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What are your five favorite albums released this year?
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
When I imagine myself holing up and writing an introspective, beautiful work of music that will probably make every girl that knew me want to have a child, this is how it sounds. Actually, the songs and production just rule, and I love his voice. "Runner Ups" has the best held single-syllable word of the past 31 years.
CANT - Dreams Come True
Chris Taylor is a great cook, a great friend, and a great musician. You should ask him about ghosts sometime.
WU LYF - Go Tell Fire to the Mountain
The guy's voice is crazy! They have an (actually) cool website! I am intrigued by their mystery! I think about girls whenever this one is playing.
Drake - Take Care
I would LOVE to eat pizza with Drake.
Yuck - Yuck
Exactly the kind of music I would write in the 90s, but better.
How about the best show you saw and/or played in?
The best show I saw this year was Erykah Badu when I was in Belgium this summer. Her band is OUT OF CONTROL. Thundercat is my favorite bass player, so watching him from the side of the stage was sort of a religious experience.
Any local band you think deserved more attention this year?
Tony Castles. I worked on their upcoming album, and it's awesome. Paul has a fantastic voice, and Willie is a superb guitarist.
The most tragic loss of 2011 was... R.E.M, LCD Soundsystem, The White Stripes or the mystique of Jeff Mangum?
The most tragic loss of 2011 was Korn making a new album, thus my loss of faith in the planet earth.
Who would you say is a band to look out for next year?
Team Spirit. Just wait and see.
Band you'd most like to see reunite in 2012?
The Everly Brothers
What's on the agenda for Fort Lean next year?
We're releasing a 7-inch through Neon Gold and Black Bell in February, then hopefully touring down to SXSW. After that we have plans to start recording a full-length in spring, assuming the timing is right with a tour in the fall. We will also be releasing a signature series of ski goggles and snowboard leashes via a collaboration with Oakley and Jean Paul Gaultier.
Any New Year's resolutions?
I want to go hunting. If I cry upon taking the life of an animal, I will not allow myself to eat meat any longer.