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, March 1

Released in 1995 Tomorrow The Green Grass is considered by many critics and fans to the be the Minnesota-based outfit’s finest hour. Boasting songs such as “Miss Williams’ Guitar” and a cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s “Bad Time,” this was also the final release to feature co-founder Marc Olson for nearly two decades. We’ll hear selections from this release as well as brand-new music from Old 97’s.

Thursday, March 2

KMUW Music will be celebrating Mardi Gras with five hours of music! Tune in to Global VillageStrange Currency, and Night Train on Tuesday, February 28 from 7:00 to midnight. 

To celebrate Fat Tuesday, Global Village heads to some carnival hot spots: Brazil for some samba, Trinidad for calypso and steel drum music, and the Crescent City for the Mardi Gras Indian group Wild Tchoupitoulas, and such New Orleans favorites as Professor Longhair, the Hawketts and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

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Friday, February 24

Listen for selections from Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins, the latest from San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet as well as music from Split Lip Rayfield’s third LP, Never Make It Home.

Saturday, February 25

KMUW Music will be celebrating Presidents' Day with five hours of music! Tune in to Global VillageStrange Currency, and Night Train on Monday, February 20 from 7:00 to midnight. 

Global Village will feature music from artists who ran for or won the office of president – including Dizzy Gillespie, Fela, Ruben Blades, and Michel Martelly – plus Les Ambassadeurs (because every president has some) and Brenda Fassie’s tribute to South African President, Nelson Mandela.

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Friday, February 17

Prisoner is the latest release from singer-songwriter Ryan Adams (formerly of the band Whiskeytown). Coming roughly one year after his re-creation of Taylor Swift’s 1989, this album features a new batch of original songs from Adams. We’ll hear selections from this recording as well as new music from Son Volt.

Saturday, February 18

KMUW Music will be celebrating the music of love this Valentine's Day. Tune in to Global VillageStrange Currency, and Night Train on Tuesday, February 14, for the annual special feature.

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Show times for Tuesday, February 14:

  • Global Village | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Strange Currency | 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Night Train | 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

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Thursday, February 9

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KMUW Music will be celebrating the birthday of Bob Marley. Tune in to Global VillageStrange Currency, and Night Train on Monday, February 6, for the special features. (That's five hours of Marley. Ya mon.)

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Show times for Monday, February 6:

  • Global Village | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Strange Currency | 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Night Train | 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

On Strange Currency this Saturday, February 4, we'll remember English bassist and vocalist John Wetton, who died earlier this week at the age of 68 after a prolonged battle with cancer. Wetton is remembered for his work with Asia, King Crimson and a variety of collaborations, including work with Brian Eno, Bryan Ferry and original Yes guitarist Peter Banks.

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Strange Currency airs from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. each Monday through Saturday on KMUW 89.1 FM.

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Wednesday, February 1

Best known for the 1984 hit “Obsession,” Los Angeles-based group Animotion had further chart success during that decade, though the band was dormant for much of the 1990s. Reunited in 2001, the outfit has just issued the LP Raise Your Expectations which updates the pop sound that fans have come to love. We’ll hear from this new recording on this episode of Strange Currency as well as music from Clem Snide’s You Were a Diamond

Thursday, February 2

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