To mark the first Tuesday of the new year on The AIR  we deliver a partly-new episode of Radio Free Charleston and an all-new,  edition of The Swing Shift. That’s two new programs totalling four hours of great musical enjoyment.  You simply have to poke your cursor over and tune in at the website, or you could just stay on this page, and  listen to the cool embedded player over at the top of the right column (If you’re reading PopCult on a desktop, that is. Phone readers have to go to the website).

We have a  killer new Radio Free Charleston at 10 AM and 10 PM Tuesday.  This week we open with a new track from Cassius At Best kicking off an all-new first hour, then we go back to a classic and fun episode of Radio Free Charleston International that has not been heard by human ears in over three years.

It’s a fun show, loaded with great music, and it’s a great wak to kick off 2022. Our second track this week comes from David Synn with Matthew Fitzwater, and we pack the first hour with a great mix of local, independent and big-name musical artists. Our second and third hours are pretty special too.

Check out the playlist below to see all the cool tunes (live links will take you to the artist’s pages)…

RFC V5 073

hour one
Cassius At Best  “Violent Madness”
David Synn w/Matthew Fitzwater “I’d Rather Go Blind”
Jordan Andrew Jefferson “One By One”
P2O5 “Morning of The Ants”
Alicia Keys “Dead End Road”
Static Fur “Chant”
Mediogres  “Fever Dream”
Novelty Island “Baby Blue”
Sierra Ferrall “West Virginia Waltz”
The Science Fair Explosion  “Jamaican Me Jedi”
Red Spot Rhythm Section featuring Jabal & Livingston “Refugee”
ACTORS “Obsession”
The Stranglers “White Stallion”
Boldly Go “Nightmare (Twist of Khan)”

hour two
The Aquabats “Play Doh”
3.2 “What You’re Dreaming”
Mog and the Water Tribe “Sleep”
Tokyo Rankers “Glory Days”
The Payolas “Rose”
Lola + The Cosmic Getaway “Tangerine Dream”
Richard Markowitz “The Wild, Wild West theme”
The Shadows “Apache”
The Shadracks “Every Inch of My Mind”
Ringo Starr “Vertical Man”
Exit Eden “A Question of Time”
Weird Al Yankovic “Uncontrollable Urge”
The Lumerians “Space Curse”
Lily Allen “Everything To Feel Something”

hour three
Ghost “Pro Memoria”
The Alarm “Cenotaph”
Weller “Standard”
Jeff Potter & The Rhythm Agents “Pushrod”
Andy Samford “Last Day of the Witch”
Joe Satriani “Super Funky Badass”
Spirit “Mr. Skin”
XTC “Making Plans For Nigel”
The English Beat “I Confess”
Steve Howe “Turbulence”
Elvis Costello “Tokyo Storm Warning”

You can hear this episode of Radio Free Charleston Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM on The AIR, with replays 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 NOISE BRIGADE at 2 PM.

At 3 PM we have a brand-new episode of The Swing Shift. This week it’s a special mixtape show devoted to the pioneers of musical sibling rivalry, The Dorsey Brothers. Before Ray and Dan in the Kinks, or the two bozos in Oasis, the Brothers Dorsey had a very successful orchestra together, but fought over musical issues constantly. In 1935 Tommy struck out on his own, and they didn’t perform together for a decade. The thing was, every incarnation of their bands, together and apart, swing like crazy, whch you will hear in this hour.

Check this playlist.

The Swing Shift 123
Dorsey Brothers Special

The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra “Deep River”
Tommy Dorsey “Opus One”
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra “All Or Nothing At All”
The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra “Old Man Harlem”
Tommy Dorsey “Boogie Woogie”
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra “One For My Baby”
Tommy Dorsey “Let’s Get Away From It All”
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra “Perfida”
Swing Republic w/ Tommy Dorsey “Any Old Thing”
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra “John Silver”
The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra “Breakaway”
The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra “On The Sunny Side Of The Street”
Tommy Dorsey “Dipsy Doodle”
Tommy Dorsey “On The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe”
Dee Parker with Jimmy Dorsey “Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly”
Tommy Dorsey “Blues In The Night”
Jimmy Dorsey “Parade of the MIlk Bottle Caps”
Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra “Well, Git It”

You can hear The Swing Shift Tuesdays at 3 PM, with replays Wednesday at 7 AM, Friday at 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.