Strange Currency

Monday - Saturday at 8pm

Strange Currency airs six nights a week on KMUW, bringing you new releases, old favorites and forgotten classics. We spotlight local and regional acts, including guests on Currency Exchange, our live in-the-studio program recorded at the KMUW studios.

Jedd Beaudoin invites you to listen 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday as he opens up his personal music vault and lets you in.

Once again, KMUW 89.1 FM and its music shows Global Village and Strange Currency are winners in the annual Public Radio Exchange (PRX) Zeitfunk Awards. KMUW was #1 in the category of Most Licensed Station.

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Tuesday, September 18

Released in 1997, Cornershop’s third album, When I Was Born For The 7th Time combined elements of Punjabi music, hip-hop and alternative rock. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as music from Richard Thompson’s 2015 release, Still.

Wednesday, September 19

We celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day with selections from Tom Waits, Clutch, Tempest and The Tallest Man On Earth.

Thursday, September 20

Young Sick Camellia is the new album from Alabama soul band St. Paul and The Broken Bones. We’ll hear selections that release on this episode as well as music from the 2005 self-titled debut from The Budos Band.

Friday, September 21

Listen for selections from Double Negative, the latest release from Low plus new music from Will Courtney’s Crazy Love.

Saturday, September 22

Love, Loss, and Auto-Tune is the latest from Swamp Dogg. We’ll hear selections from it as well as Paul McCartney’s latest, Egypt Station.

Monday, September 24

My Way is the latest release from Willie Nelson and is his tribute to the late Frank Sinatra. Listen for selections from it as well as from Lyle Lovett’s The Road To Ensenada.

And Nothing Hurt

Sep 7, 2018
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Monday, September 10

In 1971, Los Angeles’ Halfneslon released its first and only album. By the summer of 1972 the record, which was produced by Todd Rundgren, was re-released under a brand-new band name, Sparks. It would begin 40-plus-year career for the group whose solo original members remain brothers Ron and Russel Mael. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as from the collaborative release between Sparks and Scottish band Franz Ferdinand, FFS.

Tuesday, September 11

Rainier Fog is the latest album from Alice In Chains. It’s the band’s third with vocalist William DuVall and marks the first time in over 20 years that the group recorded an album in its hometown of Seattle, Washington. We’ll hear music from that release as well as selections from Richard Thompson’s 2007 disc, Sweet Warrior.

Wednesday, September 12

And Nothing Hurt is the eighth album from Spiritualized and the first from the project since 2012. Listen for music from that as well as from The Cure’s remix album, Mixed Up, which was reissued earlier this year in expanded form.

Thursday, September 13

We’ll hear music from Truth Has Legs, the latest by singer-songwriter Jenny Wood as well as selections from This Bluebird Wants Me Dead by Vehicles.

Friday, September 14

Kiss Yr Frenemies is the new release from Illuminati Hotties, the name under which musician Sarah Tudzin performs. We’ll hear music from that as well as selections from Ike Reilly’s Crooked Love effort.

Saturday, September 15

Released in 1981, Healing was Todd Rundgren’s exploration of spirituality and the human condition. We’ll hear selections from that album as well as from Mike Keneally’s Wooden Smoke.

Monday, September 17

Listen for selections from Fairport Convention’s 1968 self-titled debut album featuring guitar work from Richard Thompson and vocals from Judy Dyble. We’ll also hear music from Dyble’s latest, Earth Is Sleeping.

KMUW Music has been hard at work to bring you 5 hours of music on Labor Day, September 3. Tune in from 7 p.m. to midnight as Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train team up to celebrate with an evening of specials.

Saturday, September 1

We’ll preview our September featured artists Richard Thompson and Todd Rundgren.

Monday, September 3

We celebrate Labor Day with selections from Mick Jagger, Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, Bruce Springsteen and others. Plus birthday music for blues great Freddie King.

Tuesday, September 4

Released in 1996, You? Me? Us? found guitarist Richard Thompson working with the production team of Mitchell Froom and Tchad Blake, known for their experimental approach the Los Lobos albums Kiko and Colossal Head. Thompson’s double disc collection was split between an electric set and a largely acoustic affair featuring contributions from his son Teddy. We’ll hear music from You? Me? Us? plus Teddy Thompson’s country covers collection, Upfront and Down Low. We'll remember Conway Savage, keyboardist for Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, who died Sunday at age 58.

Wednesday, September 5

Captured over two nights in 1972, Led Zeppelin’s live recording How The West Was Won received its official release in 2003 after circulating as a bootleg for decades beforehand. The group reissued the album earlier this year. We’ll hear music from it as well as from the first ever official live recording from The Replacements, For Sale: Live At Maxwell’s 1986, released in 2017 and produced by the band’s biographer, Bob Mehr.

