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Year End 2013

Music: Pass The Mic: Record Labels on 2013

Cory Von Bohlen (Halo of Flies Records/ Protestant)

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

  1. Crusades - Perhaps You Deliver This Judgement with Greater Fear than I Receive It LP
  2. Killers Walk Among Us - Bonjour Tristesse/Denial 7"
  3. Guantanamo Party Program - II LP
  4. Dominic - Persona LP
  5. Svffer - s/t 7"

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?

ACCIDENTE. Their first LP was the best thing I had heard (in a similar vein) since La Fraction. I was hooked instantly. Political melodic punk from Spain that’s sincere, rockin’, and screams "Get off your ass and do something punk!"

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

Too much crap, too much awesome, too much weird. I think we are --or definitely I am--hitting capacity to keep track and compile all the musical activity that’s happening around us. I can barely keep up and I’m fairly entrenched. Social media, streaming sites, blogs, et al…It’s endless! Also, fuck those two guys who call themselves SLAYER.

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

Right away in January: HEXIS abalam LP / AMBER - LOCKTENDER split 7" / ACCIDENTE LP.

Then after: NORTHLESS world keeps sinking DLP repress, SUFFERING MIND / GUANTANAMO PARTY PROGRAM split, PROTESTANT new LP…new stuff from MASAKARI, LIGHT BEARER, RUINS, NORTHLESS, and some I can’t mention yet. I’m fairly booked up and stoked.

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

I want a new ANATHEMA record, more CLOUD RAT, whatever the hell KILLERS AMONG US do next, KLIMT1918's forthcoming record.

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?

I can imagine a few issues, but they don’t affect me. Should I look into it more to better answer this question? Nah. Revenue streams bore me. I don’t give a shit if 'x' band is getting shafted by some site that’s streaming or selling its virtual music in some less-than-fair way. I wouldn’t be surprised if my records/bands are all over the internet for a price they/I don’t get a cut of. I don’t have time to worry about it, to be honest, at this point.

Got a problem with it? Fix your problem. Royalties I see or pay are in physical product. I prefer bandcamps and websites, all the rest are gummed up pains in the proverbial ass. If I was, say, Tony Victory, I might care more about this. But then I'd be one of the top 5 biggest piles of shit in the record biz, so I’d have bigger fish to fry.

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

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