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2021 couldn’t come soon enough. Will the New Year bring new fortunes for our world? We don’t have a crystal ball but we do have new music on this week’s Brainwaves – a whole episode of songs with “new” in the title or the band name. You’ll hear Paul McCartney, Yael Naim, the Shins, U2, Lords of the New Church, New Order, New Pornographers, Sugardrum, Idan Raichal and more. Who doesn’t want something new? Tune in!

It’s the time of year when you don’t want to hear the DJ, just the music. So Brainwaves goes voiceover-free. No Brian this week, just great bands and even greater music. We Ghosts, STC, Wiretrain, Tasmin Archer, Bloc Party, America, Vertical Horizon and much more. Happy Holidays!

As we arrive at the shortest day of the year in a world that can sometimes seem pretty dark, we all need a little light. And that’s what Brainwaves has for you this week. All songs with “light” in the title. From bands like Starflower, Apple in Stereo, Owl City, Andrew Belle, King Harvest, Mike Oldfield, Azure Ray, Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark and much more.

It’s that time of year – time for the annual Brainwaves Hanukah special, moving us musically from dark to light. All “dark” songs in the first half of the show. All songs about “light” in part two. Snow Patrol, Yo La Lenga, Pink Floyd, Elvis Costello and Teenage Fanclub lead up the dark side. Passion Pit, the Smiths, the Arkells, Todd Rundgren and Spoon return us to the light.

This week on Brainwaves, music for running with the Buzzcocks, the Polyphonic Spree, Snow Patrol, Vampire Weekend, MissFlag and the Doves, with the song “Hit the Ground Running” which sounds eerily like Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London” (so we’ve got that one, too). Plus Stars, Starcastle and Starflower.

Not to get political, but it may be time to just let things go. Or so says Idina Menzel – some musical rock and roll to start this week’s Brainwaves. Plus a set of “air” music from the Buzzcocks, Thomas Dolby, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, Airspace, Radiohead, Giraffe and Air. And jump on the train to Radio Ramallah. All on this week’s show. Tune in!

This week on Brainwaves, some songs about toys, from Lene Lovich, Visage, Porcupine Tree and Kevin Gilbert (with his band Toy Matinee). Plus three songs that are upside down (Magazine, Barenaked Ladies and the Archies). Come for the toys, stay for the music. Just click Play.

Music to wake up to (from the Boo Radleys, the Beatles, Oliver, Los Lobos and Avtipus) and songs to head to sleep (The Cure, Iron & Wine, Richard Ashcroft, R.E.M.) Plus the Jimmy Castor Bunch asks if you’re a troglodyte?

Power pop from the 70s, 80s and beyond to start this week’s Brainwaves. With Jason Falkner, Jellyfish, the La’s, Matthew Sweet, the Lemonheads, the Icicles, the Plimsouls and the Flamin’ Groovies. How groovy is that? Plus some drinking music from Azure Ray and Splinter.

It’s election day in the U.S. in what is gearing up to be one of the most fateful votes between left and right in, maybe, forever. So it’s a Brainwaves rebroadcast: our special “left/right” show. The first half of the show – all music from the left. Second half – songs that are “all right.” Passion Pit, Nick Drake, Calexico, Idan Raichel, Vance Joy, The Left Banke, the Who and much more.

Brainwaves music this week takes a look at today, tomorrow and the future with the Motors, Aviv Geffen, Jonathan Coulton and TV21. Plus an 80s dance mix to remind you of your clubbing days. And does Jimmy love Maryanne? Looking Glass knows.

The killer robots are coming this week on Brainwaves. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back, with music from the Alan Parsons Project, Styx, Kraftwerk and the Flaming Lips. Plus it’s a wonderful day with a “wonderful” set from Wil Deynes, Stone Temple Pilots and Adam and the Ants.

Some pure and easy songs – from Sebadoh, the Who and the Teardrop Explodes – and some music to send you down to the coal mine from the Police, the Pretenders and Devo. Plus the Well Pennies, Vampire Weekend, the Beatles, Neil Young, and Miss Abrams and the Strawberry Point 4th Grade Class! (Can you say “Mill Valley?”)

Brainwaves this week features a trio of “home” songs from Jason Faulkner, Philip Phillips and Soft Verdict. Wire Train, Todd Rundgren and the Doors say “hello.” And Bill Nelson forgets to include vowels in his song artempireindustry. That and so much more. Tune in!

Brainwaves throws a few monkey wrenches in your direction this week, with a “monkey” set featuring Two Loons for Tea, Counting Crows and Balkan Beat Box. Plus two songs with the same name from R.E.M. and Taxi Taxi. (Hint: have you found your way yet?) Pirates, tractors and giants, too. All on this week’s show.

Brainwaves A to Z is back with an episode where every band starts with the letter “T.” Including 80s favorites The The and Talk Talk, 70s classics from Three Dog Night and Todd Rundgren, a little psychedelia from Tame Impala, a lost Tubes tune, two Taylors, Israeli rockers Tea Packs and Tomer Yosef and even some Transvision Vamp. It’s t-t-time for the Ts.

Revisiting a time when we could travel – with a favorite trip to Bali (and an introduction to gamelan music). But why does that sound so much like Blue Swede? Plus music from Ethnix, Blackfield, Ben Folds, Ultravox, TV21, Avital Raz and much more.

It’s Brian’s birthday and it’s a big one (but shh… he’s not saying how many). Instead, celebrate with some birthday tunes from bands like Altered Images, Kings of Leon, Ex Cops, String Theory and (of course) the Beatles. And since we’re in the spirit of not saying, a set of silent songs from the Delgados, the Goo Goo Dolls, Thomas Dolby, the Silent League and more.

Michael & Shimrit Greilsammer were scheduled to launch their latest double album live in Jerusalem. Then Covid-19 happened. The concert went virtual. And Brainwaves has the lead track to kick off this week’s show. Plus dogs – lots of them – from Grandaddy, Polyrock, Baja Men, Spoon and Juliana Hatfield. And eight songs about “people.” All coming up this week on Brainwaves!

Looking back at an engagement (Brian’s daughter’s) with some wedding music from Old Man River, Matt Nathanson, Kurt Vile, Our Daughter’s Wedding and the Wedding Project. Plus a long set of “nice” music from Gallery, Gomez, Sufjan Stevens and the Stranglers.