Thursday, December 18, 2014

Best Albums of 2014

Welcome to the 8th (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 2014. 

 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 2014:


Tobacco - Ultima II Massage
Jesuslesfilles - Le grain d'or
Cool Ghouls - A Swirling Fire Burning Through the Rye
Temples - Sun Structures
The Cosmic Dead - Easterfaust
Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire
Shellac - Dude Incredible


And now, without further ado, our top 10 records of 2014:


1. Holy Wave - Relax



2. Kikagaku Moyo - Forest of Lost Children



3. Amen Dunes - Love



4. Ty Segall - Manipulator


5. Run the Jewels - RTJ2



6. Goat - Commune




7. The Cult of Dom Keller - The Second Bardo



8.  Protomartyr - Under Color of Official Right



9. Parquet Courts/Parkay Quarts - Sunbathing Animal/Content Nausea (we cheated)



10. Swans - To Be Kind



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Brian Chippendale and Greg Saunier - s/t


A great collaboration between Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bolt and Greg Saunier of Deerhoof. An epic improvised drum battle released by Famous Class Records in conjunction with the Death By Audio mini-doc on both drummers. Pay what you want over at bandcamp for the audio and a download code for a video of the performance, and check out the documentary, "Checking in at 20," below. 

- Dan


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Baron Four - Out Of The Wild Come​.​.​.


It's nothing but hits on this debut LP from the UK's The Baron Four (ex-Thee Vicars). Early '60s beat garage-worshipping tunes that'll have you throwing your panties. The album is available digitally via bandcamp and the vinyl can be ordered through ebay (?????).

- Dan


Friday, November 28, 2014

Mugstar/The Cosmic Dead - Split 12"


Two intergalactic tracks from the two of the UK's greatest rocketeers traveling today. Epic 20-minute  psych/kraut explorations occupy each side of the 12". Good luck choosing a true "A-side" on this one. Streamable below and purchase-able from Evil Hoodoo (all orders from their bigcartel comes with a limited handmade cotton sleeve).

- Dan

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

OUT NOW!!! Wett Nurse - Hissy Fit


The day has arrived!!! Our first release from Portland's garage shimmy shakers, Wett Nurse, is officially in the mail! We are incredibly encouraged by the number of orders we've received and we have copies headed to Australia, Canada, France, and alllll over the United States. Thanks to those who have supported us so far. Grab a copy over at our bandcamp page and stay updated via the Ongakubaka Records Facebook page. We're working to get another release out there asap, so stay tuned!!!

- Dan

Monday, November 17, 2014

Drakkar Band - Drakkar 74


Originally only released on cassette back in 1973, the "Holy Grail of Cambodian pre-Khmer Rouge psych music" is getting the vinyl treatment from Hong Kong's Metal Postcard Records. Drakkar (The Drakkar/Thra Kha/Dra Kha Band) was one of Cambodia's up-and-coming bands before communism came in and destroyed nearly a third of the country's population. Drakkar's lead singer was able to survive the work camps by playing Santana songs for the guards. A pretty incredible story. Stream the release below and head over to bandcamp to grab one of the LPs (limited to 500 copies). There's also a documentary coming in 2015 about Cambodia's rock n roll scene called "Don't Think I've Forgotten" that I can't wait to see. Watch the trailer.

- Dan


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Volage - Heart Healing


For their debut LP, Volage has traded in the fuzzy sounds of 2013's Maddie EP for much cleaner production and earnest songwriting. Their sound floats somewhere between 60s psychedelia, garage, and straight up pop punk, and they show some great range within the record's 11 tracks. There's also elements that remind me of Ty Segall's record from this year. Just a great all-around record. Pick up the LP from Howlin Banana Records.

- Dan


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sitar Outreach Ministry - Revolution in Dimension 5


Excellent transcendental noodling out of Indiana. Wander the far reaches of your mind with Sitar Outreach Ministry's 9th album, released on cassette, in limited supply, on Magnetic South. Take it for  spin below.

- Dan


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Bad Axe - Coachman b/w Poor Man, Run


Hot and heavy rock n roll rippers out of early 1970s Chicago. This long-lost 7" has gotten some new love thanks to Permanent Records (and Acid Archives), and it's one of the better re-issues you'll hear this year. The b-side is streamable below, but the a-side is even more killer so you're going to have to grab a copy from Permanent Records before they run out. Only 300 pressed. 

- Dan


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wett Nurse - Hissy Fit on ONGAKUBAKA RECORDS!!!!!


YOU READ THAT RIGHT! We're extremely excited to announce that Ongakubaka is taking the big leap to small independent record label!! Our first release, of what we hope will be many future releases, is a 6 track EP from Portland's (formerly Marquette, Michigan) WETT NURSE! Hot hip-shaking garage tunes for those cold winter nights. You can stream it below and order a copy, limited to 100, via our new bandcamp page (we've also created an Ongakubaka Records Facebook page. Give that shit a like). We'll be shipping worldwide by 11/25. So support the band! Support the label! i.e please buy this so we can continue to put out more jams!