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Music: Pass The Mic: Artists and labels on 2017

Steven Williams (Init Records)

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

  1. Propagandhi - Victory Lap
  2. Wolves In The Throne Room - Thrice Woven
  3. Mountain Goats - Goths
  4. Amenra - Mass VI
  5. Hexis - Tando Ashanti

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?

This year I got to go on a two week tour of Europe with Woman Is The Earth, which was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I was introduced to some great bands that they shared the stage which that I thought were amazing: The Fifth Alliance, Wode, and Archivist. I didn't think I would discover any new bands on the tour that would impress me as much as those three bands did!

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

My best memory in terms of music and 2017 will be the aforementioned European summer tour with Woman Is The Earth.

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

Woman Is The Earth - This Place That Contains My Spirit LP, Krieg/Vegas split 7", and some other stuff in the works but not enough to talk about it yet.

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

New albums from Superchunk, Krieg, Panopticon, Watain, Hot Snakes...

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?

I've always worked with artists that have left leaning politics, for the most part, whether the bands themselves are political or not. Although my label isn't overtly political on the surface, coming from punk rock, it's always been something that is important to me, and I really don't have any interest in people supporting my label if they don't believe in equal rights for all genders, races, and orientations.

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Pass The Mic: Artists and labels on 2017

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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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