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 Nu Rave Brain Wave Top 10 Albums, Top 5 EPs, and Top 5 7″s of 2011:

Top 5 7″ of 2011:
05 Bitch Prefect – 7″ (RIP Society Records)

This is really breezy and effortless pop songs done in the best kind of way from Aussie upstarts Bitch Prefect.

04 The Growlers – Gay Thoughts 7″ (Everloving Records)

It wouldn’t be a NRBW list without a mention of the Growlers, but despite having the mp3s of this record for months before the Record Store Day exclusive release, I still waited for over an hour at Origami Vinyl to buy a copy. So, I guess it’s pretty good.

03 Brown Brogues – Don’t Touch My Hair 7″ (Suffering Jukebox)

Brown Brogues are undoubtably one of my favorite discoveries of this year and this is probably like the best anthem written this year that I’m aware of.

02 Catholic Spray/Assassins88//TV Colours – Split 7″ (XVIII Records)

I would’ve bought this record for Catholic Spray’s sinister, weird garage punk rippers, but the collaboration of hands down two of the best bands in the world the Australian super fuzzed out, stunningly catchy team of Assassins 88 and Dream Damage label mates TV Colours is absolutely astounding.

01 TV Colours / Assassins 88 – Split 7″ (Dream Damage Records)

That’s right, Dream Damage’s split between these two Aussie bands is the greatest piece of wax I bought this year. Both TV Colours jams have been replayed over and over to the billionth power, they’re both sonic fuzz bombs that are so ridiculously catchy and perfect for the gym (this is a compliment, btw). The exact same goes for Assassins 88 side. I just find it hard to fault a single thing either band does.

top 10 EPs of 2011:

05 Bummer High – Lost Highway (Green Burrito Records)

I fell immediately in love with Bummer High‘s Lost Highway, and it’s not all due to the fact that it was released on a label called Green Burrito. Their whimsical, twangin’, psych-country-garage is absolutely wonderful and if you like fellow Canadian brethren Demon’s Claws, Dead Ghosts, or Indian Wars, this is for you.

04 Toto & The Bad Eggs – Wallet Droppin’ (PNKSLM Recordings)

The closest thing to a garage-punk supergroup that the UK is going to see for probably quite some time, Toto & The Bad Eggs contains members of Sex Beet, Jerry Tropicano and Brown Brogues who each take my personal favorite parts of the music they make in their original bands and bring it to this EP. Obviously, it’s pretty special.

03 Ghost Outfit – Young Ghosts EP (Self Released)

Haven’t been able to stop listening to this Ghost Outfit EP since it’s been given to me, which I think was 2010, but fuck it, it’s so good it deserves a place on my 2011 list as well. Not only do they make weird and haunting noisy songs, but they also make expert pop songs.

02 The Bell Peppers – Cooking With The Bell Peppers (Self Released)

This fine Manchester duo put out the best self-released EP that showcases their slicked-back, cry-baby garage-blues-r’n'b in the most effortless and just straight up fucking cool way ever. I would buy at least three copies if this was released on any format.

01 The Growlers/Thee Ludds 12″ Split (Palmist Records)

Although the Growlers songs were technically not new in 2011, I think it’s a testament that they hold up so strongly to even a fan as well versed in their catalogue as I am — their beach goth, drip-drop-drip, swamp stomps have always sounded incredibly fresh and illuminating and the UK should feel lucky to have this released for them. Thee Ludds frenzied astral-psych-punk pulls strongly from the same 60s references as the Growlers but makes it new like a bucket of water to the face. In a good way.

Honorable Mentions:
Die Jungen – $
Carnivores – Chandelier EP
Ty Segall – Ty Rex
Cosmonauts – New Psychic Denim EP
Thee Oh Sees/Total Control Split EP

Top 10 LPs of 2011

10 Kanye West & Jay Z – Watch The Throne

I’m not angry when people talk about wealth, but maybe that’s because the best advice I ever received is surround yourself with wealth.

09 Royal Headache – S/T (XVIII Records)

This record literally came out of nowhere and really hit me hard. I hope I always have a soft spot for succinct, groovy power pop with soulful vocals. The buzzwords I had to use to describe Australia’s Royal Headache are grotesque, but this album is incredible.

