The Brain
  a weekly digest from the staff of brainwashed
V02I11 - 03141999

One week after I rant about the crummy corporate music business world, Brainwashed gets featured in the quintessential industry rag, Billboard. They featured the site in their new pull-out section called "Weather Report" (which is supposed to be a feature on upcoming bands and such). Here's what they had to say:
    An aesthetically pleasing design umbrella for the Web sites of hot undergound rock and experimental artists and labels.
I guess that the corporate bigwigs are now scouting this site for the next big thing. Brainwashed sends its greetings from this side of reality. Hello!

Coil have announced that their mail-order-only release "Musick To Play in the Dark Vol. 1" will get a vinyl pressing as well as CD. The demand bas been voiced and they are obliging.

You can now order Brainwashed Recordings via credit card at Riouxs. The prices may be slightly more but that's the cost of credit card convenience...


In an interview after the release of their previous Thrill Jockey album, "12 Degrees Of Freedom", Rob Mazurek (one-half of the Chicago Underground moniker he shares with Chad Taylor) said his newer material is is moving father away from jazz and more into Satie territory. If this is the album he was referring to, I'd like to hear the Satie album he's been spinning! Adding buzzing and droning atmospheres doesn't mean you're breaking free from the jazz chains, it just lets you loosen them a bit. While this can undoubtably be called jazz (or, to be more specific, boppish acoustic improv informed by world music and touched by the occassional electronic hand), I think "incedental music" works much better. This would work great while watching a Louis Malle film (or maybe Fellini, on those late nights!) with the sound muted. It is rarely ever intrusive, playing off silence and low-level sound. With the exception of a few minutes of the long "Into Another You", Mazurek's cornet playing is never too sharp, choosing to adopt a sort-of smeared impressionistic sound like that of trumpet great Bill Dixon. Percussionist Taylor keeps things centered with a steady pulse, even though it seems a bit scattered or hurried at times, but never sloppy. "Future Ancestors", which showcases his trapwork, alternately switches between minimal world music tribal beating and Art Ensemble-ish ecstatic freedom. I don't really hear the dub influence the liner notes suggest, but I do hear a group of musicians who's obvious love for soundtrack music, Jon Hassell's Fourth World ideas, and electronic composition allowed them the chance to make forward-looking jazz album of almost filmic beauty. - Jason Olariu

Also from Chicago comes the "Reach The Rock" soundtrack, arranged by John McEntire on Hefty Records. This soundtrack features a track each from Tortoise, The Sea and Cake, Bundy K. Brown, Polvo and Dianogah. The rest consists of score composed by John McEntire. The music, while it may be a great addition to the Tortoise/McEntire collector in all of us is rather calm and sparse. Don't expect anything earth-shattering or mind-blowing, this is still basically a film score. While it ranks high against the typical snoozy score or the MTV-ready soundtracks for the kids, this album is rather lukewarm compared to other McEntire releases. Don't get me wrong, I do like this quite a bit. It's deep and atmospheric, full of familiar instruments like the vibes and treated guitars (and bet I'll find myself listening at appropriate times). My only big complaint is that it's a tad short at under 40 minutes. The movie, which had a limited run in theatres last October should be out on video this summer. - Jon Whitney

On this 7-track mini-album, Squarepusher seems to be bridging the connection from his past style of somewhat nervous drum n' bass cut-up electronics to the organic nature of last year's full-length album, 'Music is Rotted One Note'. The first couple tracks are electronic spacious soundscapes complimented by a beefy pulse. The next couple hint of similarities to last year's full-length release while he utilizes his live drumming and keyboard playing skills. On 'Two Bass Hit (dub)' he shows off his bass guitar skills with two tracks of freestyle bass overlayed on top of a driving dub-influenced beat. Following that, the album picks up to a jittery drum 'n bass style much like his older works and the album finishes up with a chimy tempo changing almost tribal piece. When you take a step back, it is appropriate this is a mini-album, it seems like a collection of works that may have not necessarily fit in with the feel and themes of previous albums, but are good nonetheless. It's a great collection and is a highly recommendable purchase at $7.99. - Jon Whitney

Andrea Parker: Producer has amassed a small but astoundingly eclectic back-catalogue of releases in the last few years. Her early work in partnership with Alex Knight (as Inky Blacknuss) and David Morley (as Two Sandwiches Short of A Lunchbox) played around with electro and techno, while her handful of singles for the Mo'Wax label have found her sound getting progressively more experimental, culminating in a full- length disc entitled Kiss My Arp (currently only available via Japanese import) that is, from all reports, her darkest and most exciting work yet.

Andrea Parker: DJ has the same eclectic approach. As noted in the liner notes of her installment in Studio K7's excellent DJ Kicks series, Parker ignores all boundaries when it comes to spinning music, and is equally happy dropping techno, electro, drum'n'bass, hip hop or even a set culled from her collection of over 3000 sound effects records. On the set captured for this release, she concentrates mainly on the electro-techno side of things - both old school (Man Parrish, Afrika Bambaata, Juan Atkins) and new (Gescom, Dopplereffekt, Drexciya) - along with a smattering of hip-hop (Dr. Octagon) and dub-funk (Renegade Soundwave). She also gives the mix some moody bookends by opening with her brooding remix of Depeche Mode's "It's No Good" and closing with "Unconnected", a experimental techno track of her own devising. The ultra-keeners will also want to track down the accompanying "Unconnected" 12" which features an even darker track by Parker on the flipside. - Greg Clow

