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One last look back at the now-defunct spring edition of the Jacob’s Ladder music festival in Israel, for a decade our favorite weekend of the year. Israeli indie music on this week’s episode from Old Man River, Maya Johanna, Jane Bordeaux and Lola Marsh. Plus two more Lolas from The Stills and The Kinks. And don’t miss our fish set with music from Radiohead, Elton John, Sun Kil Moon, New Musik, Blitzen Trapper and Brainwaves favorites Nada Surf!

On the 25th anniversary of the death pf Kevin Gilbert, Brainwaves remembers the talented pop/progressive rocker who left us at just 29 years old. Music from Gilbert’s bands Toy Matinee and Giraffe plus two solo tunes. Then it’s a “mother” set for Mother’s Day (OK, that was last week) including The Durutti Column, Peter Gabriel, Kaki King, Natalie Merchant, Sparks, Daft Punk, Paul Simon and more.

It’s part 3 of Brainwaves’ special look back at the now-defunct spring Jacob’s Ladder music festival. (Never fear, the winter version is still happening, so there will still be exposure to great Israeli indie pop on Brainwaves to come.) On this week’s show, Judy Antebi, Dorin Yanini, Nefesh Mountain and Mika Sade (channeling the trills of Minnie Riperton). Plus music from Slowdive, Grandaddy, Juliana Hatfield, the Abrams, TV21, TV on the Radio and the Tubes.

In the second part of the Brainwaves “look back” at Jacob’s Ladder music festival, we have music from Maya Johanna, Sun Tailor, Sawyer and Elad Jacob. Jacob’s Ladder was held at the Sea of Galilee in Israel for over 40 years until the festival was shuttered just before the pandemic. In this special Brainwaves series, we listen to some of our favorite Jacob’s Ladder discoveries. Non-Jacob’s Ladder music on the show too, including Rilo Kiley, Joan Osborne, David Bowie, Regina Spector, Arcade Fire, Nick Gilder and a double play from Big Star.

The spring edition of Jacob’s Ladder in Israel may be no more, but music from the festival lives on with Brainwaves. For the next month, a tribute to Jacob’s Ladders past. This week: Red Sun Project, Tal Cohen, Erez Singer and the Abrams. Plus one of our absolute favorite 70s pop songs from Fleetwood Mac (no, they never appeared on stage at Jacob’s Ladder). And some more modern tunes from Harper Simon, Ex Cops, King Charles and much more.

April 15 used to be the date tax returns were due. Then came corona. But I still filed mine on time. And so I put together a set of music about taxes and taxis to “celebrate.” Music from Leisure Process, the Buzzcocks, the Stranglers, David Crosby & Graham Nash, Taxi Taxi, Deaf School and the Porcupine Tree. Plus a triple play of Israeli pop with Mashina, Benzeen and the Church of Reason. And Norman Salant goes saxophone crazy!

It’s the Brainwaves annual Independence Day special featuring two hours of Israeli music in Hebrew, English and Arabic. Get ready to hear tunes from Ethnix. Forestt, Idan Raichal, Nathan Goshen, Monika Sex, Ivri Lider, Ehud and Evyatar Banai, Shlomo Artzi and a double play from Mashina.

This week, we tackle the Sisyphean task of climbing with four “hill” songs from Wolfy, the Beatles, the Replacements and Peter Gabriel. Plus a double play of Spoon, a trip down the motorway with Tom Robinson and the Killers say they just can’t stay.

It’s the Brainwaves annual Passover special, in honor of this week’s Jewish holiday. Music to celebrate freedom from slavery, whether that’s songs about Egypt, Pharaohs, plagues (no, not the current one) or wandering in the desert. Plus a little Moses thrown in for good measure. From bands you love like Oingo Boingo, Sioux and the Banshees, Prince, Neko Case, Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians, Belle and Sebastian, the Cure and more. This is a show you don’t want to pass over.

Jenny Lewis leads off this week’s Brainwaves with two tunes plus one from her now defunct and greatly missed band Rilo Kiley. Then it’s on to a set of “millions” with music from Robyn Hitchcock, the Eames Era, the Grass Roots, the Plimsouls and Nash the Slash. Plus Starcastle ask, “Could this be love?” All on this week’s Brainwaves.

This week, Brainwaves takes a look in the mirror for some songs of reflection from the Human League, the English Beat, Nada Surf, The Who and Original Mirrors. Plus a triple play from Strand of Oaks and songs from Moon Hooch, Beach Fossils, Elbow, Jellyfish, Postal Service, Kishi Bashi, Aviv Geffen and much more. What music is your mirror playing?

The Israeli indie band Red Meadow kicks off two hours of eclectic alternative indie on Brainwaves this week. Plus music from Socalled, Assaf Avidan, Interpol, the Hoovers, String Theory, Young the Giant and much more. The meadow always has the best music!

Brainwaves A to Z is back with the “U” show – all bands and songs beginning with the letter “U.” You’ll hear U2, Usher, Utopia, Ultravox, the Undertones and the Undisputed Truth. Plus “U” songs from R.E.M., Talking Heads, Neon Trees, Death Cab for Cutie, Eels, Matthew Sweet, the War on Drugs, Thirteen Senses and much more. It’s all about “U.”

It’s a Brainwaves tradition: Every year for the Jewish holiday of Purim, it’s two hours of happy music. And boy do we need that now! Tap your toes and get your grin on for music from Bobby McFerrin, Kaki King, Elliott Smith, Three Dog Night, Walk off the Earth, the Turtles, Nada Surf, Talking Heads and much more.

No, Brian doesn’t have a girlfriend (he’s happily married for 32 years). But Brainwaves this week does have a few girlfriend songs from Shy Nobleman, The Three O’clock, Talking Heads, Matthew Sweet and the Smiths. Plus music from Sum Sum, The Bongos, R.E.M., Peter Buck, Said the Whale and Rani & Eiland.

There’s so much great music in this week’s Brainwaves, we had to call it a “gold rush.” Seven “golden” songs from Looking Glass, 10,000 Maniacs, Ed Sheeran, Mates of State, the Stranglers, Snow Patrol and Golden Earring. Plus a set of crying music from Gomez, Said Cleeves, Victor Malloy and John Fullbright.

You’ve found Brainwaves, so this must be the place. Or so say The Talking Heads. “Place” songs from Fredrik, Apartment, Erez Singer and Mikki Ekko. Two Jimmys – from The Undertones and The Who. And a quick trip to Australia, Antartica, Europe, Africa and… Atlantis? (Thanks Donovan for this week’s flashback!)

Israeli rockers Botzer ask the musical question “who are you?” to start off this week’s Brainwaves. The answer may have something to do with lust, say Neon Neon, Iggy Pop and the Buzzcocks. Sugarloaf says don’t call us, we’ll call Sylvia’s mother – will they be using Jenny’s phone number? Tune in and find out!

Music about crocodiles and alligators to start off this week’s Brainwaves. From The Beach Boys, Echo and the Bunnymen, R.E.M., Tilly and the Wall and Neil Cicierega. Plus Regina Spektor, Matt Pond PA and Jonathan Coulton are having a party. When? On Saturday night of course, so say the Bay City Rollers.

This week on Brainwaves, Maya Isacowitz and some of her musical influences – Tori Amos, Alanis Morissette and Joan Osborne. Plus Julian Cope, World Party, Joy Division, Moby, Minus the Bear, Neil Young, Kevin Gilbert the Doobie Brothers and much more.