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Year End 2012

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

Tobias Jeg (owner) Red Scare Industries

What is your name and band/label/etc?

Tobias Jeg from the Chicago-based punk label, Red Scare.

What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)

Hmmm, really putting me on the spot. Here's a list minus any Red Scare releases, which are obviously the year's best, duh...

  1. Jimmy Cliff - Rebirth
  2.  The Menzingers - On The Impossible Past
  3. Teenage Bottlerocket - Freak Out!
  4. White Lung - Sorry
  5. Classics Of Love - S/T
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'd say Masked Intruder. Even though I technically "discovered" them in 2011, it wasn't until this year that we introduced them to the world by putting out their debut record. They've blown up faster than any other band we've worked with and it's cool to know that we can still share good music with lots of other people. It's really fun to see a band catch fire like they have; it's kinda why we do this.

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

More distro woes for the label, but we still managed to have our biggest and best year yet. Not to sound like a vain asshole, but I really didn't get into much new music because I spent so much time listening to Red Scare releases. We had a great and diverse output this year, so I'm content listening to all my friends' records. I went to both Riot Fest and Gainesville Fest this year and had a blast, so it was a good year for carousing at festivals too. Let's see, what else... I guess "the industry" rewarded renowned dipshit and woman-beater, Chris Brown, with a Grammy. That was nice.

What can we look forward to from you in 2013?

Me and some friends have been working on a site for Static Age, which was a TV show we did briefly in Chicago. Not that the world needs another crummy website, but it should be a fun challenge and new experience. Masked Intruder will probably be doing a new record too, so it'll be exciting to see what they do next after the immediate success of their debut. I'm also hoping to roll out a bunch or vinyl represses from our more popular Red Scare titles that have been outta print for a while. That should make some nerds happy.

What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?

I hear that The Lawrence Arms are doing a new album, so that should be interesting. I love Swingin' Utters, so I'll definitely check their new one out. An Off With Their Heads album from Blasting Room sounds intriguing. Does Game of Thrones count as a record? How about watching the Seahawks in the Super Bowl? Man, 2013 is gonna be rad...

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 bacause I've never worked with a band that ever used crowd funding. It seems that most bands of my generation or our niche find it weird or undignifying to ask for money from fans. Maybe that'll change? We just do things the old-fashioned way: bankroll the recording, sell the music, pay the bands. It may be outmoded in 2012, so I am fully prepared to hang it up when the scene deems us unnecessary. The sooner it happens the sooner I can get back to playing Dungeons & Dragons.

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  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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