Veteran acts take the spotlight on Strange Currency this week

Apr 17, 2014

The highly anticipated Zappa album 'Roxy by Proxy' featured Saturday.
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Thursday, April 17:

Formed in 1981 Scotland’s Big Country’s biggest moment in the United States came with the 1983 album The Crossing, which featured the song “In A Big Country.” The band continued to have commercial success outside the United States after that release but The Crossing remains the group’s best-known work on these shores. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as music from Tin Can Trust, 2010 release by Los Lobos.

Friday, April 18:

We’ll hear brand new music from the Austin, Texas psychedelic rock band The Black Angels. The group’s latest release is Clear Lake Forest, we’ll hear selections from that as well as from Enclosure, the latest release from former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante. The record is the latest in a series that have found the guitarist experimenting with electronic music.

Saturday, April 19:

Roxy and Elsewhere is one of the most beloved albums Frank Zappa released in his long career. Recorded at the legendary Los Angeles club The Roxy, the album also captured Zappa and The Mothers of Invention at a few other venues in early December 1973 and May 1974. A new archival release, Roxy By Proxy, features only material captured at The Roxy during the band’s December ’73 run at the venue. The recording captures the band finding nuances in material that would be honed in the live setting over the next year with a lineup that included legendary jazz keyboardist George Duke and percussionist Ruth Underwood. We’ll hear from that as well as selections from Little Feat’s classic live album Waiting For Columbus.

Monday, April 21:

Philadelphia’s Pattern Is Movement has just issued its first album since 2008 and the new self-titled effort is a typical amalgamation from the duo with touchstones such as Prince, the music of Bollywood, and the films of Werner Herzog, the album offers old fans something familiar while staying in tune with contemporary influences. We’ll hear from that as well as from Silver Rails, the first album in 11 years from former Cream bassist Jack Bruce.

Tuesday, April 22:

The Both is the name of the new duo featuring acclaimed singer-songwriters Aimee Mann and Ted Leo; we’ll hear from that release on tonight’s show as well as selections from the new album by Ohio-born singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield called Make My Head Sing.

Wednesday, April 23:

So Happy It’s Sad is the latest release from Atlanta, Georgia’s Spirits and the Melchezidek Children; we’ll hear selections from that as well as from Wooden Smoke, the 2001 acoustic-driven album by former Frank Zappa guitarist Mike Keneally.