Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Best Albums of 2008

Welcome to the 2nd (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 2008.
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. Don't badger us because your personal favorite records may not be on the list. There are plenty of albums we never got a chance to listen to, forgot about, or never had time to fully digest, so if you disagree with our list, there is no need to let us know (especially concerning Fleet Foxes. It's fucking awesome and deserves to be on every goddamn top album list, so stop hating something because it's as big as Starbucks and a lot of annoying indie kids listen to it).
5. If you missed out on any of these album reviews, check for an original post, or just google it.

With that said, here are our honorable mentions for 2008:

Venetian Snares - Detrimentalist
Gary War - New Raytheonport
Boris - Smile
Akimbo - Jersey Shores
Teeth Mountain - S/T
Howlin' Rain - Magnificent Fiend
Prussia - Dear Emily, Best Wishes, Molly
Spiritualized - Songs in A&E
Tobacco - Fucked Up Friends
The Bug - London Zoo
High Places - S/T
Ponytail - Ice Cream Spiritual
The Music Tapes - Music Tapes For Clouds & Tornadoes

…and now without further ado, our top 10 records of 2008:

1. Thee Oh Sees - The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In

5.Wavves - S/T

6.Apollo Sunshine - Shall Noise Upon
Download Shall Noise Upon

7. Girl Talk - Feed The Animals

8. Women - S/T

9. Fleet Foxes - S/T

10. Woods Family Creeps - S/T

Monday, December 29, 2008

S.W.A.T. - Deep Inside a Cop’s Mind: The Soundtrack For The Next Police State


Sorry it took me so long to get this request up. I'm feeling lazy, so I'll just copy/paste the description from

"After suffering through an ill-conceived pornography trial centered on his misanthropic zine ANSWER Me!, Jim Goad — author of The Redneck Manifesto and other counterculture tomes — moved to Portland, OR, to try and stir up trouble there.
Goad soon hooked up with fellow travelers like Feral House publisher Adam Parfrey, industrial noisemaker Boyd Rice, and Thee Slayer Hippy (aka Steve Hanford) of hardcore heroes Poison Idea. S.W.A.T. is the product of the fertile imaginations of these underground icons, and Deep Inside a Cop’s Mind is either the satirical “soundtrack to the new police state,” as stated on the front cover, or a left-handed tribute to the boys in blue. Either way, the music, a mix of honky tonk-country and roots rock, is surprisingly good. Deep Inside a Cop’s Mind opens with Ennio Morricone’s classic “The Good, the Bad & the Ugly” theme, with sampled vocals from the original Dragnet television series thrown in to set the table. With instrumental backing from most of Poison Idea (they had broken up by 1994), Parfrey leads the band through a haunting version of “The Pusher,” adding contemporary lyrics to Hoyt Axton’s anti-drug song and making more of a statement than Steppenwolf ever did. Truck-driving, road-happy country tunes like Dave Dudley’s “Coffee, Coffee, Coffee” and Red Simpson’s “Highway Patrol” are played fairly straight, changed slightly to reflect a cop’s perspective and delivered with a rockabilly fervor."

- Dan

Download Deep Inside a Cop’s Mind

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

(LINK REMOVED 12/27/08)

My friend Stephanie sent me this link last night so I'm passing it on to the rest of you as a late Christmas present. I haven't had a lot of time to spend with Merriweather, but I can tell you it's pretty damn good and there's a fucking didgeridoo on one of the tracks. Grab this one quick, high profile leaks tend to get yanked.

EDIT: whoops, didn't even notice the shoutbox post. Thanks anonymous guest person, and don't ever worry about "stealing our thunder" or whatever. We're doing this to share great music, it doesn't matter who is posting the links.

- Steve

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Julian Koster - The Singing Saw at Christmastime

Hey its a Christmas album that doesn't make me want to kill myself. Julian Koster (of the Elephant 6 collective) manages to turn some of the jolliest Christmas tunes into some hauntingly beautiful pieces using his singing saw. This isn't one to put on while you're celebrating baby Jesus with your family, but it's pretty amazing what the man can do with a sharp tool.

