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What are your five favorite albums released this year?
Zomby - Dedication/Nothing EPs
Spent a good amount of time alone in my room just nodding my head and staring at the wall to this. Which is weird because I usually order take out, cue something up on Hulu/Netflix and flip through a magazine while listening to music. Dedication also wins for best song titles of the year.
Machinedrum - Room(s)
Dreaming of a world where before every major sporting event, athletes and fans place their hand over their heart and pay respect to our country and its heros while "She Died There" blares on the PA system. (wipes tear from eye)
Burial - Street Dog EP
I could listen to this on repeat all day. Mostly because it's an interesting/subtle refinement of a sound that hasn't stopped getting me excited every time I hear it. Also because I don't have a job so doing anything I want "all day" has become an option.
Bang & Works, Vol. 2: The Best of Chicago Footwork There is not one person that I've played this for that hasn't asked me to turn it off after 30 seconds. WHY!? I thought everyone was waiting for music to sound like this.
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx - We're New Here
Every album should come with a Jamie xx remix album from here on out.
How about the best show you saw and/or played in?
The Larry Fitzmaurice Soundsystem at the Sbarros on Broadway
Any local band you think deserved more attention this year?
The most tragic loss of 2011 was... R.E.M, LCD Soundsystem, The White Stripes or the mystique of Jeff Mangum?
I mean, all those bands had peaked (a few times) so none of their loses were too tragic. I feel bad for Mangum though. He HAD to lose that "mystique" and come back so things like Neutral Uke Hotel could stop existing.
Who would you say is a band to look out for next year?
DIVE. I heard some of the stuff that's going on the full-length, and it's nuts.
Band you'd most like to see reunite in 2012?
The Doors fronted by Keak da Sneak would change a lot of lives.
What's on the agenda for Heavenly Beat/Beach Fossils next year?
I won't speak for Beach Fossils (somewhere Dustin is breathing a sigh of relief), but Heavenly Beat is dropping an LP on Captured Tracks in the first half of the year hopefully. It'll probably make me some dough, which I'll probably blow on magazines and my girl NEEDING to eat at Five Leaves three times a week. CAN'T WAIT!
Any New Year's resolutions?
Make more money doing less work, bone relentlessly, be less antisocial, and do more to show [my girlfriend] that I care about/for her.