Top 50 Albums of 2013 Part 2: Rock ‘n’ Roll/Misc

Here is the rest of our favorite albums of the year. The miscellaneous category covers anything from metal music to hip-hop to music that is hard to categorize. We will release our rankings in the next couple of days.

65daysofstatic – Wild Light

Blouse – Imperium

Danny Brown – Old

Deafheaven – Sunbather

Dustin Wong – Mediation of Ecstatic Energy

Earl Sweatshirt – Doris

The Flaming Lips – The Terror / Peace Sword EP

Forest Swords – Engravings

Gayze – Black Soul

Genders – Get Lost

The Ghost Ease – The Ghost Ease

Hooded Fang – Gravez

Lilacs & Champagne – Danish & Blue

Pelican – Forever Becoming

Pond – Hobo Rocket

Pony Time – Go Find Your Own

Rose Windows – The Sun Dogs

Russian Circles – Memorials

Summer Cannibals – No Makeup

Sun Angle – Diamond Junk

Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin

WL – Hold

Lilacs & Champagne

The newest album from Lilacs & Champagne is a real mood setter. Danish & Blue is a mostly instrumental driven electronic rock piece of work. With some great sample and guitar work, this is multiple genres of music mixing and mashing together for some fine tuneage. The album starts off with a Jim Morrison esque track called “Metaphysical Transitions.” It quickly gets into some excellent high flying guitar solos in “La Grand,” which happens to be one of my favorite tracks. The whole album sounds like something vintage, with the constant old record player sound to it. Lilacs & Champagne make this album sound like the ultimate porn soundtrack without making it super cheesy. I’m pretty obsessed with the tracks “Hamburgers & Tangerines” and “Alone Again and…” check it out below. They will be playing at Mississippi Studios on Sunday, June 23rd, be there.

Next we have a local Washington band called Beach Vacation. Their debut EP is called Maritime EP and is super good. With influences such as Beach Fossils, Wild Nothing, and Radio Dept. the only thing not to like is the short play time. Really chilled out pop-rock with catchy guitar hooks and well written songs is what you will find by listening to Beach Vacation. Listen to it below.