Thursday, March 21
The Dark and The Light is the latest release from Chicago-born singer-songwriter Shawn James. We’ll hear selections from it on this episode of Strange Currency as well as music from Luther Dickinson & Sisters of the Strawberry Moon’s Solstice. Dickinson, perhaps best known for his work with the Black Crowes and as a member of The North Mississippi Allstars (with his brother Cody), assembled a number of singer-songwriters he respected for this recording, including Birds of Chicago and Amy Helm.
Friday, March 22
Following the dissolution of the “classic” lineup of Guided By Voices in the late 1990s, founding member Robert Pollard recruited the Cleveland, Ohio band Cobra Verde to support him on the album that would become Mag Earwhig! We’ll hear selections from that effort as well as music from Cobra Verde’s Egomania, released the same year.
Saturday, March 23
We’ll hear from Bossanova, the 1990 effort from the Pixies as well as Alien Lanes, the 1995 set from Guided By Voices. Former bassist James Greer once quipped that the record cost, less beer, “about ten dollars” to make.
Monday, March 25
Listen for music from Gallipoli, the latest by Beirut, as well as music from Sea Wolf’s 2007 effort, Leaves in the River.
Tuesday, March 26
Suitcase is a series of boxed sets released by the Ohio band Guided By Voices between 2000 and 2015. Featuring songs not included in the group’s main discography (and reportedly culled from a literal suitcase filled with tapes), the project spotlights various corners of GBV’s nature, including its forays into lo-fi and whimsical pieces such as “Little Jimmy The Giant.” We’ll hear pieces from the Suitcase sets as well as music from Robert Pollard’s 1999 effort, Kid Marine.
Wednesday, March 27
The Dark and The Light is the latest release from Chicago-born singer-songwriter Shawn James. We’ll hear selections from that effort as well as music from Mike Keneally’s Wooden Smoke.
Thursday, March 28
Although he never broke through to major chart success, Tommy Keene, who died in 2017 at the age of 59, remained one of the best songwriters of his generation. We’ll music from his acclaimed 1986 record, Songs from the Film as well as from his 2006 collaboration with Robert Pollard of Guided By Voices as The Keene Brothers, Blues and Boogie Shoes.
Friday, March 29
Listen for music from Split Lip Rayfield’s I’ll Be Around as well as selections from the 2019 archival release from Townes Van Zandt, Sky Blue.
Saturday, March 30
We’ll preview our April featured artists, Richard Thompson and Robin Trower. We’ll hear from the former’s 1000 Years Of Popular Music as well as the latter’s classic Bridge Of Sighs release.