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A Pink Moon, A Man Alive And Catnip Dynamite

Tuesday, May 8

Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. first came to national attention as part of the band Jellyfish in the early 1990s. Since then, he’s become an integral member of Beck’s band and has recorded and performed with acts such as The Moog Cookbook, Imperial Drag and as a solo artist. Later this month, Manning will reissue his first two solo albums as well as release a new EP. We’ll hear selections from Manning’s 2009 album Catnip Dynamite on this episode as well as selections from his work with Jellyfish.

Wednesday, May 9

Don’t Be Afraid is the new release from singer-songwriter Chris Stills. We’ll hear music from that recording on this episode of Strange Currency as well as music from his father, Stephen Stills, and the 1975 album Stills.

Thursday, May 10

A Man Alive is the 2016 album from Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Inspired by songwriter Thao Nguyen’s estrangement from her father and exploration of family secrets, the album received universal critical acclaim upon its release. We’ll hear selections from this recording as well as music from Nick Drake’s Pink Moon.

Friday, May 11

Listen for selections from Roger Joseph Manning Jr.’s 2006 release Land of Pure Imagination as well as music from Queen’s soundtrack to the 1980 film Flash Gordon. We'll also remember Scott Hutchison of the Scottish band Frightened Rabbit, who was found dead on Thursday after having disappeared earlier in the week.

Saturday, May 12

We’ll celebrate the birthday of Stevie Wonder with selections from throughout his career.

Monday, May 14

Listen for selections from Neil Young’s Roxy: Tonight’s The Night Live which captures Young and his band performing material that would form the nucleus of his classic 1975 release, Tonight’s The Night. We’ll also hear music from Black Music For White People, the 1991 LP from Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.