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|Launched||16 April 1996|
Brainwashed is a not-for-profit music website supporting eclectic music. Brainwashed features news, reviews, a podcast, hosts websites for many musical artists and record labels, and has organized two music festivals, Brainwaves. Over fifty people contribute to the archives of Brainwashed. Brainwashed also releases music as Brainwashed Recordings.
A website or Web site is a collection of related network web resources, such as web pages, multimedia content, which are typically identified with a common domain name, and published on at least one web server. Notable examples are wikipedia.org, google.com, and amazon.com.
A podcast or generically netcast, is an episodic series of digital audio or video files which a user can download in order to listen to. It is often available for subscription, so that new episodes are automatically downloaded via web syndication to the user's own local computer, mobile application, or portable media player.
Brainwashed.com was launched on April 16, 1996 for the purpose of hosting Web sites for various musical artists. The sites contained news, discography, press releases, interviews, photos, merchandise, sound files, lyrics, tour dates when available. The original sites included Meat Beat Manifesto, Greater Than One, Coil, Throbbing Gristle, The Legendary Pink Dots, Nurse With Wound, Current 93, and Cabaret Voltaire. Sites like Meat Beat Manifesto, Coil, and the Legendary Pink Dots were recognized by the artists as official at the time and the URLs were printed in numerous releases, others like Throbbing Gristle, Nurse With Wound, Current 93, and Cabaret Voltaire weren't regarded as official, however were, at the time, the most comprehensive sources for those acts and were often referenced in books (such as Wreckers of Civilisation: The Story of COUM Transmissions & Throbbing Gristle by Simon Ford and England's Hidden Reverse by David Keenan) and magazine articles (such as ones from The Wire ). The list of artists and archives hosted by brainwashed.com can be found here.
Meat Beat Manifesto, often shortened as Meat Beat, Manifesto or MBM, is an electronic music group originally consisting of Jack Dangers and Jonny Stephens, and formed in 1987 in Swindon, United Kingdom. The band, fronted by Dangers, has proven versatile over the years, experimenting with techno, dubstep, drum and bass, IDM, industrial, dub and jazz fusion while touring the world and influencing major acts such as Nine Inch Nails, The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy. Some of the band's earlier work has been credited with influencing the rise of the trip hop, big beat, and drum and bass genres.
Greater Than One is an English electronic music band, founded by husband and wife Michael Wells and Lee Newman in 1985. They released many albums under this name, and also under the names Tricky Disco, GTO, John + Julie, Church of Extacy, Signs of Chaos, T.D.5, Salami Brothers, Killout Squad, Technohead and L.E.D.. Only a few of their singles were commercially successful. Since Newman’s death on 4 August 1995 from cancer, Wells continues to release music under some of these names, and also as The Man and S.O.L.O.
Coil were an English experimental music group, founded in 1982 by John Balance in London. Initially envisioned as a solo project by lead singer and songwriter Balance while he was in the band Psychic TV, Coil evolved into a full-time project with the addition of Peter Christopherson, a former member of pioneering industrial group Throbbing Gristle who became Balance's creative and personal partner. Throughout the group's existence, Balance and Christopherson were the only constant members; others members and contributors included Stephen Thrower, Danny Hyde, Drew McDowall, William Breeze, Thighpaulsandra, and Ossian Brown.
In 1997, Brainwashed began hosting web sites for record labels including Kranky, RRRecords, Thrill Jockey, and Happy Go Lucky Records, and later hosted sites for Tigerbeat6, Important Records, and World Serpent Distribution. In 1998, Brainwashed launched The Brain, a weekly digest of music news, reviews, new releases, tour dates, and other information about some of the artists and labels hosted on Brainwashed. The Brain was folded into Brainwashed.com in 2005.
Kranky is an American independent record label in Chicago, Illinois. It was started in 1993 by Bruce Adams and Joel Leoschke. It houses predominantly experimental music artists, often branching into or inspired by ambient, rock, electronic or psychedelic music. Their first release was Labradford's 1993 debut album Prazision. Adams left the label in 2006, after which Leoschke continued running it, with the help of Brian Foote of Kranky band Nudge.
RRRecords is a used and new record shop. RRRecords is distinguished as being the first American record label to specifically publish underground noise music in the early 1980s, and published the first American vinyl by Merzbow, Masonna, The Hanatarash, Violent Onsen Geisha, and many more artists who have subsequently become well known in the world of noise music. In its first 20 years, RRR has issued hundreds of releases. The label's owner, Ron Lessard, is a tireless supporter of new artists, and created several sub-labels and series to specifically highlight unknown and underground musicians.
