Trans Am, "Sex Change"

It's almost as if Trans Am are trying to sneak something by all of us with their latest release. Sex Change doesn't come pre-packaged with some elaborate theme wrapped in an unclear fantasy/reality plot, and that's actually a good thing. For probably the first time since Surrender to the Night, Trans Am are simply a rock band of three guys who like to have fun making fun music.
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Happy 2007

Happy 2007 to everybody. 2006 was a banner year for Brainwashed and we hope to continue the tradition of providing the small corner of independent music a place. Look forward to new releases this year by hosted Kranky, Important, and Badabing!, all of which have release dates already posted in the new releases section as well as forthcoming records from Stars of the Lid, Aranos (on Soleilmoon!), Diana Rogerson, more Coil reissues, and a collection from Jessica Bailiff. More details will be posted when available. Stay up on the Podcast for the latest sounds from some of these current, forthcoming and classic releases.
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brainwavesfest.org Launches

Today we launch brainwavesfest.org, a site dedicated to the Brainwaves Festival. At the moment we're gathering diaries, stories, feedback, pictures, and will soon post videos to the site. So please feel free to contact us to share your experiences and images. Additionally, we intend to use this site if and when another Brainwaves is going to take place. We make no promises but after some discussion, the production team is pretty amped to do this all over again in the future.
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Black Dice, "Manoman"

The three brand new songs on this 12" only release continue in their movement away from more free-form noise bursts and pursue the beat-laden retro industrial/dub hybrid sound  often explored by the Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire sounds of the late '70s.
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Four Tet, "Remixes"

The first Four Tet compilation succeds as a decent demonstrational project, highlighting better Kieran Hebden's versatility with others' music than others' versatility with his own creations. While it is a good listen and a fantastic deal for two discs worth of material, I can't make a compelling enough argument for its absolute necessity.
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Mojave 3

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A Place To Bury Strangers

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Pan Sonic

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Isis and Aereogramme In the Fishtank

Release: Oct 10 2009
ISIS AND AEROGRAMME In The Fishtank
http://www.konkurrent.nl

Upon first listen, this Fishtank session between Isis and Aereogramme
attracts attention solely for its sound. While both bands are known for
their love of metal and post-hardcore as well as experimental and
atmospheric approaches, here they not only show those skills, but also
reach an impressively high level of purity, roominess and emotion.
Putting two bands together with such different home-bases (Los Angeles
and Glasgow, respectively) in a small town near Amsterdam was a
challenge Konkurrent couldn't resist. In December 2004, the idea
grew concrete that these two bands would record in the Fishtank,
and all directions pointed to July 2005 for action. Isis had just
finished their European tour, so Aereogramme hit the road and the bands
played a warm-up show at the Amsterdam Paradiso the night before
entering the studio. When Konkurrent invited Isis and Aereogramme
to do a Fishtank session, we expected a loud and heavy session not yet
heard in the series. Expectations can be misleading.

Was it the extremely hot weather? The overwhelming 70s atmosphere in the
studio? The shitty hotel the night before? We may never know those
answers, but we know this: it's the analog warmth that makes the songs
tender, organic, and fragile. It's the unexpected that makes this a very
successful edition to us.

Tracklisting:
1. Low Tide
2. Delial
3. Stolen

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Some of the Interesting Things You'll See on a Long-Distance Flight

While the most important relatively underground compilations of the 1980s have either gone lost or have been chopped up and divided on anthologies, LTM has actually taken a bold step in preservation, nearly restoring the complete original release and including material recorded at the same time but previously unreleased.
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Beirut

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Peaches, "Impeach My Bush"

Reading about the recent RAND study suggesting that so-called "sexy music" triggers sexual activity in teenagers, it struck me what a load of fucking horseshit these suspiciously unscientific studies really are. We've all heard this kind of thing before; it's the sort of overfunded, specious bullshit study that makes the rounds once every few years when some parental group gets its collective dander up about hip-hop or pop music.

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Brainwashed Radio Feels the Heat

Sorry for the intermittent downtime on Brainwashed Radio these last few days. Record heat and power demand has caused a number of power outages at Brainwashed HQ so we'll do our best to keep the music going.  Thanks for your patience and support as always!
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Caribou reissues

After all these years I haven't changed my mind about the first two Manitoba albums, now reissued under the new (but not improved) name Caribou and featuring a bonus disc each. Start Breaking My Heart is a decent record but it sounds even more uninspiring and dated now while Up In Flames is a spectacular modern classic.
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Shadowplayers: Factory Records & Manchester Post-Punk 1978-1981

This is the absolute best video biography of the only relevant period of Factory Records (1978-1981), featuring interviews with Tony Wilson, Peter Saville, Peter Hook, Chris Watson, and members of Durutti Column, Section 25, A Certain Ratio, The Names, and many more.  Unfortunately, compared to what the public has to go on, that's not saying much.
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Marissa Nadler

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Shit Robot, "Wrong Galaxy"/"Triumph"

Stuttgart-based Marcus Lambkin is one of the newest DFA members and as Shit Robot his 12" single is two sides of groovy 8+ minute genre-bending dance poop.
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Liars

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Fridge, "Happiness"

For immediate release:

The London-based instrumental trio, Fridge is about to release their
fourth full-length album, "Happiness", due in September.  "Happiness" will
be their first US album and will be available through Text in the UK and
Domino throughout Europe.

The Baltimore, MD-based record label Temporary Residence and the
internet web site Brainwashed.com have teamed up to co-release the album
and bring the band for their very first North American Tour. Dates are
currently being confirmed for October, including a handful of dates
opening up for Low.

Fridge have two albums out on Output in the UK, "Ceefax" and "Semaphore"
as well as a double-length collection of singles titled "Sevens and
Twelves".  Their last album, "Eph" was released on Go Beat! in the UK.
Kieran Hebden of the group also has released a couple albums and various
singles as Four Tet.

For more information and some sound samples, please see
www.brainwashed.com/fridge or www.temporaryresidence.com

Tour dates will be posted on line when they're confirmed.
 

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Nice Nice, "Yesss!"

Consider this a continuation or addendum or something for my last review of Nice Nice. After I covered the Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter EPs I got some into some pleasant debates which resulted in my receiving of their EP Yesss! on Audraglint.
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