J. Wang (Shallow Cuts/Chagrin/Fast Crowd Records)
1. What are your top five albums that were released in 2017? (In order 1-5)
According to Spotify, I fall in line with Van Morrison and Morrisey and don't "dig" new music so I thought I would put the
embarrassing top 10 played on my Spotify since I've crossed over to the dark side, I deserve it:
- Against Me - Crash
- R.E.M. - Harborcoa
- Pinegrove - Angelina
- Sheer Mag - Fan theFlames
- Echo and the Bunnymen - Bring on the Dancing Horses
- Guided by Voices - Motor Away
- The Chameleons - Up the Down Escalator
- Terry Malts - Gentle Eyes
- Benjamin Booker - Right on You
- Toots and the Maytals - Pressure Drop
2. What band did you discover in 2017 (can be a brand new band or an older band) that had an impact on your life? What made them significant?
Galaxy 500 and Luna. I don't know why I missed this part of my life but they've both become some of my favorites and I'm exhausting the catalogs currently. I think sometimes in your life you are not ready for certain sounds, and right now, this is perfect for me. At the time of these bands I was in a much different state of mind and don't think I had the mentality to appreciate them, which is a good thing that I can revisit years later and truly enjoy it like it's brand new.
3. How will you remember 2017? (In terms of music)
The goodbye to the number 1 DIY venue in the U.S. V.L.H.S. R.I.P. old friend and thanks to everyone that made it happen!
4. What can we look forward to from you in 2018?
New songs from Shallow Cuts as well as a full-length from a band Davey Quinn and I have been working on.
5. What records are you looking forward to most in 2018?
Dillinger Four's double album.
6. For most, 2017 will be remembered as a year of political and social conflict. How does that cultural atmosphere influence your own music or artistic life?
Writing has always been an outlet and a sense of protest for me and it always will be, so the latest stuff I've been writing will definitely have this content involved.