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Modern Jetset #162 looks into the gazing globe and realizes — everything old is new again, and that’s pretty splendid. This week we’ve got new releases from Jungle, Tal Arditi, and Allah Las, plus some Britpop throwback vibes and a goofy movie favorite. Host Iris Berkeley is your pilot for this weekly hour-long flight of […]

War has returned to the Middle East. So, this week’s Brainwaves has songs about war…and the hope for peace. From Edwin Starr’s eponymous “War” to Matthew Sweet and the Lords of the New Church both singing about “Holy War” to Nada Surf (“Let the Fight do the Fighting”) to Carl Douglas (“Kung Fu Fighting”) to the positive: “Peace and Love” from Fountains of Wayne and Jeff Lynne (“Give Me Love,” a cover of the song made famous by George Harrison), we’ve got the songs you wish we didn’t have to group together, but hope you’ll enjoy as much as possible in these stressful days.

Modern Jetset #161 hits a groove right after takeoff, turns off the engines, and just coasts. This week we’ve got new music from Night Beats, Homeboy Sandman, and Bobby Oroza & El Michels Affair, plus a quarantine beat tape that deserves revisiting. Host Iris Berkeley is your pilot for this weekly hour-long flight of eclectic […]

Brainwaves always dips back into the pop 70s for a couple of songs at the top of the second hour of the show. This week, the entire episode will take us back to the 70s – but in covers. Music you loved by bands you may not have heard of (and some you have). Cheap Trick covering Big Star, Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs covering Rod Stewart, AM and Shawn Lee covering the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Def Leppard covering ELO, Kevin Gilbert covering Led Zeppelin, Jesse Malin covering Jim Croce, Pacifika covering Chicago, and more surprises. Tune in and let’s go back in time…by way of the future.

Modern Jetset #160 wallows (in the best way) in all the genre goodness … this week we’ve got new releases from Mort Garson, Lutalo, and Homeboy Sandman, plus a little funky astrology. Host Iris Berkeley is your pilot for this weekly hour-long flight of eclectic new and recent releases, plus the vintage vibes that inspire […]

This week it’s Yom Kippur across the Jewish world. The holiday of forgiveness, of grace, mercy and saying you’re sorry. So on today’s shows, songs of saying you’re “sorry,” feeling “mercy,” showing “grace” and asking to be “forgiven.” Music from Greg Kihn, the Three O’Clock, The Innocence Mission, Cosigner, Matthew Sweet, Bob Mould, Collective Soul, Nine Tayeb, Idle Wilds, Brian Wilson, Mojave 3, Yes, Ride, the Engineers and much more. Tune in this week – you won’t be “sorry.”

Modern Jetset #159 hits the vintage throwback feels straight from takeoff, with some brand-new sounds thrown in for good measure … this week we’ve got new music from Black Milk, Yellow Pills, and Alice Phoebe Lou, plus a little retro trip down memory lane. Host Iris Berkeley is your pilot for this weekly hour-long flight […]

Brainwaves this week mixes driving songs with yellow – Of Monsters and Men’s “Yellow Light” seems most appropriate. Also on the show: Pearl Harbor and the Explosions, Madness, R.E.M., Arco and Neil Halstead on the “driving” side; Christie, Elton John, Cribabi, Cranberries, 20/20 and Coldplay on the “yellow” side. No red lights on this week’s show – so buckle up, we’re going for a ride, Brainwaves style.

Modern Jetset #158 digs deep into the crates from all corners of the globe … and then some. This week we’ve got new releases from Night Beats, Hiss Golden Messenger, and Depeche Mode, plus some psych rock vibes from around the world. Host Iris Berkeley is your pilot for this weekly hour-long flight of eclectic […]

No spoilers here at Brainwaves – if we’d played this episode last week, then you’d all know it was Brian’s birthday on Friday. Now it can be told & you can celebrate with your Brainwaves host with birthday music from Altered Images, Kings of Leon, Ex Cops, String Theory and the Beatles. And since Brian’s actual birthday was over the weekend, some “weekend” songs from Neon Trees, the Vapors and Super Furry Animals. Finally, in honor of Brian’s wife becoming a non-vegan (say what???) we finish up with the Hermit Crabs and their song, “Vegan Vows.” It’s coming up – meat, milk and everything in between – on this special birthday episode of Brainwaves.

