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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


I always find it really hard to do song of the year posts, so I just put all the music I got in 2011 and picked 25 of my most played and most favorite tracks, some from my favorite albums, some demos and some singles, in no particular order. Enjoy:

Nu Rave Brain Wave Top 25 Songs of 2k11:

The Babies – Sunset (from The Babies LP)
The Babies – Sunset by nuravebrainwave

The Mind Spiders – Don’t Let Her Go (from The Mind Spiders LP)
Mind Spiders – Don’t Let Her Go by nuravebrainwave

MellowHype – Right Here (from BLACKENEDWHITE LP)
Right Here – Mellowhype by NellyDaBeaner

Bobby Chiz – Brooklyn Mouth (Cats Purring Download)
Brooklyn Mouth by BOBBY CHIZ

Kanye West – Mama’s Boyfriend (Unreleased/Leaked)
Kanye West – Mama’s Boyfriend by Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes

Gross Magic – Sweetest Touch (from Teen Jamz EP)
Gross Magic – Sweetest Touch by TheSoundsOfSweetNothing

Black Lips – New Direction (From Arabia Mountain LP)
Black Lips – New Direction by Biz 3 Publicity

Chill Black Guys – CBG (From CBG Mixtape)
Young Hawaii Slim & Jay Ugh (GBGs) – Chill Black Guy by nuravebrainwave

King Lollipop – Cheeseburger & Fries (from King Lollipop LP)
King Lollipop – Cheesburger and Fries by nuravebrainwave

School Knights – You Read Books (from All Dawgz Go 2 Heaven LP)
School Knights – You Read Books by nuravebrainwave

Brown Brogues – Don’t Touch My Hair (from 7″)
Brown Brogues – Don’t Touch My Hair by nuravebrainwave

The Fabulous St. Knicholas Cage – Bloody Beach Blanket (Unreleased Demo)
Bloody Beach Blanket by St. Knicholas Cage

Monster Rally – The New Optimism (from Deep Sea 7″)
Monster Rally – The New Optimism by nuravebrainwave

Danger Beach – Lakes (feat. TV Colours) (from Dream Damage Records)
Danger Beach – Lakes (feat. TV Colours) by nuravebrainwave

Sonny & The Sunsets – I Wanna Do It (from Hit After Hit LP)
Sonny And The Sunsets – “I Wanna Do It” by forcefieldpr

High Pop – Drip From The Sea (from Hippie Speed Ball EP)
High Pop – Drip from the Sea by yvynyl

Milk Maid – Such Fun (from Yucca LP)
Milk Maid – Such Fun by nuravebrainwave

Dead Gaze – Fishing With Robert (from Atelier Ciseaux 7″)
DEAD GAZE - Fishing With Robert by atelier ciseaux

Ketamines – Line by Line (from Mammoth Cave Recordings)
Line by Line – Ketamines by NewtownRadio

Royal Headache – Down The Lane (from Royal Headache LP)
Royal Headache – Down The Lane by nuravebrainwave

Bloodshot Bill – Dark Lonely Street (from Thunder & Lightning LP)
Bloodshot Bill – Dark Lonely Street by nuravebrainwave

Fidlar – Oh (from DIYDUI EP)
FIDLAR – Oh by nuravebrainwave

Colleen Green – Green One (from Green One EP)
Colleen Green – Green One by nuravebrainwave

Assassins 88/TV Colours – Lethal (from Assassins 88/TV Colours/Catholic Spray split 7″)
Lethal (with TV Colours) by ASSASSINS 88

Bazooka – I Wanna Fuck All The Girls In My School (from XVIII Records 7″)
Bazooka – I Want to Fuck All the Girls in My School by nuravebrainwave



Celebrating a truly dope Maverick’s victory with Mellowhype‘s 64 video. Loved the Fuel TV version they did with bros Bass Drum of Death and this is equally as visually stimulating, as well as the song being an absolute tune. Can’t wait for the new tracks on Fat Possums re-release of BLACKENEDWHITE.

mp3: Mellowhype feat. Bass Drum of Death – 64 (Live on the Daily Habit)


May is a cool month. It’s been really abnormally freakishly warm in the UK and I’ve been enjoying every minute of it. Listen to this while doing something fun. It’s about to be summer for reals and I’m vowing to be as drunken and irresponsible as possible come Tuesday.

