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V04I01 - 01142001
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NEW YEAR/NEW LOOK
So, we're trying out a new look for THE BRAIN. Hope you enjoy it! Thanks again to everybody who voted in this year's poll. Results have been archived and are accessible at the past issues page.
Early this year is chock full of new releases from brainwashed bands, brainwashed-related and brainwashed-friendly bands too! Later this month, brand spanking new Panacea full-lengther, "German Engineering" is due. February 19th sees the all new full-length releases "Standards" from Tortoise, "fixed::context" from Labradford, as well as "Newness Ends" from The New Year (former Bedhead). A new Windy & Carl full-length, "Consciousness" was due out that date as well but has been delated temporarily. Jessica Bailiff with Jesse Edwards have a full-lengther due out as Northern Song Dynasty and Jesse has his first full-length as the.dithering.effect also due out soon. Aranos has two singles in the pipeline from Klang Galerie and Beta Lactam Ring Records, Coil also have a few new releases due in February along with member Thighpaulsandra's 2xCD release on Eskaton, Nurse With Wound are gearing up for the release of one of many "Automating" collections and Current 93 have a couple special releases also announced on their websites. Fridge have also completed work on their fourth album of all-new material. "Happiness" should be out in the stores hopefully by springtime.
Aranos has requested us to post the following information about his computer troubles: "My computer somehow managed to lose all my e-mail up to yesterday. Contacts and the lot. So please you good people out there contact me again if you want me to let you know about my future activities. Also whoever ordered things recently, please let me know your address again if it is not in your letter, so I know where to send it."
|MUSIC IN BRIEF|
Slammin' mutherfucking ballsy-ass shit. This debut CD release is probably the most excited I've been about a new rock-genred band in as long as I can remember. The energy is fierce, the music is fast, funky and full of wakka wakka guitars, crazy effects, beefy bass chops, electronic and organic drums, wild cheering, hoards of percussion and a splash of horns. Amidst all of this the vocals are remeniscent of Cabaret Voltaire's "Kino" while the music echoes the vigorous drive of Wire's "Advantage in Height." Perhaps this is what New Fast Automatic Daffodills wanted to achieve a decade ago but failed. The songs are insanely energetic and almost uncontrollably make you want to shake your ass. There's a bit of debate on how to pronounce "!!!" as well as how to search for it in record shops and on the web. While the group allegedly claims it can be any one-syllable word repeated three times, (like POW POW POW or CHICK CHICK CHICK or YEAH YEAH YEAH) most Unix geeks will say it is without a doubt pronounced "Bang Bang Bang." Linguistics specialists would argue that "!" can represent a ticking sound common in African language - hence "!!!" would sound like one of those shameful scorns which usually accompany a shaking head. If you really want to buy this, you probably won't be able to search many online stores, so try the label's website at www.threeoneg.com/gsl. - Jon Whitney
TRICKY "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED"
Remember Tricky? The former music media darling amicably parted ways with Polygram/Island/Def Jam in 1999 and now calls Epitaph branch Anti home alongside Tom Waits and Merle Haggard. Mission accomplished? This UK EP (also due out February 6th in the States) gives us a little over 16 minutes with 3 new songs and 1 previously unreleased old one. The sound is similar to the live guitar/bass/drums band setup of the preceding albums "Juxtapose" and "Angels With Dirty Faces". The title track centers around a heavy guitar riff and Peter Gabriel's "big time, I'm on my way I'm making it big time" lyric sung by Tricky and another male vocalist, ad nauseum. Halfway through the 3 minutes it becomes apparent that this is all the track has to offer. "Crazy Claws" begins promising with a lively snare loop, sexy bass line, and Tricky's whispered poetry about a certain female. Unfortunately, a few minutes in two other rappers take over (the first possibly being Mad Dogg from "Juxtapose", judging by the heavy British accent) and ruin it. "Tricky Versus Lynx (Live)" must be 'live in the studio' and I'm unsure of Tricky's involvement as the only one rapping is someone other than Tricky. It's the weakest of the 3 new songs. Why Tricky relies on these guys is beyond me ... their vocals pale in comparison to Tricky's and their braggadocio rhymes are tired and unnecessary. "Divine Comedy" was originally released as a white label 12" in 1998 as reaction to racist comments made by a Polygram executive and later became the more polished and superior "Money Greedy" on "Angels..". Altogether the EP is very disappointing with half-assed outtake quality ideas and only small glimmers of Tricky's lyrical and musical potential. Hopefully the debut album for Anti out this summer will reclaim some or all of Tricky's past glory ... - Mark Weddle
BLACWORLD, "SUBDUING DEMONS IN SOUTH YORKSHIRE"
I am amazed at the mad genius that is Richard H. Kirk, once again he manages to blur the line between music and noise as entertainment in a very thought-provking manner. Kirk expands on ideas from more recent works including, "Loopstatic" and "Darkness at Noon"; using found sounds, sampled mostly from shortwave radio, mixed with his signature "Clonk" and tribal rhythms. This time almost the entire song structure is built up from these odd test tones, crackles and overheard conversations. It is even less synth-based than before, the samples ARE the instruments and Kirk puts these cut-up fragments together to invoke a cacophony of chaotic complexity reminiscent of an automated factory assembly line or the bridge of the Starship Enterpise.
