Jedd Beaudoin

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Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster who has been with KMUW since 2007. He is the host and producer of Strange Currency, a two-hour music show, which airs Monday-Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. He is also the producer of the bi-weekly trends commentary “A Musical Life,” as well as “Musical Space.” He received his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University in 2001 (where he was a Creative Writing Fellow) and holds a B.A. in English (with an emphasis in writing) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Beaudoin hosts Wichita Sessions on KPTS Channel 8. The show, which features local and regional music acts in performance, is now in its third season. Since 1999 he has worked as a freelance journalist. He served as music critic and editor for two Wichita alternative newspapers, F5 (2003-06) and Wichita City Paper (of which he was also managing editor, 2006-07). He currently contributes music, film, and book reviews to PopMatters.com, where he also pens (alternating with two other writers) commentary on country music for the site’s “Kickin’ Up Dust” column.

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John Darnielle is author of three books, including his latest novel, Universal Harvester, which is out now in paperback. His first novel, Wolf in White Van, was nominated for a National Book Award shortly after its 2014 release. His 2008 take on Black Sabbath's Masters of Reality as part of the 33 1/3 series, was not a critical assessment or personal essay about the author's experience with the music as most in the series are.

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Singer-songwriter Maria Elena will be celebrating the release of her album, Hollow Bones, at Central Standard Brewing on Sunday, March 4. The album is the culmination of a long period of writing and revision but also speaks to the Wichita-based musician's strengths as a vocalist, scribe and bandleader. Her penchant for unexpected melodies and emotional turns give the album a unique voice that transcends genres.

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Aaron Moreland currently performs with the Moreland Contingent after having toured and recorded with Moreland & Arbuckle for more than a decade. Here, he discusses playing guitar without a pick.

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The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has been going strong for over half a century now, having emerged from the roots music scene in Southern California in the late 1960s. After an early flirtation with radio success via the track "Buy For Me The Rain," the band struggled with to find lasting acceptance in the mainstream.

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Thursday, March 1

Released in 1996, 12 Golden Country Greats was the fifth album from the band Ween. Featuring musicians from Nashville’s famed studio scene as well as the group’s irreverent sense of humor, the record is among the most notable of Ween efforts. Listen for selections from 12 Golden Country Greats on this episode as well as music from the album’s producer, Ben Vaughn and his 1995 album, Instrumental Stylings.

Friday, March 2

 It’s our New Month, New Music show with selections from Yo La Tengo, Willie Nelson, John Prine and Monophonics.

Saturday, March 3

All Nerve is the brand-new release from storied ‘90s alternative act The Breeders. The album features the same lineup as the quartet’s 1993 classic, Last Splash, the first time that configuration has issued a new album in than 25 years. We’ll hear selections from All Nerve plus music from Rilo Kiley’s 2007 LP Under the Blacklight.

Monday, March 5

Released in 1988, Daydream Nation was Sonic Youth’s fifth album and the group’s final for an independent label. Featuring songs such as “Teenage Riot” and “Silver Rocket,” it is considered among the band’s best releases. Listen for selections from it on this episode of Strange Currency as well as music from All Hail West Texas, the 2002 release from The Mountain Goats.

Tuesday, March 6

Listen for selections from There’s A Riot Going On, the 2018 release from Yo La Tengo as well as selections from Dearest Everybody, the latest from singer-songwriter Inara George.

Wednesday, March 7

We’ll hear selections from Lisa Ronson’s Emperors of Medieval Japan plus music from the 2009 tribute to folk artist Odetta, Beautiful Stars.

Thursday, March 8

We team with Global Village and Night Train to celebrate International Women’s Day with music from Petra Haden, Liz Phair, Joni Mitchell, Rilo Kiley and many more.

Friday, March 9

We’ll hear music from Wild Planet, the 1980 release from Athens, Georgia band the B-52’s plus music from Yoko Ono’s Aproximately Infinite Universe.

Saturday, March 10

Fruit at the Bottom is the 1989 sophomore release from longtime Prince collaborators Wendy & Lisa. Listen for selections from that effort on this episode, plus music from Bonnie Raitt’s 1973 album, Takin’ My Time.

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First released in 1995, Instrumental Stylings became musician Ben Vaughn’s ticket to a new life. Having spent much of the 1980s touring and recording with the Ben Vaughn Combo, the New Jersey-reared artist made an instrumental-driven record that covered a variety of musical settings and highlighted his particular brand of humor. Not long after he’d completed work on the project, he moved to Los Angeles and found himself composing for a number of television and film projects over the course of the next decade-plus, including 3rd Rock From The Sun, That ‘70s Show and Men Behaving Badly.

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Portland, Oregon's Fruition has just released its fifth album, Watching It All Fall Apart, a record that ushers in what promises to be a busy year for the band. Currently on a run of headlining dates, the band will take to the road with singer-songwriter Jack Johnson late this spring. According to Kellen Asebroek, Fruition is eager to reach a new group of fans, something you can hear on the expansive new recording, which was produced by the esteemed Tucker Martine (Bill Frisell, Mudhoney, The Decemberists).

The band performs at Barleycorn's Thursday, Feb. 22.

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Amber Ikeman surprised her friends and family when she quit her day job at a Florida non-profit and moved to Montana. There, she honed her skills as a singer-songwriter and embraced the open, rural landscape.

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Tuesday, February 20

Listen to selections from Jethro Tull’s 1970 album, Benefit, the band’s third overall album and the predecessor to the group’s million selling record Aqualung. Plus music from Tull frontman Ian Anderson’s 1983 release Walk Into Light.

Wednesday, February 21

Mirrors is the new release from San Francisco psychedelic soul band Monophonics. We’ll hear selections from it as well as music from the latest by Orgone.

Thursday, February 22

Listen for music from Split Lip Rayfield’s Should Have Seen It Coming and Kirk Rundstrom’s Imperfect Spirals.

Friday, February 23

Little Dark Age is the new release from MGMT. We’ll hear music from it as well as the latest from Ezra Furman, Transangelic Exodus.

Saturday, February 24

Released in 1980, End of the Century paired seminal punk rock band the Ramones with classic pop producer Phil Spector. The sessions were notoriously tumultuous and the resulting music divided fans and the band alike. We’ll hear selections from that release plus music from The Method To Our Madness, the 1984 release from Lords of the New Church.

Monday, February 26

Listen for selections from former Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks as well as guitarist Jeff Beck.

Tuesday, February 27

Listen for music from the latest release by Dashboard Confessional, Crooked Shadows as well as from Apple, 1990 debut from Mother Love Bone, the band featuring future Pearl Jam members Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard.

Wednesday, February 28

We’ll hear music from Van Halen’s 1982 album Diver Down and Ry Cooder’s 1978 album Jazz.

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Released in the summer of 1977, Styx's The Grand Illusion became the album that cemented the Chicago quintet's place in the firmament of multiplatinum musical acts. Featuring the hit singles "Come Sail Away" and "Fooling Yourself," the album sold three million copies and set in motion an affair with mainstream success that would last all the way into the 1980s.

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