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Music: Pass The Mic: Artists and labels on 2020

Deaf Club (Brian Amalfitano)

photo by Beck DiGiglio

1. What are your top five albums that were released in 2020? (In order 1-5)

  1. Metz - Atlas Vending 
  2. Idles - Ultra Mono 
  3. Clipping - Visions Of Bodies Being Burned 
  4. Thurston Moore - By The Fire 
  5. Wasted Shirt - Fungus II

2. What band did you discover in 2020 (can be a brand new band or an older band) that had an impact on your life? What made them significant?

Party Dozen. As a two piece they just get an incredible sound. I love listening to drummers first and foremost. Drummers make bands for me. I’ve had a lot more time to play the drums this year and watching Jonathan Boulet play (his style/his use of samplers) is inspiring me to think outside of the box a bit more stylistically when playing. 

3. How will you remember 2020? (In terms of music)

It’s honestly been a blur. The pandemic seems to have sucked us into a time warp. It’s made making music harder in some ways but also just focused some of us into creating/finishing up those things we always talk about finishing. 

4. What can we look forward to from you in 2021?

Deaf Club is wrapping up some LP stuff, artwork, videos, mixing etc. We did some other things that I can’t really say yet. 

5. What records are you looking forward to most in 2021?

  • USA/Mexico 
  • Tropical Fuck Storm 

6. Trying to put a positive spin on things, what is your favorite development from the global pandemic this year? (Is there a new medium you enjoy, a specific song or collaboration, personal news, etc. that was a bright spot?)

The bright spot is no one gave up on creating. Everyone I know is still making music. I really dig Tropical Fuck Storm’s cover of Talking Heads “Heaven” and pretty much anything they do. I’m learning the ukulele. Playing drums a lot more. There’s an infinite amount of things to look forward to learning, reading, hearing. 

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Words by Loren on Dec. 13, 2020, 11:25 a.m.

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  1. A-F Records / Nightmarathons (Chris Stowe)
  2. Asbestos Worker (Josh Stever)
  3. Attic Salt (Skip Davis)
  4. Black Dots (Wade Henderson - guitar/yelling)
  5. Body Stuff (Curran Reynolds)
  6. Bootblacks (Barrett Hiatt)
  7. Bothers (John Massel)
  8. Broadway Calls (Ty Vaughn - guitar/vocals)
  9. Burnt Tapes (Phil LaTour)
  10. City Of Industry (Ossa Humilata)
  11. Cloud Rat (Rorik Brooks)
  12. Primitive Teeth (Christine)
  13. Days N Daze / Escape from the ZOO / Chad Hates George (Jesse Sendejas)
  14. DC-Jam Records (Darron Hemann)
  15. Deaf Club (Brian Amalfitano)
  16. Dirt Cult Records / Low Culture (Chris Mason)
  17. Divided Heaven (Jeff Berman)
  18. Foxfires (Josh Lyford)
  19. Heart and Lung
  20. Iron Lung Records (Jensen)
  21. Lamniformes
  22. Locrian / The Holy Circle / Axebreaker (Terence Hannum)
  23. MakeWar (Edwin)
  24. Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band (Nato Coles)
  25. Neighborhood Brats (George Rager)
  26. Netherlands (Timo Ellis)
  27. Old Ghosts (Derek)
  28. Partial Traces (Brad Lokkesmoe)
  29. Quattracenta (Andrea - drums)
  30. Real Numbers (Eli Hansen)
  31. Red Fiction / Secret Chiefs 3 / Estradasphere (Jason Schimmel)
  32. Red Scare Industries (Tobias Jeg)
  33. Reptoid (Jordan Sobolew)
  34. Salinas Records / Quaker Wedding (Marco Reosti)
  35. Sam Russo
  36. Scuba Cop
  37. Secret Fun Club (Sal Gallegos III)
  38. SpiritWorld (Stu Folsom)
  39. Sutekh Hexen / In Solace Publishing (Kevin Gan Yuen)
  40. The Carvels NYC (Lynne Von Pang)
  41. The Path (Jon Berg)
  42. The Pretty Flowers (Noah Green)
  43. Tibetan Sky Burial
  44. To Live A Lie Records / Tired Of Everything (Will Butler)
  45. Western Addiction (Jason Hall)
  46. Strangelight (Nat Coghlan)
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