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Brainwashed.com Terms and Conditions  
Brainwashed.com Terms and Conditions lays out the rules that govern your use of Brainwashed.com. The rules set forth herein apply to all materials, online communications, and other information that is or becomes available on Brainwashed.com (collectively, ""Information""). By signing on and using Brainwashed.com, you specifically agree to abide by these rules and any modifications thereto.

1. Personal Uses Permitted

Brainwashed.com is an online information exchange service for use by Brainwashed Inc. and the general public. You shall not post, publish, transmit, reproduce, distribute, or in any way use or exploit any Information for commercial purposes or otherwise use the Information in a manner that is inconsistent with these rules and regulations.

2. Users' Obligation to Abide By Applicable Law

In connection with the use of Brainwashed.com, users shall not engage in conduct or publish information which would infringe upon or injure the personal or property rights of any individual, group, or entity, including but not limited to defamation, harassment, invasion of privacy, tort, or disclosure of confidential or trade secrets. Furthermore, users shall not violate any law or treaty or intellectual property rights protected by law (such as copyright, patent and trademark rights). Users acknowledge that the Information available on Brainwashed.com may include intellectual property that is protected under the copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property laws of the United States and/or other countries (""Intellectual Property Laws""). Such Intellectual Property Laws generally prohibit the unauthorized reproduction, distribution, or exhibition of all text, photographic and graphic (art and electronic) images, music, sound samplings, and other protected materials. The violation of applicable Intellectual Property Laws may give rise to civil and/or criminal penalties.

3. Submitting Materials for Review

Brainwashed.com provides a place for various writers to review various media.  Brainwashed Inc. redistributes promotional items to independent writers and is therefore not responsible for promotional materials received. By submitting materials for review you surrender all materials and may not demand their return.  When featured, media samples may be used in a review, this is within the boundaries of Fair Use. 

4. Disclosure of Online Communications

You are cautioned that any online communications may not be fully confidential. In addition, you should be aware that federal postal regulations do not protect electronic mail. You should be aware that some administrative personnel of Brainwashed Inc. may, in the course of their regular duties, have access to communications required by law.

5. Rogue Programming and Viruses

Brainwashed Inc. is not responsible for any computer virus, trojan horse, timebomb, worm, or any other rogue programming (""Rogue Programming"") that may be contained in any of the information or software contained on Brainwashed.com. Brainwashed has no obligation to detect the presence of any Rogue Programming. Any downloading of materials or any other use of the Information on Brainwashed.com is at your risk, and you are advised to take adequate precautions to minimize any loss to your system caused by Rogue Programming, including use of anti-virus programs and proper backup of files. You agree not to post, transmit, or make available in any way through Brainwashed.com any software or other materials that contain Rogue Programming.

6. Content of Information

You are responsible for the content of any Information you put on  Brainwashed.com . Brainwashed has no obligation to, and does not in the normal course, monitor or control any Information that is or becomes available on  Brainwashed.com . Brainwashed reserves the right to review any Information that is or becomes available on Brainwashed.com. Brainwashed reserves the right to refuse to post or to remove any Information that is, in Brainwashed's sole discretion, unacceptable, undesirable, or in violation of these rules. However, Brainwashed has no obligation to exercise such reservation of rights by Brainwashed Inc.

7. Disclaimer of Warranties

Brainwashed.com is provided on an ""As Is"" basis without warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including without limitation warranties of title, noninfringement, or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Brainwashed Inc. does not warrant that any information is complete or accurate, that Brainwashed.com will be uninterrupted or error free, or that any information is free of Rogue Programming.

8. Limitation of Damages

Under no circumstance, including negligence, shall Brainwashed Inc. be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, punitive, or consequential damages that may result from the use or inability to use Brainwashed.com, including without limitation use of or reliance on information available on Brainwashed.com, interruptions, errors, defects, mistakes, omissions, deletions of files, delays in operation or transmission, nondelivery of information, disclosure of communications, or any other failure of performance.

9. Release and Indemnity

You hereby release and waive any and all claims and/or liability against Brainwashed Inc. arising from or in connection with your use of Brainwashed.com. You also agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Brainwashed Inc. from and against any and all claims or liability, including costs and attorneys fees, arising from or in connection with your use of Brainwashed.com or failure to abide by applicable law.

10. Modifications

These rules may be modified by Brainwashed Inc. from time to time and such modifications will be binding on you when placed online.

10. Privacy Policy

Brainwashed.com’s Privacy Policy provides additional terms and conditions that apply to your use of our site.

If you do not agree to these Brainwashed.com Terms and Conditions, please do not use the site.

Brainwashed.com Privacy Policy  
The privacy policy set forth here refers solely to Brainwashed.com. Please read it carefully, and if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us. Also, note that Brainwashed.com links to other sites. Please consult those sites to learn more about their policies.

