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The Best Laid Plans Go Psychedelic

A long and sudden power outage has totally disrupted today’s plans for PopCult and The AIR.  The Swing Shift will continue its journey through the last century next week, but we do have a brand-new episode of Psychedelic Shack premiering at 2 PM Eastern time. You simply have to point your cursor over and tune in to AIR at the website, or you could just stay on this page, and  listen to this convenient embedded radio player…

At 2 PM, you will be treated to the first new episode of Psychedelic Shack with which Nigel Pye has graced us since June. Our friends at Haversham Recording Institute in London, between dealing with a quarantine and an increased workload, have not been able to crank out their labors of love for us as frequently as usual, but they tell us that things are finally settling down, so they’ll try to give us more shows before the next wave hits.

Nigel has given us a goodie. Just check the playlist:

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The Flaming Lips “Mother I’ve Taken LSD”
Nazereth “My White Bicycle”
Pink Floyd “A Saucer Full Of Secrets”
Paul McCartney “Monkberry Moon Delight”
Stoney And Meatloaf “She Waits By The Window”
After Tea “You’ve Got To Move Me”
Bulbous Creation “Let’s Go To The Sea”
Quartermass “Up On The Ground”
Moby Dick “Two Timing Girl”
Too Fat “Bad Side of the Moon”

Psychedelic Shack alternates weeks with NOISE BRIGADE Tuesdays at 2 PM, with replays Wednesday at 11 AM and 10 PM, Thursday at 8 AM, Friday at Noon, Saturday at 8 AM, Sunday at 4 PM and Monday at 7 PM. PopCult should be back to normal tomorrow.

Monday Morning Art: Clay Without Metal


I was poking around in a file folder on the PC that dated back fourteen years. That was four computers ago, I think. And I found some photos I took while walking around Charleston on a nice, sunny day back in 2006. I also found a collection of old custom virtual paintbrushes for my graphics program. I re-installed them, and decided to paint over one of the photos of the Clay Center, back in the days before the controversal Albert Paley “Hallelujah” sculpture was dropped out of an airplane and landed in front of our lovely museum/concert hall.

I had some time to kill, so I painted out all the people standing in the way, and I also painted out the banners hanging on the Planetarium wall, and then I had at the photo with my primitive Impasto brushes.

I probably won’t be using those again. They were a bit squirrely and I have better custom brushes available now. But I did get this image out of it, which should bring a smile to folks who are still mad about Mr. Paley’s work. My appreciation of it hasn’t exactly grown since I critiqued it back in the day, but I don’t fly into a rage every time I see it like Mrs. PopCulteer does. This painting is for those of you who miss the way the Clay Center used to look.

If you want to see it bigger, just click on the image.

Meanwhile, Monday on The AIR, we bring are shrinking the Monday Marathon to six hours so that we can return to our original scheduling concept. At first, our big idea was to debut one of our specialty music programs at 3 PM, and then, the next weekday, we’d replay it at 7 AM.  When we started the Monday Marathon this was disrupted, and now we’ve put things back the way they were. So at 7 AM, you will hear a replay of last Friday’s 1982-centric edition of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat. At 9 AM you’ll get six hours of Psychedelic Shack, in advance of tomorrow’s new episode, the first one we’ve managed to pry loose from Nigel Pye since June.

At 3 PM on Prognosis, Herman Linte brings us a new episode of Prognosis, filled mostly with recently-released progressive rock music. Check out the playlist:

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Eddie Jobson with John Wetton “Carrying No Cross”
Henry Fool “Everyone In Sweden”
Steve Hillage “Aftaglid (Tambura Backing Track Mix)
Jane Getter Premonition “Surprised”
Tautologic “The Professor”
Dresden China “Fire And Rain”
Bobby Shock “Don’t Look Back”
Galahad Electric Company “Through The Looking Glass”
Rick Wakeman “Arsia Mons”
Days Between Stations “Spark”
Toehider “Concerning Lix & Fairs”
Sloth Metropolis “Band Together”
Uppergaff “Virtues”
Poor Genetic Material “This Place”

That’s followed by a classic Prognosis and an evening of NOISE BRIGADE and Radio Free Charleston. You can hear replays of Prognosis Tuesdays at 7 AM and 8 PM, Wednesdays at 9 AM, Thursday at Noon, and Saturday at 9 AM. But we’ll be tinkering with the schedule over the next few weeks, so don’t get too used to that.

