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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Halloween is coming right up so obviously we've got to break out the weirder tracks in the music library. Some songs are blatantly about Halloween, such as my favorite song of the holiday, The Postmarks whispery cover of the Ministry song "Every Day is Halloween." Others broadly mention ghosts, witches, or in the case of Joy Division's "Atmosphere," simply sound like a misty cemetery scene. 

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The Friday before Back to the Future Day the band YACHT released an album titled I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler. Not that these things are related, but it does make one think how great a working hover board would be right now. 

This week we're also playing music from the Olympia, WA band Gun Outfit. 

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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.