It’s Tuesday on The AIR  and that means it’s Radio Free Charleston time, and we also have a new edition of The Swing Shift for you enjoy. 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 music, much of it new, local and not, at 10 AM and 10 PM Tuesday.   This week our latest Radio Free Charleston has killer new tunes from loads of artists, and I’m going to tell you all about them now.

We open the show and also our second hour with tracks from the new Payback’s A Bitch album, This Is My Life. What’s cool about this (other than it’s the first PaB album in years) is that this is a punk rock operetta in four acts (plus and overture and an epilogue) written and performed by Thom Copher.  It tells the story of The Hooligans, a London-based punk band contemporary to The Clash, The Sex Pistols and The Ramones, who released a couple of singles in 1976, and didn’t quite find the acclaim of that the other bands of the day did. It celebrates the raw energy of punk rock and combines it with the surreal aspect of surviving your dreams and wondering what the hell happened.  We’ll be hearing more tracks from this project in the coming weeks.

Folowing that, we have a preview track from a Chicago-area team up between the progressive pop band, Tautologic,  and the traditional Cletic band, Character Fleadh (that’s pronounced “Flaw” which makes the pun work–thanks to Ethan from Tautologic for saving me from mangling that word).  This preview track from an album due next March features world-renowned Irish accordionist John Williams.

Also from our Chicago pipeline, we have a track from Daniel Gunderson, who has been performing in various venues for the last 40 years, across a variety of instruments and musical styles. He has mostly played in bands (and often as a backup instrumentalist) but has now stepped out on his own as a solo performer.  Ravenslake Music has just released his solo debut studio album. The album Remember, a collection of Gunderson originals and covers of tunes by Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and The Rolling Stones,

Another cool band making their RFC debut is The Routes, who, on their album The Twang Machine, perform surf-guitar covers of songs by Kraftwerk. They turn  up in our first and third hours because, well, you know…”surf-guitar covers of songs by Kraftwerk.”

Throughout the show we continue our mix of local, independent and major-label artists, just to keep you on your toes.  This week chunks of the show veer a little country, then a little New Wave-y, then we sort of go all over the map.

Check out the playlist below to see all the goodies we have in store. Live links will take you to the artist’s page…

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hour one
Payback’s a Bitch “This Is My Life”
Logical Fleadh “Merry Blacksmith-Swinging On The Gate”
Tyler Childers “Jubilee (Jubilee Version)”
Daniel Gunderson “Gravel From The Dirt”
Annie Neely “Patchwork Quilt”
Paul Callicoat “The Hills Beyond”
Heavy Set Paw Paws “(Pressin’) The Leather”
The Routes “Pocket Calculator”
Frenchy And The Punk “Blood”
Nervous Twitch “It’s Going To Be OK”
The Company Stores “A New Leaf”
Madness with Paul Weller “Audition/The Harder They Come”
J Marinelli “Everything Begins”
Carl Perkins “Gone, Gone, Gone”
The Paranoid Style  “Doug Yule”
Stark Raven “Radio”

hour two
Payback’s A Bitch “Johnny and Jenny”
Buni Muni “Old School
Erasure “Rock Me Gently”
Danny Elfman “We Belong (Squarepusher Remix)”
David Synn “Conception of Aries”
The Smashing Pumpkins “The Good In Goodbye”
Yoko Oginome “Nudist”
Bane Star “Perfectly Designed”
Aurora “Cure For Me”
Animal Hospital “Paralarva”
Spencer Elliott SE3 “Insignificant”
Agile Thumb “In One Ear (Out The Other)”
Mike Batt & Friends “Stel Me, Free Me, Shake Me, Save Me”

hour three
The Routes “Autobahn”
Fitz & The Tantrums “Heaven”
Novelty Island “Elizabeth”
The Lickerish Quartet “New Days”
Jordan Andrew Jefferson “Crybaby”
Emmalea Deal “Sugar and Champagne”
Joseph Hale “Church of Paranoia”
Mediogres “Chef’s Kiss”
Christine and the Queens “Tu sais ce qu’il me faut”
Bobby McFerrin “Sunshine of Your Love”
Three’s Company Blues “Pray For The Thunder”
John Entwistle “Left For Dead”
Speedsuit “Riddle”

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  MIRRORBALL at 1 PM and Curtain Call at 2 PM.

At 3 PM we have a new hour of The Swing Shift that’s loaded with a combination of unexpected surprises and Swing Music standards.  Check out this playlist…

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Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown “I Want You For My Girlfriend”
Tyler Pedersen “Striden on Europa (Mellotron version)”
David Campbell “Birth of The Blues”
Minor Swing “Scooterville”
Sugarpie And The Candymen “Otherside”
Benny Goodman and Peggy Lee “I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good”
Duke Ellington “I’ve Got The World On A String”
Jelly Roll Morton “Kansas City Stomp”
Phil Harris “Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy”
Louis Jordan “Choo Choo Ch-Boogie”
Amos Milburn “Down The Road Apiece”
Quincy Jones Big Band “Happy Faces”
Nat King Cole “But She’s My Buddy’s Chick”
Pink Turtle “Billie Jean”
Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne “Stewball”
Glenn Miller “Sweet Potato Piper”

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.