01 Catholic Spray – Beast in the Bushes
02 Zkylon Beach – TWISTEDWITCHDEF
03 The Bell Peppers – Rubber Bullets
04 Balkans – Zebra Print
05 Dune Rats – Rat Bags
06 Tyler, The Creator – Transylvania
07 Kreayshawn – Gucci Gucci
08 Mellowhype – Rico
09 King Tuff – Ripper
10 BEST FRIENDS – Surf Bitches
11 Tomorrows Tulips – Eternally Teenage
12 Chapter Sweetheart – Today the Truth
13 Wyatt Blair – Wasted
14 Black Lips – New Direction

mp3: Nu Rave Brain Wave x May 2k11 Mixtape



So our current favorites, Mellowhype & Bass Drum of Death got together for a performance of a new Mellowhype jam, 64, on Fuel TV’s the Daily Habit. This is so fucking good, I can’t even get over it. I never, never do this, but I felt the need to rip the audio of this. So check out the really great video below and then download if, like me, you need to listen to this constantly. Thank god Fat Possum linked these two amazing duos. Go grab your copy of BDoD’s GB City & wait for a pre-order of Mellowhype’s BlackenedWhite.

mp3 | Mellowhype feat. Bass Drum of Death – 64 (Live on the Daily Habit)


Got damn, I cannot believe it’s the end of March. I say that every month, but March is for sure my favorite month. As everyone in the fucking world knows, its SXSW and it was the greatest time. Here’s some of the best stuff I heard this month.

01 TRMRS – Zombie Party
02 Sex Beet – Alone
03 Shannon & The Clams – Cult Song
04 King Lollipop – Cheeseburger & Fries
05 Bass Drum of Death – GB City
06 Dead Gaze – Fishing With Robert
07 Domo Genesis & Hodgy Beats – TANGGOLF
08 Dirty Beaches – Lord Knows Best
09 Hunx & His Punx If You’re Not Here (I Don’t Know Where You Are)
10 Gary Clark Jr. – Bright Lights
11 Indian Wars – Took A Trip
12 Mellowhype – Strip Club

mp3 | Nu Rave Brain Wave vs March 2011 Mixtape




SXSW 2k11 was a crazy blur of wildness, great and loud music, and $1 wells. This is the best and brightest of what ensued:


The Vaccines @ AOL’s Pop-Up Show Series at the First Baptist Church :: Damn the Vaccines look tired. Kind of seems like maybe entering into the major label circuit was a bit of an oversight. Having done two UK tours, a small US tour and a Europe tour back-to-back-to-back prior to SXSW was a bad idea. This was for some kind of stream that you could watch online (hope you saw me!) so they made us do some fake clapping and stuff which was pretty lame. They played well compared to the ill-fated Spaceland show in January. Their four big singles are damn good (that would be ‘Blow It Up‘, ‘Wrecking Bar‘, ‘If You Wanna‘, and ‘Post Break Up Sex‘), and Justin’s voice was booming (although towards the end of the Festival it went out — and now he has to have surgery – we wish you well Justin!) but the rest kind of fell flat. We did get treated to the longest set of the festival and I had ‘Post Break Up Sex‘ in my head the whole time so there’s that….

The Vaccines – Wolf Pack @ SXSW 2011 :: AOL Popup Thingie from Brianna Saraceno on Vimeo.

mp3 | The Vaccines – Norgaard (Marc Riley Session)


Bass Drum of Death @ I’m An Alcoholic And I Hate You at Club Deville :: I had been extremely, extremely excited to see BDOD. I had gotten a copy of their debut LP, GB City, and so I wanted to see how much they could rock my face off live. Let me just say, they totally fucking did. It’s kind of amazing how loud they are for just two dudes, but John and Colin were blasting — and the fact that they let the songs speak (read: no banter, but lots of presence) for themselves just added to their fucking incredibleness. If I was a guitarist, I would headthrash just like they did. Highlights (from the set AND the album) include the impossibly catchy, eponymous ‘GB City‘, the rough and tumble ‘Heart Attack Kid’ and the incredibly accurate and jangly ‘Young Pros‘. Check out some really great video below. And if you don’t already have your copy of GB City you should head to Fat Possum and get that shit.

