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Year End 2013

Music: Pass The Mic: Record Labels on 2013

Brent Eyestone (Magic Bullet Records/ Highness)

1. What are your top five albums that were released in 2013? (In order 1-5)

I can't remember what came out specifically in 2013, so let me remember my top 5 shows of 2013 and I'm sure they correspond with new albums from the same artist:

  1. Nine Inch Nails
  2. Sigur Rós
  3. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  4. Integrity
  5. Night Birds

2. What band did you discover in 2013 (can be a brand new band or an older band) that had an impact on your life? What made them significant?

Beastmilk, hands down. Kurt (Ballou, Converge) recorded them and got immediately in touch when the production was done, as he knew it would be right up my alley. The album is legitimately one of my favorite records of all time and something I regard as an instant classic, so it's a complete honor and wholly inspiring to be working with the band and helping bring their music to people who will hopefully feel the same about what they're doing.

3. How will you remember 2013? (In terms of music)

I'm going to look back very fondly on 2013 personally and otherwise. There were so many incredible tours and performances out there, a ton of great records, and it just really felt like everything was clicking on all cylinders.

4. What can we look forward to from you in 2014?

From this end, we've got more stuff in the works from Beastmilk, This Will Destroy You, Bleach Everything (new band feat dudes from Jesuit, Suppression, Corn on Macabre, Iron Reagan), Rope Cosmetology, Brother Dege (bluesman from NOLA), Integrity, and more.

5. What records are you looking forward to most in 2014?

I haven't had time to stop and think or look at what's set to come out, but I'm just going to go ahead and trust that plenty of great stuff will indeed come out.

6. There is a lot of debate over streaming sites and royalties, namely with Spotify. What is your stance on the economic policies behind the current streaming services? Do you have a preferred one?

It's definitely a bit jarring to look at the math involved. Fairer artist revenue needs to be implemented if streaming is the direction we're heading. It will be interesting to see if the audience keeps gravitating toward it or abandons it with time. We'll see and we'll adjust accordingly.

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Words by the SPB team on Jan. 11, 2014, 4:46 p.m.

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