Posts Tagged ‘Crystal Castles’

Playlist for October, 2010 / Alice In Chains.

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Term One of an MBA doesn’t exactly breed an environment to fully enjoy blastbeatgrindcore.

This is strongly reflected by the following dulcet tones which have filled my month.

  • PJ Harvey & John Parish – A Man A Woman Walked By.
  • Russian Circles – Geneva.
  • Múm – Finally We Are No One.
  • Pitman – It Takes A Nation Of Tossers.
  • *Hanin Elias – To Stay With Me (raw cut / unreleased)

* This is an amazing track from an amazing woman. I first heard it two, or maybe three years ago? I can not explain how stoked I am to finally see this be released in the coming months.

Last week, I got to escape university for 3 hours & watch my pick for Band Of The Year perform at a Sold Out show in London. I liken a Crystal Castles gig to watching a finely crafted luxury car being written off in slow motion. Maybe not tonight, tomorrow or next week, but through either design or default, I can see only one credible ending for this, & it’s not good.

They nailed it live, but I have doubts as to how it will carry at BDO next year. If you’re not in the first ten rows, I’m thinking you’ll probably miss the point & say they suck arse. My advise; If you love the album as much as everyone else, prepare to get the shit kicked out of you & get down the front. Then you too, can have a relived-youth “Alice touched my left hand! I’m never washing again!!” moment.

The Times They Are a-Changin’

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Happy Reporting Season!

[ Brokers with hands on their faces blog ]

In other news, it’s been a decent six months for new tunes. Highlights for me so far have been Options Paralysis, Meridional, HTDA, Daughters and with the little I’ve heard of the new Grinderman album, this too should be a strong release. But without a doubt, Crystal Castles II has received the highest rotation in my lounge / car / pc / office /mobile / laptop / iPod(s) / brain. If you have yet to give it a listen, do yourself a favour and go buy a copy. It sounds AMAZING on vinyl, and I’m thinking it will take one hell of an album to knock this off for my album of the year.

Shock! Atari Teenage Riot are back (& they’ve brought their iPhone app)!! This is a good thing. I like ATR heaps, and I firmly believe that there’s a place for this band at the front of the class. Although they (& I) are now ten years older, I’m sure they could still convince me to throw half a brick through a Bank’s front window if they asked me the right way. I’m rarely talked into anything, so band that possesses such influence needs to be respected! And while we are talking influence, the most important piece of music news in recent times is that Tom Ayara has returned from his back surgery (the world breaths a sigh of relief) & is back his desk giving tomorrow’s leaders the vision they need.

Thank god.