Crystal Castles (rule)

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Michael Bourke (Michael B), Sunday, 4 February 2007 18:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

yeah

Saxby D. Elder (Saxby D. Elder), Sunday, 4 February 2007 18:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

wow these songs are kinda fuckin great

Thomas Tallis (Tommy), Sunday, 4 February 2007 19:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

You should follow the link to their website

Soft Cell #44 (Roger Fidelity), Sunday, 4 February 2007 20:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

Then your total gayness can be complete

Soft Cell #44 (Roger Fidelity), Sunday, 4 February 2007 20:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

I already knew they did

etuetu (xave), Sunday, 4 February 2007 20:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

The Myspace band recommendation usually sucks, but yeah, they're pretty neat.

Zachary S (Zach S), Sunday, 4 February 2007 20:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

Those aren't even their best tracks up there...

Saxby D. Elder (Saxby D. Elder), Sunday, 4 February 2007 21:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

I went ahead and preordered the Magic Spells 12", even though it didn't say when it was actually coming out.

Zachary S (Zach S), Sunday, 4 February 2007 23:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

Old news, folks

brokenfuses (brokenfuses), Monday, 5 February 2007 00:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah, gawd, remember when they were on the cover of Bop for 3 years straight and MTV would mention them on their news updates everyday? I'm glad they're not so oversaturated like they used to be. What kind of person would fail to have heard of Crystal Castles by now? Fuck.

Zachary S (Zach S), Monday, 5 February 2007 00:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

http://www.myspace.com/ccrystalccastles

cutty (mcutt), Monday, 5 February 2007 00:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

do they endorse the microkorg

am0n (am0n), Monday, 5 February 2007 00:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

ha, the deer picture from their 2nd myspace page is from my apartment

cutty (mcutt), Monday, 5 February 2007 01:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

Old news, folks

people who give a shit about whether something is old news are so 1997

Thomas Tallis (Tommy), Monday, 5 February 2007 02:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

I told them bitches who Ada is.

mox twelve (Mox twleve), Monday, 5 February 2007 05:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'd rather have the new Chromatics stuff.

Steev (Steev), Tuesday, 6 February 2007 23:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

but you can have both and be happy

cutty (mcutt), Tuesday, 6 February 2007 23:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

I just remembered that I preordered this. Still not out, I guess. The Liars remix posted on Pitchfork today is pretty excellent.

Z S, Friday, 15 June 2007 00:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

they were total dicks to everybody when they came through town but I loved their show anyway

still, their manners were fucking appalling

J0hn D., Friday, 15 June 2007 01:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

there are probably some people who still think that means they might be Proper Pop Stars I guess though

J0hn D., Friday, 15 June 2007 01:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Fuck is this?

Whiney G. Weingarten, Monday, 4 February 2008 20:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

Dunno. Heard a couple tracks a year or so ago. Longer, I think. Fall of '06? Lo-fi 8-bit party noise w/ screaming? Just listened to a bunch of more recent stuff. Very, very bad.

contenderizer, Monday, 4 February 2008 20:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

love these guys. makes me want to get the old NES up and working and attempt to beat megaman 2

6335, Monday, 4 February 2008 21:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

They're an acquired taste (especially the screaming), but their remix of Klaxons - "Atlantis to Interzone" is great.

Spencer Chow, Monday, 4 February 2008 22:04 (nine years ago) Permalink

'Knights' is good, well the 'chorus' is phenomenal altho the whiny synth noise elsewhere does grate.

blueski, Monday, 4 February 2008 22:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

'air war', people

Michael B, Monday, 4 February 2008 23:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

there's a comp of their remixes going around that's good

remixes by them(him?) weirdly tend to be better than their original material. i guess it fits with their approach that they would put more effort into taking bloc party's money than putting out their own shit, though.

rmx of goodbooks' "leni" is A+

j. brooks, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 19:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

this has crazy grown on me

Curt1s Stephens, Thursday, 13 March 2008 01:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

God, there are few bands I hate more than them, but this is probably a condition of living in the same city as them.

mehlt, Thursday, 13 March 2008 01:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

I went ahead and preordered the Magic Spells 12", even though it didn't say when it was actually coming out.

