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 we're featuring something truly interesting and unusual. Dr. Demento is a radio personality who got started at the underground freeform station KPPC in Pasadena, CA. A colleague referred to the jockey as “demented” for playing "Transfusion" by Nervous Norvus on the air and the name stuck. His show was known for playing novelty comedy records and he's famous for introducing his audience to a young “Weird Al” Yankovic. A new album, Dr.

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This week we'll hear new music from The Prids. Originally from Saint Joseph, MO and based out of Portland, Oregon since 1999, the band are set to release their fourth album after a harrowing setback. Just before recording Do I Look Like I’m In Love? Singer and bass player Mistina La Fave was hospitalized for suffering a brain hemorrhage. She’s well now and that album is finally seeing its release. 

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This week we hear from the Algerian Tuareg rock band Imarhan. We’ll also hear from Panduranga Henderson, who put out spiritual music under the tutelage of Alice Coltrane, plus new music from Wild Child, Dream Wife and more. 

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This week there are some more non-traditional holiday songs to feature, including one from the Seattle indie rock trio Dude York with a song about that awkward moment when you run into your ex during the holidays. 

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Holiday songs are beginning to trickle in and it's not all so bad. Case in point are a couple of new recordings featured on Amazon Music's "Indie for the Holidays" playlist. Charly Bliss takes on the Mariah Carey staple "All I Want for Christmas is You," and singer Eva Grace Hendricks sounds like she means it. Best Coast offer a breezy rendition of the Beach Boys "Little Saint Nick," and Kelly Hogan touches on the more melancholy moods of the holiday with a rendition of George Morgan's "Blue Snowfall."