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Year End 2012

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

Gil Markle (producer)

What is your name and band/label/etc?

Gil Markle, former owner of the Long View Farm recording studio

What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
  1. ZONKARAZ "Zonkaraz at the Hanover Theatre" Double DVD set. Desert Dreams Records. Edited and produced by Studiowner.com. 
  2. DICK WAGNER "Full Meltdown" CD. Desert Dreams Records. Mastered by Studiowner.com. 
  3. PRIVATE LIGHTNING "Physical Speed" and "Song of the Kite". The two 1978 regional hits by the popular Boston-based band, mastered by Studiowner.com. Release not anticipated.
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?

STUFF "STUFF: Live at Mikell's" CD. A 1978 archival recording made at the famous New York City nightclub. Restored and mastered by Studiowner.com. Release pending in Japan. The first, eponymously entitled STUFF LP was recorded at Long View Farm in 1976, and mixed by Gil Markle.

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

The loudness war. Artists and labels alike are increasingly eager to sacrifice dynamic range and clarity in mastered recordings in exchange for apparent volume. This is an unsettling development for the audio purist.

What can we look forward to from you in 2013?

THE MUGSHOTS "Love Lust and Revenge" CD. Italy's Number One horror punk rock band, recently recorded and produced by Dick Wagner, and mastered by Studiowner.com. TATTOO ME  Print release of excerpts from Markle's book about The Rolling Stones, edited by Sean Egan and appearing in the Chicago Review Press volume "Keith Richards on Keith Richards".

What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?

WALTER CROCKETT  Release: late September, early October 2013 Tentative title: This Old Heart Band: Walter Crockett and the Wannabee Wabbits [note the spelling "Wannabee"] Type of music: Americana Background: Valerie & Walter Crockett and the Oxymorons performed for 13 years in New England coffeehouses and concert halls, including three appearances at the Boston Folk Festival. After Valerie Crockett's death in 2009, Walter has reformed and expanded the band. The CD will include Walter's new and previously unrecorded songs. Personnel: Walter Crockett, lead acoustic guitar; Duke Levine, electric guitar; Dave Dick, banjo and electric guitar; Bob Dick, acoustic bass, Fran McConville, mandolin; Mark Manuel, keyboards; Bill MacGillivray, drums; Matt Cassell, percussion.

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?

A trend it is, allowing music to be recorded that would not have been recorded otherwise. However, with all production decisions in the hands of the artists themselves, often unaided by professionals, the system lacks the rigor of the conventional record label selection process, which is not all bad. Also, insufficient thought is often given to the eventual distribution of the recorded material, either in CD or internet file sharing format, with the result that the music gets recorded, but not heard.

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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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