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Many people find it shocking that I never saw Crystal Castles live before. They make sure to confirm how ridiculous the notion is, because of how utterly ridiculous the Crystal Castles live experience is. Rest assured, I believed them, but I surely didn’t know just how true the sentiment was at the time.

Being a small intimate private party, I was lucky enough to have a position side by side with One Thirty BPM’s very own Evan Kaloudis right near the front of the stage. I may have never seen the band live before, but I was aware of how important a good spot was, as lead singer Alice Glass is known for spending a large amount of her time crowd surfing and making sure you’re aware of her presence.

It didn’t take time for me to realize that all my friends were incredibly correct about Crystal Castles live power. Immediately we were pistol whipped into a dance rave frenzy that was marvelous controlled chaos. Alice Glass lived up to her reputation as a hypnotic performer, crowd surfing numerous times. At one point she grabbed my hand, and I helped propel her into the crowd as I gloriously multi-tasked snapping photos. Her presence is a mixture of wild sexiness that is also quite intimidating. While taking photos I was pretty concerned that she would crack her bottle of Jim Bean over my head.

Thankfully things never got that wild, but this show was copious amounts of ecstasy ready fun. The whole show flew by, with all the best cuts from the bands 2 LP’s guiding the way towards the rave-tastic event that left us out of breath, and instead, filled with joy.

I can tell you right now, do whatever you can to see Crystal Castles live. Everything that you’ve heard about their live show is beyond true. Their performance was the highlight of my CMJ, and easily one of the most genuinely fun concert experiences of my time.

It truly is ridiculous that I never saw them until last night.

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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!

[music video]: HEALTH – “New Coke”

By Will Oliver, April 24th 2015 — with 1 comment

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L.A.’s HEALTH haven’t released an album since 2009’s Get Color, making a new album from them long overdue. This makes the announcement of a brand new album exciting. It’s entitled Death Magic, and it will be released on August 7 via Loma Vista Recordings.

With the announcement comes a rather interesting music video for the album’s first single “New Coke.” The song is a mesmerizing display of dark synth’s that start off in Crystal Castles (now former member Alice Glass actually cameos in the video) territory, before coming harder with a bit of a heavy crunch. There’s a lot of slow-motion vomit that is apparently real, album details are shared, and the video ends with a phone number attached to a message that states “if you need to talk.”

According to fans, including a friend, if you call the number the bands very own John Famiglietti (who directed the video) will answer and talk to you. Apparently we can expect a small one-off show in NYC soon and some more proper tour dates this fall that should be announced soon. If you’re brave enough, you can try for yourself. The number is 213-259-3841.

Enjoy the song and music video posted below, along with the Death Magic tracklist.
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Death From Above 1979 at Rough Trade NYC (September 8, 2014)

By Will Oliver, September 9th 2014 — with 2 comments

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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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