Theft of the Dial®

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.

Theft of the Dial: Cake


Cake was in town for a very special "Evening With Cake" a couple of weeks ago. John McCrae and Xan McCurdy took the time to drop by before the show for some chat and to play DJs.

Theft of the Dial: Chuck Klosterman


Before we handed the airwaves over to Chuck, we spoke about his recent hiring at ESPN, his forthcoming book and former Guns 'n Roses axeman, Slash (with uproarious results).

Theft of the Dial: Patton Oswalt


Patton Oswalt might have missed his calling. Okay, he didn't really - if we had been denied his unbelievably hilarious, smart, biting comedy, it'd be a shame. But when he does his old-style "laid-back public radio announcer voice," you will bust a gut laughing at how on-the-money he is. Plus, he has a genuinely awesome taste in music - this despite his own "horrible tastes" he had growing up in suburban Virginia, "going to see Genesis play stadium shows."

Theft of the Dial: Girl Talk


Gregg Gillis is one of the nicest tissue engineers you could ever meet. He also knows how to make 30 songs blend together in a way that not only takes the originals to a whole new place, but also makes you want to dance all night long.

Theft of the Dial: The Decemberists


Being a host at The Current, we often have to tackle many tasks at once. Listen to all the new music, scope out the local music scene, check out the facebooks and twitter world, edit and produce. But the Theft of the Dial with Chris Funk and John Moen of The Decemberists allowed me to add something else to my resume, barista.

Theft of the Dial: Alan Sparwawk (Of Low and Retribution Gospel Choir)


Alan Sparhawk is now a member of two bands from MN. Most recently, he's been known for his work in Retribution Gospel Choir, who played Rock The Garden this summer. But he's perhaps still best known for Low, the quintessential slowcore band from Duluth that he forned in '93 with his wife Mimi. They've put out a dozen releases, and they recorded a new one over this summer that will be out in the spring of 2011.

Theft of the Dial: Mumford and Sons


On October 29, before heading to First Ave to play their sold out show, members of Mumford and Sons stopped by The Current studios to take over our airwaves for another edition of Theft of the Dial.

Theft of the Dial: Trampled by Turtles


Lead singer of Trampled by Turtles Dave Simonett stopped by to take over The Current airwaves for a Theft of the Dial session. Dave sat down with David Campbell and shared a few of his favorite songs from some of the most influential artists in his life. Check out Dave and the rest of Trampled by Turtles at First Avenue on January 14 and 15, 2011.

Theft of the Dial: James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem


IF someone asked me; "What would be your perfect way to spend a grey October Saturday afternoon, right now?" I'd say... "Having James Murphy of LCD come over, hang out and spin some of his fave tunes". Bingo! It happened!!