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Mamaleek & The Splash Brothers: Stay Woke

The mysterious black metal duo Mamaleek just released their newest slab of experimental lofi murk in their album Via Dolorosa.

So little is known about the band, their scant biography only has them as a pair of brothers from the Bay Area of San Francisco, and the only published photo of them is as children-

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And who even knows if that is really them?

But within the shadows of invented mythology of metal bands, there is probably a more sinister truth to the core of Mamaleek: They are the Splash Brothers.

Yes, the backcourt duo of Klay Thompson and Steph Curry, currently ready to do battle against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

Preposterious? Absurd? That’s just what THEY want you to believe, cause I deal in #factsonly and provide the following evidence.

According to Encyclopedia Metallum, Mamaleek was formed in San Francisco in 2008. That year they released two albums, their self-titled debut and Fever Dream.

Steph Curry was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 2009.

So, the origins of metal bands are always rife with smoke and mirrors, obscuring the birthplace of who and what and where, so we can take their origins with a grain of salt. There is no disputing that they were always a duo, however the project could have just been one brother working on the music without the full help of the other brother.

In 2011, the same year Klay Thompson was drafted by the Dubs, Mamaleek released their album Kurdaitcha on the Enemies List Home Recordings label. The album proved to be a huge jump in the aesthetic performance of the band.

Shifting way far out of the form of a bedroom black metal duo, Mamaleek combined the lofi aesthetic with Arabic influences, a slower pace and knee deep in experimentation. The duo shook the dusty, rigid format of black metal while not attempting to make it a crossover, still put an indelible stamp on it.

The Splash Brothers took a similar approach to their basketball play, honing in on similar skills, a pairing shouldn’t work between the two of them, but it’s easily the best grouping of the NBA.

Same with Mamaleek’s approach to their experimentation, the combining of a vast array of influences and sounds, even pop music, combined with the increasinly graying sound of black metal would be wasted in the wrong hands, but the chemistry of the group outshines the possible deficiencies.

The Brothers Splash/Mamaleek still ascended in 2014 with a hard fought first round exit in seven games against the Los Angeles Clippers and the Mamaleek album He Never Spoke a Mumblin’ Word.

Shortly after their playoff loss, Warriors coach Mark Jackson was fired amid a flurry of personel issues between other coaches, management and Jackson.

One report was that given Mark Jackson’s sidejob as a pastor, he had frequently spent time preaching to his team. Known for being a boisterous player and play by play man, Jackson wasn’t shy to speak his mind.

Is it possible that the title of Mamaleek’s fourth album is a direct reference to Jackson? Watch this video of Jackson preaching the gospel on the streets of Los Angeles to see if that voice could be attributed to the idea of a man who never spoke a mumblin word.

Jackson was replaced by Steve Kerr and the Warriors ascended to a great height as they lean on the edge of winning the franchise’s first championship since the 60’s.

In addition to that, Mamaleek have released their latest album Via Dolorosa. The title comes from the Latin phrase “Way of Grief” and is frequently used to reflect the passage within the City of Jerusalem that was the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion.

Steph Curry is a devout Christian who frequently speaks about his faith, so the title being used by him would make a lot of sense. But it also could describe the path of former coach and fellow Christian, Mark Jackson.

The facts are there that the identity of the Splash Brothers are the same as Mamaleek. But we can keep a secret, no reason to ruin a good thing.

 

NBA Weekly Grades for Week Ending January 25th

A weekly wrap up of who did what this week and how good or bad they did it.

Klay Thompson

Grade All Hail the King Klay

I was wrong about Klay Thompson. When the Golden State Warriors signed him to a max deal, I thought he was not the right Dubs guard to be getting that money, but after this season, including this weeks 52 points against the Kings, I’m making amends.

37 points for Klay came in the 3rd quarter, but really it was only in 8:20 of the third. Even if the Splash Brothers break up, the Dubs having Klay is the right step. And holy mackeral his shooting.

Brandon Jennings

Grade Oh My Gawd/UGH MY GAWD

Poor Brandon. In the same week where he had 24 points and 21 assists in under 35 minutes, joining a couple of guys named John Stockton and Magic Johnson and being the first 20 pt, 20 assist guy since Steve Nash did it in 2009, he also tore his ACL.

Jennings has the obvious star after the Piston jettisoned Josh Smith and he carried them with great confidance. The injury is a huge blow and puts the Pistons playoff chances on hold. With Greg Monroe being a free agent next year and the rest of the season probably seeing Detroit flail in the wind, this could lead to a big shake up.

But the worst part is not being able to see Jennings the rest of the season. After a rocky start that saw him being benched for DJ Augustin, Jennings got his head right and took over the team, being as integral as Monroe and Andre Drummond.

