This year’s mixtape is ready for you to download. The two disc set is packed with 2008 favourites from all of our writers.

Download: The Ca Va Cool Mixtape 2008 – Disc 1

01. She & Him – Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?
02. Hot Chip – Ready for the Floor
03. Chad VanGaalen – TMNT Mask
04. Bloc Party – Signs
05. Mystery Jets – Young Love feat. Laura Marling
06. TV on the Radio – Family Tree
07. DeVotchKa – Transliterator
08. Wilco w/ Fleet Foxes – I Shall Be Released
09. Wolf Parade – Soldier’s Grin
10. M83 – Graveyard Girl
11. Albert Hammond, Jr. – GfC
12. Vampire Weekend – Walcott
13. Brendan Canning – Churches Under the Stairs
14. Cut Copy – Lights and Music
15. Los Campesinos! – This Is How You Spell…

Download: The Ca Va Cool Mixtape 2008 – Disc 2

01. MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
02. Passion Pit – Sleepyhead
03. Born Ruffians – Little Garçon
04. The Clips – Space Kidz
05. The Radio Dept. – Freddie and the Trojan Horse
06. Bon Iver – Re: Stacks
07. Lykke Li – Dance Dance Dance
08. Portishead – Machine Gun
09. No Age – Eraser
10. Plants and Animals – New Kind of Love
11. Bodies of Water – Gold, Tan, Peach, and Grey
12. Fleet Foxes – Oliver James
13. Deerhunter – Never Stops
14. Santogold – Creator
15. Beast – Ashtray

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— , December 24, 2008    4 Comments

Chad VanGaalen

Since the summer of dial-up has long ended, I’ve managed to catch up on the music I’ve missed. The following is a series of scatter-shot thoughts on the things I’ve been listening to lately.

Chad Vangaalen has a new album out called Soft Airplane; it is rather excellent. I remember seeing him sometime last year. I walked out of the show somewhat unsatisfied, not due to a lack of a good performance, moreso because I wasn’t ready for it to be over. Plus some dude had a seizure, which may have cast a pall over the whole event. We got a wicked Gameboy solo though. A lot of the songs played that night seem to have made it onto this album, which explains the lack of familiarity then.

Chad VanGaalen – Willow Tree

For whatever reason, my only prior exposure to Tegan and Sara has been to Monday, Monday, Monday, as well as Walking With A Ghost, famously covered by the White Stripes. I don’t exactly remember the circumstances, but somehow I ended up getting their last three albums, which have made up most of my listening in the past 48 hours. Back In Your Head in particular has been monopolizing my iPod. I feel bad for skipping out on their London show last year.

Tegan and Sara – Back In Your Head

Mates of State’s Re-Arrange Us is as reliable as ever, but I’m sure you knew that. Perhaps a little slower than previous albums, and with piano this time around. Help Help and Now are getting a lot of play from me.

Mates of State – Now

Brendan Canning’s Something for All of Us… has managed to get a substantial bit of attention from me, far more than Kevin Drew’s album, which I found terribly boring. Love is New is my choice track.

Brendan Canning – Love is New

As predicted, The Stills have redeemed themselves. While not surpassing Logic, Oceans Will Rise has brightly outshone Without Feathers and can be considered a return to form, at least by me. And hey, Tim’s back on lead vocals! I’m seeing them in a week, hopefully they continue to impress.

The Stills – Snow in California

Bloc Party sprung Intimacy on us a couple of weeks ago. After hearing it, I responded with a resounding meh. Maybe they’ve been overexposed in the last little while, as I’m having trouble telling songs apart. To be fair, that problem also existed with the last half of A Weekend in the City. I keep reading about the innovation on this album, and if that means the electro-glitch which is Mercury, which I still contend is terrible, or adding a choir as on Zephyrus, I could do without it. Perhaps like AWITC, this is a grower, but right now I’m just turned off. At least Talons is pretty OK.

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— , September 17, 2008    3 Comments