You can listen to The AIR at the website, or on this embedded radio player…


Sunday Evening Videos: A Trio Of Trippy Music Videos

Below you see three wild, mostly-animated music videos, featuring music from Philip Glass, Blockhead and Ladi6. It’s best to watch these with your face four or five inches from your screen, and the volume turned up as loud as possible. In these increasingly more insane times it might help us cope if we evade reality for a while.

The RFC Flashback: MINI SHOW number 35

This week we’re doing the double-jump again. We’re looking at an RFC MINI SHOW from August, 2014, but the video you’ll see was shot more than three years before then. This week The RFC MINI SHOW dug up a gem from the Radio Free Charleston vault–It’s the progressive Jazz quartet, C2J2, recorded at The Empty Glass in April, 2011. C2J2 was Chris Hudson on Drums, Josh Cannon on Electric Guitar, Chris Mickel on Tenor Sax and Jamie Skeen on Electric Bass. This is some world-class progressive jazz, and it shows off some of the virtuoso talent that we have in this city.


Save The Comics Shops, Read The News and Travel To 1982

The PopCulteer
September 18, 2020

We have three items of interest for you in this PopCulteer, so let’s jump right in.

Give Comics Hope

The Coronavirus Pandemic has hit this country like a ton of bricks. Millions of people are still out of work and several industries have been crushed by the forced shutdowns, absence of disposable income and the common sense of many of their customers, a large chunk of whom are still too intelligent to venture out into our COVID-filled air.

Comic Book Shops, which were already on the endangered list, have been hit particularly hard. Since their customers are more intelligent and can read, they’re less likely to rush out to stores during a pandemic. A new charity initiative is under way to raise funds to help these beleagured small businesses survive the coming lean times.

Give Comics Hope is an ambitious charitable initiative that calls on all members of the comics community to rally together to provide vital aid to these small businesses. By uniting together and giving back, they hope to pay it forward to those who nurture a love of comic books for ourselves and for future fans to come.

Give Comics Hope’s initial charitable efforts will be focused on two auctions designed to raise an initial slate of funds to be distributed to comic book stores in early 2021. Publishers, creators, retailers, fans, convention organizations, printers, media, are being asked to give back to comic book shops by donating premium collectibles from their personal collections to two upcoming charitable auctions.

The first auction will be conducted by Heritage Auctions, the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer, for all received donations with an estimated value of $500 or more to take place between Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 and Wednesday, November 11th, 2020. The initial auction will include donations from industry insiders including cover art from The Walking Dead donated series creator Robert Kirkman, paintings by Bill Sienkiewicz, Star Wars original art by P. Craig Russell, original art from New Mutants #88 by Rob Liefeld, original art from X-Factor #55 and Amazing Spider-Man #326 signed by Colleen Doran, Excalibur #125 original art signed by Dave Hoover, and many, many more. Public donations for the first auction are due by Friday, October 2nd, 2020.

As we go to press, more high-profile comics creators, collectors and professionals are digging into their closets to find rare items to donate. Names such as Paul Levitz, Richard and Wendy Pini, Brian Pulido, Michael Uslan, Howard Chaykin, Peter David and more have already joined the cause.

“Heritage Auctions has long been proud and honored to be the premier auction house for comic books, comic art, and related collectibles,” said Barry Sandoval, Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “When Bill approached us with the opportunity to give back to the comic shops that spark the lifelong love of this medium in countless fans and collectors, we leapt at the chance.”

The second auction will be conducted by Jesse James Comics/Comic Book Shopping Network in partnership with eBay. All public donations with an estimated value of $499 or less will be offered through public auctions and “Buy It Now” opportunities on eBay between Wednesday, November 11, 2020 and Friday, December 11, 2020. Public donations for the second auction are due by Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

“It’s been my privilege to provide great comic book experiences and the best in comic book therapy for almost 40 years,” said Jesse James, owner of Jesse James Comics and President of Comic Book Shopping Network. “Our industry is stronger when customers have many options to find the comic book community that is right for them. It’s my pleasure to help my retail brethren by leveraging our brand’s strength on eBay and the power of CBSN to raise money for Give Comics Hope.”

