Jonathan Dean's Wish List

"The Dream World of Dion MacGregor"
This 1957 LP on Decca often fetches prices as high as $500 at online auctions. The record comprises a series of "dream monologues" - recordings of a New York man talking aloud in his sleep, telling bizarre, disjointed and disturbing stories. John Zorn's Tzadik label recently released some additional dream material too obscene to be included on the first LP, but the original has still not seen the light of day.
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2002 Readers Poll - The Results

album of the year

  1. Godspeed You Black Emperor - Yanqui U.X.O.
  2. Sigur Ros - ( )
  3. Low - Trust
  4. Boards of Canada - Geogaddi
  5. Notwist - Neon Golden
  6. Sonic Youth - Murray Street
  7. M? - Finally We Are No One
  8. Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
  9. El-P - Fantastic Damage
  10. Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
  11. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
  12. Do Make Say Think - &yet &yet
  13. Keith Fullerton Whitman - Playthroughs
  14. Tom Waits - Alice
  15. Out Hud - Street Dad
  16. ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead - Source Tags & Codes
  17. Books - Thought for Food
  18. Cornelius - Point
  19. RJD2 - Deadringer
  20. Nurse with Wound - Man with the Woman Face
  21. Deerhoof - Revilie
  22. Beck - Sea Change
  23. Antipop Consortium - Arrhythmia
  24. Black Dice - Beaches & Canyons
  25. Fennesz / O'Rourke / Rehberg - Return of Fenn O'Berg
  26. Legendary Pink Dots - All the King's Horses
  27. Tom Waits - Blood Money
  28. Liars - They threw us all in a trench and stuck a monument on top
  29. Clinic - Walking With Thee
  30. DJ Shadow - The Private Press
  31. Hrvatski - Swarm & Dither
  32. Isis - Oceanic
  33. Max Tundra - Mastered By The Guy At Exchange
  34. Ms. John Soda - No P or D
  35. Shalabi Effect- The Trial of St-Orange
  36. Biosphere - Shenzhou
  37. D?ek - From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots
  38. DJ /Rupture - Minesweeper Suite
  39. Legendary Pink Dots - All the King's Men
  40. Pan?American- The River Made No Sound

single or ep

  1. Wire - Read & Burn 01
  2. Wire - Read & Burn 02
  3. Autechre - Gantz Graf
  4. Coil - The Remote Viewer
  5. Yo La Tengo - Nuclear War
  6. Limp - Orion
  7. M? - green grass of tunnel
  8. Missy Elliot - Work it
  9. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  10. Dntel - (This is the dream of) Evan and Chan
  11. Kid 606 - Why I Love Life
  12. Savath and Savalas - Rolls and Waves
  13. Gold Chains - Straight From Your Radio
  14. I Am Spoonbender - Shown Actual Size
  15. Coil - Winter Solstoce Bonus CDR

best song

  1. M? - Green Grass of Tunnel
  2. Low - That's how you sing amazing grace
  3. Messy Elliot - Work It
  4. Sigur Ros - Nj?nav?in aka The Nothing Song
  5. Squarepusher - Do You Know Squarepusher?
  6. Boards of Canada - 1969
  7. Interpol - NYC
  8. Legendary Pink Dots - The Unlikely Event
  9. Ms John Soda - Solid Ground
  10. Wire - 99.9

best various artist compilation

  1. Blue Skied an' Clear
  2. Brain in the Wire
  3. Urban Renewal Program
  4. Wire Tapper 09
  5. Seasonal Greetings
  6. 20 years of dischord
  7. Masonic
  8. 24 Hour Party People Soundtrack
  9. Disco Noveau
  10. In The Beginning There Was Rhythm
  11. Lost for Words
  12. Machinenfest 2002
  13. Rough Trade Shops: Electronic 01
  14. The Fire This Time
  15. 2 Many DJs - As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt 2
  16. Acid Mothers Temple Family Compilation: Do Whatever You Want, Don't Do Whatever You Don't Want!!
  17. All Tomorrow's Parties v. 1.1
  18. Badorb.Com Bless You
  19. Bip Hop Generation volume 5
  20. Chamber A Cold Springs Records Sampler

best single artist compilation

  1. Fennesz - Field Recordings 1995 - 2002
  2. Windy & Carl - Introspection
  3. Microphones - Song Islands
  4. Bj?k - Greatest hits
  5. Farben - Texstar
  6. ISAN - Clockwark Menagerie
  7. Smog - Accumulation None
  8. Bj?k - Family Tree
  9. Cabaret Voltaire - The Original Sound of Sheffield '78/82. Best Of
  10. Coil - Moon's Milk (In Four Phases)
  11. The Fall - Totally Wired
  12. Hrvatski - Swarm and Dither
  13. Rocket From The Tombs - The Day The Earth Met...
  14. Lesser - lsrmp3cd
  15. Ekkehard Ehlers - Plays

best double or multi-lp/cd release

  1. Windy & Carl - Introspection
  2. Blue Skied An' Clear
  3. Brain In The Wire
  4. Legendary Pink Dots - Chemical Playschool 11,12,13
  5. Acid Mothers Temple Family Compilation 'Do Whatever You Want...'
  6. Pavement - Slanted and Enchanted - Luxe and Redux
  7. Squarepusher - Do You Know Squarepusher?
  8. Paul Westerberg - Stereo/Mono
  9. Throbbing Gristle - 24 Hours
  10. Bj?k - Family Tree

coolest unusual packaging

  1. Brain in the Wire
  2. Venetian Snares - a giant alien force more violent and sick...
  3. Bj?k - Family Tree box
  4. Sigur Ros - ( ) (what the hell's so unusual about this one?)
  5. Boards of Canada - Geodaddi (book style) (or this one?)

nicest cover design

  1. Godspeed You Black Emperor - Yanqui U.X.O.
  2. Boards of Canada - Geogaddi
  3. Low - Trust
  4. Sigur Ros - ( )
  5. Shalabi Effect - Trial of St Orange
  6. Boom Bip - Seed to the Sun
  7. Nurse With Wound - Man With The Woman Face
  8. Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
  9. M? - Finally We Are No One
  10. Return of Fenn O' Berg

best rerelease/repackage/reissue

  1. Pavement - Slanted and Enchanted - Luxe and Redux
  2. Boards of Canada - Twoism
  3. Stars of the Lid - Avec Laudenum
  4. Flaming Lips - Finally the Punk Rockers are Taking Acid and The Day They Shot a Hole in the Jesus Egg
  5. 23 Skidoo - The Gospel Comes to New Guinea
  6. Fridge - Eph
  7. HNAS - Melchior
  8. Don Cherry - Orient
  9. Gary Wilson - You Think You Really Know Me
  10. Nurse With Wound - Automating Volume 2

worst album you bought

  1. Boards Of Canada - Geogaddi
  2. Current 93 & Nurse with Wound - Music for the Horse Hospital
  3. Squarepusher - Do You Know Squarepusher
  4. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
  5. DJ Shadow - The Private Press
  6. Future Sound of London - The Isness
  7. Beth Gibbons & Rustin' Man - Out of Season
  8. Cex - Tall, Dark, and Handcuffed
  9. David Bowie - Heathen
  10. Download - Inception

most anticipated disappointment

  1. Godspeed You Black Emperor - Yanqui U.X.O. (you only waited two years? that's not much anticipation, come on)
  2. Sigur Ros - ( | )
  3. Boards of Canada - Geogaddi
  4. Future Sound of London - The Isness
  5. Audioslave
  6. Autechre - Gantz Graf
  7. Cex - Tall, Dark, and Handcuffed
  8. Destroyer - This Night
  9. Trans Am - TA
  10. Low - Trust

