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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Tuesday, October 16

Serving as the soundtrack to the new documentary about Joan Jett, Bad Reputation, the film’s soundtrack arrives with a new song from Jett and her band the Blackhearts as well as guest appearances from members of the Sex Pistols, Bikini Kill and a new cover of The Replacements’ classic “Androgynous” featuring Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! and Miley Cyrus. Listen for selections from that release as well as new music from Cursive’s first album in six years, Vitriola.

Wednesday, October 17

Fair Enough is the latest from Seattle Band Minus The Bear. The EP maintains the group’s trademark use of electronics and futuristic sounds and recalls some of the band’s earliest work. We’ll hear selections from it as well as from Tokyo Police Club, TPC.

Thursday, October 18

C'est La Vie is the first album from Phosphorescent in five years and highlights the experiences of founding member Matthew Houck in that time, which included leaving New York City for Nashville, becoming a father and nearly dying from a life-threatening illness. We’ll hear music from that effort as well as song from Different Windows, the new effort from Smokey Delights.

Friday, October 19

Years In The Making is a new collection from singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III featuring previously unheard studio material, live radio performances and demo recordings. Listen for selections from that release as well as music from Rachel Eckroth’s When It Falls.

Saturday, October 20

Loving The Alien (1983-1988) is a new boxed set from David Bowie which spans from re-emergence into the pop world with 1983’s Let’s Dance and also includes a new production of his 1987 effort Never Let Me Down featuring longtime collaborators such as Reeves Gabrels (guitar) and Sterling Campbell (drums). We’ll hear music from across that box on this episode as well as selections from Wanderer, the latest by Cat Power.

Monday, October 22

Listen for selections from Poor Until Payday, the latest by The Reverent Peyton’s Big Damn Band as well as selections from Iron and Wine’s new EP, Weed Garden.

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Tuesday, October 9

Well Kept Thing is the latest release from post-rock outfit Foxhole. Twelve years in the making, this new effort chronicles changes in the members’ lives as they grew into their adults selves and became as a coffee shop owner, a farmer and commercial fisherman, a creative director, an admission to MIT’s Media Lab. Listen for music from that release as well songs from the band Sonna.

Wednesday, October 10

Released in 2002, Fashionably Late was Linda Thompson’s first solo recording in 17 years. Aided by her son Teddy and a host of other players, the record returned the English vocalist to the spotlight. We’ll hear music from that effort as well as from Plays Well With Others, a new boxed set chronicling Phil Collins’ time as a guest musician and producer with a range of artists including John Martyn, Robert Plant, David Crosby and Brand X.

Thursday, October 11

Pour Down Like Silver was the fourth album from Richard and Linda Thompson, recorded not long after the couple had adopted the Sufi faith. We’ll hear selections from that as well as from The Who’s 1975 effort, The Who By Numbers.

Friday, October 12

Listen for selections from Teddy Thompson’s 2011 release, Bella, as well as selections from Lindsey Buckingham’s new Solo Anthology.

Saturday, October 13

We’ll hear selections from Other Arrangements by singer-songwriter Parker Milsap as well as selections from Crowded House’s 1988 effort, Temple of Low Men.

Monday, October 15

Released in 2010 Midnight Souvenirs was the seventh solo release from J. Geils Band vocalist Peter Wolf. The record features guest appearances from Merle Haggard, Shelby Lynne and Neko Case. We’ll hear selections from it as well as from the 1974 effort from the J. Geils Band, Nightmares...and Other Tales from the Vinyl Jungle.

Maureen Edwards

WoodFest returns to Camp Wood YMCA this Saturday in Elmdale. The festival is now in its ninth year and involves music as well as activities including art making and horse riding. Sponsored by Symphony in the Flint Hills, the event allows musicians of all skill levels to play together while others enjoy the surrounding nature and creative acts.

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Maria Elena Cuevas and her sister Tess Cuevas form the nucleus of Maria The Mexican, alongside Maria's husband, Garrett Nordstrom. Fusing elements of Americana with traditional Mexican sounds (and instrumentation), the group sings songs in both English and Spanish, arriving at a musical combination that celebrates family and heritage while moving into unfamiliar musical territory as well.

Maria The Mexican performs at Barleycorn's on Saturday, September 29 at 7 p.m.

Maria herself recently spoke with about her musical history and the future of her musical project.

Love Is Magic

Sep 27, 2018
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Monday, October 1

Building The Sun is the new album from Gooding. Produced by Matt Wallace (Faith No More, The Replacements), the album continues Gooding’s tradition of first-rate songs that walk the delicate balance between pop and rock. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as from Critical Equation, the latest by Dr. Dog. We’ll remember Jefferson Airplane co-founder Marty Balin, who died Friday at age 76.

Tuesday, October 2

Love Is Magic is the first album in three years from singer-songwriter John Grant and features the Michigan native’s usual flourishes of dark humor and reflections on love and masculinity. Listen for selections from this release as well as Prince’s Piano And A Microphone 1983.

Wednesday, October 3

Listen for selections from Bootlegger’s Choice, the latest from Southern Culture On The Skids as well as music from Split Lip Rayfield’s Never Make It Home.

