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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Thursday, April 14

In 1996 former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde released the album Book of Shadows. Demonstrating a more introspective style of songwriting than some expected, the record was more influenced by the Allman Brothers Band and Elton John than Black Sabbath and Judas Priest.

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Friday, April 1

It’s a new month and that means new music. We’ll run down new releases from Cheap Trick, Bob Mould, Robert Pollard and others with special attention shed on City Sun Eater in the River of Light, the latest from New York’s Woods. The band has released nine LPs to date but this new release spotlights a new sense of melodicism that calls to mind psychedelic sounds, Ethiopian jazz and classic rock from the 1970s.

Tuesday, March 22

We’ll remember keyboard legend Keith Emerson, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 71. Listen for selections from Emerson performing as a bandleader and with Emerson, Lake and Powell as well as The Nice. 

Wednesday, March 23

A new boxed set explores the decade-long reign of Boston’s The Cars. Listen for selections from the band’s first six albums all recorded for the Elektra label. We’ll also hear selections from the latest by longtime Guided By Voices leader Robert Pollard.

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Tuesday, March 15

Listen for selections from an early 1970s live performance by Paul Butterfield Blues Band as well as music from Hot Number by the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Wednesday, March 16

Hear selections from the latest release by Peter Frampton, Acoustic Classics

Thursday, March 17

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Wednesday, March 9

In early 2015, Rob Crow of the band Pinback announced that he was leaving the music business. A year later he’s just released an album titled You’re Doomed. Be Nice.. Credited to Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place, the release is filled with humor (and dark humor) and unlike many of Crow’s recordings is a wide-ranging collaboration. We’ll hear selections from that recording as well as music from the latest effort by Nada Surf. 

Thursday, March 10 

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Tuesday, March 1

Changes is the brand-new release from acclaimed vocalist Charles Bradley. The title track is a cover of a poignant track from Black Sabbath’s Vol. 4 but Bradley makes the tune all his own. We’ll hear selections from that release on this episode of the show as well as music from the latest release by Mavis Staples. 

Wednesday, March 2 

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Tuesday, February 23 

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Friday, February 12

In 1970 Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys stumbled upon two teenaged musicians who knew the repertoire of the Stanley Brothers better than most. Stanley was impressed enough that he suggested the pair record an album of that music backed by his band. Those two upstarts, Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs, did exactly that the following year. They also recorded two more records with Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys.

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Monday, February 1

Buddy Miller is a prolific songwriter, producer and musician whose work includes credits with Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant and numerous albums as a solo artist and with his wife Julie.

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Monday, January 18

Tell Me I’m Pretty is the latest release from Cage The Elephant. We’ll hear selections from that recording as well as music from our Best of 2015 list.

Tuesday, January 19

Listen for music from Sonic Youth, Los Lobos and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, all acts represented on our Best Music-Related Books of 2015

Wednesday, January 20