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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Saturday, July 9

Known for his work with bands such as Mr. Big and Racer X, Paul Gilbert recently issued the album I Can Destroy which finds him crafting songs that include dashes of humor and pop sensibilities that recall Todd Rundgren and The Beatles. We’ll hear from that release on this episode of Strange Currency along with selections from Singularity the upcoming release by Standing in the Colour.

Monday, July 11

Friday, July 1

It’s Our New Month, New Music feature with selections from True Sadness, the brand-new release from The Avett Brothers and selections from the debut album from Case/Lang/Veirs, featuring Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs.

Saturday, July 2

Friday, June 24

We celebrate the birthday of guitar legend Jeff Beck on this episode of the show, drawing on his early work with The Yardbirds as well as selections from his upcoming release Loud Hailer. Beck’s music will be featured on Strange Currency throughout the month of July. 

Saturday, June 25

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Thursday, June 16

3 AM is Nashville-based singer-songwriter Kira Small’s “epic breakup record,” an album filled with songs that detail pair and heartbreak but also provide the listener with a sense of uplift. Influenced by classic soul and R&B, Small’s latest release puts her in a class with singers such as Ann Peebles and Bonnie Raitt. We’ll hear selections from 3 AM as well as music from the new recording by Sarah Watkins, Young in All the Wrong Ways

Friday, June 17

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Thursday, June 9 

Having played in bands such as Hospital Ships and Your Friend, Nathan Dixey has just issued his solo debut album under the name The Dan Ryan. Described as a “a downstream float through a rainbow river,” the record soaks in influence from Dixey’s home base of Austin, Texas while marrying those sounds with pieces of his past projects. We’ll hear selections from The Dan Ryan’s self-titled LP along with music from Honey Radar’s latest, Blank Cartoon.

Friday, June 10

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Wednesday, June 1

Released in May 1979 Three Imaginary Boys is the debut album from The Cure. Featuring longtime favorites such as “10:15 Saturday Night” and “Fire in Cairo,” the record set the template for what the band would become in the ensuing decade. Listen for selections from that release as well as music from Paul McCartney’s 1993 release Off The Ground.

Thursday, June 2

Tuesday, May 24

We celebrate Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday with selections from throughout his rich discography as well as covers of his songs from The Band, Nanci Griffith, Yo La Tengo and many more.

Wednesday, May 25

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Tuesday, May 17

We'll remember legendary Texas songwriter Guy Clark, who died today at 74.

Wednesday, May 18

Rest in Chaos is the latest release form Hard Working Americans, the band led by singer-songwriter Todd Snider. We’ll hear selections from it as well as from the new release by Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, Rehab Reunion.

Thursday, May 19

Tuesday, May 10

1861 saw Moreland & Arbuckle experimenting with a variety of sounds including hard-edged blues and country music. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as from The Morning After, the 1971 album by the J. Geils Band. 

Wednesday, May 11

We celebrate Twilight Zone Day with music from William Shatner, Rush, John Grant and other acts both strange and unsettling.

Thursday, May 12

New Radiohead single, "Daydreaming" is out now, ahead of the digital release of the band's new LP at 2 PM EST on Sunday, May 8. The video is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood). 

Jedd Beaudoin will spotlight the new album all next week on Strange Currency.