Primavera es está en el aire, spring is in the air.  In Spain, anyway. (Thanks for Marc for the correction… clearly, my Spanish still has a ways to go!) Considering the pilgrimage to Coachella was a bit unmanageable this year, my summer concert festival will be Barcelona’s Primavera Sound 2009. The three-day tunesfest takes place may 28 to 30 (next week) and features a indie-packed international crew that will make your head spin. There are few names on the playbill that we haven’t yet spun here at Ca Va Cool, (as well as some old classics) so I thought I would do the honours and throw the records in the jukebox for all to hear. And, there’s a selection of favourites for good measure.

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01 | Girls – Lust for Life / Lust for Life EP / 2009

Talk about an ingenious way to prevent pirating: Band name = Girls. EP name = Lust for Life. Search results = sketchy. I’m not even sure how to buy this EP, owing to my fear of opening any of the Google hits. But this track holds a lot of promise for the San Francisco group; irony, clarity, and levity. If anyone discovers the proper way to buy this album, comment away.

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02 | A Certain Ratio – Teri / Mind Made Up / 2008
03 | A Certain Ratio – Do the Du / Do the Du 12” / 1981

One of the original Factory Records post-punk bands, A Certain Ratio were featured in one of the best music movies ever, 24 Hour Party People. While maybe not explicitly named as one of the forerunners in the Madchester scene, they followed the wave by making the move into house music. Their most recent releases have been more-or-less modernized versions of their original sound, with some exceptions (like the dreamy ‘Teri’ included here).

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— , May 23, 2009    5 Comments

Arcade Fire

Ca Va Cool is no Family guy, but some have complained that I haven’t written a post in a while, and that makes me feel all warm inside. Am I a lazy bastard? Some would say yes, but I’m gonna go with maybe. How could I have used part of this summer to watch marathons of horror movies with friends and not update this site which I love so dearly? I’m a man of action, so rather than explain my “absence”, I’m gonna start updating this site as much as it deserves. And since I’m going back to university in September, this is pretty much guaranteed, as Ca Va Cool is my favourite study break. So without further ado, I give you my summer music recap…

Arcade Fire‘s second album Neon Bible gets better every time I listen to it. Every review talks about how its such a deep artistic record like the first one. It is, but the reason I like it more and more is that it reveals itself to be a rocking record more and more.  “Keep the Car Running” and “No Cars Go” are just plain good rock songs. They build, they’re upbeat, and they’re even pretty danceable (although those may all mean the same thing). Arcade Fire even even gets radio play with them. But that might just be because I live in Canada.

Arcade Fire – No Cars Go

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— , August 5, 2007    Comments Off on Summer 2007 Music Recap

Art Brut

Go guitar go! Art Brut will be releasing their second album It’s a Bit Complicated on June 25. If you’re not excited, you haven’t listened to enough Art Brut. I haven’t heard it yet, but it’s sure to be chock-full of Eddie Argos’ cunning wit. The songs are supposed to have a more grown up subject matter this time around, but that probably just means he’ll take the character of a 19 year-old instead of his usual 18 year-old.

No word on a first single, but the album is due to contain ‘Nag Nag Nag Nag’ which was released as a single last year. Spread the word of Art Brut and maybe they will finally live their dream of appearing on Top of the Pops.

Art Burt – Nag Nag Nag Nag

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— , April 3, 2007    Comments Off on Art Brut Ready Second Album