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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Archive is updated between midnight and 3:00 a.m. after the show airs.

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  1. Crashes On The Platinum Planet -- Big Dipper
  2. Push The Sky Away -- Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
  3. The Messenger -- Johnny Marr
  4. Honky Tonk -- Son Volt
  5. Impossible Truth -- William Tyler
  6. Amok -- Atoms For Peace
  7. Old World’s Ocean -- The Calamity Cubes
  8. Fade -- Yo La Tengo
  9. Electric -- Richard Thompson
  10. I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass -- Yo La Tengo

1. Push The Sky Away-- Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
2. Impossible Truth-- William Tyler
3. Forever Endeavour-- Ron Sexsmith
4. Mr. Music Head-- Adrian Belew
5. From A Window Seat (single)-- Dawes
6. Electric-- Richard Thompson
7. Untamed Beast-- Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside
8. The Ides-- Me Like Bees
9. Cough Cough-- Everything Everything
10. Wonderful, Glorious-- Eels

Carlie Armstrong / Matador Records

1. The group, which was founded in 1984 in Hoboken, New Jersey, takes its name from a sporting anecdote: Legend has it that during the 1962 season two members of the New York Mets––center fielder Richie Ashburn and shortstop Elio Chacon––collided on an all-too-frequent basis. A native of Venezuela, Chacon was confused when Ashburn would yell, “I’ve got it!” as he was going after a ball. A teammate intervened and told Ashburn that he might have more luck yelling "¡Yo la tengo!" (Spanish for “I’ve got it!”) instead. He did––only to be knocked about by left fielder Frank Thomas, who allegedly quipped, “What’s a yellow tango?”

1. Forever Endeavour -- Ron Sexsmith
2. Wonderful, Glorious -- Eels
3. Beat The Retreat: Songs by Richard Thompson -- Various Artists
4. Fade -- Yo La Tengo
5. Electr-O-Pura -- Yo La Tengo
 6. Electric -- Richard Thompson
7. OST: You’re Gonna Miss Me -- Roky Erickson
8.  II -- Unknown Mortal Orchestra
9. Get Up! -- Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite
 10. The Ides -- Me Like Bees

Pamela Littky / New West Records

With a career that dates back to the late 1960s Richard Thompson has recorded in numerous musical idioms and earned accolades for virtually every turn he's taken, but perhaps his most impressive moment as a recording artist came in 2002 with the album 1000 Years of Popular Music.

1. Get Up -- Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite
2. Electric -- Richard Thompson
3. Regions of Light and Sound of God -- Jim James
4. Wonderful Glorious -- Eels
5. Forever Endeavour -- Ron Sexsmith
6. Cool Cocoon -- The Spinto Band
7. Ariel + The Undertow -- Ariel + The Undertow
8. Hummingbird -- Local Natives
9. Fade -- Yo La Tengo
10. I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One -- Yo La Tengo

1. Fade --Yo La Tengo
2. Paragraph Nights--Drgn King
3. The Travel Guide--The Travel Guide
4. Gold Yeller--Oil Boom
5. Treatment Bound: A Ukulele Tribute to The Replacements--Bright-Little-Field
6. Ariel + The Undertow--Ariel + The Undertow
7. Wing Beat Fantastic--Mike Keneally
8. Kiko--Los Lobos
9. Rumours Revisited--Various Artists
10. Push The Sky Away--Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

1. Fade--Yo La Tengo
2. Tempest--Bob Dylan
3. Shields--Grizzly Bear
4. Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran--Jamey Johnson
5. The Lion’s Roar--First Aid Kit
6. Rumours Revisited--Various Artists
7. Wing Beat Fantastic--Mike Keneally
8. Kiko--Los Lobos
9. Low Rent Hymns--Curt Mitchell
10. Light Up Gold--Parquet Courts

Dead Silos recently performed in the KMUW music library as part of Currency Exchange, KMUW's live-performance series.

  1. The Magic Door-- Chris Robinson Brotherhood
  2. Boing, We’ll Do It Live!--The Aristocrats
  3. Wing Beat Fantastic --Mike Keneally
  4. Electricity Vol.1 --Wayne Gottstine
  5. Liberty. Solidarity.

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