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April 2010

New releases available now in Brainwashed commerce.

Ceremony, "Rocket Fire" LP & CD

The LP & CD from Ceremony is finally here! 10 brilliant pop songs super charged with amplification and distortion to make an incredible mix. Before A Place To Bury Strangers, there was Skywave, a three piece noise pop band from Fredericksburg, Virgina. When Ollie left to move to NYC, Paul and John remained and reorganized as Ceremony. While there will be undeniable comparisons made to APTBS (they still remain friends and share an affinity for loud guitars), Ceremony employ a songcraft far more focused on making catchy pop tunes than blowing out speakers and eardrums.

Soundpool, "Mirrors In Your Eyes" LP & CD

The explosive third album sees this NY-based 5-piece stepping out onto the dancefloor,… without leaving their guitars and dreamy effects behind! After building a loyal following in the independent shoegaze scene Soundpool have enhanced their palette and, in turn, crafted a pop masterpiece. The nine songs are infectious, overflowing with strong bass hooks, driving beats, shimmering guitars, and Kim Fields’ captivating, ethereal voice.

Scratoa!, "Live en San Antón" CD

Killer Pimp is excited to announce the release of first music to surface from Marc Ngyuen Tan since the last Colder album. Live en San Antón is the result of a three-day session of improvised music by Marc Nguyen and Guillaume Ollendorff recorded in the barrio San Antón, in the southern Spanish city of Alicanté in April 2008. Marc & O. have known each other for 13 years: they once worked together for a company that sold missiles and celebrity magazines; they later played and toured together in Colder. Guillaume has made music here and there (Tsé, The Mainstream Ensemble, Dust and Chimes) and now, has a life as an independent publisher of Philosophy. After all these years, this is the first time they have actually recorded together.

March 2009

Killer Pimp announces first batch of 2009 releases

Aidan Baker & Thisquietarmy, Envenomist, Ulterior, Blood Money, and Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words are part of Killer Pimp's first batch of 2009 releases, due for official release on March 31st.  As an "economic stimulus" special we're offering a pre-order sale of all five for the price of 4 ($9.99 each - which includes free worldwide shipping). See Brainwashed commerce for the special.

Cover ImageEnvenomist - The Helix
One of the most interesting realities of US dark ambient/death industrial scene, combining low-rumbling drones with extemporaneous noise bursts to create a pretty personal and recognizable sound.

Columbus, Ohio-based David Reed has been recording music under various monikers since the year 2000. He currently records under his own name and has two other active solo projects, Luasa Raelon and Envenomist. Envenomist is sourced solely using synthesiers to produce dark ambience heavily influenced by Maurizio Bianchi while bringing a lot of Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze into the mix. He is also a member of Starlight Fleecing with Larry Marotta and Ryan Jewell. Other activities include playing in the Larry Marotta Group, the Avant Collective, and as part of the Rocco DiPietro Ensemble.

The Helix was recorded over the fall and winter of 2007. Using analogue synthesizers as the sound source, the intent was to create a series of transmissions from space. Not in the narrative sense, rather as a series of abstracted visions or moods from a lone traveler attempting to come to grips with the sublime.
FREE MP3: The 11th Hour

Ulterior - Kempers Heads
Formed in 2006 amidst a growing state of frustration at the surrounding mediocre music scene. Brothers Paul (vocals) and Benn (keys), together with Simmons (guitars) and Karl (bass), have garnered attention from all quarters through powerful and bracing live performances.Raw, electronic sounds, attacking drum machines and aggressive guitars compliment sloganeering lyrics. Their live reputation has helped cut a path through current UK scenes and gained them comparisons to JAMC, Big Black, early Manics and Suicide.

Kempers Heads combines songs from their first two UK-only 12" singles, Weapons and 15, adds some new tunes, and comes as an enhnaced content CD with music videos, remixes, and photos.
2 FREE M4Vs: 15 & Weapons

Cover ImageAidan Baker & Thisquietarmy - A Picture of a Picture
Their first studio collaboration was the Orange EP which came out as a limited edition of 200 orange CDRs on thisquietarmy's own imprint. The tracks were recorded separately from their home, sent back and forth via postmail for months, and finally mixed and edited by Eric Quach. The release was quickly sold out, much to the dismay of the largely reputed Aquarius Records store who kept asking for more after having sold a large part of the run in a very short matter of time.

