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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9:19 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Bad Moons, Ghosts & KooKoo Goo

Sonic Youth's 1985 album 'Bad Moon Rising'
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Thursday, March 19

Released in 1985 Bad Moon Rising was the second full-length album from Sonic Youth. Despite the band having formed in New York City, the music on this album is focused heavily on Southern California—especially the dark underbelly of Los Angeles in the late 1960s as the counterculture’s dark side came to light. We’ll hear selections from this release as well as from Strange Angels, the 1989 release from performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson. The record was remarkable for Anderson’s new attention to her voice and more traditional song structures and its wide range of guest artists, including jazz vocalist Bobby McFerrin.

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11:13 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Yeah Okay, We Know

Tom Brosseau's latest 'Perfect Abandon'
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Wednesday March 11

Perfect Abandon is the latest release from singer-songwriter Tom Brosseau. Born in North Dakota and raised in the church, Brosseau’s music is informed by desolation, spirituality, and the eeriness that visits wide open spaces. Perfect Abandon was recorded using one microphone and produced by sometime PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish. We’ll hear selections from that album on this episode of the show as well as selections from Yeah Okay, I Know, the latest release from singer-songwriter Christian Lee Hutson.

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12:01 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Watching Fires And Spinning The Washing Machine

Brandi Carlile's latest 'The Firewatcher's Daughter'
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Monday March 2

The Firewatcher’s Daughter is the latest release from acclaimed singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile. It is her follow-up to the highly acclaimed 2012 album Bear Creek. We’ll hear selections from that as well as music from Whatever My Love, the latest from the Juliana Hatfield Three. Hatfield is perhaps best remembered for her work with 90s acts such as The Lemonheads, Blake Babies and others. This latest release captures the spirit of Hatfield’s earlier recordings while bringing her and her band firmly into this decade.

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9:56 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Honeybears, Treehuggers, And A Few Trips To Outer Space

Buxton's latest 'Half A Native'
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Tuesday, February 17

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11:24 am
Mon February 9, 2015

New Music From An Array Of Singer-Songwriters And A Host Of Silly Love Songs

Butch Walker's latest album 'Afraid of Ghosts'
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Tuesday, February 10

Afraid of Ghosts is the latest release from singer-songwriter Butch Walker. The album is a quieter, more serious turn from Walker, who is also an acclaimed producer, and features a guest appearance from actor Johnny Depp, who was brought in at the suggestion of Ryan Adams, who oversaw the sessions for the album. We’ll hear from that recording as well as from the new recording by singer-songwriter Chadwick Stokes.

Wednesday, February 11

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3:50 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

New Releases From Dylan, Dengue Fever, And Gov’t Mule With John Scofield Arrive

'El Corazon' from Steve Earle
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Monday, February 2: El Corazon is the 1997 album from Steve Earle, featuring guest appearances from Emmylou Harris, Supersuckers, and Earle’s son, Justin Townes Earle. Listen for selections from this release as well as music from the Grateful Dead’s landmark 1970 release Workingman’s Dead.

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9:27 am
Wed January 14, 2015

New Music From Panda Bear, The Decemberists, Murder By Death, And Justin Townes Earle

Noah Lennox, 'Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper'
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Saturday, January 17: Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper is the latest release from former Animal Collective vocalist Noah Lennox, who has just released his fifth album. We’ll hear selections from it as well as from Big Dark Love, the upcoming release by Indiana’s Murder By Death.

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9:57 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Remembering Little Jimmy Dickens, Jeff Golub, And Another Vinyl Friday

Country music legend Little Jimmy Dickens

Friday, January 9: We remember beloved country music legend Little Jimmy Dickens, who died on January 2 at the age of 94. Dickens is best known for songs such as “Country Boy” and “I’m Little But I’m Loud.” We also remember guitarist Jeff Golub, who died on January 1 at age 59. Golub recorded a number of records in the blues and jazz genres but also collaborated with rock artists such as Rod Stewart, Peter Wolf and Billy Squier.

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1:02 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Ringing in 2015 With The Best of 2014

'Monster Movie' by The Rainmakers
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Thursday, January 1: Listen for selections from Monster Movie, the latest release from Kansas City, Mo.’s The Rainmakers. The band returns to its live roots for this collection of songs about life in the United States in 2014, plus selections from Where The Woodbine Twineth, the sophomore release from the Wichita duo Elliot Road.

Friday, January 2: We highlight our Best of 2014 list with selections from Thompson, Robert Plant, Bob Dylan and others.

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11:45 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Strange Currency: Best of 2014

Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin, Chris Heim, Carla Eckels and Bill Pearce run down the best in music for 2014 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, rockumentaries and books about music.

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