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The Helio Sequence on World Cafe | January 30, 2013

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Hailing from Beavertown, Ore., singer-guitarist Brandon Summers and drummer-keyboardist Benjamin Weikel started playing together in 1996. Three years later, the duo self-produced its first EP and officially formed The Helio Sequence.

While the band was touring in support of its 2008 album Keep Your Eyes Ahead, The Helio Sequence's recording studio in Portland experienced massive flood damage. Forced to find a new space, the duo discovered that recording its lustrous, emotional music in a different location affected the structure and style of its latest album, Negotiations. Summers and Weikel wrote, recorded and produced the record, which was released late last year.

Here, The Helio Sequence plays a few tracks from Negotiations and discusses the natural disaster that changed its sound. (Link)


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T Rex “Hot Love” Hits

Laura Mvula “She” Sing to the Moon

Joan Armatrading “Love & Affection” Joan Armatrading

The Shins “It’s Only Life” Port of Morrow

Alt-J “Breezeblocks” An Awesome Wave

((The Helio Sequence “One More Time” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

The Helio Sequence “One More Time” Recorded Live for the World Cafe

The Helio Sequence “October” Recorded Live for the World Cafe

The Helio Sequence “Downward Spiral” Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((The Helio Sequence “Back To This” Keep Your Eyes Ahead))

Hey Marseilles “Hold Your Head” Lines We Trace

REM “Try Not to Breathe” Automatic for the People

Tame Impala “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” Lonerism

((The Flaming Lips “The Wizard Turns On” At War With The Mystics))

Broken Social Scene “7/4 (Shoreline)” Broken Social Scene

Yo La Tengo “Ohm” Fade

The Joy Formidable “This Ladder Is Ours” Wolf’s Law

Of Monsters & Men “Little Talks” My Head is an Animal

Rhett Miller “Our Love” The Instigator

((The Beastie Boys “Auntie Jackie Poom Poom Delicious” Hello Nasty Deluxe Edition))

The Lions “This Generation” This Generation

Passion Pit “I’ll Be Alright” Gossamer

The Heavy “How You Like Me Now?” The House That Dirt Built

The Black Keys “Tighten Up” Brothers

((Heartless Bastards “The Mountain” The Mountain))

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell “Hanging Up My Heart” Old Yellow Moon

Delta Rae “Bottom of the River” Carry the Fire

Ivan & Alyosha “Running For Cover” All The Times We Had

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss “Gone Gone Gone” Raising Sand