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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

Daryl Gussin Razorcake, God Equals Genocide, Margin Mouth

What is your name and band/label/etc?

Daryl Gussin / Razorcake / Spokenest / God Equals Genocide / Margin Mouth / Sigh On

What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
  1. Toys That Kill - Fambly 42
  2. Summer Vacation - Condition
  3. Young Guv & the Scuzz - A Love Too Strong
  4. Tenement - Blind Wink
  5. Grabass Charlestons - Dale & the Careeners
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?

In The Red's vinyl re-issue of The Consumers' All My Friends Are Dead came out of nowhere and gave a massive amount of historical context for a band that had been well overlooked for far too long. The quality of the songs and the recordings all coming out of late '70s Phoenix, AZ by art- damaged weirdos is absolutely astonishing. Highly suggested for everyone, mandatory listening for fans of '70s punk.

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

Seeing Red Dons twice in two days was such a treat! I saw a lot of my favorite bands this summer, but there's no doubt in my mind who put on the best show of the year: Red Dons.

What can we look forward to from you in 2013?

Spokenest will be recording for a self-released 12", as well a Big Boys tribute compilation. Hopefully once the record is out we'll be hitting the road on a regular basis. Check out the Facebook page for any updates. Razorcake will continue to be Razorcake: more records, more issues, more podcasts, we have a couple crazy ideas we're working on, hopefully they'll actually happen. We'll also be celebrating our 75th issue release sometime in the summer. Which will entail a big fun show somewhere in Los Angeles, and maybe some other shows around the country. Probably nothing from GEG, Margin Mouth, or Sigh On.

What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?

For 2013 I'm looking forward to the new Tim Version, Violent Change (who features members of Abi Yoyos, Sopors, and The Ovens), Wreck Of The Zephyr, Libyans, Synthetic ID, Neighborhood Brats, Divers, Criminal Code, and way too many more.

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?

It's hard for me to say, I don't pay attention to any of these sites. The only one I've ever donated to was for my roommate's mother who was terminally ill. I do know that in the coming months Spokenest will be funding the release of our own record and we are able to afford this because we've saved up the money and have sacrificed other expenses. I believe it's a trend, just because the idea will eventually seem stagnant to the people who are helping contribute funding. And then people will move on to some other website format, as they have been for the last decade and a half.

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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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