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Year End 2017

Music: Pass The Mic: Artists and labels on 2017

Timo Ellis (Netherlands)

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

  1. Ellen Allien - Nost
  2. Couch Slut - Contempt
  3. Noveller - A Punk Sunset For No One
  4. Noam Pikelny - Universal Favorite
  5. Mortiferum - Altar of Decay

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?

TIDAL ARMS self-titled, second LP (2013) ... snuck up on me, and although I'd heard it before... somehow it just seriously CLOBBERED me this time around - its so harmonically unexpected/ interesting, by turns ruminative, upbeat, and then HEAVVVVY as fuck too... yeah, IMO it's a fucking classic!!! GO LISTEN NOW:


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

Notable moments: NETHrock playing with EYEHATEGOD, the arrival of our incredible new drummer Joel "Moon Boy" Willis, EARTHEATER live, BUTOH BEETHOVEN, playing bass with MIHO HATORI at the Yayoi Kusama show at The Broad in LA, CAR BOMB live, PAMELIA STICKNEY (the theremin master) live... and obsessively making my own music for months on end, along with regularly DJ'ing on the fantastic Brooklyn LOT RADIO station throughout the year. Soweeeeeet.

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

Touring with NETHrock! Also kicking major ass/releasing a shitload of my own new music (+ also being a goddamn super vegan/ vocal animal rights motherfucker too, btw).

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

NETHrock's new EP Hope Porn (out 2.9.18) and everything else on my new label Records and Tapes Records, stay tuned (and also waiting to see if DECAPITATED are innocent or not (um, not holding my breath, unfortunately...)

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?

For me, this "cultural atmosphere" has been informing my work in the way implied by this question for many years now - obviously 2017 was fucking horrendous in certain ways, as we all know... but frankly, IMO things were already profoundly fucked up, and have been wildly out of control in the the US... for decades, now...Meaning, aside from the current insane political trash fire, domestically + internationally (IE Trump's terrifying ineptitude, his open racism, sexism, and endless parade of idiotic, backward-ass and possibly catastrophic bullshit, notwithstanding... )

The US is a longtime, and is still actively... an utterly ruthless, racist, murderous imperial force; and in spite of certain (relatively) progressive advances after WWII, and since the '60's... in the last 20-30 years, a corporate coup in the US HAS been taken place... and it's now complete. Meaning, the US-based (but also supra-national) oligarchical elite will continue to jockey for "world dominance" by any means necessary... even it if means cannibalizing and ultimately destroying even THIS society!! And all while also (constantly) committing state sponsored terror around the world... IMO any remotely educated perspective about this ought to profoundly terrify and fucking infuriate EVERYONE!! So... NEVER FORGET THIS + DECOLONIZE/ RESIST/ FIGHT THE FUCKING POWER, etc. etc.

... so yeah, all this is always on my mind/ informs ALL my music and art!! ;) PEAAAAAACE!!! /T

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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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