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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KMUW Music is teaming up to celebrate International Women's Day with five hours of music from women artists. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight on March 8. In honor of Women's History Month, KMUW Music is also featuring women artists throughout March.

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Thursday, March 1

Released in 1996, 12 Golden Country Greats was the fifth album from the band Ween. Featuring musicians from Nashville’s famed studio scene as well as the group’s irreverent sense of humor, the record is among the most notable of Ween efforts. Listen for selections from 12 Golden Country Greats on this episode as well as music from the album’s producer, Ben Vaughn and his 1995 album, Instrumental Stylings.

Friday, March 2

 It’s our New Month, New Music show with selections from Yo La Tengo, Willie Nelson, John Prine and Monophonics.

Saturday, March 3

All Nerve is the brand-new release from storied ‘90s alternative act The Breeders. The album features the same lineup as the quartet’s 1993 classic, Last Splash, the first time that configuration has issued a new album in than 25 years. We’ll hear selections from All Nerve plus music from Rilo Kiley’s 2007 LP Under the Blacklight.

Monday, March 5

Released in 1988, Daydream Nation was Sonic Youth’s fifth album and the group’s final for an independent label. Featuring songs such as “Teenage Riot” and “Silver Rocket,” it is considered among the band’s best releases. Listen for selections from it on this episode of Strange Currency as well as music from All Hail West Texas, the 2002 release from The Mountain Goats.

Tuesday, March 6

Listen for selections from There’s A Riot Going On, the 2018 release from Yo La Tengo as well as selections from Dearest Everybody, the latest from singer-songwriter Inara George.

Wednesday, March 7

We’ll hear selections from Lisa Ronson’s Emperors of Medieval Japan plus music from the 2009 tribute to folk artist Odetta, Beautiful Stars.

Thursday, March 8

We team with Global Village and Night Train to celebrate International Women’s Day with music from Petra Haden, Liz Phair, Joni Mitchell, Rilo Kiley and many more.

Friday, March 9

We’ll hear music from Wild Planet, the 1980 release from Athens, Georgia band the B-52’s plus music from Yoko Ono’s Aproximately Infinite Universe.

Saturday, March 10

Fruit at the Bottom is the 1989 sophomore release from longtime Prince collaborators Wendy & Lisa. Listen for selections from that effort on this episode, plus music from Bonnie Raitt’s 1973 album, Takin’ My Time.

Courtesy, Ben Vaughn

First released in 1995, Instrumental Stylings became musician Ben Vaughn’s ticket to a new life. Having spent much of the 1980s touring and recording with the Ben Vaughn Combo, the New Jersey-reared artist made an instrumental-driven record that covered a variety of musical settings and highlighted his particular brand of humor. Not long after he’d completed work on the project, he moved to Los Angeles and found himself composing for a number of television and film projects over the course of the next decade-plus, including 3rd Rock From The Sun, That ‘70s Show and Men Behaving Badly.

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Tuesday, February 20

Listen to selections from Jethro Tull’s 1970 album, Benefit, the band’s third overall album and the predecessor to the group’s million selling record Aqualung. Plus music from Tull frontman Ian Anderson’s 1983 release Walk Into Light.

Wednesday, February 21

Mirrors is the new release from San Francisco psychedelic soul band Monophonics. We’ll hear selections from it as well as music from the latest by Orgone.

Thursday, February 22

Listen for music from Split Lip Rayfield’s Should Have Seen It Coming and Kirk Rundstrom’s Imperfect Spirals.

Friday, February 23

Little Dark Age is the new release from MGMT. We’ll hear music from it as well as the latest from Ezra Furman, Transangelic Exodus.

Saturday, February 24

Released in 1980, End of the Century paired seminal punk rock band the Ramones with classic pop producer Phil Spector. The sessions were notoriously tumultuous and the resulting music divided fans and the band alike. We’ll hear selections from that release plus music from The Method To Our Madness, the 1984 release from Lords of the New Church.

Monday, February 26

Listen for selections from former Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks as well as guitarist Jeff Beck.

