Helms Alee – New Album – Sleepwalking Sailors

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Tacoma/Seattle post-metal lovers Helms Alee will be releasing their third album via Sargent House (Russian Circles, Chelsea Wolfe) on February 11th.  Sleepwalking Sailors was recorded here in Seattle with the help of ex-Seattlite Chris Common (These Arms Are Snakes, Pelican, Chelsea Wolfe).

Being a longtime fan of anything that comes into contact with this group of interrelated artists, I cannot wait for Sleepwalkig Sailors to drop.  Thriving off of the sheer force and energy that blaze out of those beautiful Verellen amps (created and built by lead singer of Helms Alee Ben Verellen and used by Russian Circles/These Arms Are Snakes among others) matched with Verellen’s shattering throaty growl and creative drummer Hozoji Matheson-Margullis vocals, Helms Alee’s new record is certain to quench the need for hard hitting bliss.

Watch Helms Alee perform new jam “Fetus Carcus” off of Sleepwalking Sailors live on KEXP.

>>>Prepare to have your mind blown<<<

>>>Full Performance<<<

–Cameron

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dragontape mix of favorite songs of 2013

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01 Pokey LaFarge – Central Time [Live at WAMU’s Bluegrass Country] (00:00:00)
02 Queens of the Stone Age performing “Keep Your Eyes Peeled” Live at KCRW’s Apogee Sessions (00:03:23)
03 Club 8 “Kill Kill Kill” (00:08:01)
04 Chelsea Wolfe – Feral Love | Newtown Radio | Swan7 Studio (00:11:27)
05 Son Lux – “Lost It To Trying” (Official Music Video) (00:14:51)
06 Midlake – Provider (00:18:38)
07 Volcano Choir – Acetate (00:22:07)
08 Daughter – Smother (Live on KEXP) (00:27:03)
09 Big Scary – Luck Now (Not Art LP | 2013) (00:31:48)
10 THE NATIONAL – “DON’T SWALLOW THE CAP” (FAN VIDEO HQ) (00:36:00)
11 Daft Punk ~ Giorgio by Moroder (HQ Official Audio) ft. Giorgio Moroder (00:40:25)
12 PAPA – Young Rut (Live At The El Rey/2013) (00:49:30)
13 Luke Temple – Florida (Official Video) (00:53:44)
14 Bloc Party – French Exit (00:58:11)
15 Maston-Messages (01:00:54)
16 Overseas – Old Love (01:03:23)
17 Deafheaven – Sunbather (01:04:56)
18 Clogs – “The Sundown Song” (01:15:14)
19 Cut Copy – Let Me Show You Love – Live Pro Shot (01:19:05)
20 Twin Tigers — Opana (01:25:29)
21 Foals Bad Habit BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge 2013 (01:29:34)
22 The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather (01:34:02)
23 Foxygen – San Francisco (Official Video) (01:37:55)
24 The Appleseed Cast 2013.07.19 T07 Cathedral Rings (01:41:44)
25 Deer Tick – Mirror Walls – CARDINAL SESSIONS (01:45:44)
26 Big Black Delta – Money Rain Down (Official Music Video) (01:51:11)
27 Russian Circles – Ethel (01:55:31)
28 Son Lux: ‘Pyre,’ Live On Soundcheck (01:59:34)
29 Young Knives 06 Something Awful (02:03:07)
30 The Black Angels “Love Me Forever” Live at KDHX 5/8/13 (02:08:23)
31 Cut Copy- In Memory Capsule (02:11:22)
32 Portugal. The Man – “Sea of Air” | Hay Bale Sessions | Bonnaroo365 (02:16:03)
33 Minus the Bear – Hooray Acoustics II (02:19:38)
34 Local Natives – Black Balloons (02:23:47)
35 Foals – Out Of The Woods (Official Video) (02:26:36)
36 Daft Punk – Get Lucky (Official Video) Ft Pharell Williams (02:30:17)
37 PAPA – If You’re My Girl, Then I’m Your Man (02:34:06)
38 Russian Circles & Chelsea Wolfe – “Memorial” European Tour Poster Printing (02:38:37)
39 La Luz – Pink Slime – 2013-07-24 (02:41:18)
40 Vampire Weekend perform “Ya Hey” on Q (02:43:40)
41 Sisyphus – Calm It Down (Lyric Video) (02:48:51)

Playlist of favorite songs of 2013 coming soon.

