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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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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5:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

March Goes Beyond 'Indie' With Beck, of Montreal

Morning Phase is the latest release from featured artist, Beck.
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Monday, March 3: Blank Project is the latest release by Swedish-born singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry and her first album in 18 years. Cherry has said that the album is in part a mourning of her mother, who died in 2009. The singer is perhaps best known for her 1989 dance hit “Buffalo Stance.” We’ll hear from that record plus selections from featured artist Beck’s latest album, Morning Phase, his first album since 2008 and a record he has called a companion piece to his somber 2002 album Sea Change.

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1:17 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Oxford American's Annual Music Issue, 'Muscle Shoals' Documentary Soundtrack

Wednesday's feature: The soundtrack of Muscle Shoals, a documentary about the small Alabama town of the same name, its recording studios and the now-famous musicians who recorded there.

Monday, Feb. 24 2014: Lake Street Dive is comprised of musicians who met at the New England Conservatory in Boston a decade ago. The collective draws on elements of Stax, Motown, and jazz for its unique sound, which can be heard on the group’s latest release, Bad Self Portraits. We’ll hear from that as well as from Dark Night of the Soul, the latest from Jimbo Mathus and The Tri-State Coalition.

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5:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Saluting Presidents' Day, Harry Nilsson, And The Beatles' Solo Projects

"Of Great and Mortal Men: 43 Songs for 43 U.S. Presidencies"

Monday, Feb. 17 2014: We team up with Global Village and Night Train for a Presidents’ Day special featuring selections from some politically active musicians, including Joe Walsh, Frank Zappa, Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys, and others, plus some quasi-political musings from Little Feat, Ian Hunter, and selections from Of Great and Mortal Men: 43 Songs For 43 U.S. Presidencies.

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8:45 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Celebrating Peter Gabriel's 64th Birthday, Valentine's Day

Monday, February 10: Marissa Nadler is a singer-songwriter whose work touches on themes associated with writers such as Edgar Allen Poe and influenced by work of folk musicians such as Joni Mitchell, Robbie Basho, and John Fahey. Her latest release is July, a record produced by Randall Dunn, whose previous credits include work with heavy metal bands Wolves in the Throne Room, Sunn 0))), and Earth. We’ll hear from that as well as Oh No! Not Jazz!, the brand new recording from the Ed Palermo Big Band.

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8:40 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Hear New Music From Drive-By Truckers, Haden Triplets, And Classics From Harry Nilsson, The Beatles

Hear music from the Drive-By Truckers all week on Strange Currency.

All Week: Hear the new song from Drive-By Truckers, “Pauline Hawkins,” from the upcoming release English Oceans.

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11:19 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Best Music of 2013

Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin, Chris Heim, Carla Eckels and Bill Pearce run down the best in music for 2013 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, rockumentaries and books about music.

Join KMUW's music hosts throughout January on Global Village, Strange Currency, Night Train, Crossroads, Soulsations and Straight No Chaser for a month-long feature of the Best of 2013. See individual show pages for more information on upcoming shows and to listen to past shows through the streaming archive.

Best of 2013 lists:

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