Strange Currency

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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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KMUW Music is celebrating International Day of Human Space Flight, marking the first human flight in outer space by Yuri Gagarin in 1961. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, April 12 for five hours of space-inspired music.

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Monday, April 2

Released in 1974, David Live spotlights David Bowie’s studio album from the same year, Diamond Dogs and features guitar work from longtime Bowie collaborator Earl Slick. We’ll hear music from this recording plus selections from Slick’s work with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Tuesday, April 3

We celebrate the birthday of musician Richard Thompson with selections from his time with Fairport Convention with a variety of other musical projects. Plus: We’ll hear covers of his songs from Los Lobos, Loudon Wainwright III, Bob Mould and others.

Wednesday, April 4

Canadian band Sloan has been making music since 1991 with little commercial success in the United States despite being an early and consistent favorite among critics. The band has just released the album 12, which celebrates the band’s history and its unique place as a veteran act which features all original members. Listen for selections from 12 on this episode plus music from Low Cut Connie’s Dirty Pictures, Pt.1.

Thursday, April 5

Plucked from Frank Zappa’s touring band by David Bowie in the late 1970s, guitarist Adrian Belew collaborated with the British musician on two releases from the era, the live Stage release as well as the studio creation Lodger. We’ll hear music from both those releases on this episode of Strange Currency plus music from across Belew’s career.

Friday, April 6

It’s our New Month, New Music feature with selections from The Sword, Trampled By Turtles and more.

Saturday, April 7

Listen for music from rock2 the latest by The Dean Ween Group. We’ll also hear selections from the band Ween’s 2003 release Quebec.

Monday, April 9

Released in 1993, Black Tie White Noise was David Bowie’s first solo album in six years. The record temporarily reunited him with guitarist Mick Ronson (on one track) and features appearances from frequent collaborators such as Nile Rodgers, Mike Garson and Reeves Gabrels. We’ll hear music from this album plus selections from Ronson’s 1974 disc Play Don’t Worry.

Tuesday, April 10

Released in 1983, Let’s Dance would become David Bowie’s biggest selling album and spawn three hit singles. The album is also notable for featuring the playing of guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. Bowie had met the Texas guitarist a year earlier and invited him to participate on the album. Though there were plans for the two to work extensively together throughout 1983, those plans never materialized. We’ll hear selections from Let’s Dance on this episode plus music from Vaughan’s 1983 debut with his own band, Double Trouble, Texas Flood.

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Wednesday, March 21

We’ll hear music from the Jimmie Vaughan Trio’s latest release, Live at C-Boy’s plus selections from the Edgar Winter Group’s 1972 LP They Only Come Out At Night.

Thursday, March 22

How To Solve Our Human Problems is the latest release by Scotland’s Belle and Sebastian. Listen for selections from it on this episode of the show as well as music from The Twilight Sad’s No One Can Ever Know, released in 2012.

Friday, March 23

Sunday Morning Coming Down is the 2012 release from Minneapolis’ The New Standards, featuring jazz-inspired covers of songs from the Arcade Fire, The Beatles and Talking Heads, among others. We’ll hear songs from that release plus music from the Bad Plus’ 2016 effort It’s Hard.

Saturday, March 24

Everybody’s Insecure is the latest release from Elk City. We’ll hear songs from that record as well as from Space Flyer, the 1994 effort from Melting Hopefuls.

Monday, March 26

Condition Blue is the 1991 effort from Britain’s The Jazz Butcher, we’ll hear music from that collection on this episode as well as songs from Kirsty MacColl’s Electric Landlady.

Tuesday, March 27

Space Gun is the latest release from Dayton, Ohio’s Guided By Voices. We’ll hear music from it as well as songs from Doolittle, the 1989 effort from the Pixies.

Wednesday, March 28

Hymns of the 49th Parallel is k.d. lang’s 2004 tribute to Canadian singer-songwriters and features material written by Leonard Cohen and Neil Young. We’ll hear music from that release as well as selections from Lucinda Williams’ 2017 remake of her Sweet Old World LP.

Thursday, March 29

Listen for selections from Ride Again, the 2015 release from Cherokee Maidens & Sycamore Swing plus music from Asleep At The Wheel.

Friday, March 30

I’ll Be Your Girl is the latest effort from The Decemberists, listen for selections from that release on this episode plus music from Andrew W.K.’s You’re Not Alone.

Saturday, March 31

 Listen for selections from David Bowie’s 1997 release, Earthling plus music from former Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson’s 1994 set, Heaven and Hull, featuring guest appearances from Bowie, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Mott The Hoople’s Ian Hunter and John Mellencamp.

KMUW Music marks the First Day of Spring with five hours of music. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday, March 20 for songs of the season.

Tune in from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 as Global Village and Strange Currency team up for an Ides of March music special.

