Remembering Allan Holdsworth, Celebrating Elf Power, Colin Stetson And More

Apr 18, 2017

Strange Currency remembers guitar legend Allan Holdsworth

Tuesday, April 18

We’ll remember guitar legend Allan Holdsworth, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 70. We’ll hear selections from his work with the bands U.K., Bruford, and Soft Machine in addition to work from his decades-spanning solo career.

Wednesday, April 19

Active since 1994, the Athens, Georgia band Elf Power has just issued its latest recording, Twitching In Time. Featuring plenty of the band’s signature quirky sounds, the record has already been well-received within the critical community. We’ll hear selections from it as well as music from Kansas musician Ryan Laetari’s 11:11.

Robert Lamm's 'Time Chill'
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Thursday, April 20

Best known for his work with the band Chicago, Robert Lamm has been issuing solo music since 1974. A new compilation, titled Time Chill, looks back on some of Lamm’s best moments from his own recorded output. We’ll hear selections from that release as well music from his band, Chicago.

Friday, April 21

Hailing from Austin, Texas, The Black Angels have long been hailed as one of the best neo-psychedelic acts in American music. The group’s new release, Death Song, continues that tradition while introducing some new influences. We’ll hear selections from it as well as music from another Austin artist, Roky Erickson and his All That May Do My Rhyme, released during a period in which Erickson was suffering from severe mental illness. The record nevertheless finds him in fine, late-career form with guest appearances from fellow Texans Lou Ann Barton and Charlie Sexton.

Colin Stetson's 'All This I Do For Glory'
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Saturday, April 22

All This I Do For Glory is the latest LP from saxophonist Colin Stetson. The record finds the Michigan native contemplating the afterlife and a doomed love affair. We’ll hear music from this recording and selections from Stetson’s work with Arcade Fire.

Monday, April 24

Souvenir is the latest recording from Americana act Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors. Listen for music from that release as well as new music from Americana legend Peter Rowan who returns with the Hawaiian-themed My Aloha.

Alexis Taylor's 'Piano'
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Tuesday, April 25

Piano is the 2016 effort from Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor. Featuring covers of “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” and “Crying in the Chapel,” the release finds Taylor stripped of the electronic sounds of his main act. Listen for music from this recording as well as Albert Lee’s Black Claw & Country Fever.

Wednesday, April 26

Listen for selections from The Cure’s Disintegration LP as well as music from Allan Holdsworth.

Thursday, April 27

Listen for selections from Crushed Out’s Alien Ocean release as well as new music from PLS PLS (pronounced please please)’s Jet Black.

Allan Holdsworth's 'Road Games'
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Friday, April 28

Road Games is the 1983 release from Allan Holdsworth, a record he co-produced with Ted Templeman. Though Holdsworth had discussed the possibility of having Edward Van Halen serve as his producer, those plans fell through resulting in Templeman taking over the project. Though the veteran producer was known for making hit records with The Doobie Brothers and Van Halen, Holdsworth’s effort failed to gain him a wide audience. We’ll hear selections from Road Games, which features appearances from Jack Bruce and Jeff Berlin on bass, on this episode of the show as well as music from Lenny White’s 1978 release, The Adventures of Astral Pirates.

Saturday, April 29

Listen for selections from our May featured artists, Kirk Rundstrom and Conor Oberst.