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Year End 2013

Music: Pass The Mic: Record Labels on 2013

Chris Bruni (Profound Lore Records - owner)

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

  1. The Haxan Cloak – Excavation
  2. Tim Hecker – Virgins
  3. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away
  4. Antediluvian – Logos
  5. Bölzer – Aura/ Boards Of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest (tie)

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?

The one I can think of right off the top of my head is The Haxan Cloak. Can’t remember the last time I was so floored and blown away by production value on an album and considering Excavation is the darkest and most harrowing album to be released in 2013, right alongside the latest albums by Portal and Grave Miasma, makes it even more special.

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

It was a good year for creativity I think and I discovered quite a few new things in music that I really got into and I can’t remember any other year where I got into new sounds. And I think this year I don’t think I’ve deemed stuff like riffs irrelevant as much as ever before.

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

New albums by Agalloch, The Atlas Moth, Impetuous Ritual, Leviathan, Pallbearer, and Dawnbringer just to name a few select titles. Really psyched for people to hear the new Atlas Moth, especially considering I think they should be the buzz-band in heavy music next year. And the Psalm Zero debut LP will be quite deep as well.

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

The only album that I can currently think of (outside of my releases) that I’m really looking forward to hearing next year is the debut WIFE album.

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 does make you question the accountability of these things, especially when you find out how much the CEOs of these companies (like Spotify) are actually worth and how much money they have. There was this article I read not too long ago about the millions of dollars Daniel Ek has and how much he is worth, etc. And here I am just trying to put up with Spotify more and more and come to terms with its relevance in the music industry today and just be like, “Fuck it, just put the damn albums up on Spotify.” At the same time, I’m now also coming back to that evasive approach to even dealing with it when it first launched in the U.S. (mind you it hasn’t launched in Canada yet so I have yet to actually try the service itself). But anyway I digress, the best platform to actually stream and discover music is on Bandcamp anyway.

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

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