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 to 10pm Monday through Saturday as he opens up his personal music vault and lets you in.

For the third year in row, 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 Number Two in the category of Most Licensed Station, edging out stations in New York, Chicago, and other major markets.

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Wednesday, November 18

Taking its name from the Italian version of George A. Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead, Zombi has long held a special place in the hearts of music lovers who also love film scores. The band’s synth-heavy sound recalls the music of Italian horror masters Goblin and filmmaker John Carpenter’s unique scores. We’ll hear selections from that record as well from Kimono My House, the 1974 album from Sparks. 

Thursday, November 19

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Wednesday, November 11

We honor Veterans Day with selections from Linda Thompson, John Prine, Zac Brown Band and more. 

Thursday, November 12 

Missing Out On Nothing is the latest release from Kansas band Twin Cities; we’ll hear selections from that recording as well as from Beat Happening’s Look Around and new singles from The Pents, Kristoff, Waltz, and Jenny Wood & The Femmeline.

Friday, November 13

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Monday, November 2

Influenced by a wide range of classic singer-songwriters, Angela Parrish has recently issued the EP Faithful and Tall, a release that spotlights her unique place among contemporary songwriters. Listen for selections from that release as well as music from Now That Everything’s Been Said, the recently reissued early 1970s release featuring Carole King and guitarist Danny Kortchmar (Don Henley, Jackson Browne). 

Tuesday, November 3

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Wednesday, October 21 

Still The King is the latest release from legendary western swing band Asleep At The Wheel. The album stands as the latest in a series of tributes to Bob Wills from Asleep At The Wheel and features contributions from George Strait, The Avett Brothers, Lyle Lovett and others. Listen for selections from that as well as the latest from Cherokee Maidens with Sycamore Swing, Ride Again

Thursday, October 22 

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Tuesday, October 13

Paradise is the latest release from The Wood Brothers, featuring Chris Wood, a founding member of the wide-ranging jazz trio Medeski, Martin & Wood. With his brother Oliver, he’s created an enduring and remarkable Americana group that continues to grow a following with each passing record. We’ll hear from this new release on this episode of Strange Currency as well as music from Gates of Gold, the latest from Los Lobos. 

Wednesday, October 14 

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Thursday, October 1

Recorded live in the studio, Street Dogs is the first album in five years from Widespread Panic. Always known more for its live shows than its albums, Widespread Panic has managed to connect these sides of its sound for what is probably its best album to date. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as from Last Exit, the 1969 rarities collection from Traffic. 

Friday, October 2 

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Tuesday, September 22

Minnesota-based musician Charlie Parr has been making albums for many years but has never worked with a full band until his latest release, Stumpjumper. Recorded in a matter of hours with friend and fellow musician Phil Cook, the record is one of Parr’s best to date. We’ll hear selections from that release on this episode of the show as well as music from Phil Cook’s brand new release, Southland Mission

Wednesday, September 23

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Wednesday, September 9

Yours, Dreamily is the debut album from The Arcs, the latest project from Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. The group brings Auerbach together with several longtime friends and, although it has elements recognizable from his work with The Black Keys, very much maintains its own identity.

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Tuesday, September 1

Released in early 1972, Brother, Brother, Brother is one of the many varied turns in the long history of the Isley Brothers. For this record, the group turned to the rich Carole King catalog for several songs and dug deep into their own songbook, resulting in an LP that married funk and soul with the singer-songwriter sounds of the early 1970s.

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Friday, August 21 

The Most Lamentable Tragedy is the fourth studio release from Titus Andronicus and is a rock opera in five acts; the central narrative concerns an unnamed protagonist whom we meet in deep despair. Following an encounter with his own doppelgänger, long held secrets are revealed, sending our protagonist on a transformative odyssey, through past lives and new loves, to the shocking revelation that the very thing that sustains him may be the thing to destroy him.