Underneath an all-out barrage of sequenced sensorium and subsonic booms we are spoonfed bytes of intercepted fascism - but we are too captivated by the "blinking lights" and weird noises to percieve all of what is being said. Similar to recent works, the layered arrangements give you the feeling that something sinister is lurking behind this happy industrial mayhem, something ominous, calculated and not easily distracted. Is it music or noise with a beat?? You won't hear this music in any commericals and that's a good thing. For me, it has always been about one's expectations- meeting Kirk's latest ideas and approach. I notice every Kirk release has a particular quality to ithe obviously employs slightly different strategies, techniques and instrumentation from one to the nextbut he isn't interested in reinventing himself, just exploring new ideas and directions. He's a true revolutionary 'artiste'. Remember that Al Jabr cover, I've often thought that we (his fans) are the hostages and Kirk is holding the gun to our head- ready to take us for a little ride, it may get rough, some may be lost, but perhaps he'll return us safely and go back to making the slick techno he used to after the final installment of this trilogy (and we pay his ransom),...
To sum up my thoughts: I like this "Blacworld" CD. The seminal industrial artist, the visonary "Dark Magus" of modern music has opened a window to a futuristic reality of technologic overload; of increasing socio-political interconnection and manipulation at the dawn of the electronic age. Take a look. - Daniel Barychko
ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS, "I FELL IN LOVE WITH A DEAD BOY"
Three days in my possession and I can't stop playing this three tracker over and over again. For those who have been fortunate enough to witness Antony & the Johnsons live, this provides an excellent souvenir of favorites not on the debut album. Other fans would enjoy this as a great companion to the eponymous release. The title track is a touching yet unsettling love song. With the simple chord structure echoing old standards, it too can easily become a timeless classic. In addition to this, the single's rounded out by two covers: Current 93's "Soft Black Stars" and "Mysteries of Love," originally performed by Julee Cruise, written by David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti. Like the subject of the song, the mysteries are all sort of becoming clear now. Until recently had I not made a surrealistic David Lynch connection. The whole experience of Antony & the Johnsons live and on record sort of all make sense under a twisted yet beautiful mentality of works like Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet and Wild At Heart. Perhaps the popularity of Goldfrapp and Jay Jay Johanson can also be attributed to the attractive simliar sort of film-noir qualities combined with delicate beauty. - Jon Whitney
OPIUM JUKEBOX "MUSIC TO DOWNLOAD PORNOGRAPHY BY"
Opium Jukebox is Martin Atkins (Pigface, The Damage Manual, Invisible Records) and Bobdog Catlin (ex-Evil Mothers, Pigface, Pseudo Buddha) and a dozen other musician friends. This cd is a contemporary covers album: Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirit", NIN "Head Like a Hole", Gary Numan "Cars", "Ball of Confusion", Jane's Addiction "Been Caught Stealing", EMF "Unbelievable", "Tainted Love", Devo "Whip It" and Dead or Alive "You Spin Me Right Around". I know what you're thinking ... horrid 'industrial' or paint by numbers covers, right? No, fortunately. This collective barely keeps the paint within the lines with their very loose instrumental interpretations. Think exotic/erotic strings and rhythms and analog synth and beat programming (courtesy of Lee 'Bagman' Fraser - Sheep on Drugs, The Damage Manual) shrouded in Middle Eastern mystical ambiance. These very familiar songs slide by in an almost unfamiliar haze ... melodies played by Bobdog on sitar are about the only remaining identifiable element from the originals. A wide array of percussion and vibes keep the time and various flavors are added by dijeridu, horns, guitar, bass, violin, etc. About half the songs leap out of the speakers with more pronounced drums and electronics while the others maintain a more mellow groove. You've heard them a million times before but you've never heard them quite like this. I'm not sure if this is a joke or what (funny title) but as a covers album it's a great idea that's superbly executed and as an album in it's own it's even better. I hope they do more covers or originals someday ... - Mark Weddle