08 Mind Spiders – The Mind Spiders (Dirtnap Records)

Denton, TX’s salvation, Mind Spiders, put this record out in the early portion of the year, but their brand of fast and loose garage rock filled with quick hits, the catchiest song you’ve ever heard (Don’t Let Her Go) and a ballad. This is a whip-smart garage punk record.

07 Cosmonauts – S/T (Permanent Records)

Cosmonauts are one of the most underrated bands to come out of the Burger scene, and this LP is filled with buzzing psychedelic, ramshackle punk punk, and rhythm ‘n 12 bar blues jams all jumbled together and vomited back up into the form of this excellent, excellent record.

06 The Castillians – Show Your Teeth (Cold Rice Records)

A long-awaited debut collection of 100% hits from the UK’s most underrated garage band, The Castillians,  as strong as any I’ve heard this year.

05 Shannon & The Clams – Sleep Talk (1-2-3-4 Go! Records)

I have the biggest love for Shannon of Shannon & the Clams, and this album is a beautiful dose of weird, wild 50s doo-wop garage-pop that while awesome, always seems (for me at least) to take the back seat to Shannon’s incredible voice. But then again, I could listen to hear sing the Wikipedia for Grizzly Bear and it would actually make it worth listening to.

04 School Knights – All Dawgz Go 2 Heaven (Dracula Horse)

I have fallen in love with everything that School Knights have ever done, and I’m not ashamed of that. Although half of these songs had already been released on Rush SK EP, they sound as fresh as ever and the new jams (previously heard by my ears only live) prove that they’re one of the best bands that I’m aware of. Their balls-to-the-wall attitude live, their use of absolutely infectuous riffs, drum slammage and heavy use of reverb is flat out perfect on this album.

03 Mellowhype – BlackenedWhite (Fat Possum)

The best rap album that was released (or, um, reissued) was hands down MellowHype. I’ve always found Hodgy Beats to be the most fascinating member and best rapper in OF, his work with LeftBrain is engaging, thoughtful and most importantly catchy as balls.

02 Bass Drum of Death – GB City (Fat Possum)

This album is an undeniable ass-slaying ripper from start to finish. If it’s not tailor made to be played as loud as possible, with heads banging, I don’t know what it’s for. I do know that each jam could be a stand-alone single. It’s effortless, catchy, and punk as fuck.

01 The Babies – The Babies (Shrimper Records)

It’s hard to write a sentence about why this Babies record is my favorite, but it’s a collection of horrendously underrated treasure pop gems that jangle, fuzz and snap with fervent wildness and a little bit of Americana seen through a garage rock kaleidoscope. It’s not certainly not a faultless record but it’s gotten better with a year of listening behind me.

Honorable Mentions
The Beets – Stay Home
Black Lips – Arabia Mountain
Pangea – Living Dummy
The Strange Boys – Live Music
Diarrhea Planet – Loose Jewels
TRMRS – Sea Change
Cumstain – Why Don’t You Kill Yourself Scumbag Your Mother Wont Miss U
Monster Rally – Coral
Dirty Beaches – Badlands
Hunx & His Punx – Too Young To Be In Love

One of the best bands that we saw at SXSW (and rocked our party!), Atlanta’s Carnivores are finally coming over to the UK! Holla! Playing multiple dates with other Atlanta chums, Black Lips, they’re also playing once with Thee (mighty) Oh Sees and a date in Brighton. If you haven’t gotten your hands on their superb EP, Chandelier, via our friends at Double Phantom, you can get off your ass and get it for free-ninety-nine here.

They also recorded a really great Daytrotter session which went up last week. Pick that up here.

May 19 – London, UK – The Garage w/ Black Lips
May 20 – London, UK – City Session Performance
May 21 – Leeds, UK – The Fenton
May 22 – Cheshire, UK – Friends of Mine Festival (afternoon)
May 22 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club w/ Black Lips
May 23 – Manchester, UK – The Castle
May 24 – Glasgow, UK – Stereo w/ Black Lips
May 25 – London, UK – Tufnell Park Dome w/ Thee Oh Sees
May 31 – Gent, Belgium – Video
June 1 – Paris, France – Escape 2
June 4 – Brighton, UK – The Green Door

mp3: Carnivores – Dressed For The Rain

This is kind of an eclectic mix of songs that I’m really not sure work altogether, but April’s been one of those kind of months. I always write this, like, every other month, but I spent half of it in America, and half over in England, so it’s kind of weird. Enjoy.

