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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  1. Hush Hush--Kentucky Knife Fight
  2. Songs For Slim--The Replacements
  3. What The Brothers Sang--Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie “Prince” Billy
  4. Delta Machine--Depeche Mode
  5. Tooth & Nail--Billy Bragg
  6. Dancing--Mike Keneally and Beer For Dolphins
  7. Sound City: Real to Reel--Sound City
  8. Specter at the Feast--Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
  9. Bloodsports--The London Suede
  10. Forever Endeavour--Ron Sexsmith

  1. Songs For Slim--The Replacements
  2. Sound City: Real to Reel--Sound City
  3. Bloodsports--The London Suede
  4. Old Word’s Ocean--The Calamity Cubes
  5. The Next Day--David Bowie
  6. What The Brothers Sang--Dawn McCarthy with Bonnie “Prince” Billy
  7. Wooden Smoke--Mike Keneally
  8. Gold Yeller--Oil Boom
  9. The Sacred Squall of Now--Reeves Gabrels
  10. The Old New Me--Slim Dunlap

  1. Songs For Slim -- The Replacements
  2. The Next Day -- David Bowie
  3. The Beast In Its Tracks -- Josh Ritter
  4. What The Brothers Sang -- Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie “Prince” Billy
  5. Vacilador -- The Giving Tree Band
  6. Old Yellow Moon -- Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
  7. Kimono My House -- Sparks
  8. Skin and Bones -- Foo Fighters
  9. Honky Tonk -- Son Volt
  10. Forever Endeavour -- Ron Sexsmith

  1. Songs For Slim -- The Replacements
  2. Old World’s Ocean -- The Calamity Cubes
  3. Gold Yeller -- Oil Boom
  4. What The Brothers Sang -- Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie “Prince” Billy
  5. The Messenger -- Johnny Marr
  6. Honky Tonk -- Son Volt
  7. Amok -- Atoms For Peace
  8. The Late Great Whatever -- Lovely Bad Things
  9. Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace -- Foo Fighters
  10. Tin Machine -- Tin Machine

Courtesy / Sound City

Sound City marks musician Dave Grohl's directorial debut and a fine introduction it is. The former Nirvana drummer and present day Foo Fighters frontman takes us inside the Van Nuys, Calif., studio where his former band recorded its 1991 breakthrough release Nevermind and where Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers tracked Damn The Torpedoes and where Fleetwood Mac tracked its 1975 self-titled release­­the album that brought Steve Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham into the fold and sent the quintet on the road to superstardom.

  1. Crashes On The Platinum Planet -- Big Dipper
  2. Push The Sky Away -- Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
  3. The Messenger -- Johnny Marr
  4. Honky Tonk -- Son Volt
  5. Impossible Truth -- William Tyler
  6. Amok -- Atoms For Peace
  7. Old World’s Ocean -- The Calamity Cubes
  8. Fade -- Yo La Tengo
  9. Electric -- Richard Thompson
  10. I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass -- Yo La Tengo

1. Push The Sky Away-- Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
2. Impossible Truth-- William Tyler
3. Forever Endeavour-- Ron Sexsmith
4. Mr. Music Head-- Adrian Belew
5. From A Window Seat (single)-- Dawes
6. Electric-- Richard Thompson
7. Untamed Beast-- Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside
8. The Ides-- Me Like Bees
9. Cough Cough-- Everything Everything
10. Wonderful, Glorious-- Eels

Carlie Armstrong / Matador Records

1. The group, which was founded in 1984 in Hoboken, New Jersey, takes its name from a sporting anecdote: Legend has it that during the 1962 season two members of the New York Mets––center fielder Richie Ashburn and shortstop Elio Chacon––collided on an all-too-frequent basis. A native of Venezuela, Chacon was confused when Ashburn would yell, “I’ve got it!” as he was going after a ball. A teammate intervened and told Ashburn that he might have more luck yelling "¡Yo la tengo!" (Spanish for “I’ve got it!”) instead. He did––only to be knocked about by left fielder Frank Thomas, who allegedly quipped, “What’s a yellow tango?”

1. Forever Endeavour -- Ron Sexsmith
2. Wonderful, Glorious -- Eels
3. Beat The Retreat: Songs by Richard Thompson -- Various Artists
4. Fade -- Yo La Tengo
5. Electr-O-Pura -- Yo La Tengo
 6. Electric -- Richard Thompson
7. OST: You’re Gonna Miss Me -- Roky Erickson
8.  II -- Unknown Mortal Orchestra
9. Get Up! -- Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite
 10. The Ides -- Me Like Bees

Pamela Littky / New West Records

With a career that dates back to the late 1960s Richard Thompson has recorded in numerous musical idioms and earned accolades for virtually every turn he's taken, but perhaps his most impressive moment as a recording artist came in 2002 with the album 1000 Years of Popular Music.