Out in the Field

Unknown Pleasures- Joy Division
From Here We Go Sublime-The Field
2000 B.C.- Canibus
Things Fall Apart-The Roots
Silent Shout-The Knife
Room On Fire-The Strokes
Operation DoomsDay-MF DOOM
I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One-Yo La Tengo

Hartford, CT

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1. en-tact / the shamen
2. dubnobasswithmyheadman / underworld
3. subliminal sandwich / meat beat manifesto
4. chill out / klf
5. fear of a black planet / public enemy
6. the low end theory / a tribe called quest
7. hat full of hollow / the smiths
8. red house painters / red house painters (i'm cheating here, i know. if pressed, i'd say 'rollercoaster')
9. rio / duran duran
10. illinois / sufjan stevens

todd greco
portland, or, usa

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Anywhere with my boyfriend!

Marcy Playground – Leaving Wonderland In A Fit Of Rage
Tears For Fears – Elemental
Aimee Mann – Bachelor No. 2
Broken Bells – Broken Bells
David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust
The Grateful Dead – For The Faithful
The Police – Zenyatta Mondatta
Saint Motel – ForPlay
Tom Petty – Anthology
Dymaxion Vehicle – Design

Taylor "TVA" Van Arsdale
Santa Monica, CA

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I Would Be Nothing Be Without Bob Braun

cover image On my shelf of vinyl records, the playful ditties of Charles Manson sit comfortably alongside the exotica of Martin Denny and the schmaltzy waltzes of Lawrence Welk. The esoteric jazz of Alice Coltrane commingles with the Gnostic revelations of Current 93. The Moog sounds of Debussy and maudlin reflections of Tom Clay peacefully exist with the full on feedback provided by Flying Saucer Attack and the warped surrealism of Nurse With Wound. While I bought some of these LPs and 45s new, I acquired the bulk of my collection in second hand thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales, or saved them from the trash. But even if I had enough records to make a mountain, and had not one by Bob Braun I would be as nothing; Bob Braun brings the love. Thanks to thrifts stores I have many of his albums.

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2010 Readers Poll - The Results

Thanks again to all for the participation in the annual Brainwashed Readers Poll. Everyone helped nominate and everyone voted. Here are the results, with some comments from the staff.  All the Best for 2011!

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Robert Haigh: Discipline and Space

Robert HaighRobert Haigh's 30 year long musical career has spawned an impressive and uncommonly diverse catalog of sounds. He has released records under his own name, as Truth Club, Sema, Fote, and as Omni Trio, collaborated with Nurse with Wound, and recorded multiple drum 'n' bass club anthems, some of which were inspired by Philip Glass. His work has been released by labels such as United Dairies, L.A.Y.L.A.H., Crouton, and Dom, and his music has even appeared in video games like Grand Theft Auto 3 and Midnight Club 3. He is currently completing a trilogy of solo piano records for Siren, of which Anonymous Lights is the most recent. Robert recently took the time to talk to Brainwashed about his past work, improvisation, collaborations with Nurse with Wound and Hafler Trio, the role of silence in music, and much more.

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Fraser's Penguins


Adélie penguins struggle to save eggs submerged by snowmelt.
Climate change is warming the poles faster than many other places on the planet, which means that polar scientists are coming to grips with these changes sooner than most anyone else.
Now, the long carbonic reach of industrialized society is quickly wiping out one of the toughest creatures on earth, a species that’s hard-wired to the polar desert and cannot adapt.
Adélie penguins, like other polar species, have always faced daunting challenges. But today, Adélies are confronting conditions for which nothing in their evolutionary history has prepared them. According to Fraser, the colonies around Palmer Station have reached a tipping point: they’ll be gone within his lifetime.
“Fraser’s Penguins,” portions of which appeared in The New Yorker, warns that what’s happening on the Antarctic Peninsula now is a taste of unsettling changes, elsewhere, to come. Should the West Antarctic Ice Sheet continue to melt, global sea levels could rise dramatically, in one NASA scientist’s opinion inundating Washington — and other coastal cities — by the end of this century.
excerpts from todays NY Times
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Mugstar: Total Assault on the Senses

Since 2003, Liverpool's Mugstar have been putting out singles and EPs like there is no tomorrow. Having released their second album, …Sun, Broken… on Important Records last year, the band subsequently started work on its follow-up Lime which Important are again happy to present. Jason Stoll talked to John Kealy of Brainwashed about Lime, film music and Hawkwind.

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Brian McBride: Beyond the Buzz

Brian McBride has been recording music as one half of Stars of the Lid since 1995, but 2010 has been an especially active and varied year for him.  Last month, he released The Effective Disconnect, his long-awaited second solo album and first foray into composing a film soundtrack.  He also recently co-founded a record label (Failed Better) and made his debut as a member of Bell Gardens on the Hangups Need Company EP, a significant stylistic departure from his past work.  Brainwashed caught up with Brian to gather some insight on each release along with his other current activities.

