It’s a joyous week back from our winter vacation marathons on The AIR and that means it’s time for a new  Radio Free Charleston on Tuesday! 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.  This week we have three full hours of glorious free-format radio with lots of local acts mixed in with independent artists from around the world and a few classic tracks from major artists, just to keep you on your toes. Our third hour is a special treat for Bowie fans.

We open with a new track from Cassius At Best and also feature new tunes from Trevor Horn and Rick Astley, Mika, Brian Diller, Deni Boney & Chris Flynn, Todd Burge, Massing and more.

Since your humble blogger is just back from Chicago, it’s only fitting that we feature a couple of bands from our Chicago pipeline in our first hour, too.

Chicago bands (and frequent tour mates) Umbra & the Volcan Siege and The Anna Maze have joined forces for a split 12″ vinyl release. This week we bring you samples of both sides of this cool slab of vinyl. The Umbra & the Volcan Siege tracks comprise the “His Side” of the record and are streaming via Bandcamp.  The Anna Maze tracks comprise the “Her Side” of the record and are also streaming via Bandcamp.  Umbra & The Vulcan Siege will celebrate the release of their split vinyl at Reggie’s in Chicago on New Year’s Eve.

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

RFC V5 155

hour one
Cassius At Best  “Devices”
Umbra & The Vulcan Seige “Romeo And Juliet”
The Anna Maze “Years Roll By”
Trevor Horn with Rick Astley “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”
The Anchoress “Dead and Lovely”
Mika “Touche Touche”
Brian Diller “Home”
Deni Bonet & Chris Flynn “Can’t Wait To See You On Christmas”
The Fab Four “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”
The Fab Four “Blue Christmas”
Klaatu “December Dream”
December People “Silent Night”
Jay Parade “Let It Snow”
Massing  “Moving Out (Anthony’s Song)”
The Sinister Ducks “The March of The Sinister Ducks”

hour two
63 Eyes “My Pen”
Jamie’s Pawnshop Guitars “Outshined”
Leon Else “Safety Dance”
American Authors “Dance Hall Days”
The Jam “Stand By Me”
Brian May “FBI”
Big Daddy “Welcome To The Jungle”
The 3 Clubmen “Racecar”
IDKHOW “Gloomtown Brats”
The Tom McGees “Cool Kid”
Astrodot “Walking On The Wind”
Todd Burge “When Pigs Fly”
Sierra Ferrell “Fox Hunt”
Guitarmy of One “Plight of the Searchlight”
Lost Decades “Come Run”
Sgt. Van and the Highway Dogs “Strange Ride”

hour three
Moonage Daydream: The Bowie Songbook
Ryan Hardiman, Mark Scarpelli, Alsaha Al Qudwah, Joseph Cevallos, Jeff Lipscomb, Dean Pauly, Eli Chambers
“Space Oddity”
“Lady Grinning Soul”
“Moonage Daydream”
“Dollar Days”
“China Girl”
“Under Pressure”
“Life On Mars?”
“Ziggy Stardust”
“Ashes To Ashes”
“Absolute Beginners”

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 two recent episodes of The Swing Shift.  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.