In this installment of our top 50 albums of the year we present the miscellaneous category. This category holds all the hip-hop, metal, instrumental rock, and any original genre that we don’t dare categorize. So hang on to your pants, they might get ripped off while listening to these albums.
Alt-j – An Awesome Wave
An Awesome Wave is one of our favorite albums this year and after listening to that song up there you should understand why. Alt-j brings a fresh of breath air into a hip-pop-rock sound and makes it something totally unique. Check out the whole album here.
And And And – No Party 7″
This Portland band is by far one of our favorite local acts. Their latest 7″ release just came out last month and it is full of jean-punching punk-rock. Check it out and download it for free here.
The Chariot – One Wing
This hardcore metal-punk band knows how to get you head banging in no time. One Wing offers a broad spectrum of different hardcore music. You can check it out here.
Dan Deacon – America
Dan Deacon’s America is a great album that expresses the being of America in this day in age. Full of electronic beats and orchestra parts, it makes for a great listen. Check it out here.
Delicate Steve – Positive Force
For those of you who know us, we are the biggest preachers for the church of Steve. Positive Force is the true form of literal positive force. Those who don’t know Delicate Steve should take a listen to it and be swept away by their new favorite band.
Dustin Wong – Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads
Running in the same vain as Delicate Steve, Dustin Wong has a great style of looping his guitar riffs to build up a movement filled with a symphonies of guitars. Listen to the full album here.
El Ten Eleven – Transitions
Another great instrumental band that out out a great album this year. It is hard to imagine this group as a two man band when you hear them but it’s true. One drummer and one double neck bass/guitar player looping incredibly light-hearted guitar riffs. Definitely an album worth giving a full listen to.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
Godspeed’s newest album is a doomy masterpiece of black drone post-rock goodness. Even those who are not prone to metal music should listen to this album here.
The Hood Internet – FEAT
FEAT is a great mix of different styles of hip-hop and electronic music. It is one of our favorite compilation album that has come out this year.
P.O.S. – We Don’t Even Live Here
P.O.S. brings out the fresh beats for We Don’t Even Live Here. This whole album is catchy and full of great tunes.
Swans – The Seer
Swans’ latest album is a super brutal sounding double LP that captures the essence of pure post-rock. But not only that, The Seer has so many different kinds of elements that make this album great. You can listen to the whole album here.