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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

Sam Russo

What is your name and band/label/etc?

I'm Sam Russo, I just put out an album called Storm on Red Scare Industries.

What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
  1. Patterson Hood - Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance
  2. Joe Pug - The Great Despiser
  3. Lucero - Women and Work
  4. The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
  5. Apologies, I Have None - London
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 really got into the Rolling Stones this year. You basically can't be alive and not know who the Stones are, and I was already a fan, but I really got into the back catalogue and they've totally blown my mind. As a kid I used to see the big lips and tongue logo everywhere in our house and I didn't make the connection until years later, then when I finally got around to really exploring their music properly I fell totally in love. I used to always put Beast of Burden on the juke box and now I'll put the whole of Exile on and everyone in the bar just sits there hating me. I think "Plundered My Soul" might be the greatest rock and roll song ever written. In fact I'm sure of it.

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

2012 for me will always be about country music radio. When I drove across the states in October me and my girlfriend just listened to HOURS of amazing country on digital stations shouting 'TRUCK YEA!' And 'She's like a Sunday morning, FULL OF GRACE AND FULL OF JESUS!' - obviously pretty memorable.

What can we look forward to from you in 2013?

In 2013 I'm going to tour ALOT, finish my novel, write a new record and hopefully quit working 70 hour weeks in a warehouse. Maybe cut down to 60 hours in fast food, y'know, just for a change.

What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?

I'm looking forward to a new Jason Isbell album, supporting a sold out ZEKE UK arena tour (not happening), a new Lawrence Arms record (optimist) and a whole lot more country music radio.

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 mixed feelings about musical kickstarters because I see it as my responsibility to stand on my own two feet when it comes to financing my music, and part of me sees it as a little lazy. On the other hand I love that Jim White had a kickstarter for Where It Hits You where he was giving away sculptures and old car parts and all sorts - so there's obviously room for really creative ways of giving back, I just find it a bit uncomfortable to see bands all cap in hand because they can't or just won't fund their own recording. It's a tricky one, but I don't actually care either way, I think musicians should and will do whatever they feel is right for them.

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— the SPB team • January 5, 2013

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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