Modern Jetset #157 hearkens back to college-radio yore to connect the dots between some fab new cuts and some old faves. This week we’ve got new releases from Freedom Fry, Roisin Murphy, and Tall Tall Trees, plus echoes from the nineties and some alt-rock inspiration. Host Iris Berkeley is your pilot for this weekly hour-long […]

It’s not Saturday night, but Brainwaves is featuring “Saturday” songs on this week’s show, from the Jam, Blitzen Trapper, America and Sparklehorse. Radio songs from Wall of Voodoo, Elvis Costello and the Buggles. The Abrams invite you to spend your life with them. The Passion Pit get carried away. And Mouth and MacNeil ask – in fully Joey Tribbiani mode – “How do you do?” It’s all on this week’s Brainwaves. 

Modern Jetset #156 gets into the globetrotting and the time travel this time around … this week we’ve got new music from Youth Sector, Generationals, and Foals, plus a couple of unexpected Beatles covers. Host Iris Berkeley is your pilot for this weekly hour-long flight of eclectic new and recent releases, plus the vintage vibes that […]

Brian’s grandson can’t say “S” yet. Which is an important letter because in Hebrew, Grandpa is “Saba.” So he calls Brian “Baba.” Which got your host for Brainwaves thinking about songs with “ba-ba” in them. But not just ba-ba’s but na-na’s, da-da’s, doo-doo’s and ma-ma’s. It sounds silly but you’ll be amazed how much great music has repeating consonants like this. Ba-ba’s from Teenage Fanclub, R.E.M., Pink Floyd and the Partridge Family. Na-na’s from J. Geils, Counting Crows, Steam, Blink 182 and the Beatles. Ma-ma’s from ELO, The Who and the Crash Test Dummies. Da-da’s and doo-doo’s from Elastica, Lou Reed and the Police. Plus some Lady Gaga (ra-ra), Carpenters (sha-la-la) and Hebrew rock from HaTikva 6 (pam-pam). 

Modern Jetset #155 brings the beats of all shapes and sizes from around this good earth … this week we’ve got new music from Django Django, Quad90, and Erobique, plus an unexpected reggae collab that you’ll want to hear to believe. Host Iris Berkeley is your pilot for this weekly hour-long flight of eclectic new […]

Brainwaves is chilling this summer, taking things day by day with lots of great music to keep us company. Day-themed music from U2, the Alan Parsons Project, Barenaked Ladies, Snow Patrol, ELO, R.E.M. and Godspell. Plus a double play from the Tubes’ classic first album. And Q-Feel will have us dancing in heaven (with their orbital be-bop). It’s all coming up on this week’s Brainwaves.

Modern Jetset #154 sails through some fresh new releases before soaring through an extended jam for the second half of this week’s flight … this time around we’ve got new music from Pastel Blank, Allah-Las and Surprise Chef, plus a tasty soul-and-reggae excursion. Buckle up for the get-down. Host Iris Berkeley is your pilot for […]

California – the ultimate summer vacation destination. So let’s go. Summer songs from California on this week’s Brainwaves. You’ll hear Phantom Planet, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Novi Split, Tripsitter, Gin Blossoms, Led Zeppelin, Beach Boys, R.E.M. Mat Kearney, even Katy Perry. Plus some “freeway” songs from America, Jerry Jeff Walker, the Mountain Goats, Aimee Mann and Todd Rundgren. Soak up some rays (but don’t forget the sunscreen!) this week on Brainwaves.

Modern Jetset #153 digs deep into the new releases because it’s just that best time of year … this week we’ve got new releases from The Clientele, Salami Rose Joe Lewis, and Kevin Morby, plus some tasty world beats old and new. Host Iris Berkeley is your pilot for this weekly hour-long flight of eclectic […]

Modern Jetset #152 connects the dots (and the synths) from all over the map and then some. This week we’ve got new tracks from Decisive Pink, Ken Like Fit, and Bobby Oroza & El Michels Affair — plus some post-punk both vintage and modern. Host Iris Berkeley is your pilot for this weekly hour-long flight […]