–Cameron

Favorite Of 2013 – Foals – Holy Fire

Favorite Performance Of 2013// Foals//Neptune Theater//Seattle
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Favorite Album Of 2013//Foals//Holy Fire

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Favorite Song Of 2013//Foals//Bad Habit

2013 is over.  Passing rapidly in a hurry, but also long and intense.  Thinking back I can break apart certain points of the year into segments according to what I was into and experiencing.  Seattle’s music scene offered up many choices for all moods.  The hip hop scene was exploding, alt country was leveling out, the warm surf rolled in, and electronic artists blew up dance filled venues.  So many choices.  So many shows.  I love my city’s scene and culture.

As I pulled up my sleeves for another gorgeous year in music I took on sort of an eclectic approach.  I wanted to learn the history of the artists that paved the way for what we hear and create today; diving deep into the records of rock’n roll, studying the roots of reggae and psychedelic architects.  This lead to many nights of joyful music documentaries and insightful listening sessions.

Sometimes when you listen to songs today you notice parts in songs that remind you of older artists.  Push rewind.  Listen.  Yes, that is the same riff as Fleetwood Mac.  These vocals remind me of Sting.  That reggae beat thrown into this jam takes me back to the soulful cuts of Lloyd Charmers.  The warm feeling I get from hearing a familiar part in a modern song being transformed from the format of a classic into something fresh is wonderful.

When a favorite band releases a single in anticipation of their upcoming release you can take it a few ways.  If the song rocks, then the suspense for the record increases.  If the single blows, you get scared.

On first listen of the Foals first single Inhaler off of the 2013 up and coming release Holy Fire I almost collapsed onto my living room floor.  No way.  These guys did not just do that.  Can you tell how I felt about the song?  Ha, it was a let down to say the least.  Another one bites the dust trying to go mainstream.  But wait, there is hope in the horizon.

February saw the release of the Foals third studio album “Holy Fire”.  Scratching my head I put on my headphones and hit play.  Drinking a sip of water I turned and looked at my dog Winston.  “Here we go Wanky”.  The first track Prelude opens up the album with shakers and thudding bass drums.  The iconic Foals style guitar crept in opening avenues for good things to come.  I’m not gonna lie, the next track is Inhaler which “accidentally” got skipped the first few spins.  I later got over the ugly chorus and accepted the other worthy portions of the song (The guitar is actually pretty sick during the verse and outro).

My Number followed ending up as the most user friendly track for the masses (who weren’t already fans of the Foals).  I can dig.  Many happy car rides last summer included this pop hit.  Bad Habit.  Boom.  Favorite track on Holy Fire.  Turns out favorite song of 2013.  The Foals do a great job of building the songs into roaring breath taking adventures; Bad Habit and all remaining songs on Holy Fire are such quality jams – at times delighting I Pod commercials invade my imagination to the habitual drums and guitars.  On Out Of The Woods violins accompany the killer drum flow and stellar vocal melodies easily becoming my second favorite track.  I would find  myself beat-boxing the drums from Out Of The Woods in the shower.  Mild & Black Spiders carries a chorus backed by booming kick and subliminally layered looping guitars.  “Cause I’ve been around two times and found that you’re the only thing I need!  Cause I’ve been around two times and found that you’re the only thing I need!
Cause I’ve been around two times and found that you’re the only thing I need!
Cause I’ve been around two times and found that you’re no friend in need!” builds and sprawls into a swarm of spiraling intensity.

Car karaoke.  That’s what the Foals should have titled this album.   >>Yannis Philippakis’s<< vocals are the strongest and charismatic to date.  Jimmy Smith’s mathy guitar intertwines alongside Yannis phenomenal tempo.  Jack Bevan hallelujah.  Makes the list of top drummers of all time.  These mates gel.  The compositions and pop artistry released on Holy Fire remind me of the Fleetwood Macs and Pink Floyds of yesteryear.

Their live performance is nothing short of amazing.  Yannis crowd surfs and climbs balconies all while thrashing his Travis Bean guitar.  Jack’s drums consume me.  Tribal off beat fills and super fast rhythms back their signature guitar tones and techniques.

