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Year End 2020

Music: Pass The Mic: Artists and labels on 2020

Real Numbers (Eli Hansen)

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

  1. Cutworms - Nobody Lives Here Anymore
  2. Iceblink - Carpet Cocoon
  3. Smokescreens - A Strange Dream
  4. Choux - Super Moon
  5. Aaron M Olson - Lorrie Goulet:Spirit Into Stone

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?

Roobarb, which isn't actually a band but rather some uncredited studio musicians who made music related to a British cartoon about a green dog named Roobarb and his pink cat nemesis Custard. But "Roobarb's A Star" is one of the most spectacular pop songs ever written, no lie.

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

2020 is the year of the new Real Numbers EP: Brighter Then. It will be released in Jan. but we finished it up in March and spent all of 2020 getting everything just right. Very proud of this record: the songs, the performances, the production. I've heard it a 100 times but it still gives me chills.

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

I've got a bunch of new songs completed but no way to record them or perform them with a full band, so expect some stripped down guitar/keyboard/drum machine music coming your way in 2021.

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

Oh, wow, I have no idea. It's been hard this year keeping up with music due to there being zero shows. So here's to hoping people can still safely create music at all in 2021.

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 have two very positive answers for you: 1) I got really into rum and 2) we adopted a guinea pig. Both great things when you are home.

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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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