In this episode, Mikaela Mullaney Straus aka King Princess describes how listening to “Cosmic Dancer” by T. Rex as a kid made her feel seen. And she explores how anthemic rock bands, along with artists like Prince and Tina Turner helped her understand her gender and showed her how music could transport the listener to another place and time.
“It’s about throwing people into a world. It’s about putting people into something that’s like completely separate from reality.”
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Could it be that listening to Fats Domino’s “Blueberry Hill” at age 9 headed Temples’ James Bagshaw down a path that lead to recovering a lost PDA, school yard black market exchanges, revelations about the low fi aesthetic of the Strokes, a love of Frank Sinatra and a life of music? We’ll let you decide.
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This week we talk to two very different groups about partnerships and the inspirations that guide their voices. First we hear from El-P and Killer Mike from the hip hop collaboration known as Run the Jewels. The two rappers start out talking about early influences (Prince’s “Beautiful Ones” and Ice-T’s “6 In The Morning”) and end up expressing their love and respect for Southern Rock, The Clash, Outlaw Country and early hip hop and rap. Next, Sarah Castro and Matt Parmenter of the Austin-based Belcurve explain how their collaborations steer clear of the ordinary and how Kathleen Edwards, PJ Harvey and Tom Waits helped them create their shared musical vocabulary.
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Rick McNulty hosts Left of the Dial on Fridays, 7-11 pm. Follow him on Twitter @Rick_Daddy
In my one hundred years in radio, I’ve never seen the sort of support and love for one artist like I did with Prince the day after he died when I hosted Left of the Dial. This was especially heartwarming because his Purple Majesty is one of my all-time favorites.
Below is the playlist which is followed by a four-part stream of the tribute to Prince, broadcast on Friday, April 22, 2016. It will be posted for two weeks and then disappear into the ether, like so many other Prince compositions.
As for the playlist, I tried to find hidden gems or songs that nobody else was playing on the radio (note to KAZI: y’all did a great job over the weekend). In other cases I wanted to play different versions of songs we know and love. In any event, dig in. Prince was the greatest musician of our time — in his own words, there will never be another like him.