Debacle Fest 2014

Let’s fucking celebrate our community: For Debacle Fest 2014, May 30th and 31st, we’re showcasing what the festival is all about -- our amazing family of artists, all our supportive fans turned friends, and some favorite local hangouts.

Opening ceremonies commence Friday May 30th at Capitol Hill boutique gallery Cairo with a small line up of intimate performances and hotdog vendor Quack Dogs on location. Then a big whirlwind of a Saturday, May 31st, descends upon Eastlake and Republican, giving fans a Choose Your Own Adventure-style evening across LoFi Performance GalleryBlack Lodge, and the Victory Lounge. Attendees will be able to choose between concurrent performances on all three stages. To up the party atmosphere, local food truck Napkin Friends will be on site and Victory Lounge will offer food specials to fill bellies while projection artists satisfy the eyes.

The richness on tap here in the PNW flows through our lineup. Longtime Debacle family like Dull Knife, Brain Fruit, Black Hat, Blue Sabbath Black Cheer, and L.A. Lungs bring consistently top-notch performances, while Threads, Slow Drips, and Chris Davis make Fest debuts. Talent from up and down the best coast are on hand as well, with Danny Paul Grody, Golden Retriever, Sutekh Hexen, Common Eider King Eider, and more.

And the party isn’t just stuck in night mode: Saturday afternoon, the wealth of Seattle experimental labels is to be had as we host a Record Label Fair, sharing the limelight with our fellow purveyors of underground sounds. From Noon to Five at the Black Lodge eager music seekers can pick up wares from the likes of Medical Records, Translinguistic Other, Eiderdown, and Hanged Man, to name but a few, with DJs and a live performance.  


March Super Sale!

Hey, what's that? Has it already been a full year?! Yes indeed, it's March once again which means madness at DEBACLE RECORDS for our annual sale. Not only do we celebrate both our birthdays here at HQ, but we practically give our inventory away!

As always we have a bunch of packages to fit your every need, receive all 36 CDs and 6 LP's currently in stock for only $100+shipping. Or if you're already a Debacle diehard, you can opt for just our 2013 release pack for $50+shipping.  What’s that? You hate CD’s? Well you can pick up all 6 of our vinyl releases for just $50+Shipping

As always it pays to buy early and in bulk! As our stock disappears these prices stay the same, get in early for some insane deals on some soon to be out of print classics.

But you say “I already support Debacle a lot and have half these packages.” Head over to the bandcamp use the promo code “madness” on check out and receive 30% off all orders physical or digital.

Thanks folks your continued support means the world to us!

Sam & Rachel

From the bowels of Debacle HQ

Hobo Cubes Apex Ideals - Pre-order Now!

Hey Folks!

Welcome to the first release of Debacle's amazing 2014 line up!

Many of you are probably already aware of Francesco De Gallo's work as Hobo Cubes and his tape label Hobo Cult.  He has released tapes and CD-Rs with such amazing labels as NNA, Digitalis, Opal Tapes, Deep Tapes, Goldtimers, Bridgetown, Orange Milk....too many to name.  So it's with great excitement that we announce his first full length LP on Debacle records 

Pre-order Apex Ideals now!

Hobo Cubes Apex Ideals

With Apex Ideals, Hobo Cubes has found a rich vein of form to explore. Montreal based Francesco De Gallo (also of Hobo Cult Records) is a master of manipulating ambient textures into compositions rife with emotion. Apex Ideals focuses time-based ideas and constructs, finding deeply personal reflections inside its electronic cascades.

Using time-stretching methods to create vast expanses of minimal ambience, Apex Ideals finds some of its greatest strength in glitches and accidents that accentuate the sonic terrain. The beauty is in the details; a cut here and the beating of a heart pours out in synthetic rhythms and deft tonal shifts; a mistake there and liquid synths bubble like blood escaping an open wound. De Gallo puts everything on the table and Apex Ideals ends up being an incredibly introspective record because of it.

