Sell Outs, Kin And The Tale Of How The West Was Won

Aug 29, 2018

Strange Currency features artist Richard Thompson

Saturday, September 1

We’ll preview our September featured artists Richard Thompson and Todd Rundgren.

Monday, September 3

We celebrate Labor Day with selections from Mick Jagger, Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, Bruce Springsteen and others. Plus birthday music for blues great Freddie King.

Richard Thompson's 'You? Me? Us?'
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Tuesday, September 4

Released in 1996, You? Me? Us? found guitarist Richard Thompson working with the production team of Mitchell Froom and Tchad Blake, known for their experimental approach the Los Lobos albums Kiko and Colossal Head. Thompson’s double disc collection was split between an electric set and a largely acoustic affair featuring contributions from his son Teddy. We’ll hear music from You? Me? Us? plus Teddy Thompson’s country covers collection, Upfront and Down Low. We'll remember Conway Savage, keyboardist for Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, who died Sunday at age 58.

Wednesday, September 5

Captured over two nights in 1972, Led Zeppelin’s live recording How The West Was Won received its official release in 2003 after circulating as a bootleg for decades beforehand. The group reissued the album earlier this year. We’ll hear music from it as well as from the first ever official live recording from The Replacements, For Sale: Live At Maxwell’s 1986, released in 2017 and produced by the band’s biographer, Bob Mehr.

Todd Rundgren's 'A Capella'
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Thursday, September 6

Released in 1985, A Capella found veteran musician Todd Rundgren working solely with the human voice (along with some early samplers) on his first-ever album for the Warner Bros. imprint. We’ll hear music from that set on this episode plus from Petra Haden’s a capella re-creation of The Who’s The Who Sell Out.

Friday, September 7

It’s our New Month, New Music feature with selections from Paul McCartney’s latest, Egypt Station as well as songs from the new effort by Beanpole, the new project from Larry LaLonde and Les Claypool of Primus. The album is titled All My Kin.

Led Zeppelin's 'The Song Remains the Same'
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Saturday, September 8

Though not warmly received upon its first issue in 1976, Led Zeppelin’s The Song Remains The Same has earned a solid critical reputation in subsequent decades. The legendary British group has recently re-released the album in celebration of its first gigs in late 1968. We’ll hear music from that set as well as from Richard Thompson’s 1000 Years of Popular Music.