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

Born Ruffians

The year’s not over yet, but now is as good a time as any to look back on the past 12 11 months of music and highlight the stuff that shone the brightest for me this year. After a huge star-power filled 2007 that brought out releases from some of my favourite bands like Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Spoon, and Interpol, 2008 was largely a blank slate for me. Outside of the new Death Cab for Cutie album, I wasn’t particularly anticipating anything, so the void was filled with a variety of releases from bands both new and old I discovered throughout the year. Mind you, I’ve likely missed out on a lot so far, so consider this list fairly fluid. Without further ado, the best of what I’ve heard in ’08.


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— , December 2, 2008    4 Comments


I’m kinda feeling rock ‘n’ roll this week but I’m also kinda feeling like I have an exam tonight. Regardless of how bogus said exam may be, I’m going to keep things brief. Cazals are rocking that Kitsune scene, but I prefer this version to the one on the new comp. Also, the content is vaguely apropos given my current situation.

Cazals – To Cut a Long Story Short (Xtopher Fiction Remix)

I wasn’t sure anything could top the remix of The Gossip’s Yr Mangled Heart that Linus Loves did ages ago now, but Guns ‘N’ Bombs came pretty close with this new one they dropped a few weeks back.

The Gossip – Yr Mangled Heart (Guns ‘N’ Bombs Trashbags Remix)

The new Hot Chip album, Made in the Dark, is great from start to finish. It’s also a fair amount more bangin’, which is good if you’re a fan of things like movement and fun. My favourite track is “Out at the Pictures”, but I don’t really want to get sued, so you get to make do with this one that’s been more widely released. There’s a few remixes floating around for this song but the original is still the one.

Hot Chip – Ready for the Floor

Speaking of lawsuits, the Bloody Beetroots have been responsible for a lot of great songs (including that remix of “She’s a Maniac” that I’ve played and danced wildly to at probably every single event this year), but this time they went and done did up an old Metallica track, “Search and Destroy”. Metallica, notorious fans of file-sharing, would no doubt be thrilled to see this posted. Assuming they still have a pulse.

The Bloody Beetroots – Ill To Destroy

And finally, much as I love Rick Ross, there can be only one Boss: Bruce Springsteen. A lot of people are doing best songs of the year type lists right now, and this one occupies slots 1-10 for me. You can decide for yourself how serious I am.

Bruce Springsteen – Radio Nowhere

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— , December 19, 2007    1 Comment