01 Earl Sweatshirt – Dat Ass
02 Lil B – Think I’m Based God
03 Burnt Ones – Sunset Hill
04 Shannon & The Clams – You Will Always Bring Me Flowers
05 Balkans – Troubled and Done
06 Sonny & The Sunsets – Teen Age Thugs
07 Carnivores – Darker Days
08 Monster Rally – Island on Fire
09 Acid Glasses – Polnara Setera
10 Best Coast – So Gone (Daytrotter Session)
11 Swampmeat – Guns & Knives
12 Catholic Spray – Beast In The Bushes

mp3: Nu Rave Brain Wave x April 2k11 Mixtape

This year, I was incredibly happy to be involved with throwing the Eruption of the Real party that happened on Friday, March 18th at the Cherrywood Coffee House. Our partners, Sweet Relief Musician’s Fund and Secret Chief Management were the most awesome, helpful all around badasses with fantastic taste in music, and who know how to throw a great party. Sweet Relief Musician’s Fund is a really awesome organization that provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who can’t make ends meet while facing illnesses, disability or age related problems. They are involved in all kinds of projects to do so, and could and always will appreciate and use your donations to support musicians. So we all conspired to throw a day-party at Austin’s cutest coffee-house (with badass fucking burgers, if you’re in the market for one) with 22 great bands. Here’s some of the awesome craziness that ensued:

Beautiful Cherrywood Coffee House

Up first we had the great Dead Man’s Clothes from Portland, Maine (Yep, people live there! News to me, too). I know it’s a super cop out to describe some band as being ‘indie rock’, because you may as well say that there were some guitars, some vocals and a little bit of drums for as much as it describes something, but there’s really no other way to describe them. They had jangly guitars, nice vocals from a good lookin’ front man, and solid melodies: overall, it was really great. It may not have completely changed my world or stunned me or anything, but in the Austin sunshine with a beer in my hand, it was really nice.

After Dead Man’s Clothes, we had TRMRS. I’m going to try not to write an essay about how much I love these weird Costa Mesa punks and am so happy that they were added to the lineup. Since I wrote about them immediately when I got back from SXSW, I have had lots of time to listen to them and appreciate the live show so much. Definitely not digging on their recorded stuff (because it rules) but their live show is so damn compelling. I loves me a band that basically the same as a garage/trash pop TNT explosion of crazed energy — and while they were playing an early show, so there wasn’t, ahem, any head thrashing or jumping around — that’s something that I would do anytime I heard their music. They basically fulfilled every box I have for a band I like: surfy garage pop tunes, tons of energy, ridiculous clothing, at least one moustache, and at least one ridiculous hat. It all really works – I like their ethos and I like their songs. Best discovery of SXSW — and bonus points for being able to see them constantly in LA/the OC.

TRMRS @ Eruption of the Real SXSW Party from Brianna Saraceno on Vimeo.

mp3 | TRMRS – Zombie Party

Finally! Atlanta’s Carnivores were on next. They were one of the bands I was super excited to have play, and to see play for the first time. And holy hell, was the wait worth it. I’ve been pretty much in love with their peculiar brand of kind of psychy-garage rock. They delivered one of the best sets of the whole day. Not only did they go hard the entire time, but Philip and Caitlin had some really great dance moves — I particularly liked the way Caitlin slaved over the keyboard helping to add those weird but absolutely entrancing melodies. The shared vocals between the classically trained pianist Caitlin, sparse and dry guitarist Nathan, and the bright and pogoing vocals from bassist Philip worked really well — each has something different to offer to each song that makes their songs feel more variegated and fresh. The two highlights from their set most definitely had to be ‘Dressed For the Rain‘ which is a UK exclusive that kills me on record, but slays me live in a completely different way. It’s such a weird funky little song that will get stuck in your head SO easily — it’s actually kind of like perfect for the UK because it reminds me so much of making your way through a really foggy disgusting day after something really strange happened to you. I hope that’s what they’re going for, because they fucking nailed it. Second highlight was for sure the brilliant and strange ‘Georgia Power Company‘. I beg you guys, get their stuff from Double Phantom, you’ll love it. And UK buds, get ready, we’re gonna hear alot about these guys soon…