Thrill Jockey is an American independent record label established in 1992 in New York City by former Atlantic Records A&R representative Bettina Richards.
In 1998, Brainwashed conducted its first online poll where the readers were allowed to both nominate and vote for music choices of the year. The readers poll continues to conduct rounds of nominations and votes for the readers to decide. Past polls can be seen here.
In 1999, Brainwashed began a small recording label as an extension of the Web site to issue short run releases of acts who had web sites on brainwashed.com. The full site is here.
| Catalogue number|
|Artist name||Release title||Date released|
|BRAIN 001||Thread||Obsidian Monarch/Null Tributary||March 1, 1999|
|BRAIN 002||Edward Ka-Spel||Share The Day/Dream Stealer||June 1, 1999|
|BRAIN 003||Greater Than One||Bloodstream/Airstream||September 1, 1999|
|BRAIN 004||(various artists)||Brain In The Wire||April 16, 2002|
|BRAIN 005||Sybarite (musician)||Dolorous Echo||April 16, 2005|
|BRAIN 006||Jessica Bailiff||Live At VPRO Radio||April 16, 2005|
|BRAIN 007||Aranos||No Religion||April 16, 2005|
|BRAIN 008||(various artists)||Otology: The Brainwashed 7" Singles Compiled||April 16, 2005|
|BRAIN 009||Meat Beat Manifesto||Radio Free Republic/Lovefingers||June 1, 2005|
|BRAIN 010||Mimir (band)||single||July 6, 2005|
|BRAIN 011||He Said 27#11||Oh How To Do Now||November 11, 2006|
|BRAIN 012||(various artists)||Brainwaves||November 17, 2006|
|BRAIN 013||(various artists)||Brainwaves 2008||November 17, 2008|
|TRR 043||Fridge||Happiness (with Temporary Residence)||October 2, 2001|
|TRR 048||Fridge||Eph Reissue (with Temporary Residence)||May 7, 2002|
Brainwashed Recordings also has a series, Brainwashed Handmade, which features low run CDs in letter-pressed sleeves.
Letterpress printing is a technique of relief printing using a printing press, a process by which many copies are produced by repeated direct impression of an inked, raised surface against sheets or a continuous roll of paper. A worker composes and locks movable type into the "bed" or "chase" of a press, inks it, and presses paper against it to transfer the ink from the type which creates an impression on the paper.
| Catalogue number|
|Artist name||Release title||Date released|
|HAND 001||Windy & Carl||Dedications to Flea||June 3, 2005|
|HAND 002||The One Ensemble Of Daniel Padden||Live at VPRO Radio||December 5, 2005|
|HAND 003||Thighpaulsandra||The Lepore Extrusion||October 24, 2006|
|HAND 004||Greater Than One||Kill the Pedagogue||October 24, 2006|
|HAND 005||Various Artists||Peace (for mom)||March 6, 2008|
|HAND 006||Jack Dangers||Music for Planetarium||April 8, 2008|
Brainwashed Recordings also has a sub-label, Brainwashed Archives, which specializes in deluxe remastered reissues.
| Catalogue number|
|Artist name||Release title||Date released|
|BARK 001||Greater Than One||All the Masters Licked Me 2xCD||September 1, 2008|
|BARK 002||Greater Than One||London 2xCD+DVD||September 1, 2008|
|BARK 003||Greater Than One||G-Force 3xCD||September 1, 2008|
Brainwashed Recordings also has a sub-label, Killer Pimp, which has released albums by Kate Mosh, Noise/Girl, Blood Money, and A Place To Bury Strangers.
