Strange Currency

Monday - Saturday at 8pm

Strange Currency airs six nights a week on KMUW, bringing you new releases, old favorites and forgotten classics. We spotlight local and regional acts, including guests on Currency Exchange, our live in-the-studio program recorded at the KMUW studios.

Jedd Beaudoin invites you to listen 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday as he opens up his personal music vault and lets you in.

Once again, KMUW 89.1 FM and its music shows Global Village and Strange Currency are winners in the annual Public Radio Exchange (PRX) Zeitfunk Awards. KMUW was #1 in the category of Most Licensed Station.

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The World of Captain Beefheart unites vocalist Nona Hendryx and guitarist/producer Gary Lucas in one of the most imaginative pairings in recent memory. More than that, it serves as a tribute to Captain Beefheart, the late Don Van Vliet, the musician and painter who wore the Captain’s guys from the 1960s until the early 1980s when he retired from music. Though a figure central to the avant garde, Van Vliet, like his school friend Frank Zappa, had a deep love of R&B and soul music.

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Wednesday, December 13

Released in November, 1974 The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway was the final Genesis album to feature vocalist Peter Gabriel. The double concept album features such beloved songs as “Back in NYC,” “Counting out Time” and “Chamber of 32 Doors.” Listen for selections from this release as well as music from Spock’s Beard’s 2002 concept album, Snow, the final album from that band to feature founding member Neal Morse.

Thursday, December 14 

Club d’Elf has been described as a “Moroccan dosed psychedelic dub jazz collective.” We’ll hear selections from the group’s 2017 effort Live at Club Helsinki as well as music from Bill Nelson’s Dreamy Screens: Soundtracks from the Echo Observatory.

Friday, December 15

Listen for selections from the 1974 self-titled debut by progressive rock band Hatfield & North as well as material from The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.  

Saturday, December 16

Peter Banks was the original guitarist in progressive rock legends Yes. After leaving that group in the early 1970s, Banks was a member of Flash. In 1973 he released a solo effort titled Two Sides of Peter Banks featuring guest appearances from members of King Crimson, Genesis and others. We’ll hear music from that release as well as from Seconds Out the 1977 live effort from Genesis.

 Monday, December 18

Listen for music from The Rainmaker, the 2011 release from Swedish progressive band The Flower Kings plus selections from Whirlwind, the 2009 release from Transatlantic the progressive rock super group featuring Roine Stolt of The Flower Kings, Neal Morse (ex-Spock’s Beard) and Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater).

Tuesday, December 19

Listen for selections from Red, the 1974 album from King Crimson, featuring bassist/vocalist John Wetton, guitarist Robert Fripp and drummer Bill Bruford. We’ll also hear material from the 1978 self-titled debut by U.K., the progressive rock super group featuring both Bruford and Wetton as well as guitar legend Allan Holdsworth.

Wednesday, December 20

We celebrate the birthday of musician Mike Keneally with selections from his work as a solo artist, with the band The Mistakes and his time as a member of Frank Zappa’s 1988 band. 

On Friday, December 8 Strange Currency and Crossroads are teaming up to remember musician Gregg Allman on the 70th anniversary of his birthday.

Starting at 8:00 p.m., Strange Currency remembers Gregg Allman with music from his catalogue and selections that inspired him. Plus work from Paul Westerberg, Dean Ween and Jackson Browne.

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Monday, December 4

Listen for selections from Dutch progressive rock band Focus’s 1972 release Moving Waves (Focus II) plus music from King Crimson’s 1970 effort Lizard.

Tuesday, December 5

After establishing himself as a force in the world of thrash metal guitar, Alex Skolnick decided to study jazz in the late 1990s. The result? A 2002 collection titled Goodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation which received a four-and-a-half star (of five) review in the jazz bible Downbeat. The record features Skolnick’s takes on heavy metal classics from Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, KISS and others. We’ll hear music from that release on this episode plus selections from Skolnick’s work with the fusion trio Attention Deficit Disorder with bassist Michael Manring and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander (Primus).

