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Music: Pass The Mic: Artists and labels on 2020

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

  1. Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud
  2. The Lawrence Arms - Skeleton Coast
  3. Haim - Women in Music III Pt. 3
  4. Sam Russo - Back to the Party
  5. Strike Anywhere - Nightmares of the West

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?

Lizzie No is an absolute angel. Her two records -- Hard Won and Vanity -- are the kind of ethereal folk that can get you through a global pandemic. Having one too many whiskies and watching her play harp should be the new national pastime.

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

2020 took everything it could from us as a band. It was the IRS, and we were living unaudited like Wesley Snipes. We were joining The Lawrence Arms on the East Coast for some amazing shows, we were recording a new full-length, writing a ton of material, and John and Miles’ softball team actually won a couple games. Then the audit hit. We were truly lucky that none of us lost our jobs during quarantine, but we couldn’t be in the same room with each other. Or play softball. It was torture. 2020 stripped everything back down to our Hobbit-like friendship. The first time we got together to write and rehearse, we barely played; we just talked and drank and joked. 2020 was all about taking care of your loved ones. Luckily for us, that included our bandmates.

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

We got a new full-length coming out on Red Scare! We spent a couple weekends in Chicago eating tofu wings and recording with a beautiful genius named Ben Ryan. We got the stamp of approval from Toby and BK, and we’re gonna delicately drop it next year, because it is a precious piece of sea glass. If our human sacrifices were performed right, we’ll be able to safely play a show in 2021.

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

We just have our fingers crossed for a John Philip Sousa revival.

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?)

We’re just fabulously relieved that Trump lost. We cannot overstate the depths of our hostility toward that fuckface.

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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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