Monday, December 31, 2012

Best Albums of 2012

Welcome to the 6th (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 2012. 

 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 2012:

The Mallard - Yes on Blood
Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II
Mind Spiders - Meltdown
Broken Water - Tempest
Strange Hands - Dead Flowers
Matthew E. White - Big Inner
Tame Impala - Lonerism
Goat - World Music

And now, without further ado, our top 10 records of 2012:

1. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold

2. Moon Duo - Circles

3. Dreamtime - SUN

4. Ty Segall & White Fence/Ty Segall Band/Ty Segall - Hair/Slaughterhouse/Twins

5. Christian Bland & the Revelators - Pig Boat Blues

6. The Sufis - s/t

7. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

8. The Men - Open Your Heart

9. Death Grips - The Money Store

10. Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light


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X said...

Surprised by the Spiritualized LP being there, thought it was their weakest yet myself.

OngakubakaDan said...

it definitely took 3 or 4 spins for the Spiritualized LP to grow on me. It's definitely not my favorite, but some of the tracks are his best since Ladies and Gentlemen. It's a pretty grim record. And don't forget that this is a collaborative list. These are just records we both enjoyed. There are other records we might have enjoyed more individually.

colleyc said...

your number one is right on!

Procurement Records said...

Well I need to check out a few of the albums on this, good to see a top ten that isn't all the same ol stuff