1. Low- The Curtain Hit the Cast
    Slow, minimalist, and heartbreakingly beautiful. Trio from Minnesota play a combination of folk and indie rock with hints of country, post punk, and shoegaze.
  2. The Dillinger Escape Plan- Calculating Infinity
    Pure, unadulterated fury. The intensity of hardcore punk meets the speed and dissonant unease of jazz.
  3. Full of Hell and Merzbow- Full of Hell and Merzbow
    Powerviolence (which is essentially hardcore punk with BPM turned to 230) and noise (which is essentially any sound fed back through distortion and volume turned to 1000 dB). Probably the sonic equivalent of Cormac McCarthy's nihilistic prose
  4. Pavement- Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
    Just a good indie rock album. Lots of nonsense lyrics mixed with melodic, vaguely country-ish punk
  5. Tim Hecker- Harmony in Ultraviolet
    Haunting, ethereal melodies meander through walls of sonic textures. Songs fade in and out each other like light rippling in a pond at night.
  6. Cop - Render
    Really good, really underrated raw punk from Connecticut. A revival of the old Black Flag snarl and the Stooges menace
  7. Mogwai- Happy Songs for Happy People
    It's hard to pick which album is the beat by Mogwai (because they're all great), but this album has a special place in my heart. Mainly instrumental, with elements of folk, psychedelia, metal, and shoegaze all layered in a post rock structure.
  8. Wolf Eyes- Human Animal
    Very primal noise. The boys from wolf eyes definitely dug deep into the canyons of fear and desperation.
  9. Boris- Pink
    Shoegaze meets punk rock meets doom metal. Just check it out.
  10. Have a Nice Life- Deathconsciousness
    Lofi tangle of post punk, shoegaze, and industrial.