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Published: 2011/12/23

Auld Lang Syne Set 4: Rob Derhak, Ben Kaufmann, Kyle Hollingsworth, Neal Casal, Dawes…

Here is Set Four of Our Auld Lang Syne feature. This time we present year-end responses from such musicians as: Rob Derhak, Ben Kaufmann, Kyle Hollingsworth, Neal Casal and Dawes. If you haven’t yet seen the first three installments click here for part one and click here for part two and click here for part three.


What will you remember most about 2011?

A lot of 2011 was a blur; it seemed to go by so quickly that it’s hard to focus. Moe. started the year off in The Dominican Republic doing our tropical throedown shows. We did a lot of shows in Ski towns, and got a lot of skiing in. We did a tour of Japan. Figured out how to play virtual instruments on our iPads. Met the fine folks of Sugar Hill records and with their help recorded a new album during August and September.

We saw more political turmoil within our own government. Tornados, earthquakes, and hurricanes seem more prevalent than ever before in my lifetime.

We saw the bloody end of dictatorships throughout the Middle East, most notably in Libya.

But the most memorable thing for me was watching the government of Egypt fall, from my hotel room, as seen through the eyes of Japanese TV.

What album or albums appeared most often in your iTunes?

Actually, the album that appeared the most in my iTunes technically was our new album What Happened To The LA Las. But that was because we spent a lot of time listening to mixes of the songs. I think next on my list was The Decemberists’ The King is Dead.

What was your favorite show or tour in 2011?

I felt like our set at All Good this year was nearly the best we’ve ever played.

What emerging band should readers watch out for in 2012?

Danger Muffin

Who would you want to collaborate with next year?

It would be really cool to do something with Robert Plant.

What gifts do you hope to receive this holiday season?

I’ve recently rediscovered my love for the game of lacrosse, and new helmet would be great.

Did you hear that Santa?

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?

We always have take out and drinks, with friends on Christmas Eve, it’s a great way to pre-unwind before the melee the next morning.

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?

To do one thing that will change someone’s life for the better.



What will you remember most about 2011?

— Garage a trois at the Howling Wolf — Total blast of a jazzfest night.
— Hairy Apes BMX at The Dragon’s Den late night. Once again we destroy all the posers.
— Dead Kenny Gs at The Mix in Seattle. A year of touring pays off with a well executed performance.
— Illuminasti Trio at Voodoo Fest.
— James Singleton Quartet at Snug Harbor. Playing creative music with my hero.

What album or albums received the most play?

Off! The first four eps.
Mike Watt – Hyphenated Man
Tune-yards – Bizness

What was your favorite show or tour in 2011?

Flaming Lips and Primus. Red Rocks.
Aloke Dutta – The Blue Nile
Fishbone – Voodoo Fest.

What emerging band should readers watch out for in 2012?

Dead Kenny Gs — new punk rock LP on The Royal Potato Family

What’s your New Year’s resolution for 2012?

More snowboarding, more music…

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