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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

Nick 13 Tiger Army

What is your name and band/label/etc?

Nick 13 – I perform both as a solo artist and in the band Tiger Army.

What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
  1. Marty Stuart - Nashville, Vol. 1: Tear The Woodpile Down [Sugar Hill]
  2. Dwight Yoakam - 3 Pears [Warner Bros]
  3. Jim Lauderdale - Carolina Moonrise [Sky Crunch/Compass]
  4. Calexico - Algiers [ANTI-]
  5. Blaqk Audio - Bright Black Heaven [Big Death/Superball Music]
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 heard The Escalators for the first time. They were a short-lived band from early '80s Britain with Nigel Lewis – after he left The Meteors and before he started Tall Boys. They were rare on vinyl and finally saw a CD release. Not psychobilly exactly, kind of exploring the areas between psycho and post-punk, with a real melodic element in some songs. Similar in some ways to where my head was at with the last Tiger Army album Music From Regions Beyond. Kind of mindblowing where their musical thinking was almost 30 years ago. It definitely makes me excited to write new Tiger Army stuff when I hear it.

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

For me, Americana music (or traditional or neotraditional country if you prefer) was responsible for much of the year's best music. Sure, there was psychobilly, punk, and even electronic music that I dug, but this year was mostly about the roots. I feel a groundswell is building as people tire of prefabricated music of all genres and yearn for the authentic. It makes me excited for what the coming year will bring! While I didn't cut any new music, the success of the video for my song "Carry My Body Down" on CMT Pure was exciting and gratifying.

What can we look forward to from you in 2013?

Tiger Army is doing our 2nd annual "Spring Forward" shows in late March – playing San Diego, Ventura, and Las Vegas with some great bands; but this year the main focus is still on my solo stuff (it's Americana/country music for those not familiar). I released my debut solo album in mid-2011 and I'm coming down the homestretch writing-wise for the followup. I'm hoping to begin the studio process soon and release my second solo record in 2013. I'll also be appearing solo live at the Stagecoach Festival on April 27th with Dwight Yoakam, Marty Stuart and many other greats.

What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?

Honestly, my own! I can't wait to take these songs from my head to vinyl. I'm also looking forward to the new Mavericks album. I'm a little too busy to keep track of what's in the pipeline for most artists; I tend to become aware of stuff right when it comes out.

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?

There's no question that some labels want a lot for a little and unless they're providing something that the artist can't, or at the very least bringing a real passion for the project that's going to last more than five minutes, then you'll continue to see the old models change and new ones emerge. Whether this is where it lands for or things continue to evolve, who knows?

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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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