chuck Biel, who is the composer in question. It was a blas to receive so much cool music from Chuck that I never had before, and you can expect to hear muh more from his various musical projects in the coming weeks.

The rest of our first hour continues with great local and independent music, including an additional track from one of Chuck’s other musical projects, Dr. Curmudgeon.

Our second and third hours this week revive the second episode of RFC V4, from February 2016. This was in the days before The AIR became “The AIR” and officially became part of PopCult. At this time, we were “OnTheAIRadio,” which thankfully, we are not anymore. These two hours are filled with local, regional and tangentially regional acts, and it’s a fun listen.

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

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hour one
Tilting At Windmills (Chuck Biel) “String”
Velez Manifesto “Carousel”
Skafish “Victims of the Night”
Buni Muni “Kick Rocks”
Disco Biscuits “Shocked”
Sleater-Kinney “Needlessly Wild”
Green Day “Strange Days Are Here To Stay”
XTC “Dear God (Band Demo)”
The Settlement “Cycles (Live at Sam’s Uptown)”
Wall of Voodoo “Far Side of Crazy (Live)”
Dr. Curmudgeon “Lucabration”

hour two
Kenneth Brian Band “Goodbye, West Virginia”
HarraH “Blood Moon”
The Big Bad “See You In The Shadows”
Tofujitsu “Winged Cyclops”
Doctor Curmudgeon
Spencer Elliott “Battle of Wonderland”
Eduardo Canelón y su Comparsa “La Nueva Comparsa”
Stark Raven “Irrational People”
A Story Told “Fall Back”
Crack The Sky “Maybe I Can Fool Everybody”
Bongwater “Mystery Hole”
The Tom McGees “Country Roads”
Weedhaven Laughing Academy “Glue”
Astromoth “Son of a Vampire”
Ona “World At War”

hour three
World Without Fear “Here’s To You (I Love You)”
Highway Jones “Another Man”
Hitchcock Circus “Jealousy Pill”
Underdog Blues Review “Come Back Baby”
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies “You Wiped Your Ass With My Heart”
Foz Rotten “Ordinary Guy”
The Science Fair Explosion “Kornchipz”
Time And Distance “That Girl”
Bobaflex “Mama (Don’t Take My Drugs Away)”
Superfetch “28 Punks”
The Company Stores “Street Corner Blues”
Linnfinity “Holy Rain”
DEVO “Satisfaction”
The Renfields “Invisible Man”

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 new mixtape episode of The Swing Shift.  This is again a mixtape show because my voice is shot from coughing for several weeks.

However, it is rather a nifty collection of Swing from the last century’s worth of Swinging tunes, so check out the playlist…

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Duke Ellington “Loveless Love”
Bill Evans “The Washington Twist”
Bobby Keys “Honky Tonk”
Bing Crosby “Tomorrow’s My Lucky Day”
Maria Muldaur “Walkin’ One and Only”
Frank Sinatra & Count Basie “I Wanna Be Around”
Checkerboard Lounge “Rollercoaster”
Keith Emerson Trio “Teenie’s Blues”
Robbie Williams “Ain’t That Kick In The Head”
Ella Fitzgerald “The E and D Blues”
Bix Beiderbecke “At The Jazz Band Ball”
Benny Goodman with Billie Holiday “Your Mother’s Son-in-law”
Fletcher Henderson “Wha Cha Call ’em Blues”
Harry Parry “Boogie Bounce”
Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra “I Wanna Talk About Love”
The Speakeasies “Liquid Paradise”

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.