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!
The summer is starting to wane (even if the temperatures are still on the rise). So Brainwaves has one more summer song for you – the classic Blotto anthem, “I Wanna Be a Lifeguard.” Plus three telephone songs from 10cc, Kraftwerk and ELO. And great music from Interpol, New Order, Rosi Golan, Mission of Burma, Splinter and Tangerine Dream. Bid adieu to summer (or at least to August) by tuning in!
With the fighting still raging in Eastern Europe, Brainwaves looks at “war and peace” through music. An hour of songs about fighting and warfare, followed some peace songs to even the balance. On the war side: Edwin Starr, Talking Heads, Rilo Kiley, The Three O’Clock, Nada Surf, Carl Douglas and more. On the peace side: Fountains of Wayne, John Lennon, Elvis Costello, Boston, Cat Stevens and Jeff Lynne.
Strand of Oaks’ Timothy Showalter was born in Goshen, Indiana. So it’s not surprising that he wrote “Goshen 97,” a song named after his hometown. That’s one of three Strand of Oaks rockers on this week’s Brainwaves. Plus music from Walk the Moon, Jellyfish, Beach Fossils, Elbow, Original Mirrors, , Nada Surf, David Broza, Moon Hooch and much more.
Music from television: Some of our favorite TV show theme songs on this week’s Brainwaves: Fargo, Firefly and three different takes on Lost in Space. Plus a double play from Brainwaves favs Red Meadow. And to round things out, how about some triple Natalies – Walker, German and Imbruglia. It’s all coming up on this week’s Brainwaves.
On this week’s Brainwaves, five songs about girlfriends – from Shy Nobleman, the Talking Heads, Matthew Sweet, the Smiths and the Three O’Clock. Plus music from Sum Sum, the Bongos, the Go-Betweens, the Decemberists, Peter Buck, Rani & Eland, Owl City, the Turtles and much more.
Is this the best song title ever or what? Sufjan Stevens’ “They are Night Zombies!! They are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From the Dead!! Ahhh!” On this week’s Brainwaves. Plus music from Ted Leo, the Both, the Teddybears, Guster, Assaf Avidan, Golden Earring, the Tubes, R.E.M. and the Dr. Casper Show. Don’t be a zombie. Tune in to Brainwaves this week!
It’s the height of summer (in some parts of the AndHow listening world) so Brainwaves heads to the beach with two hours of summer songs. Sounds under radio, Blackfield, Blitzen Trapper, Pink Floy, Matt Pond PA, Alice Cooper, Fountains of Wayne, Meatloaf, Vanity Faire, and so much more. Get your flip flops on and keep your radio tuned to Brainwaves!
Brainwaves visits four continents that start with the letter “A” – Africa, Antarctica Australia and America – and one imaginary one (Atlantis) with music from Donovan, Enya, Men without Hats, Counting Crows, Shins, the Animators, Don McLean and more. Plus, Kraftwerk takes us on the Trans Europe Express.
Brainwaves goes international this week.
Brainwaves has your number this week with some musical telephone songs: Sugarloaf says “Don’t call us we’ll call you.” Tommy Tutone has Jenny’s number (It’s 867-5309 in case you forgot). And Dr. Hook would like to speak with Sylvia’s Mother. Plus music from Botzer, Kishi Bashi, Jim Yoshi, Yael Naim, Bright Eyes, Nick Drake, Azure Ray and much more!
Brainwaves heads to the water for some summer music fun. Watery songs from Owl City, New Musik, Sun Kil Moon, Radiohead, Elton John, Blitzen Trapper, Nada Surf and the Doobie Brothers. Plus the two Lolas – one from the Kinks and the other from the Stills. It’s all on this week’s show – tune in!
Movie music from the Cinematics, Two Door Cinema Club, Meghan Coffee, Semisonic, the Billionaires, Death Cab for Cutie and Matt Pond PA on this week’s Brainwaves. Plus indie bluegrass from Nefesh Mountain, Dorin Yanni and the Band channeling Of Monsters and Men, and a double play from Todd Rundgren and Utopia.