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Year End 2017

Music: Pass The Mic: Artists and labels on 2017


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

  1. Mr Wrong - Babes in Boyland
  2. Public Eye - Relaxing Favorites
  3. Dead Moon - What A Way To See The Old Girl Go
  4. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN
  5. SZA - ctrl

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?

Well, we are all really into music, so we're each constantly discovering new and old stuff and digging into old stuff we knew about but maybe hadn't sunk our teeth into in a while...It's a non-stop adventure of of finding something, getting hyped, zoning out on it, and then hearing something else to get psyched on - it's been a really great and inspiring year for that. It's all significant, each in their own ways, but largely because of killer songs and pure emotional and sonic impact. Here are some that have affected us this year: C.O.M.A., William Onyeabor, Irreversible Entanglements, Roxy Music, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Green River demos, The Raincoats, Younger Lovers, VOG, Macho Boys, Gag, VHS, Pere Ubu, Alice Bag...on and on and on...

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

2017 was a great year for live music, both locally in Portland, and for us traveling (our bassist flew to Australia just to see shows!). Seeing amazing live performances by the classic artists who inspired us: Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Television, Pere Ubu...There were some great fucking local reunion gigs put together to benefit our good buddy Jonnycat, who is battling cancer - The Spits, The Observers, Sleepwalkers R.I.P., Defect Defect, the Minds, The Epoxies...all total ragers. It was great to see the local music scene evolve, both in terms of bands taking their art/craft to a new level, and just the atmosphere in general at shows. Felt like every show we played there were bands that blew our minds, rooms full of friends and soon-to-be-friends, and just an intensity - or urgency, that has maybe been building up for a while.
Plus It also seems like there weren't quite as many boring yuppie fucks staring at their phones this year, which is a total bonus.

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

We will be releasing a 4-song 7" EP on Dirt Cult Records, hopefully by summer, and will be doing lots of touring up and down the west coast! Can't wait!

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

Roxy Music first LP reissue, A TON of local releases by bands we love:The Stops (2nd LP), Cool Flowers, Mannequin Hand, Remnants, Era Bleak demo...

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?

LOTS of benefit shows!

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

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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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