Auld Lang Syne Set 4: Rob Derhak, Ben Kaufmann, Kyle Hollingsworth, Neal Casal, Dawes…
What will you remember most about 2011?
Griffin Goldsmith: My twenty-first birthday is a milestone for me. Going to Spain with Jackson Browne was one of the most fun trips I’ve ever taken and I will never forget it.
Taylor Goldsmith: With any band, I’m sure every year has it’s own special qualities that separate it from any other in their career. We’ve been enjoying ourselves more and more as time goes on playing in Dawes – this year in particular. With each tour and trip we went out on throughout the year we seemed to be getting into something we’ve never done before. It’s hard to say what experience I’d remember ‘most’ about the year beyond the overall feeling that this has been the best year of my life.
What albums appear most in your iTunes or iPod?
Griffin Goldsmith: Out in the Afternoon by the Roy Haynes Quartet
Taylor Goldsmith: I’ve said a lot this year that there were more great records coming out in 2011 than there has been for a long time. Both of Cass McCombs’ records have been big for me this year, along with Bill Callahan’s Apocalypse, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s Wolfroy Goes To Town and Feist’s Metals.
What was the best musical discovery you made in 2011?
Tay Strathairn: I have been listening to Feist for a while but after seeing her play live at the World Café show I was blown away. She is unbelievable live.
Taylor Goldsmith: Aside from all the great records that came out this year, my biggest musical discovery was Hejira by Joni Mitchell. I realize I’m probably way behind the curve on that, but as familiar as I was with her records, I hadn’t made my way to it yet. I’ve probably listened to that record more than anything else this year and still haven’t moved beyond the initial impression it left me with.
What was your favorite show or tour of 2011?
Tay Strathairn: It’s a tie between our Webster Hall and First Ave. shows on our coheadline tour with Blitzen Trapper.
Taylor Goldsmith: We went out to Europe with Jonathan Wilson and Jackson Browne for two shows in London and three shows in Spain. It was unlike anything we’ve ever done as a band and probably unlike anything we ever will do again. All three acts were more or less onstage the whole night playing each other’s songs with a handful of covers and in front of the nicest crowds. I guess I wouldn’t call it a full tour, and I don’t like saying ‘favorite’ because we’ve had so many fun shows this year, but I would say it was the most surreal and memorable.
What musicians should readers look out for in 2012?
Taylor Goldsmith: Our producer Jonathan Wilson released his album earlier this year, but with the way the momentum is building up for him, it seems like next year will be the year everyone is talking about him. Our good buddies Delta Spirit are also releasing an album next year that I’m excited to hear.
Are there any musicians you would like to collaborate with in 2012?
Taylor Goldsmith: We do a lot of collaborating and I’m sure we’ll do more and I look forward to it, but one thing I haven’t had a chance to do much of in 2011 is just be home and work on a lot of Dawes material. So I want to make sure I set aside time for that.
How do you plan to ring in the New Year?
Taylor Goldsmith: We are spending New Year’s Eve in Minneapolis, one of our favorite cities. We play there on the 30th and the 31st.
Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?
Taylor Goldsmith: Have Dawes’ 3rd album finished and ready to be put out by the end of the year, if not sooner.