| Catalogue number|
|Artist name||Release title||Date released|
|PIMPK 001||Kate Mosh||Dynamo CD||2001|
|PIMPK 002||Noise/Girl||Discopathology CD||2005|
|PIMPK 003||Blood Money||Axis of Blood CD||2006|
|PIMPK 004||A Place to Bury Strangers||A Place to Bury Strangers CD||2007|
|PIMPK 005||All The Saints||Fire On Corridor X CD||2008|
|PIMPK 006||Lithops||Mound Magnet pt. 2: Elevations Above Sea Level CD||2008|
|PIMPK 007||Envenomist||The Helix CD||2009|
|PIMPK 008||Ulterior||Kempers Heads CDEP||2009|
|PIMPK 009||Aidan Baker & Thisquietarmy||A Picture of a Picture CD||2009|
|PIMPK 010||Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words CD||Lost In Reflection||2009|
|PIMPK 011||Blood Money||Blood Brotherhood CD||2009|
|PIMPK 012||Scratoa||Live in San Anton CD||2010|
|PIMPK 013||Ceremony||Someday 7"||2010|
|PIMPK 014||Soundpool||But It's So 7"||2010|
|PIMPK 015||Ceremony||Rocket Fire LP/CD||2010|
|PIMPK 016||Soundpool||Mirrors In Your Eyes||2010|
|PIMPK 017||Ceremony||Leave Alone / Walk Away 7"||2010|
|PIMPK 018||Ceremony||Extended Play CDEP||2011|
|PIMPK 019||Soundpool||Re-Mirrored CDEP||2011|
In 2000, brainwashed launched a 24-hour streaming radio station which featured music from the artists and labels that were hosted at brainwashed.com. The stream was discontinued in 2004.
The first episode of Brainwashed Radio: The Podcast Edition was published on December 13, 2004. It primarily features music reviewed and promoted on Brainwashed.com. New episodes are produced and published on average on a weekly basis. In 2016 the podcast has incorporated interviews from musical artists on nearly every episode. More information can be found here.
The Eye was a video segment that was launched first on May 4, 2003, featuring miniature documentaries on musical acts containing interviews and live footage. Nearly 150 segments were produced and are now available to be streamed on YouTube.
The Brainwaves Festival took place on November 17, 18, and 19, 2006, at the Regent Theater in Arlington, Massachusetts, to celebrate the first 10 years of Brainwashed.com. Performing artists were Z'EV, Nadja (band), Troum, The Dresden Dolls, Edward Ka-Spel and The Silverman of The Legendary Pink Dots, Cock ESP, Howard Stelzer, V/Vm, Goodiepal, Greg Davis, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Landing (band), Aranos, Steven Stapleton (as DJ) of Nurse With Wound, Colin Potter, Irr.App.(Ext.), Volcano the Bear, Charles Atlas (band), Jessica Bailiff, Christoph Heemann, Andreas Martin (guitarist), Windy & Carl, and Thighpaulsandra.
A second Brainwaves Festival took place on November 21, 22, and 23, 2008, at the Regent Theater again. Performing artists were Marissa Nadler, JG Thirlwell's Manorexia Orchestra, Silver Apples, Meat Beat Manifesto, Glenn Jones, Nmperign feat. Jason Lescalleet, Major Stars, Rivulets, Gary Wilson, His Name Is Alive, Andrew Liles & Jonathan Coleclough, Reformed Faction, Little Annie, The Threshold HouseBoys Choir, Matmos, Windy Weber and Benoit Pioulard, Strategy (band), Nudge (band), Lichens (band), Boduf Songs, To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie, and Stars of the Lid. For a video montage and more information see brainwavesfest.org.
Industrial music is a genre of experimental music which draws on harsh, transgressive or provocative sounds and themes. AllMusic defines industrial music as the "most abrasive and aggressive fusion of rock and electronic music" that was "initially a blend of avant-garde electronics experiments and punk provocation". The term was coined in the mid-1970s with the founding of Industrial Records by members of Throbbing Gristle and Monte Cazazza. While the genre name originated with Throbbing Gristle's emergence in the United Kingdom, concentrations of artists and labels vital to the genre also emerged in Chicago.
Industrial Records is a record label established in 1976 by industrial music group and performance artists Throbbing Gristle. The group created the label primarily for self-releases but also signed several other groups and artists. The label gave a name to the industrial music genre.
Throbbing Gristle were an English music and visual arts group, officially formed in September 1975 in Kingston upon Hull by members Genesis P-Orridge, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson and Chris Carter. They are widely regarded as pioneers of industrial music. Evolving from the experimental performance art group COUM Transmissions, Throbbing Gristle made their public debut in October 1976 on COUM exhibition Prostitution, and, the following year, released their debut single, "United / Zyklon B Zombie", followed by an album, The Second Annual Report (1977).
Peter Martin Christopherson was a musician, video director, commercial artist, designer and photographer, and former member of British design agency Hipgnosis.
Edward Ka-Spel is an English singer/songwriter and musician residing in Nijmegen, Netherlands. He is best known for his work with the band The Legendary Pink Dots, which he co-founded. He is also known for his work on The Tear Garden with Skinny Puppy's cEvin Key. In 2017, he collaborated with Amanda Palmer on the album I Can Spin a Rainbow.