Gathering and Use of Information
Brainwashed Inc. will not willfully disclose any personally identifiable information about our online users to any third party without first receiving the user's permission, unless required by law. The Brainwashed.com Web site only collects personally identifiable information (such as your name, address, E-mail address, telephone number, and/or other identifying information) from our visitors on a voluntary basis. Under certain circumstances, if you choose not to voluntarily submit requested information, you may not be able to engage in certain activities — e.g., making certain kinds of donations, submitting a photo online, signing up for E-mail updates — for which personally identifiable information is needed.  

Any information you provide will be stored and served from a secure server. This means that each page you view and any information you submit is encrypted on its way between computers (yours and ours). In the unlikely event that the information you send is intercepted, it should not be usable by anyone else. While no computer is 100 percent secure, Brainwashed has taken reasonable steps to ensure the security of any information you provide to Brainwashed.com.  

It is our goal to provide service on our site while maintaining our strong commitment to protecting the privacy of children. If we learn that a user is younger than 18, we will not store his/her personal information for future communication. Brainwashed Inc. does not willfully disclose to any third party any personally identifiable information about our online visitors who have identified themselves as younger than 18.

To participate in optional services on Brainwashed.com — e.g., contributing a review, posting on a forum, making a donation online, submitting a photo, signing up for E-mail updates – you agree to abide by the following terms and conditions:

  • All information submitted by you is accurate and current
  • You will not use an E-mail address of another person with the intent to impersonate that person
  • You will not use the E-mail address in which another person has rights without that person’s authorization

E-mail and Postal Addresses
Your contact information, including E-mail and postal addresses, will not be sold, exchanged, or lent to outside companies, organizations, or individuals except where required by law.
Brainwashed Inc. will always provide a clear and convenient method of unsubscribing to our E-mailings. You can unsubscribe at any time by going to Brainwashed.com's Contact Us page. We will update our records as soon as possible. Or you can follow the unsubscribe directions included in every E-mail message we send. If you have already unsubscribed from Brainwashed.com E-mails, rest assured that we will continue to honor your request.

If at any time you would like to check on or update our record of your information, please let us know by using the Brainwashed.com Contact Us page or writing to us (Brainwashed Inc., Box 7, Arlington, MA 02476).

Acceptance of this Privacy Policy for Brainwashed.com
By using this site, you signify your agreement to the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy for Brainwashed.com. If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, please do not use this site. We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions of this policy at any time. Please check this page periodically for any changes. Your continued use of Brainwashed.com following the posting of any changes to these terms shall mean that you have accepted those changes. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

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Sponsorship Ads

Brainwashed is not a for-profit service so flooding the website with visually intensive blinking ads does not fit our mission. However, we do need money to cover operating expenses and other things.

We proudly provide timely content, intelligent reviews, and a readership who is highly discriminatory.

We do accept sponsors and can provide competitive rates to fit your budget.

Please contact us at brainwashed at brainwashed dot com for more information about how to get your information online with us.


The Brainwashed Staff

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Brainwashed Street Team

Join the Allied Brainwashed Street Team

This is a chance for you to do something in your community for Brainwashed and some of its partners like Important Records, Killer Pimp, and other labels and bands hosted and associated with Brainwashed.com

You may be given music, stickers, posters, or other things to spread around your towns, leave at colleges, coffee shops, book stores, record stores, or whatever.

Notifications will be sent out and you'll never be asked to give money, but to be trusted to help spread the word however you can. Unfortunately we will not most likely be sending much stuff overseas due to cost and customs issues but it doesn't hurt to sign up.

Sign up now:

Name: E-mail:


See the list of Artists and Archives or Recording Companies to get a general sense of who might at some point call upon you to help out.


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Announcement List

Brainwashed Email Announcement List

Don't miss out on announcements on limited releases, tours, festival specials, and other tidbits! We don't send out a lot of email and we will NEVER sell the list to anyone.

Sign up for our email announcement list:

Name: E-mail:


Visit Brainwashed Commerce to see what we have now.

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Brainwashed opened its doors on April 16, 1996, to host the websites for Meat Beat Manifesto and Greater Than One .  It was built using discographies of Christopher Miller and wrapped in content and news and images from the artist as well as links to record companies and other resources fans might be interested in.  The point of these websites was to provide a true central place for information on the web for a few musical artists, whereas a record label's website disregarded activity outside the record label and fan websites on places like Geocities had little in terms of information about the artists and their history.

Soon, Brainwashed had accumulated websites for bands Cabaret Voltaire , Coil , Current 93 , Death In June , The Legendary Pink Dots , Nurse With Wound , Organum , and Throbbing Gristle , because these websites existed but were  hosted at colleges and universities, where the webmasters of these websites were graduating and moving on, either losing their space or simply not updating the websites any longer. The premise remained: provide as much information as possible for these artists including compltete discographies, image archives, and the latest news available.