guiltiest pleasure

  1. Eminem - The Eminem Show
  2. Kylie Minogue - Fever
  3. Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
  4. Justin Timberlake - Justified (you wouldn't admit this if the poll wasn't anonymous)
  5. Andrew WK - I Get Wet
  6. Doves - The Last Broadcast
  7. Queen of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf
  8. Belle and Sebestian - Storytelling
  9. Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man - Out of Season
  10. Missy Elliott - Under Construction

band of the year

  1. Sigur R?
  2. Low
  3. Interpol
  4. Acid Mothers Temple
  5. Coil
  6. Flaming Lips
  7. Legendary Pink Dots
  8. M?
  9. Wilco
  10. Wire

best solo musical artist

  1. Keith Fullerton Whitman
  2. Jim O' Rourke
  3. Tom Waits
  4. Jessica Bailiff
  5. Venetian Snares
  6. Beck
  7. DJ Shadow
  8. Fennesz
  9. El-P
  10. Cex

new act of the year (band or solo artist)

  1. Interpol
  2. Liars
  3. The Books
  4. Xiu Xiu
  5. DJ /Rupture
  6. Limp
  7. Christmas Decorations
  8. RJD2
  9. Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  10. Devandra Bahnhart
  11. Ms. John Soda
  12. Out Hud
  13. Parlour
  14. Polmo Polpo
  15. Radio 4

best live show/concert experience

  1. Sigur R?
  2. Coil
  3. Godspeed You Black Emperor!
  4. Stars of the Lid
  5. Legendary Pink Dots
  6. Sonic Youth
  7. Low
  8. M?
  9. Cex
  10. Do Make Say Think
  11. Wire
  12. Jackie-o Motherfucker
  13. Explosions in the Sky
  14. ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
  15. Acid Mothers Temple

most overrated band/artist

  1. Interpol
  2. Sigur Ros
  3. Strokes
  4. Wilco
  5. Kid 606
  6. Radiohead
  7. White Stripes
  8. Vines
  9. ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
  10. The Streets
  11. Boards of Canada
  12. Eminem
  13. Sonic Youth
  14. Cex
  15. Godspeed You Black Emperor!

most irritating band/artist

  1. Eminem
  2. The Strokes
  3. Interpol
  4. The Vines
  5. Radiohead
  6. Avril Lavigne
  7. Kid 606
  8. Nickelback
  9. Ryan Adams
  10. Sigur Ros

lifetime achievement

  • Sonic Youth

(only one band can win it per year)

Band/artist with most detestable audience/fans

  1. Godspeed You Black Emperor!
  2. Eminem
  3. Radiohead
  4. Interpol
  5. Phish (who could smell worse than godspeed fans but are agreeably far less pestering)

Most obligatory

  1. Low
  2. David Bowie
  3. Skinny Puppy / Kevin Key
  4. Autechre
  5. Boards Of Canada
  6. Coil
  7. Godspeed You Black Emperor
  8. Sonic Youth
  9. Squarepusher
  10. Current 93

Most annoying reissue

  1. Peaches - The Teaches of Peaches (stay tuned for next year's three-CD edition)
  2. Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted
  3. Boards Of Canada - Twoism
  4. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
  5. Incredible String Band reissues on Collector's Choice

Worst comeback

  1. Suicide
  2. Soft Cell
  3. Guns 'n Roses
  4. Future Sound of London
  5. Sex Pistols
  6. The Rolling Stones
  7. Boards Of Canada
  8. Beck
  9. Julee Cruise
  10. Al Gore

most prolific artist who really shouldn't be so prolific

  1. Merzbow
  2. Acid Mothers Temple
  3. Venetian Snares
  4. Legendary Pink Dots & every single one of those side projects
  5. Jim o'Rourke
  6. John Zorn
  7. Kid 606
  8. Mick Jaggar
  9. Robert Pollard
  10. Ryan Adams

biggest scam act

  1. Interpol
  2. DJ Shadow
  3. The Vines
  4. Fischerspooner
  5. Kid 606
  6. Acid Mother's Temple
  7. Current 93's limited editions
  8. Merzbow
  9. The Strokes
  10. Andrew WK

miss congeniality

  1. M?
  2. Cex
  3. Peaches
  4. Antony of the Johnsons
  5. Beth Orton
  6. Kylie
  7. Landing
  8. Low
  9. Matmos (who else asks you for a picture when you mail order a CD?)
  10. Missy Elliott (when has she been nice to you? when has she stuck around after a show to sign CDs??)

most overpriced release

  1. Bj?k - Family Tree
  2. TG24 Box Set
  3. Nurse With Wound / Current 93 - Horse Hospital
  4. Sigur Ros - ( )
  5. Coil Live set

most fetishable

  1. Peaches
  2. Avril Lavigne
  3. Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
  4. Bj?k
  5. Kylie Minogue
  6. Aphex Twin
  7. Cex
  8. Christina Aguilera
  9. Justin Timberlake
  10. Adam Forkner (Yume Bitsu)

most confessedly ignored by you

  1. 23 Skidoo (results may have been skewed by the description of this question, all apologies)
  2. Nurse With Wound
  3. Coil
  4. Acid Mothers Temple
  5. Flaming Lips
  6. Legendary Pink Dots
  7. Nirvana
  8. Pere Ubu
  9. Talk Talk
  10. The Fall

worst sellout

  1. Sigur Ros
  2. Ryan Adams
  3. Godspeed You Black Emperor
  4. Trans Am
  5. Moby

fave producer

  1. Steve ""I'm not a producer, I'm an engineer"" Albini
  2. El-P
  3. Jim O'Rourke
  4. Nigel Goodrich
  5. The Neptunes
  6. Timbaland
  7. Dr Dre
  8. John McEntire
  9. Phil Elvrum
  10. Colin Potter

who will break big next year?

  1. Cex
  2. Kinski
  3. Venetian Snares
  4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  5. Black Dice

record label

  1. Kranky
  2. Morr Music
  3. Constellation
  4. Mego
  5. Def Jux
  6. Fat Cat
  7. Tigerbeat 6
  8. Temporary Residence
  9. Matador
  10. Ipecac

music video
(as seen on various web sites and CD-Rs in addition to non-music video channels, for those who think they're only seen on MTV)

  1. Autechre - Gantz Graf
  2. White Stripes - Fell in Love with a Girl
  3. Missy Eliot - Work it
  4. M? - Green Grass of Tunnel
  5. Clinic - Walking with Thee
  6. Interpol - PDA
  7. Notwist - Pick up the Phone
  8. ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead - Another Morning Stoner
  9. El-P - Deep Space 9mm
  10. Lightning Bolt - Power of Salad and Milkshakes