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New Orleans Pelicans

Grade Hanging Tough

The Pels won 4 out of 5 this week, defeating the Raptors, Lakers, Timberwolves and Mavericks. They also lost to the Knicks in what is the most Pelicans week of the season really. Anthony Davis sat out the Knicks and Raptors games with a sore toe, but came back to score above 20 points in the last three straight wins.

The Pelicans are 23-21 still three games behind Phoenix for the 8th spot and the Thunder are right behind them with 22 wins and rising quickly.

They need more weeks like this one, but even without Davis, they should have defeated the lowly Knicks. The inconsistancy will keep them out of the playoffs unless they make a big roster or coaching change or both.

LaMarcus Aldridge

Grade Two Thumbs Up

LMA tore a ligament in his non-shooting hand and was all set to sit out 6-8 weeks and get the surgery, until he wasn’t. A late announcement a couple of hours before a home game against the Washington Wizards saw LMA say he was going to wait to get the surgery till the offseason and play through the year.

And after a slow start for the Blazers, Aldridge finished with 26 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in a 103-96 win. This year is a contract win and everyone outside of the Blazers would be a little hesitant to want to go after Aldridge hard, with skipping the surgery, he is going all in on the Blazers right now. It’s a remarkable dedication to his squad and one the Blazers front office will keep in mind when they offer him a contract this summer.

Charlotte Hornets

Grade Bew bew bew, Sneaking Out the Back Door

Very quietly the Hornets have won 9 of their last 12 and last week won 4 out of 5, only losing a blowout loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.  They had two ugly wins, a 78-76 one over Miami and a 76-71 win over the Knicks. It even took them to overtime to get 80 points against the Pacers.

And late Sunday night the rumor was talks between the Nets and Hornets were starting to warm up again, but this time to get Joe Johnson in a teal uniform. The Hornets would dump Lance Stephenson, Gerald Henderson and Marvin Williams for Johnson. Joe has struggled this season, but the Hornets are thirsty for someone who can just shoot and it appear Michael Jordan is intrigued enough to wash away some of the recent acquisitions of Charlotte.

The Nets want out of their Big 3 contracts and cannot seem to get anyone to bite on Derron Williams. The Hornets and Nets are in close contention for the last playoff spot, but will that move benefit them both?

 

Last Nights Number: Miami Heat vs Cleveland Cavaliers

4 for 5

As LeBron James returned to Miami to face his old squad. One familiar face and one new face chipped in 4 for 5 FG shooting to push the Heat to a 101-91 win over the Cavs. Chris Anderson went 4 for 5 with 8 rebounds, 2 steals and one block. While Danny Granger matched that field goal record and got 7 rebounds. Granger ended with 9 points, Anderson with 12.

Bonus Number

50

The Wizards went into Madison Square Garden and dominated the Knicks at home, especially in the paint. The Wizards got 50 of their 102 points in the paint with Wall leading the bunch on 24 points and 11 assists, now tied for the lead in players with double-doubles to lead the league.

Bonus Bonus Number

21.4%

The Los Angeles Clippers held the Golden State Warriors to 21.4% shooting from three point line last night giving the Dubs their second straight loss. The Warriors went 6 for 28 behind the line, with Klay Thompson making only 2 of his 10 attempts and Steph Curry made 1 for 5.

Last Nights Number: Houston Rockets vs Portland Trail Blazers

44

James Harden shot 14 for 26 for 44 points and added 3 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals for a 110-95 win over the Blazers. Portland was without LaMarcus Aldridge and Damien Lillard suffered from 6 for 16 shooting. Harden also got to the free throw line 13 times, making 12 of those shots.

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Bonus Number

120+

Four teams scored over 120 points last night, two of them in the same game. The Chicago Bulls beat the Toronto Raptors 129-120, with the Bulls shooting 54.1% in the field, 50% from three, and 91.5% from the free throw line.

San Antonio Spurs had a full roster and beat out the Los Angeles Clippers 125-118. The Spurs shot 63.6% from the field AND the free throw line, while their three point shooting went for 56.5%.

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Sacramento Kings 128-108 with 25 points from Klay Thompson and 18 from Justin Holiday. Boogie Cousins lead the Kings with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. The Dubs shot 53.8%in the field and went 21 for 24 from the free throw line.

Last Nights Number: Houston Rockets vs Golden State Warriors

49.4%

The Warriors shot 49.4% to cruise to a 105-93 win over the Rockets. Despite James Harden putting up 34 points, the Rockets bench only scraped together 5 points and had no answer for the Splash Brothers. Klay Thompson went 8 for 18 for 21 points, Steph Curry went 8 for 15 for 20 points and Harrison Barnes joined in on the fun for 7 for 9 in the field and 3 for 4 beyond the arc for an additional 20 points.

The win now moves the Dubs into first place with a 19-2 record and cruising into Christmas.

Photo credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

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