Give Comics Hope has partnered with the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to assisting comic retailers and booksellers, to oversee the management and disbursement of the funds raised by Give Comics Hope. The initiative will take no organizational fees, and will only deduct any actual, direct costs incurred from the funds raised. Since its inception, Binc has provided over $9 million in financial assistance and scholarships to more than 9000+ families. Support for the Foundation’s programs and services comes from all sectors of the book and comic industries. The Foundation was imagined and built by booksellers and proudly continues to be their safety net. In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the book and comic industries came together in an extraordinary way allowing Binc to help 2,191 booksellers, comic retailers, and stores with $2.7 million in urgently needed assistance.

“We are honored to work with Bill and his team of passionate volunteers to further help comic book stores during this unprecedented time. We know the funds raised from this visionary initiative will help neighborhood comic shops continue to serve their customers and their communities,” said Pam French, Binc Foundation’s executive director. “Together, we are working to help comic retailers through the many challenges they are faced with, so they can continue doing the work they love – selling comics.”

You can find all the details for how to donate and how to bid at the Give Comics Hope website. You can also help out by buying shirts and facemasks and other stuff from their store. Proceeds from the sale of each and every item will go directly to the fund.

Mountain State Spotlight

Mountain State Spotlight, the much-anticipated non-profit investigative news organization launched yesterday, and now, more than ever, we really need these guys on the job.

Mountain State Spotlight is an independent, civic news organization that tells stories of importance to West Virginians about the issues and challenges facing their communities. Founded by former Gazette-Mail Executive Editor Greg Moore and former star reporter for the same paper, Ken Ward Jr., Mountain State Spotlight will fill the void left behind when The Gazette-Mail had to slash their budget a few months ago.

Running an independent, for-profit newspaper is getting increasingly difficult in these times. It costs a lot of money to sustain outrage, and the world of advertising seems to be moving out of the orbit of the world of print media.

But the work these folks do is too important for it to be lost down the drain with the rest of the things the free market doesn’t consider profitable. It’s a relief that Moore and Ward, and colleagues like Pulitzer Prize-winner Eric Eyre, are doing their best to find a new economic model that will allow them to stay in the area and keep West Virginians informed. The plan is to function as an independent 501(c)(3) group and they have ambitious plans to grow the staff, build philanthropic support, and serve West Virginians.

Even though I’ve just been a freelancer and then a blogger for The Gazette-Mail, whenever I saw my name in print with these people, I got a sense of pride that I was somehow, remotely and peripherally, associated with them, even though my reporting on animation, local music or cool toys isn’t quite Pulitzer material.

They’ve already hit the ground running with stories on Frontier’s shoddy Broadband service, broken promises and corruption on the part of our Billionaire Governor, Jim Justice, and major concerns with the state’s foster program and the future of our postal service. Check ’em out and if you find them as important as I do, throw a few bucks their way.

Sydney Goes Back To 1982

Over on PopCult’s sister internet radio station, Sydney Fileen will spend the afternoon time-traveling on a brand-new Sydney’s Big Electric Cat Friday afternoon on The AIR.  You can hear this show and more Friday on The AIR website, or just click on this embedded radio player…

Friday afternoon at 3 PM, with generous replay options throughout the next week, you can travel back to 1982, a very significant year in the New Wave Era. As Sydney says in her intro, “This week, instead of spanning the entire New Wave era, we are going to zero in on one year that many people consider to be the peak of New Wave Music. In this week’s show, we will hear songs that debuted as either singles or album cuts in the year of our lord, 1982.”

Sydney tells us that this will likely become a recurring theme on her show, as she shines her spotlight on individual years.

