Amos Pitsch (guitar/vocals) Tenement
What is your name and band/label/etc?
Amos Pitsch, Tenement
What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
- Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel..., a perfect record
- The Figgs - The Day Gravity Stopped, newest record from the best rock band that not enough people have cared about for the past two decades
- Birth Deformities - Suburbanized, best punk record of 2012
- Potty Mouth - Sun Damage, I know this sounds nothing like Young Marble Giants, but that's the first thing i think of when i hear it. This seriously sounds nothing like them. But I love Young Marble Giants and I love this record.
- Summer Twins - S/T, they do the Phil Spector girl group thing that alot of folks are doing, but also remind me of all my favorite female harmony groups from the '40s and '50s: McGuire Sisters, Chordettes, Boswell Sisters, etc...
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?
NRBQ. Much like The Band, they hit their stride in the late '60s/early '70s while ignoring psychedelia. A pop group that's obviously influenced by everything from Larry Williams to Thelonious Monk and they are one of the few that pulled it off perfectly.
How will you remember 2012? (In terms of music)
Completed my Ray Charles and Sam Cooke record collections and ignored most contemporary music.
What can we look forward to from you in 2013?
Several Tenement LPs, a Technicolor Teeth LP, a Christmas record.
What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?
D'Angelo's Voodoo reissue. New records from DOC, Backslider, and SFN. Recorded output from Milwaukee's Phylums and Bloomington's Point Dume hopefully?
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 have no idea. Does this actually work for people? Free things are cool.