Pop Quiz: Poolside

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Aidin Vaziri | Poolside, the Los Angeles duo whose mellow disco tunes provided the soundtrack for countless backyard cocktail parties, meant to make a new album this year. Honest. “We kept thinking we would get back to our regular lives, but more and more opportunities kept coming up,” says Jeffrey Paradise, back from a recent jaunt in Mexico. So fans will have to spend just a little more time with the group’s 2012 album, “Pacific Standard Time.” Better yet, they can catch Poolside easing into the new year on Dec. 31 at Neck of the Woods.

Q: What was the best thing that happened to you in 2013?

A: To be honest, almost everything. Our band’s identity is wrapped up in chilling out in exotic locations, so we get booked to play awesome places. Last weekend we got to play on the beach in Acapulco. The weekend before, we played a private event in Bogota, Colombia. It was gorgeous. The cool thing about playing festivals in South America is they don’t stop. They just go for days.

Q: That definitely beats playing dive bars. Why didn’t you do that with all the other bands you were in before?

A: We had no assumption that would happen. I stopped having expectations a while ago because this project took on a life of its own. We’re still in denial that it’s a full-time thing.

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