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March Goes Beyond 'Indie' With Beck, of Montreal

Monday, March 3: Blank Project is the latest release by Swedish-born singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry and her first album in 18 years. Cherry has said that the album is in part a mourning of her mother, who died in 2009. The singer is perhaps best known for her 1989 dance hit “Buffalo Stance.” We’ll hear from that record plus selections from featured artist Beck’s latest album, Morning Phase, his first album since 2008 and a record he has called a companion piece to his somber 2002 album Sea Change.

Tuesday, March 4: Divisionary is the new release by Portland, Oregon’s Ages and Ages, the record is a meditation on family, friendship, and loss, among other topics. Main songwriter Tim Perry spent ten days on a silent meditation retreat, formulating the direction of Divisonary, and his calm, centered vision is at the core of the music. The Family Crest is a California-based musical collective that was formed by musician Liam McCormick. McCormick and a few close friends have assembled hundreds of musicians and non-musicians for this project and have just released the album Beneath The Brine, a record that ranges from “dark, classical romanticism” to sounds that recall the music of the 1920s. We’ll hear from both these releases on this episode of Strange Currency as well as featured music from both of Montreal and Beck.

Wednesday, March 5: Listen for selections from featured act of Montreal’s 2004 indie rock classic Satanic Panic In The Attic. Like the band’s 2005 LP Sunlandic Twins, Satanic Panic was written and almost entirely performed by bandleader Kevin Barnes. We’ll hear from that release as well as from Overstep, the new album by Phish bassist Mike Gordon.

Thursday, March 6: We’ll hear selections from The Make Out King and Other Stories of Love, the latest album the Houston, Texas band The Tontons, as well as selections from featured artist Beck’s 2002 album, Sea Change.

Friday, March 7: It’s our New Month, New Music feature with selections from St. Vincent, Dawn Landis, Beck, Lydia Loveless, Mike Gordon, and Vehicles.

Saturday, March 8: Mice In The Kitchen is the latest release from the El Paso, Texas band Desert Noises. The songs on the record are thematically linked by stories of breaking away from friends and family as the band members try to pursue their musical dreams. Listen for selections from that record plus songs from singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless, who has just issued her latest recording, Somewhere Else, a record that sees her delivering another in a line of recordings that have inspired some to call her the most promising voice in Americana music today.