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What are your five favorite albums released this year?
German Measles- A German Joke Is No Laughing Matter
Cheveu - 1000
Beach Arabs - Under the Whale
Brilliant Colors - Again and Again
The Beets - Let the Poison Out
How about the best show you saw and/or played in?
I saw Beach Arabs play for the first time [at Bruar Falls early in the year], and they blew me away. I have not been that shocked by something new in a long while.
Any local band you think deserved more attention this year?
Eleanor, for sure. They are an incredible band from Queens. And Twitchers! So good.
The most tragic loss of 2011 was... R.E.M, LCD Soundsystem, The White Stripes or the mystique of Jeff Mangum?
The death of Christopher Hitchens is the saddest, most unfortunate thing that has happened to this planet this year.
Who would you say is a band to look out for next year?
Dad's House and Baseball Arms. Also look out for Rainbow Rainbow; I've heard demos, and they're great.
Band you'd most like to see reunite in 2012?
What's on the agenda for The Beets next year?
In March, we're coming out with the Howard Stern 10-inch on Hardly Art. It's going to be killer.
Any New Year's resolutions?
Start focusing on getting achievements in life and not strictly on Xbox LIVE.