Looking at end of the year lists on AP.net was quite fascinating. Many people who seemed to predominantly listen to pop-punk had Bon Iver's album on their list. In some cases, it was actually their album of the year. While I have no doubt that an album can transcend genres, it begs the question: why that specific album? It would be too easy of an answer to say, "because that was the best album released last year," since music is subjective anyway. But really, what makes an album from a different genre -- one that you would not normally listen to -- stand out? And most importantly, what would you say are some bands and/or albums that you, surprisingly, really love? People are often surprised to hear me say that I'm a huge AFI fan because they're nothing like anything I listen to. But I do. Maybe it's Davey's voice, or maybe I can connect to their music somehow. For a reason or another, they stand out to me. What about you? What are the out-of-place bands in your library?
I think the biggest surprises in my music library are a lot of the pop songs sprinkled in. I've been known to go through some heavy Taylor Swift and Maroon 5 phases. I'm also known to spend days at a time listening to "Jessie's Girl" on repeat. Sometimes you just need a good pop song.
I wouldn't really say any of the stuff I listen to is "out of place" - I just have a taste that's all over the map in most cases. But, if we're talking not in the usual genres of music I listen to - some of the classical and piano based stuff, like Evgeny Kissin, is probably up there.
Honestly, I'm an omnivore where genre is concerned, so there's no such thing as "those few albums outside my kind of music". I am never satisfied with a regular diet of one kind of music.
But people always seem to be surprised I like metal (Metallica, Megadeth, etc.) but that's all I liked from 10-15 years old or screaming stuff (Underoath, Pianos Become the Teeth) but I spent years playing with and hanging out with people in those kinds of bands.
At this point I feel nothing is out place in my library, its all music. What were once sore thumbs have become my cornerstones. But when being introduced to it, it was all about the context I came into contact with it and associations to things I already actively enjoyed and embraced.
Igor Stravinsky - Was in band in high school college and a favorite of The Flaming Lips Erick Satie - Influence, and often compared to the great Jon Brion, my favorite film composer Miles Davis -Bitches Brew was a favorite of The Mars Volta, On The Corner of the Roots. and most of all, my friends all loved him. and come on, its fucking MILES! Wu Tang Clan - It became the cool ironic thing a couple years ago, but i actually got into it Blink 182 - I don't listen to much pop punk these days, but these guys started me on my musical journey. Satyajit Ray -The Darjeeling Limited
the thing about this topic is that the reason you may listen to something "outside your comfort zone" is probably because it has something to do with the music you already listen to. It's why I like bebop and post-bop jazz, it reminds me off all the concentrated noise I like in post-hardcore. I like symphonic music that sounds epic and it relates to my love of post-rock. it's why genres kind of suck as a thing - it's really just a different take on something you already love.
this also may be the reason why scene kids love dubstep. waiting for the drop and waiting for the breakdown are just about the same thing - and both are dumb.