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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KMUW Music is celebrating National Saxophone Day, the birthday of saxophone inventor Adolphe Sax, with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Monday, November 6 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village devotes Monday night's program to saxophone music and musicians from around the world, including Africa's Manu Dibango and Seun Kuti, the Skatalites and Dean Fraser from Jamaica, Balkan artists Fanfare Ciocarlia and Boris Kovac, plus a bossa nova classic from jazz saxophonist Stan Getz.

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Wednesday, November 1

Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo has just issued the latest in a long line of solo recordings. Titled Electric Trim the record features guest appearances from Nels Cline of Wilco, Sharon Van Etten and Ranaldo’s Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley. We’ll hear from Electric Trim on this episode plus selections from Roadkill Ghost Choir’s new effort, False Youth Etcetera.

Thursday, November 2

In 1983 British progressive rock trio Genesis was still enjoying the success of its previous album Abacab, its real breakthrough on American radio and pop charts. Titled Genesis, the group’s follow-up would feature some of the band’s final straightforward prog rock songs as future recordings found the Phil Collins-led outfit increasingly influenced by Top 40 sounds. We’ll hear from that self-titled Genesis release on this episode of the show plus selections from Liquid Tension Experiment, featuring members of King Crimson and Dream Theater.

Friday, November 3

It’s our New Month, New Music feature with selections from One of These Days, the latest album from British funk band The Haggis Horns, a group declared “the best horn section in the world” by producer Mark Ronson. Plus selections from the latest by Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Soul of a Woman.

Saturday, November 4

Though hailed as one of the most promising heavy metal bands of the early 1980s, Seattle’s Queensrÿche responded with a 1986 recording that had virtually nothing in common with that genre. Titled Rage For Order, the album featured touches of new wave, pop and hints of dance music. We’ll hear selections from Rage For Order on this episode plus new music from legendary British drummer Simon Phillips and his fusion band, Protocol.

Monday, November 6

We celebrate the birthday of Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone, with selections from Morphine, Moon Hootch, Colin Stetson, Roland Kirk and more.

Tuesday, November 7

Listen for music from Joni Mitchell on her 74th birthday. Plus covers of her songs from Prince, Crosby, Stills & Nash and more.

Wednesday, November 8

Released in 1968 Odessey & Oracle was the second and, for many years, final album from British group The Zombies. Notable for the inclusion of “Time of the Season,” the album has grown a devoted following in the nearly 50 years since its release with bands such as OK GO, The Avett Brothers and Of Montreal covering its songs. Listen for selections from the newly-reissued album as well as music from Mavis Staples’ brand-new effort, If All I Was Was Black.

KMUW Music is celebrating Halloween with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Tuesday, October 31 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village celebrates Halloween with some music tricks and treats, ghosts and goblins, and lots of spirited and scary sounds.

The special continues on Strange Currency with music from Roky Erickson, Ghost, John Carpenter and The Cramps. 

In the 1980s, Ozzy Osbourne had a reputation for launching the careers of talented younger players. His original guitarist, Randy Rhoads, was a classically-trained wunderkind whose untimely death in early 1982 punctuated the brightness with which his star burned. There would be a succession of six-stringers who passed through the former Black Sabbath vocalist’s camp: Brad Gillis would have mainstream success with the band Nigh Ranger, Jake E. Lee would become one of the great unsung players of the ‘80s.

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Friday, October 20

Derelicts is the first album in six years from Swedish duo Carbon Based Lifeforms. We’ll hear selections from this release as well as music from Robert Plant’s 2005 effort Might ReArranger.

Saturday, October 21

Masseduction is the latest release from Tulsa-born musician Annie Clark, who performs under the name St. Vincent. We’ll hear music from this recording plus selections from Lotta Sea Lice, the new collaborative effort from Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile.

