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The Swivel Rockers Kick Off A Brand-New RFC Tuesday

Tuesday on The AIR we have new three-hour episode of Radio Free Charleston and an all-new episode of The Swing Shift.  If you want to hear the audio joyfullness yourself, you simply have to move 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.

This week we have three hours of largely brand-new stuff on Radio Free Charleston at 10 AM and 10 PM Tuesday.  The show kicks off with brand-new original music from our old pals, The Swivel Rockers. I was working on an RFC documentary on the band last year when the pandemic hit, and once everyone involved is all vaccinated up, we’ll be shooting more material and interviews with the band. Their new five-song EP is available now at Budget Tapes & Records in Kanawha City, and as soon as it’s available online, I’ll let you know.

The rest of this week’s show  features fresh-out-of-the-oven local music from Jim Lange, John Radcliff,  The Settlement, Unmanned, Boldly Go, mediogres and Lady D . We also have new tracks from 3.2 and Tautologic. Stay tuned to PopCult for an interview with Ethan from Chicago’s Tautologic sometime in the next two weeks.  Also in this episode, we have the rather unorthodox set of Jesus music, and a few things to intrigue and/or annoy you.

Check out the playlist to see all the goodies we bring you this week…

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The Swivel Rockers “Protection”
The Settlement “Departure”
Tautologic “Summer, 1995”
3.2 “Top of the World”
David Synn “Van Gogh’s Awakening”
John Radcliff “Cry”
Lady D “Times Like This (2020)”
Robert Plant “Charlie Patton Highway”
Unmanned “Rose Colored Glasses”
mediogres “Via Video”

hour two
Close The Hatch “Enjoy The Silence”
Boldly Go “Nightmare (Twist of Khan)”
Jay Parade “Machine”
The Jasons “Kill A Commie For Mommy”
The Dollyrots “Come And Get It”
Wolfgang Parker “Bim Bam Baby”
Jerks “You’re So Cool, Brewster”
Sam Cooke “Jesus Gave Me Water”
Todd Burge “Jesus Night Light”
Nina Hagen “Personal Jesus”
Frank Zappa “Jesus Thinks You’re A Jerk”
Aaron Fisher, Tres Caldwell & Jeremy Short “Jesus Is From Texas”
Goldfinger “Handjobs For Jesus”
Motorhead “Go To Hell”

hour three
Marc Almond “She Took My Soul In Istanbul”
Jim Lange “Elegy (Extended Mix)”
David Bowie “Tryin’ To Get To Heaven”
Paul McCartney & Elvis Costello “So Like Candy”

Of course, as always the show ends with mystery bonus tracks. I could tell you what they are, but that’d defeat the purpose of having mystery bonus tracks in the first place wouldn’t it?

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 and 7 PM, Saturday at 11 AM and Midnight, Sunday at 11 AM and the next Monday at 8 PM, exclusively on The AIR.

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.


1 PM sees an encore of a Sondheim-centric episode of Mel Larch’s Curtain Call.

At 2 PM we offer up a classic episode of Nigel Pye’s Psychedelic Shack, loaded with the trippiest music you can imagine.  Psychedelic Shack alternates weeks with NOISE BRIGADE Tuesdays at 2 PM, with replays Wednesday at 10 PM, Thursday at 9 AM, Friday at 1 PM, Saturday at 8 AM, Sunday at 9 AM and Monday at 7 PM.

At 3 PM we bring to you a new hour of The Swing Shift, which is a mixtape program shining the spotlight on Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. 25 years ago BBVD had a star turn in Jon Favreau’s movie, Swingers, and that helped spark the mid-90s Swing Revival. So we decided to pay tribute to this great Swing band, who are no strangers to Charleston. It’s a mixtape show, so you don’t get a playlist. Just tune in and listen for yourself.

Spoiler alert: It SWINGS!

You can hear The Swing Shift Tuesdays at 3 PM, with replays Wednesday at 7 AM and 6 PM, Thursday at 2 PM,  Saturday at 5 PM and Sunday at 10 AM, only on The AIR. You can also hear all-night marathons, seven hours each, starting at Midnight Thursday and Sunday evenings.

Those are Tuesday’s music shows on The AIR. Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

1 Comment

  1. Dbower

    Love the swivel rockers

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