Author: Brian Blum
No theme this week, just great music from Nina Hagen, the Tubes, Aviv Geffen, Tislam, Annemarie, Regina Spektor, System of a Down, David Bowie, U2, Archers, Pink Floyd, Nik Drake, Cheap Star and much more. That’s just a taste. Tune in for the whole 2 hour shebang!
Brainwaves loves Juliana Hatfield. So we have three songs from the talented songstress to start this week’s show. Plus more great music from Weezer, the Arkells, Kodaline, Wake Owl, Paper Kites, Joy Division, Elbow, Timmy Thomas, Ex-Cops, the Old 97s and so much more. Show us some love and tune in! Band Song Juliana Hatfield […]
It’s that time of year again when Brainwaves rings out the old and brings in the new – in this case songs and bands with “new” in the title – in honor of the New Year. You’ll hear Paul McCartney, Yael Naim, the Shins, Lords of the New Church, AC Newman, the Rewinds, Porcupine Tree, R.E.M., ELO, Guster, and much, much more. Renew yourself with two hours of Brainwaves today!
When darkness falls, Brainwaves can be counted on to shed some light. After last week’s “darkness to light” show, this is our annual “all-light” episode. Every song has something to do with “light.” Music from the Polyphonic Spree, Starflower, Snow Patrol, Owl City, Phantom Planet, King harvest, Apples in Stereo, Azure Ray, Taylor Swift and much more! Shake off the winter blues with Brainwaves.
It’s that time of the year when Brainwaves explores the line from darkness to light in honor of Hanukah, the Jewish holiday that lights up the winter, taking place this week and next. First half of the show: all songs with darkness in the title. Second half: we turn to the light. On the dark side: Snow Patrol, Matt Pond PA, Yo La Tenga, Pink Floyd, Elvis Costello, Lana Del Rey and more. On the light side: Bob Mould, Todd Rundgren, Spoon, Gotye, Passion Pit, the Smiths…and that’s just getting started! Don’t let the light go out – tune in this week to Brainwaves!
Brainwaves presents four “red” bands – the Red House Painters, Red Letter Agent, Red Sun Project and Redneck Girlfriend. Plus a rare single from Genesis, two “Lily” songs, and six songs about “goodbyes” – from Steam, Lobo, Squeeze, Supertramp, Jeff Buckley and the Bats. But don’t say goodbye to Brainwaves – there’s so much more coming this week and beyond!
Brainwaves A to Z is back with the “W” show – all bands and songs beginning with the letter “W” this week. Starting with new Brainwaves faves Willow Mile. Plus the Waitresses, Wall of Voodoo, Walk off the Earth, Washed Out, the Wannabes, Wake Owl, White Town, the Who, Wim Mertens, Wild Swans, Wolf and much more. You “w”aited a long time for this show. We guarantee it will be “w”orth it!
A boy’s life? Brainwaves wouldn’t be so gender-blind. But it’s the band’s name – “Boy’s Life.” And we’ve got two songs from the Boston band from the early 80s. Plus, we’re headed to the “country” with seven songs from Wake Owl, Three Dog Night, Pete Yorn, Big Star, Blitzen Trapper, R.E.M and Lovedrug. The Screaming Jets take off on an airplane while Juliana Hatfield is learning to fly (while covering the Foo Fighters). It’s all coming up on this week’s Brainwaves!
Brainwaves compares Owl City’s “When Will I See You Again?” with Marshall Crenshaw’s “Whenever You’re on My Mind.” Is this a lawsuit waiting to happen? Plus “cloud” music from A.C. Newman, Teenage Fanclub, The Rolling Stones, the Bangles and Cloud Cult (of course). And let’s not forget the Cloud Room (they’re sleeping in the ocean). It’s all coming up on this week’s Brainwaves!
In the land of Brainwaves, when citizens want to protest a governmental policy or change, they take to the bridges over highway intersections. So how about some bridge music this week? Bridge songs from Pink Floyd, Rose Melberg, Boy and Bear, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and even the Mike Curb Congregation. Plus music from the New Pornographers, Daft Punk, the Replacements, Hole, Nada Surf, Lovedrug, the Killers, Ethnix and lots more. It’s all coming up on this week’s show!
Brainwaves aint fooling around this week with a triple play from German pop stars Fool’s Garden. Lemon Tree, Daihaminkay and a Beatles cover are all on the musical agenda. Plus Martha and the Muffins (goes with Martha My Dear, of course), Spoon, Flogging Molly, Red Meadow, Nonprofit Band, Neon Trees, Pacifika, four kings (Charles, Crimson, Leon and Harvest) and one Queen. It’s all coming up on Brainwaves this week!
It’s Halloween week, which always gets Brian Blum, host of Brainwaves, nostalgic for where he grew up, which in this case is California. So how about a set of California songs? From bands including Phantom Planet, Novi Split, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tripsitter, Led Zeppelin, R.E.M., Semisonic, the Gin Blossoms, Mat Kearney, the Decemberists, The Beach Boys and California Snow Story.
Brainwaves gets on all four paws to present songs about animals from Neon Trees, Pink Floyd, Shy Nobleman and Grandaddy. Interpol takes us on a cruise, Kesablan explains how reason is treason, and New Order has regrets. Plus two “Allison” songs from the Stills and the Gin Blossoms. It’s all on this week’s show. Tune in!
Brainwaves takes a trip around the solar system with songs about Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune from the Shocking Blue, Blackfield, Paul McCartney & Wings, Train, R.E.M, and M. Ward. Then Amir Yakobi brings it home with a song about Earth. Plus a double play from Cheap Star and more great indie pop from Nada Surf, Teenage Fanclub, Ken Stringfellow, the Posies, Superchunk, Supergrass and Supertramp!
Brainwaves climbs up a hill for musical inspiration, but no Kate Bush (sorry Stranger Things fans). We do have great music from Wolfy, the Beatles, the Replacements and Peter Gabriel, though. Plus the Jam, No-Man, Epic 45, Spoon, Doves, the Avocado Club, Blitzen Trapper and Brian’s cousin Dylan (half of Dylan & Krems).
Let Brainwaves take the edge off with four songs about loneliness from Andrew Gold, the Police, Yael Naim and the Magnetic Fields, plus five songs about a million little things (Nash the Slash, the Plimsouls, Robyn Hitchcock, the Grass Roots, the Eames Era). It’s all coming up on this week’s Brainwaves.
Brainwaves takes the wheel with a set of driving songs from Steven Wilson, Peal Harbor and the Explosions, Madness, Arco, Neil Halstead and R.E.M. Where are we going? To another Jewish New Year – with music from Camera Obscura, Spirit of the West, Azure Ray and the Idan Raichel Project. And for good measure, some yellow songs, too – tunes from Coldplay, Elton John, Christie, of Monsters and Men, the Cranberries and 20/20. You don’t need 20/20 vision to enjoy this week’s Brainwaves. Just tune in!
Brainwaves presents one day more – songs about “one day” from Nik Kershaw, Genesis, Asaf Avidan, Matisyahu and the cast of Les Miserable (our favorite musical ever). ELO sings about a Boy Blue while Orange Juice tells the tale of a Blue Boy. But it’s Julian Cope who takes the title cake with “No How, No Why, No Way, No Where, No When.” It’s all coming up on this week’s show.
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!