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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. The Lawrence Arms - Skeleton Coast
  2. Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
  3. Jason Isbel and the 400 Unit - Reunions 
  4. John Snodgrass - Tace
  5. Broadway Calls - Sad In The City

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?

This year I really sank my teeth into a lot of John Carpenter. The scores to the 2018 Halloween and Prince of Darkness got some heavy rotation in my house through lockdown.

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

I’ll remember seeing a lot of artists, musicians and bands really make the best of a raw deal. Specifically I’ll never forget Fest at Home! Me, my girlfriend and my buddy Gardz watched it together and played Star Wars Risk. Tony got drunk. It was a blast. 

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

I’m putting together a full band recording of Back To The Party -- maybe that’ll come out! I have a few things up the old wizards sleeve...

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

The new Divided Heaven record! There’s still some good stuff to come this year: Deftones' Black Stallion is out this week, I think...

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?)

Without the time spent at home I never would have discovered "modern" video games. I bought a PS4 and started old man gaming with some friends and it’s kept me sane. Play with me on Dead By Daylight. I’m terrible.

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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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