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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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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j. carl brown / KRCU

j. carl brown / KRCU

It's membership week here at KRCU so I am once again featuring the most fun type of song to listen to: the cover. It's like almost recognizing something. We’ll hear songs by Leonard Cohen, Pulp, Madonna, Nada Surf, Jimmy Hendrix and more as performed by The Last Shadow Puppets, Jeff Rosenstock, Deerhoof, Jack Bruce and more. 

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When metal songs are about playing metal as one's destiny: 

Left of the Dial airs Friday nights from 9-11 and Saturdays from noon-2 on KRCU.