The first ever Ca Va Cool mix includes some highlights from the writers’ favourite albums, EPs, and singles of 2007. Pretty representative of what was important this year in indie pop, rock, and dance (indie being a sound, attitude, and aesthetic, rather than commercial means). This was a team effort, and you know what they say about herd mentality: it’s never wrong.

01. Spoon – The Underdog
02. Shout Out Louds – Tonight I Have to Leave It
03. Tokyo Police Club – Box
04. The Teenagers – Homecoming
05. The Shins – Australia
06. Radiohead – House of Cards
07. Basia Bulat – I Was a Daughter
08. M.I.A. – Paper Planes
09. The New Pornographers – My Right Versus Yours
10. Panda Bear – Comfy in Nautica
11. The National – Slow Show
12. Miracle Fortress – Maybe Lately
13. Two Hours Traffic – Stuck for the Summer
14. LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends
15. Jens Lekman – The Opposite of Hallelujah
16. Handsome Furs – Handsome Furs Hate This City
17. Feist – Past in Present
18. Justice – D.A.N.C.E.
19. Stars – Window Bird
20. The Cribs – Moving Pictures
21. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Satan Said Dance
22. Black Kids – I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You
23. Band of Horses – Is There a Ghost
24. Arcade Fire – The Well and the Lighthouse
25. Au Revoir Simone – Sad Song

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— , December 25, 2007    4 Comments

The Teenagers

When I first began writing this post I was really excited and thought I was going to have a bunch of amazing remixes of one of the fall’s most talked about indie tracks, ‘Homecoming’ by The Teenagers. However, after endless searching and downloading I didn’t find any that I particularly love. Every mix I found seemed to have removed the Teenagers’ raw, catchy melody and replaced it with a bunch of random awkward beats. On a more positive note, my failure with the Homecoming remixes led me to other greatness from the London/Parisian trio that they have done of other artists. My favourite is probably their remix of Brooklyn based, Au Revoir Simone’s “Fallen Snow.” Since I found this song I have been listening to it on repeat. This may be a little bit of a stretch, but when I played it for the first time I sort of felt like I was listening to a mellow Jacques Lu Cont remix. In any case, The Teenagers get three giant neon hearts from me for these cool remixes.

The Teenagers – Homecoming
The Teenagers – Starlett Johansson (Narctrax Remix)
Lo-Fi-Fnk – City (The Teenagers Remix)
Au Revoir Simone – Fallen Snow (The Teenagers Remix)

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— , November 25, 2007    Comments Off on New Teenagers Single: Homecoming