a weekly digest from the staff of brainwashed
V02I20 - 05161999
Jon's back from Europe, things can return to normal.
FRIDGE'S MAJOR DEBUT?
Go Beat! (a PolyGram company in the UK - once responsible for Portishead) has released two brand-spanking new things from London trio, Fridge. First up is the 15-minute two track single, "Kinoshita/Terasaka", which provides a great introduction to the new dimension Fridge are undertaking. On this, the boys move forward with slicker production, more attention to detail and smooth flowing organic keyboards. Fear not, they still sound like three energetic music enthusiast geeks jamming with the energy from the last few releases.
"Eph," their first full-lengther from Go Beat continues with the evolution. While the production is drastically different, slightly more electronic and undoubtedly more polished than ever before, the catchy melodies and driving beats are still there. From the opening, you're introduced by layered drums and swirling melodies, the beats get louder, more layers are introduced but it never gets out-of-control into a chaotic mess. The melodies are intelligent, there's a new "prettiness" factor to their music, and you're even left humming tunes which stand out among the rest - quite a feat for a post-rocky instrumental 21-year old power-trio. Look for it on import cos who knows when it'll ever receive a stateside release. - Jon Whitney
LABRADFORD, "E LUXO SO"
ELECTRONIC, "TWISTED TENDERNESS"
808 STATE, "NEWBUILD"
Banco de Gaia - The Magical Sounds of Banco de Gaia CD (Gecko, UK)
Beastie Boys - Remote Control/Three MCs And One DJ 12"/two CDEPs (Grand Royal/Capitol, UK)
Bjork - Debut LP, Post LP and Homogenic LP [limited edition reissues on heavyweight vinyl with special plastic sleeves, lyric sheets and stickers] (One Little Indian, UK)
Godflesh - Us & Them CD (Earache, UK)
Kid Loco/Various - Jesus Life For Children Under 12 CD/LP [collection of remixes produced by Kid Loco for artists such as Pastels, Saint Etienne, Talvin Singh, Pulp, Mogwai, High Llamas & more] (Yellow, France)
Kreisel [Mike Ink] - Kreisel 99/20 7" [ltd edition] (Kreisel, Germany)
Laptop - Nothing To Declare two CDEPs (Island, UK)
Moby - Play CD/2xLP (Mute, UK)
Orbital - Nothing Left two CDEPs (FFRR, UK)
The Other Two [1/2 of New Order] - You Can Fly two CDEPs (London, UK)
Thievery Corporation - Lebanese Blonde (Version Francais) CDEP [special 8 track mini-album] (4AD, UK)
Underworld - Jumbo 12"/two CDEPs (JBO/V2, UK)
Urban Species - Woman 2xCDEP [mixes by Rae & Christian and more] (Talkin' Loud, UK)
Various - t.b.a. CD/2xLP [exclusive tracks from all Downsall artists including Kretek, Buscemi, Eavedropper, Dubtales and more] (Downsall Plastics, The Netherlands)
Barry Adamson - The Murky World Of Barry Adamson CD ["best of" with three new tracks] (Mute, US)
Animus Amour - Don't Run Unless God Says CD (Ellipsis Arts, US)
Banco de Gaia - The Magical Sounds of Banco de Gaia CD & I Love Baby Cheesy CDEP (6 Degrees, US)
* Can - Can Box box set [30th anniversary set containing live 2xCD, book, and live/documentary video] (Spoon/Mute, US)
* Expansion Union - World Wide Funk CD (TVT/Universal, Canada)
Motion Worker - Times Of Danger 12" (Palm Pictures/Ryko, UK/Canada)
Muslimgauze - Fakir Sind CD (Soleilmoon, US)
Muslimgauze - Hand of Fatima CD (Soleilmoon, US)
* Naked Funk - Evolution Ending CD (Palm Pictures/Ryko, UK/Canada)
Orbital - Middle of Nowhere CD (ffrr/Warner, Canada)
Perfume Tree - Felt: Feeler Remixes CD (World Domination, US)
Sly & Robbie - Fatigue Chic CDEP (Palm Pictures/Ryko, UK/Canada)
Stackoverflow - Silly Songs for Silly Kids MP3-LP/CD-R [to be made available at No Type website] (No Type, Canada)
Todd Terry - Let it Ride 12"/CDEP (Astralwerks, US/Canada)
Various - Electro Lounge sampler 12" [electronic remixes of lounge/exotika classics by Q-Burns, Utah Saints and Uberzone] (Palm Pictures/Ryko, US/Canada)
* Various - Suck It And See 2xCD [neo-porno music by Howie B. and friends] (Palm Pictures/Ryko, US/Canada)
Proem - Burn Plate No. 1 CD (Hydrant, 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.
