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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Wednesday, March 9

In early 2015, Rob Crow of the band Pinback announced that he was leaving the music business. A year later he’s just released an album titled You’re Doomed. Be Nice.. Credited to Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place, the release is filled with humor (and dark humor) and unlike many of Crow’s recordings is a wide-ranging collaboration. We’ll hear selections from that recording as well as music from the latest effort by Nada Surf. 

Thursday, March 10 

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Tuesday, March 1

Changes is the brand-new release from acclaimed vocalist Charles Bradley. The title track is a cover of a poignant track from Black Sabbath’s Vol. 4 but Bradley makes the tune all his own. We’ll hear selections from that release on this episode of the show as well as music from the latest release by Mavis Staples. 

Wednesday, March 2 

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Tuesday, February 23 

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Friday, February 12

In 1970 Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys stumbled upon two teenaged musicians who knew the repertoire of the Stanley Brothers better than most. Stanley was impressed enough that he suggested the pair record an album of that music backed by his band. Those two upstarts, Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs, did exactly that the following year. They also recorded two more records with Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys.

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Monday, February 1

Buddy Miller is a prolific songwriter, producer and musician whose work includes credits with Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant and numerous albums as a solo artist and with his wife Julie.

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Monday, January 18

Tell Me I’m Pretty is the latest release from Cage The Elephant. We’ll hear selections from that recording as well as music from our Best of 2015 list.

Tuesday, January 19

Listen for music from Sonic Youth, Los Lobos and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, all acts represented on our Best Music-Related Books of 2015

Wednesday, January 20

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Friday, January 1

Listen for selections from Wichita’s The Travel Guide and the group’s brand new record Trading A Dream as well as selections from Sonic Youth’s 1994 release Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star.

Saturday, January 2

Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush is an impressive boxed set that examines the multi-decade career of R&B/blues great Bobby Rush. We’ll hear selections from that as well as music from Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings.

Monday, January 4

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Strange Currency--hosted by Jedd Beaudoin--airs six nights a week from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. on KMUW, bringing you new releases, old favorites and forgotten classics. 

In addition to his overall "Best of 2015" list, Jedd offers several "best of" categories this year, including best indies, reissues, music films and DVDs, and local regional releases.

Los Lobos: Dream In Blue by Chris Morris (University of Texas Press)

Chris Morris provides a critical study of Los Lobos that reveals things even hardcore fans may not have known. At 182 pages it’s a slender volume but one never senses that there’s anything missing. This is a long overdue study of the best band in North America.

Petty: The Biography by Warren Zanes (Henry Holt and Co.)

Tuesday, December 22

Listen for brand new music from The Travel Guide as well as selections from the Velvet Underground.

Wednesday, December 23

We’ll celebrate the birthday of guitarist/vocalist Adrian Belew with selections from his work with Paul Simon, Talking Heads, King Crimson, Frank Zappa and as a solo artist.

Thursday, December 24

Celebrate the holiday season with music from Flaming Lips, The Wood Brothers, Harry Nilsson and The Kinks. 

Friday, December 25