IN THE NURSERY, "HINDLE WAKES"
There are certain things you can always count on when purchasing a release from In the Nursery. The melodies are always emotionally charged, the production shines with a signature decadent brilliance and the sounds do an excellent job of imitating a full orchestra. The new release is their fourth in a series of music for silent films. This amazingly priced 2xCD set accompanies the British film of the same name from 1927, a story which revolves around a working class holiday in Northern England. What's seemingly more important than the story to some critics are the filming techniques used, which makes this film noteworthy to film buffs and scholars. Perhaps one of the reasons ITN chose this film to score was the long drawn out camera shots and picturesque images noted in some online reviews of the movie. The variety of themes for various dramatic situations always impress me with In the Nursery's releases, although the instrument choices can get somewhat repetitious. This is a quality of the most popular film scores, however: John Williams for example almost always uses the trumpet as a lead instrument, while on Hindle Wakes, ITN has almost completely exhauseted the clarinet as a lead instrument. Film scores should have recurring themes so the repetition on this disc might be somewhat overkill without actually viewing the picture. Judging by the length of the release, I'm sure the entire score is here, making it easy to rent the film and watch along. Let's hope everything lines up perfectly. [Note: while the DVD release of "Man with a Movie Camera" includes the film set to ITN's score, there's no word about a release of Hindle Wakes with their score.] - Jon Whitney
We know that sometimes these CDs are somewhat challenging to find, which is why we have a RECOMMENDED STORES section which can be used to obtain nearly everything available on the site.
The Athome Project - Heaven & Hell/Himmel & Helvete 7" (Beatservice, Norway)
Fatboy Slim with Macy Gray - Demons 12"/CDEP (Skint, UK)
Monolake - Gravity CD (Monolake/Imbalance, Germany)
U.C.M/Osaka - Fin De Protocole/Jokari Song/Apu 7" (Jonathon Whiskey, UK)
Windy & Carl/Electroscope with Printed Circuit - Universal Energy/Blowhole 7" (Jonathon Whiskey, UK)
Macka B - Global Messenger CD [with Mad Professor] (Ariwa/Beatville, US)
* Deepsky - Stargazer CDEP [reissue with mixes by Meat Beat Manifesto, X-Cabs, Andy Ling/Evolution & Twenty Twelve] (City of Angels/V2, US)
* Lunatic Calm - Metropol CD [reissue] (City of Angels/V2, US)
Lee "Scratch" Perry - Techno Party CD [with Mad Professor] (Ariwa/Beatville, US)
Various - Bliss.Tech CD [with Arovane, Lexaunculpt, Bauri, Jetone, Joshua Treble, Accelera Deck, ^Cursor and more] (Pitchcadet/aii, US)
Blue Foundation - Blue Foundation CD (April, Denmark)
Randall Cousins' MeltdownRed - DataLeak CD (Alleged Iguana, Canada)
Richard Devine - Lipswitch CD/2xLP (Warp, UK)
Everything But The Girl vs. Soul Vision - Tracey In My Room 12"/CDEP (Virgin, UK)
Leafcutter John - Microcontact CD (Planet µ, UK)
Lesser - Gearhound CD/2xLP (Matador Europe, UK)
Negative Entropy - City Open to the Nomad CD (Beta-Lactam Ring, US)
The Orb - Once More 12"/two CDEPs (Island/Universal, UK)
Ty - Nonsense 12" (Big Dada/Ninja Tune, UK/Canada/US)
Various - Knottel Remixed 12" [original track by Zorn, remixed by Multipara, Geiom, Artificial Duck Flavour, Arovane, Frederik Schikowski, Biochip C. and Thaddi - first 50 copies include CD-R with exclusive remix] (Lux Nigra, Germany)
Various - The Adventures Of Jonathon Whiskey CD [with Tristeza, Hood, Chicks On Speed, The Remote Viewer, Yellow 6 and more] (Jonathon Whiskey, UK)
The Wisdom of Harry - Unit One Remix 12"/CDEP (Matador Europe, UK)
Delarosa & Asora - Backsome 12"/CDEP (Schematic, US)
Richard Devine - Lipswitch CD/2xLP (Schematic, US)
Fishgulish - Circuit Breaks Vol. 1 CD/LP (75 Ark, US)
Pan sonic - Aaltopiiri CD/2xLP (Mute, US)
* Renegade Soundwave - RSW 1987-1995 CD (Mute, US)
Boyd Rice - Presents Music for Pussycats CD (Cacciocavallo/Soleilmoon, US)
Underwater - This Is Not A Film CD (sub:marine, US)
* Various - Ischemic Folks CD [repress] (Schematic, US)
While - Slip 2x12"/CDEP [mixes by Savath+Savalas, Fennesz and A Grape Dope] (Chocolate Industries, US)
Z'EV - Face The Wound CD (Soleilmoon, 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.