I should probably check and see if I ever got charged for this. I Paypal'd it.

Z S, Thursday, 13 March 2008 02:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

Basically the new rave Test Icicles, right?

Matt DC, Thursday, 13 March 2008 09:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

More like the "Donkey Kong" Test Icicles. I was over all this 8-bit punk/chip music in about 30 seconds.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 13 March 2008 09:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

:/

Curt1s Stephens, Thursday, 13 March 2008 17:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

Ow they make my ears go hurty.

chap, Thursday, 13 March 2008 17:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

i'm being asked to give up my radio show this week so that they can broadcast their concert.

REJECTED

elan, Wednesday, 19 March 2008 18:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

i love my lame city friends big upping this band

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Wednesday, 19 March 2008 18:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

lame-city

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Wednesday, 19 March 2008 18:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

i like that health track they did.

tipsy mothra, Wednesday, 19 March 2008 18:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

r u a bolg?

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 19 March 2008 19:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

wham city

am0n, Wednesday, 19 March 2008 19:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

fuck that... TEN CITY

elan, Wednesday, 19 March 2008 19:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

parts of this sound like the lost moby/alec empire tape. (which most people would mean as an insult but i don't.) "courtship dating" is pretty good.

tipsy mothra, Saturday, 22 March 2008 06:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

Saw them live a few weeks ago and they weren't convincing, but I like the album.

zeus, Saturday, 29 March 2008 20:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

Okay I fold, the album is really great. I'm trying to work out why something this cheap and shoddy and trashy is this affecting, and I can only put it down to that sense of sadness running through everything. It's like dying in Zelda over and over again.

Matt DC, Sunday, 27 April 2008 22:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

Laughed at the Zelda thing, but you're right - a lot of it is really sad sounding. Haunting and sad.

Savannah Smiles, Sunday, 27 April 2008 22:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm actually a little disappointing because I was all fired up to give this a real kicking. Even the ones with the screaming work, I can totally see why they used Alice Practice in that grieving scene in Skins now.

Matt DC, Sunday, 27 April 2008 22:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

DisappointED, even. Although I am a little disappointing as well.

Matt DC, Sunday, 27 April 2008 22:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

wau

still ike the album, tho

HI DERE, Friday, 9 May 2008 16:29 (nine years ago) Permalink

HOLY SHIT is "Not In Love" gorgeous

― ksh, Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:39 AM (5 months ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

like, ridiculously so

― ksh, Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:39 AM (5 months ago)

(crüt) (markers) (crüt) (markers) (crüt) (markers), Tuesday, 26 October 2010 22:20 (six years ago) Permalink

wow the original is pretty amazing. that band was wearing the wrong clothes.

cutty, Tuesday, 26 October 2010 23:12 (six years ago) Permalink

Why does no-one mention 'Celestica' on this thread?!?

My favourite track on the second album, and one of the highlights of last week's gig. (Tears in my eyes, ahem.)

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 27 October 2010 09:57 (six years ago) Permalink

I was wondering why these people were trending on Twitter and it makes much more sense now.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 27 October 2010 12:13 (six years ago) Permalink

been playing this on repeat since yesterday

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 27 October 2010 14:05 (six years ago) Permalink

Wow it's so strange to hear Robert Smith sing a Platinum Blonde song! When I was a child The Cure was my favorite band and Platinum Blonde was the biggest band in Canada. Too bad they never hit outside of the country. BTW they had that look 5 years before Poison came out.
This is imo their best song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4SOnBDe7qs

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 27 October 2010 17:49 (six years ago) Permalink

Haha, I got that Platinum Blonde album when I was a kid from one of those grab bag things where you get 10 mystery LPs in a brown paper bag for like a buck or something. I think I listened to it quite a bit at the time. Judging from that video, I'd say they haven't really stood the test of time.

