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.
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.