Sunday, March 30, 2014

*Updated 3/30* Upcoming Seattle Shows

I am soooo tired, so self-serve again this week. 

Have a great week!


30 Some Suprises, Let’s Drive To Alaska, Plastic Boner Band, and Tyler Potts at Hollow Earth Radio
30 Bardo:Basho, Raica, Grunge 2000 (Chris Davis + Bankie Phones), with DJ Jermaine at Kremwerk
31 Nightmare Fortress with He Whose Ox Is Gored at Barboza
31 Killer Ghost, The Fancy Lads, and Deep Creep at Cafe Pettirosso


1 Heiress, Secrets of The Sky, Eye of Nix, and Entmoot at Chop Suey
1 Coldair, Liight, Sacred Signs, and Rainbow Wolves at The Sunset
3 Future Islands at The Crocodile
4 Girl Trouble, with Dirty Sidewalks at Slim’s Last Chance
4 Sue Ann Harkey, Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase, Eric Ostrowski, Funky Photos, Marcus Price, Cole Meyers at The Josephine
4 The New Flesh, Old City, Kohosh, and Murder in the Wood at Victory Lounge
4 Constant Lovers (Record Release), Gaytheist, and Tartufi at Chop Suey
4 Dinners, Whelp, and Yellow Space Lion at Ground Zero
4 Neutral Milk Hotel at Neptune Theater
4 Tender Age, A Weekend At The Feelies, and Celibacy Now at Cairo Seattle
4 Ladies Choice: Don Peyote, Partman Parthorse, Murder in The Woods and more at Black Lodge and Victory Lounge
5 Cancers, Shellshag, Marvin Berry and the New Sound, and TBA at LuLu’s
5 North Americans, Black Hat, and White Garden at Cairo Seattle
5 Pig DNA, Crime Zone, Cop Rot, Bricklayer, and Trrash at Black Lodge
5 The Mushies, Lost Reception, and Haley Maya at Fusion Cafe
5 Hightek Lowlives, OCnotes, Richie Dagger’s Crime at Vera Project
5 Golden Gardens, Kelli Frances Corrado, and Bardo:Basho at Teatro de la Psychomachia
5 Ladies Choice: Samara, Power Skeleton, Dust Moth and more at Highline
5 Dum Dum Girls with Blouse at Neumos
5 Gel-Sol at Josephine
6 Vertical Scratchers with Black Whales at Barboza
7 Bryan Ferry at McCaw Hall
8 Corespondents and mARMITs, The Fabulous Downey Brothers and Cerebral Cortez at The Sunset
8 I AM THE AVALANCHE, Diamond Youth, Turnover, District, and Dead Bars at The Vera Project
9 The Purrs with The Hollers and Daniel Kirkpatrick and the Bayonets at The Sunset
9 Soft Metals, Litanic Mask, and Butcher at Barboza
10 Alexander Robotnick with Airport, Chris Davies, and DJ Dr. Troy at Barboza
10 Tyvek, DreamSalon, and Guests at Chop Suey
11 Acid Mothers Temple, Perhaps, and MTNs at Chop Suey
11 Hazzard’s Cure, OSS, and Blood Of Kings at Victory Lounge
12 Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks at Neptune
12 Purr Gato with Death By Stars, and Elbow Coulee at Barboza
12 Apparitions, Nightspace, Big Lips & Big Eyes, and Mombutt at Ground Zero
12 Fucking Invincible, Loma Prieta, Mercy Ties, and Endorphins Lost at Black Lodge
13 Mark McGuire and Jenny Hval at Barboza
13 Destruction Unit, CCR Headcleaner, Dream Decay, and Naomi Punk at Black Lodge
14 Goat with Holy Wave, and Midday Veil at Neumos
15 Thou (Nola), Cloud Rat, O Paon, and Samothrace at Black Lodge
15 Loop, Kinski, Fungal Abyss, DJ Explorateur and DJ Veins at Chop Suey
16 Chromeo with TOKiMONSTA at Showbox at the Market
17 Godflesh with Special Guests at Neptune (Rescheduled from Oct)
17 The Men, Gun Outfit, and Lures at Chop Suey
18 Night Beats, Cosmonauts, The Pharmacy, and Black Sea at Lo-Fi
19 Usnea, Night Nurse, Countdown to Armageddon, and Druden at Black Lodge
19 Bonobo with J-Justice and DJ D’Nelski at Neumos
19 Lures, Flu, Scarves, Friendgetter, Follies & Vices at Ground Zero
20 Golden Retriever, Ilyas Ahmed, and Widesky at Machine House Brewery
22 Jim Jones, Fox and The Law, Acapulco Lips, and Killer Ghost at Neumos
23 Drive By Truckers with Shovels and Rope at Showbox SoDo
23 White Lies with Frankie Rose at Showbox at the Market
23 Dead Bars, Trash Fire, The Great Goddamn at The Gnarwahl
24 Zyanose, Frenzy, and Babylon at Black Lodge
24 He Whose Ox is Gored with Haunted Horses, Diesto and Drunk Dad at The Sunset
24 Kingdom of the Holy Sun, Weed, and Our Mother the Mountain at Columbia City Theater
26 Shlohmo at Neumos
28 Mastodon with Gojira, and Kvelertak at Showbox SoDo
29 Moon Duo at Barboza
29 Pennywise at Showbox at The Market


