shows // Left Of The Dial
'It was like being on an old John Peel show. Like, one of the ones where he'd play the record at the wrong speed, but it was alright, 'cause he meant well.' - Sean Cumming, frontman, John Knox Sex Club
Back for a third year, Left Of The Dial takes its cue from the Replacements' paen to college radio of the same name, paying no heed to such trifles as genre, era or trendiness in its determination to bring the most eclectic tuneage into your beautiful hovel.
Think of each episode as a mix-tape from a nerdy but well-meaning muso friend, tracks chosen and sequenced to reveal connections even he never previously realised existed. From Arab Strap to Silver Jews, Big Star to Black Star, Vivian Girls to Beastie Boys, Wu-Tang Clan to Sly & The Family Stone, The Byrds to The Bees - if it moves, grooves or improves, and it absolutely, without doubt isn't prog, it gets in.
Also getting in, live and in person: any willing and able bands, raconteurs and polymaths, whose number in the first two years included Admiral Fallow, Rodge Glass, John Knox Sex Club, Dirty Keys, Three Blocks From The Wake, French Wives, United Fruit and Popolo.
Intimidatingly pop-culture literate. Charmingly bumbling. Willing to learn from past mistakes. LOTD: gonna party like it's your birthday and everyone forgot.
end of the century
This week: it's the last show of the broadcast year, and what better way to finish than with the 100th episode? Yes, for a full 100 hours (and then some) over the past nearly-three years, Left Of The Dial has tantalised your eardrums with its own unique mix of cross-genre pollination and beardy intellectualising, and this week is no exception, with tracks from established show favourites Arab Strap, Yo La Tengo and Kanye West sitting side by side with stuff from Silver Apples, Liquid Liquid, Thundercat and Amerie. There will also probably be at least one word of four or more syllables.
Posted at 06:05, 5th June 2011
he looks so truthful - is this how he feels?
This week: there's no completing the jigsaw puzzle that is Bob Dylan (especially since he seems to keep changing the picture), so consider this our attempt to at least get the corners in place. As one of the most important artists of the 20th century in any medium turns 70, we go a little deeper than "Like A Rolling Stone" to try to piece together how one man has made it his life's work to fully embody every aspect of the old, weird America in music and lyrics. On air at 2pm, on listen again thereafter.
Posted at 00:56, 29th May 2011
who needs to think when your feet just go?
This week: Ever get the urge to crash that fucking airplane that that [so and so] B.O.B. is in? To stab Bruno Mars in his goddamn oesophagus? To not stop until the cops come in? Well, worry not, because we've got some Tyler, The Creator on the go, as well as Buck 65, Kanye, Jay-Z, The Roots and more. You should maybe still try to find a therapist who's fuckin' awesome with listenin', though.
Posted at 16:29, 22nd May 2011
alone again or
This week: what happens when a band goes its separate ways but the music keeps a-comin' from one or more members, featuring tracks from Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat, Morrissey, Lou Reed, Lauryn Hill and both halves of OutKast, and a #1 Record from John Lennon.
Posted at 20:43, 15th May 2011
or rather, life had me
This week: new stuff from Beastie Boys and Fleet Foxes, old stuff from Galaxie 500 and Funkadelic, free stuff from Big K.R.I.T., Curren$y & Alchemist and The Twilight Sad (should have said - to get that free EP, you've to become a fan on Facebook, and the link's on their page) and a #1 Record from R.E.M.
Posted at 16:30, 8th May 2011