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Last week, Brainwaves celebrated Brian’s birthday. And now we’re doing it again! With music from Arcade Fire, Feist, Imagine Dragons, Superchunk, Pere Ubu, Boston, Peter Gabriel and lots more. (Next week: a different kind of birthday celebrationn – the birthday of the world!)

…unless they come twice. This year, Brainwaves is celebrating Brian’s birthday twice – with a special birthday episode this week and another next week, too. Birthday songs from Altered Images, Kings of Leon, Ex Cops and the Beatles (of course). So go out and make some noise, don’t be silent like the Delgados, Thomas Dolby, Goo Goo Dolls and the Dickies (who give us four songs about silence). Happy birthday to everyone who has a special day this week!

The summer is starting to wane (even if the temperatures are still on the rise). So Brainwaves has one more summer song for you – the classic Blotto anthem, “I Wanna Be a Lifeguard.” Plus three telephone songs from 10cc, Kraftwerk and ELO. And great music from Interpol, New Order, Rosi Golan, Mission of Burma, Splinter and Tangerine Dream. Bid adieu to summer (or at least to August) by tuning in!

With the fighting still raging in Eastern Europe, Brainwaves looks at “war and peace” through music. An hour of songs about fighting and warfare, followed some peace songs to even the balance. On the war side: Edwin Starr, Talking Heads, Rilo Kiley, The Three O’Clock, Nada Surf, Carl Douglas and more. On the peace side: Fountains of Wayne, John Lennon, Elvis Costello, Boston, Cat Stevens and Jeff Lynne.

Strand of Oaks’ Timothy Showalter was born in Goshen, Indiana. So it’s not surprising that he wrote “Goshen 97,” a song named after his hometown. That’s one of three Strand of Oaks rockers on this week’s Brainwaves. Plus music from Walk the Moon, Jellyfish, Beach Fossils, Elbow, Original Mirrors, , Nada Surf, David Broza, Moon Hooch and much more.

Music from television: Some of our favorite TV show theme songs on this week’s Brainwaves: Fargo, Firefly and three different takes on Lost in Space. Plus a double play from Brainwaves favs Red Meadow. And to round things out, how about some triple Natalies – Walker, German and Imbruglia. It’s all coming up on this week’s Brainwaves.

On this week’s Brainwaves, five songs about girlfriends – from Shy Nobleman, the Talking Heads, Matthew Sweet, the Smiths and the Three O’Clock. Plus music from Sum Sum, the Bongos, the Go-Betweens, the Decemberists, Peter Buck, Rani & Eland, Owl City, the Turtles and much more.

Is this the best song title ever or what? Sufjan Stevens’ “They are Night Zombies!! They are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From the Dead!! Ahhh!” On this week’s Brainwaves. Plus music from Ted Leo, the Both, the Teddybears, Guster, Assaf Avidan, Golden Earring, the Tubes, R.E.M. and the Dr. Casper Show. Don’t be a zombie. Tune in to Brainwaves this week!

It’s the height of summer (in some parts of the AndHow listening world) so Brainwaves heads to the beach with two hours of summer songs. Sounds under radio, Blackfield, Blitzen Trapper, Pink Floy, Matt Pond PA, Alice Cooper, Fountains of Wayne, Meatloaf, Vanity Faire, and so much more. Get your flip flops on and keep your radio tuned to Brainwaves!

Brainwaves visits four continents that start with the letter “A” – Africa, Antarctica Australia and America – and one imaginary one (Atlantis) with music from Donovan, Enya, Men without Hats, Counting Crows, Shins, the Animators, Don McLean and more. Plus, Kraftwerk takes us on the Trans Europe Express.
Brainwaves goes international this week.

Brainwaves has your number this week with some musical telephone songs: Sugarloaf says “Don’t call us we’ll call you.” Tommy Tutone has Jenny’s number (It’s 867-5309 in case you forgot). And Dr. Hook would like to speak with Sylvia’s Mother. Plus music from Botzer, Kishi Bashi, Jim Yoshi, Yael Naim, Bright Eyes, Nick Drake, Azure Ray and much more!

