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Year End 2018

Music: Pass The Mic: Artists and labels on 2018

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1. What are your top five albums that were released in 2018? (Preferably in order 1-5)


  • Mutant Dance Beat - s/t boxset (Rush Hour Music)
  • Hot Snakes - Jericho Silence (Sub Pop Records)
  • Vector Command - System 3 LP (HoZac Records)
  • Robyn - Honey (Konichiwa Records)
  • Tragedy - Fury 12” (Tragedy Records)


  • Tarantula - The Very Best of Sex and Violence 7” (Deranged Records)
  • Deadlock - s/t” 7” (Painkiller Records)
  • Fetish - s/t 7” (Beach Impediment Records)
  • The Number Ones - Another Side of the Numbers Ones 7” (Sorry State Records)
  • Warthog - s/t (Toxic State Records)

2. What band did you discover in 2018 (can be a brand new band or an older band) that had an impact on your life? What made them significant?

I was initially going to say nothing affected me in 2018, but thinking more about it, every time I see an update from Sonny Vincent of the Testors on the status of his family after they were involved in a terrible accident in 2016, I am moved by his dedication to his family and the trials and tribulations they face in their daily lives. Please read about them and consider donating to them:



3. How will you remember 2018? (In terms of music)

I suppose I will remember this year being marred by the local scene here in the Twin Cities DIY/legit venues closing and leaving even fewer options than before and infighting among groups of people who should otherwise be working together. Otherwise, the West Coast tour was great and reaffirmed why I enjoy the DIY grind.

4. What can we look forward to from you in 2019?

Writing new songs, more shows, and hopefully an East Coast tour at some point if our lives allow for it.

5. What records are you looking forward to most in 2019?

Nothing is on my radar at the moment.

6. Right now there are two primary types of digital services: subscription streaming and the bandcamp approach that's more individualized. Do you have a preference and what direction do you think future streaming/download services will move toward?

I don’t utilize much digital services in my repertoire of listening habits as it feels disposable and takes away my ability to critically listen to music I’d otherwise might enjoy. But If I had to choose, I guess bandcamp as its a better option for bands to receive direct support from people who appreciate their music.

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Words by Loren on Dec. 22, 2018, 1:54 p.m.

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