Dreams fade into intangible thoughts overridden by external changes and are channeled into an aural dream- scape. Hobo Cubes has climbed many vistas in the past five years but none have reached the heights of Apex Ideals. This is Francesco De Gallo’s masterpiece.

Pre-order now 

Release Date 2/11/2014

$15 - LP  & Digital

$8 - Digital

State of the Label 2013

It's been a very big year here at Debacle HQ and I wanted to take a minute to reflect on what we did, where we are going, and what we loved about this last year.

First off thanks to anybody who purchased an album, came to a show or even submitted a demo, your support means more to us here than you probably could even imagine.

So what did we do this year? We kicked off the year having just released the Zac Nelson LP and about to drop Total Life's brain ahnillating Bender/Drifter.

After a string of great shows to kick off the new year, we held our biggest Debacle Fest yet.

It was a three day four show monster filled to the brim with amazing artists from far and wide.  We are so proud of that line up and happy to make so many new friends like Gabriel Saloman, the Date Palms crew, Nate Young and Dave Shettler, Jamaal Moss and James Dondio, not to mention all of our returning friends and family. Next year we will be trying a few new things with Debacle Fest, but what an amazing blow-out we had this year.

We continued to grow our MOTOR night with six awesome parties throughout the year and our first ever MOTOR single release. Very proud of the guests we have been fortunate enough to host this year, but even more so of how much our core group of artists have banded together and helped each other improve and become the most exciting new group of artists in Seattle.  Look for two new 12"s in the first part of the year from Olympia's techno shaman HOM and a set of atmospheric bangers from Hobo Noir, the team of Montreal's Hobo Cubes and Jesse Osborne-Lanthier. All this is just the start of what MOTOR has planned for this year.

Summer brought our biggest release ever in the Expo '70/Plankton Wat split 12".  Bringing together two of our favorite jammers for a great EP.  I may be biased, but I think "Faded Postcards" that closes out Plankton Wat's side, might be his best song period!

We kicked off the fall with our batch of phenomenal CD releases from TJ Max, Rainbow Lorikeet and Adderall Canyonly, three very different but equally impressive electronic jammers. Then we finally dropped the debut album from Biosexual, one of the strongest and most accomplished releases in our entire catalog. Biosexual has a ton more up their sleeves and we are hoping to continue to delight you with crazy videos and remixes from that many-years-in-the-making LP.

So whats next? Well after closing out the year with our best MOTOR night yet with Pete Swanson, we will be dropping the aforementioned HOM single at the end of January, followed shortly by our tenth MOTOR night at Lo Fi featuring debut MOTOR performances from Apartment Fox and Raica.  February brings us the long awaited Hobo Cubes debut full length LP Apex Ideals, and even more awesome stuff we can't talk about yet. Keep your eyes open for news about Debacle LPs from A Story of Rats/Dull Knife moss-wizard Garek Druss, guitar wunderkindt Hayden Pedigo, and a split 12" from Seattle heavies Brain Fruit and Panabrite. Of course we will be announcing details on Debacle Fest 2014 the moment we can.

Here is some music we loved at Debacle HQ.


  • Holden - The Inheritors
  • Pharmakon - Abandon
  • Nate Young - Regression: Blinding Confusion
  • Pete Swanson - Punk Authority EP
  • Knifecream - Bind, Torture, Kill
  • Mohammad - Som Sakrifis
  • Roly Porter - Life Cycle of a Massive Star
  • Locrian - Return to Annihialation



  • Function - Incubation
  • Chris Forsyth - Solar Motel
  • Autre Ne Veut - Anxiety
  • Holden - The Inheritors