OTHER STUFF

movie of the year

  1. Bowling for Colombine
  2. Lord Of The Rings - The Two Towers
  3. Spirited Away
  4. Punch Drunk Love
  5. 24 Hour Party People
  6. Adaptation
  7. Mulholland Drive
  8. Crossroads
  9. Donnie Darko
  10. Secretary
  11. Heaven
  12. Lost in la Mancha
  13. Star Wars Episode II - Attack Of The Clones
  14. Talk to Her
  15. The Ring

tv show

  1. Simpsons
  2. 24
  3. Sopranos
  4. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
  5. South Park
  6. Futurama
  7. The Daily Show
  8. Alias
  9. Oz
  10. That '70s Show

magazine/newspaper

  1. The Wire
  2. The Onion
  3. Magnet
  4. Grooves
  5. Careless Talk Costs Lives
  6. Entertainment Weekly
  7. Found
  8. Giant Robot
  9. Guardian
  10. New Yorker

book of the year

  1. Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk
  2. A New Kind of Science by Stephen Wolfram
  3. After the Quake: Stories by Haruki Murakami
  4. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
  5. Love and Loud Colors by Edward Ka-Spel

fave actor

  1. Philip Seymour Hoffman
  2. Johnny Depp
  3. Adrien Brody
  4. Kevin Spacey
  5. Edward Norton

fave actress

  1. Julianne Moore
  2. Christina Ricci
  3. Nicole Kidman
  4. Winona Ryder
  5. Jodie Foster

fave director

  1. David ""I didn't direct anything this year, you clowns"" Lynch
  2. Hayao Miyazaki
  3. Micheal Moore
  4. Aki Kaourismaki
  5. Darren Aaronofsky
  6. David Fincher
  7. Martin Scorsese
  8. Peter Jackson
  9. Steven Soderbergh
  10. Todd Haynes

fave writer (book/tv/film/play,...)

  1. Chuck Palahniak
  2. Paul Auster
  3. Haruki Murakami
  4. Thomas Ligotti
  5. charlie kaufmann

best website

  1. Brainwashed / the Brain
  2. pitchforkmedia.com
  3. theonion.com
  4. homestarrunner.com
  5. allmusic.com
  6. Fakejazz.com
  7. Absorb.org
  8. aquariusrecords.org
  9. espn.com
  10. explodingdog.com
  11. four09.org
  12. kompaktkiste.de/
  13. news.bbc.co.uk
  14. projectbloodteam.com
  15. RecycleYourEars.com

most annoying trends
Gosh there's so many...

  1. Electroclash
  2. Republicanism / Right Wing Politics / Bush Support / New McCarthyism
  3. War Mongering
  4. Mall Rock masked as Commercial Alt. Rock
  5. 80s Retro / Revival (see: haircuts/nostalgia/cocaine)
  6. Garage Rock/Crock/House/Pop/Revival
  7. Emo
  8. Concert Crowd Conformity Code (see functionless thick-rimmed glasses, unshowered NYC indie film hair look, girls who look exactly alike)
  9. Reality TV (especially discount celebrities like Anna and Ozzy)
  10. Cell Phones (at least turn them off at the movies, assholes)
  11. Major Labels/RIAA bitching/DMCA Reaction/Copy-proof CDs
  12. Bands that start with ""The"" and end with a plural noun
  13. Designer Dirt (see: bleach stains on jeans)
  14. Economic Instability (the kind caused by rich, white corporate assholes bringing everything down)
  15. Glitch (isn't that 1999?)
  16. IDM
  17. Polls
  18. Recycled goth
  19. Blind Patriotism / Nationalism
  20. Blogs
  21. White Hip Hop (that sounds white)
  22. Leg Warmers
  23. MTV (note to future voters: this is a channel, not a trend)
  24. Really low jeans on chubby chicks / butt cleavage
  25. Talking loud at concerts

dumbest category on this poll

  1. Best band you lied to your friends about seeing live
  2. this one
  3. most fetishable (put a ball-gag in it)
  4. Miss Congeniality (obviously you don't care when a band writes you back)
  5. Band/artist with most detestable audience/fans(stop bitching you obnoxious twit)

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holiday party idea for music nerds

It's almost a modification of the "exchanging of the keys" wife-swapping parties of the 1970s: Gather a bunch of friends, make a mix tape or mix CD, make an original package or creative concept and distrube randomly. Okay, so it's got nothing to do with wife-swapping but you can put them all in a basket like they did in that awful film, "The Ice Storm." Brainwashed staff and contributors cannot take credit for the invention of this party concept.
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enough

Everybody who's reading this right now knows what happened a year ago this week. Rather than take the soap box again with ramblings, I want to share a web site a friend pointed out to me. This live journal web site I feel sums up what is on many people's minds. I don't know who this person is but I think what they wrote was well-said. http://www.livejournal.com/talkpost.bml?journal=vyoma&itemid=437161
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this week in music industry bullshit

(a.k.a. "Your major label dollars at work.")
The major labels have gone too far again. I realize this message has been repeated ad nauseam but this week, two major events serve as evidence to reinforce the hatred against the shitheads. On Tuesday, under influence from the strongest major record corporations, the RIAA successfully halted AudioGalaxy's current means of operating. What irritates me most is not their moronic self-imposed right to own the control of intellectual property after they "release" it (unlike the book publishing world), but because their battle-losing streak is hurting the people they are pretending to protect. Fact of the matter is that once AudioGalaxy is down, there will be another 10 to spring up. At the end of the day, the only people benefitting are the high-priced Beverly Hills lawyers since the music industry can only keep losing the battle against the file-sharing public. The majors have indeed LOST, but they can't admit they're the big losers, so they ass rape their own artists by not giving health benefits and employees who rarely make a living wage in the most expensive cities in the world.
Once again, I clearly state that not all indies are good but all majors can at least AFFORD to give benefits. The major labels have got so much fucking money that they will unhesitatingly step up to the plate every time and pay for the finest lawyers to stomp out whoever's violating them any week. AOL Time Warner, for example, owns most of the internet providers AND a large chunk of the most popular cable channels to boot (and also pays their cable tv employees benefits) while Vivendi/Universal is viciously trying to creep up to their size with recent acquisitions of more cable TV networks, themselves.
On Saturday, the United States Copyright Office decided to charge web broadcasters $0.70 per song, but I don't see any provisions made in terms of public, non-profit, or educational broadcasters, who are exempt from royalty fees on conventional radio. Kudos, motherfuckers. Next time the college radio rep from the Island Def Jam group calls up the college radio station I DJ for asking me to play their records I'll find it amazingly hard to refuse to tell him to go fuck himself and his major label brown nose.
Bottom line is this: supporting major labels only feeds the highest priced lawyers and NOT the artists they're pretending to protect nor the employees who can't make enough money to live in the parts of the world with the highest rents imaginable. The difference between them and the minors is that on the whole, they CAN afford to act responsibly but time and time again they choose not to.
The Brainwashed Brain will proudly ignore major labels until they finally give in and admit they're rapists, liars, hypocrites and thieves and happily take the time out to say FUCK YOU to them. We encourage everybody to spend their money and time more wisely. I also personally call upon any writer of any music publication who features major label artists to stop and think about what you're doing, possibly even remotely consider spending an issue making a concerned effort to focus solely on independent artists and labels.

 

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web broadcasters safe? for now...

This past Tuesday, the Library of Congress rejected a proposal by CARP (the Copyright Arbitration Royal Panel) which proposed a rate for internet-based music broadcasters to adhere to. They didn't however rule out internet music royalty collections alltogether, as a final decision on rates and such is yet to be determined in June. While a number of web broadcasters are crying that these royalties would "shut them down for good," I strongly believe there is justification in charging a fee, as there is in the radio and television mediums. In radio, however, only commercial stations pay royalty fees, while non-commercial, non-profit, and educational institutions are exempt. The mere notion to charge non-profit organizations who do not sell their content is ludicrous, as royalties were originally set up because commercial radio stations essentially "re-sell" the music (their 'content') to advertisers. To put it bluntly, commercial radio stations are basically making money off of other people's songs. It is by this justification of royalty payments that commercial "electronic" or "web" organizations who sell the content should, by all means, pay all applicable fees, and clear distinctions need to be made as to who is providing educational non-profit fair usage. A number of "internet petitions" circulate around about this issue but there's a lot of smoke being blown around by various groups on each side who have strong financial interests in the matter. In the end, be wary of these petitions, always question the motives of each group involved, and voice your opinions to your representative (if you have one) in Congress.
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EMI BUYS MUTE, SO WHAT?

