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Year End 2012

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

R. Loren (owner) Handmade Birds/Pyramids

What is your name and band/label/etc?

Pyramids / Handmade Birds Records

What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
  1. Locrian And Christoph Heemann - S/T
  2. Pinkish Black - S/T
  3. Fiona Apple-  The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than...
  4. Blut Aus Nord - 777 Cosmosophy
  5. King Dude - Burning Daylight
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?

There is a Denton duo called Vulgar Fashion that has been working on an album for almost two years. I finally saw them live in a very intimate setting and they blew my mind. I am ecstatic to be releasing their album in 2013; what they are doing is very honest and raw and really catchy at the same time. Also seeing A Silver Mt. Zion live was a spiritual experience. Lastly, the Ramleh 8xCD box set rekindled my spirit.

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

I will remember it as the year Pinkish Black began taking over the world, the year Blut Aus Nord completed the brilliant trilogy with a new strain of vocal work that is incredibly effective, and the year I saw Fiona Apple perform live which further solidified my long time appreciation for her music.

What can we look forward to from you in 2013?

A new Pyramids proper full -ength is in the works. It will be only the second proper full-length outside of the various collaborations we have been involved with these past couple years. The Handmade Birds output will be extremely strong for 2013, with special releases from both new and iconic artists.

What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?

Right now most of my excitement stems from the stuff I will be putting out on Handmade Birds next year. In the past I have gone out of my way to stay clear of bias when discussing year end lists or upcoming releases as relative to my own roster, but the truth of the matter is I believe what we are doing, at least right now, is so incredibly special and exciting, that I can't help but prioritize it in terms of personal anticipation.

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 think it will continue to grow, but it definitely rubs me wrong to see the new wave of celebrities using it to fund projects. The idea, at least in my mind, is not for people already incredibly wealthy from their own respective careers or bloodline, utilizing the site for new projects (like Charlie Kaufman and Colin Hanks), because that is going to create a diluting of what people can do with their money.

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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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