Saturday, January 7, 2017

Best Albums of 2016

Welcome to the 10th (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 2016. 

 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 2016:

Cheena - Spend the Night With...
Quilt - Plaza
Kikagaku Moyo - House in the Tall Grass
Thee Oh Sees - A Wierd Exits
Ty Segall - Manipulator
Dreamtime - Strange Pleasures
Charles Bradley - Changes
Tobacco - Ultima II Massage
Holy Wave - Freaks of Nurture

And now, without further ado, our top 10 records of 2016:

1. 75 Dollar Bill - WOOD​/​METAL​/​PLASTIC​/​PATTERN​/​RHYTHM​/​ROCK




2. Heron Oblivion - s/t



3. Angel Olsen - My Woman





4. Night Beats - Who Sold My Generation




5. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Nonagon Infinity




6. The Avalanches - Wildflower



7. Tyvek - Origin of What




8. Psychic Ills - Inner Journey Out



9. Parquet Courts - Human Performances



10. A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service



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