Monday, October 23

Released in 1993, Fate of Nations would be Robert Plant’s final solo album for nearly a decade. The record featured a cover of Tim Hardin’s “If I Were In A Carpenter” as well as the hits “29 Palms” and “I Believe,” a song he wrote for his son Karac, who died in 1977 at the age of five. We’ll hear selections from this album as well as from Led Zeppelin’s final official studio release, 1979’s In Through The Out Door.

Tuesday, October 24

Listen for music from Deerhoof’s latest, Mountain Moves. We’ll hear selections from that recording as well as Everything All At Once from Birds.

Wednesday, October 25

Personal Boy is the latest EP from Har Mar Superstar, the name under which soul/R&B-influenced musician Sean Tillman performs. We’ll hear selections from that recording as well as selections from Space4Lease’s latest.

Thursday, October 26

Colors is the long-awaited thirteenth release from Beck. Listen for music from the album as well as selections from the latest by singer-songwriter Jeffrey Martin, One Go Around.

Friday, October 27

Released in 1978, Cats Under the Stars is the one and only studio album credited to the Jerry Garcia Band. Joining him on the effort his bandmates from the Grateful Dead, Keith and Donna Godchaux, plus his longtime rhythm section of Ron Tutt and John Kahn. We’ll hear songs from Cats Under the Stars on this episode plus music from PJ Harvey’s 1992 release Dry. We'll also remember legendary musician Fats Domino who passed away October 25 at the age of 89. 

Saturday, October 28

Dreamland is Robert Plant’s 2002 covers collection featuring songs written by Bob Dylan, Tim Buckley and others. We’ll hear music from that recording plus music from Joan Osborne’s recent Songs of Bob Dylan album.

Monday, October 30

Listen for selections from Robert Plant’s 1982 solo debut, Pictures At Eleven as well as Kirk Ross’ Cartwheel.

Tuesday, October 31

It’s our annual Halloween celebration with music from Roky Erickson, Ghost, John Carpenter and The Cramps. 

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Thursday, October 12

Carry Fire is the latest album from Robert Plant. The record finds the former Led Zeppelin vocalist in typically adventurous form. We’ll hear selections from this release as well as the new single by Wichita’s The Its, featuring Kendall Newby of Moreland & Arbuckle as well as his a few of his former bandmates from the band Black Gasoline.

Friday, October 13

We’ll mark Friday The 13th with selections from The Cure, Jeff Beck Group and others.

Saturday, October 14

One Go Around is the latest release by Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter Jeffrey Martin. We’ll hear music him plus selections from Neil Young’s 2017 archival release, Hitchhiker.

Monday, October 16

Sky Trails is the new jazz-inflected release from music legend David Crosby. The recording may surprise fans of his work as a member of Crosby, Stills & Nash with its contemporary sensibilities but it’s consistent with the sense of adventure Crosby has held onto in his 50-plus years as a recording artist. Listen for music from this release plus songs from the vocalist’s time as a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Tuesday, October 17

Chris Hillman’s work with The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers and Manassas is well-known. Now in his 70s, the veteran musician has returned with the Tom Petty-produced Bidin’ My Time. We’ll hear selections from Hillman’s latest plus from Petty’s mid-90s effort Wildflowers.

Wednesday, October 18

Released in 1988, Now and Zen was Robert Plant’s fourth solo release and most commercially successful record since leaving Led Zeppelin. The album featured hits such as “Ship of Fools” as well as “Tall Cool One” and “Heaven Knows” (both of which featured his Led Zeppelin cohort, Jimmy Page). Listen for music from that album as well as music from Page’s Outrider, issued the same year.

Thursday, October 19

We’ll hear music from Procol Harum’s 1968 effort Shine on Brightly plus Steve Windwood’s 1980 effort, Arc of A Diver.

“I’m not just OK,” says Kim Rancourt, raconteur, archivist, tour guide, songwriter, etc. and so forth. “I’m A-OK.” He’s speaking from Brooklyn, a place he’s called home long enough to be a native, though he’s a Michigander by birth and raising. He emerged from Royal Oak, a small-ish Detroit suburb that reached its peak population in the 1960s and ‘70s. Today, it boasts less than 60,000, though Rancourt would find escape in a less populated region, travelling to the state’s sparsely populated Upper Peninsula to attend Northern Michigan University.