Wednesday, December 6

Listen for selections from 2017 release by Team Tremolo and from The World Palestine’s Dik Dik Sounds.

Thursday, December 7

We celebrate the birthday of Tom Waits with music from The Replacements, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Norah Jones and others.

Friday, December 8

We remember musician Gregg Allman on the 70th anniversary of his birthday with music from his catalogue and selections that inspired him. Plus work from Paul Westerberg, Dean Ween and Jackson Browne.

Saturday, December 9

Listen for selections from the new self-titled release by The Dustbowl Revival and from the debut from Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations. 

Monday, December 11

After establishing himself as a force in the world of thrash metal guitar, Alex Skolnick decided to study jazz in the late 1990s. The result? A 2002 collection titled Goodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation which received a four-and-a-half star (of five) review in the jazz bible Downbeat. The record features Skolnick’s takes on heavy metal classics from Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, KISS and others. We’ll hear music from that release on this episode plus selections from Skolnick’s work with the fusion trio Attention Deficit Disorder with bassist Michael Manring and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander (Primus).

Tuesday, December 12

From Silence To Somewhere is the first release in six years from Norwegian progressive rock band Wobbler as well as music from the latest by Caligula’s Horse, In Contact. 

KMUW Music marks the birthday of pioneering film animator Walt Disney with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Tuesday, December 5 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for a variety of unusual renditions and iconic songs from Disney films.

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Saturday, November 25

The Greatest Gift is a collection outtakes, mixes and demos surrounding Sufjan Stevens’ acclaimed Carrie and Lowell album. Listen for selections from that as well as White Boy and the Average Rat Band’s 1979 self-titled debut, which has just been reissued.

Monday, November 27

We celebrate the birthday of Jimi Hendrix, born on this date 1942. Listen for selections from him with The Jimi Hendrix Experience as well as Band of Gypsys plus a variety of covers.

Tuesday, November 28

Listen for selections from Courtney Barnett’s Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit as well as Kurt Vile’s 2013 album Walkin’ on a Pretty Daze.

Wednesday, November 29

Memory of a Cut Off Head is the latest from OCS (Oh Sees). We’ll hear selections from that as well as from Lou Reed’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal.

Thursday, November 30

We preview our December feature on progressive rock with selections from the Levin Brothers, Liquid Tension Experiment and King Crimson, all featuring bassist and Chapman Stick player Tony Levin.

Friday, December 1

It’s our New Month, New Music feature with selections from Robert Ellis and Courtney Hartman, U2, Wilco, First Aid Kit and Francis Moss.

Saturday, December 2

When Robert Fripp brought together Bill Bruford, Tony Levin and Adrian Belew together as a band in the early 1980s, his intention was to call the band Discipline. Those plans changed and what emerged instead was a new King Crimson album titled Discipline. We’ll hear from that 1981 release on this episode plus selections from the band’s Tony Levin and Bill Bruford with their own band, Bruford Levin Upper Extremities, featuring Chris Botti and David Torn. 

KMUW Music is celebrating Thanksgiving with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Thursday, November 23 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village serves up a feast for the holiday with songs about food. On the menu: Rice, Red Beans and Turnip Greens, Sweet Pumpkin, Hot Cross Buns with some Frim Fram Sauce and other musical delicacies.

The annual Thanksgiving celebration continues on Strange Currency with music from The Kinks, Mike Keneally and others.

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Friday, November 17

Nexus is the new collaborative effort between Steve Howe of Yes and his son, Virgil. Inspired by jazz, classical and rock music, the collection speaks to each musician’s diversity. We’ll hear music from this release as well as from the band Little Barrie, the band Virgil Howe played drums in until his death in September of this year.

