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

Seafoam Couch’s Collaborative Collective Favorite Songs and Albums of 2013

It is a little late I know, but after the entire month of December we have compiled a great playlist of songs to reflect on 2013.  Missing a few days in December, there were some tunes or albums that may have fallen off the list, but these were the jams and cuts that stuck with us the most throughout beautiful 2013. We hope you enjoy our picks! 

Happy New Year from Seafoam Couch!

Creese Cheam Mixtapes Vol. 5 – Flavorite Songs Of 2013

Here is my playlist for favorite tracks of 2013.  The list is backwards according to the player, but nonetheless a layout for your pleasure.  Enjoy.  You will find the downloadable links below.  Cheers.

 

  • Queens Of The Stone Age – My God Is The Sun
  • The Future Primitives – Scream (The Chancellors)
  • Nitemoves – Glen ’79
  • Moonboots – Got Somebody 
  • Melt Yourself Down – Kingdom Of Kush
  • Daughter – Smother (Duncan Murray Remix)
  • Cruiser – To California
  • Atmosphere – Color In The Snow feat. deM atlaS, Joe Horton & Toki Wright
  • Chris Staples – Cindy, Diana, Janet & Wanda
  • Vampire Weekend – Ya Hey
  • La Luz – Pink Slime
  • Russian Circles – Memorial (feat. Chelsea Wolfe)
  • Papa – If You’re My Girl, Then I’m Your Man
  • Daft Punk – Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers)
  • Foals – Out Of The Woods
  • Local Natives – Black Balloons
  • Minus the Bear – When We Escape
  • Portugal. The Man – Sea of Air
  • Cut Copy – In Memory Capsule
  • The Black Angels – Love Me Forever
  • The Young Knives – Something Awful
  • La Luz – Sure as Spring
  • Koda – Staying
  • Sisyphus – Calm It Down
  • Son Lux – Pyre
  • Russian Circles – Ethel
  • Brent Amaker & the Rodeo – Troubled Times
  • Big Black Delta – Money Rain Down
  • Deer Tick – Mirror Walls
  • The Appleseed Cast – Cathedral Rings
  • Foxygen – San Francisco
  • The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather
  • Foals – Bad Habit
  • Twin Tigers – Opana
  • Cut Copy – Let Me Show You Love
  • Clogs – The Sundown Song
  • Deafheaven – Sunbather
  • Overseas – Old Love
  • Maston – Messages
  • Bloc Party – French Exit
  • Luke Temple – Florida
  • Papa – Young Rut
  • Daft Punk – Giorgio by Moroder (feat. Giorgio Moroder)
  • The National – Don’t Swallow the Cap
  • Big Scary – Luck Now
  • Daughter – Smother
  • Volcano Choir – Acetate
  • Midlake – Provider
  • Son Lux – Lost It to Trying
  • Chelsea Wolfe – Feral Love
  • Club 8 – Kill Kill Kill
  • Queens Of The Stone Age – Keep Your Eyes Peeled
  • Pokey LaFarge – Central Time
Creese Cheam Mixtapes Vol. 5 – Flavorite Songs Of 2013

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–Cameron

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dragontape mix of favorite songs of 2013

>>>watch video here<<<

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 – “Heavy Feet” – Local Natives

500px-The_Mystery_of_the_Heavy_FeetLocal Natives’ sophmore album was just as good if not better than their first go around, but it just couldn’t make the final cut this year. However, seeing as I missed the first week and a half with this you may see an honorable mentioned. “Heavy Feet” was heavy in sound! Even though it’s Local Natives the song makes you want to stomp your feet and rock your head back and forth like you are at a metal concert. It makes you clap and it makes you want to dance. The snare drum keeps you moving throughout the song even during the quieter parts and when the chorus hits you it feels so full of sound that you have a full choir and orchestra exploding in your face! It’s my favorite off the album and obviously of 2013 and you will enjoy it just as much!

SDT

Favorite Songs Of 2013 – Deer Tick – Mirror Walls & Hey Doll

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Deer tick’s Negativity didn’t seem to turn too many heads this year.  The album ventured into new territories and strayed from traveled paths.  Although the album didn’t move me enough to claim it a best of 2013, there were a few tracks that were worth honorable mention.  Most notably were the songs Mirror Walls & Hey doll.

John McCauley’s voice sends shivers down my spine every time I listen to that raspy yet pretty tune.  Deer Tick’s performance @ Neumos right here in Seattle opened with John playing piano on “Hey doll” for the eager faces in the crowd.  His orange suit shouted party time and that’s what became of Oct. 22nd.

Hey Doll

Mirror Walls

–Cameron