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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On Strange Currency this Saturday, February 4, we'll remember English bassist and vocalist John Wetton, who died earlier this week at the age of 68 after a prolonged battle with cancer. Wetton is remembered for his work with Asia, King Crimson and a variety of collaborations, including work with Brian Eno, Bryan Ferry and original Yes guitarist Peter Banks.


Strange Currency airs from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. each Monday through Saturday on KMUW 89.1 FM.

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Wednesday, February 1

Best known for the 1984 hit “Obsession,” Los Angeles-based group Animotion had further chart success during that decade, though the band was dormant for much of the 1990s. Reunited in 2001, the outfit has just issued the LP Raise Your Expectations which updates the pop sound that fans have come to love. We’ll hear from this new recording on this episode of Strange Currency as well as music from Clem Snide’s You Were a Diamond

Thursday, February 2

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Thursday, January 19

We’ll hear selections from Spain’s 2016 release Carolina as well as music from Moreland & Arbuckle’s Promised Land or Bust.

Friday, January 20

On My Way is the latest from Kansas’ Split Lip Rayfield. Listen for selections from it as well as from Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy’s Hatchetations

Saturday, January 21

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“Sometimes it’s hard to know who my biggest fans are,” says Mia Doi Todd, settling into a phone conversation from her home in Los Angeles. On the line to discuss her latest release, Songbook, a record that finds the singer focusing on some of her favorite songs by other writers, Todd remains curious about the divides in American popular music. Her eclectic range has seen her release albums that have found critics placing her in the world, folk and indie categories though any one record easily defies easy classification. 

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Wednesday, January 11

On My Way is the latest release from Kansas-based trio Split Lip Rayfield. We’ll hear selections from that recording on this episode of the show as well as music from Cy J. Hamilton’s 2016 effort This Is What It Is.

Thursday, January 12

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Monday, January 2

For more 20 years, Oklahoma City’s Traindodge has been releasing adventurous rock music inspired by a diverse range of sources. The group’s latest release, Time Will Never Know Your Name, emerged at the end of 2016. We’ll hear selections from it as well as from the new EP by Nine Inch Nails, Not The Actual Events.

Tuesday, January 3

Promised Land or Bust is the 2016 album from Moreland and Arbuckle, we’ll hear selections from that recording as well as music from Spain’s Carolina

Any year-end list will have omissions and even a cursory glance at the ones below will reveal a fair share. The local/regional category alone proves problematic because it doesn’t have a slot for singles. Yet, the delightful Wichita father/son duo The Pents offered up a fine 45 this year. Wichita stalwart Tom Page presented a fine vinyl mini-LP titled Landlocked Volume 1 with contributions from False Flag, Alberto and Rosco Del Rio. Sloan Moon issued a new record this year and the band Vehicles is apparently pressing up fresh sounds as these words go live.

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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