Friday, January 6, 2012

Best Albums of 2011

Welcome to the 5th (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 2011.

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 2011:

Ty Segall - Goodbye Bread
Pow Wows - Nightmare Soda
The Feeling of Love - Dissolve Me
Apache Dropout - s/t
Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica
Thee Oh Sees - Castlemania
Panda Kid - Scary Monster Juice
Total Control - Henge Beat

...and now, without further ado, our top 10 records of 2011:

1. Thee Oh Sees - Carrion Crawler/The Dream

2. Heavy Times - Jacker

3. Shapes Have Fangs - Dinner in the Dark

4. Amen Dunes - Through Donkey Jaw

5. The Men - Leave Home

6. The Cosmic Dead - s/t

7. Le Pécheur - Medieval Dreams

8. Catholic Spray - Amazon Hunt

9. Pow Wows - Nightmare Soda

10. Night Beats - s/t


James Alby said...

Nice list! Better than most, that's for sure.

Anonymous said...

Seriously always killin it dude, killer albums. ty, goodbye bread hands down though

stone.emo said...

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ongakubaka said...

definitely debated Goodbye Bread for a while. Can't even tell you how many times I listened to "My Head Explodes", but there's a few tracks i tend to skip over.

Anonymous said...

The you are the minez had some jams on there too

The Postman said...

getting into night beats really hard right now

Kevin said...

Great list!. I have Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall on my year-end list over at Eclectic Grooves. Lots of garage rock, hip-hop, psych and jazz make up this list. Stope by and give it a look if you like.



Ghost FM said...

haha! it's interesting to see how your #5 album is my #5 album in 2011, too. 'leaving home' was amazing. finally saw someone appreciated the men and didn't mix them with MEN.