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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We're wrapping up another year which means it's time to share our favorite music from 2015. This year Zarah Laurence, who is managing editor at the Southeast Arrow, has joined us to talk about the music she was most excited about this year. She also writes about music for the Arrow's blog called StompBox. Astute KRCU listeners may recognize her voice from her time as a reporter intern for the station. 

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