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09-01-2013 // interviews, 2012: 2012: Interview with Hip Hatchet

The year 2012 is coming to an end (actually it ended a week ago, but I'm sticking with the intro..). It is that time of the year for Christmas carols, buying presents for our loved ones and reflecting on the year that (almost) lies behind us. For us music bloggers it also means writing year lists, pretending our opinions matter to the world. Which of course, they do not, but even bloggers have dreams. These last few weeks I’ve asked several of my favorite artists of 2012 to look back on what this year has brought them. For their own musical careers, but also about the music they’ve enjoyed themselves and, if any, what their plans for 2013 are. These are their stories (yes, I did just quote the A-Team intro).

After this interview with Hip Hatchet, only one remains. After that last one and a tiny recap, I’m finally ready for 2013. I hope you are too. But for now, tonight, let’s turn off the lights, fire up some candles and listen to the finest folk album of 2012. Hip Hatchet’s Joy and Better Days is a masterpiece in all its subtle beauty. Sweet and tender music combined with sharp and brilliant lyrics. I can’t remember the last time I’ve heard so much one-liners on one album. Just listen to the 2 songs featured here (the 1st four lines of “Selfless in a City” are both hilarious and tragic) and you’ll agree with me for sure. This is among the finest albums of 2012 for me and I’m 100% sure I’ll be listening a lot to it for a lot of years to come. For now, listen to a few songs & find out how Hip Hatchet feels about 2012 and 2013.

1. If you had to name one moment, what would you consider the highlight of 2012?
Heading out on tour was pretty monumental for me. The majority of shows gave me a lot of confidence to keep moving forward with this project and reaffirmed my love for songwriting. In addition to all of that, I just had a really great time.

2. What are doing at the moment (November 2012)?
I'm producing an album for my friend Anna Hoone, working on some new songs, and working my day job(s). Trying to figure out if I can handle another Portland winter.

3. Which great band/artist did you discover yourself in 2012?
Most of the music that i discover these days is by playing shows with other artists. I've played a handful of shows with my buddy Kevin who performs under Widower. They've got a new album comin out soon with one single already released. 'Catherine' was the soundtrack to my fall tour.

4. What's your favourite album released this year?
Sun Kil Moon - Among the Leaves

5. How will you celebrate New Year's Eve?
No plans yet. Lots of cheap champagne, probably.

6. What are your plans for 2013?
2013 will see some more touring and some recording. I'd like to buy a keyboard so I can play certain songs live on keys and play backup in some other bands. Hopefully I'll be releasing a split EP with another band here in PDX. No details are locked down yet though.

Thank you Hip Hatchet for answering a few questions about your past year and future plans. I hope there’s new music coming our way this year!

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