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Year End 2012

Music: Pass The Mic: Record Labels and Artists on 2012

Ben Hendricks (vocals) Annabel

What is your name and band/label/etc?

My name is Ben Hendricks and I sing and play in Annabel.

What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
  1. Joie De Vivre - We're All Better Than This
  2. Cherry Cola Champions - Cherry Cola Champions
  3. Cloud Nothings - Attack On Memory
  4. Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
  5. The Sidekicks - Awkward Breeds
What band did you discover in 2012 (can be a brand new band or an older band) that had an impact on your life? What made them significant?

I guess you could say I "discovered" them in 2012, even though I had heard them in 2011, but I'm gonna say Dowsing. I really got into the All I Could Find Was You 7" around the time they came to play with us last spring in Akron and then again in Cleveland a couple months later at Weapons of Mass Creation Fest. Then they put out their full-length this summer and we were lucky enough to tour with them down the southeast. Being able to listen to their jams on a nightly basis was pretty perfect. They just have a fun vibe that doesn't really come across in other bands in the genre. I can now say they are good friends of ours and it was a great year having their music in my life.

How will you remember 2012? (In terms of music)

I will remember 2012 as being a great year for the DIY and underground scene. It seems like every single band we've met over the years released a great record and upped their game considerably. I couldn't possibly list all our friends that put out amazing music, it's just that big of a list. I think on the bigger level in terms of music that's more popular with people not involved in our "scene" it was kind of a disappointing year. There weren't many "big" releases that did a whole lot for me this year. But it's nice to know our friends picked up the slack.

What can we look forward to from you in 2013?

We'll be playing plenty of shows in 2013, most notably we're planning a tour over in Europe which is really exciting for us. Hopefully playing lots of Fests and such as well. We plan to put out a split with someone at some point, but we can't divulge much information on that just yet. And if we want get really ambitious, maybe we'll start working on another full-length, who knows!

What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?

I'm looking forward to the new Tin Armor and Signals Midwest records coming out as well as a new Drake album.

Fundraising sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have made a strong impact on the ability of artists to release music. Do you think this approach is a trend, or will it continue to shape how artists produce their material?

I think it will continue to evolve as well as the expectations around it. It's a really tricky platform right now, because there have been some cases where it hasn't worked as well as it was intended to. I don't think it's going to go away any time soon, because who wouldn't want to have other people pay for their own things if they don't have to, ya know? I think it all depends on the artists that choose to use it and approach it in a way that make it a respectable cause. Because, yeah, recording costs money, but you also don't need $10,000 to make an EP. In my opinion, it's on the artist to find ways of recording their own material, because making music is kind of the whole point. It's worth a lot more if you make the sacrifices necessary to make a great record. But not everyone feels that way and that's fine too. As long as people aren't abusing the system, it's a reasonable way to put out records if you have no other avenue to.

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  1. Aidan Baker - Nadja
  2. Alan (drums) - Nephelium
  3. Alex "Shmalex" Dontré (drums) - Psychostick
  4. Amos Pitsch (guitar/vocals) - Tenement
  5. André Foisy - Locrian, Kwaidan, Eolomea
  6. Andreas Weiss (vocals) - The Rabid Whole
  7. Andrew Gomez IV (owner) - Glory Kid Limited
  8. Andrew Nolan - Column of Heaven, Pick Your Side
  9. Andy Nelson (bass) - Paint It Black, Ceremony
  10. Anthony Anzaldo (guitar) - Ceremony
  11. Aslan Freeman (vocals/guitar) - Unifier / Future Ghosts)
  12. Ben Crew (vocals) - In Defence
  13. Ben Hendricks (vocals) - Annabel
  14. BJ Rochinich - Ancient Shores, A389
  15. Brent Eyestone - Magic Bullet Records, Highness, Bleach Everything
  16. Bubby Hussy (guitar/vocals) - The Hussy, Kind Turkey Records
  17. Casey Ory (drums) - Titans Eve
  18. Chris Mason (owner) - Dirt Cult Records, Low Culture
  19. Cory von Bohlen (owner) - Halo of Flies / Protestant
  20. Daryl Gussin - Razorcake, God Equals Genocide, Margin Mouth
  21. Dave Drobach (bass) - Grabass Charlestons
  22. Davey Quinn (guitar/vocals) - Tiltwheel, Too Many Daves, Dan Padilla, International Dipshit
  23. Denver Whipple (bass) - Edge of Attack, Spread the Metal Records
  24. Dimitri Gervais & Mathieu St-Amour - Chariots of the Gods
  25. Domenic Romeo (owner) - A389 Recordings
  26. Eddie Gobbo (vocals) - Jar'd Loose
  27. Frank Turner
  28. Franz Nicolay
  29. Gil Markle (producer)
  30. Graham Scala (guitar) - Highness, Bleach Everything
  31. J. Wang (Owner) - Fast Crowd Records, Dan Padilla
  32. Jacob Lentner
  33. Jake Lang - Sweet Weapons
  34. Jay Cross (drums) - Mortor, Accursed Spawn
  35. Jennifer Shagawat (drums) - Shellshag, Starcleaner Records
  36. Jihad M. Rabah (Owner) - Twelve Gauge Records
  37. Jim Blaha (guitar/vocals) - The Blind Shake
  38. Joe Mullen (drums) - Odium
  39. Joesph Steinhardt (owner) - Don Giovanni Records
  40. John Cate (singer/songwriter)
  41. Jonathan McMaster (bass) - Stickup Kid
  42. Jordan Baker - Pastepunk
  43. Joseph D. Rowland (bass) - Pallbearer
  44. Josh Lyford (vocals) - Foxfires
  45. Kathleen Stubelek (bass) - Circle Takes the Square
  46. Kevin Gan Yuen (guitar) - Sutekh Hexen
  47. Mars - Project Mars
  48. Matt Copeland (drums) - Adrenechrome
  49. Matt Fox - Shai Hulud
  50. Matthew Donlon (guitar) - Lunaire
  51. Matthew Wade (singer/songwriter) - My Silent Bravery
  52. Matty J ("bass moose") - Psychostick
  53. Michael Phillips (owner) - Escapist Records
  54. Miguel Chen (bass) - Teenage Bottlerocket
  55. Mike Browne (vocals) - Son of Man
  56. Mike Cheese - Gehenna
  57. Mike Park (owner) - Asian Man Records
  58. Mike Riley - Firestarter Records, Toxic Pop Records, Paper Dragons
  59. Nick 13 - Tiger Army
  60. Nick Harris (guitar) - Luther
  61. Pat Kennedy (guitar/vocals) - Light Years
  62. R. Loren (owner) - Handmade Birds/Pyramids
  63. Rennie Resmini (vocals) - Starkweather
  64. Roo Pescod (guitar/vocals) - Bangers
  65. Ryan Bram (guitar) - Territory
  66. Sam Russo
  67. Seth Gile (vocals/guitar) - Arms Aloft
  68. Steve (guitar) - Valerian Swing
  69. Steven Hess - Locrian
  70. Steven Williams (owner) - Init Records
  71. T (vocals) - StIth Panzer
  72. Terence - Locrian / Land of Decay
  73. Tobias Jeg (owner) - Red Scare Industries
  74. Wes (drums) - Comadre
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