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Pass The Mic: Artists and 2007

Words: Michael • October 16, 2010

Quick Links: Blacklisted, Bridge Nine Records, Bullet Treatment, Ceremony, Coalesce, Coliseum/Black Cross, Converge, Die Young (TX), Forensics, Fucked Up, Jena Berlin, Lemuria, New Idea Society, The Out Circuit, Oxbow, Pulling Teeth, Ready the Jet, Rise and Fall, Rosetta, Set Your Goals, Scouts Honor, Skin Like Iron, This Time Next Year, Tokyo Police Club

Bridge Nine Records

Karl Hensel

Scene Point Blank: What are your top five albums that were released in 2007?

No particular order-for non-hardcore jams because I'm biased.

  1. Attack In Black - Marriage
  2. Attack In Black - Curve Of The Earth
  3. The Weakerthans - Reunion Tour

Scene Point Blank: How will you remember 2007? (In terms of music)

The year I finally saw Shane McGowan sing for The Pogues and the year some kid on the B9 board tried sending me a Sendspace link to one of our leaked records saying, "Consider yourself hooked up, bro. It's the best record of the year."

Scene Point Blank: What kind of impact do you think donation-based releases like Radiohead, Saul Williams, etc? will have on the record industry?

I think it's a great publicity stunt, and it's an awesome statement of "We'll leak our own damn record." It's great when you make money to their level and can exercise that control. I think a lot of bands will do their own P&D deals with major distributors in the future for the copyright and control over their band, but how do you release an album for free when no one gives a fuck about your band in the first place? For Radiohead, they have a built-in network of millions of people who care, me being one of them. They can tour and sell tickets for $60 each and have people offering them $70 just for the chance and they've earned the ability to make money offering something for free.

Scene Point Blank: 2007 saw the decommissioning of two prominent file-sharing groups - Demonoid and Oink. What kind of impact will the increased crackdown on file-sharing have on the record industry? Did it personally have an effect on you?

It had no impact on me. I don't use Oink or Demonoid and in 2000, I looked at Napster the way my grandparents looked at color TVs. "What the fuck is that and how does it get me free music? I have to convert it to WAV? What the fuck is a WAV?" I might have downloaded a U2 record or something and then I gave up. I did get a Demonoid invite once, but I gave up on that before I even got rolling. I think you'll see a much bigger effect if you eliminated Sendspace, Rapidshare, or Mediafire links from working on places like Blogspot. That would REALLY piss people off.

Scene Point Blank: What can we look forward to from your bands in 2008?

Lots of tours, lots of records - some of which people will try sending to us before release date.

Scene Point Blank: What three records are you looking forward to most in 2008?

Excluding the B9 releases, the new Dillinger Four record had better come out.

Homepage: http://www.bridge9.com

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