Thursday, May 18
We'll remember vocalist Chris Cornell, known for his work with Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave. Cornell's death, at age 52, was announced this morning.
Friday, May 19
Animated comedy series Bob’s Burgers is notable for its irreverent humor and its musical numbers. A new 107-song collection allows fans the opportunity to hear many of the songs from the show in their complete form plus appearances from St. Vincent, The National and others. We’ll hear from the Bob’s Burgers Music Album on this episode as well as music from The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band’s 1967 release Gorilla.
Saturday, May 20
We’ll hear selections from Michael Engdahl’s Odisea plus music from Solagget’s 2005 effort The Delivery.
Monday, May 22
By the time Chris Bell founded Memphis band Big Star in the early 1970s he was already a seasoned music veteran having performed in a succession of local and regional bands. A new compilation titled Looking Forward: The Roots of Big Star examines Bell’s work with bands Rock City, Christmas Future and Icewater. Listen for selections from this effort as well as music from Low Cut Connie’s latest, Dirty Pictures, Pt.1.
Tuesday, May 23
Listen for music from Jane Weaver’s new release Modern Kosmology plus Play Till You Win by Cassandra Jenkins.
Wednesday, May 24
Violinist Jessica Moss is a longtime member of Canadian experimental rock group Thee Silver Mt. Zion and has just released a new album titled Pools of Light we’ll hear selections from it as well as music from Son Lux’s new EP, Remedy. In the second hour, we'll remember singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave, The Austin, Texas based musician died earlier this week, just days after making a final performance in his hometown. LaFave was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma in 2016 and spent the following year writing new songs and keeping up with an exhaustive schedule of live performances.
Thursday, May 25
Best Troubadour is the new effort from Bonnie “Prince” Billy. It serves as a tribute to country music legend Merle Haggard who passed away before the record’s completion. Will Oldham (the man behind Bonnie “Prince” Billy) had hoped that the record would start a conversation with his idol and although he was at first reluctant to issue the album, it has been one of his best received efforts in recent years. We’ll hear selections from it as well as from John Moreland’s Big Bad Luv.
Friday, May 26
We’ll hear selections from Kirk Rundstrom’s 2007 LP Imperfect Spirals as well as the most recent effort from Split Lip Rayfield, On My Way.
Saturday, May 27
Listen for music from Peter Gabriel’s 2010 covers collection Scratch My Back featuring his take on songs from David Bowie, Paul Simon, Randy Newman and others plus music from the companion LP And I’ll Scratch Yours featuring artists such as Elbow, David Byrne and others covering Gabriel classics.
Monday, May 29
World Be Gone is the seventeenth album from British electronic duo Erasure. Informed by gospel music, current world events and the group’s signature sounds, the LP is already earning acclaim as the latest in a long line of superior recordings from the band. We’ll hear selections from this new album on this episode of Strange Currency plus music from Naked, the eighth and final release from Talking Heads.
Tuesday, May 30
Mental Illness is the latest release from singer-songwriter Aimee Mann. Informed by songwriters such as Dan Fogelberg and David Gates (Bread), the album marks a small departure for Mann, who began releasing albums as a member of the band Til Tuesday in 1980s. Listen for songs from this release as well as music from Joni Mitchell’s Blue.
Wednesday, May 31
A childhood friend of Prince, André Cymone began marking his path as a solo artist in the early 1980s, then retreated from the spotlight to become a songwriter and producer. Though he never left the music business, he did not release music under his own name for over two decades. Among his recent recordings is this year’s 1969, which we’ll hear from on this episode of the show. Cymone will be featured on Strange Currency throughout June, along with Spirit of the Stairs.