This week at Stuck Between Stations, Roger Moore finally gets around to releasing his best-of-year list… for 2006.
I canâ€™t complain about multiple poll winner LCD Soundsystem, the brainy dance band that tossed off the best rip Iâ€™ve heard on New Yorkâ€™s Michael Bloomberg (â€œyour mild billionaire mayorâ€™s now convinced heâ€™s a kingâ€). Iâ€™m also thrilled at the top-ten consensus for M.I.A.â€™s Kala, which gave a trans-global boom-boom-boom to those of us who have, like the National, spent too long feeling half-awake in a fake empire. Still, thereâ€™s a problem in treating lists like these as canons of coolness. They call to mind my favorite 2007 music review, which was so fake itâ€™s real. The Onion reported that Pitchfork gave a rating of 6.8 to â€œmusicâ€â€”not any one recording or genre, but its entire history. It seems music, while brilliant at times, is weighed down with too many â€œmid-tempo ballads,â€ and worse, â€œthe whole medium comes off as derivative of Pavement.â€