a weekly digest from the staff of brainwashed
V02I21 - 05231999
RECYCLED PINK DOTS
Some new releases from Legendary Pink Dots are either available or due soon: From Poland comes a live bootleg from 1998's show in Chicago at the Metro, from Russia (with love) comes a new compilation of faves and a few unreleased tracks, an "official" live document from World Serpent is due later on this year titled, "Farewell, Milky Way". Also still in the works are a new Tear Garden full-lengther as well as CD releases for "Basilisk," "Apparition," and "Atomic Roses".
SWANS, "COP/YOUNG GOD + GREED/HOLY MONEY"
This 2CD set is a re-issue of four (yes, count'em 4) records comprising the Swans' very early material from 1984-1986. The early material by the Swans is really quite different from everything they've released since. Their earliest music, Filth, was even harsher, and I believe that this gradual shift away from art-punk to Darkwave is in a large part due to Jarboe's influence (her first recordings with the Swans are on this release). But this material has very thrashy metal overtones with dirgey rhythms and a lot of shouting, and can sometimes induce a very disturbing trance. With lots of heavily distorted electric guitar, and very loud percussion slamming together in unison at about 30 beats per minute for the entire piece, it can be pretty intense, but not necessarily uplifting. Yes, this is a very hard-edged side of the Swans, and I know many people who only like the music that came after this period. Speaking as someone who doesn't normally like metal, and yet did quite enjoy the music featured here, I must say this is probably the most amazing hard rock that there ever was. On this, sometimes you get the feeling that they're just yelling out random stuff and slamming on their instruments in random but rhythmic ways, but the sounds are pretty cool, and so are the words. It grows on you. And these 4 releases go together very well in a 2CD set. - Alan Ezust
FUTURE PILOT A.K.A VS A GALAXY OF SOUND
JOSEPH ARTHUR, VACANCY
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)
C.J. Bolland - It Ain't Gonna Be Me 12"/two CDEPs (FFRR, UK)
Chris Carter [of Chris & Cosey] - Small Moon CD (World Serpent, UK)
E-Z Rollers - Weekend World CD/4xLP (Moving Shadow, UK)
Kreisel [Mike Ink] - Kreisel 99/21 7" [ltd edition] (Kreisel, Germany)
Laptop - Nothing To Declare two CDEPs (Island, UK)
Les Rhymes Digitales - Darkdancer CD/2xLP (Wall of Sound, UK)
Orbital - Nothing Left two CDEPs (FFRR, UK)
The Other Two [1/2 of New Order] - Superhighways 12"/two CDEPs (London, UK)
Sol Invictus - In A Garden Green CD [initial 1000 copies include slipcase and poster] (World Serpent, UK)
Sorrow - Sleep Now Forever CD (World Serpent, UK)
Thee Majesty [Genesis P-Orridge] - Time's Up CD (World Serpent, UK)
Underworld - Jumbo 12"/two CDEPs (JBO/V2, UK)
Aerospace Soundwise - Carter/Reger 2x7" [ltd to 250 copies] (Diskono, Scotland)
Miles Davis/Bill Laswell/Various - Panthalassa: The Remixes CD/LP [mixes by Laswell, Doc Scott, King Britt, DJ Krush (vinyl only) and more] (Columbia, US)
D.J. Rap - Good To Be Alive 12" (Higher Ground/Columbia, US)
Guineo - Tosstones 12" (Schematic, US)
* Gary Numan - Machine & Soul CD (Cleopatra, US)
Push Button Objects - Half Dozen 12" (Schematic, US)
Suetsu and Underwood - The Love Album CD (Diskono, Scotland)
Various - I'm So Bored With the USA #2 7" [with Kid 606, Andre Estermann, Lost In Translation and more] (Diskono, Scotland)
Various - What's The Word Vol. 1 CD (Invisible, US)
Aphex Twin - Singles Box (1993-97) 5xCDEP [Japan-only package] (Warner, Japan)
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Ura BTTB CDEP (Warner, Japan)
Meat Beat Manifesto - Acid Again/Prime Audio Soup CD [Japan-only collection of two singles plus bonus tracks] (King, Japan)
Transient - t.b.a. MP3-EP [to be made available at No Type website] (No Type, Canada)
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.
TOM ZÉ w/MEMBERS OF TORTOISE
Tuesday night was a great night. I don't know who thought to join these two entities (Tom Zé - an established Brazilian singer with a recording career spanning a couple decades with Tortoise - a few punks from Chicago who play easy jazz/dub/instrumental/experimental stuff for the indie rock fans) but somehow it worked. And it worked beautifully. The rhythms were wonderful, the energy was high, and the singing in Portuguese. Tom would stop and talk to the audience between songs, plug the albums, try his hand at English and kept people dancing and moving. With any luck, perhaps the snooty arty David Byrne worshipping jazz community might finally recognize Tortoise and the indie rock twentysomethings might finally recognize something not from Chicago. Unfortunately this tour is rather short and hitting only some of the bigger cities. Tour dates available on the Tortoise site.
