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