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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This week on Left of the Dial, KRCU’s independent music program, we hear from Khruangbin, a Houston trio who are influenced by the sounds of ‘60’s-era Thai funk music. Plus new music from Neko Case, and Kamasi Washington composes a jazz tune about what the video game Street Fighter means to him. 

This week we hear new music from Nightmares on Wax. That’s the moniker of DJ and electronic music producer George Evelyn. Nightmares on Wax was among the very first artists to be signed to the massively influential electronic label Warp Records and Shape the Future is his 8th album.

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This week on Left of the Dial, KRCU’s independent music program, we hear the latest hook-filled offering from indie rock band Speedy Ortiz, new music from Stephen Malkmus that features Kim Gordon on vocals, and a recently unearthed performance of one of Prince’s most famous songs. 

This week we feature new music from Kamasi Washington. The saxophonist and composer has appeared on albums from Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar. His past compositions include a nearly three-hour long piece titled The Epic. His latest album is merely two discs worth of material, and its titled Heaven and Earth, and it explores the duality between looking outward and looking in.

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