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Fresh off of my Top 10 LPs of 2011, and about a year since their previous (and excellent) debut, Denton TX’s Mind Spiders, are releasing their follow-up, Meltdown on February 21st via the great Dirtnap. I’m already of the early opinion that this is going to be one of the best albums of 2012. I said the exact same thing last year (and it came true!). Check the first cut Wait For Us below:

mp3: Mind Spiders – Wait For Us

 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

Best – OFWGKTA @ Vice Late Night Party, Saturday :: I didn’t think I was going to be able to fit in an Odd Future gig which was depressing because it was one of the things I wanted to see the most. Major props to the people who made it possible for me to see this — the line was crazy as fuck, and I don’t even know how I got in, but thank you! I got to catch the tailend of Thee Oh Sees, all of OFF! and then finally got to be front row for Odd Future. Granted I was pretty wasted (thnx, R&R!) but this show was fucking INSANELY AMAZING. They were all jumping around (pretty sure Tyler almost stomped my purse but I couldn’t hold it one second longer) and the energy was as catchy as Meningitis doing all my favorites (highlights include EVERYTHING) and I was just so happy to get to be able to finally see them. Fuck the haters, fuck the hype, these dudes are SO damn good. Wish Earl could’ve been there. SWAG.

Who I Missed & Am Now Weeping About – Mind Spiders :: Due to the 1,000 lb stress weight that sits on my chest/shoulders in the weeks heading up to SXSW, which were only multiplied by helping out with a party, I went really light on the scheduling. Which was mostly a good move, I saw a lot that I wanted to, but the one thing I missed was Denton’s Mind Spiders, who have written and released one of my favorite albums this year. Also, one of the cherished and famed Denton bands Uptown Bums played with them during SXSW. Apparently they were really good during SXSW as well. See?

Worst – The Sandwitches @ Eastbound and Down :: I’m not gonna spend time discussing how much I didn’t like them, but I was pretty disappointed because I was really coming around to some of the songs off their forthcoming album, but I think in the end… I just don’t get it. And the shrieking at the end of the set… did not sit well with me. Shame, because their name is my favorite thing.

Favorite New Discovery – TRMRS :: I wrote about this HERE, but these guys are really, really good and their crowds are nothing like the most boring crowd award below. Their Saturday show, which I will write more about, just before Shannon & The Clams was FUCKING amazeballs and ridiculous, and that’s what I love about them.

Most Boring Crowd – Black Lips @ Vice Party, Club Deville :: I usually look to Black Lips to be a crowd in which I can push and get pushed like the maniac that I love to be for about 3 days during the year. This show did not work out in that vein. Especially because they were after OFF! which people were going pretty mad to. Oh well.

Awesomest Cover – Some Band – A Daniel Johnston song :: I’m perfectly aware that I have absolutely no information about the band that was playing this. It was at the House Party at which I saw School Knights, and they were this rad little hippie duo who wore drug rugs and fucking RIPPED through tons of instrumentals before playing this Daniel Johnston cover, which of course, I don’t know the name of. I think the fact that I know nothing, plus there was like >20 people there… makes this the most fucking underground moment of SXSW, but it was really really rad. I wish you guys could’ve seen it.

Worst Cover :: Some Shitty Band Covering Cee-Lo’s ‘Fuck You’ - On Sunday night we were going to like, Shakespeares Pub or something and as were walking we hear literally the worst cover of ‘Fuck You’ I’ve ever heard. So if you were playing approximately 9pm somewhere on 6th street, and covering this — FUCK YOU!

Worst thing – Burger Saturday Night Shut Down By Cops/Moved :: This was so tragic. Taylor and I trekked up past 50th for this Burger House party on Saturday night with King Tuff, Audacity and Shannon & The Clams. Like, 20 minutes after we got there, however, the cops came and shut everything the fuck down. We waited around for at least 30 minutes to see if it would get moved or go back on. We were super disappointed to hear that but we raced downtown to get to the Vice Late Night Party only to find out later that the show was moved and DID go on.

Best Hotdog – Chupacabra :: I ate a lot of street-dogs this year. Last year it was my biggest mistake not to have one until the Saturday night and I’ve been haunted by the memory of that amazing taste. Before you say so, I know street-dogs exist elsewhere but they just don’t taste the same as when you can look at the Frost Building. Chupacabra had the best (read: most) amount of Ketchup so I choose them. Thank you.

Best Celeb Sighting – Aziz Ansari @ Fat Possum’s I’m An Alcoholic & I Hate You :: A few weeks ago when Aziz Ansari was in London, I tweeted about how I wanted a ticket and he DM’d me and hooked an American sista abroad up with tickets, so I thanked him as he cruised into Fat Possum’s party to catch Mellowhype and Bass Drum of Death.

Gotta give props to our budz at Weekly Tape Deck for turning us onto these dudes forever ago because, as I’ve said in pretty much every post I’ve made about them, but I fucking ADORE Mind Spiders. Their debut album which just came out on Dirtnap Records, is a finely crafted piece of skuzzed-up 60s pop that is devastatingly catchy. This sub-2-minute kick in the face has been on repeat for quite some fucking time over here. I just can’t get that organ out of my head. This is necessary listening.

mp3 | Mind Spiders – Don’t Let Her Go

When our friends over at Weekly Tape Deck introduced us to Denton’s Mind Spiders – the side project of local hero and ex-Marked Men man Mark Ryan (try saying that aloud) — we fell in love with them immediately. I’ve just actually been wondering where they are as ‘World’s Destroyed‘ still gets a lot of airplay at NRBW HQ + Mobile HQ (also known as my car, Baby Beluga). ‘No Romance‘ the first released cut off their new self-titled LP which you can grab over at Green Noise Records and it is a sub-two minute whirlwind of guitars, pop sensibility and low-key keys (is that even considered punning?) that just fucking rules. Ryan from WTD said it better than me, “if this song was supposed to be morose then I completely missed it”. Get on this.