In 1997, Brainwashed expanded to begin hosting websites for newer artists like Bowery Electric , Labradford , Tortoise , and Trans Am , and record labels including Kranky , Thrill Jockey, and World Serpent.

In 1998 we launched Brainwashed Recordings , basically to make recordings in small numbers as presents for the hardcore fans.  All profits were to go back into the operating costs of Brainwashed but, as any industry professional will agree, there's really very little profits (if any) to be made on limited 7" singles and CD compilations!

In 1998, The Brain was begun: it was a weekly electronic magazine to post news about the bands and labels hosted at Brainwashed, along with provide some interesting feedback accumulated over the week, reviews of CDs, movies, books, and videos, a "link of the week," and what we're listening to.  Soon, we were including sound samples with all reviews, something that no other noncommercial weekly Internet music publication was doing.

Over the next few years we accumulated more artists and labels and built The Brain into a virtually peerless publication, with contributing writers from all over the world, not just the existing Brainwashed staff and webmasters of the sites hosted.

In 1999, we laucnhed Brainwashed Radio , a 24 hour/7 day per week streaming radio station featuring music from all of the artists and labels hosted at brainwashed.

In 2000, with the increased evils surfacing in the media, we decided we would cease all support of major labels: they engaged in illegal (price-fixing and payola) and greedy (in-house publishing contracts and shifty bookkeeping) activities and we felt that we provided no true alternative if we were to review the same materials that all the major publications did.  In the following years, they have further alienated their audiences and waged war against their consumers and artists and employees and promotional outlets and retailers that we continue the ban.  It's no surprise their sales numbers have fallen over the years. 

Also in 2000, Killer Pimp was launched as a separate identity from Brainwashed Recordings. This is a small label which hopes that with aggressive campaigns we can introduce some new music to the community.

In 2003, we launched The Eye , a weekly video feature with interviews and live footage of some of today's most exciting artists.  Some of the features have been collected onto DVDs for fundraising purposes.

In December of 2004, we launched the Podcast Edition of Brainwashed Radio, where every week, Jon Whitney hosts an hour-long show featuring music from the artists and labels hosted at Brainwashed.

In August of 2005, we retired The Brain to reinvent Brainwashed.com, where content is provided daily, as news can't wait for once per week.  The new system is searchable with archives of all old reviews and content from the old way of doing things. 

In 2006, we celebrated our 10th year of online existence with the first Brainwaves Festival : a three day music fest featuring friends and family of Brainwashed.

In 2008 we are throwing another Brainwaves Festival. Brainwaves 2008 lineup now stands as: Threshold HouseBoys Choir , JG Thirlwell's Manorexia , Meat Beat Manifesto , Matmos , Stars of the Lid , Little Annie , Silver Apples , Windy Weber (of Windy & Carl ) & Thomas Meluch (of Benoit Pioulard ), Major Stars , Reformed Faction ( Mark and Robin of Zoviet France, Rapoon , Dead Voices On Air), Andrew Liles and Jonathan Coleclough , Nmperign feat. Jason Lescalleet , Marissa Nadler , Glenn Jones , His Name Is Alive , Gary Wilson , Rivulets , Strategy , Nudge , Boduf Songs , To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie , Lichens + DJ Steven Stapleton & a special Greater Than One video presentation.


Sign up for our mailing list here to get the latest updates on Brainwashed Recordings releases before anybody else and the updated news on the Brainwashed 10th festival (tentatively being titled BWX).

Thank you for your interest and support.

Jon Whitney
Prinicipal, Brainwashed

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Recording Companies


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Check out the Podcasts that are being brought to you by Brainwashed.com:

Brainwashed Radio: Podcast Edition
Music from the artists and labels hosted at Brainwashed.
(One new hour every week.)
The Brainwashed Video Podcast
Videos from the artists and labels hosted at Brainwashed.
(Each "episode" is a separate music video.)


All Podcasts are free. Video Podcasts are only viewable with iTunes.

Comments and requests and photos are encouraged to be sent to podcast at brainwashed dot com.


Like what you hear and wanna know more?
Search Brainwashed!

Brainwashed.com is an archival, educational, promotional non-profit service. The material included on Brainwashed radio is being used permissably thanks to the copyright owners of the original sound recordings and is broadcasting at a frequency comparible to a poor FM radio signal without the fidelity necessary to make phonographic duplicates.

The broadcast is not a commercial subscription service. Nobody charges money to listeners nor makes money from advertisers.

To find out more about United States copyright laws, visit www.loc.gov/copyright/. US residents are encouraged to voice their opinions to their congressmen about fair usage in non-commercial, non-subscription broadcasting.

Thank you for your support.

(Brainwashed Nodcast image by Nate Ritter.)

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Artists and Archives


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