This past week, the UK-based multimedia corporation EMI announced their purchase of long time independent record label, Mute. While this might initially send shivers down spines of faithful Mute fans or indie label advocates, I feel the need to remind some of us about previous deals between Matador and Atlantic, or even Matador with the EMI-owned Capitol records. Back in the early-mid 1990s, Atlantic thought Matador had something really big with Pavement and Liz Phair, so they decided to go in on a deal with them to put out all of their records. When the Atlantic realized that they sank more money into releases which weren't bringing the bucks into Time Warner, they decided to end the relationship. Shortly thereafter, Capitol did the same thing. While EMI would love to have Moby, does anybody with half a brain think EMI will even want to release albums from Diamanda Galas, Throbbing Gristle or Non? Sure, the aging post-smack fiends Nick Cave and Depeche Mode do okay and all, but if EMI paid millions to have Virgin sever their ties with Mariah Carey, a deal like this won't last. If it does, get ready for Cabaret Voltaire, Fad Gadget and Can records to go back out of print. According to reports, EMI will pay £23 million for Mute, plus up to £19 million of potential performance-related payments, over a period of four years. Couldn't they just have bought the rights to the music industry's biggest whore (anything for money Moby) and saved both the cash and the disgrace which will surely follow 18 months from now?
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In Boston, There Is No Other

As last week's issue of "The Brain" went live, the folks at Other Music were moving all the stock from the Boston store back to NY. The unannounced departure of Other Music Boston is about as bittersweet as their shocking arrival, 16 months ago.

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"I Was There When..."

It was about 1982 or 3ish I was about 15, and I had just flown up to Boston for the summer to stay with my Dad. WZBC used to have a show called called Saturday morning music (just music) which was sort of a New Age-ier version of NCP -- back before New Age was called New Age and before it got killed by ... very bad music.
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2001 Readers Poll - The Results

Album of the year

  1. Low - Things we lost in the fire
  2. Fennesz - Endless Summer
  3. Autechre - Confield
  4. Stars of the Lid - The Tired Sounds of...
  5. Mogwai - Rock Action
  6. Cannibal Ox - A Cold Vein
  7. Fridge - Happiness
  8. Matmos - A chance to cut is a chance to cure
  9. Four Tet - Pause
  10. Aphex Twin - Drukqs
  11. Angels of Light - How I Loved You
  12. Tortiose - Standards
  13. Labradford - Fixed::Context
  14. Silver Mt. Zion - Born Into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward
  15. Squarepusher - Go plastic
  16. Current 93/Nurse With Wound - Bright Yellow Moon
  17. Jim O'Rourke - Insignificance
  18. M√∫m - Yesterday Was Dramatic, Today Is OK
  19. Nick Cave - No More Shall We Part
  20. Set Fire To Flames - Signs Reign Rebuilder
  21. Strokes - Is This It?
  22. Dntel - Life Is Full Of Possibilities
  23. Fugazi - The Argument
  24. Spiritualized - Let It Come Down
  25. Lali Puna - Scary World Theory
  26. Stereolab - Sound-Dust
  27. Hood - Cold House
  28. Microphones - The Glow Pt 2
  29. Mouse on Mars - Idiology
  30. Prefuse 73 - Vocal Studies + Uprock Narratives
  31. white stripes - white blood cells
  32. Telefon Tel Aviv - Farenheit Fair Enough
  33. Ulrich Schnauss - Far Away Trains Passing By
  34. Bonnie Prince Bilie - Ease down the road
  35. Cex - Oops, I Did It Again
  36. clouddead - clouddead
  37. Cyclobe - The Visitors
  38. Fantomas - The Director's Cut
  39. Red House Painters - Old Ramon
  40. Skinny Puppy - Doomsday Back and Forth Vol. 5
  41. Sparklehorse - It's A Wonderful Life
  42. Bardo Pond - Dilate
  43. Beta Band - Hot Shots II
  44. Calla - Scavengers
  45. Godflesh - Hymns
  46. Herbert - Bodily Functions
  47. Jan Jelinek - Loop Finding Jazz Records
  48. Plaid - Double Figure
  49. Thighpaulsandra - I, Thighpaulsandra
  50. Explosions In The Sky - Those Who Tell The Truth...

single or ep

  1. Mogwai - My Father My King
  2. Low & the Dirty Three - In the Fishtank
  3. Squarepusher - My Red Hot Car
  4. Thighpaulsandra - Michael Publicity Window
  5. Low - Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
  6. Belle & Sebastian - Jonathan David
  7. Matmos - California Rhinoplasty
  8. Antony & the Johnsons - I Fell in Love with a Dead Boy
  9. Squarepusher - Untitled
  10. Autechre - Peel Sessions 2
  11. Fugazi - Furniture
  12. Hood - Home Is Where It Hurts
  13. V/A - 2 Remixes by AFX
  14. COH - Love Uncut
  15. Anti Pop Consortium - The Ends Against The Middle
  16. To Rococo Rot & I-Sound - Pantone
  17. Mouse On Mars - Actionist Respoke
  18. Calexico - Even My Sure Things Fall Through
  19. Tortoise - Gently Cuping the Chin of the Ape
  20. Stereolab - Captain Easychord

fave remix

  1. 808 State - Flow Coma - Remix by AFX
  2. Slag Boom Van Loon - Poppy Seed - Remix by Boards of Canada
  3. Missy Elliot - Get Yr Freak On - remix by Kid 606
  4. Depeche Mode - Dream On - remix by Kid 606
  5. Foetus - Cirrhosis of the Heart - remix by Amon Tobin
  6. Kings of Convenience - Weight of My Words - remix by Four Tet remix
  7. Matmos - Disco Hospital
  8. M√∫m - Please Smile My Spring Reverb AMX - remix by Uwe Zahn
  9. Slag Boom Van Loon - Fallen Angels Entering Pandemonium - remix by Coil
  10. Yann Tiersen - Lost - remix by Third Eye Foundation

best various artist compilation

  1. Tigerbeat 6 Inc.
  2. Clicks & Cuts 2
  3. All Tommorrow's Panties
  4. [O]acis.Box
  5. Bip Hop generation 4
  6. Emre - Dark Matter
  7. Snow Robots Vol. 1 & 2
  8. Braindance Coincidence
  9. House Of Distraction
  10. The Wire Tapper 7
  11. Warp - Routine
  12. electric ladyland 7: glitch-hop compilation 2CD
  13. Immediate Action
  14. Putting the Morr Back in Morrissey
  15. RKK 13 remix comp

best single artist compilation

  1. Einsturzende Neubauten- ""Strategies Against Architecture III""
  2. Coil - A Guide for Beginners
  3. Coil - A Guide for Finishers
  4. Coil - Moons Milk In four Phases
  5. Dead Can Dance - 1981-1998
  6. Godflesh - In All Languages
  7. Piano Magic - Seasonally Affective (1996-2000)
  8. pigface 'best of - preaching to the perverted'
  9. Cabaret Voltaire - Conform To Deform
  10. Third Eye Foundation - I Poo Poo On you Juju

