The Brainstems Release Limited Ed. Tape for Cassette Store Day

The Brainstems Cassette Store Day


St. Louis’ golden boys are back with nine standouts shimmering in the unearthly intensity of their recent tour. Recorded live, this tape shows The Brainstems melding future hits with re-imagined takes from the likes of Television, The Flamin’ Groovies, The Nerves and more. This is a limited edition run for Cassette Store Day.  Hot smoke and sassafras, what are you waiting for?

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Can’t make it out for CSD? We have a small number available in our webstore!

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Free Weed’s “High with Me” is Heard in Latest ‘High Maintenance’ Trailer

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“High with Me” by Free Weed is heard in the latest trailer for the upcoming HBO series High Maintenance. Free Weed’s music was also used in the series’ recent teaser trailer that we previously posted.

Both tracks are off the album Introducing on Bad Diet.

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From Kung Fu Necktie to The Nightlight: Brainstems Summer 2016 Tour Dates

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July 14 – Human Head Records – Brooklyn

July 15 – Shea Stadium – Brooklyn 

July 17 – Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia

July 18 – The Crown – Baltimore

July 19 – Under a Bridge – Richmond

July 20 – The Nightlight – Chapel Hill 

July 21 – The Odditorium – Asheville

July 22 – Murmur Gallery – Atlanta

July 23 – TBA – Hattiesburg

July 25 – Saturn Bar – NOLA

July 26 – White Water Tavern – Little Rock

July 29 – Schlafly Tap Room – St. Louis .

And Free Weed has served up two free tracks, including a wonderfully breezy summer instrumental titled “Feelin’ That.” Stream ’em at GnarDigital and grip a new tee from his Brazil vacay.

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Free Weed is Heard in Trailer for HBO Series ‘High Maintenance’

What a time to be alive. Bad Diet has been a fan of the web series High Maintenance for a long while. (The infamous “crystal cult” episode still bugs us out.) Today we’re over the moon pie to announce that our hot boy, Free Weed, serenades the trailer to High Maintenance which elevates to an HBO original series this September.


We’ll curb our enthusiasm; yet it’s kismet that the trailer’s selected track, also called “Free Weed,” is the first track off Free Weed’s Introducing LP, our label’s very first release.


Congrats Rikky (Free Weed). Prittty good. Looks like all those Kenny Powers look-a-like contests paid off. Purchase Free Weed’s Introducing from our webstore on vinyl and digi. You can also stream/buy on all digital services.

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The Brainstems Headline KWUR’s Showcase at The Gargoyle

The Brainstems are the headliners at the KWUR showcase at St. Louis' illustrious venue The Gargoyle on March 2016, 2016.

The Brainstems are headlining radio station KWUR’s rock showcase at St. Louis’ illustrious venue The Gargoyle on Saturday, March 26, 2016. It’s a touchstone in the gang’s trajectory, as they bonded at that very radio station. We fully expect their pet owl to perch atop one of the decorative stone golems, keeping watch for fashion victims.  

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Monster Feature on The Brainstems, Fresh Off Their Tour of the South

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All bases are covered in this massive feature on the boys authored by rock writer Joseph Hess for St. Louis Magazine.

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The Brainstems give Asheville a shout as highlight from their recent trek across the South…

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The Luminary in St. Louis Welcomes The Brainstems for Two Sets

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Far out. Click here for info.

Official tracks from No Place Else are now up on Bad Diet’s YouTube channel. Full playlist here.

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Vote for The Brainstems to Win NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest

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Vote Here

Simply click the smiley on the contest page. Click “Done”. Cake. Big help, senpais!

The contest ends Sunday, February 28 2016.

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Tiny Mix Tapes Premieres The Brainstems’ “Time to Ride” Music Video

Music video directed by: Hayden Molinarolo

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“In their new video, these cats are both beautiful AND great at making exuberant, clamorous racket-rock happen” – Tiny Mix Tapes

This video contains esoteric owl imagery that may be unsuitable for tin foilers. Stream the single on Spotify.

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Wew Lad, How about this Year 2016?

Pardon our groundhog-like skittishness to begin 2016. The Bad Diet team holds our rock holdings dear, and we had to shake the Final Destination curse that was January, which saw Bowie, Lemmy and Hans Gruber vacate Earth, an Earth now said to be flat according to people on Twitter who still wear Supreme.

Hey, if vinyl and Sylvester “the Chemo Stallion” Stallone can achieve comebacks, why not Flat Earth?

Peace out to Abe Vigoda as well.

We have some great things planned for the year. So don’t turn that dial. We’ll be right back.

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