Moodles, Wednesday, 27 October 2010 17:59 (six years ago) Permalink

finally they live up to their thread title

dayo, Tuesday, 2 November 2010 01:24 (six years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTBccJpTjs0

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

markers, Tuesday, 14 December 2010 06:28 (six years ago) Permalink

HOLY SHIT is "Not In Love" gorgeous

― ksh, Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:39 AM (5 months ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

like, ridiculously so

― ksh, Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:39 AM (5 months ago)

― (crüt) (markers) (crüt) (markers) (crüt) (markers), Tuesday, October 26, 2010 6:20 PM (1 month ago)

markers, Tuesday, 14 December 2010 06:32 (six years ago) Permalink

So much better with Robert Smith on the vocal.

Lightning Is For Babies (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 14 December 2010 07:31 (six years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

wow I am very late to this party, "violent dreams" (with the stina nordenstam samples) is amazing.

akm, Wednesday, 12 January 2011 00:22 (six years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

assholes or not, their new album is seriously gorgeous and danceable. although it's not a great car album, had me in a trance while I should have been watching the road, had to turn it off!

eep opp ork ah ah...and that means suck my dick (San Te), Saturday, 29 January 2011 03:38 (six years ago) Permalink

It's awesome, and way better than that piss-poor Kanye album that's one all the awards.

But I find it odd yet predictable that the band REALLY caught on with the high-school crowd. My 14 year old sister adores the band, as do all her friends, and when they recently played here in Boulder (well I'm in Denver, but anwyay:) for NYE apparently the # of 17 year old girls was abhorring, according to friends who go to school up there. I guess they've got that perfect blend of great hooks and obvious attitude/image that the under 20 crowd really latches onto.

The previous message has been brought to you by (kelpolaris), Saturday, 29 January 2011 03:47 (six years ago) Permalink

way to bring up kanye in a thread that has nothing t odo with him!

eep opp ork ah ah...and that means suck my dick (San Te), Saturday, 29 January 2011 03:49 (six years ago) Permalink

haha imo it was just such, such, such a better contender for album of the year. i didn't listen to an awful lot from 2010 but it rly struck me as the single-handed most solid album of the year entire... there's not one song that lacks any less luster than the one preceding or post.

The previous message has been brought to you by (kelpolaris), Saturday, 29 January 2011 03:58 (six years ago) Permalink

When I saw them live at Nottingham Rock City last autumn, almost the entire audience was under 21. And sober. And ecstatic. Which made for a fantastic atmosphere.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 29 January 2011 09:56 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

new album is kinda ehhhh on first listen

all the sharp poke-y edges have been filed down and even when they try for abrasive (like "insulin") it just lacks bite. maybe it's the mixing/mastering this time around? either way, the songs don't seem to be there either.

king louie riel (rennavate), Wednesday, 7 November 2012 22:33 (four years ago) Permalink

I hate terms like this, but this is a grower. I still think (II) trumps their current discography - mostly due to the almost magical amount of variety in song atmospheres and structures - but if anything, I adore the focus of this album. It feels more like a narrative than anything that has preceded, with a lot of likening to Burial's work: The songs saturate in this ambiguous but very real universe of suffering/doom/gloom, in which Alice's vocals - incessantly obscured and yet audibly echoed, as if shouting from that iconic well in Silence of the Lambs - come across as a child's unheard cries. She's a woman, sure, but it's her resolve to stay in this range of unmatured innocence (with the sultriness of age evidenced in past albums, especially in certain bits of "Celestica") with her tone of voice that creates a completely unsexualized version of herself.... case in point, a child. Lyrical themes and especially the title of the last song provide this as well.

