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Year End 2014

Music: Pass The Mic: Record Labels on 2014

Tom (Slugsalt Records)

1. What are your top five albums that were released in 2014? (In order 1-5)

LPs - no order

  • Leather - EASY (absolutely 100% biased)
  • Total Control - Typical System (Iron Lung)
  • Hank Wood and the Hammerheads - Stay Home (Toxic State)
  • Nots - We are Nots (Goner) 
  • Gunk - Gradual Shove LP (Ranch/Square of Opposition)

EPs/demos - no order

  • Primetime - s/t EP (La Vida Es Un Mus)
  • Blank Spell - demo cassette (World Gone Mad)
  • Nudes - Stain EP (Iron Lung)
  • Sheer Mag - s/t EP (Wilsuns RC)
  • Cottaging - Mis en Abyme EP (Abscess)

2. What band did you discover in 2014 (can be a brand new band or an older band) that had an impact on your life? What made them significant?

I met Cold Foamers right before I started the label, and they trusted me to put out their album. They'd already gotten some cassettes from Haze Tapes, but we decided to work together on their (and my) first LP. All Cold Everything came out in October.

3. How will you remember 2014? (In terms of music)

I started the label this spring, so I'll remember this year when it's 2024 and I'm celebrating our tenth anniversary.

4. What can we look forward to from you in 2015?

By next spring I hope to have two EPs and another LP in the works. Also, look for Reyes Family Tapes. I'll be releasing a few demo cassettes, starting with Brown under that name.

5. What records are you looking forward to most in 2015?

Blank Spell is finishing up their first LP, Newish Star has a ton of music recorded that they're planning to release, and the rumored LP from now-dead Shoxx is supposed to turn up. Also, the 3 remaining EPs in the Keystone Noise Series by Reptilian Records (Tile, Ladder Devils, Fight Amp).

6. What trend will you forever associate with 2014 in music?

Albums selling out online right as the pressing plant gets a label's order. Fans willing to pay for a record 3 months in advance. Pressings of 500 disappearing in a day thanks to internet wildfire (not that I'm speaking from personal experience).

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Words by the SPB team on Dec. 21, 2014, 3:54 p.m.

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