Once again we have come to Tuesday on The AIR  and we have new editions of Radio Free Charleston and The Swing Shift this week.  That’s four hours of particularly nifty and new internet radio!  You simply have to take your cursor over and point it 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 anoher hybrid episode Radio Free Charleston at 10 AM and 10 PM Tuesday.  This week we open with a full hour of mostly new music, both local and not, and then we re-present two all-local hours of Radio Free Charleston Volume 4, from just over six years ago.

Our new hour opens with a great new electronic/industrial duo, Bane Star, which includes Jett Bailes from Red Audio as half of the band. Then we have a real treat from back in the original RFC days. Brian Diller (who has recently been posting new music to Bandcamp) went back and digitized his big local hit with The Ride, “Don’t Stop at Anything.” This was one of Mel Larch’s favorite tunes back when we first started dating, and it’s cool to have a fresh, crisp copy to play.

If you weren’t around back then, Brian Diller and the Ride ruled Charleston. The Ride were Steve Burgess (Bass Guitar,) Brian Diller (Vocals and Guitar,) Dave Pearcy (Keyboards,) Greg Wegmann (Lead Guitar,) Jeff Wooley (Drums.) “Don’t Stop At Anything” was produced by Jim Kranz and Michael Lipton, and the song was not only a mainstay of RFC, but was also played by FM 105 (who actually had somebody on the payroll listen to what I was playing so they could copy it back then).

Later in the show we have a tun by Drawing Hands, who are better known as Frenchy and The Punk, and they have launched a Kickstarter campaign for the next F&P album. Go check it out. The first hour is filled out with new tracks from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guided by Voices, Rosalie Cunningham, Paul Calicoat, The Paranoid Style and more, plus we have a few archival gems in the mix.

Hours two and three bring back the fifth episode of RFC Volume 4, from February, 2016. It’s loaded with great local tunes, and its been offline for over five years.

Check out the playlist below to see all the goodies we have in store (live links will take you to the local and independent artist’s pages for the first hour)…

RFC V5 082

hour one
Bane Star “A Place Made of Decay”
Brian Diller and the Ride “Don’t Stop At Anything”
Red Hot Chili Peppers “Poster Child”
The Paranoid Style “Exit Interview With P.G. Wodehouse”
Sterophonics “Right Place, Right Time”
Paul Calicoat “Falling Dark”
Under The Radar “All Along The Watchtower”
Drawing Hands “Take Me Home”
Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs “External Combustion”
Rosalie Cunningham “Duet”
Mark Beckner Group “Winter In Kashmir”
Joseph Hale “Rocket Car”
Linnfinity “Miles”
Guided By Voices “Eyes of Your Doctor”

hour two
Ona “Rocks In The Basement”
The Smoky Room “Finish Me”
Jack Griffith “Child of Light”
The Company Stores “Unwelcomed Guest”
J Marinelli “Kendrick’s Ghost”
Miniature Giant “Too Soon”
John Radcliff “Naked Souls”
Joe Vallina “Year of the Wicked”
The Nanker Phelge “Baby”
Under Surveillance “Crisis”
Stone Ka Tet “Ronin”
John Lancaster “Long Gone”
Byzantine “Purity”
David White “Zwak”
Superfetch “West Side Story”

hour three
The Big Bad “Lost In The Night”
The Silvers “Nothing Really Matters”
Billy Matheny “I Hope I Don’t See You Today” with Kim Monday
Jeff Ellis “On Top Again”
Mad Scientist Club “Incident”
Under The Radar “If Ever There’s A Star”
Paul Calicoat “Midnight Stroll”
Ann Magnuson “Waterbeds of Hollywood”
Sheldon Vance “To Spite The Pain”
Frank Panucci “Captain Rubber Spaceman”
Jordan Andrew Jefferson “It Is What It Is”
The Renfields “Haddonfield”
The Renfields “Invisible Man”

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 for posterity, so you can listen on demand.


After RFC, stick around for an encore of MIRRORBALL at 1 PM, and a classic Ska Madness at 2 PM.

At 3 PM we have a special new mixtape edition of The Swing Shift that brings you an hour tunes from 1935. That was a pivotal year in Swing, as Dixieland, Blues, Honky Tonk Piano, Big Bands and danceband music all coalesced into something special and captured the attention and imagination of the public.

You will hear early hits by the legends of Big Band Music, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, The Dorsey Brothers, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Chick Webb and Charlie Barnett, and you’ll also get a collection of great Swing tunes from some of the less-than-immortal denizens of the Swing era.

It’s a really cool time capsule of right when Swing was entering the mainstream.

Check out this playlist:

The Swing Shift 127

Fats Waller and His Rhythm “Baby Brown”
Benny Goodman and His Orchestra “Throwin’ Stones At The Sun”
The Boswell Sisters “St. Louis Blues”
Freddy Taylor and His Swing Men From Harlem “Viper’s Dream”
Ted FioRita and His Orchestra “Here Comes Cookie”
Isham Jones and His Orchestra “Dadanella”
Mills Brothers “Don’t Be Afraid To Tell Your Mother”
Bob Howard and His Orchestra “Pardon My Love”
Glenn Miller “In A Little Spanish Town”
Mound City Blue Blowers “She’s A Latin From Manhattan”
Lew Stone and His Band “Lookie, Lookie, Lookie, Here Comes Cookie”
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra “Weary Blues”
Louis Armstrong “I’m Shooting High”
Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra “On A Holiday”
Willie Smith (The Lion) and His Cubs “Harlem Joys”
Jones’ Jazz Wizards “Blue Reefer Blues”
Duke Ellington “Tough Truckin'”
Frank Foreba and His Swing Band “There’ll Be A Great Day In The Morning”
Jess Stacy “Barrelhouse”
Chick Webb and His Orchestra “Rhythm and Romance”

You can hear The Swing Shift Tuesdays at 3 PM, with replays Wednesday at 8 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.