I like this album. I don't think it does a lot to really progress the band's sound - and if the next album were to attempt as little progression as this one did, I may lose some respect for the group - but what I appreciate is this cohesiveness, this assuredness in wants and confidence in what they're able to convey. I know this sounds kinda masturabatory, but I really see the future of this band existing in concept albums, singular concepts that are done with immeasurable success.

kelpolaris, Wednesday, 14 November 2012 20:04 (four years ago) Permalink

They're really going to have to surprise me with the next release, though, as I think happy pop they've covered with the first album. They can't possibly get any gloomier than this without losing that inherent danceability that makes them so charming. I really don't know what next they're going to tackle, and considering that I also consider this album to be something of a sort of Amnesiac to (II)'s Kid A, they might suffer naturally through a Hail to the Thief stage in which they attempt to reinvigorate their sound while not particularly providing evidence that this reinvigoration was something needed in the first place, or that which is being built upon was a more matured, confident version of it's current self.

kelpolaris, Wednesday, 14 November 2012 20:07 (four years ago) Permalink

One more thing: A lot of reviews of their first album likened them to the Knife, save for that Glass's vocals did something to humanize their whole atmosphere. The next album made a considerable effort to make Glass as much as an instrument - a loop, a sample - than a human. It's this album that I really think has entirely coalesced any differention between human and electronic. I'm not sure if these are themes they're going for, but it's exciting to me to see this gradual loss of humanity with every consecutive album. Maybe that's their next step? To place both band members in a big black box, with sound emitting from both but little physical differentiation between the two.

I also saw them live some weeks back. The show was OK, and it was really fun seeing the guys, but I can't remember half the night and not sure if it was any different from the first ten minutes. Khan was resolute in playing his instruments, gazing into seemingly nothing, and Glass crowd-surfed a bit but was otherwise a figurine.

kelpolaris, Wednesday, 14 November 2012 20:14 (four years ago) Permalink

Kelpolaris--way off the mark about their live show. The blinding glare of their (totally amazing) light show, for one, either rendered you sightless for a hot second or enhanced your high or something. Alie was way more than a figurine both times I've seen her. Also crowdsurfing despite inevitable gropage is pretty rad. The new album sounds totally boring to me. Unless my headphones sucked and I'm missing a lot of texture or something it sounded like a lot was missing from the tracks. Lack of play or imagination. I definitely prefer them live. Super fun.

mox twelve, Thursday, 15 November 2012 17:21 (four years ago) Permalink

*Alice

mox twelve, Thursday, 15 November 2012 17:22 (four years ago) Permalink

III has definitely clicked for me, and i quite like it. not as much as either I or II (especially not as much as II) but i like it.

childish bambino (rennavate), Thursday, 15 November 2012 17:34 (four years ago) Permalink

My light show consisted of red, blue and white lights. They had the cover-art as a backdrop but otherwise it was a surprisingly boring concert. There was one particularly hilarious girl, though, who could perform the same dance move in anything over 30-second intervals.

OK, so I don't know if she did this at your (fellas) shows, but there was a particularly cool instance in which Alice was held up by the crowd while on her *knees*. As in, her body was upright and continuing to sing but the crowd held onto her bent legs in order to sustain such. Khan, I think his name is, was just very meditative and I thought the fact that he placed his synth on boxes of carrying equipment an odd but sorta interesting choice.

Otherwise, Glass just had one leg propped up on a speaker and shouted directly at the crowd. For a little too long. I've seen live shows and she did considerably less jumping around and all such I've seen in YouTube clips. They've stopped an incredibly number of times in Denver/Boulder, so maybe the thrill of novelty was wearing on them.

kelpolaris, Thursday, 15 November 2012 23:18 (four years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Fascination ends

That cover with Mr. Smith is currently wrapping up three years of my life on just the necessary note, so.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 6 June 2013 01:19 (four years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

heard "affection" today in the brooks brothers store in downtown princeton

Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the (Treeship), Sunday, 30 June 2013 02:37 (four years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

A month late but their set opening for Depeche in LA was great because they did NOT give a fuck. Or rather they did, by being exactly themselves and if the crowd didn't like it, fuck 'em. Great times.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 28 October 2013 20:02 (three years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

Not in Love (album version) is one of the best songs ever recorded. Didn't love their most recent release -- it felt familiar, gratuitous almost -- but this band is a classic band.

