We offer up new episodes of our speciality music shows Tuesday on The AIR with fresh editions of Radio Free Charleston, Psychedelic Shack 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–all of it by local musicians, or at least recorded at local venues.

We open with music from a new/old release from The Big Bad. “Dreading Sundown” is from the new EP, The Big Bad Year of the Mad Bats, which collects demos and stray tracks recorded eight or ten years ago when Big Bad frontman, Zack Bassham, was experimenting with other bands. You can find the entire EP at their Bandcamp page.

After we open the show, I sort of slack off a bit. I discovered a four-hour block of local music that had no back-announcing. I’d prepared it for use five years ago when The AIR was known as “Voices of Appalachia.” I don’t remember if we ever actually ever broadcast it, but it’s got some terrific stuff on it.

Some of the tracks are local classics. Others are rareties, recorded live and not often heard. I trimmed this down by an hour and attempted to come up with a playlist. I’m sure I got a couple of song titles wrong, and some are just guesses, but here’s your chance to hear three solid hours of local artists from all over the musical sprectrum. On thing’s for sure, this is a pretty heft serving of music from the RFC Archives.

Check out this playlist…

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hour one
The Big Bad/Mad Bats “Dreading Sundown”
Beckner, Price and Panucci “Got Drunk, Got Married, Got Screwed”
Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands “To Be Lied To”
Decomposing in Paris “He Loves Me”
Trielement “mystery song”
Qiet “The Indie Song”
Mother Nang “Shine”
Hellblinki “Dancing With The King”
The Tom McGees “There’ll Be More”
Three Bodies “Gardens of Hope”
Red Audio “Girl From Outer Space”
Tofujitsu “Darjeeling”
Mother’s Blues “Purple Rain”

hour two
Under Social “I Don’t Care”
Remains Unnamed “The Sky Is Falling”
HARRAH “I Don’t Deserve You”
Joseph Hale “Time”
Old School Abbey “Stumble Home”
Science Fair Explosion “Science Fair”
Stephanie Deskins “The Fall”
The Renfields “Ramones Zombie Massacre”
Blue Million “Don’t Leave”
The Big Bad “We Own This Town”
Under Surveillance “City Boy”
Paul Calicoat “Trampled Flowers”
Unknown Hinson “Alkyhol Withdrawal”
69 Fingers “To Be Continued”
Strawfyshh “Netted Fish”
Crazy Jane “Echo of a Season”
Go Van Gogh “Requiem For Pepperland”
The Nanker Phelge “21st Century”

hour three
Time And Distance “War”
Hasil Adkins “If You Wanna Be My Baby”
Hydrogen “Deadly Passion”
Crack The Sky “Maybe I can Fool Everybody”
Todd Burge “XMas Song”
The Horse Traders “Nothing At All”
Flare Baroshi “The Vampire Mafia”
Liquid Canvas “Spirit Molecule”
Whitechapel District “How Heavy Is Thy Crown”
dog soldier “Christmas Song”
Pepper Fandango “Scotch Whiskey”
Hellblinki “Sanjula’s Junk”

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 Mell Larch’s Disco Music showcase, MIRRORBALL.

2 PM sees a brand-new episode of Nigel Pye’s Psychedelic Shack. When pressed for Details, Nigel could not produce a full playlist, but he tells me that it opens with a song by The Herd, Peter Frampton’s first group, and continues with “really groovy” music from The Beatles, The Seeds, The Turtles and more.

Psychedelic Shack alternates weeks with NOISE BRIGADE Tuesdays at 2 PM, with replays Wednesday at 11 AM and 10 PM, Thursday at 8 AM, Friday at Noon, Saturday at 8 AM, Sunday at 4 PM and Monday at 7 PM.

We have a new episode of The Swing Shift at 3 PM Tuesday, but as I write this, I have no idea what will be in it. I’m recording it Tuesday morning, which is no help here because I’m writing this post Monday evening. Believe me when I tell you it will Swing with the white-hot heat of a thousand swinging suns.

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.