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Pass The Mic: Record Labels and Artists on 2012

January 5, 2013

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

Brent Eyestone Magic Bullet Records, Highness, Bleach Everything

What is your name and band/label/etc?

I run the Magic Bullet Records label and play in new things called Highness and Bleach Everything.  

What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
  1. Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe 
  2. Silversun Pickups - Neck of the Woods 
  3. Sigur Rós - Valtari 
  4. Moonrise Kingdom - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 
  5. Drive - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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 royally slept on Santigold when the first record came out years ago. My friend Kelly played me tracks from the new album at a bonfire earlier in the year and I immediately ran out to buy it. I don't know that Santigold impacted my life necessarily... more along the lines of her music accompanying some really cool moments and great times throughout the year.

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

I'll remember 2012 as a year where I was able to orchestrate a scenario whereby I could play music with some of my dearest friends on the planet and collectively pour ourselves into the creation of the albums we've always wanted to make.  

What can we look forward to from you in 2013?

On the label end, we've got more Christie Front Drive reissues, new This Will Destroy You titles, a new Boy Sets Fire album, more from Integrity and affiliates, a reissue of Gehenna's first album (in coordination with the great A389 Recordings), and plenty of great stuff to be announced later.

Personally, the Highness debut album "Hold" will be out in February or March. This is a band I do with Eric Richter from Christie Front Drive, Ryan Parrish (formerly of Darkest Hour, also in Iron Reagan and Suppression), Graham Scala (played with me in Forensics), and Brandon Evans (Ghastly City Sleep, formerly in City of Caterpillar and pg.99). We recorded it with Andrew Schneider in Brooklyn and it's something we're all very happy with. Sonically, expect heavy melody, for lack of a better descriptor. Eric sings most of the songs, so there's an actual silver lining over the top of the sturm and drang that the members of this group typically emit in past works.

After that, we're going to hurl a band called Bleach Everything at the collective sternum of all things musical. That's a super violent and ignorant burst of id that I share with Ryan and Graham (dudes from above) and Kelly Posadas from Jesuit. With that band, they just hand me a microphone and I usually try to kill things with my face.

What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?

I've been listening to demos that This Will Destroy You have been recording throughout the year. The next one is really going to be something great.

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?

As long as entitled white people keep overpopulating the planet with their entitled white offspring that refuse to mow lawns and wash dishes (because panhandling online apparently doesn't leave side effects of indignity), you're going to continue to see the most embarrassingly entitled shit possible on the internet when it comes to music and the arts. The failure of punk and independent music and the DIY spirit was the propagation of the mantra "anyone can do it." Well, they heard you... and now "independent music" is the room-temperature side of Canadian beef beneath the E. Coli of all these turd bands, staffed by the worst in pig-people.

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

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  2. Aidan Baker - Nadja
  3. Alan (drums) - Nephelium
  4. Alex "Shmalex" Dontré (drums) - Psychostick
  5. Amos Pitsch (guitar/vocals) - Tenement
  6. André Foisy - Locrian, Kwaidan, Eolomea
  7. Andreas Weiss (vocals) - The Rabid Whole
  8. Andrew Gomez IV (owner) - Glory Kid Limited
  9. Andrew Nolan - Column of Heaven, Pick Your Side
  10. Andy Nelson (bass) - Paint It Black, Ceremony
  11. Anthony Anzaldo (guitar) - Ceremony
  12. Aslan Freeman (vocals/guitar) - Unifier / Future Ghosts)
  13. Ben Crew (vocals) - In Defence
  14. Ben Hendricks (vocals) - Annabel
  15. BJ Rochinich - Ancient Shores, A389
  16. Brent Eyestone - Magic Bullet Records, Highness, Bleach Everything
  17. Bubby Hussy (guitar/vocals) - The Hussy, Kind Turkey Records
  18. Casey Ory (drums) - Titans Eve
  19. Chris Mason (owner) - Dirt Cult Records, Low Culture
  20. Cory von Bohlen (owner) - Halo of Flies / Protestant
  21. Daryl Gussin - Razorcake, God Equals Genocide, Margin Mouth
  22. Dave Drobach (bass) - Grabass Charlestons
  23. Davey Quinn (guitar/vocals) - Tiltwheel, Too Many Daves, Dan Padilla, International Dipshit
  24. Denver Whipple (bass) - Edge of Attack, Spread the Metal Records
  25. Dimitri Gervais & Mathieu St-Amour - Chariots of the Gods
  26. Domenic Romeo (owner) - A389 Recordings
  27. Eddie Gobbo (vocals) - Jar'd Loose
  28. Frank Turner
  29. Franz Nicolay
  30. Gil Markle (producer)
  31. Graham Scala (guitar) - Highness, Bleach Everything
  32. J. Wang (Owner) - Fast Crowd Records, Dan Padilla
  33. Jacob Lentner
  34. Jake Lang - Sweet Weapons
  35. Jay Cross (drums) - Mortor, Accursed Spawn
  36. Jennifer Shagawat (drums) - Shellshag, Starcleaner Records
  37. Jihad M. Rabah (Owner) - Twelve Gauge Records
  38. Jim Blaha (guitar/vocals) - The Blind Shake
  39. Joe Mullen (drums) - Odium
  40. Joesph Steinhardt (owner) - Don Giovanni Records
  41. John Cate (singer/songwriter)
  42. Jonathan McMaster (bass) - Stickup Kid
  43. Jordan Baker - Pastepunk
  44. Joseph D. Rowland (bass) - Pallbearer
  45. Josh Lyford (vocals) - Foxfires
  46. Kathleen Stubelek (bass) - Circle Takes the Square
  47. Kevin Gan Yuen (guitar) - Sutekh Hexen
  48. Mars - Project Mars
  49. Matt Copeland (drums) - Adrenechrome
  50. Matt Fox - Shai Hulud
  51. Matthew Donlon (guitar) - Lunaire
  52. Matthew Wade (singer/songwriter) - My Silent Bravery
  53. Matty J ("bass moose") - Psychostick
  54. Michael Phillips (owner) - Escapist Records
  55. Miguel Chen (bass) - Teenage Bottlerocket
  56. Mike Browne (vocals) - Son of Man
  57. Mike Cheese - Gehenna
  58. Mike Park (owner) - Asian Man Records
  59. Mike Riley - Firestarter Records, Toxic Pop Records, Paper Dragons
  60. Nick 13 - Tiger Army
  61. Nick Harris (guitar) - Luther
  62. Pat Kennedy (guitar/vocals) - Light Years
  63. R. Loren (owner) - Handmade Birds/Pyramids
  64. Rennie Resmini (vocals) - Starkweather
  65. Roo Pescod (guitar/vocals) - Bangers
  66. Ryan Bram (guitar) - Territory
  67. Sam Russo
  68. Seth Gile (vocals/guitar) - Arms Aloft
  69. Steve (guitar) - Valerian Swing
  70. Steven Hess - Locrian
  71. Steven Williams (owner) - Init Records
  72. T (vocals) - StIth Panzer
  73. Terence - Locrian / Land of Decay
  74. Tobias Jeg (owner) - Red Scare Industries
  75. Wes (drums) - Comadre

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