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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10:53 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Archival releases from R.E.M., Orbison in spotlight this week

R.E.M.'s Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions
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Tuesday, May 20: R.E.M. remains the only band to ever twice headline MTV’s highly successful Unplugged series, once in 1991 and again a decade later. Despite the popularity of those performances, the Georgia-based band never released the music to a commercial audience. A new two-CD set offers listeners the first chance to hear not only those two shows in their entirety but previously unreleased material as well. We’ll hear from that recording as well as selections from Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, the latest release from Sturgill Simpson.

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3:05 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Strange Currency celebrates Stevie Wonder's birthday, numerous new releases

Tuesday: Along with Night Train and Global Village, Strange Currency will honor Stevie Wonder on the anniversary of his birthday.

Monday, May 12: All My Friends is a new two-CD set that serves as a tribute to Gregg Allman. It features a wide range of artists performing some of Allman’s best-loved songs. Guests include Martina McBride, Jackson Browne, Vince Gill and members of the Allman Brothers Band including Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes. We’ll hear selections from that record as well as Allman’s 2011 album Low Country Blues.

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4:53 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Black Keys, Old 97's featured on Strange Currency throughout May

Sufjan Stevens' Enjoy Your Rabbit featured Thursday.
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Thursday, May 1: Listen for selections from Enjoy Your Rabbit, the 2001 release from Sufjan Stevens. Unlike subsequent releases, this album consists of music that is driven primarily by electronics. The record is being reissued on the heels of another electronics-centric recording featuring Stevens, Sisyphus.

Friday, May 2: It’s our New Month, New Music feature: Listen for new releases from Old 97’s, The Black Keys, and Cloud Nothings, among others.

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2:37 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

A British rock classic turns 40, Jason Molina remembered

Eels' newest project featured Saturday
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Thursday, April 24: We’ll hear selections from The Delivery, the 2005 release from Solagget. Formed circa 2003 in Wichita, Kansas, the trio featured twin brothers Aaron and Sean Fanning on drums and bass, respectively, and guitar from David Lord. Recalling Pat Metheny’s classic collaboration with Bob Moses and Jaco Pastorius, 1976’s Bright Size Life plus contemporary acts such as Tortoise and The Sea and Cake, The Delivery is an independent classic. We’ll hear selections from that as well as the John Scofield Band’s 2003 release, Up All Night.

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7:11 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Veteran acts take the spotlight on Strange Currency this week

The highly anticipated Zappa album 'Roxy by Proxy' featured Saturday.
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Thursday, April 17:

Formed in 1981 Scotland’s Big Country’s biggest moment in the United States came with the 1983 album The Crossing, which featured the song “In A Big Country.” The band continued to have commercial success outside the United States after that release but The Crossing remains the group’s best-known work on these shores. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as music from Tin Can Trust, 2010 release by Los Lobos.

Friday, April 18:

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1:38 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Strange Currency celebrates Daltrey/Johnson collaboration and the city of Memphis

Featured Friday: Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltery's collaboration, Going Back Home
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Monday, April 7: Listen for selections from Waiting For Columbus, the 1978 live album by April featured artist Little Feat. The record featured many of the band’s classic songs from its first era (c.1971-79) but also featured the Tower of Power Horns. We’ll also hear selections from Phish’s 2010 performance of the album as well as selections from In My Soul, the new album by blues and soul artist Robert Cray.

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2:23 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Drive-By Truckers, Little Feat featured throughout April on Strange Currency

One of Strange Currency's April features, Drive-By Truckers

Monday, March 31: We’ll close out our March features on Beck and of Montreal and hear from our April featured acts Little Feat and Drive-By Truckers with a sampling from Little Feat’s 1973 release Dixie Chicken and Southern Rock Opera, the 2001 album from Drive-By Truckers. The record, true to its title, examines life in the south through the prism of legendary southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.

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2:30 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Cash, Hold Steady Return With New Music This Week

Featured Friday: Teeth Dreams from The Hold Steady

Monday, March 23 2014: Born in Memphis, Tenn., Alex Chilton was barely into his teens when he joined the band The Box Tops and scored a major hit with the song “The Letter.” By the end of the 1960s, Chilton had tired of teen fame and sought out a more mature sound in Big Star, a band that never achieved more than cult status but was remarkable for its memorable songs, many of them influenced by the sounds of British Invasion bands such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

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5:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

War on Drugs returns with a new, acclaimed release and Paul Rodgers revisits soul classics

Friday: English rocker and singer-song writer Paul Rodgers
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Monday, March 17: We’ll hear selections from the 1965 album Jackson C. Frank by American blues and folk musician Jackson Frank. The album, produced by Paul Simon, has just been reissued and stands as the only significant recording that the late musician did during his lifetime. Despite his status as a fairly obscure artist, his songs have been recorded by Sandy Denny, Nick Drake, Counting Crows, and Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes. Plus, selections from The Take Off and Landing of Everything by British progressive rock band Elbow.

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2:07 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Bridging the distance between progressive and punk

British 'Progressive' rockers, Yes, featured Saturday

Monday, March 10: Motivational Jumpsuit is the latest release by the Dayton, Ohio band Guided By Voices. The group has been releasing albums since the early 1980s and Motivational Jumpsuit is the first of at least two proposed Guided By Voices records for 2014. Led by former elementary school teacher Robert Pollard, the group blends elements of classic ‘60s pop with noisy punk sounds and touches of progressive rock across 20 songs on this new album, most of which clock in under the three minute mark.

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