Carnivores @ Eruption of the Real SXSW Party from Brianna Saraceno on Vimeo.

mp3 | Carnivores – Georgia Power Company


Hasselblad photo by the stunning Rachel S. Peters

Hasselblad photo (with extra special ME) by the stunning Rachel S. Peters

Next up we had Los Angeles’ finest, Sweaters. Long term or short term readers of this blog will know how much we adore Sweaters, not just as one of the finest craftsmen of the most illustrious pop songs that I’ve ever heard. Not only are they deft songwriters, but they’re ridiculous and amazing people who wrote a book chronicling their Can’t Stop Winning Cult, of which I am a member, and was also founded before all this Charlie Sheen nonsense.  They also put on a stunning show, that really stole the afternoon. Their particular brand of 70s inspired, glam pop that’s completely DIY has always converted any crowd and this one was no different. Running through their standard set of Bob-Dylan-referencing (When they ask yr real name, never give it) ‘Investigations‘, the forceful and unimaginably catchy ‘Killing A Man‘, the story of my life ‘Skymall‘, and the less-oft-played but still-amazeballs ‘Fruit on the Vine‘. They run the gamut from kooky to confused to unflappable to ecstatic to joyful, but Sweaters will always, and have always played sets that put a smile on my face in a way that no other band does. If they’re good at nothing else (false), you could say that the atmosphere that they create at gigs is worth the price of admission alone. Don’t sleep on these dudes, they really are LA’s finest.

mp3 | Sweaters – Killing A Man

photo courtesy of Dieter von Schramm

After Sweaters, we had to take a little break from baking in the Austin sunshine, but we came back out for a block of bands that was curated by Austins great John Wesley Coleman III who came and played with his band (featuring none other than ex-Strange Boy Matt Hammer on drums!) and ended up being one of the best surprises for me. Coleman played a really nice late-afternoon set that was packed with beautiful, fuzzy, boozy, bluesy gems. It was one of the sets that I think people enjoyed most. After was Brooklyn’s Fletcher C. Johnson who does his own project and moonlights as King Tuff’s backing band. On a completely selfish level, I’m super pleased Fletcher came to play as he brought King Tuff and I finally got the ‘Was Dead’ tape I’ve been after since last year when they sold out. But Fletcher’s set was really great as well. I really enjoyed his breezy, bluesy sort of countrified songs. Also he is adorable. Bonus points! Austin’s Fleshlights were a real treat, too.  Any band who describes themselves by saying “We’re just kids that hate male pony tails and love to rock” is fucking A-OK in my book, as long as they rip as hard as Fleshlights do. And boy, did they rip hard and fast. Note to self: get more of their stuff. Last notable was Chapel Hill, NC’s Shit Horse. They were the most hilarious, engaging, strange band and their MC had the BEST pants I have ever seen. Kenny Bloggins over at The Decibel Tolls has some great photos. If anyone knows the frontman of Shit Horse, I’d really like to get my hands on some of the pictures he took at our show.

mp3 | John Wesley Coleman III – Liquor Store

School Knights photo courtesy of someone who tagged them on Facebook

After the most relaxing, enjoyable, free beer afternoon, I finally got to see a mostly full set from Boulder’s School Knights. I say mostly because I spent about 3 hours running around like a crazy person, and I watched a teensy bit of TRMRS’ great semi-acoustic set. Seeing them do a longer set than the day before, my first time seeing them as a 3-piece was incredible. They were louder than ever, and holy shit, do they sound good on an excellent PA and for not having played much together as a trio, were tight as fuck. They played all of my favorites: a crashing and reverbed out version of ‘Fuck The Beach‘, a semi-sloppy but completely on point version of ‘Never Needed‘, and the perfect set closer (my absolute favorite, and best song I’ve heard in so long) ‘Lunch Money‘. They also played a new instrumental song that sounded really, really good. I know that I go on all the time, constantly, about how these dudes slay/rip asses/kill etc but I just really think that they’re super talented. Their ability to craft supremely catchy garage/punk/power/pop songs is unparallelled for any band whose been together for as short of a time as they have. I can sense a little frustration in the way they play, waiting for their album to get released — they’re changing songs and writing new songs and I know that once they find someone, they’re gonna unleash some fucking incredible, incredible songs, if the ones off ‘Fuck The Beach‘ are anything to go by.

