The Brain
  a weekly digest from the staff of brainwashed
V03I39 - 11122000

Dead Metheney is now dead. The godspeed you black emperor! website has been redesigned by Jon Whitney and reassigned to a new website manager, Andrij Kopytko. Andrij is a longtime friend and emotional supporter of brainwashed and is welcome as a new staff member. The Dead Metheney webmaster went AWOL months ago and hasn't returned any contact attempts. Things had to be done. Please take a peek at the new site and please be patient while information trickles in.


Senator First Lady, an 18 yr old rep, dead man running, Dan Rather's gone completely nuts and there's still no president. What a fucking country!


Available once again (no clue if this one's limited) is one of my top-10 albums of the year. "The Un-Releases" was originally released earlier this year in an official bootleg teeny-tiny quantity which barely made it across the water to the USA. Now, through K Punk in Olympia, Washington the disc should be easier to get a hold of. 33 tracks grace the disc, with bits and pieces of studio madness and silly fun collected junk between the hit songs like "Glamour Girl," and "Euro Trash Girl." Also appearing are various cover tunes including two B-52s songs "Give Me Back My Man," and "Song for a Future Generation." Highlights of the disc however include three versions of "Mind Your Own Business" and the booming metal guitar-drenched opener "Turn of the Century" along with "Panasonic Rip-Off" (stolen from the Panasonic 12" single 'B', with Chicks vocals added.) Obnoxiously enough the tracklisting is buried inside the cardboard so the case has to be destroyed to read basically. Save yourself the destruction and consult the CDDB for a tracklist. Clever and entertaining, I will re-iterate that the world of electronica needs the Chicks on Speed like it needs V/Vm and Kid 606, so people can enjoy electronic music and have fun with it without being sleepy laptop fuckers. Look for the Chicks trying to get some US dates in the near future and don't miss their show. - Jon Whitney


Out on Pickled-Egg from the UK, Volcano's first LP consists of 6 new songs by these growing and mind-expanding UK surrealists. On a whole, the release is filled with a bizarre emotion that leaves a sinking feeling in your stomach. Side A ("Yak Folk") starts with the low-fi, reverb-drenched track, "Where Are the Bounds?," which is reminiscent in feel of the first track ("Planetary Bethlehem") from The Inhazer Decline. The second track is a short snippet of eerie noise, leading into "Nobody's Falling," which utilizes their eccentric—but extremely compelling—vocal work. With a very psychedelic-rock sound, they play horns, organs, and consistent high hats, which blend to conjure up a surrealist lounge. Side B ("Y'Are") has some beautiful, brilliant work—the best VtB I've yet heard. "Egg Knowledge" makes me feel as if I am in the presence of ghosts. The vocals are haunting and extremely bizarre (comparable only to a dying elderly), and combine with the tension-building noises and tribal-esque drums to leave a queasy, almost painful mindset. Next is "Oslo Top," made of twinkly noises with demonic vocals. And finally, "Hello Graham," the long ending track, tops the album with its usage of slurred vocals and beautifully simple acoustic guitar overlayed and interchanging, putting emotions out for grabs that are both frightening and captivating. The feeling for most of the LP is, in fact, a strange, ambiguous line between comforting and terrifying; but it is executed in such a manner that is purely hypnotic. - Daniel McKernan


The Montreal-based collective Molasses has released its second disc through Alien8 Recordings' associated label, Fancy. Like the first one, the packaging is exquisite (a triple-gatefold sleeve with embossed writing and stickers) and the music is limited to only a few songs (three if you don't count the untitled first track of church bells). Each song tears at the gut strings from a seemlingly tired heartbroken soul from a cold, bleak and desolate area, north of the border. Molasses is led by singer/songwriter Scott Chernoff and features godspeed members Thierry (bass) and Norsola (cello) as well as Shalabi Effect leader Sam Shalabi on guitar. This time around, the collective sound has matured, with the production sounding far more professional but not losing that human feel. Included is a 14-minute version of Amazing Grace, and while this old standard pops up almost seemingly too often, the Molasses version contained herein fits in perfectly with the rest of the disc. - Jon Whitney