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John Prine remains a singular voice in American music. It’s fitting that his biography fits with the mythology of the nation as well. He grew up in Chicago in the post-World War II era, joined the Army and came home, taking a job as postman. He delivered mail by day and, in his telling, often wrote songs in his head, trying them out on his guitar when he returned home. Along with writers such as Steve Goodman, Bonnie Koloc and others, he became a central figure of the Chicago folk revival.


KMUW Music is celebrating National Coffee Day with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Crossroads on Friday, September 29 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village is brewing up an entire show devoted to great java songs from the likes of Bob Marley, Willie Bobo, the Ink Spots, Herbie Mann, Robert Plant, Bob Dorough and more.

The special continues on Strange Currency with selections from Prince, Squeeze, Bob Dylan, Paul Westerberg and John Hiatt, among others.

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Monday, October 2

Released in 1983, The Principle of Moments was Robert Plant’s second solo album and the first to reach wide commercial appeal, thanks in part to the single “Big Log.” The album saw Plant teaming with a cast of musicians that included his longtime friend and frequent collaborator Phil Collins. We’ll hear selections from this release as well as Cavedweller, the solo debut release by Matt Cameron, known for his work with Temple of the Dog, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.

Tuesday, October 3

Gathering is the latest release from singer-songwriter Josh Ritter. The album features Ritter’s signature literate, poignant lyrics as well as guest appearance from the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir. We’ll hear from this release as well as music from Loudon Wainwright III’s Last Man on Earth.

Wednesday, October 4

We celebrate World Animal Day with music from Harry Nilsson, The Beatles, Wings, The Kinks, Lil Bub and many more.

Thursday, October 5

We'll remember musician Tom Petty, who died earlier this week at age 66, with selections from his solo work, with his longtime band The Heartbreakers and as a guest player and as producer with Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, Johnny Cash and more. Plus selections from Petty's time with Traveling Wilburys, the supergroup featuring Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison.

Friday, October 6

It’s our New Month, New Music feature with selections from Reeves Gabrels and His Imaginary Friends, The Oh Sees, and Primus. Plus, a birthday celebration for Tommy Stinson, former bassist for The Replacements; we’ll hear music from his work with that band plus Bash & Pop, Soul Asylum and more.

Saturday, October 7

The Replacements earned a reputation for wild, sloppy and frequently defiant live shows, leading band co-founder Tommy Stinson to suggest that the reason there were no live albums from the band was that there wasn’t much to be found. That changes with For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s, a Holy Grail performance which captures the band in February, 1986 at the legendary Hoboken, New Jersey club. It’s also among the group’s final live performances with founding member, guitarist Bob Stinson, who died in 1995. We’ll hear music from that recording plus selections from the 2002 Johnny Thunders release, You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory.

Monday, October 9

We celebrate the birthday of John Lennon with selections from his time in The Beatles plus his solo work and collaborations with artists such as David Bowie and Harry Nilsson.

Tuesday, October 10

In 1972, Pink Floyd traveled to Pompeii, Italy to perform at the city’s ancient Roman amphitheater to an audience of no one. The band’s guitarist, David Gilmour, returned to the city in 2016 for a performance in front of thousands of fans. A new live set chronicles Gilmour’s shows there in July of that year. The material spans from his time in Pink Floyd to his most recent solo work. We’ll hear selections from that release plus music from Pete Townshend’s 1985 album White City: A Novel, to which Gilmour made significant contributions. 

Wednesday, October 11

Hallelujah Anyhow is the latest release from Hiss Golden Messenger, the name under which musician MC Taylor performs. We’ll hear selections from this new effort plus music by Bob Mould from his 1989 solo debut, Workbook.