Check out this playlist:

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Adam Ant “Goody Two Shoes”
Pretenders “Back On The Chain Gang”
The Beat “Save It For Later”
Squeeze “Black Coffee In Bed”
ABC “The Look Of Love”
Siouxsie and the Banshees “Slowdrive”
Split Enz “Six Months In A Leaky Boat”
XTC “Senses Working Overtime”
Ultravox “Hymn”
Toyah “The Pack”
The Cure “Let’s Go To Bed”
Depeche Mode “Leave In Silence”
Thomas Dolby “Europe and The Pirate Twins”
Wall of Voodoo “Mexican Radio”
Druan Duran “Rio”
Kate Bush “Leave It Open”
DEVO “Time Out For Fun”
The Stranglers “Midnight Summer Dream”
Madness “Blue Skinned Beast”
Moon Martin “Signal For Help”
Laurie Anderson “It Tango”
Elvis Costello and The Attractions “Beyond Belief”
Simple MInds “Glittering Prize”
Romeo Void “Never Say Never”
Eurythmics “Love Is A Stranger”
Joe Jackson “Steppin’ Out”
Men Without Hats “Safety Dance”
The Clash “Should I Stay or Should I Go”

Sydney’s Big Electric Cat is produced at Haversham Recording Institute in London, and can be heard every Friday at 3 PM, with replays Saturday afternoon, Monday at 7 AM, Wednesday at 8 PM and Thursday at Noon, exclusively on The AIR. You can also hear select episodes of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat as part of the overnight Haversham Recording Institute marathon that starts every Monday at 11 PM.

And that is it for this week’s PopCulteer. As always, check back for fresh content every day, including all our regular features.

NFL Stars Join Subway Surfers

A few years back here in PopCult I told you about Subway Surfers, one of the most successful mobile games in the world. Now, with three billion downloads under their belt, SYBO Games’ mobile juggernaut is teaming up with the NFL.  Subway Surfers, which allows you to play as one of the kids who run along the tops of subway cars, grabbing tokens and eluding capture, will turn pro.

For the first time, NFL players will appear as playable characters in Subway Surfers through a new group licensing partnership, it was announced by SYBO Games, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) and OneTeam Partners (OneTeam). The endless runner mobile game crossed three billion downloads worldwide in August and was the No.1 most downloaded mobile game in the U.S. on the App store for both games and apps this past July. OneTeam, the NFLPA’s group licensing representative in the video game category, facilitated the deal.

For two more weeks, Subway Surfers gamers can unlock and play as some of the world’s most famous runners. Six NFL players along with their names, numbers, images, and likenesses will be unlockable and playable as Subway Surfers in an American football-themed game event.

The players are Tom Brady (Quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Lamar Jackson (Quarterback, Baltimore Ravens), Patrick Mahomes (Quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs), Odell Beckham Jr. (Wide receiver, Cleveland Browns), Dak Prescott (Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys) and Saquon Barkley (Running back, New York Giants). If you’re fans of those players or teams, you get to enjoy riding like mad all over the city. And if, like your PopCulteer, you’re a fan of the rivals of these players or teams, well, you can let your imagination run wild.

In addition, in-game hoverboards based on the six NFL player characters will be unlockable prizes.

“The partnership with the NFLPA and OneTeam marks yet another amazing milestone for us,” said Naz Amarchi-Cuevas, SYBO Games’ Chief Commercial Officer. “Coming just after we crossed three billion downloads, this collaboration is yet another first for Subway Surfers. The integration of the NFL stars, combined with our premium gaming experience and overall digital content will galvanize gaming and sports fans alike.“

“The endless runner’s storyline, the game’s monthly visit to different cities and its all-around hip and diverse attributes, make Subway Surfers such a natural playing field for the NFLPA,” said Steve Scebelo, Interim President, NFL Players Inc., the marketing and licensing arm of the NFLPA. “We’re excited to offer both mobile gamers and football fans alike a truly one-of-a-kind experience by personifying NFL players in the world’s most downloaded endless runner game.”

“A unique collaboration between two popular global brands, and as we bolster the NFLPA roster of video gaming licensees, the value of bringing players into mainstream mobile games like Subway Surfers is an exciting enhancement of the fan experience,” said Henry Lowenfels, Chief Product Officer, OneTeam Partners.

