Saturday, January 7, 2017

Best Albums of 2016

Welcome to the 10th (and hopefully not the last) Ongakubaka Top 10 albums of the year list. Before we jump right in to our picks, we’ll explain the guidelines for the selection process. 

 1. These records are in no particular order. 

 2. No live records, “Best of” collections, box sets, or re-issues. The albums chosen had to be material released in 2016. 

 3. This is a collaborative effort between the two of us, and if we didn’t agree that an album deserved to make the cut, it didn’t make the list. 

 4. There are plenty of full-lengths we never got a chance to listen to, forgot about, or never had time to fully digest, so don't freak out if you don't see your personal favorite in our list.

With that said, here are our honorable mentions for 2016:

Cheena - Spend the Night With...
Quilt - Plaza
Kikagaku Moyo - House in the Tall Grass
Thee Oh Sees - A Wierd Exits
Ty Segall - Manipulator
Dreamtime - Strange Pleasures
Charles Bradley - Changes
Tobacco - Ultima II Massage
Holy Wave - Freaks of Nurture

And now, without further ado, our top 10 records of 2016:


2. Heron Oblivion - s/t

3. Angel Olsen - My Woman

4. Night Beats - Who Sold My Generation

5. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Nonagon Infinity

6. The Avalanches - Wildflower

7. Tyvek - Origin of What

8. Psychic Ills - Inner Journey Out

9. Parquet Courts - Human Performances

10. A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Juliana LaChance - Thunder Dragon

One of the best and completely out-of-nowhere submissions I've gotten in a while. Juliana is a solo act out of Hamilton, Ontario that conjures absolutely gorgeous folk tunes with the help of her Ukrainian string instrument called a "bandura" and her hypnotic vocals. Nico and Joanna Newsom came to mind on my first spin through, but she's probably going to get sick of hearing those comparisons real soon. Stream the whole record over at her bandcamp and then give her your money and/or find her a label!

- Dan

Monday, November 21, 2016

Gloria - Gloria In Excelsis Stereo

Sometimes some albums can just be judged by their cover. 60s French all girl pop/psych excellence. CD and vinyl out now on Howlin' Banana Records.

- Dan

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Glintshake - Oesch Magziu

Female-led Russian avant-garde/no wave/punk/every damn genre. Limited to 100 cassettes on Hamburg's La Pochette Surprise Records.

- Dan

Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Staches - Total Commitment 7"

Another killer release from The Staches and Six Tonnes De Chair Records. High energy lo-fi female-led garage/punk from Geneva. One of many amazing 7"s coming from STDC. Stream it below and head over to bandcamp to pick up a copy of the 7"(limited to 300 copies).   
- Dan

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Similar Prisoners - False Flags

Excellent fuzzy psychedelic garage tunes with some Britpop leanings out of Miami. Dreamy hooks and lush instrumentation will have you taking an immediate second spin through the EPs 6 tracks. Co-released by Cheap Miami Records/Melochromania Records. Pick up the sweet reflective foil cassette over at the Cheap Miami Records bandcamp asap.

- Dan

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Holy Monitor - Golden Light/Aeolus on Ongakubaka Records!!

Next up on Ongakubaka Records! Hailing from the sun-baked Mediterranean shores of Greece, Holy Monitor seamlessly blends acid-drenched, neo-psychedelia with krautrock to create dreamy, groove-heavy soundscapes. This release brings together the groups two self-released digital EPs for the first time, creating the perfect summer album for turning on, tuning in and dropping out. It's available to stream/download over at our bandcamp page, with cassettes (limited to our usual 100 copies) shipping out July 16th. 

- Dan

Sunday, June 12, 2016

VIDEO: The Lost Souls - Desolation

Debut track from a brand spanking new band out of Cape Town, South Africa. A saucy instrumental beachside romp that will have you shaking your hips and hoping they'll pump out some more tunes soon. Download the track for free over at their bandcamp page

- Dan

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Slackers - не буду этого помнить

A trio of dudes with all the right influences making catchy garage punk/lo-fi bedroom pop out of Moscow. Available as a free download via the Dopefish Family bandcamp.

- Dan

Monday, May 23, 2016

Swutscher - Wahnwitz

Catchy and jangly garage folk EP out of Hamburg. Limited cassette is out now on La Pochette Surprise Records. Head over to bandcamp to snag a copy.

- Dan