Bass Drum of Death – Heart Attack Kid @ Fat Possum Party SXSW from Brianna Saraceno on Vimeo.

mp3 | Bass Drum of Death – The Ballad of Bandit X


Mellowhype @ I’m An Alcoholic And I Hate You at Club Deville :: So, I would probably classify myself as a pretty big OFWGKTA fan. Just ask the Boys whose house I play them in for about 10 hours a day. Consequently, they’re all fans. So I was really excited to see Mellowhype at the Fat Possum party. I was super surprised to see that it wasn’t that packed, but amongst the chants of “Swag!”, renditions of “FUCK THE POLICE” (joined by Tyler, The Creator! SWAG!) and tweets about Aziz Ansari, Mellowhype (Hodgy Beats + Left Brain) left the crowd with no doubt that Tyler, The Creator is not the only member of OFWGTKA destined for greatness. Playing the hits from their forthcoming reuisse on Fat Possum, BLACKENDWHITE, but the most special moment was when they played Earl Sweatshirt’s soon to be classic ‘Earl‘. It was fucking SWAGGED OUT. Can’t wait for more.

Mellowhype @ Fat Possum SXSW Party from Brianna Saraceno on Vimeo.

mp3 | Mellowhype – Fuck The Police Featuring Tyler, The Creator


Hunx & His Punx @ Waterloo Records :: Big time Hunx and His Punx fan, first time seeing them live. Although I would’ve much preferred to see them in a small venue, the Waterloo Records stage looked and sounded amazing. Hunx is the consummate entertainer, wearing a man thong, tights and a see through sort of tuxedo shirt and Russian style hat. He intermingled hitting on men in the crowd (‘Hey sexy gay man in the beard, stop talking about me!’), giving people who left the set the finger, and rocking it the fuck out. They played lots of new songs from their forthcoming second album, including the great ‘Lovers Lane‘. I thought it was a really great set, but it just made me want to see them in a tiny venue where Hunx was way more drunk, stripping way more, and being 1,000x crazier. But I can’t really complain, they’re coming to the Echo in the beginning of April. Best be there.

Hunx & His Punx – Lovers Lane @ Waterloo Records SXSW 2011 from Brianna Saraceno on Vimeo.

mp3 | Hunx & His Punx – Lovers Lane


Davila 666 @ Nuevo’s :: I don’t really know what to say about Davilla 666 other than that they ripped so fucking hard. Having been told to listen to them like, at least a thousand times, and not really knowing where to start, I figured this would be it. They played to a really small crowd at 8pm at Neuvo’s which was a shame but they did NOT hold anything back. The entire group looked a little squeezed onto the stage but it worked really well as their sweat was flying, angry Spanish was shouted and they fucking ruled. Time Magazine even agreed that they ruled super hard, so you can’t really argue with them and us, right?

mp3 | Davila 666 – Hanging on the Telephone (Nerves Cover)

The Growlers @ BD Rileys :: I’m pretty sure this was my 25th time seeing the Growlers (no shame whatsoever) and it was just as good as it always was — maybe even better. Having gone 4 months between seeing them, I rejoiced when I saw their laid-back swagger and their ridiculous spectacle (covering themselves in tin foil), I was reminded of exactly why I adore them so much. Every single song they have is a definitive classic, as you well know if you read this regularly, so I was happy to jump around to ‘Old Cold River‘, ‘Sea Lion Goth Blues‘, and ‘What It Is‘ — it’s hard to keep writing the same things about them — they’re always good live, I never get tired of seeing them (obviously), they always bring something new and endearing and compelling to the table, even if it’s just ridiculous outfits or wigs — but it never overshadows the fact that they write incredible songs and love what they do. If it makes any difference, two Brits that I took to see them loved them, even though one was gonna make $15 bucks if he didn’t. That’s a damn good band.

mp3 | The Growlers – What It Is