Brainwashed (website)

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Type of site
Music publication
Owner Jon Whitney
Commercial No
Launched 16 April 1996;22 years ago (1996-04-16)
Current status Active

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.

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History 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 can be found here.

Meat Beat Manifesto band

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Greater Than One band

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 (band) English post-industrial band

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 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 American noise record label

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Thrill Jockey American independent record label based in Chicago

Thrill Jockey is an American independent record label established in 1992 in New York City by former Atlantic Records A&R representative Bettina Richards.

Annual readers' poll

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.

Brainwashed Recordings

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 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 ReligionApril 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 Handmade releases

Brainwashed Recordings also has a series, Brainwashed Handmade, which features low run CDs in letter-pressed sleeves.

Letterpress printing

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 005Various ArtistsPeace (for mom)March 6, 2008
HAND 006 Jack Dangers Music for Planetarium April 8, 2008

Brainwashed Archives releases

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 2xCDSeptember 1, 2008
BARK 002 Greater Than One London 2xCD+DVDSeptember 1, 2008
BARK 003 Greater Than One G-Force 3xCDSeptember 1, 2008

Killer Pimp releases

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 001Kate MoshDynamo CD2001
PIMPK 002 Noise/Girl Discopathology CD2005
PIMPK 003Blood MoneyAxis of Blood CD2006
PIMPK 004 A Place to Bury Strangers A Place to Bury Strangers CD2007
PIMPK 005All The SaintsFire On Corridor X CD2008
PIMPK 006 Lithops Mound Magnet pt. 2: Elevations Above Sea Level CD2008
PIMPK 007EnvenomistThe Helix CD2009
PIMPK 008 Ulterior Kempers Heads CDEP2009
PIMPK 009 Aidan Baker & ThisquietarmyA Picture of a Picture CD2009
PIMPK 010Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words CDLost In Reflection2009
PIMPK 011Blood MoneyBlood Brotherhood CD2009
PIMPK 012ScratoaLive in San Anton CD2010
PIMPK 013CeremonySomeday 7"2010
PIMPK 014 Soundpool But It's So 7"2010
PIMPK 015CeremonyRocket Fire LP/CD2010
PIMPK 016 Soundpool Mirrors In Your Eyes2010
PIMPK 017CeremonyLeave Alone / Walk Away 7"2010
PIMPK 018CeremonyExtended Play CDEP2011
PIMPK 019 Soundpool Re-Mirrored CDEP2011

Brainwashed Radio and Podcast

In 2000, brainwashed launched a 24-hour streaming radio station which featured music from the artists and labels that were hosted at 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 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

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.

Brainwaves Festival

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 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

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