Thursday, September 6

Released in 1985, A Capella found veteran musician Todd Rundgren working solely with the human voice (along with some early samplers) on his first-ever album for the Warner Bros. imprint. We’ll hear music from that set on this episode plus from Petra Haden’s a capella re-creation of The Who’s The Who Sell Out.

Friday, September 7

It’s our New Month, New Music feature with selections from Paul McCartney’s latest, Egypt Station as well as songs from the new effort by Beanpole, the new project from Larry LaLonde and Les Claypool of Primus. The album is titled All My Kin.

Saturday, September 8

Though not warmly received upon its first issue in 1976, Led Zeppelin’s The Song Remains The Same has earned a solid critical reputation in subsequent decades. The legendary British group has recently re-released the album in celebration of its first gigs in late 1968. We’ll hear music from that set as well as from Richard Thompson’s 1000 Years of Popular Music.

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Tuesday, August 21

We remember soul, gospel and R&B legend Aretha Franklin, who passed away last week at the age of 76. We’ll hear music from throughout her career as well as selections from Mavis Staples, Bonnie Raitt, Dusty Springfield and Kira Small.

Wednesday, August 22

Listen for selections from Peter Wolf’s 2002 album Sleepless as well as music from Warren Zevon’s The Wind.

Thursday, August 23

Thank You For Today is the ninth album from Death Cab For Cutie and arrives 20 years after the band’s debut album, Something About Airplanes. We’ll hear music from that as well as from Neko Case’s latest, Hell-On.

Friday, August 24

Hawksamillion is the new release from Jody Seabody & The Whirls, listen for selections from that as well as Bee Thousand, the 1994 album from Ohio’s Guided By Voices.

Saturday, August 25

The Deep End is the new album from Kansas band Eighty Proof Engine, we’ll hear music from that as well as from John Prine’s self-titled debut album, notable for the inclusion of songs such as “Sam Stone” and “Angel From Montgomery.”

Monday, August 27

We’ll hear selections from the latest by Australia’s Bloods. Titled Feelings the music recalls the classic sounds of Sleater Kinney as well as contemporary acts such as Courtney Barnett and Soccer Mommy. Plus music from Robert Plant’s Now and Zen.

Tuesday, August 28

Banker’s Hill is the latest from acclaimed post-rock duo El Ten Eleven. Listen for selections from that as well as the Spirit of the Stairs release, Episodes.

Wednesday, August 29

Released in 2011 The Party Ain’t Over was the thirtieth studio album from rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson. Featuring contributions from members of My Morning Jacket, Afghan Whigs and produced by Jack White the collection finds Jackson covering songs by Bob Dylan, Amy Winehouse and Jimmie Rodgers. Listen for selections from that as well as from Bob Dylan’s 2006 effort, Modern Times.

Thursday, August 30

Listen for selections from Todd Snider’s Time As We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker plus music from Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute To The Songs Of Shel Silverstein.

Friday, August 31

We’ll hear music from Black Grapefruit’s latest, All My Relations as well as Alright, the 2018 album from singer-songwriter Jeffrey Gaines.

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Wednesday, August 15

Listen for selections from new and recent releases by Tami Neilson, Horne + Holt, The Magpie Salute and a re-recording of David Bowie’s “Zeroes.”

Thursday, August 16

Released in 1993, Frosting On The Beater was the third album from Seattle power pop outfit The Posies. We’ll hear music from that collection plus selections from Columbia: Live At Missouri University, the 1993 album from the reunited Memphis band Big Star. The group’s remaining members, Jody Stephens and Alex Chilton, recruited Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer of The Posies for what was thought to be a one-time reunion but lasted until Chilton’s death in 2010.

Friday, August 17

With their band Knest on a hiatus, guitarist Jonathan Horne and classically-trained cellist Randall Holt began experimenting with improvisational techniques. The result is Wires, their debut album, which explores the possibilities of both their respective instruments across a series of compositions that the pair see as tone poems. We’ll hear music from that release as well as selections from High And Lonesome With The Excuses, the new release from veteran singer-songwriter John Eberly and his band The Excuses.

Saturday, August 18

Listen for music from Led Zeppelin, Jeff Buckley with Gary Lucas and new music from Galen Ayers.

Monday, August 20

We celebrate the 70th birthday of vocalist Robert Plant with selections from his work with Led Zeppelin and as a solo artist. Plus music from Jimmy Page with The Black Crowes, Sam Phillips and Stone Temple Pilots.

Robert Plant turns 70 on Monday, August 20, and Global Village and Strange Currency are teaming up to celebrate. Tune in from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. for three hours of music from Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin and other Plant projects, and notable covers. 

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Thursday, August 9

Among The Ghosts is the new release from Memphis, Tennessee band Lucero. The record, which has been described as filled with “soulful rock and ragged country” is the band’s ninth. We’ll hear selections from it as well as music from the Grateful Dead’s Anthem of the Sun.

