Bubby Hussy (guitar/vocals) The Hussy, Kind Turkey Records
What is your name and band/label/etc?
My name is Bobby Hussy. I'm one half of the psych-punk duo The Hussy, and I run Kind Turkey Records, a small label focusing on releasing garage/punk/pop music on vinyl and cassette.
What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
- Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II EP (In The Red Records)
- White Fence - Family Perfume Vols 1 & 2 (Woodsist)
- Ty Segall Band - Slaughterhaus (In The Red Records)
- The Barbaras - S/T (Goner Records)
- The Men - Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones)
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?
White Fence. Tim Presley is a genius. That's all I need to say. Great songwriter, super nice dude, total package. He released one of the best double albums of the last decade this year, and that's an incredible feat in and of itself.
How will you remember 2012? (In terms of music)
Ty Segall on Letterman and Conan. Unbelievable. From basement shows to Letterman. INCREDIBLE.
What can we look forward to from you in 2013?
The Hussy has our third LP coming out in April! We'll probably have a new 7" out before then, and hopefully we'll have our fourth LP coming out later on in fall then. We've got some pretty cool touring plans for the year so people all over the states should be able to catch us at some point in the year. Kind Turkey is doing a 7" for Night Beats (which keeps getting pushed back, but will be out soon! I swear!), and probably some other 7"s. I'm really excited for the Mystery Girls reunion show I'm throwing in April. I'm flying Matt out from Canada to reunite the band for a weekend of shows in Wisconsin. It's a big deal to the Wisconsin scene, and I couldn't be happier to be involved. I'll be releasing a cassette of unreleased gems from the band at the shows as well. With The Hussy being so active now, I don't have as much time to focus on the label as I'd like to, but in 2013 I would like to up the output on the label a bit and try to get some new cool shit into the hands of kids!
What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?
Well, in terms of Madison, there is a really good band called Fire Retarded that's up and coming and I hope to see them land a 7" or something this year. I'm going to record em so I'm hoping they come out really great and someone takes notice. They're a really good Coachwhips-y garage/punk band full of 20 year-old kids that Madison really needed. It's nice to see the scene be infiltrated by a bunch of crazy kids. It's the best really. I'm hoping Dharma Dogs put out a new 7" or record next year too. They're a garage punk grunge noise band. They're really loud. They made the kid from Fire Retarded throw up they were so loud once. And yeah that's a good thing. In terms of national acts, I'm ALWAYS curious what John Dwyer and Thee Oh Sees are cooking up! I can never wait for their new shit!
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 don't see myself being a part of that culture at all. I have friends who have had successful campaigns on Kickstarter and more power to 'em. But it's just not for me or The Hussy. I release records for other artists on my own dime all the time through Kind Turkey, and The Hussy has labels that do the same for us. The music industry as a whole isn't broken. There ARE still plenty of labels releasing viable music and distributing it into the hands of kids via online sales or through actual record stores (which still DO exist). I absolutely think it's very very important that bands release their own music (Black Flag and Dischord are the best examples of DIY bands and labels) as DIY culture is really important to a whole slew of people, myself included. But there's something inherently NOT DIY about a kickstarter fund. I can't even call myself DIY as we typically release records via other labels, but in terms of booking and touring we are incredibly DIY and it's just something I love being involved with. I'm sure the fundraiser campaigns will exist for quite some, I just don't see myself ever being involved with it at all, because I see no need to be.