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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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. 

It's a new year and as we had so many awesome "themed" shows at the end of 2015, we're using this week to pick up some things that got neglected at the end of last year, but there's also plenty of new music for 2016 as well. Emily Yacina put out an amazing album a few weeks back of delicate and complex tunes.

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This week it's a Star Wars themed show. We've got band named from references to the films, adoration for its main characters, and lines slipped in there to find out who's paying attention. 

Star Wars has been so important to pop culture that of course its impact would make its way to pop music, and it seems especially so in the late '90s, which is about the time that childhood fans of the series started writing pop songs. 

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This week on the show, every song we're playing is from 1988. It's been a blast listening to all of this music and I love how with so many songs you can tell the sounds of the '90s are ready to burst forward.

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