a weekly digest from the staff of brainwashed
V02I09 - 02281999
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Aerial M (under the moniker of Papa M) are hitting the road for a US tour with Sam Prekop, of the Sea and Cake. Tour dates can be found both on the M site and Thrill Jockey site.
Also in the USA this week are Current 93 and Christoph Heemann of HNAS - they're both in New York City from Thursday - Saturday at Tonic. Don't bother ordering tickets now, it's been sold out for weeks.
WHERE DID THE LINES GO???
PAN SONIC "A"
The first release post-name change, this album takes a little getting used to. While the first albums from Panasonic just struck an emotional chord with me, this album had to take a few listens to appreciate. The album has no attack, nothing challenging, but the feel is deep. I kept waiting for that one track which will be as abrasive and pulsing as things on Osasto or Kulma but it isn't happening. Tracks like Pala on this disc are more psychologically stimulating where sound waves are manipulated and vibrate various different places inside my ear for this one. It's rather interesting, but if you're a fan of prior work, be forewarned as it's a slight departure. - Jon Whitney
* 808 State - Newbuild CD [reissue of rare first album from 1988] (Rephlex, UK)
808 State - Deepville 12"/CDEP [b-side from the rare early single Let Yourself Go, it will probably contain new mixes] (Rephlex[?],UK)
Coldcut - VJAMM PC software CD-ROM (Ninja Tune, UK/Canada/US)
Dot Allison [ex-One Dove] - Mo Pop CDEP (Heavenly, UK)
Experimental Pop Band - Frozen Head CDEP (Cup of Tea, UK)
Gus Gus - Ladyshave 12"/CDEP (4AD, UK)
Johnson - Say You Love Me 12"/CDEP [mixes by Frankie Knuckles & Attica Blues] (Higher Ground/Sony, UK)
Ko-Wreck Technique - t.b.a. 12"/CDEP (Chocolate Industries, US)
Lassigue Bendthaus - Pop Artificielle CD (KK, Belgium)
Madonna - Nothing Really Matters 12"/two CDEPs [with Kruder And Dorfmeister mix] (Warner, UK)
Model 500 - Mind & Body CD/2xLP (R&S, Belgium)
Monolake - Interstate CD (Monolake/Imbalance, Germany)
Nintendo Teenage Robots [Alec Empire] - We Punk Einheit! CD/LP (DHR, UK)
Jim O'Rourke - Eureka CD (Domino, UK)
Orbital - Style 12"/two CDEPs (ffrr, UK)
The Other Two [1/2 of New Order] - You Can Fly two CDEPs (London, UK)
Public Image Limited - Plastic Box 4xCD box set ["definitive" 63 track collection with album tracks, 12" versions, b-sides and previously unreleased radio sessions] (UK)
Squarepusher - Budakahn Mindphone EP/CDEP (Warp, UK)
Stackoverflow - Transfer Interrupted MP3-LP/CD-R [to be made available at No Type website] (No Type, Canada)
Thread/Coil - Obsidian Monarch/Null Tributary 7" [reworkings by Thread of the Coil tracks "Glowworm/Waveform" and "Dark River", ltd to 1027 copies on clear vinyl] (Brainwashed, US)
Underworld - Beaucoup Fish CD (V2, UK)
While - Lock 2x12"/CD (Chocolate Industries, US)
For a more comprehensive release schedule stretching far into the future, please check out the NEW RELEASES brought to you by Greg and Feedback Monitor.
The higher you fly, the farther you have to fall.
This week, Geffen announced layoffs of somewhere around 3,000 employees and a music roster cut of about 250 bands and artists. Nelson Mutnz of The Simpsons can be heard saying "HA HA". Big corporate labels fail the industry, they fail the artist, they fail the consumer. Idustry Music (or Industrial Music) serves a purpose to satisfy those who listen to the radio garbage and buy it. Hardly any band are popular because of merits alone - one hit or one failure can make or break their career. The best staying power has defindately been through the indies of the world who have a discerning taste and put out truly great music.
I was watching a VH1 show about "Where are they now" and saw a blurb on Kip Winger. After a disappointing album sales of 300,000 he was dropped by his label. Shit, 300,000 units moved for an indie is a dream come true.
The big label sinks hoards of money into production, promotion, videos, marketing, advertising, and shitloads of promos. When all is said and done, it's left up to the corporate stockholders and lawyers if their efforts are worth it or not. You have to stop and wonder, do you want lawyers deciding who you should listen to or if you're going to have a career in music?
"We just signed a deal with Polygram!!!" Yippee! Did you realize that you don't make a penny until you have made back all the money they sunk into your promotions and production in sales alone? What? You didn't make it back? You're stuck in this contract, you signed on the dotted line and you're stuck right here and we're in charge.
With that in mind, I am proud to be joining the indie ranks tomorrow with the first release from Brainwashed Recordings and to all the people who thought they were so cool cos they worked for Geffen who got free tickets, promos and rubbed elbows with the 'big shots': I refer you back to Nelson Muntz. - Jon Whitney
FREEZING IN HERE
A few months back on CloudZero you made mention of the band Fridge.
Based on your plug and information from their website, I recently picked
up their double cd "Sevens & Twelves" from Riouxs Records. I kinda like
their mix of elements from Tortoise, Codeine, and Camberwell Now.
Stay tuned, Fridge might very well be brainwashed recordings release 003 with any luck...
Subject: Just a quick note...
...to say that I love the addition of this week's releases to The Brain.
Thanks, I thought we'd give it a shot last week and it seems to be a hit!
PHINNISH TO ENGLISH
After you rush out and buy the new Pan Sonic, you're going to want to know what all the titles are. Rather than hassle another person on IRC #finland, check out www.mofile.fi to translate from Phinnish to English and back to Phinnish!
Once outed by Saturday Night Live a few years back as being a "lousy lay", this actresses most famous role was playing the mom on TV's One Day at A Time in the 70s and 80s. She now makes a career out of performing in various theatres in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. There have been a few instances of made-for-tv movie appearances, but nothing significant enough to drum up any hope for a One Day at a Time reunion special.
Depeche Mode - Ultra
Gyorgy Ligeti - Vocal Works
Franz Schubert - Trio In E Flat
Vidna Obmana - Crossing The Trail
Vidna Obmana - River of Appearance
- John Beck, brainwashed artist, the Star Traveler
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