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Natural Snow Buildings: Between the Real and the Shadow

A few years ago, when I lived in Boston, a WZBC DJ nearly made my head explode with his inspired decision to play a full 45-minute side of Natural Snow Buildings' crushing drone epic Slayer of the King of Hell in the middle of the day.  The band sounded like absolutely nothing that I had ever heard before and I immediately resolved to find out absolutely everything I could about them and track down all of their albums.  Both endeavors wound up being much more difficult than I had anticipated.

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Cyclobe: Happy Hauntings

In the wake of three new releases this month (LP, 7", and book), Ossian Brown & Stephen Thrower of Cyclobe took time to chat with Daniel McKernan of Brainwashed about influences, techniques and upcoming projects.  Special thanks to Micki Pellerano.

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Little Annie & Baby Dee: Strange Angels

Little Annie and Baby Dee begin a long stretch of European shows this week both with and without Marc Almond. The two have been collaborating on a record, which will hopefully be available in 2011. We talked with both briefly about their recent music and their time together.

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The Legendary Pink Dots: 30, Seconds, and Counting

2010 marks the 30th year of existence for The Legendary Pink Dots. Their latest album, Seconds Late for the Brighton Line is out now and they begin their extensive North American tour this week on Friday, October 15th in Vancouver, British Columbia. Brainwashed talked very briefly with Edward Ka-Spel, taking a snapshot of the current, about the latest album, the forthcoming shows, and the ever changing state of the Dots.

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Christoph Heemann: Fußgänger im Bewegung

Aachen, Germany-based Christoph Heemann has made a name for himself as a musician, composer, remix artist, and engineer through groups like HNAS, Mimir, Mirror, In Camera, and collaborations with Charlemagne Palestine, Jim O'Rourke, Merzbow, Organum, Nurse With Wound, Current 93, and others. His artwork has graced covers for Edward Ka-Spel, The Tear Garden, Aeolian String Ensemble, Ragnar Grippe, and Ultra, and through his Streamline label he has issued music by John Duncan, Little Annie, Keiji Haino, Intersystems, Limpe Fuchs, Xhol Caravan, and more. Heemann is making a rare trip through the USA with 8 live shows scheduled beginning in Boston on Friday, October 8th. This brief interview is only a snapshot of what he's currently up to.

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2009 Readers Poll - The Results

For the 12th year Brainwashed Readers have voiced their opinion on the best and worst music of the year. While some of the results shouldn't come as a surprise, there are, as always, plenty of anomalies. Brainwashed Readers have once again, and probably moreso than any other previous year, distanced themselves from the mainstream. Thanks to all who took part.  As always, the Brainwashed Staff have added their comments.

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Do Us All a Favor!

dear family, friends, colleagues!

Hi all, i spent last night writing letters to my government representatives asking them to fight hard for success at the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit. I  asked them in my letters to insist upon the reduction of carbon emissions level to well below 1990 levels within ten years. Anything less than that will not achieve our goal of limited global rise in temperature to 2 degrees celcius.
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A Brief Exchange with Benoît Pioulard

With a brief tour of Europe and England just over the horizon, Thomas Meluch took some time to answer a few questions for Brainwashed about the state of Benoît Pioulard. In addition to discussing his plans for this tour and the evolution of his live set, Thomas also talks a little about his love for Terrence Malick, his photography, and the new music he's been working on with Windy Weber and Adam Forkner.
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go to the apartment

get it done, get cleaned up then hit the fucking road. drive til morning, and try to stay calm

  1. iron monkey - bad year
  2. insect warfare - necessary death
  3. corrupted - nadie
  4. xxx maniak - sunrise is a lie
  5. portal - omnipotent crawling chaos
  6. gasp - meth lab fire
  7. gary puckett and the union gap - young girl
  8. plastikman - korridor
  9. burial - archangel
  10. gas - pop 4
  11. cloaks - darkware
  12. celer - a sorted ending

Mathew Sweet

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Music for a Burning Church

  1. Bathory - Call from the grave
  2. Celtic Frost - Dawn of Megiddo
  3. Samael - Into the pentagram
  4. Mayhem - Freezing moon
  5. Immortal - Storming through the red clouds and holocaust winds
  6. Black Witchery - Into damnation eternal
  7. Emperor - Ye entrancemperium
  8. Marduk - On darkened wings
  9. Darkthrone - Transylvanian hunger
  10. Burzum - Jesus dod

Steven Sampaio / Tallahassee, Florida

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Greetings Music Lovah

  1. Tommy McCook & the Upsetters - Cloak & Dagger
  2. Sly & Robbie - Revolution Version
  3. Creation Rebel - Space Movement Section 4
  4. King Tubby - A Rougher Version
  5. Scientist and Jammy - The Son of Darth Vader
  6. Joe Gibbs - Chapter Three
  7. Gregory Isaacs - Slum
  8. The G.G. All Stars - Love of Jah Jah Children
  9. Inner Circle & the Fatman Riddim Section - General Admin
  10. Keith Hudson - Michael Talbot Affair
  11. Karl Pitterson & Clive Chin - Shining Dub
  12. Max Romeo - Valley of Jehosaphat
  13. Mothman - Afghan Dub
  14. Phillip Smart - Cool This Dub
  15. Prince Jammy - The Champion Version
  16. Scientist - Miss Know It All
  17. Thompson All Stars


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