best double or multi-lp/cd release

  1. Stars of the Lid - The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid
  2. Aphex Twin - Drukqs
  3. Thighpaulsandra - I, Thighpaulsandra
  4. Unwound: Leaves Turn Inside You
  5. Einsturzende Neubauten: Strategies Against Architecture III
  6. Clicks & Cuts 2
  7. Current 93 / Nurse With Wound - Bright Yellow Moon/Purtle
  8. Xhol Caravan - Motherfuckers Live
  9. Coil: Moon's Milk (in Four Phases)
  10. Orbital - The Altogether
  11. Cabaret Voltaire - Corform to Deform
  12. Low - Things We Lost in the Fire (2LP version)
  13. Miles Davis - In A Silent Way complete sessions
  14. Nuggets II
  15. Rewriting The Book
  16. Ride - Box Set
  17. Velvet Underground - The Quine Tapes
  18. Nart Nibbles
  19. Dead Can Dance box set
  20. Faust - The Wumme Years

coolest unusual packaging

  1. Aranos - magnificent! magnificent! no one knows the final word
  2. Set Fire To Flames - Signs Reign Rebuilder
  3. Silver Mt. Zion - Born Into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward
  4. Aphex Twin - drukqs (vinyl version)
  5. Cyclo
  6. No-neck Blues Band - Sticks & Stones...
  7. Shipping News ""Carrier""

nicest cover design

  1. Fridge - Happiness
  2. Jim O'Rourke - Insignificance
  3. Tortoise - Standards
  4. Set Fire to Flames - Sings Reign Rebuilder
  5. Angels of Light - How I Loved You
  6. Björk - Vespertine
  7. Radiohead - Amnesiac
  8. thighpaulsandra - i, thighpaulsandra
  9. Silver Mt Zion - Born Into Trouble as Sparks Fly Upwards
  10. Current 93 / Nurse With Wound - Bright Yellow Moon

best rerelease/repackage/reissue

  1. Coil - Love's Secret Domain
  2. Neu! - Neu!
  3. Neu! 75
  4. Neu! 2
  5. Coil - Horse Rotorvator
  6. Coil - Scatology
  7. Nurse with Wound - Chance Meeting
  8. Miles Davis - In a Silent Way
  9. Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information
  10. Love - Forever Changes
  11. Nurse With Wound - Automating vol. 1
  12. 23 skidoo - 7 songs
  13. This Heat - Deceit
  14. Current 93 - Imperium
  15. Gescom - Keynell

most amusing song/album title

  1. Cex - Florida (Is Shaped Like A Big Droopy Dick For A Reason)
  2. Matmos - A Chance To Cut Is A Chance To Cure
  3. Aphex Twin - Drukqs
  4. M√∫m - Please Smile My Noise Bleed
  5. Third Eye Foundation - I Poo Poo on your Ju Ju
  6. Cex - Oops! I did it again
  7. Current 93 - Cats Drunk on Copper
  8. Stars of the Lid - The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid
  9. Massimo - Hey babe, let me see your USB and I'll show you my FireWire
  10. Tenacious D - Fuck Her Gently

worst album you bought

  1. Aphex Twin - Suqks
  2. Radiohead - Amnesiacrap
  3. Autechre - Confield
  4. Depeche Mode - Exciter
  5. Death In June - All Pigs Must Diet
  6. Spiritualized - Let it Come Down
  7. Weezer - Weezer
  8. Stephen Malkmus - Stephen Malkmus
  9. Squarepusher - Go Plastic
  10. Mogwai - Rock Action

most anticipated disappointment

  1. Aphex Twin - Drukqs
  2. Autechre - Confield
  3. Spiritualized - Let it come down
  4. Death In June - All Pigs Must Die
  5. Squarepusher - Go Plastic
  6. Tortoise - Standards
  7. Weezer - Weezer
  8. Air - 10,000 hz Legend
  9. Mogwai - Rock Action
  10. Current 93 - The Great in the Small

guiltiest pleasure

  1. Strokes - Is This It?
  2. Britney Spears - I'm a Slave 4 u
  3. Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out of my Head
  4. Madonna - Greatest Hits Vol. 2
  5. Missy Elliot - Miss e... so addictive
  6. Daft Punk - Discovery
  7. Depeche Mode - Exciter
  8. Destiny's Child - Bootylicious
  9. N'Sync - Pop
  10. Radiohead - Amnesiac

band of the year

  1. Coil
  2. Low
  3. Mogwai
  4. Sigur Ros
  5. Matmos
  6. Stars of the Lid
  7. Autechre
  8. Cannibal Ox
  9. Mouse on Mars
  10. Tortoise

best solo musical artist

  1. Jim O'Rourke
  2. Christian Fennesz
  3. Thighpaulsandra
  4. Jimmy Lavelle (Album Leaf)
  5. Tom Jenkinson
  6. Will Oldham
  7. cEvin key
  8. Kid 606
  9. Michael Gira
  10. Richard D. James

new act of the year (band or solo artist)

  1. Explosions In The Sky
  2. Cannibal Ox
  3. Set Fire To Flames
  4. Strokes
  5. M√∫m
  6. Avalanches
  7. Baby Dee
  8. Dntel
  9. Clinic
  10. Amenti Suncrown

best live show/concert experience

  1. Coil
  2. Radiohead
  3. Low
  4. godspeed you black emperor!
  5. Sigur Ros
  6. Mogwai
  7. Mouse on Mars
  8. Tortoise
  9. Björk/Matmos
  10. Autechre

sexiest musical artist

  1. Björk
  2. Kyle Mnouge
  3. Britney Spears
  4. Cex
  5. Peaches
  6. Hope Sandoval
  7. PJ Harvey
  8. Shakira
  9. Jennifer Lopez
  10. Alison Goldfrapp

most overrated band/artist

  1. The Strokes
  2. Radiohead
  3. White Stripes
  4. kid 606
  5. Aphex Twin
  6. Sigur Ros
  7. Björk
  8. Godspeed you black emporer
  9. Matmos
  10. Mogwai

most irritating band/artist

  1. Fred Durst/Limp Bizzkit
  2. The Strokes
  3. Creed
  4. Radiohead
  5. Kid 606
  6. Britney Spears
  7. Aphex Twin
  8. Destiny's Child
  9. V/Vm
  10. Ryan Adams
  11. p. diddy
  12. Björk
  13. White Stripes
  14. Vincent Gallo
  15. U2

lifetime achievement

  1. Coil
  2. Michael Gira
  3. John Fahey
  4. George Harrison
  5. sonic youth
  6. Radiohead
  7. Autechre
  8. David Tibet
  9. Johnny Cash
  10. Richard H Kirk

fave producer/engineer

  1. Steve Albini
  2. JIM O' ROURKE
  3. John McEntire
  4. Steven Stapleton
  5. Dave Fridman
  6. el p
  7. Timbaland
  8. Nigel Godrich
  9. Brian Eno
  10. Michael Gira

who will break big next year?

