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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Saul Williams is a mutli-talented true artist and his music is passionate, declarative, and intellectual. His latest album is titled MartyrLoserKing and in an NPR interview he shares that it is the first branch of a multimedia project. 

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It was tempting to try to do a Valentine's Day themed episode this weekend as the holiday can be rather fun and is ripe for parody and ridicule, but I ultimately decided that pretty much all pop songs were about folks who have found themselves in some lovelorn mess, anyway, and that there wouldn't be much point. So I tossed a few stomach churning chalky candies its way and pretty much approached this week's show as business as usual. 

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Iggy Pop has teamed up with Josh Homme, who is likely best known for his band Queens of the Stone age. Supposedly the two worked in secret on Post Pop Depression and if the lead single "Gardenia" is any indication, Pop's proto-punk sensibilities mesh well with the muscular subtlety of Homme's production and guitar playing. 

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The fact that David Bowie put out new music last week would be reason enough to play it, but of course his death has added a layer to it that’s difficult to ignore, and knowing now that he was suffering from cancer as he recorded it seems to reveal a lot about it. 

Bowie's influence in felt on this show every week, as it's a music program that features music produced after 1968. 

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