And Now a Few More Lists: 2011 Exit Interviews with Local Bands 


Josh Kolenik of Small Black

What are your five favorite albums released this year?
Ford & Lopatin - Channel Pressure
Destroyer - Kaputt
Cass McCombs - WIT'S END
A$AP Rocky - LiveLoveA$AP
Das Racist - Relax

How about the best show you saw and/or played in?
Best show I saw was Odd Future at SXSW. Eddie Vedder style-stage diving and Puffy showing up onstage was ridiculous. The best one we played was the release show for Moon Killer at Glasslands with Heems, Rostam [of Vampire Weekend] and Heavenly Beat. So much BK Love.

Any local band you think deserved more attention this year?
Heavenly Beat. Steel drums are where it's at.

The most tragic loss of 2011 was... R.E.M, LCD Soundsystem, The White Stripes or the mystique of Jeff Mangum?
Bert Jansch. One of my favorite guitar players ever passed away. Sad I'll never get to see him play.

Who would you say is a band to look out for next year?
Bear in Heaven's and Sharon Van Etten's records are going to rule 2012. Looking forward to more singles from DIVE too.

Band you'd most like to see reunite in 2012?
The Blue Nile

What's on the agenda for Small Black next year?
Well, we just dropped the Moon Killer mixtape which you can get for free at And we're about halfway done with our next LP which will be out in 2012 on Jagjaguwar.

Any New Year's resolutions?
To produce a track for Robyn. To read and write all 365 days. To survive the apocalypse. (Meet me at the Denver Airport on 12/12/12.)

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