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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Monday, June 26

We’re All Alright is the eighteenth studio album from Cheap Trick and the second to feature drummer Daxx Nielsen, the son of guitarist and founding member Rick Nielsen. We’ll hear selections from this record, including a cover of song by The Move, the band would ultimately spawn Electric Light Orchestra. We’ll also hear more music from the self-titled debut by The Magpie Salute, the band featuring former Black Crowes guitarists Rich Robinson and Marc Ford.

Tuesday, June 27

Step Into Light is the latest album from Fastball, the band best known for its late 1990s hit “The Way.” This new effort finds the band blending elements of its classic sound with contemporary sensibilities on a record that stands as one of the group’s best efforts to date. We’ll hear from it on this episode of the show as well as music from the Spirit of the Stairs release Lambo Doors.

Wednesday, June 28

Weather Diaries is the first album of new material from veteran shoegaze band Ride in 21 years. Listen for music from that effort as well as the latest by Slowdive, that group’s first new recording in 22 years.

Thursday, June 29

So You Want To Be An Outlaw is the latest release from singer-songwriter Steve Earle. Listen for music from it as well as selections from his son Justin Townes Earle’s latest, Kids In The Street.

Friday, June 30

Woodstock is the brand new release from Alaskan band Portugal. The Man. Some of the material dates to before the group’s previous effort, Evil Friends, and features production work from Danger Mouse and Mike D of the Beastie Boys. We’ll hear music from that effort as well as selections from Paul McCartney’s experimental electronic project The Fireman.

Friday, June 16

The Magpie Salute reunites former Black Crowes guitarists Marc Ford and Rich Robinson in a band that combines expansive classic rock sensibilities with soul and R&B influences. We’ll hear selections from the self-titled debut from The Magpie Salute plus selections from the latest by Gov’t Mule, Revolution Come …. Revolution Go

Saturday, June 17

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Friday, June 9

Released in 1987 The Joshua Tree transformed U2 from a favorite band of rock critics into mainstream superstars. The band has just released a deluxe edition of the album, featuring B-sides, rarities and a Madison Square Garden concert from the same year. Listen for selections from that effort on this episode of the show as well as music from the latest by former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters, Is This The Life We Really Want?, his first collection of all-new material since 1992.

Saturday, June 10

White Knight is the latest release from Todd Rundgren. The album fuses Rundgren’s classic pop and soul sensibilities with his more recent interest in electronic dance music. It also features collaborations from Robyn, Trent Reznor with Atticus Ross and Daryl Hall. We’ll hear selections from it on this episode of Strange Currency as well as music from former Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe.

Monday, June 12

Released 40 years ago, Bob Marley’s Exodus remains not only one of his most popular but most beloved albums. To celebrate the record’s anniversary, Marley’s son Ziggy has delivered a reimagined version of the record titled Exodus 40: The Movement Continues. The collection features new vocal elements left off the original record as well as new versions of classic songs that retain the elder Marley’s performances. Listen for music from that recording as well as music from Andre Cymone.

Tuesday, June 13

Chuck is the first album of new material from Chuck Berry in nearly 40 years. It was completed before the musician’s passing earlier this year and features contributions from Gary Clarke Jr. among others. We’ll hear music from it on this episode as well as selections from the latest by Low Cut Connie.

Wednesday, June 14

After leaving Prince’s band in 1981, Andre Cymone embarked on a promising solo career, which he launched with the album Living in the New Wave. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as music from Tommy ‘86’s Transhumanism.

Thursday, June 15

We’ll hear music from Old Crow Medicine Show’s 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde plus music from Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie. The two longtime Fleetwood Mac members have just released their first-ever collaborative recording. The self-titled effort has its roots in an aborted attempt to make a new Fleetwood Mac album and features all members of that band except Stevie Nicks.

Thursday, June 1

We celebrate the birthday of Simon Gallup, bassist with The Cure. We’ll hear selections from throughout his tenure with that band plus his work with the short lived band Fools Dance. You can also hear selections from A Kiss in the Dream House from Siouxsie and The Banshees.

Friday, June 2

It’s our New Month, New Music show with selections from Low Cut Connie, Los Straitjackets and music from the latest by Justin Townes Earle, Kids in the Street.

Saturday, June 3

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Thursday, May 18

We'll remember vocalist Chris Cornell, known for his work with Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave. Cornell's death, at age 52, was announced this morning. 

Friday, May 19

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Tuesday, May 9

The Grateful Dead performed many legendary shows across the band’s career but the San Francisco unit’s performance at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York on May 8, 1977 remains the stuff of legend with hardcore Dead fans declaring it one of the all-time best from the group. We’ll hear selections from the newly-released three-disc set from that show as well as music from guitarist Thurston Moore’ s new album Rock ‘n’ Roll Consciousness.

Wednesday, May 10

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Monday, May 1

Old Crow Medicine show has a long history with Bob Dylan. The legendary singer received co-writing credit on the band’s first major single, “Wagon Wheel” and, now, to celebrate 50 years of his classic album Blonde on Blonde, Old Crow Medicine Show has covered the release in its entirety. Listen for selections from 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde plus selections from the brand new release from the Mark Lanegan Band’s latest, Gargoyle.

Tuesday, May 2

Tuesday, April 18

We’ll remember guitar legend Allan Holdsworth, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 70. We’ll hear selections from his work with the bands U.K., Bruford, and Soft Machine in addition to work from his decades-spanning solo career.

Wednesday, April 19

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Wednesday, April 12

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, PLS PLS (pronounced: Please Please) has recently issued the album Jet Black. The band’s dizzying blend of contemporary rock and pop influences is on full display on this release which calls to mind a more accessible Radiohead while standing firmly on its own feet. We’ll hear selections from this recording as well as music from the latest by Vehicles, Echo.

Thursday, April 13

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Saturday, April 1

Legends & Lies: We look back on some of the most popular scams, spoofs and urban legends of rock and pop music with selections from Phil Collins, The Beatles, Red Rider and more.

Monday, April 3