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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

Chris Mason (owner) Dirt Cult Records, Low Culture

What is your name and band/label/etc?

Chris Mason - Low Culture/Dirt Cult Records

What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
  1. Frozen Teens - S/T LP
  2. Toys That Kill - Fambly 42
  3. White Wires - WWIII LP
  4. Swearin' - Swearin' LP
  5. Mind Spiders - Meltdown LP
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?

Frozen Teens was easily the best new band I've heard this year. It's not that often that a band puts out a record that I can listen to over and over again and not get sick of. But their S/T LP is perfect, scrappy, DIY, "pop" punk, just like I like it. Honerable mentions go to Swearin' and Terrible Feelings.

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

2012 was the year I went broke (and crazy) putting out more records than ever before. It's also a year that saw the release of some simply incredibly records. Putting together the top 5 above was grueling. So much good stuff was left off!

What can we look forward to from you in 2013?

Tons of new full lengths from Big Dick, Rumspringer, Sundowners, and probably more. A 7" from VVHILE and definitely more. Tapes from Rumspringer and Fear of Lipstick and probably more.

What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?

Is it selfish to say that I'm looking forward to Low Culture - Screens LP coming out on Dirtnap on January 9th? I'm just super excited that my band is releasing a record on pretty much my favorite current label. Other than that and my own label's stuff, I don't really know what's coming up. I guess I'm out of the loop...oh wait...Toys that Kill/Future Virgins - Split 7" on Drunken Sailor, a new Steve Adamyk Band LP on Dirtnap, a new Dead Dog LP on Dead Broke...and probably a million more that I've forgotten or don't know about yet.

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've never used Kickstarter and have actually never actually donated, but I could see that changing. Perhaps I've held a sort of old school sort of approach where I've believed that bands and labels should save their pennies and do it themselves, but these days I suppose I've decided that if the incentives are appealing enough and people are willing to donate then more power to them. In fact, Dirt Cult somewhat of a kickstarter approach to releasing the recent Dan Padilla LP, Sports Fans, by assuring people who donated a certain amount for a pay what you will download on Bandcamp received a physical copy, and that worked out wonderfully. I like the idea of finding new and innovative ways to promote records, and Kickstarter certainly appears to be one of them. I don't think it will be going anywhere anytime soon and, if used properly, I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing.

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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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