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In Rotation: Big Star manager Ben Fasman on contemporary country that doesn't suck

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Ben Fasman, DJ, Big Star manager

Yob, Atma The best American doom band alive today redefined their sound with this record. Mesmerizing, crushingly brutal, and organically apocalyptic. On repeat since the day it came out.

MAX BLAU
  • Max Blau

The Devil Makes Three Working at Big Star, I'm constantly looking for good contemporary country bands, and more often than not I'm faced with epic suckitude. These cats, however, are currently making my favorite records in the genre. Shout-out to Will Lindsay for turning me on to them.

The Numero Group and Dischord Records Regional music is more or less dead in this country. Sure, scenes exist, but they're all simulcast on YouTube and Tumblr. Reading the liner notes to the recent Numero releases made me remember why I got into music in the first place. These releases tell fascinating, intimate histories of communities big and small all over the country; these are essential slices of Americana. Dischord, the fiercely regional label down the street from my childhood home [in D.C.], documented what was tangible and happening around them (and me, by proxy).

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