First things first: "Drum & Bass Strip To The Bone" is NOT a drum & bass record in the current, junglized use of the term. The title refers to the drums of Sly Dunbar and the bass of Robbie Shakespeare, the legendary rhythm section and production team who have worked on hundreds of Jamaican dub/reggae records, as well as releases by international artists as varied as Grace Jones, The Fugees, Carly Simon and The Rolling Stones. At it's core, Strip to the Bone is simply a solid dub-styled reggae album. But thanks to UK electronic artist Howie B, the work is given a current day twist with the inclusion of some electro-funk grooves, ambient washes, mellow hip-hop beats, and even some Latin rhythms. The dub purists probably won't dig it, but for the rest of us, it's worth investigating. The only negative twist is the rather tacky and ill-conceived companion video featuring a bunch of strippers from LA peeling to the sounds of the record. - Greg Clow


Can - Can Box box set [30th anniversary set containing live 2xCD, book, and live/documentary video] (Spoon/Mute, US)
D.J. Rap - Everyday Girl 12"/CDEP [mixes by DJ Sneak, Rae & Christian, Kenny Ken, & DJ Rap] (Higher Ground/Sony, UK)
Dot Allison [ex-One Dove] - Mo Pop 7"/12"/CDEP (Heavenly, UK)
Deutsch Nepal - Erosion CD (Staalplaat, Europe)
Elysium - Celestial Sounds and N.T. Beats CD/LP (KK/Nova Zembla, Belgium)
Freddie Fresh vs Fatboy Slim - Badder Badder Schwing 12"/CDEP (Eye-Q, UK)
Ryoji Ikeda - Mort Aux Vaches CD [ltd to 1000 copies] (Staalplaat, Europe)
Kreidler - Mort Aux Vaches CD [ltd to 1000 copies] (Staalplaat, Europe)
Kreisel [Mike Ink] - Kreisel 99/11 7" [ltd edition] (Kreisel, Germany)
Lamb - B Line 12"/two CDEPs [mixes by Herbaliser, Andy Votel and Global Communication] (Fontana, UK)
Francisco Lopez - t.b.a. CD3" [ltd to 250 copies] (Staalplaat, Europe)
Space Raiders - Don't Be Daft CD/2xLP (Brassic, UK)
David Sylvian - I Surrender two CDEPs (Virgin, UK)
Underworld - Push Upstairs two 12"s/two CDEPs (V2, UK)
Various - Natural Born Electro Vol. 9 CD/2xLP (KK/Nova Z!, Belgium)

Howie B. - Snatch CD (Palm Pictures, US)
Darck - Hypercubal MP3-LP/CD-R [to be made available at No Type website] (No Type, Canada)
Die Form - Histories 2xCD ["best of" & rarities anthology] (Metropolis, US)
* My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult - Sexplosion CD, 13 Above the Night CD & Hit & Run Holiday CD [reissues] (Rykodisc, US)
* Nocturnal Emissions - The World is my Womb CD [mid-price reissue] (Soleilmoon, US)
* Rapoon - Raising Earthly Spirits CD [mid-price reissue] (Soleilmoon, US)
Steve Reich - Reich Remixed CD [mixes by Coldcut, Howie B, Andrea Parker, Tranquility Bass, Mantronik, Ken Ishii, DJ Spooky and more] (Nonesuch/Warner, Canada)
Velvet Acid Christ vs Funker Vogt - Remix Wars Vol. 4 CD (Metropolis, US)
Wildplanet - Transmitter 2xLP (430 West, US)

Merzbow - Machinenstil CD (Coo-Roo, Japan)

Steven Severin - Maldoror CD [standard edition - version with bonus CD-ROM to follow in May] (RE:group, UK)

Ken Ishii - Game Over CD (R&S/Sony Techno, Japan)
Model 500 - Mind & Body CD (R&S/Sony Techno, Japan)

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.

Subject: demos

When, if ever, will brainwashed start accepting demos?

As soon as we're filthy rich and have money to sneeze on completely unknown things.

Subject: What happened?!?

I checked The Brain earlier, and saw Mr. Gershmann's review of the new Godspeed! ep. But, after looking at it a little later, it has morphed into a much smaller (and less wordy) one, and Gil has changed his name to Jon and Carter. What's going on here? Not that I'm a big fan of G's indie-electro-classical Dennis Miller-esque cross-referencing reviews (yes, I like my hyphen button!), but this just smacks of a cover-up of the Olly Stone scale.

Yikes! You noticed! Well, hmm, it was a tough call, but somewhat yeah, a couple of us not only disagreed with what was said but how it was said. Damnit, I'm the editor and I choose to put up whatever I want and reserve the right to change my mind whenever I want! For the record, Gil was notified, he agreed with some of the reasons, and we may in fact put up his review again (now that the album has been actually delayed a couple weeks).


Okay, we've gotten some upset feedback from last week about, people are offended we didn't list some of the other dances out there like cowdance, aliendance, elderdance, and of course jesusdance.


It hasn't been Hammer Time for almost a decade. After having 1 hit single, selling millions of records and living excessively to the point of bankruptcy, Hammer has found the divine hammer. He's found his god and has become a gospel singer. I'm sure he'll be able to do a radio station promo event or an Orange Julius opening in a mall somewhere as his rates are probably pretty cheap right now...


Current 93 - Misery Farm
Current 93 - Calling for Vanished Faces
Current 93/Michael Cashmore/Christoph Heemann - An Introduction to Suffering
Coil - Summer Solstice single
The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath a Cloud - Rest on Your Arms Reversed
Steven Stapleton/David Tibet - Octopus
Prince Paul - Psychoanalysis
Thread/Coil - Obsidian Monarch (but that's on my record player)
- Nick (of the grapes) D'Uva

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