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Year End 2018

Music: Pass The Mic: Artists and labels on 2018

The Holy Circle/Axebreaker/Locrian (Terence)

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

  1. Low - Double Negative
  2. Straight Panic - Cycle
  3. Mandy OST - Johann Johannson
  4. Hissing - Permanent Destitution
  5. Neil Young - Hitchhiker

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?

Blitz "Second Empire Justice" - Really enjoy this post-punk masterpiece. As much as I like early Blitz, this is great dark pop with some really good ideas in it.

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

Slow and full of echoes.

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

My anti-fascist power-electronics project AXEBREAKER will have a CD Brutality in Stone out on Phage Tapes. My black-metal project BRUTALISM will release a full-length The Charged Void on Cassette/CD with Cloister and Annihilvs. My dream-pop trio THE HOLY CIRCLE just recorded a demo which should arrive in 2019, and LOCRIAN will be in the studio at some point in the year.

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

My own. Just getting them out there. I never know what is coming out in the future. Literally I have no idea.

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?

Well, privately as a musician I enjoy private streaming to share ideas with people for things I am working on or collaborating on. However, Bandcamp is a great site and a good way to engage with people who like what you do and discover new bands and as a musician you do get compensated more directly with it that say the penny-slicing at Spotify. I think the future is going to be boring and artists will never make enough money to sustain their practice. I hope I'm wrong, but it will be an endless line of people taking credit and money and being cooler than the people who create it.

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

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