The highlight of 2012 for experimental postpunk trio ZZZ's was meeting Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore in Miami. It turns out the feeling was mutual. American record label Matador Records posted their artists' and employees' favorite things from the past 12 months online recently and Hyogo Prefecture's ZZZ's (pronounced "zee zee zees") were No. 1 on Moore's list.

ZZZ's met Moore by chance while both were in Miami to perform at Art Basel in December. The act were walking around looking for a laundromat when they ran into Moore on the street.

"We couldn't believe it when we saw him there," says bassist Yukary (all three members use single names as stage monikers). "We talked with him and said that we wanted to play another show while we were in Miami. He invited us to join his event later that night."