Global Village gets the special underway with music from Italy – including a project reimagining the music of Ancient Rome, leading traditional and neo-traditional groups including Officina Zoe, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, and Banda Ionica, and the great Italian new folk accordionist, Riccardo Tesi with his Banditaliana group and as part of a world accordion group, Samurai Accordion, from their new release Te.

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Monday, March 12

We’ll hear selections from Lake Street Dive’s 2014 release Bad Self Portraits plus music from the latest by Kansas singer-songwriter Maria Elena.

Tuesday, March 13

KMUW Music is teaming up to celebrate International Women's Day with five hours of music from women artists. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight on March 8. In honor of Women's History Month, KMUW Music is also featuring women artists throughout March.

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Thursday, March 1

Released in 1996, 12 Golden Country Greats was the fifth album from the band Ween. Featuring musicians from Nashville’s famed studio scene as well as the group’s irreverent sense of humor, the record is among the most notable of Ween efforts. Listen for selections from 12 Golden Country Greats on this episode as well as music from the album’s producer, Ben Vaughn and his 1995 album, Instrumental Stylings.

Friday, March 2

 It’s our New Month, New Music show with selections from Yo La Tengo, Willie Nelson, John Prine and Monophonics.

Saturday, March 3

All Nerve is the brand-new release from storied ‘90s alternative act The Breeders. The album features the same lineup as the quartet’s 1993 classic, Last Splash, the first time that configuration has issued a new album in than 25 years. We’ll hear selections from All Nerve plus music from Rilo Kiley’s 2007 LP Under the Blacklight.

Monday, March 5

Released in 1988, Daydream Nation was Sonic Youth’s fifth album and the group’s final for an independent label. Featuring songs such as “Teenage Riot” and “Silver Rocket,” it is considered among the band’s best releases. Listen for selections from it on this episode of Strange Currency as well as music from All Hail West Texas, the 2002 release from The Mountain Goats.

Tuesday, March 6

Listen for selections from There’s A Riot Going On, the 2018 release from Yo La Tengo as well as selections from Dearest Everybody, the latest from singer-songwriter Inara George.

Wednesday, March 7

We’ll hear selections from Lisa Ronson’s Emperors of Medieval Japan plus music from the 2009 tribute to folk artist Odetta, Beautiful Stars.

Thursday, March 8

We team with Global Village and Night Train to celebrate International Women’s Day with music from Petra Haden, Liz Phair, Joni Mitchell, Rilo Kiley and many more.

Friday, March 9

We’ll hear music from Wild Planet, the 1980 release from Athens, Georgia band the B-52’s plus music from Yoko Ono’s Aproximately Infinite Universe.

Saturday, March 10

Fruit at the Bottom is the 1989 sophomore release from longtime Prince collaborators Wendy & Lisa. Listen for selections from that effort on this episode, plus music from Bonnie Raitt’s 1973 album, Takin’ My Time.

Courtesy, Ben Vaughn

First released in 1995, Instrumental Stylings became musician Ben Vaughn’s ticket to a new life. Having spent much of the 1980s touring and recording with the Ben Vaughn Combo, the New Jersey-reared artist made an instrumental-driven record that covered a variety of musical settings and highlighted his particular brand of humor. Not long after he’d completed work on the project, he moved to Los Angeles and found himself composing for a number of television and film projects over the course of the next decade-plus, including 3rd Rock From The Sun, That ‘70s Show and Men Behaving Badly.

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Tuesday, February 20

Listen to selections from Jethro Tull’s 1970 album, Benefit, the band’s third overall album and the predecessor to the group’s million selling record Aqualung. Plus music from Tull frontman Ian Anderson’s 1983 release Walk Into Light.

Wednesday, February 21

Mirrors is the new release from San Francisco psychedelic soul band Monophonics. We’ll hear selections from it as well as music from the latest by Orgone.

Thursday, February 22

Listen for music from Split Lip Rayfield’s Should Have Seen It Coming and Kirk Rundstrom’s Imperfect Spirals.

Friday, February 23

Little Dark Age is the new release from MGMT. We’ll hear music from it as well as the latest from Ezra Furman, Transangelic Exodus.

Saturday, February 24

Released in 1980, End of the Century paired seminal punk rock band the Ramones with classic pop producer Phil Spector. The sessions were notoriously tumultuous and the resulting music divided fans and the band alike. We’ll hear selections from that release plus music from The Method To Our Madness, the 1984 release from Lords of the New Church.

Monday, February 26

Listen for selections from former Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks as well as guitarist Jeff Beck.

Tuesday, February 27

Listen for music from the latest release by Dashboard Confessional, Crooked Shadows as well as from Apple, 1990 debut from Mother Love Bone, the band featuring future Pearl Jam members Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard.

Wednesday, February 28

We’ll hear music from Van Halen’s 1982 album Diver Down and Ry Cooder’s 1978 album Jazz.

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