C Is For Crystal Castles
*Originally released December 25th 2014*
Merry Christmas! What better way to celebrate the holidays than to plug in and listen to our episode on Crystal Castles? Along the way, Steve and Doug also muse about music videos, She-Ra and cartoon villains, and divisive albums alienating fans.
Music featured this week:
Celestica - Crystal Castles II
Plague - Crystal Castles III
Alice Practice - Alice Practice [EP]
1991 - Crystal Castles
4:34 - Here, we've saved you the trouble of looking them up on Twitter: Maya Rae and Steven Hardy
6:00 - What?? You know - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti's "For Kate I Wait". And in case you're wondering, yeah he's a weird guy
7:25 - Come at me, Charlie Brown fans
12:18 - Okay, elephant in the room time. YES, we are now both completely aware of the horrendous situations that Alice Glass has alleged against Ethan Kath in the years between this episode's release and today. It's tragic, heart-breaking, and taints this episode. Rather than bury it though, we think it's important to highlight this band regardless, if at the very least to continue to validate Alice Glass' passion and contribution. Her artistry is still unquestioned.
13:20 - And here's another plug for MITIGO
14:47 - Here's the "Crimewave" video from Crystal Castles and Health
22:00 - God that's awkward
24:02 - In 2017, Alice Glass denied that this story was accurate and said Kath made it up to diminish her creative process
36:19 - Here is the video for "Courtship Dating" in all its boring glory
42:47 - The quality Doug looks for in a good remix is to expand and shape the original song into something more reminiscent of the remix artist. The Little Ones had a cheerful song called "Lovers Who Uncover" and Crystal Castles offers this fascinating remix
50:00 - For clarity's sake, the Crystal Castles song is first, then the Sigur Rós follows
56:00 - Fun story: in the time since this episode was first released, the Crystal Castles video for "Plague" was taken down for copyright violation (seriously!). Some fan made the effort to upload another copy of the video, but apologies if this link becomes broken in the meantime. But just to show I'm not nuts, here's an article from Pitchfork about the release of the video
1:05:34 - Crystal Castles did indeed continue on without Alice Glass, releasing Amnesty (I) in August of 2016 with new vocalist Edith Francis
1:06:41 - Check out Alice Glass' Soundcloud here - it's not dissimilar from Crystal Castles, but definitely has her own sound. In other words, still abrasive at times but at other times very melodic
1:11:39 - And now that short promo video for "Magic Spells"
1:17:11 - For comparison, here's the track by Liars "It Fit When I Was A Kid"
1:18:17 - Here's the YouTube channel by the fan that has collected basically all of Crystal Castles' work
Magic Spells - Crystal Castles
Not In Love (Alice Glass version) - Crystal Castles II
Kerosene - Crystal Castles III
Courtship Dating - Crystal Castles
Suffocation - Crystal Castles II
It Fit When I Was A Kid (Crystal Castles remix) - Remixed Rewired (Unofficial)
Crystal Castles' Official Website
Crystal Castles' Bandcamp
Alice Glass' Official Website
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