PRINT December 2005

Music: Best of 2005

Dennis Cooper


1 THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS, TWIN CINEMA (MATADOR) I’m not so giddily in love with these Vancouver-based indie rock perfectionists that I couldn’t have used this space to write a long, rational essay about them titled something like “God Not Dead?”

2 DUNGEN, TA DET LUGNT (KEMADO) For some reason, in Sweden it’s OK to take the passing of ’60s psychedelia very personally.

3 SUNN0))), BLACK ONE (SOUTHERN LORD) Apparently, one way to renew rock is to keep charring its fundaments until it falls into that category by default.

4 XIU XIU, LA FORET (5 RUE CHRISTINE) People who say singer Jamie Stewart’s hysteria is grating and his songs sound like bad performance art deserve a world where the thousandth variation on Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998) is named record of the year.

5 DEERHOOF, THE RUNNERS FOUR (KILL ROCK STARS) Someone somewhere called them the post-9/11

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