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Year End 2012

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

Seth Gile (vocals/guitar) Arms Aloft

What is your name and band/label/etc?

Seth from Arms Aloft.

What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
  1. Propagandhi - Failed States
  2. Lucida Console Presents - Dog Days Audio Zine
  3. Worthwhile Way - Love Is All
  4. Wonder Girls - "Like This" Single
  5. John K. Samson - Provincial
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?

Superchunk. Our other guitar player Alex plays a lot of indie stuff in the van that I usually just nap through, 'cause it doesn't do anything for me. Pavement and Sebadoh and stuff. Well, actually Sebadoh rules. I just hate goddamn Pavement. Anyway, Superchunk was the first band he put on that I immediately was like, "Whoa. What the fuck is this?!". They're the best fucking band. Best songs. Punker ethics than most punk bands, too. I feel like a dipshit for not knowing that before now.

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

I did a really bad job of keeping up with new bands this year. We toured a shitload, and spent the whole time listening to Fastball and Built To Spill. And Motown. And Taylor Swift. I don't know. So I guess rather than records or whatever, I'll remember this year for all the rad shows we got to play and bands we got to see along the way.

What can we look forward to from you in 2013?

Not sure yet. Hopefully we'll write some more songs soon and record 'em. Our LP came out this year, but we wrote most of it over the last two years. So we're pretty into putting together some new stuff.

What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?

Shit, I don't know. Hopefully good, new ska? 2012 wasn't very rude. Hopefully Calvinball will finally put an LP together, too. That'll be my favorite album, if it happens. Mostly just always excited to see what my friends write and release.

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 could go on forever about this. Short answer: I think crowd-funded releases are a great idea, and maybe the best way for bands and supporters to connect directly, without any gate-keeper-types. Be it label people, or bullshit blog-hype or whatever. So I hope it shapes the way things move forward. I think it has a real potential to help bands that are out there on the road, busting their butts for a basement full of kids a night.

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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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