DS Staff Picks – 10 best albums of 2010 (iTroy)

Well, another year is drawing to a close.  People are gearing up for the holidays and it’s almost time to start creating your New Year’s resolution list.  Mine looks something like this: Move out of parents’ basement, Start wearing pants, Get a real job…  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 Dying Scene contributor Troy Nicholson and you can check out his picks for the 10 Best Albums of 2010 right here.

Just so you know, these are in no specific order. Just ten records that I believe you should all know about. 2010 was a great year and I hope to see the same with 2011. You may not know some of these bands as most are east coast based but I can guarantee these will be worth your time. Cheers.

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1. Powerwolves – s/t

(Self Released)

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This band is playing hardcore as it should be.  Fast, aggressive and pissed off. It has everything you could want and it’s technically a demo?? I’m expecting big things from this band in the future. This is a must-listen for anyone that’s into hardcore in the vein of Trapped Under Ice, Rise and Fall or Reign Supreme. I am high on this band and you should be also. You can download their album for free here.

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2. Such Gold – “Pedestal”

(6131 Records)

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Such Gold are fastly becoming a force in the melodic hardcore genre and for good reason. When I met these dudes a couple years ago when they were touring off their demo, I knew the sky was the limit for these guys. They continue to impress me with their musical progression and songwriting. Pedestals is a perfect example of how good this band is but I think they are just scratching the surface with this release of what Such Gold are capable of. You can order this release here.

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3. Hostage Calm – s/t

(Run For Cover Records)

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This has to be one of the most innovative albums to come out in a long time. I could go on for days about how good this album is. It seriously breaks down barriers of what hardcore/punk is supposed to be and I respect any band that takes chances like this. It almost reminds me of the Crime In Stereo “..Is Dead” record in the sense that it truly redefines what you can do with a recording. I’m curious to see what these guys will do next but as for now, I’m sold. You can download this release here.

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4. The Stereo State – “Caffeine, Beer, and Quoting Movie”

(Neutral Territory Records)

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Fun, Check. Melodic, Check. Meaningful, check. This EP truly has it all and any fan of melodic punk would be stupid to pass over a listen on this great release. I liked this release so much that I wrote a review of it that you can read here or check out the interview I did with them here. You could also man up and go purchase the record here.

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5. Late Nite Wars – “It’s OK or Even Worse”

(Panic Records)

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Late Nite Wars actually put out two pieces of vinyl this year (the other being “Every Other Saturday”) and Id have to go ahead and pick this one. Although this could be construed as a preview of their upcoming full length, the songs on here show a mature progression for a band that I have always been a fan of. They just finished up mixing their new CD that will also come out on Panic so even though 2010 was a great year for them, I’m expecting that to be topping peoples lists of 2011. Check out the Panic Webstore and pick it up here.

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6. The Bonus Army – “Negative Outlooks”

(Arrest Records)

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I’m sure a lot of people outside of New England aren’t familiar with this band but I guess that’s why we have this list. This has to be the hardest record I’ve heard come out this year (officially dropped on iTunes through Arrest Records). With a couple members of the band The Carrier lending hands when they can, this ten song seven inch (Yes, ten songs) rips through leaving no room for second string moshers. Be sure to give this one a listen and check out the rest of the Arrest Records family.

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7. Ten Thirty Nine – s/t

(Sex Robot Records)

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This has to be one of the most solid punk (and I mean real punk) releases to come out this year. From the solid song structures to the length of each song (like a minute each) to the guest vocals (Late Nite Wars, Transit, Such Gold, Powerwolves), this record pretty much has it all. If you’re not tapping your feet at work or singing along at a show, there is something seriously wrong with you. They will be putting out a split 7″ with Powerwolves next year so be on the lookout for that. but for now, go pick up the record here.

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8. Make Do and Mend – “End Measured Mile”

(Panic Records)

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No way this was going to get passed up. This record deserves all the hype it received. Some bands just seem to make a perfect and cohesive album. Well, this is it. The best part is, I don’t even think they’re trying. Melodic punk for the masses, this is a must listen for 2010. DyingScene.com actually did a review that you can read here.

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9. The First Annual – “Carolina” EP

(BBB Records)

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So this is an off-the-radar EP that i’m sure went unnoticed for a lot of people but I am here to change that. It has the feel of a mid-90’s buzz bin band but with folk-punk influences streaming through. I’ve been lucky enough to catch these guys a couple times live and I was truly blown away. They’re so grateful that you’re listening, you can actually go download all their releases for free at their bandcamp page. Give it a chance and i’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

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10. The Wonder Years – “The Upsides”

(Hopeless Records)

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#theupsides

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Honorable Mentions:

Matahari – Never The Same (self released)

Amazing progressive hardcore band from Massachusetts. I highly suggest giving this a listen. Expect big things next year from these guys also. Check out their bandcamp page.

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Handguns – Anywhere But Home (self released)

I will go on a limb and say this could be the hardest working pop-punk band around and these guys deserve every ounce of respect they have earned. Such a solid release and with a new album dropping this February, I’m beyond stoked for these guys.  They tour more than anyone I know so catch them and lord out next time they’re in your town. Check out their bandcamp page to listen to “Anywhere But Home”.



One Comment

  1. ghostcountry
    Ghost Country12/21/2010 8:54 AM | Permalink

    I completely agree with Make Do And Mend and Hostage Calm. Hostage Calm didn’t make it onto my list because they reminded me too much of Gatsby’s American Dream and not enough of their own sound, but man, sounding like GAT’s will NEVER be a bad thing.

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