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I love doing year end roundup coverage and I’m still waiting to put up the bands to watch list, so I thought we’d highlight some of the great bands we discovered over the past year. Some of them made our 2011 bands to watch list, some of them didn’t, some of them aren’t even NEW but rest assured they all rule. As per the usual, you can download a great mp3 from each of the bands at the links.

The Strangers Family Band

Les Rallizes Denudes
Best Coast
Happy Birthday

Caitlin Rose
Eternal Summers
Wild Palms
White Fence
Cloud Nothings
Hey Sholay
The Invisible Hand

Fair Ohs
Monster Rally
Family Trees
Silver Machine
Hot Spa
Fergus & Geronimo
The Jim Jones Revue
Jeffertitti’s Nile
Mind Spiders
Shimmering Stars
Young Sinclairs
Son of Rams
The N.E.C
Velvet Davenport
Dominant Legs
The Splinters
The Vaccines
The Babies
Las Robertas
Heavy Hawaii
Francois & The Atlas Mountains
Myelin Sheaths
Pete Drake
Mess Folk
Black Mekon
Man The Hunter
Navajo Bixby
Demon’s Claws
French Kissing
Whatever Brains
The Castillians
Bass Drum of Death
Dead Ghosts
Sonny & The Sandwitches
Crusaders of Love
Bleeding Knees Club
Straight Arrows
Hello My Name Is Red
Sauna Youth
School Knights
Tree Hopping
The Meanest Boys
Ghost Outfit

And due to high demand you can download a track from each artist put into a zip folder right here.

2010 has been a pretty fun year for music. Every year, I discover more music, better music, and sometimes it cracks me up to see how my music taste grows and differs as the years go by, but I think 2010 has been a great year for new bands and kickass albums. I’ve compiled my list of 10 albums that I really loved, 5 EPs that just got to me, and then 30 songs that I’ve called Top Songs, but they’re just 30 songs that I liked a hell of a lot and came to me as I thought about it and scanned carelessly through iTunes. It’s interesting to note that half of my favorite albums are from California bands.

Top 10 Albums of 2010

10 Ty Segall | Melted | Goner

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09 Woven Bones | In & Out & Back Again | Hozac

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08 Dead Ghosts | S/T | Florida’s Dying

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07 Heavy Hawaii | HH | Artfag Records

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06 The Strange Boys | Be Brave | In The Red

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05 Fool’s Gold | Fool’s Gold | IAMSOUND Records

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04 Avi Buffalo | Avi Buffalo | Subpop

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03 The Soft Pack | The Soft Pack | Mexican Summer

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02 Harlem | Hippies | Matador

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01 Happy Birthday | Happy Birthday | Subpop

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Top 5 EPs of 2010

05 Monster Rally | Monster Rally EP | Self Released

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04 Unouomedude | Marsh EP | Self Released

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03 Caitlin Rose | Dead Flowers EP | Names Records

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02 Sex Beet | EP | TBA

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(note: this is totally not the artwork, as this isn’t released yet, but the EP is too good to not be included on this list.)

01 The Growlers | Hot Tropics EP | Everloving

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Top 30 Songs of 2010:

01 The Babies | Meet Me In The City | Listen

02 Happy Birthday | Perverted Girl | Listen

03 Sex Beet | Stay

04 Friends | Make It Better

05 The Meanest Boys | Strangest Things

06 Tennis | South Carolina | Listen

07 Spectrals | Leave Me Be | Listen

08 Family Trees | Dream Talkin’ | Listen

09 Cee Lo Green | Fuck You | Listen

10 Sonny & The Sunsets | Too Young To Burn | Listen

11 Beach Fossils| Sometimes | Listen

12 Woven Bones | Wanna Tell Ya | Listen

13 Ty Segall | Bullet Proof Nothing

14 Surfer Blood | Take It Easy | Listen

15 School Knights | Lunch Money

16 Happy Birthday | Subliminal Message | Listen

17 The Growlers | Sea Lion Goth Blues | Listen

18 Unouomedude | Buildings | Listen

19 The Strange Boys | Laugh At Sex (Not At Her) | Listen

20 Mind Spiders | World’s Destroyed

21 Fair Ohs | Hey Lizzy | Listen

22 Fergus & Geronimo | Girls With English Accents

23 French Kissing | You Just Don’t Know What Love Is For

24 Sweaters | Fruit On The Vine

25 Demon’s Claws | Fucked on K | Listen

26 Swampmeat | Brand New Cadillac

27 Gaoler’s Daughter | Meet You On The Other Side of the World

28 Shimmering Stars | I’m Gonna Try | Listen

29 My Pet Saddle | Il Fait Beau | Listen

30 Cults | Go Outside | Listen

Buddies of ours over at Weekly Tape Deck are presenting the amazing above bill featuring the wonderful Mind Spiders and a couple of other cool up-and-coming (can I be shot for saying that?) bands out of Denton. Also, Rubber Gloves is a great little venue — provided you find it. Here’s a good story. Imagine 2007, if you can, it’s November and I brave the Texas Winter to trek to Rubber Gloves to see a small band called Vampire Weekend with support from our other friends The Uptown Bums. There were five people not in bands at the show. And then within weeks Vampire Weekend became one of the biggest bands in the world. Oh also, did I mention that the bassist is the nephew (I think) of a one Scott Baio? Now you know.

More over, you should come to this show because its FREE!

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