Left of the Dial

Fridays at 9 p.m. and Saturdays at noon

Credit Jason Brown / KRCU

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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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. 

Jason Brown / KRCU

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! 

Jason Brown / KRCU

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.

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It's that crazy time of year when we put our Christmas lights up around the alphabet and then receive what music we’re to listen to as we acknowledge the glacial return of the sun. Christmas 2016 was properly lit and thus saved by a surprise mixtape from Chance the Rapper. It’s called Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama and the near cancellation of Christmas of 2017 was saved once again by an expanded version of said mixtape.