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V03I23 - 07022000
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KID 606, BLECTUM
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SURPRISE GIG NYC
WOUND/ARANOS MAIL ORDER ONLY CD!
Also be prepared of the flood of new product starting later this month: on July 24th, the
Masters of the Absurd 12" album will be released, followed in two weeks by the Love 7",
only to be followed two weeks later by the Love CD.
Some were fortunate to catch the Sonic Youth gig in London last night. According to the
Also be prepared of the flood of new product starting later this month: on July 24th, the Masters of the Absurd 12" album will be released, followed in two weeks by the Love 7", only to be followed two weeks later by the Love CD.
Some were fortunate to catch the Sonic Youth gig in London last night. According to the V/Vm pig,
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I found it amusing that Jon Whitney thought Pole was "boring and tedious" and yet seems to enjoy Fridge, Tortoise, etc. it's all subjective, I suppose.
You're comparing apples and cabbages - 3-6 member collectives of fine instrumentalists versus 1 person with a lot of the same presets on every track.
Subject: Pole & Gas
I've discovered brainwashed a month ago and I just have to drop line to say how much I appreciate finding (finally!) a true understanding magazine or in this case an E-Zine. What's so striking about brainwashed is how writers REALLY express their true feelings about music in rercord reviews.
Take Jon Whitney for instance. While it's been 5 years that I've been buying techno music and electronic music in the mean time I have bought and subscribed to almost every kind of dance magazine that there is out there: Jockey slut, Musik, Urb, Streetsounds, Wire and Generator. While most of them have decent features on artist/DJs, a few really says what's on their mind (they probably wanna please record compagnies in order to get more and more promo CDs by Orbital or Underworld). Hence the Jon Whitney exemple. While EVERYONE can't stop singing the praise of Pole aka Stefan Betke I was rather disgusted not to say bored by Pole's music. Being raised on a diet including Maurizio, Monolake, Porter Ricks and Richie Hawtin, I just couldn't figure out what was the fuss about this really, really overrated producer.
Then I read a review about Gas' Pop and everything about a good review was there: why it sucks and why it does in comparaison to others such as Vladislav Delay or Monolake.
Nowadays, it seems that journalists aren't doing their jobs: no one's asking the right questions, everyone writes the same clichés about music (ex: "Quoting the production methods of Jamaican dub, reverberations and the persistent crackling" and so on) and once someone (say NME) claims Pole, Fridge or even more mainstream stuff like Moby is the shit (means really outstanding) everyone and anyone follows on the same path!
Well I'm glad to see that someone like Jon Whitney has the guts to stand for his opinion and not follow everyone's taste. If Armand Van Helden says when he likes music that "it is the shit" then I say that Pole 3 and Pop are simply shit.
If you're lookng for innovative, cleverly produced and changing atmospherics in electronic music look instead for Biosphere last album "Cirque", Tetsu Inoue:"Ambient otaku" or better yet buy anyone of Monolake recordings, because electronic music doesn't mean tedious and hyper-repetitive music.
Thanks : a reader from Québec City.
Thanks for your note. I think there's a few reasons why THE BRAIN differs from print mags - apart from the ones you mentioned, we're not a commercial enterprise, we don't sell ads from record labels, so our opinions are made clear. Two clear advantages we have are the sound samples and easy hyperlinks to places to purchase things that are difficult to find. Unfortunately we're not in the biz to make money nor are we professional writers for the most part, so perhaps there won't be as fancy words in our reviews. Note to self: must buy thesaurus.
Subject: Pole 3
I dont understand the hype about Pole either, I listened to Pole 1 and thought it extremely uninteresting and boring. Who exactly are the people that are buying this guys records and enjoying it enough to warrant such hype? I love a lot of those guys on Chain Reaction, but Pole is definitely the exception.
So where do those "whats in your cd player?" lists come from anyway?
They come from you, Joe! [see below]
Subject: site, MYAGI
Hi there, I'm a funky breaks producer from Stratford, Ontario, Canada, and I'm wondering how to get my stuff to you to (hopefully) put on your site. Would u prefer MP3s, or a CD mailed?
If you want our staff to review your stuff, there's an address at the bottom of every issue.
Subject: the dream age
the dream age wants you to trip
Thanks, I'll keep an eye out for feet mysteriuosly sticking out.
Just wondering where I might information on the differences between the CD and vinyl versions of Nurse With Wound albums; I know the Stapleton/Tibet "Musical Pumpkin Cottage" release was fairly drastically reworked in the LP format and I've been told NWW's "An Awkward Pause" is as well, and i'm just wondering to what degree that's true.
On the website, under each album entry, there's information there as to how things differ.
Subject: Monte Cazazza images.
I am doing a site on Industristrial music, including seminal figures like Monte Cazazza,
and your site is the only place online I can seem to lcoate decent images of him and his art,
I was wondering if I could use these images, with your permission, I would of course
give you full credit.
Those images on the site are courtesy of Throbbing Gristle archives and RE/Search Publications. Brainwashed does not own the rights to those photos so if you use them, please keep this in mind.
I am making a NON Diskographie and searching after the year when the CD Boyd Rice Presents: Death's Gladsome Wedding - Hymns and Marches from Transylvanian's Notorius Legionari Movement. It came out on Hierarchy. Can you give me a sign.
I'm pretty certain it was 1996, and when you finish the discography, please let us use it on the website.
Subject: FTP 'The Brain' ?
Is there a way to ftp / download all of the issues of 'The Brain' in one big file?
Just curious. 'They' monitor what is d/l'ed (sic) here.
Sorry, not yet.
Subject: Musicians at Sonar
I just wanted to comment on your saying how the musicians at Sonar checked their egos at the door (or something to that extent). I don't think it's that surprising that these musicians act like this for two reasons. For one, fans of experimental music are not anything like those crazy zit-popping, lip-gloss wearin' teens that go to Brittany Spears concerts (or whoever the big "musical" sensation in any given year). Secondly, these musicians are exactly that, musicians. They seem more interested in the music/artistic creation, and getting constructive feedback more than "artists" who are concerned with record sales, and would probably only appreciate positive, ass-kissing feedback. I mean, I'm sure they're somewhat concerned about eating and such, but it doesn't look like any of them are starving (except for Nick Cave on certain days). Also (o.k. this is three things), I think those musicians are also fans of the music scene just the way anyone else is. Why would they act arrogant. They want what's best for the scene.
There were indeed some crazy zit-poppers in Barcelona, as well as lots of local kids who came out only for the overnight rave culture, so that pre judgement is a wee bit incorrect. I also disagree with your in the respect that all artists are concerned with record sales to some extent as they want to make a living from their art. But on the similar tip, I agree that there is indeed a good amount of support from the 'scene' - and the support from Barcelona was incredible. You'd never find a city in the USA or UK funding a multimedia festival like this.
Do you probably have nice photos from their show? I was standing in the back of the chapell, so I could see them only from a distance...
p.s.: john, did you really wear that brainwashed t-shirt?
I got some photos but not as good as the ones linked on the Coil website. I'm sure there will be good ones coming in soon. And, well, yes I wore it for V/Vm's performance of "Lady In Red" as it was the only red shirt I owned.
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