|MOVIES VIEWED AND REVIEWED|
RATCATCHER / GEORGE WASHINGTON
These films were shown recently as a double-bill at a local movie-theatre.
And they were both remarkably similair yet nothing alike. Or some such
Both films are the feature-legnth debut of the writers/directors, David
Gordon Green for George Washington and Lynne Ramsay for Ratcatcher. Both
films circle around the children of the working poor and the reaction of
said children when they are partly responsible for a playmates death.
Now those of you who remember my previous movie reviews know that I suck at
writing these things. You can all bite me. Suffice it to say both of these
films are hidden gems and easily get a listing in my top 10 films of 2000.
Both directors have amazing vision and each cast of unknowns shine through.
And the George Washington;s minimal soundtrack is the best movie soundtrack
I have heard since Joe Hisaishi's Hana-Bi soundtrack.
In honor of these films I have composed a Haiku for each:
don't get your head wet
are we heros or villains?
uncle don't like dogs
London Garbage Strike
No Englishman is sober
There's mice on the moon
- Thomas Guttadauro
Hoo boy. If they could cut 2/3 of this movie it would be pretty damn good.
There are three main storylines going on and one sideplot, by my reckoning,
and only a few standout actors and very solid direction save it from being
a total wash. And an excellent soundtrack. (What is it about excellent
soundtracks and bad/mediocre films this year? Traffic, Reqium for a Dream
The worst part of this movie is the after-school special qualities of
Michael Douglas and his crack-addicted daughter. We're supposed to be
shocked that a rich Drug Czar's daughter would put out her pussy for some
smack. Didn't Scott Baio already cover this ground in some TV special?
The next part of this movie featured Carmen Zeta-Jones-Smith-Inglasious as
the unknowing wife of a drug trafficer. Not that she doesn't know that
she's married, it's that she doesn't know the guy she married traffics
drugs. Watch Out, Carmen! Next thing we know, he's in prison and her
character has done a complete, unbelievable 350 and is ruthlessly making
drug deals herself. I'm pretty sure there's a made-for-lifetime Movie Event
featuring Helen Hunt on this subject. I think it's called "A
Made-for-Lifetime Movie Event featuring Helen Hunt on this Subject."
Finally, the third storyline is where Benicio Del Toro shines. He's a cop
in mexico who is hired by one of the Mexican drug cartels to help eliminate
the competition. There are so many unknowns in this part of the story that
I can't explain how well it works without giving away major spoilers.
The sideplot is also well done, featuring solid acting by Don Cheadle and
Luis Guzmán as police officers guarding squeeler (I can't remember who
the actor is, but he's solid as well) as the trial he is a witness to is
There's very little in the storyline that you haven't seen before (aside
from the Mexican Cops story), but Steven Soderbergh does a great job of
directing (per usual) and the soundtrack had Herbie Hancock and Flea
working on it. I wish that the story featuring del Toro was made into its
own movie. Everytime I had to watch Michael Douglas worry about his
daughter or Zeta-Jones worrying about her future, I wished the movie would
head back into that ground. Or another shot of that kid from the seventies
show freebasing that sweet crack-a-moo.
- Thomas Guttadauro
|LINK OF THE WEEK|
HAIL TO THE CHIMP
Can you spot the differences between George W. Bush and a monkey? Do you think if both were standing next to each other that it would be easy to tell them apart? Before you think you know the answers, you'd best consult www.bushorchimp.com to see the excellent image collection.
|THE WEEKLY CHART|
8 NEW YEARS SURPRISE CONCERT EVENTS YOU MISSED
- Tear Garden in Warsaw
- Pan Sonic at the Big Dig, Boston
- Throbbing Gristle Reunion at the Hard Rock Café, Saigon
- Current 93/Nurse with Wound/HNAS at the Lounge Ax, Chicago
- Boyd Rice/Fridge/Royal Trux at the Red Rocks, Denver
- Pole/Eminem/Neil Young at the Millennium Dome, London
- Joy Division reunion, Ibiza
- Roger Waters, Joe Walsh and Magnetic Fields perform 121 Love Songs, Cairo
FINDING MISS ZEBROWSKI
Subject: how to contact Robin Zebrowski, or more info?
