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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There's this promo CD, from Air France, titled In The Air, and I guess Air France is just a really hip airline as it's one of the most well-crafted mixtapes I've ever heard. It's an unbelievably chill mix of downtempo electronic music, wistful acoustic tunes, and songs that reside happily within both of those spots.

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Naming your electronic group The Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society (DDAS) is a bit like naming your thrash-metal band "Metallica Rules," but it does let listeners know what to expect from you. DDAS is the duo of Garry Hughes and Harvey Jones, two electronic music composers who bonded quickly with one another over their shared affection for Derbyshire, herself a composer and a member of the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop during the 1960's. DDAS' debut album plays like a pristine snapshot of '70s-era electronic music, capturing the playfulness and experimentation of the era. 

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You know what they say, comedy is tragedy plus 6 minutes of Father John Misty singing about it. 

Pure Comedy is the name of Father John Misty's forthcoming album, due out on April 7th. He's also released this short film that previews some of the other tracks to be on it. 

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This week we're playing new music from Emel Mathlouthi. In 2008 her music was banned in her native Tunisia and she has since lived in Paris and New York City. In fact, during the Tunisian Revolution of 2011 her song "Kelmti Horra" became known as the anthem for the Arab Spring. Her new album is titled Ensen, which means “human,” this song is called “Ensen Dhaif (Ensen),”which means “human, helpless human.”