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Although Oklahoma City lost to the Heat in the 2012 NBA Finals, and fucking LeBron got his ring, I wanted to make this mix to celebrate my favorite basketball team. So this is for the scoring champ KD, the block king Serge Ibaka, yung fashion himself Russy Westbrook, the Swizz defender Thabo Sefolosha, King Tut aka Kendrick Perkins, secret weapon Nick Collison, and everyone who makes the Thunder the best team in the NBA (fuck the outcome, I believe this) and the most fun team to watch IN THE WORLD! Check out all 15 tracks on NRBW/OKC Thunder’s June 2012 Mix (one for each player on our incredible roster) below:

01 Russell Westbrook | The Orwells – Mallrat (La La La)
02 Thabo Sefolosha | The Sonics – Shot Down
03 Kendrick Perkins | The Tammys – Egyptian Shumba
04 Nazr Mohammed | Nazz – Open My Eyes
05 Eric Maynor | Halo Benders – Virginia Reel Around The Fountain
06 Reggie Jackson | The Growlers – Little Miss Jack
07 Royal T. Ivey | Royal Headache – Eloise
08 Serge Ibaka | The Almighty Defenders – The Great Defender
09 Lazar Hayward | King Tuff – LazerBeam
10 James Harden | Dead Ghosts – James Brown
11 Derek Fisher | The Jim Jones Revue – Fish 2 Fry
12 Kevin Durant | The Growlers – Swallowed Whole
13 Daequan Cook | The Bell Peppers – Monquito’s Dinner
14 Nick Collison | The Get Up Kids – Campfire Kansas
15 Cole Aldrich | Old King Cole Younger – In My Mind

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.

It’s finally that time, y’all and we’ll start rolling out all our end of year coverage and this year we’re starting with my top 10 gigs of the year. I saw a lot of great music this year, and practically no shitty music, which I think is a decided improvement upon 2009′s showing. 2010 brought me to shows in four states, two countries, seven cities and while my list features predominantly California bands, not one of my favorite shows of this year happened in Los Angeles. Here’s to the greatness of 2010 and the probability that 2011 will put it all to shame:

10 The Entrance Band @ Red 7, Austin, TX | March 18, 2010

Crazy acid rain haze Friday of SXSW ended with a smoky, incendiary set that did half justice to anything Jimi Hendrix started and that’s probably the best compliment I could give. Real psychy.

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09 The Jim Jones Revue @ Komedia Downstairs, Brighton, UK | October 6, 2010

A too-small-for-them, but, perfect-for-the-gig room echoing with real, dirty, sweaty, down home blues rock with spastic keys and the most magnetic front-man I’ve seen in, well, maybe ever. Older dudes showing us young kids how to fucking do it.

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08 Pavement @ The Fox Theatre, Pomona, CA | April 15, 2010

Pavement. Two hours. Three encores. Everything I wanted to hear except ‘Harness Your Hopes’. Does anything more need to be said?

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07 The Soft Pack @ The Freebutt, Brighton, UK | February 14, 2010

Some of LA’s best garage rippers came to Brighton to brighten (pun intended) the most horrible day of the year and cemented in my mind the fact that they get tighter and catchier every time I see them.

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06 Happy Birthday, Residual Echoes @ Tin Can Ale House, San Diego, CA | August 10, 2010

Tiny bar on a beautiful San Diego night, 30 people jumping madly for some of the best pop songs of the entire year. Best Happy Birthday show of the year. Subliminal Message!

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05 The Strange Boys @ Emo’s Jr., Austin, TX | March 17, 2010

Was a little nervous about hearing material from the 2nd album, which is definitely a grower — The Strange Boys wowed me as usual, converting me to a fan of Be Brave, and played the best material off their perfect first album. Also, this was one of the greatest dance parties I’ve ever had in my life to ‘Woe Is You And Me’.

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04 Happy Birthday, Fergus & Geronimo, Sex Beet, Thee Oh Sees @ Santos Party House, New York, NYC | September 20, 2010

Gig that wins the award for furthest traveled to see. Fergus & Geronimo were a bit meh, but still have at least two excellent songs; Happy Birthday ripped through some of the most underrated, gold pop songs. Sex Beet converted the sizable crowd of their first ever US show with their noisy and fuzzy as fuck jams that refuse to leave my head. And Thee Oh Sees. Hardest working, if not best live, garage band on the planet ruled the night playing fast and furious through tons of their best.

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03 The Black Lips @ Village Underground, London, UK | October 29, 2010

Typical crazy Black Lips show featuring a rowdy moshpit, tons of shoving and about a million stage invasions causing the PA to be turned off atleast once. London’s hipsters couldn’t even manage to be a blight upon the Black Lips though, as their countrified new material was the star of the show.

