Felony Ron (Felony Records) – 10 best albums of 2010

Felony Ron (Felony Records) – 10 best albums of 2010

Well, another year is drawing to a close. People are gearing up for the holidays and it’s almost time to start creating our New Year’s resolution lists. But before we begin looking to the future, let’s employ a different kind of list to help us appreciate the past. You know what I’m talking about. Yep, a Top Ten list! Each day I’m going to publish a different editor’s Top 10 albums of 2010 list for you to praise, completely disagree with, or just outright ignore.

Today’s list comes from Ron McIntyre (aka: Felony Ron), owner of one of our favorite independent punk record labels; Felony Records. You can check out Ron’s picks for the 10 Best Albums of 2010 right here.

10. Joey Cape & Jon Snodgrass – “Liverbirds”

I believe this album was made for Joey & Jons acoustic European tour this year. I picked up my copy at the Bad Astronaut show here in LA. Its an album full of versions of songs i already had embedded in my brain so instant sing alongs for me. Being a Wagonhead and Armchair/Drag the river fan you cant go wrong.

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09. Darlings – “The New Escape”

Being a South Bay band I’ve followed these guys for years and was pleasantly surprised when Buddy gave me this CD. Its the Darlings really coming into their sound. Good tempered rock N Roll with a punk rock feel. Standouts for me “Let’s Roll” & ‘Where Do We Go”.

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08. Smoke or Fire – “The Speakeasy”

I’ve been a supporter of SoF since I first laid ears on them. I was really excited to get the 7″ this year to only be further excited by a whole new CD. Now i just need them to tour LA! Hear that Joe?

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07. DC Fallout – “Retreat!”

What kind of Label owner would i be if i didn’t include one of our releases in 2010. I was a fan of DC Fallout back from the ‘Raised Under Regan’ days. Got to know them better and was really into their free 4 song sampler, thought if we can actually capture them in the studio this album could be a top 10. While no one else has agreed with me yet in their 2010 top 10 I am ok with traveling the road less listened too. For fans of Propagandhi & Smoke or Fire.

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06. The Black Pacific – S/T

So yeah Jim Left PW, no shocker for those in the know. As well a no shocker that Jim was going to release music after he left, and (at least to me) its no shocker that this album is great. While Jimmer and crew only released 10 tracks almost every one is a gem. Yes its sounds like Pennywise and Refused got into a fight (see ‘When Its Over’) but that is not a bad thing. Imagine if Jim went the way of Tom Delonge and started playing ‘Guitar Ballet’.

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05. Chaser – “The Big Picture”

This album had been in the works from Chaser’s 2008 visit on Warped Tour. I had heard versions on acoustic guitars for almost all these songs, ideas on paper, design ideas for the cover art, guest vocalists all came together to amount to “The Big Picture”. When Mike first sent me this i told him that it gave me chills of Nostalgia. This album feels like the best of the 90’s Epi/Fat albums, rocking songs, strong guitar leads, a girl vocalist on a track or two, plethora of guest vocalist/guitarists. It made me think of Nofx – Lori Meyers, Lagwagon – Lazy & Good Riddance – a credit to his gender. While the Cd version didn’t end up on Felony we are still just as proud of it.

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04. Bad Religion – 30 Years Live

BAD RELIGION – LIVE – FREE. duh!

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03. OFF! – the first four eps

I definitely seem to favor the Surf Punk style, (see Bouncing Souls, Pennywise, Nofx, Lagwagon) but my roots are here in the Hermosa Beach scene. Bands like Black Flag, Last, Circle Jerks, Minutemen, & Descendents are how i got into this scene. Going back and listening to ‘First four Years’, ‘Group Sex’, ‘L.A. Explosion!’ is such a warm felling for me. Takes me right back to when these albums blew my mind for the first time. Fast short aggressive songs, To the point no fluff 1:00 long songs, perfect. The last recent album that gave me these feelings was our very own ‘Chaos Delivery Machine – Manifesto’ featuring Fletch of PW, Jason & Justin of 98 mute. No song over 2:00.

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02. The Bastard Suns – “A Band For All Seasons Vol. One: Fall”

F’n Love it. As a Label guy I’m always trying to come up with unique ideas for releases and on their very own, Georgia’s favorite suns The Bastard Suns came up with this great 4 ep concept. An ep for each season. Each ep will have one cover and will have a musical theme based on the Season. Awesome, right? Well this inaugural release is already a worn out gem in my CD player. If you haven’t yet experienced TBS this is a great place to start. Think Authority Zero with a more southern feel. Standouts ‘Coyote Road’ & ‘I’ve been Down’.

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01. Street Dogs – S/T

I was late on the Street Dog tip. Basically meeting the guys on the Warped Tour ’08 concreted them as one of the most stand up group of guys ive met punk rocking across the nation. They had just released ‘State of Grace’ and like the matrix i needed to upload their entire catalog into my brain and now. So 2010 rolls around, Tobe asks for a Felony band for their Glass house show, I suggested Chaser and got my first taste of the Dogs newest musical onslaught. Standouts ‘Up the Union’, ‘Freedom’ & ‘Ghosts’.

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00. Authority Zero – “Stories of Survival”

Not a bad song on this. I mean have they ever released a bad song? The first CD from Ken Seaton & Fletcher’s subsidiary of Suburban Noize VIKING FUNERAL RECORDS. So stocked for these guys to finally be on a label that supports them as a punk rock band not a white boy reggae band. Standouts ‘Brick In The Wave’ ‘Movement’ ‘Crashland’ and my Fav ‘A Day To Remember’

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Peace, Love & Punk Rock to you and yours in 2011.

Fel Out

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