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Modern Jetset #166 goes off on a tangent or three — in the best way, though. This week we’ve got new releases from Django Django, Venice Heath, and Ceremony Shadows, plus an extended excursion into some eighties-inspired synth sounds. Host Iris Berkeley is your pilot for this weekly hour-long flight of eclectic new and recent […]

Brainwaves likes to go back to the 1970s for our weekly flashback at the top of the second hour of the show. This week, it’s 70s tunes all the time, for the entire show – but not just any songs, but the playlist from the Brainwaves episode a few weeks ago where I played 70s songs as covers. This week, it’s the original versions. You’ll hear Big Star, Rod Stewart, ELO, Neil Young, Carole King, Pink Floyd, Chicago, the Moody Blues and much more. Tune in and take the Brainwaves Time Machine back to the 1970s.

Modern Jetset #165 knows genres are meant to be ignored, so here we go. This week we’ve got new music from Tall Tall Trees, Jungle, and Phone Call, plus an appropriately trippy version excursion to the land of dub. Host Iris Berkeley is your pilot for this weekly hour-long flight of eclectic new and recent […]

It was Halloween this week and I really wanted to play some scary songs. But the world is scary enough as it is. So just one: The Voice of the Beehive’s “Scary Kisses.” But don’t worry there’s lots of great music on the show: Postal Service, Sparks, Wranglers, Timbuk 3, Lovedrug, Talking Heads, Neil Halstead, Morrissey and much more. Don’t be scared, tune in to Brainwaves.

Modern Jetset #164 throws a few extra pairs of dancing shoes in the carry-on … this week we’ve got new sounds from Night Beats, Venice Heath, and The Lahaar, plus a few disco-flavored throwbacks both famous and forgotten. Host Iris Berkeley is your pilot for this weekly hour-long flight of eclectic new and recent releases, […]

My daughter got married seven years ago this week. So, if wedding bells are in your ears like they are mine, let’s do some wedding songs on this week’s Brainwaves. Music from K’s Choice, Old Man River, the Wedding Project, Kurt Vile, and Our Daughter’s Wedding. There’s more, too: Tom Robinson, the Kopters, the Posies, Original Mirrors, the Radio Dept., Jay Walk Snail, Gomez, Phoenix and much more. Mazel tov!

Modern Jetset #163 stares genre labels straight in the face and says “No, thanks.” This week we’ve got new music from Miso Extra, Mndsgn, and Skinny Pelembe with Beth Orton, plus some surf-inspired sounds with a dub twist. Host Iris Berkeley is your pilot for this weekly hour-long flight of eclectic new and recent releases, […]

After last week’s Brainwaves episode on “war,” we need some light. This weeks’ Brainwaves has sunshine songs from Echo and the Bunnymen, Donovan, Jonathan Edwards and Harper Simon. And a few more peace songs, too, from Juliana Hatfield, the Bats and Albert Hammond. It’s all coming up on this week’s show. Tune in!

Modern Jetset #162 looks into the gazing globe and realizes — everything old is new again, and that’s pretty splendid. This week we’ve got new releases from Jungle, Tal Arditi, and Allah Las, plus some Britpop throwback vibes and a goofy movie favorite. Host Iris Berkeley is your pilot for this weekly hour-long flight of […]

War has returned to the Middle East. So, this week’s Brainwaves has songs about war…and the hope for peace. From Edwin Starr’s eponymous “War” to Matthew Sweet and the Lords of the New Church both singing about “Holy War” to Nada Surf (“Let the Fight do the Fighting”) to Carl Douglas (“Kung Fu Fighting”) to the positive: “Peace and Love” from Fountains of Wayne and Jeff Lynne (“Give Me Love,” a cover of the song made famous by George Harrison), we’ve got the songs you wish we didn’t have to group together, but hope you’ll enjoy as much as possible in these stressful days.