Flanger is the prolific German duo of Bernd Friedmann (Burnt Friedman & The Nu Dub Players, Nonplace Urban Field, etc) and Uwe Schmidt (Atom Heart, Señor Coconut, etc). This is their 2nd album, follow-up to last year's "Templates", both on Ninja Tune's Ntone subdivision. "Midnight Sound" evolves beyond the debut with a more humanized fusion of organic and electronic latin flavors and jazz sensibilities, very similar to Burnt Friedman's "Con Ritmo". Most tracks are in the mid to high tempo range save for the album's bookends. "Nightbeat 1" and "Stepping Out of My Dream" both offer up slow brushed snare smokiness, the latter an especially compelling 7+ minute piece of sonic mood art that alone is worth the price of entry for the disc. A vibe heavy, horn free interpretation of the Miles Davis classic "So What" is a respectfully well done treat. The rest are faster paced, chock full of all sorts of rapid-fire bass, vibe, organ and key lines and programmed pseudo-drum 'n bass beats augmented by Friednman's additional percussion flair. Several songs slowly dissolve at times to reveal the electro-glitch and micro-beat underbellies beneath the bossa nova. "Midnight Sound" is simply sublime. Get this and "Con Ritmo" to fill your crossbred future-jazz needs for awhile ... - Mark Weddle


Tino Corp has released this special 12" EP to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release of one of the most important techno releases of the 90s. But why??? Truthfully there's really only a couple decent mixes on this record, but none of them are varied even remotely enough as the original release. This doesn't make up for the original House of God (Holophonic Sound EP) which was stolen from me, which I can no longer replace. Out of the four mixes, the DHS mix might be my favorite, newer samples give it a more modern feel, but in all honesty, to me it's rather lukewarm compared to the trancey, hypnotic original. At first, I'm tempted to guess that the tracklisting on side 2 is incorrect as track 1 sounds more like a MBM remix with some of the various sounds. However, with further listening, those samples used sure seem to yank a ton from MBM back catalogue. Could this be a form of hero worship? MBM's conrtibution probes more of the deep trancey sounds, without jumping into MBM-esque breakbeat we're more familiar with hearing. Well, thanks for teasing us with this release, but the original EP should truly be made available again. - Jon Whitney


After a four-year hiatus, MEGO favorites General Magic return with Rechenkoenig, a brilliant follow-up to their debut album, Frantz. Ramon Bauer and Andreas Pieper, who comprise General Magic, have a reputation of steering clear of the conventions to which minimal electronic music is often prone. The tracks on Rechenkoenig are brief in length, and juxtaposed with such sonic abruptness that the listener is kept constantly on edge, without possibility of repetition-induced boredom. In fact, 'minimal' is probably the adjective furthest from my mind upon hearing the fragments of frantically paced beats, often heavily distorted, scattered amongst digital twittering, crackling, and outright onslaughts of noise. - Jessica Tibbits


This was originally released as two separate EPs: "Lassie House" being a 10" limited to 250 copies through Slaalplaat in 1995; and "Jumble Massive" being an LP limited to 296 copies through Soleilmoon in 1996. Now, though, they are together and released, unlimited, through Cacciocavallo. The material seems to fit together on one release nicely, with no major difference in sound between the two EPs. "Lassie House," to some degree, has a more slapstick humor feel to it, though both conjure rememberence of 50's UK gameshows and sitcoms, as well as children's programs and circus tunes. Vicki Bennett is very clever with how she collages her clips and samples together, but I feel perhaps that this work centers less on being "humourous," per sae, and more and merely being nonsensical. The tracks are, as one EP's title suggests, a massive jumble of cut up, repeated, morphed, and fucked sound clips from god-knows-where. A favourite hightlight is the last track, which acts as a mock self-help tape, helping "people like us" to cope with such things as sewing machines and anticipating bowel movements: you need only chant, "Come on, poo! Come on, poo! Poooo, coming! Poooo, coming!" These EPs were nicely worked for their time, but, to be honest, Vicki has since outdone herself with releases such as the "Hate People Like Us" remix album and her brilliant new (but not newest!) release, "Thermos Explorer." - Daniel McKernan


