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by Dan
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Crystal Castles - "Alice Practice"

I can't tell you what I like until I hear it.

I hear a teenage girl ripping her robot heart out in front of her parents. It's 4a.m. and they were asleep. That night, they had caught their android daughter in the arms of a human girl when they came home. Driving the human girl home, the father told her that her love was misplaced, that his daughter and her had nothing in common, that his daughter was computer-based and couldn't provide what another human girl (or boy, whatever you like) could provide, and that she should just leave her alone. Around 2:30 that night, on instant messenger, the android girl, hyperventilating from the tears, received the message that the human girl knew all about her android nature, and even kind of made fun of her kissing. It wasn't long before she completely unraveled, and climbed the carpeted stairs to her parents' bedroom. [site]

webcam left on

Posted by Dan at February 1, 2007 2:38 AM


Posted by tom & duds at February 1, 2007 10:37 AM

yeah, I thought this one was my favorite of theirs... have you heard "magic spells", "no skin" or "air war" yet? those tracks really kick ass! and so does the klaxons remix...

awesome blog by the way, I've been a faithful reader for quite some time (although I do very rarely post comments). So yep, thanx for the music, and the love, and the love of music!

Have a good weekend boys!

salam alaikum!

Posted by nanoushka at February 1, 2007 11:06 PM

i like this band too much.
also be sure to check out the track "she fell out" and dolls is good too.
damn theyre good.

Posted by mikey at February 2, 2007 1:22 AM

i don't think i would have enjoyed that as much with out the post. thanks. great work.

Posted by sherwood at February 2, 2007 1:07 PM

the song is great, but the entry was amazing.

Posted by isabelle at February 2, 2007 6:16 PM

this is perhaps my favorite post on stg yet. & what a wonderful song.

Posted by the other other sean at February 2, 2007 7:46 PM

You are a wonderful person with glorious potential.

Posted by Marc at February 3, 2007 6:13 AM

fuck yesssss

Posted by eff at February 4, 2007 6:55 PM

So..I've been a fan of crystal castles for about a week now. Air war is porbably my personal favorite but they way you have described their style..or setting of mood..the whole story you added has maybe made me love them even more. What an awesome little story you've conjured. and it totally works. you're neat. :]

Posted by mandy at February 5, 2007 11:54 PM

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