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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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, January 21. Global Village, Strange Currency, Night Train and Soulsations are celebrating the life of the civil rights icon with music features leading up to and on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

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Friday, January 18

It Won/t Be Like This All the Time is the fifth album from Scottish rock band The Twilight Sad and the group’s first without founding member and drummer Mark Devine. We’ll hear selections from that release on this episode as well as music from MariaElena’s Hollow Bones.

Saturday, January 19

Listen for some of the best local and regional releases of 2018 with music from Stand Still by Sunshine Dreamers and Melter from Helen Kelter Skelter.

Monday, January 21

 We mark Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday with selections from Jackson Browne, Marvin Gaye and more.

Tuesday, January 22

We’ll look back on some of the best music-themed books of 2018 with selections from MC5, Wilco, and Guided By Voices.

Wednesday, January 23

Weird is the latest release from singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield. Listen for music from that release as well as Hatfield’s former band, Blake Babies.

Thursday, January 24

We look back at some of the best reissues of 2018 with music from Soul Asylum, Fastball, and The Beatles.

Friday, January 25

Listen for selections from Goes West, the new release from William Tyler as well music from Phosphorescent’s 2018 effort, C’est la vie.

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Thursday, January 10

Inspired by singer-songwriters such as James Taylor and John Mayer, Neal Morse’s Life & Times touches on a variety of lyrical topics from a veteran’s suicide (“He Died At Home”) to time spent with loved ones (“Livin’ Lightly”). We’ll hear selections from that release as well as music from Joe Satriani’s What Happens Next.

Friday, January 11

Listen for music from Kamasi Washington’s Heaven and Earth as well as David Lord’s Forest Standards Vol.1.

Saturday, January 12

Released in 1987 David Bowie’s Never Let Me Down was revamped in 2018 with help from former collaborators including David Torn and Reeves Gabrels. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as from Prince’s Piano and A Microphone 1983.

Monday, January 14

We’ll hear selections from Shane Marler’s 2018 LP One Stop plus music by Gooding from Building The Sun.

Tuesday, January 15

Listen for music from Lake Street Dive’s Free Yourself Up as well as Brian Belknap’s In Lieu Of Flowers.

Wednesday, January 16

We’ll feature music from David Crosby’s 2018 set Here If You Listen plus Inara George’s Dearest Everybody.

Thursday, January 17

Listen for selections from Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy’s Gnosis as well as Pretend Friend’s 2018 self-titled release.

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Tuesday, January 1

We begin our Best of 2018 feature with selections from Low Cut Connie’s Dirty Pictures Pt.2 as well as from Jesse Ainslie’s Only In The Dark.

Wednesday, January 2

 We celebrate National Science Fiction Day with selections from David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Thomas Dolby, Radiohead and more.

Thursday, January 3

Listen for selections from Paul Gilbert’s Behold Electric Guitar and Rachel Eckroth’s When It Falls.

Friday, January 4

It’s our New Month, New Music feature. We’ll hear selections from new and upcoming releases by Mark Deutrom, The Flesh Eaters and Pedro The Lion.

Saturday, January 5

We remember some of the musicians who passed in 2018 with selections from Aretha Franklin, The Buzzcocks and The Cranberries.

Monday, January 7

Listen for selections from our local/regional Best of 2018 list with Jenny Wood, David Lord, Maria Elena and more.

Tuesday, January 8

Recorded over a handful of days late in the summer of 2017 The Eclipse Sessions is the latest effort from acclaimed singer-songwriter John Hiatt. We’ll hear music from that recording as well as songs from Rainier Fog, the latest by Alice In Chains.

Wednesday, January 9

We’ll hear music from Spain’s 2018 release, Mandala Brush plus music from J Mascis’ Elastic Days.

In addition to the best music of the year, Jedd Beaudoin also selects the best music book of the year. Here are his selections for 2018:

Strange Currency--hosted by Jedd Beaudoin--airs six nights a week from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. on KMUW, bringing you new releases, old favorites and forgotten classics. 

In addition to his overall "Best of 2018" list, Jedd offers several "best of" categories this year, including reissues, local/regional releases, and EPs.

  Strange Currency: Best of 2018

Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin, Carla Eckels, Chris Heim, and Bill Pearce run down the best in music for 2018 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, rockumentaries and books about music.

KMUW Music marks the first day of winter on Friday, December 21. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Crossroads from 7:00 p.m. to midnight to celebrate the new season.

Global Village kicks off the celebration starting at 7:00 p.m. Artists featured include Leonard Cohen, Gil Scott-Heron, Boys of the Lough, Bebel Gilberto, ErsatzMusika, Loreena McKennitt, Esquivel and more.

The winter solstice celebration continues on Strange Currency with seasonal selections from 8 to 10 p.m.

Join Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7 p.m. to midnight on Christmas Eve, December 24, and on Christmas night, December 25, for 5 hours of holiday music both nights.

Monday, December 24

Global Village features seasonal favorites done world music style and holiday songs from various corners of the globe. Highlights include the salsa Christmas classic Asalto Navideño, a favorite from Louis Armstrong, a tiny Nutcracker from the Modern Mandolin Quartet, a holiday favorite done punk-polka style by Brave Combo, and songs of the season from the Caribbean and New Orleans.

