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Brainwashed Premiere-Black Spirituals "Reconciliation"

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cover imageThis week Brainwashed and SIGE Records are proud to premiere "Reconciliation," (MP3 download here), a song from the upcoming 2xLP by Black Spirituals entitled Black Access/Black Axes.

The pairing of Zachary James Watkins (guitar and electronics) and Marshall Trammell (percussion) have created another masterpiece, and their final collaboration in this arrangement.  Reclaiming the core fundamentals of jazz and rock and roll, but completely recontextualizing them in a distinctly modern framework, Black Spirituals are an entirely unique entity in the world of experimental music.  While Black Access/Black Axes is a multifaceted and varied album, "Reconciliation" is an excellent summation:  Watkins generates a constantly building squall of noise and distortion, but never lets his guitar be lost in the mix, as Trammell deliberately enters the frame, transitioning from subtle cymbal accents to sharp, cracking snares that pierce powerfully through the psychedelic haze.  To call the dynamic intense would be a serious understatement, culminating in a brilliantly heavy, ecstatic crescendo that is nothing short of amazing.  Black Access/Black Axes is presented in a deluxe 2xLP gatefold record, limited to 300 copies, and will be released July 6, 2018 via SIGE.

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 June 2018 20:47

Podcast Episode 385: June 12, 2018

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Pride Happy Pride Month from Brainwashed Radio: The Podcast Edition. There's no guest on this episode, however there's 12 wonderful old and new songs from Matmos, Marisa Anderson, Coil, Black Spirituals, Baby Dee, Meat Beat Manifesto, Thalia Zedek, Ian William Craig, Mark Eitzel, Abul Mogard, Richard Chartier, and Antony & the Johnsons.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 June 2018 20:01

Jóhann Jóhannsson, 1969-2018

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Everyone at Brainwashed is devastated at the unexpected loss of composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. Brainwashed was first made aware of him through his releases on Touch and 4AD, and I had the pleasure of spending a brief amount of time with him while on tour in the USA, thanks to Adam Wiltzie of Stars of the Lid, who helped book his tour and provide sound for the shows. Since then, Jóhannsson has composed music for films such as Prisonders and Arrival, earned Academy Award nominations for best original film score for The Theory of Everything and Sicario, and won a Golden Globe for the score for Sicario. Our condolences to his friends and family.


Forced Exposure New Releases for 6/18/2018

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New music is due from Sote, Spring Heel Jack and Wadada Leo Smith, and Big Blood, while old music is due from the Legendary Pink Dots, Bill Laswell and Nicholas James Bullen, and J Dilla.


Brainwashed Premiere: Dylan Cameron "Graceless Gods"

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This week Brainwashed is pleased to premiere Dylan Cameron’s “Graceless Gods”, part of the massive digital compilation the Holodeck label is releasing this week to commemorate their 50th release. "Graceless Gods" is a fitting teaser for the release, capturing everything he (as well as the label) excels at: heavy danceable beats, prickly, pulsating analog synths, and immaculate attention to sonic detail and production.

Holodeck Vision One features 30 artists from the label's past and present, as well as close associates such as Troller, Drab Majesty, and Michael Stein, and is available digitally on March 9. Dylan Cameron will also performing at both of the upcoming Holodeck SXSW showcases on March 15 at Hotel Vegas and March 17 at Central Presbyterian.

Preorder Holodeck Vision One at Holodeck's Bandcamp

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 March 2018 08:23
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