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Year End 2012

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

Franz Nicolay

What is your name and band/label/etc?

Franz Nicolay (Xtra Mile Recordings, Sabot Productions)

What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
  1. Kepi Ghoulie - I Bleed Rock N Roll
  2. Todd Snider - Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables
  3. Future Of The Left - The Plot Against Common Sense
  4. Hop Along - Get Disowned
  5. Morning Glory - Poets Were My Heroes
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?

Hop Along was a real revelation, feral and intense with lyrics that are opaque enough that you put some work in to try and get at what makes them seem, still, meaningful. Kepi Ghoulie made the great reptile-brain rock record of the year, with caveman beats, three chords, and sentiments straight from the Chuck Berry/Ramones/Johnny Thunders platonic core of the rock redwood; the kind of songs that sound easy to do until you try. And (this record is older) I'd never really cottoned to Smog, but Bill Callahan's "Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle" I found fascinating. Songwriting, for the most part, isn't really poetry - at its best, it sometimes approaches prose poems - but something about a couple of these songs I'd read as legitimately poetic language.

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

I was on the road so much this year that I wasn't as dutiful about discovering music that wasn't right in front of my eyes, either by tourmates like Kepi Ghoulie, labelmates like Future Of The Left, friends like Morning Glory and The Cut Ups, or people I already knew I liked like Todd Snider and Bob Dylan. And aside from Scott Walker, there was nothing particularly off the wall: just smart, articulate, aggressive music with a passionate point to make.

What can we look forward to from you in 2013?

An EP of outtakes from Do The Struggle called Bad Advice, and my book based on my touring in China and the former Soviet bloc.

What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?

The best are the ones I don't expect. Ben Marwood.

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?

Every artist is a hustler, and at the end of the day is going to beg, borrow, or steal what they can't earn to make the thing they want to make; so I don't think we can afford to scorn any tool out of a misplaced sense of impropriety or dignity. I've written that there are basically two time-honored historical models, broadly speaking, for making a living as a musician: as a sing-for-your-supper troubadour, or as a client of a patron. Crowd-funding is essentially making a many-headed hydra patron in lieu of one rich benefactor. I've also written elsewhere that if we want Spotify and torrents and $2.98 Amazon album specials, we have to consider accepting the NPR model: the idea that indie rock may come to be subsidized in the same way that we accept that jazz and classical music are subsidized by various (private and state) entities as a valuable piece of American culture that can't be fully supported by the market.

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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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