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Taking a riff off of Jerry Seinfeld’s iconic web series, Brainwaves brings you songs about taxis and taxes (but actually no comedians, that was a tiny fib to get your attention). Music from Leisure Process, the Buzzcocks, Taxi Taxi, Pink Floyd, the Porcupine Tree, the Stranglers, the Bellyachers, Norman Salant and his saxophone madness, Men without Hats and much more. Don’t let doing your taxes get you down. There’s a taxi for that on this week’s Brainwaves.

It’s Passover week and you know what that means – two hours of eclectic alternative indie music for the holiday. Themed songs all about Egypt, slaves, princes, snakes, frogs, blood, bread and an ol’ man named (Amos) Moses. It’s coming up on this week’s annual Brainwaves Passover special!

Brian Blum plays Brian Wilson on this week’s Brainwaves as the Beach Boys frontman revives a long-lost classic. Plus four songs about “eyes” from Bill Nelson, Snow Patrol, Keane and the Lords of the New Church. And more of your favorite eclectic indie alternative – Mishael Dickman, Nada Surf, Mashina, Bloc Party, Sterolab and much more.

Brian’s wife Jody doesn’t love everything he plays on Brainwaves. So this week, two hours of music designed especially to pass “the Jody test.” Melodic pretty indie pop from Teenage Fanclub, Cheap Star, Josh Pyke, Nick Hayward, the Bangles, Rosi Golan, Lili Frost, the Go-Betweens, Joe Jackson, Iron & Wine and much more. Jody loves this show. You will too!

This week on Brainwaves, songs about changes. Music from David Bowie, the Stills, Old Man River, the New Pornographers, Gin Blossoms, Ben Folds, Daft Punk, the Stranglers, the Killers and much more! (Don’t worry, nothing’s changing about Brainwaves, other than even better music than ever!)

Peace songs because, well, you know. From David Broza, Juliana Hatfield, Albert Hammond and the Bats. Plus some shiny songs, too: Harper Simon, Echo and the Bunnymen, Donovan, Jonathan Edwards. It’s all on this week’s Brainwaves.

Voices of bees to start this week’s Brainwaves – The Bee Gees and Voice of the Beehive, yes, but also Neil Halstead (Queen Bee) and the Residents (Mr. Bee’s Bumble). And let’s get wild with a set of “wild” songs from the Stranglers, Timbuk 3, Lovedrug, Talking Heads and Michael Greilsammer. All that and more on eclectic alternative indie Brainwaves.

Last week’s Brainwaves was a special “all 70s songs in covers” episode. This week: the original 70s versions of those songs. Same playlist but with the original artists. Including 70s bands you know and love: Rod Stewart, ELO, Big Star, Three Dog Night, Jim Croce, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Genesis, Christie, the Hudson Brothers and three songs from Pink Floyd. Plus much more. Hop in the Brainwaves hot tub time machine!

This week, Brainwaves goes back to the 1970s – in covers! Some of your favorite songs from nearly five decades ago sung by modern artists, including Mathew Sweet, Pacifika, Aimee Mann, Cheap Trick, The Wallflowers, Greg Kihn, R.E.M., Ugly Kid Joe, Nada Surf, the Ramones and much more. No disco, just great eclectic alternative indie. Only on Brainwaves.

You may not be listening to Brainwaves on a Saturday, but we have Saturday songs to keep you on your toes. From the Jam, Blitzen Trapper, Sparklehorse and America. Plus double plays from the Abrams and New Musik. And to round things out, check out the Muppets song that was originally used in a soft porn movie from the 1970s!

On this week’s show, music for Valentine’s Day. “Heart” songs from Marillion and Genesis. Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers are in there, too. “Wounds and Kisses” from Israeli rockers Monika Sex. Q-Feel go dancing. And Three Dog Night gives us an Old Fashioned Love Song. All that and much more on Brainwaves!

It’s the Emilys this week on Brainwaves. “Emily” songs from Martha Wainright, Fool’s Garden, the Manic Street Preachers and Keane. Plus a double play from Juliana Hatfield, fun from fun. and the Beach Boys, Nada Surf covering Depeche Mode, XTC getting religious and, for our trip back to the pop 70s, one of the most maligned songs of the decade (but one which we still love). What’s the song? Tune in to find out!

Hanukah came early this year so it’s not quite the dead of winter, but that’s not a reason to forego the Brainwaves annual “all light” episode. Music to light up the darkness from bands you know and love (and some you don’t): Snow Patrol, Apples in Stereo, Owl City, Andrew Belle, King Harvest, Aviv Geffen, Starflower, Azure Ray, .fun and much more. Don’t let the dark get you down. Get light. This week on Brainwaves.

This week’s Brainwaves takes us on a journey from darkness into the light in honor of the holiday of Hanukah which starts this week. But given some of the darkness in the world today, we could all use a little light, right? So, the first half of this week’s show includes all songs about the dark; the second half is music with “light” in the title. Dark Side of the Moon vs. I Saw The Light. Tune in this week and banish the shadows!

On this week’s Brainwaves, a trip to the suburbs with Ben Folds, Arcade Fire, David Bowie, Kevin Gilbert and Griddle. The Monkees and ELO both ask, please “don’t bring me down.” R.E.M. has the antidote (“Get up!”) And the Rutles say, “Ouch!” It’s all coming up on this week’s show!

“Polyamory makes me smile.”
Did we get your attention?
This week’s show isn’t about polyamory but we do have some tunes from the Polyphonic Spree to kick off the episode. Plus a set of “smile” songs from Chicago, the Flying Machine, Michael Lord, Barenaked Ladies, and The The. Plus a double play from Sean Lennon.
Get on the love train with this week’s awesome Brainwaves.

Brainwaves heads to the moon with five “moon” songs to open the show, from Beck, Regina Spector, Blind Pilot, Lush and Shlomo Artzi. Plus music from Icona Pop, Translator, the National, the Magnetic Fields, the Electrics, the Bottles and Israeli indie poppers I Got the Hotties.

OK, Halloween was a couple of days ago, but Brainwaves isn’t missing the chance to bring you a set of music about ghosts! From the Rewinds, Simple Minds, Aimee Mann and We Ghosts. Do ghosts care what time it really is? Let’s ask Chicago and the Guess Who. But don’t get me started – we also have a set of “start” music from the Editors, The Jam, They Might be Giants and the Shirts. Boo! It’s Brainwaves.

Long songs on this week’s Brainwaves. Instead of the usual three to four-minute tunes, how about musical suites that last for 10, 20 minutes or more? That’s what’s on the “long show” of Brainwaves. Long songs from 10cc, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Chicago, Arcade Fire, Spock’s Beard, the Beatles, Yes and Genesis. Rock and roll, glam, prog, pop – it’s all coming up on this week’s show.

Music from Regina Specto to start this week’s Brainwaves. All the Rowboats, Fidelity, Little Boxes and You’ve Got Time. Then, some electric music from ELO and the New Pornographers. A nostalgic look back at TV’s “Lost” from the Injustice League. The Tubes are warning you, don’t touch them there. Boz Scaggs is doing the Lido Shuffle and Big Star is partying in the streets. Tune in for great Brainwaves tunes this week and every week!