  1. Cex
  2. Sigur Ros
  3. Explosions In The Sky
  4. Lali Puna
  5. The White Stripes
  6. M√∫m
  7. Clinic
  8. Fourtet
  9. Coil
  10. Calla

record label

  1. Kranky
  2. Warp
  3. Morr Music
  4. Constellation
  5. drag city
  6. Thrill Jockey
  7. Temporary Residence
  8. Matador
  9. Eskaton / Threshold House
  10. Young God
  11. World Serpent
  12. City Centre Offices
  13. Def Jux
  14. Domino
  15. Schematic

music video

  1. Sigur Ros - Vi√∞ar vel tl loft√°rasa
  2. Add N to (X) - Plug Me In
  3. Björk - Pagan Pottery
  4. Gorilaz - Clint Eastwood
  5. Björk - Hidden Place
  6. Coi Live in NY
  7. Mouse on Mars - Actionist Respoke
  8. Ohgr - Cracker
  9. Tortoise - Seneca
  10. Low - Dinosaur Act

OTHER STUFF

movie of the year

  1. Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain (Amelie)
  2. Memento
  3. Mullholland Drive
  4. Lord of the Rings – Fellowship of the Rings
  5. Ghost World
  6. The Man Who Wasn't There
  7. Waking Life
  8. Royal Tenebaums
  9. Amores Perros
  10. Hedwig & The Angry Inch
  11. Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone
  12. Moulin Rouge
  13. Monsters Inc
  14. Sherk
  15. The Others
  16. A.I.
  17. Apocalypse Now Redux
  18. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
  19. Blow
  20. Brother
  21. From Hell
  22. In the Mood for Love
  23. Oceans 11
  24. Battle Royale
  25. Odishon (Audition)
  26. Otanesek (Little Otik)
  27. State and Main
  28. The Anniversary Party
  29. Vanilla Sky
  30. L.I.E.

tv show

  1. Simpsons
  2. Daily Show
  3. Sopranos
  4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  5. Futurama
  6. Family Guy
  7. The West Wing
  8. Absolutely Fabulous
  9. Invader Zim
  10. Malcom in the Middle
  11. That '70s Show
  12. South Park
  13. Will & Grace
  14. Brass Eye special (UK)
  15. 24

magazine/newspaper

  1. The Wire
  2. The Onion
  3. Magnet
  4. alternative press
  5. Chunklet
  6. Q
  7. grooves
  8. Tape Op
  9. XLR8R
  10. Devil in the Woods
  11. guardian (uk)
  12. urb
  13. uncut
  14. The Nation
  15. Mojo

book of the year

  1. Neil Gaman: American Gods
  2. No Logo by Naomi Klein
  3. Choke - Chuck Palahniuk
  4. Eric Schlosser - Fast Food Nation
  5. Haruki Murakami - Underground
  6. How to be Good - Nick Hornby
  7. our band could be your life-azerrad
  8. Salman Rushdie ""Fury""
  9. Alain de Botton ""The Consolations Of Philosophy""
  10. David Foster Wallace - Infinite Jest

fave actor

  1. Johnnny Depp
  2. Philip Seymour Hoffman
  3. Brad Pitt
  4. Billy Bob Thornton
  5. Guy Pearce
  6. Anthony Hopkins
  7. Benecio del Toro
  8. Christopher Walken
  9. Jack Black
  10. Jason Lee

fave actress

  1. Thora Birch
  2. Audrey Tautou
  3. Nicole Kidman
  4. Reese Witherspoon
  5. Carrie Anne Moss
  6. Julianna Moore
  7. Asia Argento
  8. Cate Blanchett
  9. Jennifer Connelly
  10. Gwyneth Paltrow

fave director

  1. David Lynch
  2. Peter Jackson
  3. Jean Pierre Jeunet
  4. Coen Bros
  5. Darren Aranofsky
  6. Wes Anderson
  7. andrei tarkovsky
  8. Christopher Nolan
  9. Guy Ritchie
  10. John Waters

fave writer (book/tv/film/play,...)

  1. Kurt Vonnegut
  2. Neil Gaiman
  3. Chuck Palahniuk
  4. David Foster Wallace
  5. David Lynch
  6. David Mamet
  7. Haruki Murakami
  8. nick hornby
  9. Thomas Ligotti
  10. Bret Easton Ellis

best website

  1. Brainwashed
  2. Pitchfork
  3. The Onion
  4. Threshold House
  5. Allmusic Guide
  6. Audiogalaxy
  7. eBay
  8. Warp Records
  9. Buddyhead
  10. Fake Jazz

most annoying trends

  1. Nouveaux Patriotism/American Flags on cars/Cheap Patriotism/Flag Waving/Cashing in on 9/11
  2. rap metal / rap rock / dysfunction rock / nu metal / sports rock
  3. misdirected patriotism / violent nationalism / rampant fervor
  4. Cell Phones / Everything becoming wireless
  5. Clicky glitch music
  6. corporate garage rock / the strokes / the white boy blues rock revival (again) / pop punk
  7. IDM
  8. war & terrorism / bioterrorism / fear
  9. Emo
  10. SUVs
  11. Scooters
  12. boy bands
  13. 1980s retro music/clothing
  14. Approval of George W. Bush
  15. Harry Potter
  16. Rock bands going electronic and being considered innovators
  17. Icelandic music obsession (Sigur Ros/Björk)
  18. Indie rock fashion fascist kinder-punks
  19. big pants
  20. Increased Commercials (everywhere, in movie theatres)
  21. Reality TV
  22. Benefit concerts
  23. Manufactured Bubble Gum Pop
  24. Stale electronic music
  25. Mods

dumbest category on this poll

  1. This one
  2. Sexiest
  3. Guiltiest Pleasure
  4. Who Will Break Big Next Year
  5. TV show
  6. Most Annoying Trends
  7. all of the them
  8. Fave Remix
  9. Music Video
  10. None of them

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a letter from the editor

The "entertainment industry" often becomes the target for politicians trying to win brownie points for a voting segment or parents who need a scape goat other than themselves. The lifestyles of those who chose to be in this field are often frowned upon — the pay is shit and it's an expensive trade to be in. "Why don't you want to be a doctor or lawyer like your cousin?" There's even that pathetic amount of ridicule that goes on when people tend to disagree on something as personal as preference. Over the last week, amongst many things on my mind is how important entertainment really is.

When I woke on September 11th, one of the World Trade Towers was on fire — nobody could confirm whether it was a bomb or fire. Minutes later, I, along with millions of others witnessed live an airplane crashing into the second tower, shortly thereafter a plane crashed into the Pentagon. What the fuck is going on in our world? What is next? Is this armageddon? It was the most terrifying day I have ever lived through. It didn't help that in these very tense hours, our selected leader was nowhere to be found, flying all over the country, in what seemed like a surreal chess game where the king is the most protected yet comparitively helpless piece.

Panic was taking over where shock was giving way. I tried to phone friends in NY and one in Washington who works for the government but all lines were overloaded, jammed. Soon, the towers crumbled, and the feeling of panic and everything just sunk into an indescribable feeling of void, sadness and emptiness. The pictures had clearly shown loads of rescue workers and volunteers scrambling to save thousands of people, many of them didn't have enough chance to make it out to safety. Towards the end of the day, contacts were made, all friends and family I knew who were in these places were safe. Contacts were made later with close friends and family just to say hi and how much we care for and love each other.
Over the next few days, the news reports were filled with much sadness and despair. The loss is catastrophic and the amount of love and support shown across the world was comforting in a time of great pain. (Heck, I even cried when the Brits played our national anthem.) However, tensions were high everywhere. From my own personal experience, many people on music-related electronic forums I either read or subscribe to engaged in heated arguments, finger pointing and name calling. If anything, these experiences have reinforced my feelings in the necessity for people to listen and try their hardest to exercise a bit of understanding. This goes for -ALL- sides: I'm hurt, sad and angry when I hear about people spouting their mouths off about killing people of various nations as well as when I hear people automatically assume my government is about to take part in the murder of innocent civilians. I have spoken my mind, but have been accused of being a bully, a stupid yank, intolerable, and siding with the opposing side of whoever I'm disagreeing with. All because I probably have not properly communicated that I wish people would try to be more understanding, considerate and less bigoted. Maybe Greater Than One were really profound when they wrote back in 1988, "Ignorance is the Agent of Fear"; "Fear is the Agent of Violence."

