Strange Currency

Monday - Saturday at 8pm

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 Saturday as he opens up his personal music vault and lets you in.

Once again, KMUW 89.1 FM and its music shows Global Village and Strange Currency are winners in the annual Public Radio Exchange (PRX) Zeitfunk Awards. KMUW was #1 in the category of Most Licensed Station.

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KMUW Music is teaming up to celebrate the birthday of Bob Dylan on Thursday, May 24. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for five hours of Dylan and Dylan-inspired music.

KMUW Music is celebrating Taj Mahal's birthday on Thursday, May 17. Tune in to Global Village and Strange Currency from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. for three hours of music. 

KMUW Music is celebrating the birthday of Sun Ra on Tuesday, May 22.  Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for five hours of music.

Global Village marks the occasion with some pieces the (other) world musician did that were influenced by styles from other parts of the planet.

The feature continues on Strange Currency with selections from NRBQ, Yo La Tengo and others.

Night Train closes out the feature from 10:00 p.m. to midnight.

Tuesday, 15

We remember avant-garde composer and musician Glenn Branca, who died Monday at the age of 69. Branca’s work was highly influential on acts such as Sonic Youth, Helmet and countless others. We’ll hear music from his as well as several of his protégés. 

Wednesday, May 16

We celebrate the birthday of King Crimson founder Robert Fripp with music from his work with that band as well as with Blondie, Daryl Hall, and David Sylvian. 

Thursday, May 17

We celebrate the birthday of Taj Mahal, including music from his collaboration with Keb' Mo', TajMo. Plus selections from Jesse Ed Davis, Prince and others. 

Friday, May 18

Only In The Dark is the new release singer-songwriter Jesse Ainslie, known for his work with Phosphorescent. We’ll hear music from that recording plus selections from Late For The Sky, Jackson Browne’s 1974 LP.

Saturday, May 19

Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino is the first album in six years from Arctic Monkeys. Listen for music from that release as well as new songs from Ament, the project of Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament.

Monday, May 21

We’ll hear selections from Prince’s classic album 1999 as well as music from Andre Cymone’s A.C.

Tuesday, May 22

We celebrate the birthday of Sun Ra with selections from NRBQ, Yo La Tengo and others.

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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.

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Tuesday, May 1 

After more than a decade focusing on retro R&B sounds, the Austin, Texas band The Nightowls has decided to focus on the present. The group’s brand-new album, We Are The Nightowls, retains the band’s classic sensibilities while offering listeners something new. We’ll hear music from this release plus selections from Low Cut Connie’s Dirty Pictures, Part Two.

Wednesday, May 2

In The Rainbow Rain is the latest recording from Okkervil River, we’ll hear music from that release on this episode as well as music from the Icelandic band, Árstíðir (English translation: Seasons).

Thursday, May 3

 Released in 1975, Fish Out Of Water is the sole solo release from Yes co-founder Chris Squire. The album features guest appearances from Mel Collins (King Crimson) and Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson) and others. We’ll hear selections from it as well as music from the black watch.

Friday, May 4

It’s our New Month, New Music special with music from Willie Nelson, John Prine and more.

Saturday, May 5

 Released in 1985, Around The World In A Day was Prince and The Revolution’s follow up to the multi-million selling Purple Rain album. Featuring a turn toward the psychedelic, the record also features two songs co-written by Prince’s father, John L. Nelson. We’ll hear music from this release as well as selections from Ice Cream Castle, the 1984 effort from The Time.

Monday, May 7

 Listen for selections from The Fool, the 2018 EP from Crisis Casanova plus music Parade, the 1986 album from Prince which also served as the soundtrack to the film Under The Cherry Moon.

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Tuesday, April 24

Listen for selections from the new effort from Finer Spirit, Well As You Pretend plus selections from the latest by Me Like Bees.

