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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Tuesday, November 18: Released in 1992, Wish was the ninth studio album from British band The Cure, we’ll hear from that release as well as from Burning From the Inside, the 1983 release from influential British gothic rock band Bauhaus.

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Tuesday, November 11: Mathmagicians is the second album from Wichita, Kansas band Japanese Game Show, we’ll hear selections from that as well as new music from another Kansas band, 80 Proof Engine.

Saturday, November 1: We provide an extensive overview of the late Jack Bruce’s career, spanning from his work with Cream and German trumpeter Michael Mantler, as a solo artist and with Robin Trower.

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Monday, October 27: Based in Bloomington, Indiana Lily and Madeleine are sisters in their late teens whose sophisticated sound recalls bands such as Arcade Fire and Fleet Foxes as well as Swedish sister act First Aid Kit. We’ll hear selections from Fumes, the brand new release by Lily and Madeleine as well as music from Jacksonville, Florida’s psychedelic rock outfit Sunbears. We'll also remember bass legend Jack Bruce, who died Saturday.

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Friday, October 17: Although he achieved little more than cult status in the United States, Irish-born guitarist Rory Gallagher was well-loved throughout Europe. In 1974 Gallagher and his band mounted a tour of their home country that took them to some of the most troubled parts of Ireland during tumultuous political and social upheaval. The tour went off without incident and Gallagher emerged with one of his quintessential albums, Irish Tour.

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Thursday, October 9: Listen for selections from Dust Bowl Demos Pt. 3 from Wichita’s Tom Page Trio as well as featured music from Lucinda Williams and George Harrison.

Friday, October 10: We’ll hear from Los Lobos, Lucinda Williams and George Harrison.

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Wednesday, October 1: Released in late 1968, Wonderwall Music was the debut solo recording from Beatle George Harrison. Serving as the soundtrack to the film Wonderwall, the album is composed almost entirely of instrumental pieces and is an example of Harrison’s longstanding fascination with Indian music. We’ll hear selections from that album on this episode of Strange Currency as well as music from Floresta, the latest release from singer-songwriter Mia Doi Todd.

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Tuesday, September 23: Dead Man’s Town is a recreation of Bruce Springsteen’s classic 1984 album Born In The U.S.A.. It features contributions from Blitzen Trapper, Jason Isbell with Amanda Shires, and the North Mississippi Allstars among others. The album was a multimillion seller for Springsteen and a commercial triumph after his under-selling 1982 release, Nebraska. We’ll hear from both recordings on this episode of the show.

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Tuesday, September 16: Lateness of Dancers is the latest release from musicians M.C. Taylor and Scott Hirsch who perform under the name Hiss Golden Messenger. The music is acoustic-based and intimate with songs that touch on hard times and the hopes and fears of raising a family, among many other topics. We’ll hear from that recording as well as from lullaby and…the Ceaseless Roar, the latest release from September featured artist Robert Plant.

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Tuesday, September 9: North Carolina’s Holy Ghost Tent Revival has been praised for its blend of music from the 1960s (especially The Band) and contemporary sounds (think: Dr. Dog). The group’s debut album, The Right State of Mind is out now and we’ll hear from that release on this episode of Strange Currency as well as from Adult Roommates the latest from Somebody’s Darling, a release that appeals to fans of Bonnie Raitt and The Heartless Bastards.

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