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, 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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Wednesday, July 18

Science Fiction is the solo debut album from Tom Bailey, known for his work throughout the 1980s with The Thompson Twins, a band that scored Top 40 hits with songs such as “Doctor! Doctor!” “Hold Me Now” and “King For A Day.” We’ll hear selections from that release as well as music from the 1985 Thompson Twins set, Here’s To Future Days.

Thursday, July 19

Released in 1978, Real Life is the debut album from the band Magazine, led by former Buzzcocks member Howard Devoto. The record is frequently viewed as one of the first in the British postpunk movement. We’ll hear music from it as well as selections from Wire’s 1977 set Pink Flag.

Friday, July 20

Released in 1984 The Flat Earth is the sophomore release from British musician Thomas Dolby. We’ll hear selections from it as well as Mental Notes, the 1975 debut album from New Zealand’s Split Enz.

Saturday, July 21

SASSAFRASS! is the latest release from Canadian-born singer-songwriter Tami Neilson. Since relocating to New Zealand roughly a decade ago, Neilson has moved beyond her Americana roots to cover a distinct range of styles many of which can be heard on this new effort which tackles a number of important social and emotional issues in its lyrics. Listen for music from this recording plus songs from the latest by Cowboy Junkies.

Monday, July 23

Listen for selections from Jon Regen’s Stop Time LP, featuring Davey Faragher and Pete Thomas of Elvis Costello and The Imposters as well as John Hiatt’s mid-1990s release Walk On.

Tuesday, July 24

Listen for selections from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon as well as music from Jethro Tull.

Wednesday, July 25

Listen for music from Sufjan Stevens’ 2003 release, Michigan as well as from Cat Stevens’ Tea For The Tillerman.

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Willis Alan Ramsey has, to date, released one album. Issued on Shelter Records in 1972, his self-titled debut remains a high water mark in the pantheon of American singer-songwriter albums. The 11 songs that comprise the record speak volumes about the artist's maturity and breadth of musical and lyrical interests.

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Wednesday, July 11

Released in 1982, Hot Space was a marked departure for British band Queen. The record was heavily influenced by the dance music that vocalist Freddie Mercury was hearing at nightclubs in New York City and muted some of the band’s signature guitar and vocal harmonies in favor of something more urban and contemporary. We’ll hear music from Hot Space as well as selections from July featured artists Low Cut Connie and Lake Street Dive.

Thursday, July 12

 Listen for music from Queen’s 1977 effort, News Of The World.

Friday, July 13

Backroads and Abandoned Motels is the latest LP from The Jayhawks and is largely comprised of songs that the band’s Gary Louris co-wrote with other artists, including a handful of tunes composed with the Dixie Chicks. We’ll hear selections from that as well as music from Ray Davies’ Our Country: Americana Act II featuring The Jayhawks as his backing band.

Saturday, July 14

 Listen for music from Heaven and Earth, the latest by Kamasi Washington as well as selections from Gnosis, the new release by Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy.

Monday, July 16

Issued in 1996, Made To Be Broken is the sophomore release from Soul Asylum. The record bridges the distance between the band’s origins as a punk rock outfit (its original name was Loud Fast Rules) and the melodic rock band it would become. We’ll hear music from Made To Be Broken as well as selections from The Jayhawks’ Tomorrow The Green Grass.

Tuesday, July 17

 Listen for music from Act Like You Know from King James and The Special Men as well as selections from Hawk’s Bomb Pop.

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Tuesday, July 3

Best known for his work with technical heavy metal acts such as Dysrhythmia and Gorguts, guitarist Kevin Hufnagel has just issued the album Messages To The Past, a collection of meditative guitar instrumentals featuring only guitar. We’ll hear music from that recording plus Hufnagel’s work with the project Byla on the 2007 release Viscera featuring former Swans vocalist Jarboe.

Wednesday, July 4

We celebrate Independence Day with selections from X, Yes, Kansas and more.

Thursday, July 5

Look Together is the new release from Wild Moccasins. Listen for music from that effort as well as from the latest by Let’s Eat Grandma.

Friday, July 6

It’s our New Month, New Music feature with songs from the latest by Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy, Gnosis as well as selections from Kamasi Washington’s Heaven and Earth.

Saturday, July 7

Released in 1982, Songs of the Free is the third LP from British postpunk band Gang Of Four. We’ll hear songs from that release as well as from the Cocteau Twins’ effort from the same year, Garlands.

Monday, July 9

Blue Bell Knoll is the 1988 release from Scotland’s Cocteau Twins. Listen for music from that recording as well as from Thomas Dolby’s 1982 record, The Golden Age of Wireless.

Tuesday, July 10

Released in 1983, Points On A Curve introduced Wang Chung to the world via the hit “Dance Hall Days.” We’ll hear selections from that release as well as The Hurting, the 1983 disc from Tears For Fears.

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