The Brainwaves tradition of bringing you an an all music, no talk episode in the summer continues. This week, I’ve got music from Badfinger, Material Issue, Buzzcocks, World Party, Proclaimers, Wild Swans, The Nervea, New Musik and more. Come and enjoy the party. Who needs a DJ anyway?
Nothing says summer like California so it’s a Brainwaves “California” set – the first half of the show is all songs about California with Phantom Planet, Tripsitter, Gin Blossoms, R.E.M., Semisonic, The Beach Boys, California Snow Story and more. It’s a sunny show with lots of indie & power pop – Brainwaves style.
Brainwaves presents the sounds of summer – two hours of great “summer” music including “Portrait of a Summer Thief,” “Summer of ’68,” “Idiot Summer,” “Summer Breeze,” “Summer in the City,” “Midnight Summer Dream” and much more. (Now, can you guess the names of the bands who played those songs?) Pick up a beer, grab a beach chair and get ready to party with the best eclectic alternative indie power pop music of the summer.
This week Brainwaves goes to the borders, with music from Al Stewart, Elton John and So Called (in Yiddish). Plus two songs from Maya Isacowitz, two songs about Islands (from the XX and Cat Power), Caveman, Cerulean, Alt-J, Thomas Dolby and a Psychedelic Furs cover.
When the new Brian Wilson bio pick Love and Mercy came out a few years ago, it made me want to revisit my Beach Boys collection – in particular the Smile sessions. This week’s Brainwaves features the opening two tracks from the Brian Wilson version of the album. Plus Guster, the Talking Heads, Lords of the New Church, Stereolab, the Slants and much more.