Strange Currency

Weekdays 8-10pm, Saturdays 7-9pm

Strange Currency airs six nights a week on KMUW, bringing you new releases, old favorites and forgotten classics. We spotlight local and regional acts, including guests on Currency Exchange, our live in-the-studio program recorded at the KMUW studios.

Jedd Beaudoin invites you to listen 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:00 to 9:00 on Saturday as he opens up his personal music vault and lets you in.

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Monday, May 3

Pawn Shop Queen is the new release from Kansas-raised and Los Angeles-based musician Katie Jo. We’ll hear music from that record on this episode of the show as well as selections from Cool Dry Place, the latest from Katy Kirby.

Tuesday, May 4

’Til We Meet Again is the first-ever live release from Norah Jones and features favorites from her discography as well as a rendition of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.” We’ll hear music from that recording as well as songs from Low Cut Connie, Mia Doi Todd and others.

Wednesday, May 5

Listen for selections from Mia Doi Todd’s latest, Music Life plus selections from Alfa Mist, Green-House and others.

Thursday, May 6

We mark World Accordion Day with music from Talking Heads, Paul Simon, Los Lobos and, of course, Those Darn Accordions.

Friday, May 7

It’s Our New Month, New Music Feature with selections from Peter Frampton Forgets The Words, Oliver Wood and the late Gary Moore.

Saturday, May 8

We mark the birthday of jazz great Keith Jarrett with music from throughout his career, including collaborations with Charlie Haden, Charles Lloyd and many more.

Courtesy Erased Taped

Monday, April 26

Released in 2019, All Encores is a compilation of three EPs that pianist and composer Nils Frahm had issued across the previous year. We’ll hear selections from that effort as well as music from the 1969 self-titled release from Kansas-born composer and experimental musician, Moondog.

Tuesday, April 27

We’ll hear music from Universal Beings, the 2018 release from Chicago-based musician Makaya McCraven. The record includes guest appearances from bassist Dezron Douglas and harpist Brandee Younger. In 2020, Younger and Douglas released the album Force Majeure, recorded during live sessions from their New York apartment. Listen for music from that as well.
 

Wednesday, April 28

Cool Dry Place is the latest from Nashville-based singer-songwriter Katy Kirby. We’ll hear music from that effort as well as from Lael Neale’s Acquainted With Night.


Thursday, April 29

We celebrate the birthday of Willie Nelson with music from throughout his career, including collaborations with Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Asleep At The Wheel, and more.
 

Friday, April 30

We mark International Jazz Day and close out our April features, Jeff Parker and George Benson. Listen for music from Joe Henderson, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Charles Rumback, and Wes Montgomery

Saturday, May 1

We’ll hear from May featured artists Kishi Bashi and Mia Doi Todd as well as new music from Sufjan Stevens, Six Organs of Admittance and from Todd Snider’s latest, First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder.

Move Your Hand

Apr 19, 2021
Courtesy 4AD

Monday, April 19

Listen for selections from Dr. Lonnie Smith’s Move Your Hand, plus music from Jimmy McGriff, Grant Green and others.

Tuesday, April 20

We’ll hear music from Jeff Parker’s The New Breed as well as selections from George Benson’s Guitar Man LP.

Wednesday, April 21

sketchy. is the new release from tUnE-yArDs. We’ll hear music from that effort as well as selections from Mia Doi Todd’s Music Life. 

Thursday, April 22

We’ll hear selections from Live!, the newly-reissued 1980 concert set from Fleetwood Mac as well as music from Peter Frampton, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, and George Benson.

Friday, April 23

Tina is the new documentary film from directors Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin. It examines Tina Turner’s life and career, including the unlikely success of her 1984 album Private Dancer, which catapulted her to superstar status in both the U.S. and Europe. We’ll hear music from that release as well as selections from George Benson, Nina Simone, and Jeff Parker.

Saturday, April 24

Emigrant is the new EP from Kishi Bashi, listen for music from that release as well as selections from Dawes, DL Rossi, and Hiss Golden Messenger.

Courtesy Colemine Records

Monday, April 12

We mark the birthday of musician Herbie Hancock with work from his solo career as well as some of his work with artists such as George Benson, Quincy Jones and Chaka Khan.

Tuesday, April 13

We’ll hear music from George Benson’s The Other Side of Abbey Road on which he recorded his version of classics from the landmark Beatles album Abbey Road. Plus music from David Bowie, A.J. Croce and others.