Geoffrey Laurence Rushton, better known under the pseudonyms John Balance or the later variation Jhonn Balance, was an English musician, occultist, artist and poet. His early work and wide-ranging collaborations made him one of the most influential figures in the industrial, experimental minimalist and neofolk music scenes.
Cosey Fanni Tutti is an English performance artist, musician, and writer, best known for her time in the avant-garde groups Throbbing Gristle and Chris & Cosey.
Chris Carter is an English musician, best known for being a synthesist and member of Throbbing Gristle and Chris & Cosey. His longtime partner Cosey Fanni Tutti is the mother of his son, Nick, as well as a member of Throbbing Gristle.
Chris & Cosey, now performing as Carter Tutti, are a band formed in 1981, consisting of couple Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti, both previously members of industrial music pioneers Throbbing Gristle.
Soleilmoon Recordings is an American record label that began in 1987 as a cassette label, operating from the back of a record shop called the Ooze in Portland, Oregon, US.
Steven Peter Stapleton is a British musician and the only constant member of experimental improv outfit Nurse with Wound. He is often seen as one of the pioneers of the British industrial music scene, alongside bands such as Throbbing Gristle, Coil and Psychic TV, although in his music he has explored a wide range of styles, including free-form improvisation, folk, and even Latin American dance rhythms.
Part Two is an album by English industrial band Throbbing Gristle, released in 2007 through record label Mute Records.
Attrition are an electronic music band, formed in Coventry, England in 1980 by goth Martin Bowes and Julia Niblock. The band emerged from the experimental post-punk scene of the early 1980s and, along with other groups such as Throbbing Gristle, Coil, Einstürzende Neubauten, and In the Nursery, greatly contributed to the development of industrial music in the UK. Still active 30 years later, Attrition have been a stanchion of darkwave and industrial music, influencing many younger bands in the genres while continuously fine tuning their own distinctive sound.
Throbbing Gristle were noted for their live performances, which were often experimental and quite different from their pre-recorded work. In addition to studio albums, a large number of recordings of live shows were released, of varying sound quality. A concise history of Throbbing Gristle and COUM Transmissions can be found in Simon Ford's book Wreckers of Civilisation (ISBN 1-901033-60-0). A 25 CD boxed set, TG24, documenting many live Throbbing Gristle performances was released in December 2002. A follow-up to this boxset chronicling the last 10 performances was released as TG+ in January 2004. These releases accumulated recordings that had originally been released on cassette-only boxed sets and individually released vinyl albums of official and bootleg status. Long out of circulation, the new releases sparked a renewed interest in the band.
TG Now is an album by pioneering English industrial band Throbbing Gristle, released in 2004 through record label Industrial Records. It was their first album of original material since 1982's Journey Through a Body.
Brain in the Wire is a compilation by Brainwashed Recordings, which is a collection of mostly rare, unreleased alternate versions of songs by many influential groups that Brainwashed's website promotes hosting for. The first CDs of the set were originally available individually through The Wire and eventually released as a 3-CD box set.
The First Annual Report is a bootleg album of music recorded by industrial music pioneers Throbbing Gristle in 1975. The recording originally went unreleased, and the band instead decided to release The Second Annual Report in 1977. This recording was first released unofficially in 1987 as Very Friendly through Spurt Records, before being issued prominently as The First Annual Report in 2001.
This is a detailed list of releases by the European band The Legendary Pink Dots. As of 2012, they have released 32 studio albums, 52 live albums and compilations, and 14 singles. Their first release was the cassette Only Dreaming in 1981, initially limited to 10 copies only, each with their own, hand-made cover. After a few more cassette-only releases, Brighter Now saw the light of day in the following year, as their first 'proper' album.
Right from the start, their output has been quite prolific, with no less than four tapes released in the first year of their existence alone. This would not change until the late nineties, with a new album with original material every 1–2 years only, but accompanied by re-releases of early, hard-to-find material, and live albums.
PIAS Recordings was founded in 1983 in Belgium as Play It Again Sam by Kenny Gates and Michel Lambot. Play It Again Sam expanded along with other European independent labels in the early 1980s. Play It Again Sam's early artists were Front 242, Meat Beat Manifesto and Young Gods. They added artists such as The Sound, Soulwax/2ManyDJ's, Sigur Rós and Mogwai.