There comes a time where you feel that you can't take it any more. The TV shows you images nearly everybody has seen over and over and over again, the arguments get so fierce and personal that you begin to lose ability to focus properly on work, life, personal interactions, etc,... Now, more than ever, I'm finding how important music is in my life. To have the luxury of turning everything off for a bit of introspection, whether it be for the new Lali Puna, a comforting old Cocteau Twins, Beatles, Pixies, Nurse With Wound or Bjorn Again, is truly magical. Some may consider it escape, some may consider it solace, some may consider it spiritual or inspirational, but it is yours for consideration.

With that, I'm proud to have such a minimal part of "this industry" and an important role in a team who is helpful and sharing, caring and listening. We need this. We need to continue on. We need music and we need to continue sharing and listening.
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Jim Ellis, dead at 45

He might not be a household name but the world is sadly one honorable person less this week. Ellis (along with fellow Duke University graduate Tom Truscott) invented the concept of Usenet back in 1979. A year later, the program was written and two computers in remote locations were allowed to share information between each other. By 1993, there were over a thousand Usenet newsgroups, and at the close of the century, nearly 40,000. Their efforts helped create the spread of information which became the foundation of what the web has done graphically, all without ever making a penny. I may have never known the guy, but without him, you wouldn't be reading brainwashed right now - I probably wouldn't have known Chris Miller, Greg Clow or Alan Ezust. On top of that, I probably wouldn't have held on to my beliefs and experiences from the early days that the exchange of this information should be free of charge, advertisements and corporate sponsorship. Thanks Jim, wherever you are, you were a visionary, a pioneer and man of principles.
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justice has not been served

No matter what I say about Timothy McVeigh, I'm going to get hell, but I feel that I want to share my personal opinion, as a US citizen, as somebody who opposed the actions of my government.

First off I want to say how sick I am of being flooded with overused terminology and the majority of reasons for both justification or disapproval. People on one side use the term "closure" - which makes no sense to me as friends and family members have been removed permanently from the earth prematurely. On the other side, the argument "two wrongs don't make a right" is often spoken, but that's a pretty empty statement when just tossed around like the tired old proverb it is.

The death penalty is wrong: as we owe an intangible knowledge our families, our children and future generations, to closely examine people who have been produced by our own society. We need to be responsible for our own products, our own actions, our own people, and find out what needs to change in order to raise our children to benefit the world they are a part of. It's a shame sociologists, psychologists, biologists and other scientists will not have McVeigh as a specimen to poke, prod, pick at for years, use for research and learn from. The man was willing to die from the beginning, knowing full well what he was in for. He met the fate he chose six years ago this past Monday. He chose his destiny and they gave him what he wanted. He was not punished, we all were.

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This Just In! Erection!

Tonight on John Peel it was Sick Love Tearing Us Apart, introduced as V & VM & described by codger John as 'the sound of nausea'.

If elected
  • I'd get a law in to have anyone who didn't have a hand in writing that song who described it as 'nausea' publicly flogged. Not whipped, you understand, but flogged to Collectors on Ebay...
  • All daytime DJ's would be executed by guillotine and their heads displayed at branches of HMV which would then all be exploded with bombs made by Thorn EMI in an interactive Duchampian installation.
  • Gilbert & Lewis would be given the sounds of the explosions to remix. The public would all be fed the results via Radio 1-4 for a week solid.
  • They'd be quite free to call it 'boring' we can't be having fascism now can we not unless we lie like a Blair!
  • Next I'd ban fox hunting and have all former hunters chased thru the hills by naked Asian youths from Oldham astride honking elephants, whilst tree huggers blast 'Dearth of the Cold' by Ocsid from ghetto blasters amongst the leaves. Once run to ground the red coat scum would be slowly eviscerated and left to rot, Brian Ferry especially. The government would make a coat from his pelt and present it to Eno with an MBE in loving respect of his devotion to lost cause moneyspinners like James & U2.
  • Then I'd have a Dome installation at 'The Dome' and invite everyone from this list for free at the 'expense of the tax payer' (sic).
  • MacDonalds would be forced to distribute lentils to the homeless, and all their shops would be converted to drop in centres for junkies and others in need of excess fat.
  • Copies of the first Killing Joke album would be given to everyone in preparation for the coming apocalypse.
  • Work would be abolished by automation, and a tape loop robot installed at 10 Downing Street.
VOTE for the SHEER WILL SPIRIT party

We don't promise anything but the best!

"The best what?" said kids on TV.

The country went to the dogs.
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2000 Readers Poll - The Results

They say history never repeats but almost unsurprisingly much of the 2000 Brainwashed Readers Poll looks closely identical to the first time we took the poll, 10 years ago. Thanks to everyone who participated in both rounds this year. Now it's time to go to your collections and dig out the music from 1999 for the nomination round (coming shortly)!

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2000 Readers Poll - The Results

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Album of the Year

   1. godspeed you black emperor!, "Lift Yr Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven"
   2. Coil, "Musick to Play in the Dark Vol. 2"
   3. Radiohead, "Kid A"
   4. Sigur Rós, "Ágætis Byrjun" [despite the release being in 1999, the international distribution through Fat-Cat will qualify this release for 2000]
   5. Yo La Tengo, "And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out"
   6. Current 93, "Sleep Has His House"
   7. two way tie:
      Broadcast, "The Noise Made By People"
      Legendary Pink Dots, "A Perfect Mystery"
   8. Antony & the Johnsons, "Antony & the Johnsons"
   9. two way tie:
      Amon Tobin, "Supermodified"
      Trans Am, "Red Line
  10. two way tie:
      Kid 606, "Down with the Scene"
      Primal Scam, "Xtrmntr"


BAND
OF THE
YEAR
    

   1. godspeed you black emperor!
   2. Coil
   3. Radiohead
   4. Sigur Rós
   5. Legendary Pink Dots
   6. Current 93
   7. Kid 606
   8. Low
   9. Yo La Tengo
  10. Antony & the Johnsons


SONG
OF THE
YEAR
    

   1. Coil, "Batwings (A Limnal Hymn)"
   2. Boards of Canada, "In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country"
   3. Radiohead, "Idioteque"
   4. Antony & the Johnsons, "Cripple and the Starfish"
   5. Current 93, "I Have a Special Plan for This World"


MUSIC
VIDEO
OF THE
YEAR
    

   1. Outkast, "B.O.B."
   2. MDMFK, "Missing Time"
   3. Add N to (X), "Plug Me In"
   4. Eminem, "Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up"
   5. Radiohead - all those little short video clips


NEW
BAND
OF THE
YEAR
    

   1. Antony & the Johnsons
   2. Goldfrapp
   3. A Silver Mt. Zion
   4. The Damage Manual
   5. Cex

      [note: Sigur Rós actually got the most votes but since their first album was released in 1988, they were disqualified. Their current album is their third album.]


