Jim Blaha (guitar/vocals) The Blind Shake
What is your name and band/label/etc?
Jim Blaha from the Blind Shake.
What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
- Goat - World Music
- Lamps - Under the Water, Under the Ground
- Evening Meetings - self titled
- Sic Alps - self titled
- Lee Hazelwood - The LHI Years
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?
Destruction Unit...they reminded me how great a live band can be...and how contagious energy is...
How will you remember 2012? (In terms of music)
We toured a lot in 2012 so most of the music I engaged with was in the live setting. I will remember 2012 for so many fantastic bands I would have never heard of had we not gotten out on the road...being blown away by a band that's brand new to you is one of the best feelings. That happened several times this year.
What can we look forward to from you in 2013?
We have a 7" record coming out on Sweet Rot, hopefully a full-length record and more...
What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?
That one band that sort of comes out of nowhere and makes me re-think everything. I don't know who they are 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?
Computer sites like those will always come and go, but asking for money will never go out of style.