Thursday, December 30, 2010

My Favorite Records of the Year That Were Not Released in 2010

Each year I discover music that is new to me, but not new and 2010 was no different. Here are the albums/releases that I discovered this year that weren’t released in 2010 but blew me away nonetheless.

Artist: Scott Reynolds & the Steaming Beast (Official, MySpace,, Wikipedia)
Title: Adventure Boy (Amazon, CD Universe)

Scott Reynolds will always be known for his time as ALL’s second lead singer and while that’s not really a bad thing, Adventure Boy showcases the multitude of talent he has as a songwriter in and out of the pop punk genre. The song “Jesus, Satan, Gene Beeman, His Car, & Pizza Hut” alone is worth the price of admission.

Artist: Re-Volts (MySpace, Wikipedia)
Title: Re-Volts (InterPunk, Wikipedia)

This Swingin’ Utters side project is lead by bassist (and Me First & the Gimme Gimmes crooner) Spike Slawson and includes six killer pop punk numbers that make me wish this band had some more CDs available because it really is that freaking good.

Artist: Red City Radio (MySpace, Facebook, Twitter,, PureVolume,
Title: To the Sons and Daughters of Woody Guthrie (Amazon)

Red City Radio completely blew me away with this EP. Here’s a band that’s members have been around the OKC scene for years and produced the best release by an Oklahoma band since the Roustabouts’ The Only One. Fans of Hot Water Music, Dead To Me, and The Bouncing Souls NEED to get this CD (and the band’s full length that I believe is coming out next year). You can read my review of To the Sons… here.

Artist: Doug McKean (Official, MySpace)
Title: Concerto for Second Fiddle (Amazon, CD Universe)

Doug McKean was the bass player and co-vocalist for the outstanding Cleveland, OH band The GC5. The GC5 was a punk band that mixed intensity with soul and was well on the way to becoming The Replacements of the 21st century before calling it quits. Since then Doug McKean has continued playing music solo and with his band The Stuntmen. Concerto for Second Fiddle was released in 2008 and is an amazing collection of soulful rock numbers that are catchy and heartfelt all at the same time. I can’t wait to see what else Mr. McKean has in store for us!

Artist: Drag the River (Official, MySpace, Facebook, Suburban Home,, Wikipedia)
Title: Primer (Suburban Home, Amazon, CD Universe)

This CD probably spent more time in my CD player than anything else this year. Primer is a best of collection that is an outstanding release. I’d known of Drag the River for years but had never been able to get any of their records until the Stephen Egerton CD release show. These songs are heartfelt and dark and personal and the music goes from soulful ballad to rockin’.

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