Strange Currency

  • Hosted by Jedd Beaudoin

Strange Currency mixes and matches the old with the new, the familiar with the less familiar. Though we can all build our own playlists, it's still fun when someone does the heavy lifting for us. Host Jedd Beaudoin scours the wild terrains of new releases and searches the outback of classic cuts to bring you a thought-provoking listening experience each time.

We Get By is the latest album from legendary R&B singer Mavis Staples and is produced by guitarist and songwriter Ben Harper. Listen for music from this recording plus selections from Harper’s 1994 debut album Welcome to the Cruel World. We’ll remember psychedelic rock legend Roky Erickson, known for his pioneering work with the 13th Floor Elevators. Erickson, who struggled with mental illness most of his life, was the subject of the acclaimed 2005 documentary, You’re Gonna Miss Me. He died Friday, May 31. 

Max Weinberg joined Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band in the 1970s and became an integral member of that group. In the 1990s he served as bandleader for Late Night with Conan O’Brien and, later, The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien we’ll hear some of the key performances from his career on this episode as well as selections from Some Girls, the 1978 LP from the Rolling Stones.

Texas Piano Man is the latest release from Robert Ellis. Although an accomplished guitarist, Ellis opted to write this new album entirely on piano. The record features meditations on parenthood, dissolving romantic relationships and the cultural taboo that cigarette smoking has become. We’ll hear music from that release as well as songs from Let’s Go Eat the Factory, the 2012 reunion release from Guided By Voices. We'll remember guitar legend Dick Dale, who passed on March 16 at the age of 81.

Released in 1985, Strength was the sophomore release from Welsh band The Alarm and notable for two singles, one for the title track and the other, “Spirit of ’76,” a Springsteen-esque number that garnered the band major airplay in the U.K. We’ll hear music from that release as well as songs from the recent Guided By Voices album, Zeppelin Over China.

Listen for selections from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon as well as music from Jethro Tull's War Child. 

What A Wonderful Industry is the latest from singer-songwriter M. Ward (She & Him). We’ll hear music from that release as well as from Nik Freitas’ Day & Dark.

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Tonight on Strange Currency, listen for selections from Wish, the 1992 release by The Cure; plus music from The Cavves’ Learn To Swim.

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Long fascinated with world music, David Byrne issued the Latin-centric LP Rei Momo in 1989. The record featured guest appearances from Kirsty MacColl, Celia Cruz and others. We’ll hear music from that recording on this episode plus selections from The Cure’s 1987 effort Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me.