You can’t make this stuff up – in the middle of the coronavirus crisis comes the Jewish holiday of Passover which has, at its core, the retelling of the ten plagues. This week’s Brainwaves is our special Passover episode which features snakes, frogs, blood and a Pharaoh or two (but no viruses). Music from Neko Case, Oingo Boingo, Prince, Snakefinger, TV21, the Cure, Pinback and much more. Stay healthy, stay indoors, listen to Brainwaves.
In the crazy days in which we’re living, there’s no room for political divides. So Brainwaves takes a stab at bridging the gap between left and right with music. An hour of music from “left” songs, then an hour of the “right” side. “Left of Center,” “All That’s Left,” “Nothing Left to Say,” followed by “Right Here Right Now,” “It’s Alright,” “Get the Balance Right” and so much more.
Ezra Furman says: “Take Off Your Sunglasses.” We say: take your mind off the news with some great alternative indie from Brainwaves. Two songs from Ezra to start off the show, then it’s on to Mercury Rev, Soul Aviv, Portishead, Animal Collective, Heart, Camel, Thirteen Senses, Polyrock, and much more. Tune in and tap your toes, it’s time for Brainwaves.
I’ve wanted to say this for 30 years on the radio: “It’s two-fer Tuesday.” Now I have! This week’s show features double plays of some of your favorite Brainwaves bands: R.E.M., the Decemberists, Guster, Bloc Party, Genesis, Pete Yorn, Chicago, Snow Patrol, the Smiths and more.
It’s hard to think about being happy these days with the fear of getting sick so dominant in our lives, and yet that’s just what the Jewish holiday of Purim commands. So, here’s an episode of Brainwaves entirely with “happy” songs. Music from The Buzzcocks, Snow Patrol, Tori Amos, Boys Life, the Turtles, Elvis Costello, Nada Surf and, yes, Pharrell Williams and Bobby McFerrin.