German Bernd Friedmann spent all of the 1990's recording and performing electronic music in many styles under many names, including: Some More Crime, Drome, Nonplace Urban Field, Burnt Friedman & The Nu Dub Players and Flanger. The aptly titled "Con Ritmo" ("With Rhythm") is the solo debut under his slyly altered given name and is allegedly performed live by The Disposable Rhythm Section as detailed by the tongue in cheek insert. Friedmann's playful sense of humor extends well beyond names and liner notes though ... his music is a mysterious mix of genre blurring sound from unknown sources. Jazz is essentially the language but it's spoken in soothing and spacious ambient, electronic, latin, dub and fusion tongues. Latino rhythms and busy bass lines drive the tracks with flourishes of percussive fills, an abundance of pretty vibes and keys, meandering electric guitar notes and pluckings, some horns and the slightest traces of electronic tinkering. You're never quite sure what is 'played' and what is sampled, what's electronic and what's 'real'. Does it matter? No, it doesn't. The sound and feel is sincere and evocative. Some notes on a couple oddities: "Platin Tundra" is a gorgeous dub-jazz journey with a beautiful deep bass swell midway through and the 11+ minute "Das Wesen aus der Milchstrasse" ("The Nature of the Milky Way") features Friedmann's Flanger partner Atom Heart on an extensive Moog solo over electro-bass blips and latin poly rhythms. Fun stuff start to finish! Now to get everything else by Friedmann. A new much delayed album possibly titled "Long Fucking Time" is due out early 2001 on his Nonplace label ... - Mark Weddle


While I'm not claiming to be an expert in Jazz by any remote means, I highly recommend starting a Sun Ra collection with two stellar albums from the mid-60s recently remastered and reissued by ESP. Originally recorded in 1965 and 1966, these discs were highly influential to ushering-in new movements in experimental jazz, soul and funk. Musically there was no true soloist of Sun Ra's Arkestra. This contradicted other popular jazz contemporaries as the Arkestra as a collective was the focal point at the center, a fiery mass of color and sound. Decadent and chaotic, with Sun Ra 'arkestrating' from beyhind the keyboards and piano, the Arkestra was indeed an orchestra consisting of brass, woodwinds, strings, flute and various percussion.
On a thematic plane, the heliocentric spiritualism was contemporary to the various programs by the US and Russian governments as earthlings looks to space as the next conquest. Take into consideration civil rights movements, tie everything together musically and the ground was laid for George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic afronauts, who were voyaging with the Mothership for decades to come. Other influences have stretched to include brainwashed groups Meat Beat Manifesto (who shared a bill with Sun Ra's Arkestra in 1996), Nurse with Wound (who I'm sure have sampled 'Nebulae' on Volume 1 in Thunder Perfect Mind) and Coil (who has long been planning a release titled "Sex with Sun Ra.") I'm sure there's more planes of existence I haven't even realized with these discs or the rest of Sun Ra's music, but for now it's a start. Herman Poole 'Sonny' Blount (A.K.A. Sun Ra) died in May of 1993, but his Arkestra carries on playing in various locations around the US. - Jon Whitney


Known in English-speaking countries as 'Fantastic Planet,' the sountrack from this highly acclaimed cult-classic cartoon film from 1973 is finally available. For any fan of the film, this is a -must have- as the music is spectacularly anthemic and seemingly timeless. As I was browsing aorund the Twisted Village here in Cambridge, I saw the recently arrive disc sitting on the counter, priced up and ready to hit the shelves. My jaw dropped and I had to walk away with it. Minutes later in Other Music, the crew found it fit for in-store play and I was in heaven. The music is a futuristic look which is dated by the early 70s, with a rich brass and string orchestra playing alongside various electronic guitars, analogue keyboards, drums and slappy bass. From the first few notes, chills run down my spine as I think back to when I watched this first on late night television at around 15 years old. Immediately the main themes are burned deep into my skull. The sound pulls me in like the pied piper led the mice and I end up whistling the themes all day long. My only complaint is that at 37 minutes, it's far too short. - Jon Whitney


