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Music: Pass The Mic: Artists and labels on 2020

Bootblacks (Barrett Hiatt)

photo by Drew Reynolds

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

  1. Atticus Ross, Claudia Sarne, and Leopold Ross - Dispatches from Elsewhere Soundtrack
  2. Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts: Together
  3. Houses of Heaven - Silent Places
  4. Deftones - Ohms
  5. Hum - Inlet

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?

I know Panther would mention Steely Dan here, so I'll give them a shout on his behalf, but for me, I was listening to a lot of Hammock. It's extremely relaxing, and calming, which was needed.

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

We were a bit hesitant at first about putting out our record during these times after seeing that it would be tough for us to tour and support it, but in hindsight, we are glad we did.

We've received many kind words from people about the record helping them through, and if we were able to relieve some of the pain and stress of this year, then it was absolutely worth it.

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

Hopefully lots of touring. We miss it terribly. We've got some surprises in store and won't be taking any breaks.

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

New stuff from ACTORS & Leathers. Plus the one we are in the process of making.

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've spent a lot of time on Twitch connecting with some of our favorite DJs. They've done quite a bit as far as raising awareness and funds for artists / clubs / charities. From my perspective, it seems that they've brought the scene as close together as maybe it's ever been and we are happy to have been able to contribute to that community. It has given us somewhere to be social and connect without all the bullshit that comes along with a lot of other social media platforms.

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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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