Originally conceived as an animation property in 2009, creators Sylvester Rishøj Jensen and Bodie Jahn-Mulliner won first prize for best animation movie about a cool character that hangs out at an old subway station, avoiding a grumpy inspector and his dog. Their short film gave birth to Subway Surfers, the mobile game in 2012.

Wednesday afternoon The AIR brings you brand-new of Beatles Blast and Curtain Call!  You can tune in at the website, or on this embedded radio player…

At 2 PM, your humble blogger returns with a full hour of music that shows off The Beatles’ friends and family. You’ll hear tunes that the Fab Four play and sing on with their buddies, plus songs from their offspring, spouses and other family members. We even have a song that Ringo plays drums on that was recorded earlier this year.  Check out the playlist.

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Ringo Starr “With A Little Help From My Friends (Live in Moscow)”
The Traveling Wilburys “Heading For The Light”
Bob Dylan and George Harrison “Yesterday”
Billy Preston “That’s The Way God Planned It”
Roy Orbison “You Got It”
Denny Laine and Wings “You’re Gonna Say You Love Me”
Mike McGear “Norton”
Linda McCartney and Wings “I Got Up”
James McCartney “Waterfall”
Yoko Ono “Move On Fast”
The Claypool Lennon Delirium “In The Court Of The Crimson King”
Julian Lennon “Invisible”
David Bowie “Fame”
The Empty Hearts with Ringo Starr “Remember Days Like This”

Beatles Blast can be heard every Wednesday at 2 PM, with replays Thursday at 10 PM, Friday at noon, and for this weekend, nothing on the weekend due to our RFC Labor Day Marathon, exclusively on The AIR.

At 3 PM Mel Larch devotes the entire hour of Curtain Call to this year’s new incarnation of Forbidden BroadwayForbidden Broadway is an off-Broadway revue that takes the biggest hits and brightest stars of the Great White Way and makes merciless fun of them. Since the show was conceived, written and directed by Gerard Alessandrini back in 1982, it has been revised over a dozen time, keeping the parody fresh and picking new targets for its wicked satire.

The latest iteration of the show, Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation, ran back in January and February at The York Theatre Company, and before fate stepped in to make every theater go dark, this version of the show took its potshots at Hamilton, Hadestown, Dear Even Hanson, Waitress, Frozen, Fosse-Verdon, Judy Garland, Bette Midler and more.

Curtain Call can be heard on The AIR Wednesday at 3 PM, with replays Thursday at 8 AM and 9 PM, and Friday at 10 AM. An all-night marathon of Curtain Call episodes can be heard Wednesday nights, beginning at Midnight.

100 Years Of Swing and 100 Episodes of The Swing Shift

We have a big-deal landmark episode of The Swing Shift Tuesday on The AIR. The Swing Shift has made it to 100 episodes. Tuesday afternoon you can hear episode 99, followed by our big episode 100. In order to hear these two new hours of great Swing Music, 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 this copascetic little embedded radio player…

Since day one, the tagline for The Swing Shift has been “The Best Swing Music from the past Century!” As we started to get close to our 100th episode, I decided to put that into practice, and do a three-part series that would bring us Swing tunes from the biggest names of each of the last ten decades. We’d devote episodes 99, 100 and 101 to this almost educational jitterbug through the history of Swing.

That was the plan. When it came time to execute that plan, I discovered that I was going to have to expand this series to four episodes. So this week you’ll get parts one and two, and next week you’ll get parts three and four.

At 3 PM our first new hour of The Swing Shift takes you back to the early days of Swing, covering the 1920s and 1930s. In fact, our opening number was recorded one hundred years ago. I give you a little bit of historical background, but I didn’t want to get in the way of the music, so I keep it to a minimum. Check out this playlist:

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Mamie Smith “Crazy Blues”
Paul Whiteman with Bing Crosby and the Rhythm Boys “Changes”
Pinetop Smith “Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie”
Meade Lux Lewis “Honky Tonk Train Blues”
The Casa Loma Orchestra “Casa Loma Stomp”