Wednesday, April 14

Listen for selections from Sarah Neufeld (The Arcade Fire)’s upcoming release Detritus and Jeremy Cunningham’s The Weather Up There, featuring guitarist Jeff Parker.

Thursday, April 15

We’ll hear music from I Told You So, the latest from the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio as well as selections from The George Benson Quartet’s The George Benson Cookbook.

Friday, April 16

We’ll hear music from All In My Mind, from Dr. Lonnie Smith, featuring guest vocal appearances from Iggy Pop, plus a selection from Wilco guitarist Nels Cline’s acclaimed LP Lovers.
 

Saturday, April 17

Leftover Feelings is the new release from John Hiatt and Jerry Douglas. Listen for music from that effort as well as selections from the Athens, Georgia-based cosmic country outfit The Pink Stones.

Courtesy International Anthem

Monday, April 5

Known for his work with the band Tortoise and as a key figure in Chicago’s underground music, Jeff Park has released a number of albums under his own name, including 2016’s acclaimed The New Breed. We’ll hear selections from that release on this episode of the show as well as music from the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, George Benson, and Booker T. Jones.

Tuesday, April 6

Listen for selections from Long Violent History, the latest from Tyler Childers as well as music from These 13, the recent effort from Jimbo Mathus and Andrew Bird.

Wednesday, April 7

We’ll hear selections Little Oblivions, the latest from Julien Baker as well as singles from Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Bill Callahan with various guests.

  Thursday, April 8

We celebrate the birthday of guitarist Steve Howe. Howe, who joined the English band Yes in time for their 1971 release, The Yes Album, went on major chart success not only with that band but with the group Asia in the 1980s. We’ll hear music from both those bands as well as selections from Howe’s solo work, including his 2017 LP Nexus, recorded with his late son, Virgil Howe, and released shortly after the younger Howe’s death at age 41.

Friday, April 9

Released in 1973, multi-instrumentalist Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells became one of the most popular albums of the 1970s. Since its initial release, Oldfield has recorded no fewer than four additional albums in the Tubular Bells series, including a 2003 re-recording of the original LP. We’ll hear music from that 2003 version on this episode of the show as well as selections from George Benson’s Guitar Man.

Saturday, April 10

Listen for music from Cassandra Jenkins’ An Overview On Phenomenal Nature as well as well as music from Katy Kirby’s recent Cool Dry Place.

No Foolin'

Mar 29, 2021
Courtesy Howlin Wuelf

Monday, March 29

Listen for new music from Steve Almaas, AJ Croce, and Willie Nelson.

Tuesday, March 30

Listen for featured music from Lake Street Dive and Valerie June as well as new songs from St. Vincent, Cassandra Jenkins, and more.

Wednesday, March 31

We close out our March featured artists Valerie June and Lake Street Dive.

Thursday, April 1

We mark April Fool’s Day with selections from Inara George, The Winery Dogs, The Beatles and much more.

Friday, April 2

It’s Our New Month, New Music feature with selections from Todd Snider, Cassandra Jenkins, and Peter Case.

Saturday, April 3

We’ll hear music from Jeff Parker’s 2020 album Suite For Max Brown, plus new music from Lake Street Dive, Valerie June and Smith/Kotzen, the new project featuring Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith and fellow guitarist/songwriter Richie Kotzen.

Courtesy Thirty Tigers

Monday, March 22

These 13 is the new collaboration from Jimbo Mathus and Andrew Bird and marks the pair’s first sustained collaboration since Bedlam Ballroom, the 2000 album from Squirrel Nut Zippers, the swing and jazz band that Mathus co-founded in 1993 and which had a major hit in 1996 with the tune “Hell.” We’ll hear music from These 13 as well as selections from Obviously, the latest by Lake Street Dive.

Tuesday, March 23

First released in 1979, Quiet Life was the third album from the British art pop band Japan. The record has just been reissued in deluxe form and we’ll hear some selections from it on this episode of the show as well as music from The Weather Station, John Hiatt with Jerry Douglas and from featured artists Lake Street Dive and Valerie June.

Wednesday, March 24

Listen for music from That’s Life, the latest by Willie Nelson, and By Request from AJ Croce.