Thursday, October 4

Billy Gibbons is a founding member of ZZ Top who steps out on his own for the album The Big Bad Blues (under the name Billy F. Gibbons). We’ll hear music from that record as well as from Paul Gilbert’s Behold: Electric Guitar.

Friday, October 5

It’s Our New Month, New Music feature: Before there was Drive-By Truckers, there was Adam’s House Cat, the band featuring Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, who serve as the core writers in DBT. Adam’s House Cat was on its way to national acclaim and had recorded an album when the group abruptly broke up in 1990. The group’s recordings are available for the first time as Town Burned Down. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as music from Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit’s new effort, Live From The Ryman.

Saturday, October 6

An American Treasure is a new set featuring a variety of outtakes, live songs and hits from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. We’ll hear selections from it on this episode as well as music from Muse’s 2001 release, Origin Of Symmetry.

Monday, October 8

Listen for music from False Flag’s Celestial Download as well as Get By from The Cavves.

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September 25

13 Rivers is the latest release from Richard Thompson. Listen for selections from that recording as well as music from Neko Case’s Hell-On.

September 26

Formed in Washington, D.C. in the mid-1970s, Angel was signed to Casablanca Records, the home of the era’s biggest band, KISS. A new boxed set spotlight’s Angel’s progressive and hard rock roots. We’ll hear selections from that set as well as music from KISS guitarist Ace Frehley’s 1978 solo album, notable for the hit single, “Back In The New York Groove.”

September 27

Guitarist Marc Ribot’s latest, Songs Of Resistance 1942-2018 features contributions from Tom Waits, Steve Earle and others. Listen for music from that collection as well as Todd Rundgren’s Runt.

September 28

We celebrate the birthday of musician Ben E. King as well as hearing music from Atlanta’s Dead Now’s self-titled debut.

September 29

Listen for music from Yes’s 1973 double LP Tales From Topographic Oceans as well as from former Yes drummer Bill Bruford’s One Of A Kind.

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Tuesday, September 18

Released in 1997, Cornershop’s third album, When I Was Born For The 7th Time combined elements of Punjabi music, hip-hop and alternative rock. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as music from Richard Thompson’s 2015 release, Still.

Wednesday, September 19

We celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day with selections from Tom Waits, Clutch, Tempest and The Tallest Man On Earth.

Thursday, September 20

Young Sick Camellia is the new album from Alabama soul band St. Paul and The Broken Bones. We’ll hear selections that release on this episode as well as music from the 2005 self-titled debut from The Budos Band.

Friday, September 21

Listen for selections from Double Negative, the latest release from Low plus new music from Will Courtney’s Crazy Love.

Saturday, September 22

My Way is the latest release from Willie Nelson and is his tribute to the late Frank Sinatra. Listen for selections from it as well as from Lyle Lovett’s The Road To Ensenada.

Monday, September 24

Love, Loss, and Auto-Tune is the latest from Swamp Dogg. We’ll hear selections from it as well as Paul McCartney’s latest, Egypt Station.


And Nothing Hurt

Sep 7, 2018
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Monday, September 10

In 1971, Los Angeles’ Halfneslon released its first and only album. By the summer of 1972 the record, which was produced by Todd Rundgren, was re-released under a brand-new band name, Sparks. It would begin 40-plus-year career for the group whose solo original members remain brothers Ron and Russel Mael. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as from the collaborative release between Sparks and Scottish band Franz Ferdinand, FFS.

Tuesday, September 11

Rainier Fog is the latest album from Alice In Chains. It’s the band’s third with vocalist William DuVall and marks the first time in over 20 years that the group recorded an album in its hometown of Seattle, Washington. We’ll hear music from that release as well as selections from Richard Thompson’s 2007 disc, Sweet Warrior.

Wednesday, September 12

And Nothing Hurt is the eighth album from Spiritualized and the first from the project since 2012. Listen for music from that as well as from The Cure’s remix album, Mixed Up, which was reissued earlier this year in expanded form.

Thursday, September 13

We’ll hear music from Truth Has Legs, the latest by singer-songwriter Jenny Wood as well as selections from This Bluebird Wants Me Dead by Vehicles.

Friday, September 14

Kiss Yr Frenemies is the new release from Illuminati Hotties, the name under which musician Sarah Tudzin performs. We’ll hear music from that as well as selections from Ike Reilly’s Crooked Love effort.

Saturday, September 15

Released in 1981, Healing was Todd Rundgren’s exploration of spirituality and the human condition. We’ll hear selections from that album as well as from Mike Keneally’s Wooden Smoke.

Monday, September 17

Listen for selections from Fairport Convention’s 1968 self-titled debut album featuring guitar work from Richard Thompson and vocals from Judy Dyble. We’ll also hear music from Dyble’s latest, Earth Is Sleeping.

KMUW Music has been hard at work to bring you 5 hours of music on Labor Day, September 3. Tune in from 7 p.m. to midnight as Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train team up to celebrate with an evening of specials.

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.

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.

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.

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.