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Year End 2017

Music: Pass The Mic: Artists and labels on 2017

Jensen (Iron Lung Records)

1. What are your top five albums that were released in 2017? (In order 1-5)

Of the things we did not release:

  1. Lebenden Toten - Mind Parasites
  2. Necrot - Blood Offerings
  3. Sleaford Mods - English Tapas
  4. Brandon Terzic & Ravi Padmanabha - Live at Shakti Yoga
  5. Shabazz Palaces - Quazarz albums

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?

If I had to limit it to one artist, I kind of found Skepta and 67 at the same time and so they are connected in my brain. Rap is largely a disposable genre these days so it's sick to hear something that may stick in my head for longer than a few weeks. 67 blends Drill and Grime together perfectly making an unholy alliance of ugly, dark rap that is very aggressive. That is the energy I always want to hear regardless of the genre. Skepta has this song called "Top Boy" that I just can't stop listening to. A hard-ass beat and smooth flows from an earnest, hard working artist with longevity and creativity. What's not to respect in that?

Runners up to this are John Berberian and the Rock East Ensemble, Bruce Langhorne and his incredible score to The Hired Hand, Hide (live show!), Nosferatu (TX) and Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus. I'm always looking for new sounds so I really can't limit myself to one artist after all. Fuck that.

3. How will you remember 2017? (In terms of music)

The year that took a year to make the Innumerable Forms album that still isn't done but almost is. The year I had to pack my records and move thus interrupting my flow of musical discoveries. The year that Lebenden Toten put out new records proving that they are still America's best current hardcore band.

4. What can we look forward to from you in 2018?

The label is always pushing out so expect more noise, more ferocity, more experimentation and more freedom. Hardcore forever.

5. What records are you looking forward to most in 2018?

The Mortiferum LP, Acrylics LP, a new Gauze album????, David Bailey (Cages/Gas Chamber) solo 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?

It's impossible to ignore the insane amount of sexual harassment and outed racism that is happening in this country. People have always been disappointing to say the least but this year they have reached a new low that completely infuriates me. All that rage comes out on my drums. I feel bad for them but it's better than going to prison for murdering nazis.

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Words by Loren on Dec. 17, 2017, 11:22 a.m.

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  1. Good Friend (Adam Carroll)
  2. Locrian (Andre Foisy)
  3. The Vomit Arsonist/DHIM/Danvers State Recordings (Andrew Grant)
  4. AWMA
  5. The Great Old Ones (Benjamin Guerry)
  6. The Hussy/Fire Heads/Cave Curse/Kind Turkey Records (Bobby Hussy)
  7. Body Stuff (Curran Reynolds)
  8. Dark/Light
  9. Sincere Engineer (Deanna Belos)
  10. del-Toros
  11. Fatso Jetson/Big Pig/Brass Eyebrow (Dino Von Lalli)
  12. Disastroid
  13. Integrity/A389 Recordings (Domenic Romeo)
  14. Monotrope (Edward Ricart)
  15. Real Numbers (Eli Hansen)
  16. Mamiffer/Mára/Barnett + Coloccia/SIGE Records (Faith Coloccia)
  17. Frank Turner
  18. Shallow Cuts/Chagrin/Fast Crowd Records (J. Wang)
  19. The Bombpops (Jen Razavi)
  20. Iron Lung Records (Jensen)
  21. The Number Twelve Looks Like You (Jesse Korman)
  22. Junior Bruce
  23. Three One G/Retox/Dead Cross/Planet B (Justin Pearson)
  24. Theologian, Annihilvs Power Electronix (Lee M. Bartow)
  25. The Copyrights (Luke)
  26. Fatso Jetson/Yawning Man (Mario Lalli)
  27. The Blind Shake/BLAHA/Shadow in the Cracks (Mike Blaha)
  28. Riverboat Gamblers/Drakulas/Ghost Knife (Mike Wiebe)
  29. Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band (Nato Coles)
  30. Tiger Army (Nick 13)
  31. Old Man Gloom
  32. The Hippaes (Roo Pescod)
  33. Marco Reosti/Salinas Records
  34. Slow Dancing Society
  35. Init Records (Steven Williams)
  36. Spaghetty Town Records (Teddy Spahgetty)
  37. Locrian/The Holy Circle/Axebreaker (Terence Hannum)
  38. Elway (Tim Browne)
  39. Summon the Birds (Tim Clarke)
  40. Netherlands (Timo Ellis)
  41. Red Scare Industries (Tobias Jeg)
  42. To Live A Lie Records/Oxidant (Will Butler)
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