Once again it’s Tuesday on The AIR  and that means it’s time for a new  Radio Free Charleston and a new The Swing Shift! 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 one new hour and two hours of RFC International from 2017 today on Radio Free Charleston this week. Our first hour is mostly new local and indie stuff, with a few notable exceptions. We open with just-released music from Golden, and jump around the globe with our free-format musical grab-bag.

Our second and third hours dig up the corpse of an old Radio Free Charleston International from April, 2017, and it’s a great mix of stuff from all over. The first half (our second hour this week) was all newly-released music back then, so it’s like a bit of a time capsule. That’s a nice wake-up call for folks who didn’t realize that Depeche Mode, Jamiroquai, Body Count, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Chuck Berry all put out new records just six years ago.

Check out the playlist below to see all the goodies we have in store. Live links for 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
Golden “I Want To Run”
ALI3N SUP3R J3SUS  “Memories Lost”
Peter Gabriel “The Court (Dark Side Mix)”
Novelty Island “Day”
Annie Capps “My Father’s House”
Logical Fleadh “Bridgeton Nod”
Andy Prieboy “Psycho Ex (live)”
Corduroy Brown featuring Katherine Allen “Watercolors”
Laibach “Moon, Euphora”
eMolecule “Beyond Belief”
Buni Muni “Pit Bike”
Toyah and Fripp “Slave To The Rhythm”
Payback’s a Bitch “Hell’s Nice This Tiime of Year”
Tony Levin “Break It Down”
Law Biting Citizens “Infection”

hour two -Brand New Music from 2017
Chuck Berry “Big Boys”
Bob Dylan “Stardust”
Jamiroquai “Dr. Buzz”
Mastadon “Roots Remain”
Body Count “This Is Why We Ride”
Blink 182 “Misery”
Goldfrapp “Everything Is Never Enough”
The Blues Swingers “By Friday”
Aimee Mann “Good For Me”
Postmodern Jukebox “Roxanne”
The Jesus and Mary Chain “Los Feliz (Blue and Green)
Depeche Mode “Going Backwards”

hour three
UK “Carry The Cross”
The Beatles “I’m Only Sleeping (Mono)”
The Beach Boys “God Only Knows”
Ruby Dee and The Snakehandlers “Who Do You Think I Am”
Delta 88 “Boppin’ Little Witch”
Mike Oldfield “Return To Ommadawn part one”
Todd Rundgren “Bang On The Drum All Day”
The B-52s “Party Out of Bounds”
DEVO “Mechanical 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 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 last week’s episodes of  MIRRORBALL at 1 PM and Curtain Call at 2 PM.

At 3 PM we offer up another new episode of The Swing Shift. Every week yours truly strives to bring you the best of over 100 years of Swing Music on one of our most-listened-to programs.

This week it’s a mixtape presentation of early Be-Bop, before it got too far away from its Swing Music roots. These are early recordings that show plenty of Swing influences before the music turned its back on danceability and evolved into Modern Jazz.  These tunes are all back from when Be-Bop was still fun. It’s an interesting glimpse at the transitional phase before Jazz got all serious and scared off its mainstream fans.

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Serge Chaloff “Pumpernickel”
Charlie Parker “Romance Without Finance”
Dexter Gordon “Long Tall Dexter”
Fats Navarro “Hollerin’ and Screamin'”
Allen Eager “Unmediated”
Buddy Johnson “Dee Dee’s Dance”
Milt Jackson “Bubu”
Kai Winding “Always”
Dizzy Gillespie “A Night In Tunisia”
Don Byas “Byas A Drink”
J.J. Johnson “Jay Bird”
Leo Parker “Chase’n Lion”
Stan Getz “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me”
Roy Porter “Pete’s Beat”
Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis “Stealin’ Trash”
Morris Lane “Blowin’ For Kicks”
Jimmy Guiffrre “Bop”
Woody Herman “Be-Bop and Roses”
Leester Young “Lester’s B-Bop”

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.