Every once in a while, a record comes along that seems to perfectly sum up everything that's right about a particular type of music at that moment, as well as offering a glimpse of where the genre might be headed. Closer Colder is one of those records. Following on a back-catalogue of a mere two EPs, this debut album from David Kosten's Faultline project is an outstanding and accomplished hybrid of dub-heavy beats, distorted electronic rhythms, ethereal voices, found sounds, and unique live instrumentation including xylophone, trumpet, strings and more. Every track deserves time in the spotlight, but in the interest of space, I'll try to focus on a few highlights, like the title track that sounds like This Mortal Coil as remixed by Mick Harris and directed by David Lynch (it features a nice vocal snippet of Dennis Hopper from Blue Velvet); or the juxtaposition of quirky melody and perky beats with death threats left on Kosten's answering machine by a vocalist he rejected on the track "Control"; or the floating ambience of the untitled hidden track that closes the set; or - ah, hell, they're all so good, just get the damn thing! Closer Colder was originally released in the UK nearly a year ago on Leaf, it's now available in the USA through Thirsty Ear. - Greg Clow


A precursor to the next full-length Techno Animal (to be released by Matador worldwide) takes the form of a collaborative 12" with rapper Dalek. "Megaton" is the Techno Animal contribution - an aggressive dark one. It's something we're expecting from Techno Animal for a while and this track does indeed deliver. Side 1 is rounded out by "Classical Homicide" - originally a Dalek song, re-treated by Techno Animal with a beefed up sense of sinister, combined with piercing sound effects. Side 2 features the original "Classical Homicide," by Dalek, which is somewhat apocalyptic, dark and distorted already. The beats are fine and the sound changes, like a storm building up, calming down and then crashing through your house, leaving all your possessions in a scattered piles of rubble. The second track, Dalek's altered take of Techno Animal's "Megaton" adds rap and starts off as a seemingly calmer, quieter version musically, it's not before too long when the beats come pounding in, loud and abrasive, before hushing down for the end. - Jon Whitney


While you may have heard other tracks from Ukuphambana on the Boston: Not London compilation on the CFOM label, you most likely haven't. This debut release collects various scraps of recordings kicking around in the vaults for this project, orchestrated by Chris Castiglione. Unlike many malicious young DIY upstarts, Castiglione isn't afraid to play with distortion and pitch changes, tempo shifts and outside sound sources. The collection ranges from sounds and beats and styles making it a true album. To me, when an artist throws together a ton of songs that sound similar--style, instrumentation, subject--the end result resembles more of a 12" single of versions as opposed to a true album in the grand scheme of things. "Gritware Composite" has both quantity and quality. While it can be a tough listen to get through 23 tracks at over 71 minutes, it's tough love and well-worth investigating. If this is to become a professional release, however, something's got to be done about the artwork and CD-R manufacturing. This and the following discs can be obtained through Voidstar's website and probably not your local stores. - Jon Whitney


Voidstar's 2nd and 3rd CD releases are live performances from these New Hampsters live performances in the cultural mecca known as Lowell, MA. "Folded Time 1: Ambiagramaphone" was recorded at a performance at RRRecords and features 18 tracks of improvisational-sounding noise mishmosh. There may be a certain order to the chaos however, as the pulses and noise effects change and develop through each track. In addition to this, each track features one element carried over from the prevoius track. The noises are cool, the music isn't stale but the vocal work is quite unsettling. I can't make up my mind if it's necessary or I just flat-out hate it. Thankfully it's low enough in the mix that it almost doesn't matter. While the group definitely has some influences in the beat department, some of the repetitious loops echo of Steven Stapleton's production work on Legendary Pink Dots' "Malachai."
"Folded Time 2" is subtitled, 'Spiritual Music for Existential Deviants,' and is mainly pulled from a live performance at radio station WJUL, a month after the RRRecords performance. The sounds are relatively the same yet more samples, including silly turntable scratching are abused in cotributing to a more constructional sound. The creepy vocals once again are extremely irritating and repetitious. I'm finding it hard to resist all temptations to hit stop on the disc. The disc is rounded out by a second-half which contains songs either reworked by the group or remixed by friends like Ukuphambana and Zipper Spy. While the second half is much more attentive to organized chaos than the first part of this disc, I'm not thinking this is something I'll be pulling from the shelves to listen to very often. - Jon Whitney