Also Great

  • Egyptrixx - A/B Til Infinity
  • Moan - Bookshelf Sanctuary
  • Allesandro Cortini - Forse 1 & 2
  • Blondes - Swisher
  • Metasplice - Infracts
  • Drumcell - Sleep Complex
  • Aquarelle - August Undone
  • Chvrches - The Bones of What We Know
  • Sightings - Terribly Well
  • Ron Morelli - Backpages
  • Kobosil - - ----
  • Roly Porter - Lifecycle of a Massive Star
  • Karen Gwyer - Kiki the Wormhole
  • Secret Pyramid - Movements of Night
  • Stellar Om Source - Joy One Mile
  • Rrose - Monad XVI
  • Unicorn Hard-on - Weird Universe
  • Black Sites - Prototype EP
  • Danny Paul Grody - Between Two Worlds

Thanks Everybody

Sam & Rachel


Biosexual - The Window Wants the Bedroom - LP Out Now!


So excited to bring you guys this album!  Two years ago I began working with Zac Nelson on his LP Charbroile, even then he could barely contain his excitement  about this new project he was working on with friends and siblings RJ Saalman and Jocelyn Noir (ALAK).  When I finally was able to hear the results of this project I knew we had something special on our hands.  This is an amazing album from what really is an all star power trio (SUPERGROUP!) in hiding.     

Redefine Magazine has a full review and the full album streaming online right now. 


Some advance praise 

"Biosexual are very much a product of the internet. They cobble together bizarre mutant vocals with surreal lyrics, rigid trap beats, and a chorus of synthesizers that reference at least 5 underground dance movements. Call it technological pop, or breakbeat bricolage, this is the sound of information overload, the result of 10 years of listening to everything under the sun."
Redefine Magazine

"There is a fierceness pressurized, it's a wonder it doesn't explode."
Impose Magazine

"The Window Wants the Bedroom is a deviously fresh, and clever work of experimental pop goodness."
No Goddamn Dancing


Sacramento-based experimental pop trio Biosexual brings together the diverse talents of Zac Nelson, previously of Portland, and brother and sister solo-recorders Michael RJ Saalman and Jocelyn Noir. Each member has been unflinching in their solo efforts, though Nelson has been most prolific, releasing work on a string of like-minded labels that—by their historic proclevities—help coordinate the full range of his exotic home productions. Ironically, this range seems to form a bridge between the siblings on their eponymous full band debut, the two having come more recently into their own; Saalman’s debut was released by Crash Symbols and Noir’s latest as Alak appeared via Kaleidoscope, both this October. Though Saalman and Noir share Nelson’s experimental sensibility, both have found their own distinct ways of translating their pop culture influences. Not that Nelson doesn’t have his own diverse palette; he cites a conscious, significant connection with non-musical aspects of his environment and maintains an open compositional style that can yield almost anything as musicians work to add their individual elements.
Though the band’s debut was initially structured by Nelson and Saalman over the course of several years, Noir was added and began to help write songs in early 2012 as it became clear that Biosexual would need to play live eventually—as opposed to their solo projects, which have been prohibitively difficult to stage. The result is a synthesis of all three band members. Tracks like “The Window Wants the Bedroom” and “Naked and Feeling It” are reminiscent of Saalman’s gnostic loops and beatwork for Crash Symbols, combining commercial production with the band’s incredible range together. Others show a glimmer of the shambolic synths and striking vocals that have characterized Alak’s work, particular the slow burn of “Fun Boy.” Many tracks retain a sense of Nelson’s distinct approach to drum and vocals, often enough shared by his bandmates, but still a potent element in keeping the trio’s sound accessible. In place of conventional pop, the band uses strategic dissonance or imbalance as much as structure to attract a listener’s attention. This tendency is upheld by frequent, unexpected rhythms and the variety of roles occupied by “voice” in each song, as with “Conjure Sharks” and “Human Slide.” The album begins and ends with two tracks that are perhaps most emblematic of its total outlook; the more oblique opener, “The Window Wants the Bedroom,” with the end held down by an even more blissfully evocative closer and the album’s longest track, “The Flesh Sings.”
Mastered by Scott Colburn, the LP is stored in a matte sleeve with UV die cut text embellishments.