Photograph by Meqo Sam Cecil

Welcome back to Ca Va Cool’s countdown of the 20 Best Canadian Albums of the 2000s. By now you’ve read the first half of our list which included everything from cult favourites to mainstream hits which truly answered the question “Old world underground, where are you now?”. The conclusion of our list offers you ten undeniable, bonafide, outright classics of Canadian indie. These albums showed that Canada was host to some of the most vibrant musical movements on the planet and for the first time, instead of borrowed nostalgia from our parents’ record collections, this was the music we lived. These are the albums which made us sing, dance, rock out, think, love, and pick up instruments to do it all again. It’s been one hell of the decade, here are the Best Canadian Albums of the 2000s.

Death from Above 1979

10. Death from Above 1979You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine (Last Gang, 2004)

When I first listened to You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine, I wasn’t sure what it was. It was kind of like metal and kind of like dance music, but it was surely like nothing I had heard before. It was a breath of fresh air in the Toronto scene which captured such a diverse group of listeners. You could dig this album if you liked rock, punk, dance, metal, just about anything that could be sold in an alternative section of a mainstream music store. ‘Romantic Rights’ even got its fair share of play on MuchMusic. I was hopeful to see what would come next from the duo, which unfortunately would be a statement from bass player Jesse Keeler saying that they’ve called it quits. The two members now have their own separate projects, where appropriately one makes dance music (MSTRKRFT), and one makes rock music (Sebastien Grainger and The Mountains). — Kyle Sikorsi

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March 6, 2008, Salt Lounge, London, Canada

Feeling somewhat bored and in need of adventure on a Thursday evening, I decided to make a trip to the Salt Lounge to see the former voice of Death from Above 1979. Being unfamiliar with his solo material with the Mountains barring a few listens via his website, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. Luckily, I experienced some excellent rocking.

The opening band was a local one, known as To Tell. And I’m sorry to have to tell (*snicker*) you this, but they weren’t my cup of tea. After opening with a thoroughly out of place cover of Sweet Caroline, I was expecting a Neil Diamond cover band, but got a rather obnoxious poppy punk band in the vein of, oh I don’t know, +44 or something. Combine that with the guitarist being cut out of nearly the entire final song, and it all seemed rather amateurish.

The next band, Hot Springs, was more to my liking. Hailing from Montreal, they made an impression on me with some of the weirdest stage banter I’ve heard since Isaac Brock. The lead singer seems to have a little Karen O. in her, and it made for some great music to warm up for the main show.

Hot Springs – 38th Adventure

Finally, Sebastien graced the stage and opened the show by claiming that tonight, “someone’s gonna get PREGNANT.” Sebastien et les Montagnes proceeded to rock out for the rest of the night. Sebastien’s antics on stage made the show well worth the price of admission, and the new tunes, which had a more traditional rock sound overall but still with quirks, gained my approval in the form of a high five. I can safely say I’m eagerly awaiting the album hopefully coming later this year. In the meantime, here’s a song from the debut 7” Single.

Sebastien Grainger and the Mountains – American Names

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