Left of the Dial

Fridays at 9 p.m. and Saturdays at noon

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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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This week we have the unfortunate occasion to feature a great musician from a great band, Carey Lander, keyboard-player and backup vocalist of Camera Obscura, who died October 11 at the age of 33.

That Ryan Adams, a 40-year-old man with a sizable and well-respected discography covered the entirety of Taylor Swift's 1989 has captured a lot of people's attentions. Josh Tillman, otherwise known has Father John Misty has evidently posted and removed his own interpretation of Adams' interpretation of the work.

It's an amusing story, and very much in line with how things go in 2015, but what really surprised me was learning that '90s alternative rock band Toadies pretty much did the same thing to their own music. 

Left of the Dial #3 - Dungens and Darlingcide

Oct 2, 2015
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If you've ever taken a creative writing class you might have been advised to "kill your darlings," or simply put, remove whatever thing is your personal favorite as a way to strengthen the work as a whole. The Cambridge, MA band Darlingside have termed this particular kind of murder "darlingcide," though opted for the gentler feel of the letter 's'. I'll think you'll find with their breezy tunes that this suits them fine. 

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This week on the show we'll play Westkust, a band from Sweden who share members with Makthaverskan (which should be fun to say on the radio, some day). Both bands pay a wonderful tribute to the more aggressive side of shoegaze and '90s indie rock.  Check those bands out, plus other highlights from this week's show in the links below, and always listen to Left of the Dial, Friday nights from 9:00 to 11:00 and Saturdays from noon to 2:00 on KRCU! 

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I think the most difficult part about making a radio show is coming up with the name for it. After that, with a show like this one, you're basically finding music and sharing it until your time's up. When we launched The Elliot Potter Show in 2008 we wanted to name it something that was completely vague. There were so many hosts back then and we'd introduce ourselves as if we were filling in for Elliot.