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Strange Currency: Best of 2014

Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin, Chris Heim, Carla Eckels and Bill Pearce run down the best in music for 2014 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, rockumentaries and books about music.

Join KMUW's music hosts throughout January on Global Village, Strange Currency, Night Train, Crossroads, Soulsations and Straight No Chaser for a month-long feature of the Best of 2014. See individual show pages for more information on upcoming shows and to listen to past shows through the streaming archive.

Strange Currency

  1. Fantastic Guitars—Reeves Gabrels/Bill Nelson
  2. Metamodern Sounds in Country Music—Sturgill Simpson
  3. lullaby and …  The Ceaseless Roar—Robert Plant
  4. Holy Ghost—Marc Ford
  5. Family—Thompson
  6. The Lights From The Chemical Plant—Robert Ellis
  7. Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014—Wilco
  8. Red Metal—Oil Boom
  9. Benji—Sun Kil Moon
  10. Nikki Nack—Tuneyards
  11. English Oceans—Drive-By Truckers
  12. Given—Kevin Lee Florence
  13. Common Ground—Dave Alvin/Phil Alvin
  14. St. Vincent—St. Vincent
  15. Man Upstairs—Robyn Hitchcock
  16. Stay Gold—First Aid Kit
  17. Dogs In The Daylight—Jeffrey Martin
  18. Before Machines—Anna Tivel
  19. Tell ‘Em I’m Gone—Yusuf/Cat Stevens
  20. The Basement Tapes Complete—Bob Dylan/The Band
  21. Rock & Roll Time—Jerry Lee Lewis
  22. Plain Spoken—John Mellencamp
  23. Avonmore—Bryan Ferry
  24. Terms of My Surrender—John Hiatt
  25. Monster Movie—The Rainmakers

Local/regional releases  

  1. This Bluebird Wants Me Dead—Vehicles
  2. Where The Woodbine Twineth—Elliot Road
  3. Brook Blanche—Brook Blanche
  4. Mathmagicians—Japanese Game Show
  5. Postboy—Postboy
  6. The Mischief Makers—The Mischief Makers
  7. Wow—The Wonder Revolution
  8. The Trail of Your Blood In The Snow—Deathblack Flowers
  9. A Descent Into the Brain of the Black Mass—The Remaining Insect
  10. Soleb Theory—Soleb Theory


Music DVDs:

  1. Looking For Johnny
  2. Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All
  3. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (Reissue)
  4. Super Duper Alice Cooper
  5. The Past Is A Grotesque Animal

Jedd Beaudoin is host/producer of the nationally syndicated program Strange Currency. He has also served as an arts reporter, a producer of A Musical Life and a founding member of the KMUW Movie Club. As a music journalist, his work has appeared in Pop Matters, Vox, No Depression and Keyboard Magazine.