Brainwaves heads to the water for some summer music fun. Watery songs from Owl City, New Musik, Sun Kil Moon, Radiohead, Elton John, Blitzen Trapper, Nada Surf and the Doobie Brothers. Plus the two Lolas – one from the Kinks and the other from the Stills. It’s all on this week’s show – tune in!

Movie music from the Cinematics, Two Door Cinema Club, Meghan Coffee, Semisonic, the Billionaires, Death Cab for Cutie and Matt Pond PA on this week’s Brainwaves. Plus indie bluegrass from Nefesh Mountain, Dorin Yanni and the Band channeling Of Monsters and Men, and a double play from Todd Rundgren and Utopia.

Brainwaves is ruled by kids this week. A long set of “children’s” music (that’s not just for kids) from David Bowie, the Counting Crows, R.E.M., Supertramp, Bloc Party, Arcade Fire, Nick Gilder, the Kinks and of course Butterfly Child. Plus, Radiohead shows us some fake plastic trees, which makes a great segue to Plastic Bertrand giving us some 70s Belgian punk. Tune in and enjoy – it’s eclectic, it’s alternative, it’s just great music!

This week, Brainwaves takes to the trees with a set of swinging monkey music from the chimps over at the Counting Crows, the Dickies, Jonathan Coulton, the Beatles, the Banana Splits (who had a man in a monkey suit starring as one of the ‘Splits) and, of course, the Monkees. Plus a short set of Japan tunes from Coldplay, Sebastian Teiller and Japan. Monkeys in Japan? It’s just another two hours of electric alternative indie from your friends at Brainwaves.

This week, it’s a music only episode of Brainwaves. Is it time to hang the DJ, as the Smiths once crooned? Well, at least for this week it is. Music on the show from Northern Portrait, Lush, Steven Wilson, the Cure, Pink Floyd, Phillip Glass, Death Cab for Cutie, the Postal Service, the Delgados, the Doves, Belle and Sebastian and much more.

Crocodiles and alligators featured on this week’s Brainwaves. From Elton John, the Beach Boys, Echo and the Bunnymen, R.E.M., Tilly and the Wall and Neil Cicierega. Plus songs for each day of the week. Chicago has Saturday, The Small Hours go for Sunday, the Happy Mondays do Mondays, Counting Crowes own Tuesdays, The Guess Who has Wednesdays, and the Cure grabs Fridays. But who’s in charge of Thursday? Ask Aqua – it might have something to do with a certain Barbie Girl.

Mother’s Day may be just a Hallmark holiday but it’s still fun to mark the matriarch’s special day. That was last week but it’s not too late to treat Mom to some “mother” songs from Sparks, Peter Gabriel, Kaki King, Peter Gabriel, Natalie Merchant, Daft Punk, Paul Simon, John Lennon, Sufjan Stevens and, of course, the band Mother Mother. Plus a tribute to Kevin Gilbert who died this week in 1996.

Two special sets of music on this week’s Brainwaves. “Brother” songs from Orphaned Land and Toad the Wet Sprocket, plus six songs about “running” from the Polyphonic Spree, the Buzzcocks, MissFlag, Snow Patrol, Vampire Weekend and the Doves. Rami & Eiland like to sleep alone. Starcastle wonders “Where have they gone?” And much more. Don’t walk but run to listen to this week’s show!

It’s Israel’s 74th birthday this week, so it’s time for the annual Brainwaves all-Israeli music special. Songs in Hebrew and English, all originating in the Holy Land. You’ll hear Ethnic, Forestt, Natan Goshen, Red Meadow, Monika Sex, Avraham Tal, Efo HaYeled, Mashina, Beit HaBubot, Ivri Lider and much more. Open your cultural lens and enjoy music you’ll hear nowhere else but Brainwaves.