1 Monogamy Party with Haunted Horses at Chop Suey
2 Roaming Herds of Buffalo with Gerhardts, Chung Antique, and Toder at Barboza
2 Peeping Tomboys, Webelos, Swamp Meat, and Special Guests at Blue Moon
3 We Are Scientists, and PAWS at The Crocodile
7 Pantha Du Prince with The Triad and  Scott Mou at Neumos
8 Bumbershoot 2014 announcement show at Neumos
16 Julia Massey and The Five Finger Discount at Columbia City Theater
17 Trails and Ways at The Sunset
18 Purity Ring DJ set at Neumos
18 Jessy Lanza with Saint Pepsi at Barboza
18 Jeffertitti’s Nile, Low Hums, Rabia & Chris (of Rose Windows), and Ecstatic Cosmic Union at Lo-Fi
19 Jeremy Jay, Heavenly Beat, and more at Lo-Fi
19 Kairos EP Release with Dude York, and Sundries at The Crocodile
22 Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth, Chastity Belt and Lindseys at Black Lodge
24 Gel-Sol, noisepoetnobody with Sisiutl, Sunfalls, and Demian Johnston at The Josephine
27 Black Flag at The Showbox
30 Debacle Fest Opening Ceremony at Cairo Seattle
31 Debacle Fest: Record Label Fair at Black Lodge
31 Debacle Fest Night 2 at Lo-Fi, Black Lodge, and Victory
31 Sean Nelson at Columbia City Theater

4 Eagulls at The Crocodile
15 Razing The Bar Premiere and Party (Doc about the Funhouse) at Columbia City Theater

2 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds at Paramount

31 Brand New at Showbox SoDo

18 Peter Hook & The Light at Neumos

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Our Guide To Debacle Records' March Madness Sale

Debacle Records is the type of label you want to have in your town. Helmed primarily by Sam Melancon, but with assistance from others (most recently Rachel LeBlanc), the Seattle-based experimental label has released somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 small-run recordings since its inception in 2004. From harsh noise and drone, to ambient black metal, to weirdo synth-pop, and even indie-punk, Debacle doesn't really have a "sound" per se -- more than anything, it's a monument to one obsessive audophiles' love for independent music. Which is, of course, something we understand.

The only problem with the label is that it can be hard for newcomers to know exactly where to begin. After all, falling for the sleek experimental pop of last year's Biosexual record, is not necessarily an indication that you'll love the intense drone of Total Life, or the futuristic tech-house of TJ Max

Fortunately, Debacle is all about getting the word out. They host tables at DIY fairs on a regular basis, and their floating bimonthly dance night, MOTOR, really is amazing (the next one is on May 8th and you should go). However, every May the label steps it up even further with Debacle Fest, a multi-venue festival featuring performances by a dazzling array of phenomenal local and national artists (read more, including the official line-up here). In other words, now is the time to take the plunge into the Debacle world.

The March sale is the way to do just that. For the remaining 6 days of March, Debacle will be virtually giving away their in-stock releases. This year's packages include:   

Again, intimating, and if you're at all sane you're probably thinking, "that's an amazing deal, but what will I be getting?". Well, we finally took the plunge this year ourselves, and in this post we've endeavored to answer that question for you. Below find 10 of our favorite tracks from the range of offerings. Just a word of warning, this might very well be the very last year this deal is offered and it expires on the first of April, so don't let this one slip away. 

Once you're up to date you can join the rest of us waiting with bated breath to see many of these same artists perform at Debacle Fest. 


Adderall Canyonly, “Arrows Above, Arrows Behind” from We Are Everywhere At Once (2013) -- krautrock, experimental synth-pop -- reminds me of Tangerine Dream

TJ Max, “Sanctuary” from ‘Wrong To Run (2013) -- tech-house influenced by Logan's Run

PD/AQ, “D”, from Physical Demon/ The Al Qaeda Septet (2010) -- free jazz, improv

Boy Fruit, “Tits & Tacos” from ‘Demonology’ (2012) -- experimental beats a la Black Dice
Rainbow Lorikeet, “Abell 2667” from ‘Fractures’ (2012) -- dark beats with villainous synth meandering
Billiam Wutler Yea, “Inner Pole g” from ‘Y Eso Que Muerte’ (2010) -- psychedelic noise/drone. One of my new favorite records. Really lovely from start to finish.

Kristeater, “A Ruhmn” from ‘Paintings For Animals’ (2011) -- like Mitchel Bell if Knifecream and Thunder Grey Pilgrim merged. Ominous ambient sounds.  

Black Hat, “#00000” from ‘Spectral Disorder’ (2012) -- soul-shaking industrial and tribal ambient dance. Read our interview here. Read Ad Hoc's much better interview here.  

Daniel Bachman, “Perigee Moon” from ‘Oh Be Joyful’ (2012) -- experimental fingerstyle guitar

BLSPHM, “Garuda” from ‘Barter The Lashed’ (2012) -- harsh noise/ambient black metal