In Matador's ongoing quest to bring electronic music to rock fans, they introduce the debut full-length all new release from Pete Astor, the man who is The Wisdom of Harry. Although the full-lengther "Stars of Super 8" was released last year through Faux-lux, the disc simply collected 7" singles previously released through vinyl-only labels including Wurlitzer Jukebox. With a few vintage drum machines and a host of studio gear, this album cleverly combines low-fi electronica with an indie pop mindset. "Coney Island of Your Mind" was the first 7" release from this disc and creatively rounds out Astor's guitar work with sugar sweet electronic percussion. The rest of the disc jumps from dreamlike shoegazer-influenced bass riffs and slow tempo grooves with delays a la Massive Attack to instrumental b-movie indie film noir score, all resulting from an apparent solitude in a well-packed studio. This sort of autonomy results in an underlying theme of emptiness - a sound not terribly far from a Beck-esque formula crossed with a stark reality similar to walking home from a bus stop on a cold and rainy evening. Where it's at - I got two 909s and a microphone - Jon Whitney


My introduction to (the band known as) Donna Regina comes from a track which appeared on a Heavenly Voices compilation a number of years ago. Years later, I'm (somewhat) past my ethereal siren-mania days, so I may have been slightly hesitant to listen to a disc like this. 'A Quiet Week In the House' came to me almost too highly recommended, so I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt. Luckily I was not disappointed. Having much more fully developed their style in the years since their appearance on the compilation, the members of Donna Regina emerge with an album which is a giant step away from the monotony which permeates the music of many of the other Heavenly Voices bands. 'A Quiet Week' blends understated electronic beats with eerie, twangy guitar work (frankensushi, anyone?), and the sweet, dreamy melodies are lent an exoticism via Regina Janssen's accented vocals. Despite its pop-driven overtones, the album is pervaded by a moodiness that comes across as cool and swanky as opposed to melancholic. In brief: delicately groovy and subtly catchy. - Jessica Tibbits


Bubblecore might be most known for their release which tiptoe around the term "post-rock" but have a strong heavy jazz, improvisational dub feel which find their way into indie rock fan markets most successfully. Some releases however step into the realm of spacious, beat-less sonic super structures, whether that be by means of electronics or organics. Angus Maclaurin's debut full-lengther on Bubblecore shouldn't come as a surprise given what I just said, but it has arrived as a very pleasant and welcomed surprise for me. Maclaurin was a local boy to the Port Chester, NY scene (home to Bubblecore) who traded in his local rock stature and moved north to a quiet place in Maine. There in his basement laboratory he came up with 'Glass Music' which was constructed from layers and loops of recordings of finely tuned glasses. It starts off dark and eerie but over the course of nine tracks, it blossoms into a beautiful aural display of shimmering glistening bliss. The sounds of glass imitate gongs, chimes and bells, all of which resonate with varying degrees of depth. According to sources, there were no delays involved, and that the sounds appear to delay and echo due to the usage of five different reel-to-reel tape machines. Look for Angus touring with Dylan Group sometime in the next year. - Jon Whitney


Combine immature semi-formulaec predictable electronica with girly teenage drama and you too can release an album it seems. Okay, I love Kid to death and I've loved his judgement in the past but I've got some issues with this release. While I've heard word that the other release by Belctum from Kit Clayton's label is great, this disc makes me somewhat sour. The CD remains playing however, while I've already written it off. Painfully I listen on as high school girls pull off poorly faked English accents, sandwiched between unexciting techno babble, waiting for something great to happen. I feel guilty listening on. It's almost like driving by an accident scene, you stare, fascinated at ugliness and destruction even though you know you really really really shouldn't be staring. Unfortunately the cable carrier in my town doesn't offer The Accident Channel yet. "Oh honey, look an accident." "Don't worry dear, we'll just drive on and not slow down traffic and catch the highlights tonight on The Accident Channel." - 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.