"Go" would most definitely be the operational word for this film. From the opening scene (which is, unfortunately, used two or three more times later to tie in different characters), "Go!" hits the ground running and never slows down. It's the story of three co-workers, and their separate adventures in the bright lights of Vegas, the bombast of a rave, and the dim lit tension of a drug dealers apartment. The laughs are non-stop, but you would expect that from the creator of "Swingers." The true stand-outs here, though, are Scott Wolf and Jay Mohr, laying rather surprising roles, even if they are in the periphery through most of the movie. Points taken away for reminding me EXACTLY what I felt like all throughout high school (great portrayal of stoned paranoia/idiocy), but still a three and a half out of four stars. - Jason "bar traveler" Olariu
YOU'VE GOT CRABS
Subject: good on ya
hello there brain washed,
ive been an avid reader for weeks now.
is your website is a thinly disguised prop for you and your friends bands?
Curses! They figured us out. Well, my band isn't on brainwashed damnit! The only staff members who have bands on here are bands that came here first. Only after then did band members decided to co-work on the website. Not all of the bands are we friends with, either, and most definately are they not all friends with each other. There are a few overlaps, though... Thanks for reading!
Subject: just a fan of your website
i was looking at your Trans Am webpage and i thought to myself that it would be really great if it had audio clips...
To: Whitney F.
Once again, I wasn't sure which e-mail you would be checking so you get this message twice! So, looks like we are in for a great weekend!
Wrong Whitney, ya silly yuppy. I don't think I'll tell Bub a damned thing.
Subject: I'M GOING TO KILL YOU
yo jon, some psycho-sexual sado-metaphysical secret-santa will probably try and stuff a stinkin copy of my new CD in your mail slot.
Sincerely, P.C. (not an occultist)
Okay, I don't know who out there thinks brainwashed is even listening to demos or signing new acts, but it's not happening - and even if it were, is this the right approach?
JAPGLISH FOR EVERYBODY
The Japanese can be quite in awe of American and English-speaking culture, but what happens when they get the language wrong? Well, this site at www.lumine.net/engrish/ has documented some of the more humorous examples.
Despite his amazing internet celebrity status with all those pages like Mr. T Ate My Balls, Mr. T's Shopping Extravaganza and whole slieu of Mr. T vs... sites, Mr. T has kept a real low profile since 1996's "Spy Hard" and 1997's appearances on "Suddenly Susan". Where could he be hiding? Why hasn't he popped up in any candy bar or car ads? Listen closely and we may soon hear, "I pity the fool who calls me collect using zero!"
SLOW RIOT FOR NEW ZEALOT
Harry Pussy - What Was Music
Tony Conrad - Early Minimalism Volume 1
Pluramon - Render Bandits
Godspeed you Black Emperor - Slow Riot for a New Zero Kanada
A Handful of Dust - Jersalem, Street of Graves
RLW - Tulpas
Cabaret Voltaire - Voice of America
The Dead C. - Trapdoor Fucking Exit
- Greg, from Wellington, New Zealand.
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