Brainwashed (website)

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Type of site
Music publication
OwnerJon Whitney
Launched16 April 1996; 27 years ago (1996-04-16)
Current statusActive

Brainwashed is a not-for-profit music website supporting eclectic music. Brainwashed features news, reviews, a podcast, hosts websites for many musical artists and record labels, and has organized two music festivals, Brainwaves. Over fifty people contribute to the archives of Brainwashed. Brainwashed also releases music as Brainwashed Recordings.

History[edit] was launched on April 16, 1996 for the purpose of hosting Web sites for various musical artists. The sites contained news, discography, press releases, interviews, photos, merchandise, sound files, lyrics, tour dates when available. The original sites included Meat Beat Manifesto, Greater Than One, Coil, Throbbing Gristle, The Legendary Pink Dots, Nurse With Wound, Current 93, and Cabaret Voltaire. Sites like Meat Beat Manifesto, Coil, and the Legendary Pink Dots were recognized by the artists as official at the time and the URLs were printed in numerous releases, others like Throbbing Gristle, Nurse With Wound, Current 93, and Cabaret Voltaire weren't regarded as official, however were, at the time, the most comprehensive sources for those acts and were often referenced in books (such as Wreckers of Civilisation: The Story of COUM Transmissions & Throbbing Gristle by Simon Ford and England's Hidden Reverse by David Keenan) and magazine articles (such as ones from The Wire).

In 1997, Brainwashed began hosting web sites for record labels including Kranky, RRRecords, Thrill Jockey, and Happy Go Lucky Records, and later hosted sites for Tigerbeat6, Important Records, and World Serpent Distribution. In 1998, Brainwashed launched The Brain, a weekly digest of music news, reviews, new releases, tour dates, and other information about some of the artists and labels hosted on Brainwashed. The Brain was folded into in 2005.

Brainwashed Recordings[edit]

In 1999, Brainwashed began a small recording label as an extension of the website to issue short run releases of acts who had pages on

Artist name Release title Date released
Thread Obsidian Monarch/Null Tributary March 1, 1999
Edward Ka-Spel Share The Day/Dream Stealer June 1, 1999
Greater Than One Bloodstream/Airstream September 1, 1999
(various artists) Brain In The Wire April 16, 2002
Sybarite (musician) Dolorous Echo April 16, 2005
Jessica Bailiff Live At VPRO Radio April 16, 2005
Aranos No Religion April 16, 2005
(various artists) Otology: The Brainwashed 7" Singles Compiled April 16, 2005
Meat Beat Manifesto Radio Free Republic/Lovefingers June 1, 2005
Mimir (band) single July 6, 2005
He Said 27#11 Oh How To Do Now November 11, 2006
(various artists) Brainwaves November 17, 2006
(various artists) Brainwaves 2008 November 17, 2008
Fridge Happiness (with Temporary Residence) October 2, 2001
Fridge Eph Reissue (with Temporary Residence) May 7, 2002

Brainwashed Handmade releases[edit]

Brainwashed Recordings also has a series, Brainwashed Handmade, which features low run CDs in letter-pressed sleeves.

Artist name Release title Date released
Windy & Carl Dedications to Flea June 3, 2005
The One Ensemble Of Daniel Padden Live at VPRO Radio December 5, 2005
Thighpaulsandra The Lepore Extrusion October 24, 2006
Greater Than One Kill the Pedagogue October 24, 2006
Various Artists Peace (for mom) March 6, 2008
Jack Dangers Music for Planetarium April 8, 2008

Brainwashed Archives releases[edit]

Brainwashed Recordings also has a sub-label, Brainwashed Archives, which specializes in deluxe remastered reissues.

Artist name Release title Date released
Greater Than One All the Masters Licked Me 2xCD September 1, 2008
Greater Than One London 2xCD+DVD September 1, 2008
Greater Than One G-Force 3xCD September 1, 2008

Killer Pimp releases[edit]

Brainwashed Recordings also has a sub-label, Killer Pimp, which has released albums by Kate Mosh, Noise/Girl, Blood Money, and A Place To Bury Strangers.

Artist name Release title Date released
Kate Mosh Dynamo 2001
Noise/Girl Discopathology 2005
Blood Money Axis of Blood 2006
A Place to Bury Strangers A Place to Bury Strangers 2007
All The Saints Fire On Corridor X 2008
Lithops Mound Magnet pt. 2: Elevations Above Sea Level 2008
Envenomist The Helix 2009
Ulterior Kempers Heads 2009
Aidan Baker & Thisquietarmy A Picture of a Picture 2009
Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words CD Lost In Reflection 2009
Blood Money Blood Brotherhood 2009
Scratoa Live in San Anton 2010
Ceremony Someday 2010
Soundpool But It's So 2010
Ceremony Rocket Fire 2010
Soundpool Mirrors In Your Eyes 2010
Ceremony Leave Alone / Walk Away 2010
Ceremony Extended Play 2011
Soundpool Re-Mirrored 2011

Brainwashed Radio and podcast[edit]

In 2000, Brainwashed launched a 24-hour streaming radio station which featured music from the artists and labels that were hosted at The stream was discontinued in 2004.

The first episode of Brainwashed Radio: The Podcast Edition was published on December 4, 2004. It primarily features music reviewed and promoted on New episodes are produced and published on average on a weekly basis. In 2016, the podcast incorporated interviews from musical artists on several episodes.

The Eye[edit]

The Eye was a video segment that was launched first on May 4, 2003, featuring miniature documentaries on musical acts containing interviews and live footage. Nearly 150 segments were produced.

Brainwaves Festival[edit]

The Brainwaves Festival took place on November 17–19, 2006, at the Regent Theater in Arlington, Massachusetts, to celebrate the first 10 years of Performing artists included Z'EV, Nadja, Troum, The Dresden Dolls, Cock ESP, Howard Stelzer, V/Vm, Goodiepal, Greg Davis, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Landing, Aranos, Volcano the Bear, Jessica Bailiff, Christoph Heemann, Windy & Carl, and Thighpaulsandra.

A second Brainwaves Festival took place on November 21–23, 2008, at the Regent Theater again. Performing artists included Marissa Nadler, Silver Apples, Meat Beat Manifesto, Glenn Jones, Nmperign, Major Stars, Rivulets, Gary Wilson, His Name Is Alive, Andrew Liles, Reformed Faction, Little Annie, The Threshold HouseBoys Choir, Matmos, Windy Weber and Benoit Pioulard, Nudge, Boduf Songs, and Stars of the Lid.

See also[edit]


  • Bolle, Susanna (November 19, 2008). "A fest for the brain: The triumphant second coming of Brainwaves". Boston Phoenix. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  • Feely, Nick (November 18, 2008). "Brainwaves". DigBoston. Archived from the original on July 17, 2012. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  • "Brainwashing Pop Montreal". Pop Montreal. 2006. Archived from the original on October 9, 2009. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  • Christensen, David (December 14, 2001). "You've Been Brainwashed, and You Don't Even Know It". Archived from the original on May 27, 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  • "Tuneful Web Sites We Can't Live Without". Baltimore City Paper. December 7, 2000. Retrieved October 6, 2012.

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