Left of the Dial

Fridays at 9 p.m. and Saturdays at noon

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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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We're wrapping up another year which means it's time to share our favorite music from 2015. This year Zarah Laurence, who is managing editor at the Southeast Arrow, has joined us to talk about the music she was most excited about this year. She also writes about music for the Arrow's blog called StompBox. Astute KRCU listeners may recognize her voice from her time as a reporter intern for the station. 

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You can hear Left of the Dial Friday nights from 9:00 to 11:00, and Saturdays from noon to 2:00 on KRCU.

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If you're like me, you saw that someone slowed down the music of The Chipmunks and immediately thought that your imagination of what that would sound like was sufficient, and then didn't bother listening to it. I relented when a friend sent me the link to it, and I was blown away.

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This week's show kicks off with the music of Onward Chariots, a project of Ben Morrs, who is also a web developer and is working on a musical adaptation of the children's book series Angelina Ballerina

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.