On your site (a while ago, I know) there appeared a brief review on TRANSLUSCENCE.
I am really hurting for this CD, which is apparently not available in the U.S. Do you know how I can contact that contributor? It would be greatly appreciated. I'm listening to the piece on the radio right now from a live performance in New York in late 1999, but I wasn't able to record it.
It's quite incredible.
Robin writes back: "Apparently this CD wasn't distributed very well at all. John Balance almost talked me out of my copy but in the end I'm glad I held onto it! I haven't seen it in another store since I stumbled on my copy, but the website listed on the CD (www.teldec.com) turns up a listing for it if you search the catalog (er, but be sure you spell 'translucence' correctly, unlike me). Apparently you can order it directly from their site, which seems to secretly be Time Warner in some way, so I wouldn't hesitate to give it a shot.
Subject: it's not a tumor
I was wondering how the staff at brainwashed is determined and how the decision of which bands to host is made.
Is brainwashed open to growth?
The staff is a small group of trusted individuals, bands chosen to host here come here from a variety of places but generally we turn down all requests. So if we can host your band's website from wherever or you think we should really dedicate another website to blah-blah then the answer you're ultimately looking for is probably "no." Sorry, it's the way it goes. Hopefully brainwashed can set an example and many other people can make their own corners of the world and focus on what they want to!
Subject: new windy & carl album release date
Their new album should be released by end of 2000 (and a 2xCD singles compilation as well). Do you have any
information on the release date?
The full-length album was originall scheduled for February 19th, but has been postponed perhaps by a couple weeks. There's still no news on the singles comp yet.
Subject: (no subject)
How about a Bowery Electric update?
Whats going on here its been a year!
There hasn't been any news to report on, sorry.
Subject: (no subject)
Arrange stuffed animals in a semi-circle around you. Pretend that you are in
a large speech when your roommate walks in. Stop suddenly when they walk in.
Tell them that you will contiune this later.
Can I link to your site?
You can do whatever you wish on your website!
Subject: nurse with wound
According to the brainwashed website you do know a lot about NWW. Maybe you
can and if possible are willing to help me. As Nurse With Wound contributed
many times to the cassette compilation series "rising from the red sand"
(vol 1, 2 & 3), you might have more information on Rising from the Red Sand
vol. 5 (it came as a set with 3 and 4 I've been told).
As a collector of Hula songs I really want to know wat track Hula contributed to RftRS vol. 5. Can you tell me the name/title of their track?
I would be very grateful if you reply even if your not able to help me.
"Black Pop Workout"
Subject: tortoise all videos
I'd like to have some info about all Tortoise's videos, where can I download, buy, join 'em.
I'm from Milan,Italy.
If you run a video program on television, you might be able to get some new ones from their new European label, Warp. If they had music videos from the USA company, the VCR type would be NTSC and unplayable in your machine most likely.
Subject: Cha-ha meat skran-r the 15lb turkey
I came across this V/VM track while doing a search. I can't seem to find it anywhere on the said page though.
Do you know where this track originates from?
"Brain in the Wire" CD compilation, due out this year, hopefully by March or April.
Subject: Coil question
I have a quick question. I often access your *wonderful* site--thanks for
all the great work. What's up with the Coil page? Why does it just flash a
few words and colors? Are the guys in a bad mood or something? Any
information would be appreciated.
Maybe constant shallowness does indeed lead to evil! Actually the page will load up if you're patient enough.
Please let me know if u can help me provide info about this band called :"HUMAN BBQ"
I saw their video on a channel called "MCM"
Please reply soon
all the best
|WHAT'S IN YOUR CD PLAYER?|
STAINED GLASS SONOMA CALIFORNIA
Soleside's Greatest Bumps 2 x CD
cex "role model"
The Slaves "devil's pleasures"
Roots Manuva "brand new second hand"
Dalek "negro nekro necro"
Velvet Underground "s/t"
datach'i "we are always well thank you"
Scott Walker "tilt"
Red House Painters - Ocean Beach
Ben Henning, who claims "the alien peeps' music in dude where's my car sounds just like Add N to (X)." Perhaps he missed our review of it here on The Brain!
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