PRINT December 2004

Music: Best of 2004

Dennis Cooper


1. Destroyer, Your Blues (Merge Sounds) Sounds like a young Leonard Cohen on lots of Ecstasy.

2. A.C. Newman, The Slow Wonder (Matador Records) Newman, (most of) the brains behind the spookily catchy, detail-obsessed New Pornographers, pares down his sound without losing an iota of the band’s sociopathic genius.

3. Animal Collective, Sung Tongs (Fat Cat) Spin this primo example of corrosive post-psychedelia, then see the band blow it open live.

4. Guided by Voices, Half Smiles of the Decomposed (Matador Records) The final album by my favorite—and, coincidentally, the greatest—rock band of all time.

5. Dissociatives, Dissociatives (EMI International) It’s really sad that singer/songwriter Daniel Johns’s artistic baby steps (on Silverchair’s multiplatinum Frogstomp) stigmatized him as a grunge lightweight. To ignore him would be to dismiss a top-notch adventurer.

6. Xiu Xiu, Fabulous

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