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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Thursday, December 22

Released in 1995, Outside saw David Bowie reunite with producer/collaborator Brian Eno for the first time in over a decade. The conceptually-driven record featured a number of pieces credited to the pair, including “Hallo Spaceboy.” We’ll hear selections from that recording on this episode of the show as well as music from Prince’s soundtrack to the 1989 Tim Burton-directed film Batman.

Friday, December 23

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Thursday, December 15

Released just before his death in early 2016, Blackstar was widely received as one of David Bowie’s best albums in more than a decade. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as music from former Bowie guitarist Adrian Belew’s 1997 release Op Zop Too Wah.

Friday, December 16

We’ll celebrate guitarist Aaron Moreland’s birthday with selections from his work with Moreland & Arbuckle as well as music from Tom Page and more.

Saturday, December 17

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Wednesday, December 7

We celebrate the birthday of musician Tom Waits with selections from throughout his career as well covers of some of his best-known songs from Bill Frisell and Petra Haden, John Hammond and others. 

Thursday, December 8

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“Sometimes it’s uncomfortable and weird,” says Gwynneth Haynes, discussing the creation of her new recent album All Are One. The record marks Haynes’ solo debut after a decade of fronting the Portland, Oregon-based Sophe Lux. With that group she issued records such as 2002’s Plastic Apples and 2006’s Waking The Mystics. The music demonstrated Haynes’ uncanny ability to create songs that were both memorable but filled with dramatic tension and unexpected turns.

Monday, November 28

The musical Lazarus was one several projects David Bowie oversaw in the last year of this life. A new cast recording from the stage production has just been released and, in addition to renditions of classic Bowie material such as “The Man Who Sold the World” and “Changes,” there are three new studio recordings, tracked during sessions for what became Bowie’s final album, Blackstar. We’ll hear selections from Lazarus on this episode of the show as well as music from Pink Martini.

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Monday, November 21

Swedish band Goat performs in masks and remains wrapped in deep mystery. The group is back with a double LP that draws attentions to its world and heavy rock interests. It’s the band’s idea of an unplugged album but it’s anything but what you’d expect. We’ll hear from Goat’s Requiem on this episode as well as music from Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath, the Latin-infused Black Sabbath tribute project.

Tuesday, November 22

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Thursday, November 10

Stick Men is the musical project featuring Pat Mastelotto and Tony Levin of King Crimson as well as Markus Reuter, who has collaborated with both musicians in The Crimson ProjeKCt. Stick Men’s latest release is titled Prog Noir. We’ll hear selections from that as well as music from Mike Watt’s Ring Spiel ‘95 live album featuring Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam and Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters.

Friday, November 11

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Tuesday, November 1

Listen for selections from the synth-driven project Dynatron’s new release, The Rigel Axiom as well as selections from French synth artist Tommy ‘86’s latest, Transhumanism.

Wednesday, November 2

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Wednesday, October 26

Songbook is a new covers collection from Mia Doi Todd. The collection features songs written by Prince, Joni Mitchell, and Townes Van Zandt among others. We’ll hear selections from that record as well as music from She Haunts My Dreams, the 1999 release from Spain.

Thursday, October 27

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Wednesday, October 19 

When guitarist Jack Rose died in 2009 at the age of 38 of an apparent heart attack, he left behind a small but impressive body of work. Working in a style of acoustic guitar known as American primitivism, Rose drew on a wide range of influences that included Indian raga music, blues, country and even the avant garde. We’ll hear selections from several of Rose’s major releases, which are now being reissued. Also listen for music from Thalia Zedek’s latest, Eve.

Thursday, October 20