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

Sam Russo

What is your name and band/label/etc?

I'm Sam Russo, I just put out an album called Storm on Red Scare Industries.

What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
  1. Patterson Hood - Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance
  2. Joe Pug - The Great Despiser
  3. Lucero - Women and Work
  4. The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
  5. Apologies, I Have None - London
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?

I really got into the Rolling Stones this year. You basically can't be alive and not know who the Stones are, and I was already a fan, but I really got into the back catalogue and they've totally blown my mind. As a kid I used to see the big lips and tongue logo everywhere in our house and I didn't make the connection until years later, then when I finally got around to really exploring their music properly I fell totally in love. I used to always put Beast of Burden on the juke box and now I'll put the whole of Exile on and everyone in the bar just sits there hating me. I think "Plundered My Soul" might be the greatest rock and roll song ever written. In fact I'm sure of it.

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

2012 for me will always be about country music radio. When I drove across the states in October me and my girlfriend just listened to HOURS of amazing country on digital stations shouting 'TRUCK YEA!' And 'She's like a Sunday morning, FULL OF GRACE AND FULL OF JESUS!' - obviously pretty memorable.

What can we look forward to from you in 2013?

In 2013 I'm going to tour ALOT, finish my novel, write a new record and hopefully quit working 70 hour weeks in a warehouse. Maybe cut down to 60 hours in fast food, y'know, just for a change.

What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?

I'm looking forward to a new Jason Isbell album, supporting a sold out ZEKE UK arena tour (not happening), a new Lawrence Arms record (optimist) and a whole lot more country music radio.

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 mixed feelings about musical kickstarters because I see it as my responsibility to stand on my own two feet when it comes to financing my music, and part of me sees it as a little lazy. On the other hand I love that Jim White had a kickstarter for Where It Hits You where he was giving away sculptures and old car parts and all sorts - so there's obviously room for really creative ways of giving back, I just find it a bit uncomfortable to see bands all cap in hand because they can't or just won't fund their own recording. It's a tricky one, but I don't actually care either way, I think musicians should and will do whatever they feel is right for them.

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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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