For their first full-length album, Baker & Quach have decided to do things differently by setting a simple rule beforehand: the record was to be played and recorded live together, adding a very minimal amount of overdubs if not any. The recording session took place in the fall of 2007, in Quach's own home studio TQA-HQ in Montreal. Because of their very busy schedule, it took about a year before the two artists decided to get together to work on these tracks again. This time, Baker finalized the mixes in his home studio, resulting again in four long movements, clocking at around an hour's length. Instead of the overall terror-ambient feel of their first collaboration, the first two tracks actually find both guitarists exploring the brighter side of their spectrum, evoking the hope and the beauty represented in Christy Romanick's photographs that were again used for the artwork, in conjunction with Quach's sketches.
FREE MP3: Imagistic Continuity

Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words - Lost In Reflections
Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words is the ghost by which Thomas Ekelund performs sonic exorcism, unleashing his bleak and twisted vision into the material world. Culling found sounds from his habitat, twisting in inspiration from 60's girl groups, and molding it together with the last gasps of vinyl noise, Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words gives birth to what one might name concrete drone pop.

From bleak to bleaker, grimy sounds emanate from the sewer, while rays of hope sneak through the broken glass, reflecting on the blood stained shards on the street above.

Thomas Ekelund currently resides in Gothenburg, Sweden, and is a graphic designer, musician and visual artist. He has released music under a long line of guises both solo and in constellations such as The Skull Defekts, Dead Violets, Normal Music, Teeth, Kill Kill Kill For Inner Peace and Dub Industrial Sound System.
FREE MP3: This World Seems Empty Without You

Cover ImageBlood Money - Blood Brotherhood
The second full-length release from Blood Money was the first to be both conceived and recorded completely together. For this, the trio of Ken Ueno, Jon Whitney, and Tom Worster joined Dalek's producer/sound wizard Oktopus in the Deadverse Studios to commit to tape songs formed through dedicated rehearsals and perfected in their live performances.

In the three years since the debut, Axis of Blood, Ken Ueno has spent a year in Rome (winner of the 2006-2007 Rome Prize), had numerous orchestras perform his works worldwide, and has accepted the position of Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Tom and Jon remain in Boston and are now forced to collaborate over long distances.

Blood Brotherhood is notably more song-based yet stays very close to the heart of the group: the intensity of noise, the freedom granted through improvisation, the power of rhythm, and the humanity of introspection. While the introduction of a professional studio has granted them the ability to multitrack numerous layers the group has, for this recording, chosen to remain with its main instrumentation: vocals, Nord lead, and Roland 808, with very slight guitar added on one song.
FREE MP3: Horizon

November 2008

Brainwaves 2008 3xCD Set

The Brainwaves Festival went off without a hitch, thanks to all performers, crew, staff, attendees, and supporters. Copies of the 3xCD set with all exclusive songs or versions are now available in the shop for a limited time. All proceeds go back into Brainwashed and supporting both the Brainwaves 2006 event but future events and future releases.

September 2008

Brainwashed Archives launches with Greater Than One reissues

Brainwashed Archives has officially launched with the Greater Than One remastered reissues. The discs have already gone out the door for those who pre-ordered them and the early response has been extremely positive. Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered the sets. For those who don't know, all the Greater Than One recordings from 1987-1991 have been remastered, repackaged, and reissued on deluxe sets. All The Masters Licked Me (originally out on Lustmord & Graeme Revell's Side Effects Records) is packaged with Trust; London (originally on WaxTrax!) is expanded to a 2xCD set with a DVD; and G-Force is expanded to a 3xCD set with the I Don't Need God, Utopia, Index, and Video Drug 1 singles and EPs.

May 2008

The newest CD in the Handmade Series is available now for a limited time. Jack Dangers of Meat Beat Manifesto has given us Music for Planetarium recorded for the T.I.T. Planetarium, Budapest. Two new releases on Killer Pimp are out May 27th: All The Saints - Fire On Corridor X and Lithops - Mound Magnet part 2: Elevations Above Sea Level. Follow the links for sound samples, etc....

March 2008

Peace (for mom)
Marilyn Whitney was a sister, wife, mother, teacher, and friend to many. I owe all my music enthusiasm to her as she bought me my first records, took me to classical performances at a young age, my first rock concert, my first DJ gigs, and was there at the first music festival I organized. This collection is a mix tape in her memory, however, it is additionally dedicated to friends Nick, Gil, Andrea, Jon, Keith, Casey, Jono, Joel, Gary, Warn, and Windy, all of whom lost their mothers way too soon. Some songs were chosen for their relevance while some were recorded especially for this project, all were graciously donated by friends. Proceeds will be donated to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Mass., where my mom volunteered after her retirement. Additionally, a stone bench has been erected at the top of Mount Pollux in Amherst in her name. Visitors are welcome. Donations are encouraged to funds that aid early childhood literacy initiatives. My mom would appreciate that. - Jon Whitney, 2008

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