Friday, December 28, 2012

And Now a Few More Lists: 2012 Exit Interviews With Local Bands

Posted By on Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 1:05 PM

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We've spent the last 12 months listening, fast-forwarding, forming opinions, rewinding, relistening and reforming opinions to albums birthed from the Brooklyn music scene. Now let's find out what the bands responsible for some of our favorites have been listening to and forming opinions on in 2012. (Then go listen to them, form opinions, and we'll start the cycle again. See how this works?)

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Sharon Van Etten

What are your five favorite albums released this year?
Lower Dens - Nootropics
Angel Olsen - Half Way Home
Ty Segall/White Fence - Hair
The Men - Open Your Heart
Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light

How about the best show you saw and/or played in?
Lower Dens at Mercury Lounge with Matteah Baim

Any local band you think was deserving of more attention this year?
TEEN

Who's a band to look out for next year, you think?
She Keeps Bees

Band you'd most like to see reunite in 2013?
Glass Ghost

What's on the agenda for you next year?
I am touring as support for Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (solo) and writing and recording on my time off.

Any New Year's resolutions?
Make my home more of a home.

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Fast Years

What are your five favorite albums released this year?
Quiet Loudly - Go Into the Light Smiling
Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
Japandroids - Celebration Rock
Best Coast - The Only Place
Shark? - True Waste

How about the best show you saw and/or played in?
Fast Years show at Muchmore's with The Denzels and Indian Rebound. Everyone was blackout drunk, many were shirtless, we sort of trashed the place, and no one remembers any of their sets or how they got home. Sorry Muchmore's... Forgive us?

Also: DIIV, Total Slacker and Night Manager at Cheap Storage was really messy and fun. METZ at Mercury Lounge and Death By Audio were rad too.

Any local band you think was deserving of more attention this year?
A few: Ski Lodge, Natureboy, Slam Donahue and Dead Stars.

Who's a band to look out for next year, you think?
The Denzels

Band you'd most like to see reunite in 2013?
It's apparently already happening in 2013—Fleetwood Mac reunion tour!

What's on the agenda for Fast Years next year?
A new EP and a big show at Glasslands in January.

Any New Year's resolutions?
Not eating pizza for every meal.

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Brian Harding of Ex Cops

What are your five favorite albums released this year?
Beach House - Bloom
Here We Go Magic - A Different Ship
Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
Porcelain Raft - Strange Weekend
Taylor Swift - RED

How about the best show you saw and/or played in?
Savages - Pianos CMJ
For us: opening for Paul Banks at Webster Hall

Any local band you think was deserving of more attention this year?
Grizzly Bear

Who's a band to look out for next year, you think?
Foxygen, if they change their name.

Band you'd most like to see reunite in 2013?
Fleetwood with Christine McVie.

What's on the agenda for Ex Cops next year?
Debut drops January 22. SXSW. Vision quest in Yosemite.

Any New Year's resolutions?
Learn Serato.

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Craig Dermody of Scott & Charlene's Wedding

What are your five favorite albums released this year?
Bitch Prefect - Big Time
Lower Plenty - Hard Rubbish
Woods - Bend Beyond
The Babies - Our House on the Hill
Twerps - Twerps

How about the best show you saw and/or played in?
This year? Peak Twins at The Tote, or Woods at Music Hall of Williamsburg, or The Babies at the Knitting Factory—all amazing shows. Oh, and Spectre Folk with us at Big Snow!

Any local band you think was deserving of more attention this year?
Spectre Folk

Who's a band to look out for next year, you think?
Peak Twins from Melbourne. I've been lucky enough to hear some of their new recordings, and they are going to have a massive year.

Band you'd most like to see reunite in 2013?
The Wipers (are they all still around?) or maybe see Pierced Arrows play heaps of Dead Moon songs.

What's on the agenda for Scott & Charlene's Wedding next year?
Release a record and tour it everywhere!