Badly Drawn Boy - Once Around The Block two CDEPs [mixes by Capitol K, Andy Votel, Nick Faber] (XL Recordings, UK)
Banco de Gaia - Obsidian 12"/CDEP (Gecko, UK)
Boards of Canada - In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country 12"/CDEP (Warp, UK) Daft Punk - One More Time 12"/CDEP (Virgin, UK)
Duplo Remote/COM.A - split 12" [ltd to 1500 numbered copies] (Fat Cat, UK)
Esper - Esper CD (Tuesday Morning, US)
Ionian vs. H.A.L.O. Vessel - split CD (Tuesday Morning, US)
Geir Janssen & Pete Namlook - The Fires of Ork 2 CD [ltd to 3000 copies] (Fax, Germany)
Kosmik Kommando - Laptop Dancing CD/LP (Rephlex, UK)
Kraftwerk - Expo 2000 Remixes 2x12"/CDEP [mixes by Orbital, DJ Rolando and others] (KlingKlang/EMI, Germany)
Mind Over Midi - Re-works 7" (Beatservice, Norway)
* Mouse on Mars - Instrumentals CD (Domino, UK)
Salt Tank - Eugina 2000 12"/two CDEPs (Lost Language, UK)
Tricky - Mission Accomplished 12"/CDEP (Anti/Epitaph, UK)
* VNV Nation - Advance + Follow CD [limited reissue] (Dependent, Germany)

16 Volt - Demography CD (Cleopatra, US)
Anoesis - Schematics CD (indie/, US)
Banco de Gaia - Obsidian 12"/CDEP (Six Degrees, US)
Cinematic Orchestra/Various - Remixes CD/2xLP [anthology of C.O. remixes of other artists work including Faze Action, Les Gammas, DJ Krust, Pierro Umilliano, Riyuichi Sakamoto and more] (Ninja Tune, UK/Canada/US)
Decoded Feedback - Mechanical Horizon CD (Metropolis, US)
Die Form - Extremum CD (Metropolis, US)
DJ? Acucrack - So To Speak CDEP (Emagine, US)
Dynamo - 23°/18° 12" (DIN, Germany)
* Faultline - Closer Colder CD (Thirsty Ear, US)
Frontline Assembly & Friends - Cryogenic Studio 2 2xCD (Cleopatra, US)
Icon of Coil - Serenity CD (Metropolis, US)
Juno Reactor - Pistolero CDEP (Metropolis, US)
* Kinder Atom - Mmm CD (Cleopatra, US)
Mesh - The Point at Which it Falls Apart CD (Metropolis, US)
Pizzicato Five - The Fifth Release From Matador CD (Matador, US)
Push Button Objects - 360 Degrees 12" (Chocolate Industries, US)
Tadd Mullinix - Winking Makes a Face CD (Ghostly International, US)
Boyd Rice - The Way I Feel CD (Cacciocavallo/Soleilmoon, US)
SND - Stdiosnd Types CD/2xLP (Mille Plateaux, Germany/US)
So Takahashi - 30/30 CD (Carpark, US)
So Takahashi - So Takahashi 12" (Carpark, US)
Suicide Commando - Mind Strip CD (Metropolis, US)
Techno-Animal/dälek - Megaton/Classical Homicide 12" (Matador, US)
Tino [Jack Dangers] - Tino's Breaks Volume 5: Dub Breaks 2xLP (Tino Corp, US)
Various - MD1 MiniDisc [with Arovane, EU, Lilienthal and more] (n5MD, US)
Various - Rapid Transit CD/3xLP (Chocolate Industries, US)
Velvet Acid Christ - Twisted Thought Generator CD (Metropolis, US)
While - Even CD/2xLP (Chocolate Industries, US)
:wumpscut: - Music for A Slaughtering Tribe 2 2xCD (Metropolis, US)
Yo La Tango - Danelectro 12"/CDEP [mixes by Q-Unique, Nobazku Takemura and Kit Clayton] (Matador, US)

Various - The Bip-Hop Generation Vol. 1 CD [with Marumari, Schneider TM, Massimo, Goem, Ultra Milkmaids and Phonem] (Bip-Hop, France)

Max Durante - Electric City Phunk Vol. 1: Human Turntable 12" (Plasmek, Italy)

Nedjev/Artificial Duck Flavour - Heofonrice 12" (Lux Nigra, Germany)

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.


