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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James Chiang

Paul Gilbert has one of the most stylistically diverse discographies in rock guitar. From his time in the shred outfit Racer X to his Top 40 success with Mr. Big and beyond, Gilbert has carved path that sees him moving with ease from the guitar heavy music of the 1970s to the layered, multi-faceted world of smart singer-songwriters such as Todd Rundgren. His latest release is I Can Destroy, an album that finds the Illinois-born musician’s senses of facility and humor intact.

Monday, July 25

I Can Destroy is the latest release from guitarist Paul Gilbert. Known for his work as a solo artist and with the bands Racer X and Mr. Big, Gilbert touches on a variety of styles on his latest solo offering with songs informed by his unique sense of humor. We’ll hear selections from I Can Destroy on this episode of the show as well as music from Scambot 2 the new release by Mike Keneally. 

Tuesday, July 26

Monday, July 18

Carolina is the sixth album from Spain, the musical project of Josh Haden. The album examines American life by combining elements of the personal and historical. We’ll hear selections from that release on this episode of the show along with music from Haden’s sister, Petra, and her recently reissued solo debut album Imaginaryland.

Tuesday, July 19

Miriam Brummel

“I decided I was only going to write in stories,” says Josh Haden, founding member of the band Spain. He’s speaking from his home in Los Angeles, discussing the material that shapes the sixth Spain album, Carolina. The songs touch on America’s past with intersections in the present and with Haden’s own life.

Describing David Liebe Hart isn’t easy. You could call him an actor, comedian, musician, artist or puppeteer or all those in some manner of hyphenation. He’s appeared on Adult Swim and the Cartoon Network as part of Tim & Eric’s Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. His albums include Chip The Black Boy and Astronaut. He’ll also regale you with tales of his Christian Scientist faith, contact with aliens and his love of all things railroad.

Saturday, July 9

Known for his work with bands such as Mr. Big and Racer X, Paul Gilbert recently issued the album I Can Destroy which finds him crafting songs that include dashes of humor and pop sensibilities that recall Todd Rundgren and The Beatles. We’ll hear from that release on this episode of Strange Currency along with selections from Singularity the upcoming release by Standing in the Colour.

Monday, July 11

Friday, July 1

It’s Our New Month, New Music feature with selections from True Sadness, the brand-new release from The Avett Brothers and selections from the debut album from Case/Lang/Veirs, featuring Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs.

Saturday, July 2

Friday, June 24

We celebrate the birthday of guitar legend Jeff Beck on this episode of the show, drawing on his early work with The Yardbirds as well as selections from his upcoming release Loud Hailer. Beck’s music will be featured on Strange Currency throughout the month of July. 

Saturday, June 25

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Thursday, June 16

3 AM is Nashville-based singer-songwriter Kira Small’s “epic breakup record,” an album filled with songs that detail pair and heartbreak but also provide the listener with a sense of uplift. Influenced by classic soul and R&B, Small’s latest release puts her in a class with singers such as Ann Peebles and Bonnie Raitt. We’ll hear selections from 3 AM as well as music from the new recording by Sarah Watkins, Young in All the Wrong Ways

Friday, June 17

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Thursday, June 9 

Having played in bands such as Hospital Ships and Your Friend, Nathan Dixey has just issued his solo debut album under the name The Dan Ryan. Described as a “a downstream float through a rainbow river,” the record soaks in influence from Dixey’s home base of Austin, Texas while marrying those sounds with pieces of his past projects. We’ll hear selections from The Dan Ryan’s self-titled LP along with music from Honey Radar’s latest, Blank Cartoon.

Friday, June 10

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