Any New Year's resolutions?
I would, but I always seem to break them by 2am New Year's morning.

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Eddie, Jeff, John-Paul, Amanda and Sal of pow wow!

What are your five favorite albums released this year?
Eddie:
Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Hiatus Kaiyote - Tawk Tomahawk
Quiet Loudly - Go Into the Light Smiling
Chris Cohen - Overgrown Path
Savages - I Am Here EP

Jeff:
Chromatics - Kill for Love
Ariel Pink - Mature Themes
Wild Nothing - Nocturne
Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
Beach House - Bloom

John-Paul:
Quiet Loudly - Go Into the Light Smiling
Tame Impala - Lonerism
Mac DeMarco - 2

Amanda:
Merchandise - Children of Desire
The Meaning of Life - Play Fuego EP
Quiet Loudly - Go Into the Light Smiling
Nite Jewel - One Second of Love
Wild Nothing - Nocturne

Sal: I think I'll stay out of this one considering most of what I listened to this year is from 50 years ago.

How about the best show you saw and/or played in?
Eddie & Jeff: Pulp at Radio City Music Hall
John-Paul & Amanda: Best played in was November 30 at Grand Victory in Brooklyn with The Meaning of Life, The Dearloves and Dead Stars.
Sal: Quiet Loudly/pow wow! fall tour in Columbus, Ohio with Sega Genocide and Sports Fishing USA.

Any local band you think was deserving of more attention this year?
Sal: Heliotropes
Everyone else: The Meaning of Life and Quiet Loudly

Who's a band to look out for next year, you think?
Eddie: Crazy Pills
John-Paul: Jeff's solo project
Amanda: Imperial Topaz
Sal: GunFight!

Band you'd most like to see reunite in 2013?
Eddie: The Velvet Underground
Jeff: Teenage Fanclub (in the USA)
John-Paul: I'd like the Beatles to reunite so John Lennon's ghost could finally unmask Paul McCartney.
Amanda: Television or The Smiths, ha!
Sal: The Beatles

What's on the agenda for pow wow! next year?
Shopping our record to labels. Music videos and vinyl release for our full-length LP, Dont Stop to Look. East and West Coast tour to support it in spring/summer. Hopefully international tour in Asia or Europe (or both!). New singles/EPs.

Any New Year's resolutions?
Eddie: Stop smoking cigarettes.
Jeff: Lose 10 pounds, make a solo record.
John-Paul: Yeah, quit smoking.
Amanda: Make a plan and stick to it!
Sal: See more music, eat more food.

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Ryan Naideau of Nude Beach

What are your five favorite albums released this year?
The Men - Open Your Heart
Hank Wood & The Hammerheads - Go Home
Sad Boys - Demo
Toys That Kill - Fambly 42
Shoes - Black Vinyl Shoes/Pre-Tense/One in Versailles (reissues on Numero Group)

How about the best show you saw and/or played in?
We covered a lot of territory this year. Played a killer show in Oxford, Mississippi at a new club they opened up, as well as their local record shop The End of All Music; Memphis, Tennessee was great; a couple shows in Canada stand out.

Other highlights include playing a handful of shows with The Men, touring with Roky Erickson, gigs with Milk Music, Huff Stuff Magazine, Dogjaw, Zachary Cale, Vacation, Toys That Kill, Future Virgins, Neon Piss, M Women, Naomi Punk. The list goes on and on...

Any local band you think was deserving of more attention this year?
Definitely Zachary Cale & The Rain Band. He's a great songwriter that keeps quietly churning out awesome records.

Who's a band to look out for next year, you think?
Definitely try to catch Total Control from Australia if they come out here again. They keep getting better and better.

Band you'd most like to see reunite in 2013?
No more reunions.

What's on the agenda for Nude Beach next year?
Hopefully we'll make it out to Europe, record a new album, and do another big tour or two.

Any New Year's resolutions?
Keep on rockin' in the free world.

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