It was Monday when Brainwashed HQ received this week's link. Unfortunately we had thought that by the time this coming Sunday came around, when the new Brain comes out, a link like this would no longer be as valid. Well, shit happens, and a lot of shit has happened since election day. Until the US can get shit right, have fun warping the losers.

Subject: will the real socialist please stand up !

First this boycot and now Brainwashed endorses Ralph Nader ! Gimme a break ! I moved from the Netherlands to the US to escape the kind of society Nader wants to enforce on Americans, i.e. a nanny welfare state where you need to get permission for everything you do from the government. Instead of reducing the scope of collectieve 'choice' (democracy) Nader wants to stick his nose in every part of public and private life. What we need is less goverment not more. If you like welfare, public education and universal socialized health care please visit my former country and see what that looks like (a huge misallocation of resources, long waiting lists and more money going to the 'welfare / poor-industry' than to the poor themselves). And what is go great about Nader getting Federal Matching funds from the goverment ? What is so great about people who don't share Nader's opinions to force them to contribute to his campaign ?

It's always sad to read how people who write great things about experimental music and underground culture are totally ignorant about fundamental economic principles and simply do not understand that good intententions can have terrible results.

If you realy have to vote please consider a candidate who (also) wants to stop the war on drugs, corporate welfare and America policing the world but doesn't share Nader's cooky zero-sum economics and corporations paranoia, like the Libertarian candidate Harry Browne. Or better, don't vote and stop legitamizing this system of collective choice pushing people around !

If you'd really like to live in a Real Democracy maybe we can ask our governments to get permission for swapping our citizenships. If you wan't to get rid of the two-party hegemony why not suggest voting for one of the third party candidates. And if you think that Nader brings real democracy to America think again....

Heavy stuff, matey. Okay, well I thought I was making it clear that I wasn't supporting Nader because of what he believes in, but hoping for the government to pay more attention to other choices. The "Nader Factor" has become a widely discussed topic in the past week and while I'm not happy with the outcome of everything, I am happy there's more attention brought to others. Thanks for the compliments on our writing of experimental music however. That -truly- is most important to this electronic magazine.


Hey, I just wanted to say thanks (wow, two this week, you must think i'm a major league ass-kisser) for putting up the Nader endorsement on The Brain and, more importantly, for telling ppl to get off their lazy asses and vote. yeah.

How're the knee-pads holding up?

Subject: re: presidential endorsement

As a member of the local Green Party, I applaud your endorsement but I must correct you on one point. Nader is on the ballot in 44 states making it mathematically possible for him to win the election.

thanks for the support,

john st. denis
green party of texas

Now listen to some music, green boy!

Subject: tear garden review

I have been swishing this one around in my mouth as well, to see how I think it tastes. While I really like 2 or 3 of the songs, I agree with you on the adult-contemporary notion. I was just thinking to myself yesterday while listening that some of it would fit right in on VH-1 should they make a video. Seems like this record took a backseat to the last LPD record, which is kind of sad. It's been four years since the last TG. I would gladly wait another year or 2 for a record that's up to par with the rest. I do like this one, just not nearly as much.

Maybe a "Behind the Music" special would be more like it?

Subject: (Crystal Belle Scrodd) Beastings


I have been trying to find the Crystal Belle Scrodd's CD - "Beastings" and everywhere I have sought, I haven't found. I would just like to know if you know about any sites where I could order the thing or whatever could help me out to finding it.
Well, that's it for now.

Thank you for your time (Sorry for bothering.)

Subject: linking question

I'm currently working on a website and would like to link to the Coil 'The Solar Lodge' website on one of the pages. Is there an image I could use as a sort of banner or something like that? I didn't want to just pluck an image off of the site and use it, as that'd likely be a copyright violation.

Thanks for asking, thanks for your concern. But there's no banners, so take whatever you wish.


DAVID SYLVIAN - Everything And Nothing
ECHOBOY - Volume 2
FUXA - 2000
GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR - Hung Over As The Queen In Maida Vale (Peel session)
KIM GORDON / DJ OLIVE / IKUE MORI - Musical Perspectives 5
PJ HARVEY - Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
SCHEMA - Schema
V/A - Chicago's gonna change
- Janez Golic, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Europe

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