Strange Currency keeps the special feature going with music from Sufjan Stevens, Lyle Lovett, U2 and more.

Night Train closes out the evening with two Joy to the World holiday specials for this Christmas Eve. The shows feature Bob Thompson and his band in concert with a special guest vocalist. In hour one we’ll hear a Kansas City born, Columbus based singer who appeared with Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Mann, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Columbus Symphony and more. In hour two, Tom Lellis is the special guest.

Tuesday, December 25

The celebration continues for a second night, starting on Global Village. Highlights include some of Grant Green’s “Favorite Things,” a trenchant holiday original from Pumpkin Head Ted, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones with Tuvan throat singers with an inventive take on a holiday favorite, a gypsy jazz celebration from the Gypsy Hombres, some Caribbean seasonal favorites, a South African reinterpretation of a holiday classic, and music from A Nomad Christmas.

Strange Currency has even more holiday music, this time from Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon and Adrian Belew.

Night Train wraps up the holiday celebration with a live performance from Memphis Ukulele Band featuring songs from their new holiday album, Holidays Ain’t the Same, in hour one. Then in hour two it’s a Canadian Brass holiday special, as this eclectic and accomplished quintet present a jazzy set of seasonal favorites.

Saturday, December 15

Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash is the 1981 debut album from The Replacements. The Minneapolis, Minnesota quartet had already garnered a reputation for breathtaking live shows while blending pop sensibilities with punk aggression. The record features several staples from the band’s career, including the observation on romance across class lines (“Customer”), teen angst (“Shiftless When Idle,” “I Hate Music”) and the outfit’s urban roots (“Raised in the City”). We’ll hear selections from that recording as well as music from former Replacement Tommy Stinson’s 2011 solo release, One Man Mutiny.

Monday, December 17

We celebrate the birthday of R.E.M’s Mike Mills with selections from his work with that group as well as appearances with The Baseball Project, Warren Zevon and Smashing Pumpkins. We’ll also mark the birthday of Bob Stinson, guitarist for the The Replacements, born on this day in 1959 and passing in 1995.

Tuesday, December 18

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards turns 75 on this day. We’ll mark the occasion with songs from his work with that band as well as some of his notable guest appearances as well as solo recordings such as Talk Is Cheap.

Wednesday, December 19

Released in 1997, Time Out Of Mind was hailed by many as Bob Dylan’s return to form. Collaborating with producer Daniel Lanois, Dylan recorded a number of darkly atmospheric songs including “Standing In The Doorway,” “Not Dark Yet” and “Cold Iron Bounds.” We’ll hear selections from this release as well as music from Paul McCartney’s Kisses on the Bottom, a collection of jazz and pop standards.  

Thursday, December 20

We celebrate the birthday of bassist Mike Watt with music from his work with Firehose and the Minutemen as well as from across his solo career. Plus more birthday music from Billy Bragg and Mike Keneally.

Friday, December 21

We mark the birthday of Frank Zappa with selections from some of his favorite performers, including Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Johnny “Guitar” Watson and more. We'll also celebrate the first day of winter with selections from Freedy Johnston, Joni Mitchell and more. 

Saturday, December 22

Musician Richey Edwards was born on this day in 1967. He gained notoriety as a member of the Welsh band Manic Street Preachers in the 1990s. His playing prompted one colleague to comment that Edwards “couldn’t play guitar in the way that a blind man can’t see.” He disappeared in February 1995 just as he was to leave for a promotional tour of the United States and declared “presumed dead” in 2008. We’ll hear selections from his work with Manic Street Preachers and hear selections from his contemporaries in bands such as Pulp and Blur.

Monday, December 24

 Listen to holiday music from Sufjan Stevens, Lyle Lovett, U2 and more.

Tuesday, December 25

We have more holiday music, this time from Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon and Adrian Belew.

Wednesday, December 26

Released in 2005, Paul McCartney’s Chaos and Creation In The Backyard marked his first release in roughly 20 years that did not carry a production credit from him. Instead, he turned to longtime Radiohead and Beck collaborator Nigel Godrich. Much of the album features McCartney on all instruments and is considered one of his best recordings in the 2000s. Listen for music from that release as well as selections from Bob Dylan’s 1992 release, Good as I Been To You.

Thursday, December 27

 Listen for music from Paul McCartney’s 2013 album, NEW as well as selections from Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline.

Friday, December 28

We hear some covers of classic Paul McCartney compositions as well as some of the former Beatles’ most notable appearances with other artists.

Saturday, December 29

Released in 1980, McCartney II wasn’t only Paul McCartney’s second solo effort, it was also his first solo record in a decade, issued roughly one year before the end of his band Wings. We’ll hear music from this recording as well as selections from Bob Dylan’s Oh Mercy.

Monday, December 31

We mark the birthday of Replacements co-founder Paul Westerberg, born 1959 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We’ll hear his work with that band, from his solo output and covers of several of his best-known songs. Plus music from Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan.