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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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. 

Peter Cunningham

For Those Who Came After: Songs of Resistance from the Spanish Civil War is the latest release by stalwart New York City band Barbez. Joining the collective on this historically charged recording is vocalist Velina Brown, a longstanding member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe. The material heard on For Those Who Came After celebrates the International Brigades, including the American Abraham Lincoln Brigade (ALB), which pledged solidarity against fascism between 1936 and 1938 in Spain.

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Wednesday, January 24

Listen for selections from the 2017 release from Reeves Gabrels, Imaginary Friends Live plus music from Jean Luc Ponty’s 1977 album Enigmatic Ocean.

Thursday, January 25

We’ll hear music from Learn To Swim, the 2017 effort from The Cavves plus music from For Sale: Live At Maxwell’s 1986 from The Replacements.

Friday, January 26

When The Replacements came to an abrupt end in 1991, founding member Tommy Stinson formed a new project named Bash & Pop. That group issued one album, 1993’s Friday Night Is Killing Me, before disbanding for nearly 25 years. We’ll hear selections from the 2017 reissue of Friday Night Is Killing Me as well as music from A Nod Is As Good As a Wink … to a Blind Horse, the 1971 album from Faces, featuring Rod Stewart, Kenney Jones (The Who) and Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones).

Saturday, January 27

We remember some of the musicians we lost in 2017, including Allan Holdsworth, Chuck Berry and Tom Petty.

Monday, January 29

Listen for music from Especially For You, the 1986 release from The Smithereens as well as Based On A True Story, the 1988 album by The Del-Lords. We'll also remember Mark E. Smith, front man of the British post-punk band The Fall. Smith died last week at the age of 60.

Tuesday, January 30

 We’ll hear selections from Shuttered Room, the 1982 debut by The Fixx plus selections from Play Deep, the 1985 release from The Outfield.

Wednesday, January 31

We preview our February features: Simple Minds and Nona Hendryx.

Thursday, February 1

 We’ll hear music from Life In A Day, the 1977 debut from Simple Minds as well as selections from Songs to Learn and Sing, the 1985 release from Echo & The Bunnymen.

Friday, February 2

 It’s our New Month, New Music feature including selections from Walk Between Worlds by Simple Minds, the latest from First Aid Kit and more.

Saturday, February 3

 Listen for selections from The Fugitive, the 1983 release from Genesis co-founder Tony Banks as well as his bandmate, Mike Rutherford’s 1980 solo debut, Smallcreep’s Day. 

Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World

Billy Bragg, Faber & Faber Social

Skiffle remains a phenomenon largely foreign to American listeners. Here, musician and activist Billy Bragg describes the music that inspired the likes of Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney and countless others across England in the years after World War II. You can trace a direct line from this music to the early, amphetamine-fueled work of The Beatles straight down to the Sex Pistols.

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