Fletcher Henderson “Blue Lou”
Louis Armstrong “Mahogany Hall Stomp”
Earl “Fantha” Hines “Rosetta”
Duke Ellington “Rockin’ in Rhythm”
Chick Webb “If Dreams Come True”
Raymond Scott “Powerhouse”
Benny Goodman “Sing, Sing, Sing”
Tommy Dorsey “Hawaiian War Chant”
Count Basie “Swingin’ The Blues”
Artie Shaw “What Is This Thing Called Love”
Jimmy Dorsey “John Silver”

At 4 PM, we hit episode 100 of The Swing Shift, and take a look at Swing Music from the 1940s to the 1970s. I feel a little guilty glossing over much of the 60s and 70s, but there was so much great stuff in the 1940s that I didn’t want to have any major omissions. In the coming weeks, I’ll go back and try to fill in the gaps. However, I don’t make any apologies for the playlist for this episode of the show, because it really swings. Check out the playlist:

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Glenn Miller “In The Mood”
Harry James “Two O’Clock Jump”
Woody Herman “Blues On Parade”
Lionel Hampton “Flying Home”
Gene Krupa “After You’ve Gone”
Nat King Cole “It’s Only A Paper Moon”
Stan Kenton “Eager Beaver”
Jimmie Lunceford “Well All Right Then”
Benny Goodman “Rachel’s Dream”
Tommny Dorsey “Chicago”
Duke Ellington “Jack The Bear”

Louis Prima “Jump, Jive and Wail”
Louis Jordan “Teardrops From My Eyes”
Dean Martin “Hey Brother, Pour The Wine”

Frank Sinatra and Count Basie “Fly Me To The Moon”
Buddy Rich “Big Swing Face”

Toni Basil “Wham Rebop Boom Bam”

iIn our first hour next week we are going to cover the 1980s and 1990s, which are packed with Swing Revival music, and then our second hour will bring us up to today, because Swing is still a thing, doncha know? In the coming weeks, we are going to do an entire episode devoted to the Women of Swing, so bear with me as I try to cover all of the best Swing Music of the last century.

You can hear The Swing Shift Tuesday at 3 PM, with replays Wednesday at 8 AM and 6 PM, Thursday at 7 PM and Saturday at 5 PM, only on The AIR. You can also hear all-night marathons, seven hours each, starting at Midnight Thursday and Sunday evenings.


Tuesday on The AIR we deliver brand-new episodes of Radio Free Charleston, and NOISE BRIGADE.  In order to hear these great new musical treasures, you simply have to point your cursor over and tune in at the website, or you could just stay on this page, and  listen to this convenient embedded radio player…

We have a mostly-new Radio Free Charleston at 10 AM and 10 PM Tuesday.  This show kicks off with brand-new music from Todd Burge, and the first hour carries on with new music from The Empty Hearts, Abandon The Ship, Norah Jones, and Billy Ocean. Our second and third hours this week are recycled, sanitized and gently-used fragments of an episode that debuted in January of this year, and has since departed our servers.

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

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hour one
Todd Burge “Never Alone”
Andy Prieboy “Honey Don’t Be Good To Me”
The Soft Boys “Vegetable Man”
Abandon The Ship “The Ballad of Denny Ray”
Tom Rader “Angels”
The Bounty “Anything but Ordinary”
The Empty Hearts “Come On And Try It”
The Dollyrots (with Jaret Reddick) “Love Ya, Love Ya, Love Ya”
Emmalea Deal “Queen (Unplugged)”
Norah Jones “After The Fall”
Lady D “Rock Stone Blues”
Linda McCartney “Seaside Woman”
The Cast of Paradise Park “We’re Gonna Have A Party”
Meadow Zero “Loving You In 5 Dimensions/Aquarius Falling”
Billy Ocean “One World”

hour two
Karen Allen “Here We Are Now”
Missing Words “Breathe In”
Model Kaos “Heroes”
Ptolemy “Wax Knoll”
Nina Hagen “Geburt (Extended Mix)”
Tarja “Tears In The Rain”
Bobaflex “Long Time Coming”
Hawthorne Heights “VANDEMONIUM”
Emmalea Deal “Ghost”
Time And Distance “Sell”
Fontaines DC “Boys In The Better Land”
The Revillos “Can I Have Some? (Demo)”

hour three
Adrian Tabacuro “Lucifer”
Ovada “Blood of the Sun”
David Cross Peter Banks “Plasma”
Qiet “Pet Driftwood”
Miniature Giant “Wendigo”
Jack Griffith “Alone With You”
Psychedelanaut “Saturnine Serpent”
Midge Ure “Vienna”
Toyah “It’s A Mystery”
The Stranglers “Bless You”