Friday, August 10

To The Sunset is the new release from singer-songwriter Amanda Shires. Featuring songs about working class families and matters of the heart. It also features contributions from Shires’ huband, Jason Isbell. We’ll hear selections from To The Sunset as well as Isbell’s Sirens of the Ditch.

Saturday, August 11

Live In Vienna captures legendary progressive rock band King Crimson live in concert in December 2016. Listen for music from that release as well as Daryl Hall’s Sacred Songs featuring contributions from Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp.

Monday, August 13

Dreamland, released in 2002, was Robert Plant’s seventh album and first after nearly a decade break from recording as a solo act. The covers-intensive record features songs originally recorded by Tim Buckley, Moby Grape and others. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as from Tim Buckley’s 1966 self-titled debut.

Tuesday, August 14

We celebrate the 67th birthday of former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap with selections from his work as a solo artist, as a member of The Replacements and with artists such as Curtiss A. Plus music from Hank Williams, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and more.

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Wednesday, August 1

After the death Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham in 1980, Robert Plant was initially unsure that he’d continue with a career in music. But by 1982 the singer had delivered his first solo album, Pictures At Eleven, featuring drumming work from both Phil Collins of Genesis and journeyman musician Cozy Powell. Although the LP would not rise to the commercial heights Plant had experienced with Led Zeppelin, it did set the tone for an enduring and adventurous career. We’ll hear selections from that recording on this episode plus music from On Stage, the 1977 album from Rainbow. That band was founded by former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and in the iteration heard on this recording featured keyboardist Tony Carey, drummer Cozy Powell and vocalist Ronnie James Dio as well as future Dio bassist Jimmy Bain.

Thursday, August 2

 Released in 1993, Frosting On The Beater was the third album from Seattle power pop outfit The Posies. We’ll hear music from that collection plus selections from Columbia: Live At Missouri University, the 1993 album from the reunited Memphis band Big Star. The group’s remaining members, Jody Stephens and Alex Chilton, recruited Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer of The Posies for what was thought to be a one-time reunion but lasted until Chilton’s death in 2010.

Friday, August 3

It’s our New Month, New Music feature. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s guitarist and composer Robert Poss was a member of Band of Susans, a group that combined elements of rock and experimental/orchestral music. Since then he’s continued to compose adventurous music, including pieces for dance ensembles. He’s collected a variety of those pieces on his new LP, Frozen Flowers Curse The Day. We’ll hear music from that as well as selections from Horne + Holt, the instrumental duo of experimental guitarist Jonathan F. Horne and classically-trained cellist Randall Holt. Plus new selections from Paul Collins, The Magpie Salute, Neko Case and more.

Saturday, August 4

Listen for music from Fox Confessor Brings The Flood, the 2006 release from singer-songwriter Neko Case plus selections from Robert Plant’s 1983 effort, The Principle of Moments.

Monday, August 6

Brief Sensuality and Western Violence is the latest in a series of reissues from former Melvins bassist Mark Deutrom. Initially issued in 2013, it is Deutrom’s fifth overall solo effort and arrives ahead of a brand-new record available later in 2018. We’ll hear selections from Brief Sensuality and Western Violence plus music from Crisis Casanova.

Tuesday, August 7

Wild! Wild! Wild! is the new release from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis, the younger sister of rock legend Jerry Lee Lewis. Listen for selections from it plus High Water I, the new studio release from The Magpie Salute, featuring Rich Robinson and Marc Ford formerly of The Black Crowes.

Wednesday, August 8

Lamp Lit Prose is the latest from The Dirty Projectors we’ll hear music from that release as well as from John Prine’s The Tree Of Forgiveness.

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Thursday, July 26

Monument is the new album from singer-songwriter Galen Ayers. Following the death of her father, Kevin Ayers (an original member of the progressive rock band Soft Machine), she retreated to Greek island of Hydra and began writing a series of songs that reflected her grief and her evolving sense of self. We’ll hear selections from Monument as well as material from her father’s final album, 2007’s Unfairground, which features contributions from cohorts such as Robert Wyatt and Phil Manzanera plus Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub and Julian Koster of Neutral Milk Hotel.

Friday, July 27

Listen for selections from Tin Machine II, the 1991 sophomore effort from the band Tin Machine featuring David Bowie, Reeves Gabrels as well as Hunt and Tony Sales. Plus music from A Night In Amnesia, a collaboration between Gabrels and fellow guitarist David Tronzo, who Gabrels once described as bridging the distance between Louisiana roots musician Sonny Landreth and avant garde player Sonny Sharock.

Saturday, July 28

We’ll hear music from Tim Buckley’s 1970 effort, Starsailor plus music from his son Jeff’s posthumous release Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk.

Monday, July 30

We’ll hear music from Randy Newman’s 1968 self-titled album plus selections from Eric Clapton’s 1983 effort Money and Cigarettes.

Tuesday, July 31

We’ll preview our August features, Neko Case and Robert Plant.

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