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Year End 2012

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

Chris Mason (owner) Dirt Cult Records, Low Culture

What is your name and band/label/etc?

Chris Mason - Low Culture/Dirt Cult Records

What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
  1. Frozen Teens - S/T LP
  2. Toys That Kill - Fambly 42
  3. White Wires - WWIII LP
  4. Swearin' - Swearin' LP
  5. Mind Spiders - Meltdown LP
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?

Frozen Teens was easily the best new band I've heard this year. It's not that often that a band puts out a record that I can listen to over and over again and not get sick of. But their S/T LP is perfect, scrappy, DIY, "pop" punk, just like I like it. Honerable mentions go to Swearin' and Terrible Feelings.

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

2012 was the year I went broke (and crazy) putting out more records than ever before. It's also a year that saw the release of some simply incredibly records. Putting together the top 5 above was grueling. So much good stuff was left off!

What can we look forward to from you in 2013?

Tons of new full lengths from Big Dick, Rumspringer, Sundowners, and probably more. A 7" from VVHILE and definitely more. Tapes from Rumspringer and Fear of Lipstick and probably more.

What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?

Is it selfish to say that I'm looking forward to Low Culture - Screens LP coming out on Dirtnap on January 9th? I'm just super excited that my band is releasing a record on pretty much my favorite current label. Other than that and my own label's stuff, I don't really know what's coming up. I guess I'm out of the loop...oh wait...Toys that Kill/Future Virgins - Split 7" on Drunken Sailor, a new Steve Adamyk Band LP on Dirtnap, a new Dead Dog LP on Dead Broke...and probably a million more that I've forgotten or don't know about yet.

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've never used Kickstarter and have actually never actually donated, but I could see that changing. Perhaps I've held a sort of old school sort of approach where I've believed that bands and labels should save their pennies and do it themselves, but these days I suppose I've decided that if the incentives are appealing enough and people are willing to donate then more power to them. In fact, Dirt Cult somewhat of a kickstarter approach to releasing the recent Dan Padilla LP, Sports Fans, by assuring people who donated a certain amount for a pay what you will download on Bandcamp received a physical copy, and that worked out wonderfully. I like the idea of finding new and innovative ways to promote records, and Kickstarter certainly appears to be one of them. I don't think it will be going anywhere anytime soon and, if used properly, I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing.

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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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