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This year, we were so excited to work with Seattle electronic duo Crater. If you haven’t checked out their debut LP Talk to Me so I Can Fall Asleep yet, then you don’t know what you’re missing.

Crater is the electronic-pop bedroom project of immensely talented Seattle-based musicians Ceci Gomez and Kessiah Gordon. Their debut LP was primarily sculpted out of a massive collection of “internet treasures” including arcane samples, torrents, and GIFS all crammed into a folder aptly named “Black Hole” on Ceci’s desktop screen.

Photo of Crater performing at their release show (credit City Arts and Nate Gowdy)

Photo of Crater performing at their album release show at Chop Suey (credit City Arts and Nate Gowdy)

Crater have been featured on the Huffington Post, Stereogum, Pitchfork, FACT Magazine, and more.

Find them on Bandcamp and purchase the record on LP, CD, or digital formats. You can stream the whole album below.

You can also purchase the record directly from our web store.




This Friday, October 30, two of our favorite artists will be releasing new music into the wild.

First up, Seattle’s own Nail Polish will be releasing Abrupt (Digital/Cassette), a short but energetic collection of post-punk gems. These dudes craft jagged, jarring songs about anxiety, street harassment, and existential dread. They’re a blast at parties.

The buds at Brooklyn Vegan were kind enough to write-up the track “Neighborhood Watch” (stream below). The whole release drops on Bandcamp good old fashioned cassette tape this Friday!

Pre-order Nail Polish on cassette HERE (includes DL code).

Also out on Friday, October 30, the full-length release In Between (Digital/Cassette) by NYC-via-Seattle songwriter Big Eater.

Big Eater originated in Seattle as a solo project of Matt Bachmann. In 2014, Matt moved to New York City, formed a band, and recorded the twelve songs that make up his debut record, In Between. Matt also plays bass in the excellent band Mega Bog, who are signed to Seattle/Brooklyn label/homies Couple Skate. The overall mood of In Between reminds us of two of our all-time favorites: Yo La Tengo’s …And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out and Talk Talk’s Spirit of Eden.

There’s a great review of the track “Lazy Days” over at Impose Magazine. The whole release drops on iTunes, Spotify, etc.,this Friday, as well as a limited edition cassette mail order. Stream “Lazy Days” below.

Pre-order Big Eater on cassette HERE (includes DL code).

UPDATE (4/10): The release of Sick Sad World’s debut has been delayed until May 12. Sorry for the longer wait!

Today, we are stoked to announce the latest addition to the Help Yourself Records family: Sick Sad World!

You can pre-order Sick Sad World’s debut album Fear and Lies over on our fancy e-store ($$CLICK HERE$$).

“Skateboarding Girl” is the first track and lead single off the record, and is streaming/download-able on Soundcloud right now.

Sick Sad World is the new project of Seattle by way of Olympia skateboarder and pop clairvoyant Jake Jones, formerly of the bands Malaikat Dan Singa and Christmas, who on his debut Fear and Lies has churned out 11 guitar pop gems ready to be included on the classic hits playlists of the future. 

Fear and Lies comes out 4/21/2015

Sick Sad World - Fear and Lies

On March 24, our cross-town buds over at Hardly Art will be releasing Chastity Belt’s much anticipated sophomore LP, Time to Go Home. Chastity Belt shared the first single from the release earlier this month, the eponymous post-party anthem “Time to Go Home” (embed below). This album is going to be straight fire.

You can pre-order Time to Go Home from Hardly Art over HERE.

Chastity Belt’s debut LP No Regerts is available in our webstore, HERE, on limited edition gold vinyl.


Our resident art dude Jake Muilenburg has some of his independent pieces up at Cairo right now, and they are great. The collection (‘Hold On To Your Butts’) includes work by Jake, and other buds Michael Fettig, Nick Shively, & Trevor Brown. Go check out a cool local show about everybody’s fav body part, support the Seattle art community, and reflect on how HYR is run by really great people.


For more of Jake’s work –>

For more info on Cairo –>

For more info on HYR –> keep scrolling down, dummy.



Hey everybody! Dude York’s new video for ‘Cannibal’ (off their latest album ‘Dehumanize’) just hit the internet, and it is GREAT. If you like bong water, urban palms, and peeing, you’ll be real into it. Check out the vid debut on Rolling Stone, and let us know what you think!

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Tomorrow night at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard: Wimps are playing first, then Acapulco Lips, and Mikal Cronin. Dude York is hosting, no one knows why. It’s one of those Red Bull Sound Select shows, so be sure to RSVP here and then you just need to show up with three bones, and you’re in. Please come, we want to hang out with you.

8pm doors // $3 // 21+ // Facebook event here


In case you don’t have eyes or ears or a wifi connection, we’ll get you up to speed: for the past few months, the known modern world has been taken over by Chastity Belt and their incredible nation-spanning tour with our buds Pony Time. A great many publications/websites/blogs went out of their way to hype the band (for which we are very grateful). Most (all) of these reviews were generous in mentioning how the band is made up of WOMEN LADIES OVARIES who play MUSIC BOXES or something, and we just wanted to say COOL THANX U GO GIRLZ ROCK. Here’s a partially comprehensive rundown of a lot of the great stuff said about our resident babes Chastity Belt, and their album and tour in general:

MTV Hive

SSG Music

Brooklyn Vegan

Speak Into My Good Eye

Secret Note

The South End

Two Hands Clapping

Seattle Weekly

Knox Road

The Evan ‘Funk’ Davies Show

Whitman Pioneer

(but actually thanks for writing about the artists we work with, it’s great // you’re great // music is great)

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