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.
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.
Har Mar Superstar is making many year-end lists with 'Bye Bye 17.' But what has Sean Tillman, the man behind the Har Mar persona, been listening to this year? Find out in another installment of Theft of the Dial.
He may say he doesn't want to talk about his music, but Josh Tillman (a.k.a Father John Misty) has strong feelings about the music he listens to in his free time. The eclectic singer-songwriter draws his inspiration from a varity of music genres and he played us some of his current favorite songs.
Aisha Tyler is your best friend. Or at least you want her to be. She has great taste in everything, and she's incredibly talented, too. Not only is Tyler an established director, actor, comedian and TV host, she also has an enormously successful podcast and a great music collection... so it's no big surprise that she excels at being a Theft of the Dial guest on The Current.
Before playing a show with Joe Purdy at The Cedar, singer-songwriter Billy Bragg stopped by The Current studios to play a few of his favorite tracks and to chat with host Jill Riley of The Current's Morning Show about skiffle, Americana music and waving the flag for today's artists.