Strange Currency

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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 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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Tuesday, January 16

Listen for selections from Drunk, the 2017 release by Thundercat, featuring guest appearances from Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar. We’ll also hear music from Michael McDonald’s 2017 effort, Wide Open.

Wednesday, January 17

We’ll hear music from Psychsploitation Today, the new release by The Prefab Messiahs as well as new music from the neo-psychedelic band Django Django.

Thursday, January 18

Listen for music from Strange Angels, the new tribute to blues great Elmore James featuring selections from Rodney Crowell, Tom Jones and Jamey Johnson. We’ll also hear performances by James himself, who died in 1963.

Friday, January 19

 We’ll hear music from Echo, the 2017 effort from Vehicles as well as selections from Split Lip Rayfield’s On My Way.

Saturday, January 20

Ruins is the first album of new material from First Aid Kit since 2014, listen for selections from it on this episode as well as for recent music by The Wichita Flag.

Monday, January 22

We’ll hear music from Tunnel Vision, the 2017 EP from Kill Vargas as well as selections from Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations.

Tuesday, January 23

We’ll hear music from Accomplice One, the new release from Tommy Emmanuel featuring guest appearances from Rodney Crowell, Amanda Shires and Ricky Skaggs, plus music from guitarist Julian Lage. 

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Monday, January 8

We remember David Bowie, born on January 8, 1947 with selections from throughout his career as well as covers of his songs from Winery Dogs, Spoon, Nirvana and others. We’ll also hear music from Bowie collaborators such as Earl Slick, Reeves Gabrels and Adrian Belew. 12

Tuesday, January 9

Listen for selections from the 2017 reissue of Prince and The Revolution’s Purple Rain as well as Best of 2017 music from Andre Cymone, Bash & Pop and St. Vincent.

Wednesday, January 10

We’ll hear music from St. Vincent’s 2017 LP Masseduction plus Best of 2017 music from Aaron Lee Martin, The Replacements and Gizmodrome.

Thursday, January 11

Listen for music from Aimee Mann’s 2017 album Mental Illness as well as Bash & Pop’s Anything Could Happen.

Friday, January 12

We’ll hear music from Adrian Belew’s 1990 album Young Lions plus examples of his more recent work with Gizmodrome and the Adrian Belew Power Trio.

Saturday, January 13

What Happens Next is the brand-new album from guitarist Joe Satriani. For this latest effort, the Long Island-born musician teams with Red Hot Chili Peppers/Chicken Foot drummer Chad Smith and former Deep Purple vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes for 12 instrumental tracks. Listen for music from that recording as well as selections from Wrong Creatures the latest by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

Monday, January 15

Listen for selections from Shake The Cage, the 2017 album from singer-songwriter Freddie Nelson as well as live music from Big Star. 

Recordings For The People’s Freedom Vol. 1 with Mike Unruh and Craig Owens’ Bodo Trio’s She’s So Poplar deserve special mention as does Cleme’s Unfold. Joel Cachero’s Golden Living project issued a hefty listening experience via Autoscopy and Kyle Cramb’s The Coma Calling offered plenty for our listening pleasure as well.

Finding good music in the aforementioned crop wasn’t problematic, though finding the right category for the nature of the releases was. With more acts issuing EPs, it seemed necessary to open a category for that form as well. Releases that were 30 minutes or less in running time or presented as EPs were placed in that category while recordings with longer running times or which presented themselves as traditional albums (generally 10 or more songs, with some exceptions) landed there.

There is not a category at this time for singles, though Herd of the Huntress offered two tracks (“You Drew the Blood” and “Intersection Yellows”) to listeners this year. Sunshine Trucking brought us an A/B side effort via “Cold Woman Blues” and The T**s presented new material without the traditional album/EP structure as well.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of the local/regional music available from 2017 with recordings from Keen Kutter, Faux Reality and Tideway also available in a variety of formats.

  1. On My Way—Split Lip Rayfield
  2. Learned Behavior—Aaron Lee Martin
  3. Echo—Vehicles
  4. Tickor—Francis Moss
  5. Michael J. Engdahl’s Odisea—Michael J. Engdahl’s Odisea
  6. So Long and Thanks—Milmine
  7. Haymakers—Haymakers
  8. Return to the Earth Which You Have Borrowed—William Bloom
  9. Soul Shattered Sister—Jim Vegas
  10. Everything, Compromised—Berry

Best EPs (Releases with a running time of 30 minutes or less) 

  1. Intruder—Team Tremolo
  2. The Wichita Flag—The Wichita Flag
  3. Dik Dik Sounds—The World Palestine
  4. Tunnel Vision—Kill Vargas
  5. Waste of Kings—Bridegeist
  6. Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations—Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations
  7. Learn To Swim—The Cavves
  8. Consolation Prize—Old News
  9. When The Sun Shines—Shawn Craver
  10. Traveler—William Flynn 

  1. Gizmodrome—Gizmodrome
  2. Nexus—Virgil and Steve Howe
  3. For Those Who Came After: Songs of Resistance from the Spanish Civil War—Barbez
  4. The World of Captain Beefheart—Nona Hendryx & Gary Lucas
  5. Shake The Cage—Freddy Nelson
  6. Face—Pat Mastelotto & Markus Reuter
  7. The Subversive Nature of Kindness—Thor and Friends
  8. Blister Steel—Roselit Bone
  9. To The Bone—Steven Wilson
  10. From Silence to Somewhere—Wobbler 

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