- Dan

Download The Singing Saw at Christmastime

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Golden Animals - Free Your Mind And Win A Pony

Someone had mentioned this band in the shoutbox a week ago, and I figured it deserved a post here. This is a really solid album from a psychedelic/folk/rock duo from California. Their sound is similar to The White Stripes at moments, and they will unfortunately always deal with that comparison due to the same girl drum/boy guitar setup, but, with a more southern flavor and The Doors-ish vocals, they are able to maintain their individuality. She certainly is a better vocalist than Meg White with her haunting ohs, ahs, and hums. This is one of the better albums in what has been a pretty drab year of music.

- Dan

Download Free Your Mind And Win A Pony

Friday, December 12, 2008

Circusbreaker - Objective Facts Concerning Destruction

The time has come! Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the world premiere of my first full-length release. I've been working on this for an incredibly long time, and finally feel that it is ready to be heard. It has taken me so long because I am severely obsessive compulsive when it comes to making music, and if it is not pleasing to my ears, there's no reason to others to hear it. Well, I am finally pleased and think that many of you will be as well. Each track is inspired by my favorite and most-played NES games of my childhood, and my current noisy interpretation of their gameplay. Musically, I would cite Lightning Bolt, Venetian Snares, and Squarepusher as immediate influences and consider my sound to a mixture of all parties. In other words, if you like your electronic music abrasive, noisy, glitchy, danceable, and capable of blowing your mind after smoking a bowl, this could be for you. Of course, feedback is appreciated/needed so leave a comment or look me up on myspace. If you would like a hard copy, let me know and we can work something out.

- Dan

The Advantage - Elf Titled

The Advantage are a cover band featuring Hella guitarist Spencer Seim. Instead of shredding, Spencer hops behind the drum kit with some pretty impressive results. When I first heard Elf Titled, I just assumed the manic drumming was the work of Zach Hill. As far as the covers here go, you won't hear any standard bar-rock fare. Instead, The Advantage focus their incredible musical chops on producing badass renditions of classic NES game themes. You're really in for a nostalgic trip with this one. The spot on Mega Man II cover will have have you screaming at your television and throwing controllers across the room . Air Man was fucking impossible to beat. I digress...
If you're a fan of old school Nintendo jams and/or pre-vocalist, pre-touring-with-super-shitty-bands-and-playing-arenas Hella, you'll dig this.

- Steve

Download Elf Titled

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Last Step - 1961

1961 is the latest release from Venetian Snares' alter ego, and is his second full-length under this name. Released last month, this is certainly his most entertaining release thus far under his electro acid analog moniker. It will take a few listens to fully appreciate it, but this might remind you of something you'd here from Luke Vibert or even Squarepusher. If Venetian Snares' seizurific rhythms are a little too much to get you on the dancefloor, Last Step will. Don't forget your pacifier.

- Dan

Download 1961

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Teeth Mountain - s/t

You might remember when Steve posted a collection of various songs from this band a while back because they had not yet released a full length. I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of their debut LP a few months back at a local record shop here in Richmond, VA. The LP was released courtesy of Shdwply Records out of Norfolk, VA, and was limited to only 500 copies with the first 100 on blue vinyl. You could easily describe Teeth Mountain as tribal, but it is certainly not primitive. In fact, their sound spans numerous cultures and the trance they are capable of inducing could easy start a scenester revolution.

- Dan

Download Teeth Mountain

Friday, December 5, 2008

Beehive & The Barracudas - Plastic Soul with The White Apes

Holy shit it's been awhile hasn't it? Sorry about that. Computer issues and the holidays have made blog updating rough. Anyway, I really dig this record a lot and I've wanted to post it for quite some time. Beehive & The Barracudas features members of other sweet bands like Rocket From The Crypt, The Peechees, and The Red Aunts. Plastic Soul isn't groundbreaking or some sort of perfect, seminal must own album, but it is a hell of a lot more fun than most records you'll listen to. It's almost like the guys over at Swami Records had an office party-turned-drunken-recording-session and this was the result. I'll try to get one or two more albums up today to make up for the lack of updates on my end of things. Dan and I will probably get working on our best of 2008 list soon as well.

- Steve

Download Plastic Soul with The White Apes