Wednesday, April 25

Released at the end of 1977, Jackson Browne’s Running On Empty was an unusual recording: It featured brand-new material recorded in the live arena plus a smattering of coverings tracked either on Browne’s tour bus or in hotel rooms. The rough, experimental approach led to one of the singer-songwriter’s most beloved albums. We’ll hear music from it as well as selections from Silk Degrees, the 1976 effort from Boz Scaggs.

Thursday, April 26

We’ll hear music from The Cure’s 1989 album Disintegration plus music from The Church’s 1988 release, Starfish.

Friday, April 27

Resistance Is Futile is the latest album from Welsh band Manic Street Preachers. We’ll hear music from that recording as well as selections from Second Coming, the 1994 release by The Stone Roses.

Saturday, April 28

Locate S,1 is the new project from singer-songwriter Christina Schneider. Recorded with help from members of the Athens, Georgia band, Of Montreal, the project appeals to a broad range of musical sensibilities while losing none of Schneider’s sense of adventure. Listen to music from that recording as well as selections from Of Montreal’s 2007 disc, Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

Monday, April 30

Listen for music from Exitmusic’s The Recognitions and the latest by Eels, The Deconstruction.

When Steve Barton moved to Portland, Oregon a few years ago, he found himself removed from the California music scene which he’d been part of decades. That didn’t bother him. Instead, he set about making one of his most ambitious records, Tall Tales And Alibis. It’s a three-album set that sets three distinct moods. In some instances it would be appropriate to call such a work “sprawling” but, despite its length and sheer volume of material, Tall Tales And Alibis is tightly woven and, in its way, succinct collection that speaks to Barton’s emotional and musical range.

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Tuesday, April 17

Listen for music from The J. Geils Band’s Live: Blow Your Face Out plus David Bowie’s The Man Who Sold The World.

Wednesday, April 18

Juliana Hatfield returns with a tribute to Olivia Newton-John, titled Julianna Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John. We’ll hear selections from this collection as well as Hatfield’s collaboration with former Replacements’ guitarist/vocalist Paul Westerberg, The I Don’t Cares and the album Wild Stab.

Thursday, April 19

Sagas is the latest release from Spirit of the Stairs. Listen for music from this recording as well as selections from Team Tremolo’s 2017 debut.

Friday, April 20

One Stop is the latest release from Kansas singer-songwriter Shane Marler. We’ll hear music from it as well as from Bob Marley and The Wailers’ Uprising.

Saturday, April 21

We celebrate the birthday of The Cure’s Robert Smith with selections from his work with that band plus Siouxsie and The Banshees, The Glove, Earl Slick and more. Plus: Music from Manic Street Preachers, Mogwai, Placebo, The Twilight Sad and David Bowie.

Monday, April 23

We celebrate the birthday of William Shakespeare with selections from Dire Straits, The Smiths and others. 

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Wednesday, April 11

We’ll hear selections from Heathen, the 2002 release from David Bowie. The album reunited the late musician with longtime producer Tony Visconti, who oversaw many of his classic recordings. Also listen for music from Terminal Jive, the 1980 release by Sparks.

Thursday, April 12

We celebrate Day of Human Space Flight with selections from Devo, William Shatner, David Bowie, Muse and Hawkwind.

Friday, April 13

We mark Friday The 13th with selections from the Jeff Beck Group, Albert King, The Cure and more.

Saturday, April 14

Volunteer is the latest release from Old Crow Medicine Show. We’ll hear music from that as well as selections from Richmond Fontaine’s Don’t Skip Out On Me.

Monday, April 16

After the breakup of the Stray Cats, the band’s rhythm section, Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker recruited former David Bowie guitarist Earl Slick for a new project. Named Phantom, Rocker & Slick, the trio recorded two full-length albums between 1985 and 1986 before disbanding. We’ll hear from the first of those, 1985’s self-titled which features Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones on one track. Also listen for music from Adrian Belew’s 1983 effort, Twang Bar King.