As the Foals continue to put out solid records their fan base grows.  Endless touring and festival performances displaying their seductive rock and roll music builds followers of all genres of music.  Renown DJs remix song after song blasting their own spin on mixtapes echoing deep into night crawling clubs.– see >>Holy Fire Remixs and Bad Habit Ep//>>.  

My little secret isn’t a secret anymore.  But the Foals are still My Number 1.  Cheers mates.

>>>Watch<<<

Late Night

My Number

Out Of The Woods

Inhaler

Foals Live At The Royal Albert Hall DVD Trailer

Thanks for sharing our best of 2013 moments with us here on Seafoamcouch

–Cameron

Favorite Albums Of 2013 – Cut Copy – Free Your Mind

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Free Your Mind. Free Your Mind. Free Your Mind. Free Your Mind. Free Your Mind. Free Your Mind. Free Your Mind. Free Your Mind. Free Your Mind. Free Your Mind. Free Your Mind. Free Your Mind. Free Your Mind. Free Your Mind. Free Your Mind.

Cut Copy’s In Ghost Colours quickly became one of my favorite records of all time.  I played it over and over.  The double vinyl edition was spun countless numbers of times in the Magnolia music listening station room.  Dance parties on the wooden floor transformed into house parties replicating live shows with ground shaking bodies.  Man I couldn’t get enough of that record.  Every time I listened different sounds and imaginations would form rising in and out of interludes and heart beating pulses.

When word of Cut Copy’s latest record hit newsstands my thoughts raced with excitement.  Stereogum had the full stream of Free Your Mind up first and all I could think about was how hopeful I was that this record would live up to In Ghost Colours.

The whole concept behind Free Your Mind rang out like a loud bell.  It struck me.  It moved me.  I had an epiphany.  This album was created to help.  To help me to free my mind.  From the stress and anxiety.  From the thoughts that circled in my brain and some days consumed me.

Cut Copy didn’t intend to become my personal release.  Their idea behind this new record was meant to reach the masses, to make them dance, to make them free from their demons.  If I could spend five minutes with the band I would tell them thank you.

Watch Cut Copy perform on NPR’s live webcast

http://www.npr.org/event/music/243077320/cut-copy-live-in-concert

–Cameron

Favorite Albums Of 2013 – Deafheaven – Sunbather

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     Like a hurricane of crashing cymbals, Sunbather rushes in and erupts a majestic piece of hardcore listening indulgence.  Turning passionate screaming into beauty.  Peaking and redlining emotion transitions into softer timbre.

Deafheaven brought back a genre of music to me that has been absent for a few years now.  Somewhere between the sound of >>Appleseed Cast<< and >>Zao<<. Releasing raw feeling.  Although I tend to listen to this album all the way through, the title track “Sunbather” is my jam.  People that usually curl their lips and shy away from melodic screaming listen to this album and somehow hear the greatness.

Back in November of 2012 I went to see Russian Circles headline a show @ Neumos.  The opening acts were Crypts (singer from These Arms Are Snakes), and Deafheaven.  I knew nothing about Deafheaven at the time, but recall hearing the machine gun double kick drums echo across Pike St. as I entered late into the first song.  A montage of bright colors and odd footage played on a screen behind them.  It was loud.  It was rad.  The tour poster displayed above is from that show.

Watch a young teenage dude interview Deafheaven’s George Clarke and Kerry McCoy below.

–Cameron

Favorite Songs of 2013 – “College” – Rogue Wave

Rogue-Wave_byTerri-Loewenthal-640It was the return of Rogue Wave, some thought maybe they were done after the tragic death of one band member and near death experiences by the two leading members of the band. Then all of a sudden the single “College” was released and was the first sign that Rogue Wave was not done and the two leading members strived forward refusing to let the band die. Zach Rogue and Pat Sturgeon are the life of this band. Through so many tragedies and setbacks they continue to make the music happen. With “College” it may seem as if Zach is singing of the isolated experience of college, but it is just being used as a metaphor for the things Pat and him have experienced over the last 10 years. “You can not acknowledge all the things you’ll learn in college” Zach sings. Knowing that the band has experienced so much in the last 10 years that they will never be able to fully realize what they have been through. It is the first single off of Nightingale Floors and it screams “We’re back and we’re ready for the world again!”