mp3 | School Knights – F_#k the Beach

I was super overjoyed to have San Diego’s Heavy Hawaii over to play. We had them go on in the inside stage which actually suited them really, really well because it was a cute little space with like fairy lights and we were able to make things really dark and atmospheric. I’m not going to lie and say this was kind of incendiary different set than the one I’ve seen them the past two or three days (and since January) but thats definitely not a bad thing. Something I really like about Heavy Hawaii is the fact that they’re really consistent. They consistently write consice, lovely, floating jams and they consistently step up their game and make songs that serve me so well on sunny Sunday mornings into engaging shows. Although I was only able to catch like 2/3 of this show, it was as good as I’ve seen them. ‘Better‘ is really such a good fucking song. Keep your ears peeled, I think the singles that HH are going to be putting out soon are going to blow your little ear holes with greatness.

mp3 | Heavy Hawaii – Better (Early Version)

I’m pretty sure Vancouver’s Dead Ghosts thought I was a major dork just because of the way I was gushing about how excited I was to see them. I came into their self-titled record at the tail-end of last year and it ended up being one of my favorites of the year. They said “get ready to be dissapointed”, but sorry fellas, I was totally blown away. Although I was only able to catch half the set (again, more running around) but I was so impressed about the way they were soo tight and even though on record they sound sloppy/great, in person it has something much more finished about it. My two favorites had to be a really fucking radical and practically perfect rendition of ‘Girl Across The Street’ and a similarly fantastic and rowdy version of my single favorite song they’ve done ‘When It Comes To You‘. These dudes slay. Fact.

mp3 | Dead Ghosts – James Brown

We also had Orange County’s greatly underappreciated (that will soon change, I think) Cosmonauts. I really, really enjoyed them and have seen them live since and they’ve been equally great. There’s something really fresh to their take on psych-garage rock. I wouldn’t put them far away from San Fran’s Fresh & Onlys. They write really tight songs and then live they sometimes let them meander into jammy noise territory and it all works really well. I can’t wait for more from these dudes.

Anyone who had the opportunity to see King Tuff at SXSW was treated to the OC’s young power-rippers Audacity playing as his backing band. After SXSW, they left on a Burger Records Boogaloo back to LA as his backing band. So when we had them play on Friday — we were treated to something that probably no one else has seen: a King Tuff set as performed by Audacity — no King Tuff involved. Even though Matt was wasted, they played a really, really tight set of covers. I mean, as someone who missed King Tuff in 2009, and then proceeded to miss every King Tuff set at SXSW… it was really special to get to hear them played, even if KT wasn’t there. They did a spectacular versions of ‘Animal‘ and ‘Ruthie Ruthie‘, and as always ‘Connection‘ was fucking fantastic. Due to time, they just ran through a short set but it was really cool and I’m so happy they played. Seeing them about a week later opening for and with King Tuff, I just can’t get enough of these guys. And having heard some of the material they’re gonna put on the album they’re recording in the next few weeks — it’s going to SLAY hard.

mp3 | Audacity – Power Drowning

I thought I had already introduced you to these little Atlanta rippers, Carnivores, but I was wrong. That’s right, I’ve been hoarding really good music, and my friends, my dearest apologies. But I bring them to you now. Besides having played with a ton of great bands around Atlanta, they released their first LP, If I’m Ancient, on the great Double Phantom Records who are releasing great shit by The N.E.C and Balkans, too. Carnivores make some great little garage-psych-weirdo tunes that simultaneously immediate and layered, and fucking noisy. So, of course, this is right up our alley. My current favorite track, ‘Dressed for the Rain’ for what I presume is going to come out on a 7″ here in the UK. It’s a keyboard heavy, slightly sinister winding little ditty that kind of encapsulates everything that life in the UK in the winter is like — so of course, I love it — even if I hate the winter. Get on this immediately.

If, unlike me, you are not trapped in this cold, sunless place and you might be in say, Los Angeles, you should catch these dudes and ladies at their 3 Los Angeles dates. We’ll have a correspondant there, so you should absolutely check them out. I bet they rip live.

Los Angeles dates:

November 26- LA – In-Studio at KXLU (Afternoon Show)
November 26- LA – Echo Pulco
November 27- LA – The MIME

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