The year is more than half done and there’s been far too many posts that I’ve been meaning to write but never got around to. Here’s a bunch of songs Ca Va Cool didn’t mention that it probably should have:

DeVotchKa – “Transliterator”

You probably heard DeVotchKa on the soundtrack to Little Miss Sunshine, and if you haven’t, get on that. Their new album, A Mad & Faithful Telling, takes their gypsy/folk/rock style to dizzy new heights.

Cajun Dance Party – “The Race”

There was a time when good british guitar bands came in handfuls. Now they’re few and far between, but it’s nice to know that there’s still bands like Cajun Dance Party releasing some classic guitar pop.

Caesars – “Boo Boo Goo Goo”

These guys are way too good to just be known as the band that had one of their songs in an iPod ad, even if it was the best iPod ad. Their new album, Strawberry Weed, and it’s first single prove that they can pump out more hits.

Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris – “Dance Wiv Me”

This video is absolutely ridiculous. I can’t take the song seriously, but I still love it. After seeing Dizzee Rascal at the Rogers Picnic in Toronto, I found out how much fun he is live, even when performing to a crowd that has never heard of him at 2 in the afternoon. Who likes to rock the party?

M83 – “Graveyard Girl”

I’ve coined this “hardcore pop music”. Anthony Gonzalez has created another pseudo-shoegaze (because of the almost absent guitars) masterpiece with the help of his computer on Saturdays = Youth.

No Age – “Eraser”

I could care less that this duo is part of the apparently somewhat important punk rock / noise pop / experimental music scene living at The Smell in downtown Los Angeles, but this song rocks.

Scarlett Johansson – “Falling Down”

She may not be a very good actress, but her movies are good. She may not be able to sing, but this album is great. This is mostly due to the very atmospheric and melodic production by Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio, and the starlet may have had something to do with it too. I just like it, so sue me.

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— , August 7, 2008    3 Comments

fantastic post. LOVED the cajun dance party choice. i met some sweet little Brit girls last weekend who know them and got all excited when i said i would ‘cavacool’ them. so koodos.

OH and i swear i still write for this site…. im just on sabbatical.

— Justine, August 7, 2008

nice songs. particularly liked the boo boo goo goo song.

— Taha, August 7, 2008

I’m so glad you posted that No Age song. Solid.

— BriD, August 11, 2008