SDT

Favorite Albums of 2013 – Russian Circles – Memorial

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“Memoriam” opens the gate and takes you into the secret garden quietly and slowly. As the path enters the ivy laden cast iron fence “Deficit” pulls curiosity towards the sound echoing in the distance. Birds and wolves peek and sneer as sticks crack and rustle on the cobble stone walkway. It is the year “1777”. Most fools and wrecks have left this factory smoked village for broader pastures. Yet I still find myself in the garden. In this empty town. “Cheyenne”. Cheyenne was her name. She was why I stayed and found hope. Yet as this trail pulls me closer to the reason and to the light I wonder if the “Burial” was reality. Was it all in my head? The howls and squeals of the forest were as near as a unknown visitor breathing cold breaths on the back of my neck. A cold shiver raced down my frozen trousers into my worn plimsolls. Did something just tug on my rucksack? My pace went from a Baker’s stroll to a steady jog. “Ethel” was the name of her family’s shire which stood two miles and a nights full of fear away. Still I found faith in those beams casting from the crooked tower in the country mile. Was it a disconnect or a certainty? My Gatsby cap brushed against branches saving my eyes from sharp edges and blindness. Jogging turned into tearing and rushing. The creatures of the garden loathed my presence and existence demanding immediate closure to this intruder. The trespasser’s william was me. “Lebaron” was Cheyenne’s property. And as my heart throbbed like a drum syncopated to my every step the beams splitting and resting on the night’s fog garnered my thoughts into doubts, into dreams, and onto her reality. I closed the gates to the garden and wiped the moister off my brow. One lone wolf stared between the iron bars and directed it’s presence deep into my soul. The respect of this spirited animal for my bravery and escape through his domain tickled the hairs on my forearms. The wolf bid me farewell and good luck through his wise blue eyes.

–“Memorial”: Straitening my brim I turned back facing my intention. I gulped and swallowed the night’s last mysterious unsung shadows. The vivid rays of light that spread from her bedroom tower disappeared and all was dark. The room that once housed the most beautiful and meaningfully spirited girl to me now stood in absolute silence. Only the moon. Only the moon flashed on the pillar of my pursuit. Months of dreams and ambivalence. All the moments of delirium. It all rested here. On this monument of clarity. My cheeks warmed as my jaw clenched. Falling to my knees I pressed my dry lips on the cold cement and wrapped my arms on Cheyenne. Now I can rest young bride. Now I can move on. Pulling free from realization I picked my sore legs off of the dirt and headed back towards the garden. Opening the wet rusted gate I stepped back into the wolves territory. Those blue eyes beat down on my chest hungry for desire. This time fear was a distant friend. Anxiety withered and courage overcame. The lone wolf was not my enemy. My enemy was fear. Change. The unknown. He crept beside me smelling the outer tips of my fingers brushing his fur against my wrist. We headed back through the garden towards the village. No longer infinitely sad. No longer alone. Now I am free.

Watch Russian circles with Chelse Wolfe performing “Memorial”

>>>Imagine<<<

–Cameron

Favorite Albums of 2013 – Queens Of The Stone Age – …Like Clockwork

Never a huge QOTSA fan really.  Appreciation was always there no doubt for the instrumentation and off beat guitar licks and drum rhythms.  In fact I never really gave them much of a chance.  Like Clockwork showed up early June and was played for me in a friend’s tiny auto.  The car actually looks like something that might be illustrated in the video below.  “Have you heard the new QOTSA yet?” asked my friend.  “No” I responded hum drumming.  Then he pushed play and all was changed maah ha ha ha.  Maybe not all, but definitely my opinion of this band.  What a great album.  Like Clockwork flows in and out of hard rocking riffs and quite elegantly composed material to take the listener on an illuminating journey.  I recommend watching “Like Clockwork” the animated video counterpart of the album first.  It will change the way you hear the music.

Well it turns out this video has been terminated.  Can’t find it anywhere, but take my word this video is an astonishingly colourful and intense artistic short film created in a way that I have never seen.  Hopefully it will be back up to view soon.

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Favorite song on the album – Keep Your Eyes Peeled

From the very opening this song’s bass line and guitar set a tone for Like Clockwork that made me love this album.

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–Cameron