Monday, February 10: Marissa Nadler is a singer-songwriter whose work touches on themes associated with writers such as Edgar Allen Poe and influenced by work of folk musicians such as Joni Mitchell, Robbie Basho, and John Fahey. Her latest release is July, a record produced by Randall Dunn, whose previous credits include work with heavy metal bands Wolves in the Throne Room, Sunn 0))), and Earth. We’ll hear from that as well as Oh No! Not Jazz!, the brand new recording from the Ed Palermo Big Band. Palermo has led his big band for roughly 30 years now and has been interpreting the works of the late Frank Zappa for roughly two decades. This new recording finds him joined by Zappa alum Napoleon Murphy Brock on one song.
Tuesday, February 11: In 2003, Paul Westerberg of Minneapolis, Minn. rock band The Replacements released Dead Man Shake, a “blues” album recorded for the Fat Possum label under the name Grandpaboy. Recorded in the musician’s suburban Minneapolis basement, the record saw him throw in a salute to his hometown (“MPLS”) and cover a wide range of material from other artists, including Hank Williams, Jimmy Reed, and John Prine. We’ll hear selections from Dead Man Shake on this episode of Strange Currency as well as music from Soul Journey, the 2003 release by Gillian Welch.
Wednesday, February 12: Paul Rodgers is perhaps best known as the front-man for the hard rock outfits Free and Bad Co. but his latest release finds him performing some deep soul classics with help from some Memphis studio musicians. Called The Royal Sessions, this new recording features songs written by Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Albert King, and Isaac Hayes. We’ll hear selections from this album as well as from Flesh and Blood, the first album in four years from Australian roots/rock band The John Butler Trio.
Thursday, February 13: We team up with Global Village to celebrate progressive rock legend Peter Gabriel’s 64th birthday. We’ll hear selections from his time as a member of Genesis, as a solo artist, and as a guest on recordings from Laurie Anderson, Cat Stevens, Robbie Robertson and Joseph Arthur.
Friday, February 14: It’s our annual Valentine’s Day special with music from Los Lobos, The Beatles, Harry Nilsson, Flaming Lips, Truckstop Honeymoon, Phosphorescent, Tim Buckley, Jeff Buckley, and Leonard Cohen.
Saturday, February 15: We’ll hear from British synthpop artist Thomas Dolby’s The Golden Age of Wireless. Although not featured on the initial run of the album, subsequent versions featured what remains Dolby’s biggest hit to date, “She Blinded Me With Science,” featuring XTC’s Andy Partridge on guitar. We’ll also hear selections from Drums and Wires the 1979 album from XTC.