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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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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11:18 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Best Books in Music of 2013 - Jedd's Picks

Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter--Alyn Shipton: The first biography of this beloved and of late overlooked American singer-songwriter who was a favorite of The Beatles and whose musical range ran from show tunes to hard-driving rock. Nilsson died in 1994, more than a decade after issuing his last recordings. This book and a recent boxed set highlighting his long relationship with the RCA label offer all the reason you’ll need to discover or rediscover his work nearly 20 years after his early death.

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11:18 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Top 10: Best Music-Based Films of 2013

1.      Sound City

2.      A Band Called Death

3.      20 Feet From Stardom

4.      Muscle Shoals

5.      Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm

6.      Beware of Mr. Baker

7.      Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

8.      Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet

9.      I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney

10.  The Punk Singer

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11:11 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Strange Currency's Top 10: Best Local Music of 2013

1.      Hatchetations—Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy

2.      7 Cities—Moreland and Arbuckle

3.      Just a Fool -- Shane Marler

4.      Tronan Vs. The Spidernauts -- Spirit of the Stairs

5.      Coming Together For A Cure Vol. 2 -- Various Artists

6.      Scandal, Scandal , Scandal, Down In The Wheat Field -- Paper Airplanes

7.      Wax Wings -- The New Imperialism

8.      Dust Bowl Demos Pt. 3 -- Tom Page Trio

9.      Live 2012-2013 -- The Travel Guide

10.  Live at The Donut Whole 7.27.13 -- Japanese Game Show   

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11:09 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Strange Currency's Top 25: Best of 2013

1.      Southeastern—Jason Isbell

2.      Songs For Slim: Rockin’ Here Tonight: A Benefit Compilation for Slim Dunlap—Various Artists

3.      You Must Be This Tall—Mike Keneally

4.      The RCA Albums Collection—Harry Nilsson

5.      Pale Green Ghosts—John Grant

6.      Psychedelic Classics No.5: Who Is William Onyeabor?—William Onyeabor

7.      Wyoming—Water Liars

8.      Studio House EP—Chris Opperman

9.      Haw—Hiss Golden Messenger

10.  Push The Sky Away—Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

11.  Silent Songs—The Gunshy

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12:44 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Top Albums: September 9-14

1. Silver Gymnasium--Okkervil River
2. Hatchetations--Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy
3. Volume 2: Music from Boardwalk Empire--Various Artists
4. Sweet Relief III: Pennies From Heaven--Various Artists
5. About Farewell--Alela Diane
6. From The Ground Up--John Fullbright
7. Repave--Volcano Choir
8. You Must Be This Tall--Mike Keneally
9. Metrics of Affection--Bombadil
10. Pushin’ Against A Stone--Valerie June