Every once in a while, The Current has the opportunity to bring in someone who we admire and respect enough to hand over control of the airwaves to them. Welcome to Theft of the Dial -- where you get to hear some of your (and our) heroes take over 89.3 The Current, play some of the music they love, and talk about why they chose it.
Hot Chip has stopped by The Current's studio to play some of their own music, but when they played the First Avenue mainroom last week in support of their latest Why Make Sense?, we instead asked them to take over our airwaves and to play songs by some of their favorite artists.
While Tame Impala were in town to play First Avenue, frontman Kevin Parker and Jay Watson stopped by The Current's studios to record a Theft of the Dial featuring their favorite tracks by other artists.
When they were in town to play a show at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, Britt Daniel and Rob Pope of Austin, Texas, band Spoon stopped in to The Current's studios to record a Theft of the Dial with host Jill Riley.
It's Pride Weekend! Dan Savage of the It Gets Better Project had a radio show on what is now KEXP from 1994-1997, so when he came to our studios, the political activist dug up his radio roots and gave us a taste of his music mind for a Theft of the Dial.
Music journalist Jim DeRogatis is no stranger to listeners of the Current: he's co-host of Sound Opinions, which airs on our station every Sunday night from 8:00 to 9:00. He visited our studios in April to meet with our Local Current college contributors, and while he was here he took a few minutes to talk with Barb Abney about his mentor Lester Bangs, the R. Kelly story that landed him in court, and the song that most reminds him of his time living in Minneapolis.