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

Lazy Eddie Argos

Art Brut‘s second album It’s a Bit Complicated is not as good as 2005’s Bang Bang Rock & Roll, but that’s like being disappointed when Room on Fire wasn’t as good as Is This It. The Strokes couldn’t have made the most important album of the new millenium twice. The new Brut album is consistent with the upbeat British guitar rock of the first album (and the not-quite-singing of Eddie Argos). Listen to it. If you like it, listen to Bang Bang Rock & Roll. You won’t be disappointed, and you’ll probably even enjoy singing along to his song about performace anxiety…”Leave the light on! Leave the light on!”

Art Brut – Direct Hit

The White Stripes

I’m waiting for Jack White to come out and say that “Icky Thump” was a joke. Any thanks The White Stripes get for doing a tour of every Canadian province is completely nullified for making me listen to that crap electric snake charmer solo on the radio every day.

The White Stripes leave their hotel in Iqaluit, Nunavut

Shout Out Louds

A totally re-invented band since their debut album Howl Howl Gaff Gaff, Shout Out Louds have struck another goldmine. Their second album Our Ill Wills finds the Swedish five piece turning down the gain on their guitar amps and replacing it instead with harmonicas, violins, and backing harmonies. This retreat from Strokes-esque crunchy power chords is surprisingly welcome as they deliver one of the best indie pop albums of 2007.

Shout Out Louds – Impossible

The Cribs

British guitar bands will never die! Even as they’re slowly being replaced by new rave on thousands of British teenagers’ iPods, the bands just keep coming with the good tunes. The Cribs’ third album Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever doesn’t evolve their sound one bit, and that’s a good thing.

The Cribs – Moving Pictures

The Maccabees have made wave pools sexier than ever with debut album Colour It In.

The Maccabees – Latchmere

Tokyo Police Club

So consistent. Tokyo Police Club has never released a bad song. Two EPs and one single in, they’re probably the most talked about Toronto band which hasn’t released an album. The new single “Your English Is Good” is being released while they work on their debut LP to be released by Saddle Creek Records.

Tokyo Police Club – Your English Is Good

The Lodger

I will now turn my attention to two bands I heard about on Indie MP3. The first is The Lodger, who have just released the best album of 2007 thus far. Grown-Ups is so ridiculously melodic. Their short and sweet pop songs have been ruling my iTunes since the beginning of the summer and haven’t lost their charm one bit. When I set up my new soundsystem in my room, I used “A Free Period” because it is just so well produced. I swear I can’t talk enough about this album. Go and find it if you can. If not, check out their myspace or something. You must hear this album.

The Lodger – Free Period

The second band is The Mary Onettes. First of all, just a wicked band name. They’re basically just a New Order rip-off, but if there’s one band to rip off, it could very well be New Order. And they’re not like other new New Wave bands like The Killers who put a modern twist (when they’re not busy talking about Bruce Springsteen), they keep it strictly traditional. Fefinitely worth a listen. And for those of you who are expecting “Blue Monday” or “Bizarre Love Triangle” try more like earlier “Ceremony”-era New Order.

The Mary Onettes – Void

The National

And last but not least, The National. Thanks to Taha for making me listen to more of this band. I don’t usually like this kind of music, but I can’t stop listening to this album. Mainly piano and Tom Waits-type vocals, but when the band enters, the songs turn to pure gold. This is the kind of album I can picture Pitchfork listing as its best album of 2007, which doesn’t make it the best album of 2007, but makes it pretty good.

Jesus. I would keep writing, but I just played “Brimful of Asha” on guitar, so my fingers hurt.

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