  Thursday, March 25

Steve Almaas made a name for himself in the Minneapolis music scene of the 1970s with the punk band Suicide Commandos. He later formed the New York City-based country rock band Beat Rodeo and is back with the country and Americana-inflected LP Everywhere You’ve Been. We’ll hear music from that release on this episodes as well as selections from Kingdom In My Mind, the latest from The Wood Brothers.

Friday, March 26

We’ll hear music from The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers, the latest from Valerie June as well as music from Petra Haden’s Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out, her 2005 a capella cover of the The Who’s classic 1967 release The Who Sell Out.

  Saturday, March 27

We’ll hear music from Peter Frampton’s upcoming release, Peter Frampton Forgets The Words, featuring instrumental versions of songs by Radiohead, George Harrison and others. Plus: New music from Guided By Voices, Valerie June, The Hold Steady, and Mogwai.

Courtesy Yep Roc

Monday, March 15

We mark the Ides of March with selections from The O’Jays, LCD Soundsystem, Living Colour and Bob Dylan.

Tuesday, March 16

Dave Alvin is known for his work as a member of the Los Angeles band The Blasters as well as stints in groups such as X and The Knitters. Additionally, Alvin has released albums under his own name since 1987. His latest is From An Old Guitar: Rare and Unreleased Recordings. We’ll hear selections from that on this episode of the show as well as music from Obviously, the latest from Lake Street Dive.

Wednesday, March 17

We celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with music from U2, Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy and others.

Thursday, March 18

Listen for music from the upcoming album from Guided By Voices, Earth Man Blues as well as new singles from Bright Eyes, Sarah Watkins, and Kishi Bashi.

Friday, March 19

An Overview of Phenomenal Nature is the new release by musician Cassandra Jenkins. We’ll hear music from that as well as selections from Cool Dry Place by Katy Kirby.

Saturday, March 20

We mark the first day of Spring with music from Hot Chip, The Beatles, Talking Heads and more.

Album Cover Art Courtesy Pretend Friend

Monday, March 8:

We mark International Women’s Day with selections from Lake Street Dive, Valerie June, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down as well as Yola, Nona Hendryx and others.

Tuesday, March 9:

We’ll hear music from My Getaway, the 2020 album from Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations as well as selections from Pretend Friend & Friends, the 2020 live release from Wichita’s Pretend Friend.

Wednesday, March 10:

Featuring music originally recorded for the 1983 film, For All Mankind, Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks is a collaboration between Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois and Eno’s brother, Roger. We’ll hear music from that release as well as from Brian Eno’s 1975 collaboration with King Crimson’s Robert Fripp, Evening Star.

Thursday, March 11:

Open Door Policy is the latest from The Hold Steady. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as some recent singles from Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Bill Callahan, including covers of songs from Silver Jews and Air Supply.

Friday, March 12:

Listen for music from I Told You So, the latest from the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, as well as selections from The Band’s newly-reissued Stage Fright.

Saturday, March 13:

In late 1990 Neil Young and Crazy Horse performed a show at a small venue in Santa Cruz, California as they geared up for a tour in support of their then-current album, Ragged Glory. That tour yielded two classic live recordings from Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Arc and Weld. The Santa Cruz date was left unreleased until now, when it emerged as the album Way Down In The Rust Bucket. We’ll hear music from that recording as well as selections from the upcoming reissue of Fleetwood Mac’s 1980 effort, Live!

Courtesy American Recordings

Monday, March 1

We’ll hear music from the 30th anniversary edition of Shake Your Moneymaker, the debut album from The Black Crowes as well as selections from The Lumineers, Steve Earle, and more.

Tuesday, March 2

First released in 1970, Stage Fright was the third LP from The Band. The record has just been reissued in expanded form, including a live show from The Royal Albert Hall, recorded at the time of the record’s release. We’ll hear music from the new anniversary edition of Stage Fright as well as music from the upcoming reissue of Fleetwood Mac’s 1980 live record, titled Live.

Wednesday, March 3

Listen for selections from the Delvon Lamarr Orgon Trio’s latest, I Told You So.

Thursday, March 4

We'll hear music from Tripping With Nils Frahm, a recent live release from the German composer as well as music from Tune-Yards, Lake Street Dive, and more.

Friday, March 5

It’s our New Month, New Music feature with selections from the latest by Peter Case, Unwed Sailor, and from reissues by The Black Crowes and The Band.

Saturday, March 6

We’ll hear selections from George Benson’s 1978 LP Weekend In L.A. as well as music from the Delvon Lamarr Organ trio’s Live At KEXP!

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