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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Wednesday, October 26

Songbook is a new covers collection from Mia Doi Todd. The collection features songs written by Prince, Joni Mitchell, and Townes Van Zandt among others. We’ll hear selections from that record as well as music from She Haunts My Dreams, the 1999 release from Spain.

Thursday, October 27

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Wednesday, October 19 

When guitarist Jack Rose died in 2009 at the age of 38 of an apparent heart attack, he left behind a small but impressive body of work. Working in a style of acoustic guitar known as American primitivism, Rose drew on a wide range of influences that included Indian raga music, blues, country and even the avant garde. We’ll hear selections from several of Rose’s major releases, which are now being reissued. Also listen for music from Thalia Zedek’s latest, Eve.

Thursday, October 20

The Micronotz formed in Lawrence, Kansas in 1980 but the band’s first real spark of life happened in Wichita. John Harper, a founding Mirconotz member, was already enthusiastic about punk rock when his uncle, Jack Kellogg, brought him to The Embarrassment’s rehearsal space to watch the band. Kellogg was friendly with many musicians in Wichita and knew that his nephew, who’d already purchased his first guitar, would probably appreciate an audience with what was then the Air Capital’s biggest musical act.

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Tuesday, October 11

Masculin Féminin is the new boxed set from Blonde Redhead. The collection features the group’s first two albums, Blonde Redhead and La Mia Via Violenta, as well as early demos, singles, and radio performances we’ll hear selections from this box as well as music from Say Yes! a new tribute to acclaimed singer-songwriter, Elliott Smith.

Wednesday, October 12

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Saturday, October 1

All Are One is the debut album from Portland, Oregon’s Sophe Lux & The Mystic, a solo vehicle for Gwynneth Haynes, former front person for the band, Sophe Lux. We’ll hear selections from that release and from Carolina, the latest by Spain.

Monday, October 3

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Monday, September 26

American Band is the latest release from venerable American rock band Drive-By Truckers. Whereas the band has taken time to celebrate and contemplate its Southern heritage on past releases, this time the group takes a decidedly political turn with songs such as “Once They Banned Imagine” and “Sun Don’t Shine” and “Ever South.” We’ll hear selections from that recording on this episode of the show as well as music from the latest album by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.

Tuesday, September 27

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Friday, September 16

Listen for music from Wilco's latest Schmilco

Saturday, September 17

Released in 2002, Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground became the breakthrough release for Bright Eyes. The record was also later listed as one of the best albums of the decade by a variety of critics. Listen for selections from that release as well as new music from Faun Fables.

Monday, September 19

Friday, September 9

We celebrate Otis Redding’s 75th birthday with selections from his career plus cover versions of his songs from Paul Rodgers, Etta James, Black Crowes, and Humble Pie.

Saturday, September 10

Thursday, September 1

Recorded over four days in early 1987, Bring the Family found John Hiatt in the company of Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe and Jim Keltner. The four created what became Hiatt’s breakthrough album and set the Indiana native on a three-decade path of critical acclaim and increased commercial fortunes. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as music from Carolina, the latest release by Spain.

Friday, September 2

Laura Partain

Old Crow Medicine Show has been performing, recording and touring since the late 1990s. In that time the group has become standard bearers for a particular brand of old time music that tempers good times with deep thoughts. Co-founder Ketch Secor says that the group doesn’t take its role lightly. Spreading the gospel of social consciousness and activism through music is a kind of higher calling.