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Crystal Castles – Not In Love (Feat. Robert Smith)

By Will Oliver, October 27th 2010

“Not In Love” is a song that’s on Crystal Castles newest album Crystal Castles II. It’s also a cover of the Platinum Blonde song. The band has just released a remix of the song that features Robert Smith of The Cure. How insane is that?

This version of the song absolutely rules. Too hard. What a perfect combination. It’s going to be included on their single for their original version which is coming out on December 6th via Fiction.

[mp3]: Crystal Castles – Not In Love (Feat. Robert Smith)

[music video] Crystal Castles – Celestica

By Will Oliver, June 23rd 2010 — with 4 comments

Watch the new Crystal Castles music video for “Celestica” below. It features Alice walking around, and singing while laying in the grass. It also has children playing violins in graveyards. Just a normal day for them, I guess…

Remix’s very rarely find way’s to make it better. I think that Memory Tapes remix of Crystal Castles’ “Suffocation” comes pretty damn close. It doesn’t try to make it a bupin’ dance floor remix. Rather, he adds more texture to the song creating a new atmosphere. The songs a hazy take that sounds like its residing in a dark shadow. He took the song and gave it a fascinating spin. This is the way remixes ought to be:

[mp3]: Crystal Castles – Suffocation (Memory Tapes Remix)

If you haven’t already, pre-order Crystal Castles new self titled (again) album from insound on Vinyl or CD. Or else Alice Glass will get you in your sleep. We wouldn’t want that, now would we?

Buy it at Insound!

Death From Above 1979 at Rough Trade NYC (September 8, 2014)

By Will Oliver, September 9th 2014 — with 1 comment

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Death From Above 1979 are officially back. Today the beloved duo of Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler released their new album The Physical World, a full (and long) decade after their only other album, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine .

To celebrate the release of the record, the band played a very intimate set last night at the tiny Rough Trade NYC. It was their first show in New York in three years, with the last being at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011. They were originally supposed to play at Governors Ball last year but had to cancel in order to finish recording.

So people have been waiting at least a year, if not much, much, more to see these guys play. Now a select lucky few got their chance to do so, and at one of the tiniest spaces you could imagine seeing a band like DFA1979.
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Lollapalooza Announces 2013 Lineup

By Will Oliver, April 1st 2013 — with 2 comments


Today Lollapalooza announced their 2013 lineup, and it’s a good one. Headliners are The Cure, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, The Postal Service, Vampire Weekend, The National, New Order, Queens Of The Stone Age, and (bleh) Mumford & Sons.

Then you got Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, Band Of Horses, Major Lazer, Hot Chip, Local Natives, Two Door Cinema Club, Crystal Castles, Lana Del Rey, Beach House, Cat Power, Frightened Rabbit, Alt-J, Foals, Smith Westerns, The Vaccines, Father John Misty, DIIV, Heartless Bastards, Haim, Jessie Warem Wild Nothing, Wavves, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Icona Pop, Jake Bugg, Guards, Palma Violets, The Orwells, and more.

Lolapalooza takes place this August 2-4 in Grant Park. All options are sold out other than single day passes, which are $95 and go on sale April 3.

Governors Ball Announces 2013 Lineup

By Will Oliver, January 22nd 2013


I had a great time at the Governors Ball last year. With the 2013 lineup announcement, it seems like the festival is growing a lot bigger. Not only is there another day added (June 7,8,9) but the quality and size of the artists particiapting this year seem to be on an all-around grander scale.

Headliners include Kanye West, Kings Of Leon and a secret guest that will be announced later (bets on it being the Yeah Yeah Yeahs?). Also playing are Nas, Grizzly Bear, The xx, Kendrick Lamar, Beach House, Cut Copy, Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Bloc Party, Beirut, Local Natives, Death From Above 1979, Crystal Castles, Yeasayer, Dirty Projectors, Best Coast, Japandroids, Alt-J, Divine Fits, The Vaccines, and Haim.

You can scoop the whole lineup on the poster above, or head to the site. Early bird tickets go on-sale this Friday.

I saw a lot of great shows in 2012, from all the great shows in NYC during CMJ, from my trip to Bonnaroo, and my duel visits to Chicago for Lollapalooza/Pitchfork. I saw many bands both big in small in a wide variety of venues, and made many good memories along the way.

When it came down to it, these shows were my absolute favorite concert moments of the year:
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About 200 of you guys participated in our annual readers poll, and the results were tight. You had the chance to vote for 5 albums, and I gave each album a point value, decreasing with each vote. So first place got 5 points, second place got 4, etc…

The race was very close between Frank Ocean & Tame Impala, but in the end, Frank Ocean took home the Orange gold. All in all, the taste of you faithful bunch alligns quite well with mine, minus Mumford & Sons. In total, 252!! albums were voted for, which is insane. That pretty much sums up how much music we digest. Which makes these top 25 albums that much more impressive.

See the results below with the points earned. Well done guys, and here is to a happy 2013! Here is my favorite albums of 2012 as well as my favorite songs.
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