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02 tUnE-yArDs @ The Freebutt, Brighton, UK | February 9, 2010

There’s not many gigs where I know nothing of the artist, and end up walking up the wrong stairwell, grinning because of the fantastic showing. tUnE-yArDs wowed Brighton with her simulatenously tender and incredibly powerful voice, altogether homegrown brilliance, and intense and utter modesty. It was moving stuff.

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01 The Growlers @ Kung Fu Saloon | March 19, 2010

Even on the coldest day of South By, the Growlers set the brick patio of Kung Fu Saloon on fire after a spectacular 5 other showings at SXSW. ‘Sea Lion Goth Blues’, ‘Underneath Our Palms Blues’, ‘Mean People Suck’, fistpumping party, ski ball and cheap ass rum and cokes made this the only 12/10 showing of the entire year, cementing the Growlers are my absolute favorite band in the world.

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Last night I had the ultimate fulfillment of a dream that’s basically been alive since South By. After ruminating on my bad first impression of The Jim Jones Revue flying with me from LHR to Dallas, I decided to give them a chance and see what their strange throwback attire was all about. And it was probably the best choice I’ve made in so long. I immediately fell in love with their fiery down-home, old-school rock and roll that they play with every fucking thing they have. I was hoping their live show would burn my house down just as they promised.

How can I put this? I was not let down in the slightest. They played the Downstairs Komedia, which I’d never been to before, and let me just say – why is this not the replacement for the Freebutt? It’s big enough, but feels super small and has this cute little background which you can see above. Anyway, I love it. But The Jim Jones Revue stormed that fucking cute stage and burned it down. From the opening notes of ‘Hey Hey Hey Hey’ (my first and favorite JJR song) they played with more fire and conviction than I’ve maybe ever seen – like, people (me, too) write about the urgency bands show but holy shitballs these dudes had more of it than I’ve ever seen. I know their brand is their modern-throwback-mix, but there was something so like, old school saloon about the whole thing. Here are all these 40+ dudes in cowboy boots and waistcoats just fucking PLAYING and sweating it out.

Now, I really need to discuss Jim Jones himself. The dude is a frontman. Like, that’s obvious, but he is one of the most charasmatic indivduals to have taken the stage that I’ve seen in an incredibly long time. It’s hard to explain the level that he owned the crowd, they were in the palm of his hand from the second he walked on stage. And his voice. That freaking voice! It’s ridiculous and completely on par with how it is on the record which is a mean feat. I just can’t get past how incredible it is.

They played a lot from their newly released 3rd disc, Burning Your House Down, which went over wonderfully – the newer songs have Jim hitting a much lower, more sinister place vocally all while sounding bigger and more supremely confident. They did play some from Jim Jones Revue and Here To Save Your Soul, which all went down quite excellently. It’s mildly hard to describe just how sweaty and balls the ferver that they stirred up in the Komedia, but they definitely burned the house down. See this band immediately. It’s an order.


Hey Hey Hey Hey
Dishonest John
Rock ‘N Roll Psychosis
Another Daze
Fog Horn
High Horse
Shoot First
Burning Your House Down
Cement Mixer
Who’s Got Mine?
Killin’ Spree
Righteous Wrong
Big Hunk O’ Love
Princess & The Frog

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01 Fergus & Geronimo | Girls With English Accents
02 Wavves | Convertable Balloon
03 The Jim Jones Revue | Hey Hey Hey Hey
04 Tennis | South Carolina
05 Chuck Berry | Havana Moon
06 Monster Rally | Maori Mai
07 Fair Ohs | Hey Lizzy
08 Happy Birthday | Subliminal Message
09 The Growlers | Average Man
10 The Pixies | Gigantic

DONWLOAD -> Nu Rave Brain Wave June 2010 Mix

Photo Courtesy of | Moochin Photoman

So not that long ago, I was flying from London to Dallas for SXSW and I noticed there was a band of rag-tag dudes dressed in all black in the waiting area. After some stealthy investigation, I ascertained that they were in a band called the Jim Jones Revue. Now, of course, I didn’t see them at SXSW and didn’t see them at Great Escape (even though I wanted to! fucking festival scheduling!) but I still remembered their name. There was something about their apperance that made me think they were like a metal band or something, but recently I’ve found out that they are FUCKING SWEET! Thanks to Aquarium Drunkard for featuring them in Diversions so I could download a track of theirs and realize that I love them. Although they’re from London, they’re doing an amazing job of mixing old-school-American-classic-shit-that-90%-of-Americans-don’t-care-about ie: R&B, Soul, Gospel and most importantly of all (and my favorite) Blues. If I didn’t know any better, I would place them in history right next to the Sonics and Jerry Lee Lewis. They’re really fucking amazing and I can’t wait to see more from them and hopefully see them live since I am clearly a ponce.

They’re coming to America (although no where near the West Coast) but I highly recommend letting this band slay you with their jams…
Jul 22 2010 | Mercury Lounge New York
Jul 23 2010 | Maxwells New Jersey
Jul 24 2010 |The Knitting Factory Brooklyn, New York

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