Left of the Dial

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Left of the Dial takes its name from the Replacements song of the same name, and is a reference to the position of the radio dial on which non-commercial radio stations are typically located. In the era of college radio these stations were reliable sources of independent, unsigned, and otherwise “underground” artists.

Left of the Dial is a radio program molded in that tradition, with a strong focus on new music but with a flexibility to allow a variety of genres, themes, and eras to be explored.

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Sharon Jones sadly died of cancer last year, but while receiving treatment managed to record one last album. Soul of a Woman by Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings is high-energy, bold, and ultimately optimistic. 

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Morrissey got on Twitter just in time for 280 characters, though it looks like it's just a promotional account. Guy would probably like it.  Anyway, he's got a new album on the way, titled Low in High School

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Ariel Pink's latest album is titled Dedicated to Bobby Jameson. Jameson is a '60s-era LA singer songwriter who was long thought dead until he reemerged by way of a blog and YouTube channel in 2007. Jameson has since pass away in 2015 and Ariel Pink, using the autobiographical elements of Jameson's online presence has constructed a musical tribute to his life. 

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It's the stuff of legend. Malibu, California, 1976, Neil Young sits down with a guitar and records an album’s worth of material, largely unheard until now. Hitchhiker contains a lot of songs that have since been released with a full band arrangement, but this unearthed audio document offers those songs at their intimate core, and provides insight into Young’s songwriting process. 

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This week on the show I've got new music from Benjamin Clementine. He’s a London musician who comes from a sheltered Catholic upbringing, was once homeless on the streets of Paris, and is now a Mercury prize holder. His latest album is titled I Tell A Fly. It was recorded in Damon Albarn’s studio, on the heels of Clementine's appearance on the latest Gorillaz album. 

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