- Jon Whitney
...and so the concert ends 12:09 at The Middle East in Central Square, Cambridge. I jump in the car and fly like mad to the 12:30 showing of The Phantom Menace in Randolph, MA (typically a 40 minute drive). I made it in time to catch the Austin Powers preview and hook up with my friends! I won't admit how fast I was going down the highway due to incriminating factors, but The Force was with me...
STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE
It has become almost too easy to diss a movie or another phenomenon that has gotten so big, it is now out of hand. If you have looked around, none of the critics are giving this movie a great review. I thought it was enjoyable and perhaps since I was expecting much worse I'm giving it a good recommendation. There are annoying cuteness factors like Jar Jar Binks (who could have been completely left out), the droids (who have too much personality for a fighter robot), and the computer graphics which seem dimensionless and surreal as opposed to the believable low-tech props used in the earlier films. The sabre battle between the two Jedis and the Sith Lord, Darth Maul is awesome, but entirely too short. Impressive actors with renowned careers like Terrence Stamp or Samuel L. Jackson are bit roles and entirely underused. When the critics complained about stale acting and the thin plot, you have to ask how were the plots in the other films, the acting wasn't top notch either. You don't go to Star Wars to see oscar-caliber performances or a winning screenplay. I enjoyed the queen, young Anakin Skywalker, and the rest of the cast. The language could have been a little drier, however, there were too many 20th century colloquialisms - tons more than the other films. Overall it was enjoyable and fun to watch. - Jon Whitney
Subject: FUCK YOU!
To All Internet Assholes,
I hate the internet and I HATE YOU! Especially if you're a jew or a nigger, a slant, spick, gay bastard, lesbian, or whop. Women-fuck you too!! Mexicans? I especially hate you!!
I want out of this society. Black list me if you can, I don't care. Yank my AOL account. Fuck you. I make plenty of money acting like I sell names, but I am just a common thief and cheat. I take everyone's money and send them shit. So what? Does'nt everyone? You're all stupid fucks.
Call me if you dare, asshole. I'll just deny everything and hang-up on you. You can't touch me you stupid fuck!!!
Okay, this wasn't sent to brainwashed but it was a real email sent to our webmaster at work...
LOVE THE SITE. GREAT SELECTION OF SOUND FILES (TO BAD THEY'RE SO SHORT.)THE MAGAZINE IS GREAT. LESS TECHNO MORE EXPERIMENTAL PLEASE. WHEN ARE THE DEATH IN JUNE SOUND FILES GOING TO BE READY? WHAT ABOUT A COUPLE CRISIS SAMPLES? THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.
Samples... hmm, well, the same reason for samples being thin these days and the Coil song of the week on pause is well, simply, my sound card isn't working properly right now and I haven't had time to work on it. If anybody has 60 second MP3 files for us to use, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks
Subject: this site rules!
LPD's are awesome especially when I am smoking the buddhas! A page totally dedicated to a fine band, that's what I like to see. Eddie Kaspel is the God of the tunes.
Smokin the Buddhas? Do they mind?
Subject: can you help?
hey one of my friends surfed into brainwashed.com and told me to go there and i did. i was just wondering what kind of music you posted there, because it didn't really say and i thought that was confusing. thanx. if you could email me back id appriciate it......
The sound samples don't give it away?
Subject: WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS PROPOSAL?
What do I think? I have no clue what this is even about...
With all due respect to Jodi, we direct you to snarg.net - eye and ear candy for the web serf in all of us who just likes to sit back and watch. Very impressive. Turn your sound on.
A fine actress indeed, popping up in commercials for Jenny Craig, TWA, and Pampers as well as appearing in numerous made for TV movies in the years since her role as Shirley on Laverne & Shirley. Unfortunately her presence hasn't graced a big screen in any substantial roles for quite a number of years. (The First Nudie Musical seems to be the only semi-main character and that came out in 1976.)
THAT JIM GUY
chain reaction label- session elements
plastikman- recycled plastik
plastikman- artifakts b.c.
kruder & dorfmeister- the k&d sessions
death in june- the corn years
current 93- of ruine or some blazing starre
current 93- all the pretty little horses
coil- horse rotorvator
coil- musick to play in the dark (astral projection in my imagination version!)
- Jim, D. Liverator
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