Left of the Dial

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It's the stuff of legend. Malibu, California, 1976, Neil Young sits down with a guitar and records an album’s worth of material, largely unheard until now. Hitchhiker contains a lot of songs that have since been released with a full band arrangement, but this unearthed audio document offers those songs at their intimate core, and provides insight into Young’s songwriting process. 

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This week on the show I've got new music from Benjamin Clementine. He’s a London musician who comes from a sheltered Catholic upbringing, was once homeless on the streets of Paris, and is now a Mercury prize holder. His latest album is titled I Tell A Fly. It was recorded in Damon Albarn’s studio, on the heels of Clementine's appearance on the latest Gorillaz album. 

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You might recall from a few weeks back that we shared highlights from this year's Newport Folk Festival, thanks to NPR Music. There were way too many performances to share in a single program (and indeed there are enough for a third!) so we're getting our folk on again this week with a couple of headliner performances. We'll hear from Wilco, and John Prine, who closed out the weekend and had an all-star cast of musicians join him on stage, including Justin Vernon, Jim James, and Margo Price. It's still summer, the radio is BYOB, and these tunes are great, so enjoy!

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This week we're playing the music of Vagabon, which is the moniker of Lætitia Tamko. Tamko uploaded some songs to bandcamp not expecting much, got invited to play a famous underground music venue in New York, and realized while there that a musician didn’t have to be perfect be successful.

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This week on the show we're featuring sets recorded at the 2017 Newport Folk Festival, thanks to NPR Music. Named as a folk music festival its focus is certainly on the broad spectrum of the genre, but has also come to embrace all kinds of bands and musicians. In 1965 the festival was the event that Bob Dylan famously went electric at, provoking much controversy but undoubtedly leaving a mark both on the festival and on folk music. 

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