Treeship, Thursday, 21 August 2014 01:41 (three years ago) Permalink

Fun fact: Once i was in brooks brothers shopping for ties and they were playing Celestica.

Treeship, Thursday, 21 August 2014 01:42 (three years ago) Permalink

are you sure it wasn't "affection"?

joe "scratch" perry (diamonddave85), Thursday, 21 August 2014 02:22 (three years ago) Permalink

100% sure, 100% of the time. Guaranteed.™

Treeship, Thursday, 21 August 2014 02:39 (three years ago) Permalink

as long as that's the one without the lead singer of the cure whose name escapes me at the moment

markers, Thursday, 21 August 2014 02:48 (three years ago) Permalink

^gets it. The original version of not in love (w/ Alice Glass vocals) is infinitely better

Treeship, Thursday, 21 August 2014 02:52 (three years ago) Permalink

I dont want to be all "I prefer the early stuff" but AIR WAR was as good as it got for me with these guys. Second album was ok, third one was rubbish.

everyday sheeple (Michael B), Thursday, 21 August 2014 11:46 (three years ago) Permalink

'Not in Love' is good, I think after hearing the Platinum Blonde original kinda makes me wanna hear more power-stadium-pop mix ups by CC.

nxd, Thursday, 21 August 2014 11:53 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm thinking 'Surrender'

nxd, Thursday, 21 August 2014 12:07 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Alice has announced on Twitter that she is leaving the band.

http://twitter.com/ALICEGLASS

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 8 October 2014 11:44 (three years ago) Permalink

you are nothing without your robot car, poetry girl

Boston Bun is also an electronic music artist (King Boy Pato), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 13:10 (three years ago) Permalink

this sucks, although i understand it. the most recent crystal castles album was good but felt redundant. the first two albums are classics of the late aughts.

Treeship, Wednesday, 8 October 2014 13:26 (three years ago) Permalink

this sucks, although i understand it. the most recent crystal castles album was good but felt redundant. the first two albums are classics of the late aughts.

― Treeship, Wednesday, October 8, 2014 8:26 AM (18 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

it feels like a shame, but then, successive releases would have likely continued this trend. so it's probably for the best. maybe her solo stuff won't suck?

Indexed, Wednesday, 8 October 2014 13:48 (three years ago) Permalink

and so castles made of crystal, fall into the sistal, eventuallistal

john wahey (NickB), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 14:44 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

having fallen hard for III this week, so, i have just ordered I and II via amazon marketplace

total price incl. postage : £6.66

how more goth can you get.

mark e, Thursday, 23 October 2014 20:04 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

happened to listen to crystal castles (ii) today. was reminded of what bullshit the robert smith version of "not in love" is.

Treeship, Thursday, 19 November 2015 01:38 (one year ago) Permalink

used to be heavy on one of my pandora stations, a really good productivity music band iirc

INTOXICATING LIQUORS (art), Thursday, 19 November 2015 01:43 (one year ago) Permalink

classic band

Treeship, Thursday, 19 November 2015 01:45 (one year ago) Permalink

even if they plagiarized posters or whatever

Treeship, Thursday, 19 November 2015 01:46 (one year ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

new album, guess no one cares anymore

it me, Friday, 19 August 2016 20:57 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Quite a journey from first to last post huh

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 6 October 2017 14:56 (one week ago) Permalink

Most recent album was pretty good. Alice Glass ep was even better.

fffv, Friday, 6 October 2017 15:54 (one week ago) Permalink


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