Saturday, November 18

The Moral Crossing is the sophomore release from British group Autobahn. We’ll hear music from that recording on this episode as well as selections from the latest by Drew Breskin, Cha-Ching Machine.

Monday, November 20

Acid Tongue is an American-bred garage band heavily influenced by AM-radio soul, folk and psychedelic rock. We’ll hear selections from the band’s latest effort, Babies, on this episode plus music from the debut by Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations.

Tuesday, November 21

We celebrate the birthday of Dr. John with a variety of selections from throughout his career.

Wednesday, November 22

The Security Project is a group formed by ex- Peter Gabriel drummer Jerry Marotta and former King Crimson member Trey Gunn. The band’s focus from the beginning has been the more obscure corners of the Gabriel discography. We’ll hear selections from The Security Project’s latest, Contact as well as music from The Luxembourg Signal’s new effort, Blue Field.

Thursday, November 23

We team up with Global Village and Night Train for our annual Thanksgiving celebration with music from The Kinks, Mike Keneally and others.

Friday, November 24

One More Crooked Dance is the thirteenth album from singer-songwriter Jules Shear. Recalling the work of Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Neil Young and others. We’ll hear selections from this new recording as well as songs Shear has written for artists such as The Bangles, Til Tuesday and Cyndi Lauper.

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Thursday, November 9

One of the more unexpected developments in Bob Dylan’s career was his conversion to Christianity in the late 1970s. The period, known as his gospel years, yielded three albums: Slow Train Coming, Saved and Shot of Love, all released between 1979 and 1981. Though that era remains one of the most controversial in the singer-songwriter’s life, recent years have seen fans embrace the material. Now, fans can hear a series of live performances thanks to a new, expansive boxed set Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 1979-1981. We’ll hear music from that release as well as selections from Halloween ‘77, a new set from Frank Zappa.

Friday, November 10

Terribility is the latest from release from Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas’ Oil Boom. We’ll hear selections from that release on this episode as well as music from UFO’s 1974 release, Phenomenon.

Saturday, November 11

There’s No Love In This War is the 2007 album from The Gunshy. The songs are based on letters that singer-songwriter Matt Arbogast’s grandfather, Paul Arbogast, wrote between 1943 and 1945. Listen for music from that recording as well as the 1986 album from Screaming Blue Messiahs, Gun-Shy. We’ll also celebrate the birthday of XTC co-founder Andy Partridge with selections from that band as well as his work with the band Monstrance.

Monday, November 13

We’ll hear music from Jen Cloher’s 2017 self-titled release as well as selections from Courtney Barnett with Kurt Vile.

Tuesday, November 14

Just Like Medicine is the latest album from singer-songwriter A.J. Croce. The record features appearances from legendary musicians such as Vince Gill, Steve Cropper and David Hood in addition to featuring a new song from his late father, Jim Croce, and one co-written with the late Leon Russell. Listen for music from Just Like Medicine plus selections from the latest by Destroyer, ken.

Wednesday, November 15

Wild and Reckless is the latest album from Portland, Oregon’s Blitzen Trapper. The album is based on an ambition stage production the group undertook culminating in a collection of songs that dealt with drug abuse, desperation and a long-gone vision of the group’s hometown. We’ll hear selections from this release as well as music from Anna Tivel’s Small Believer.

Thursday, November 16

Phases is the latest from singer-songwriter Angel Olson, we’ll hear selections from that recording on this episode plus music from Savage Young Dü a new compilation project commemorating the early recordings of legendary Minnesota band Hüsker Dü.  

 

KMUW Music is celebrating National Saxophone Day, the birthday of saxophone inventor Adolphe Sax, with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Monday, November 6 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village devotes Monday night's program to saxophone music and musicians from around the world, including Africa's Manu Dibango and Seun Kuti, the Skatalites and Dean Fraser from Jamaica, Balkan artists Fanfare Ciocarlia and Boris Kovac, plus a bossa nova classic from jazz saxophonist Stan Getz.

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