Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Best Albums of 2009

Welcome to the 3rd (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 2009.
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. Please bear in mind that this has been subpar year for full-lengths. We struggled to find 5 records we loved this year let alone 10 that we were both enthusiastic about, so let it be known that we are not entirely comfortable with our final top 10, and many of our honorable mentions are equally as deserving as a few of the records that did make the cut.
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.
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 2009:

Sore Eros - Second Chants
Woods - Songs of Shame
Atlas Sound - Logos
Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport
A Place to Bury Strangers - Exploding Head
Lightning Bolt - Earthly Delights
Health - Get Color
Monotonix - Where Were You When It Happened
Polvo - In Prism
Pains of Being Pure at Heart - s/t
Zu - Carboniferous
Ganglians - Monster Head Room
Part Chimp - Thriller
The Strange Boys - And Girls Club
RTFO Bandwagon - Dums Will Survive


…and now without further ado, our top 10 records of 2009:


1. Doom - Born Like This

2. Circulatory System - Signal Morning

3. Future of the Left - Travels With Myself and Another

Download Travels With Myself and Another

4. Amen Dunes - Dia

5. Pissed Jeans - King of Jeans

Download King of Jeans

6. Bibio - Ambivalence Avenue

Download Ambivalence Avenue

7. Thee Oh Sees - Help

8. Blank Dogs - Under and Under

Download Under and Under

9. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

10. Pink Mountaintops - Outside Love

18 comments:

carolyn said...

i'm so proud to see dia on SOMEONE'S list.

RGS said...

how do i open the .rar? i can only manage to successfully download and listen to .zip. i would be very happy for this to be sorted out.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic post, thanks. All tha best for 2010!

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Anonymous said...

I was a bit surprised not seeing The G up here. Turned out to be my favorite album of the year

I still dig the list, regardless

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DOOM's Born like this made me take my socks off. No, wait... it rocked my socks off. Anyone who puts Thee Oh Sees and MF on a list is okay by me!

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Surprised not to see Health's Get Color which to me is a really amazing work from those guys ! But still a great selection !

indy said...

Circulatory System needs more love.

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