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Music: Pass The Mic: Artists and labels on 2020

Foxfires (Josh Lyford)

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

  1. Power Alone - Rather be Alone
  2. Mountain Man - Give Me A Home/Three
  3. Glorious - Unashamed
  4. Clock Out - Life’s Lie
  5. Safe Hands - Highs & Lows

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?

For me personally, I’m not sure that 2020 was conducive to discovering a band that would have a lasting, permanent impact. There was music that excited me, but the constant presence of new bullshit coming at you from all directions meant that this year music was just a soundtrack to the chaos and that was more or less exactly what I needed.

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

Pretty dire. Not the fault of bands or musicians, there have been plenty taking chances and recording great new music, but I don’t think anyone has quite figured out how to make real connections while touring and shows are out of the question.

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

New Foxfires EP out on Glue Man Records and, with any luck, we’ll all live long enough to have a better answer next year. 

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

It’s a lame answer, but we haven’t put new music out in five years and I’m honestly just really excited to see what people think of it. So yeah, I said my own band and I probably wear the band’s shirt to the show, too.

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?)

I’m a pretty social person, so it took me a while to figure it out, but it has been liberating not feeling any real pressure to see anyone or do anything that I don’t want to (outside of working). I’ve got a mask on, so those little things like smiling in the warehouse when someone makes a dumb joke are fruitless. You’ve got to make me laugh so hard you can see it in my eyes and, bud, I’m a huge bummer, so good luck with that.

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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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