CONCERT
EVENT
    

   1. Legendary Pink Dots/Dead Voices on Air
   2. godspeed you black emperor!
   3. Nine Inch Nails
   4. Coil at the Royal Festival Hall (2nd time)
   5. Wire


BEST
LABEL
    

   1. Kranky
   2. three-way tie:
      Constellation
      Thrill Jockey
      Warp
   3. World Serpent
   4. Soleilmoon
   5. two-way tie:
      Mille-Plateaux
      Ant-Zen


BEST
PRODUCER
    

   1. John McEntire & Jim O'Rourke
   2. Steve Albini
   3. Steven Stapleton
   4. Christoph Heemann
   5. Frank Verschuuren


WORST
BAND
    

   1. Limp Bizkit
   2. Creed
   3. Moby
   4. Radiohead
   5. U2


WORST
ALBUM
YOU
BOUGHT
    

   1. Radiohead, "Kid A"
   2. Download, "Effector"
   3. Coil, "Constant Shallowness Leads to Evil"
   4. Chicks on Speed, "Will Save Us All"
   5. Badly Drawn Boy, "The Hour of Bewilderbeast"


BEST
COMP
    

   1. Wild Planet
   2. OHM - The Early Gurus of Electronic Music
   3. Attitude
   4. Xen Cuts
   5. Chicago 2018


BEST
MOVIE
    

   1. Requiem for a Dream
   2. Dancer in the Dark
   3. Gladiator [??? don't our readers have any taste?]
   4. High Fidelity
   5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon


BEST
TV SHOW
    

   1. The Simpsons
   2. South Park
   3. Futurama
   4. The Daily Show
   5. The Sopranos


BEST
BOOK
    

   1. Neal Stephenson, "Cryptonomicon"
   2. "Apocalypse Culture 2"
   3. Dave Eggers, "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius"
   4. Naomi Klein, "No Logo"
   5. Bill Drummond, "45"


BEST
ACTOR
    

   1. Russel Crowe
   2. John Cusak
   3. Philip Seymour Hoffman
   4. Ed Norton
   5. Kevin Spacey


BEST
ACTRESS
    

   1. Bjück
   2. Ellen Burntsyn
   3. Christina Ricci
   4. Kate Hudson
   5. Angelina Jolie


BIGGEST
DISAP-
POINTMENT
    

   1. US Presidential Election
   2. Y2K and no armageddon
   3. lame year for films
   4. miserable lives of the readers who think their lives suck
   5. Dancer in the Dark


EVENT
    

   1. Endless US Presidential Election
   2. New Year's Day 2000
   3. Coil live


WEBSITE
    

   1. brainwashed
      yuck!
   2. theonion.com
   3. nosepilot.com
   4. amihotornot.com
   5. heavy.com


HERO
    

   1. Ralph Nader
   2. assholes who voted for themselves
   3. George W. Bush
   4. Jon Whitney
   5. Dan Rather


VILLAIN
    

   1. George W. Bush
   2. assholes who voted themselves
   3. RIAA
   4. Al Gore
   5. Jon Whitney


MOST
ANNOYING
TREND
    

   1. Scooters
   2. Rap Rock
   3. "Whassssup" greeting (shouting or text messaging)
   4. cell phones
   5. Who let the dogs out

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Out of Darkness Cometh Light

I want to take the time to wish everybody the best for this holiday season. It's too easy to get wrapped up with bitterness around this time of year with the increasing hostility of shoppers, advertisements, drivers, and other factors which are most peoples gripes about the season. What's remarkable to me personally is a tradition which seems to be part of nearly every religious undertaking during this time, something simple as light. In the Northern Hemisphere these are the darkest days of the year, and if you're celebrating Mithras, Channukah, Jesus or Kwanzaa, something is most likely being lit. Whether it's a tree, menorah, downtown display or front porch, the efforts put into bringing light to the darkest days of the year are a wonderful sight to see when walking through a crisp and pleasant cold winter evening. While watching my generation's definitive holiday film, 'A Christmas Story' on TV yesterday, I was reminded of one of my favorite lines in a film, "Only one thing could draw me away from the warm glow of electric sex in the window." Yes, for me, it's all about light displays. Okay, and drink some egg nog too. Have a great day off, however you celebrate it! I'll be getting Chinese food and watching a film with some Jewish friends on December 25th!
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Word of the Day: Turbid

The Word of the Day for December 2 is:

turbid \TER-bid\ (adjective)

  1. : thick or opaque with or as if with roiled sediment
  2. : characterized by or producing obscurity (as of mind or emotions) : confused, muddled*
Example sentence:
    According to one reviewer, Chauncey's first book was "the turbid and rambling product of an unclear mind."
Did you know?
    "Turbid" and "turgid" (which means "swollen, distended" or "overblown, pompous, or bombastic") are two words so frequently mistaken for one another that they could have been invented to keep dictionary makers in business. Not only do these two words differ by only a letter, but, adding to the confusion, they are often used in contexts where either word might fit. For example, a flooded stream is often both distended and muddy, and badly written prose is often both obscure and grandiloquent. Nevertheless, the distinction between these two words, however fine, is an important one for conveying exact shades of meaning, so it's a good idea to keep them straight.
*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.

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Punish Your Fucking Machine

So I was enjoying Sunday brunch this morning at a semi-local diner restaurant. Next to me at the counter were two twenty-somethings talking about electronic music, dropping names of effects, software and hardware that I'm relatively familiar with. My curiosity was peaked and I felt compelled to ask them what they're doing with all this gear. From the conversation I heard, they seemed quite knowledgable about all the features and functions inside and out. When faced with this question, their answer was simply "house music." This made me sad, I didn't tell them this directly, but it reminds me of my days working for an ISP doing tech support. When the brand-spanking new all-powerful Macintosh G4 came out, the possibilities were seemingly endless. I was always curious to know what people were doing with such an expensive and powerful hunk of machinery the government wouldn't even let out of the country. Much to my dismay most of the customers were just rich people who love blowing their cash on useless things - "we're using it at the home for our spreadsheets and to browse the web." This is the time of year for giving and receiving, so with this in mind, be sure that if you've been good and get some wonderful gear (you can treat yourself, too, you know) USE IT! Scientists say that humans only use a small percent of their brain, don't do this with your gear.
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Winter Warmer

There's a tradition this time of year for those of us in colder climates that I'd love to share. Gather a small group of some close friends (who happen to be music fans) and prepare a night of music listening while sipping some tasty hot mulled cider.
Ingredients:
  • 1 Gallon of Fresh Apple Cider (not that alcoholic processed garbage, but the real stuff you can find in your grocer's refridgerator)
  • Cloves
  • Cranberries
  • 2 Oranges
  • Orange Juice
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Brandy (Ginger Brandy recommended but not necessary)
Directions:
    Dump approximately 1/2 gallon of cider in a large pot, slice up two oranges and add them with a handful of cranberries. Add only a small splash of orange juice. Add some cloves but don't go overboard. Add the ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg to your desire and let sit on a low heat for at least a half-hour. When the oranges have sunk and look pretty drunk and the cranberries have gone soft, it's time to enjoy! Ladel the cider into some thick mugs, add the brandy and a cinnamon stick. Wander out to the livingroom and gather around the stereophonic hi-fi for an evening of socializing around some of the finest selections to suit your evening.
I did this on Friday night with three close friends and it was a certified success. As an added bonus, the pleasant and warm aroma of hot apples, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg lingered around my house throughout the following day. With many long weekends coming up, it's a wonderful time to be close to your friends during these cold and dark months.
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