Radio Free Charleston can be heard Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM, with replays Thursday at 2 PM, Friday at 7 AM and 7 PM, Saturday at 11 AM and Midnight, Sunday at 1 PM and the next Monday at 8 PM, exclusively on The AIR.

At 1 PM we bring you an encore of last week’s new episode of MIRRORBALL that you can read about HERE.

At 2 PM Steven Allen Adams graces us with a new edition of NOISE BRIGADE which opens with a tribute to Toots Hibbert, the Reggae pioneer who lost his battle with COVID-19 last Friday. Check out the playlist to see what all Steve’s got up his sleeves…


Toots and the Maytals “Take Me Home, Country Roads”
Toots and the Maytals “I Gotta Woman”
Toots and the Maytals “Monkey Man”
Toots and the Maytals “Pressure Drop”
Sublime “5446 Thats My Number/Ball And Chain”
The Planet Smashers “Trip and Fall”
The Nerve Agents “Fall of the All American”
The Creepshow “They All Fall Down”
Streetlight Manifesto “We Will Fall Together”
Rancid “Fall Back Down”
Bumpin Uglies “Stop the Fall”
Bad Religion “Heaven is Falling”
Against All Authority “All Fall Down”
Five Iron Frenzy “So We Sing”

NOISE BRIGADE alternates weeks with Psychedelic Shack Tuesdays at 2 PM, with replays those weeks on Wednesday at 11 AM and 10 PM, Thursday at 8 AM, Friday at Noon, Saturday at 10 AM, Sunday at 4 PM and Monday at 7 PM.

At 3 PM we have a very special Two-episode premiere of The Swing Shift, which we will tell you about in a separate post.

Monday Morning Art: Untitled Lady/Skyline Thing


Twenty eight years ago I did a series of drawings to be considered for cassette insert artwork or flyers for the band, Mother Nang.  Some were used for flyers, but most sat unused in my sketchbook until I finally got around to scanning them a few years ago. This past weekend, I decided to print one out and colorize it using a medium in which I do not often work: Crayola Crayons.

The original drawing was meant to be printed in black and white, and to be honest, I don’t remember if this was a rough sketch or the finished piece. Sometimes it’s hard to tell.

The idea was to make a piece of art that didn’t have a set orientation. Either way you looked at it, some of it seemed sideways.

Even though I intended this to be in black and white, I decided to try my (very shaky) hands at putting color to it, and the result is what you see above. I’m not thrilled with the re-scan, because it lost some of the subtlety of the color.

If you want to see it bigger, just click on the image.

You can see the original drawing to the right. Don’t bother clicking on it. It doesn’t get any bigger.

Meanwhile, Monday on The AIR, we bring are shrinking the Monday Marathon to six hours so that me may return to our original scheduling concept.At first, our big idea was to debut one of our specialty music programs at 3 PM, and then, the next weekday, we’d replay it at 7 AM.  When we started the Monday Marathon this was disrupted, and now we’ve put things back the way they were. So at 7 AM, you will hear a replay of last Friday’s edition of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat. At 9 AM you’ll get six hours of Radio Free Charleston, this week, and whatever we decide to drop in that space each week going forward.

At 3 PM on Prognosis, Herman Linte brings us a recent encore episode, and then that’s followed by a classic Prognosis and an evening of Psychedelic Shack and Radio Free Charleston. You can hear replays of Prognosis Tuesdays at 7 AM and 8 PM, Wednesdays at 9 AM, Thursday at Noon, and Saturday at 9 AM. But we’ll be tinkering with the schedule over the next few weeks, so don’t get too used to that.

You can listen to The AIR at the website, or on this embedded radio player…