Modern Jetset #161 hits a groove right after takeoff, turns off the engines, and just coasts. This week we’ve got new music from Night Beats, Homeboy Sandman, and Bobby Oroza & El Michels Affair, plus a quarantine beat tape that deserves revisiting. Host Iris Berkeley is your pilot for this weekly hour-long flight of eclectic […]

Brainwaves always dips back into the pop 70s for a couple of songs at the top of the second hour of the show. This week, the entire episode will take us back to the 70s – but in covers. Music you loved by bands you may not have heard of (and some you have). Cheap Trick covering Big Star, Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs covering Rod Stewart, AM and Shawn Lee covering the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Def Leppard covering ELO, Kevin Gilbert covering Led Zeppelin, Jesse Malin covering Jim Croce, Pacifika covering Chicago, and more surprises. Tune in and let’s go back in time…by way of the future.

Modern Jetset #160 wallows (in the best way) in all the genre goodness … this week we’ve got new releases from Mort Garson, Lutalo, and Homeboy Sandman, plus a little funky astrology. Host Iris Berkeley is your pilot for this weekly hour-long flight of eclectic new and recent releases, plus the vintage vibes that inspire […]

This week it’s Yom Kippur across the Jewish world. The holiday of forgiveness, of grace, mercy and saying you’re sorry. So on today’s shows, songs of saying you’re “sorry,” feeling “mercy,” showing “grace” and asking to be “forgiven.” Music from Greg Kihn, the Three O’Clock, The Innocence Mission, Cosigner, Matthew Sweet, Bob Mould, Collective Soul, Nine Tayeb, Idle Wilds, Brian Wilson, Mojave 3, Yes, Ride, the Engineers and much more. Tune in this week – you won’t be “sorry.”

Modern Jetset #159 hits the vintage throwback feels straight from takeoff, with some brand-new sounds thrown in for good measure … this week we’ve got new music from Black Milk, Yellow Pills, and Alice Phoebe Lou, plus a little retro trip down memory lane. Host Iris Berkeley is your pilot for this weekly hour-long flight […]

Brainwaves this week mixes driving songs with yellow – Of Monsters and Men’s “Yellow Light” seems most appropriate. Also on the show: Pearl Harbor and the Explosions, Madness, R.E.M., Arco and Neil Halstead on the “driving” side; Christie, Elton John, Cribabi, Cranberries, 20/20 and Coldplay on the “yellow” side. No red lights on this week’s show – so buckle up, we’re going for a ride, Brainwaves style.

Modern Jetset #158 digs deep into the crates from all corners of the globe … and then some. This week we’ve got new releases from Night Beats, Hiss Golden Messenger, and Depeche Mode, plus some psych rock vibes from around the world. Host Iris Berkeley is your pilot for this weekly hour-long flight of eclectic […]

No spoilers here at Brainwaves – if we’d played this episode last week, then you’d all know it was Brian’s birthday on Friday. Now it can be told & you can celebrate with your Brainwaves host with birthday music from Altered Images, Kings of Leon, Ex Cops, String Theory and the Beatles. And since Brian’s actual birthday was over the weekend, some “weekend” songs from Neon Trees, the Vapors and Super Furry Animals. Finally, in honor of Brian’s wife becoming a non-vegan (say what???) we finish up with the Hermit Crabs and their song, “Vegan Vows.” It’s coming up – meat, milk and everything in between – on this special birthday episode of Brainwaves.

Modern Jetset #157 hearkens back to college-radio yore to connect the dots between some fab new cuts and some old faves. This week we’ve got new releases from Freedom Fry, Roisin Murphy, and Tall Tall Trees, plus echoes from the nineties and some alt-rock inspiration. Host Iris Berkeley is your pilot for this weekly hour-long […]

It’s not Saturday night, but Brainwaves is featuring “Saturday” songs on this week’s show, from the Jam, Blitzen Trapper, America and Sparklehorse. Radio songs from Wall of Voodoo, Elvis Costello and the Buggles. The Abrams invite you to spend your life with them. The Passion Pit get carried away. And Mouth and MacNeil ask – in fully Joey Tribbiani mode – “How do you do?” It’s all on this week’s Brainwaves.