Tuesday, February 27

Listen for music from the latest release by Dashboard Confessional, Crooked Shadows as well as from Apple, 1990 debut from Mother Love Bone, the band featuring future Pearl Jam members Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard.

Wednesday, February 28

We’ll hear music from Van Halen’s 1982 album Diver Down and Ry Cooder’s 1978 album Jazz.

KMUW Music is teaming up to celebrate Presidents' Day with five hours of music. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for the annual special feature.

Global Village gets the celebration underway with 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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Monday, February 12

In 1976 and 1977 but not discovered by a wide audience until 2001, Innocence & Despair is a collection of popular songs as performed by students from four different elementary schools from the Langley School District in British Colombia. The collection includes material originally recorded by David Bowie, the Beach Boys and Wings, among others. We’ll hear selections from that release on this episode of the show as well as selections from Castro, the new album by Old News.

Tuesday, February 13

We celebrate Mardis Gras with selections from Dr. John, Truckstop Honeymoon and more.

Wednesday, February 14

We celebrate Valentine’s Day with music from Bob Dylan, Rilo Kiley and Billy Bragg.

Thursday, February 15

Melter is the latest release from Norman, Oklahoma’s Helen Kelter Skelter, we’ll hear selections from it as well as music from The Soft Bulletin, the 1999 album from Flaming Lips.

Friday, February 16

Alright is singer-songwriter Jeffrey Gaines’ newest recording. We’ll hear selections from that as well as material from the latest album from Tal National.

Saturday, February 17

 We’ll hear music from The Cavves, 2017 release, Learn to Swim and from Team Tremolo’s Intruder.

Monday, February 19

 We celebrate Presidents’ Day with selections from Hard Working Americans, John Cougar Mellencamp, Joe Walsh and more.

KMUW Music is celebrating the music of love this Valentine's Day. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Wednesday, February 14, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for the annual special feature.

  • 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.

KMUW Music presents the annual Mardi Gras special feature on Tuesday, February 13. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight to celebrate Fat Tuesday.

  • 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.

Joey Pippin

Neal Morse’s latest release, Life & Times, due out February 16 via Radiant Records, is rich with examples of his work as a vocalist and lyricist with breezy compositions that speak to his California roots. “Livin’ Lightly” brims with optimism and hope while others, such as “Selfie in the Square” and “You + Me+ Everything” are unabashed love songs. He does pause for darker fare, such as the moving “He Died at Home,” inspired by the suicide of a military veteran, its title a line that has become commonplace in soldier obituaries. 

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Monday, February 5

Best known for his work with progressive rock bands such as Transatlantic and Spock’s Beard, Neal Morse began his career as a singer-songwriter. He returns to that form on a new solo release titled Life & Times. Focusing on familiar themes of family and faith, the album is a deeply accessible portrait of the artist in 2018. We’ll hear selections from that release plus music from Kevin Gilbert’s Thud.

Tuesday, February 6

Formed in 1978, Terminal Mind was one of Austin, Texas’s first punk bands. A new compilation, titled Recordings provides listeners with a glimpse of what made the group one of the most talked about in that scene. Listen for music from that release as well as selections from The Embarrassment.

Wednesday, February 7

Listen for music from Busted Jukebox Volume 2 from Shovels & Rope, featuring covers of songs from Concrete Blonde, Faith No More and Willie Nelson plus guest appearances from John Moreland, Nicole Atkins and others.

Thursday, February 8

We’ll hear selections from the recent self-titled release by Texas-based band Motorcade as well as music from Captain Squeegee.

Friday, February 9

In the late 1990s, Mark Deutrom found himself without a regular gig. Having been dismissed from his longtime post in the Melvins, Deutrom recorded an eclectic solo LP titled The Silent Treatment. We’ll hear selections from that release on this episode plus music from Rough Mix, the 1977 collaboration between Who guitarist Pete Townshend and Faces’ bassist Ronnie Lane.

Saturday, February 10

Break Apart is the new release from folk-inflected collective Tenderfoot. We’ll hear music from that recording as well as selections from John Grant’s Queen of Denmark. 

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