Debacle's Best of 2014 - Albums (Sam)


The Big Four

SHXCXCHCXSH - Liner S Decoded (Avian)

"Shoegaze Techno" of the best type. I liked this bands previous albums, but Liner S Decoded is out-of-this-world good. 

Ian William Craig - A Turn of Breath (Recital) 

Heartbreaking beauty. I can barely stand to put this album on just because the emotional roller coaster. 

Vessel - Punish, Honey (Tri Angle)

I don't know how to classify this album. Slimey electronic industrial sex jams? Gothic electro strut?  

Sylvan Esso - S/T (Partisan)

I will listen to anything Amelia Meath sings, over and over and over again.


Things I also enjoyed quite a bit:

Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band - Intensity Ghost 

Container - Adhesive

Rrose - Monad XVI

Lakker - Mountain Divide

COH - To Beat

Powell - Club Music

Bing & Ruth - Tomorrow Was the Golden Age

The Bug - Angels & Devils

Jo Johnson - Weaving

Ela Stiles - Ela Stiles

Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

Guillotine - National Razor

Objeckt - Flatland

Kerridge - A Fallen Empire

Perc - The Power and the Glory


I also was criminally late to the party on:

Giant Claw - Dark Web

Low Jack - Garifuna Variations


Things I was sad I didnt connect with for one reason or another:

Aphex Twin - Syro

Lee Gamble - Koch

Call Super - Ecto

Dean Blunt - Black Metal

Also I really was out of the loop on what looks to be a fantastic year of metal albums.

The State of the Label Address 2014

Hello folks,

To celebrate 2014 we are kicking off our annual End of the Year sale on Small Business Saturday, use the code "2014" for 35% off everything, physical and digital, in our bandcamp! Good for the rest of the year! 

As is our tradition as we roll towards the end of the calendar year, we'd like to take a moment and reflect on everything that happened this year in Debacle land. Not only did we release 7 records on Debacle and 3 on our sister label MOTOR, but we put on 10 amazing MOTOR parties, including a trip to Portland, our best Debacle Fest yet, and numerous other shows and events including a great Wolf Eyes blazer. All of which barely scratches the surface of all the stuff that went down. We are so very proud of how much we packed into this year. Thing is, we ain't done yet!

We just let slip a brand new CD release from Minnesota newcomer Dågur, a phenomenal EP of filmic drones and dark electronics. This one is going to be for the true Debacle heads, instant classic status. Only 100 made, pick it up up now.

Also for our Seattle friends we have one more phenomenal MOTOR party to round out the year. On December 11th we will be hosting Best Available Technology (Left_blank, Opal Tapes, Further) at MOTOR XIX!

So, remember, use the code "2014" for 35% off everything, physical and digital, in our bandcamp

Sam & Rachel

Announcing Four New Releases!

L.A. Lungs - Rrest

Rrest is the first vinyl release for Olympia, Washington-based L.A. Lungs. Known for creating deeply personal connections with their audiences, the married duo, Afterthought Lung and Leeward Lung, are longtime mainstays of the capital city’s storied underground scene, as well as an integral part of the Debacle Records story. With two previous CDs in our back catalog, amid several releases from other NW labels, the pair have won the hearts of those in the local underground scene since 2005, particularly through their involvement with Debacle Fest and Olympia Experimental Music Festival.

Debacle Records is excited to share the best kept secret of the Northwest with the larger world; it’s time for L.A. Lungs to step into the light.

L.A.Lungs have the ability to, in a single track, evoke both a dusky summer evening and the white, white light of a winter morning. Employing an army of instruments such as guitar, violin, Roland Juno 60, plus toys and noisemakers, L.A. Lungs are able to move from disquieting cryptic sound fields to warm embracing drones. Their songs would be home next to those of Motion Sickness of Time Travel, Mountains, and Lau Nau.

Rrest is the most faithful representation of the L.A. Lungs we know from stage. Hushed conversation at one in the morning, shaking pine needles, condensation on glass, creaking floorboards, sunning cats, puddles filling from heavy drops--Rrest feels like all of these things yet without the aid of field recordings. Empty spaces hold on to your attention. Clicks and strums brush up against you and retreat. Tones that had once felt disconnected and stark, sneak and braid into crescendos of dreamy urgency.

We’re pleased L.A. Lungs will be once again be gracing the stage of Debacle Fest May 31st at LoFi Performance Gallery in Seattle, an event at which they’ve performed nearly every year since 2008, often giving us their best moments. They will also take part in the Olympia Experimental Music Festival later in 2014.

$18 LP & Digital

$8 Digital

King Tears Bat Trip

After tape and digital editions of the album on Hanged Man and Table & Chairs, respectively, Debacle Records is proud to release the King Tears Bat Trip album as a limited edition picture-disc, with art by KTBT member Kristian Garrard. The album has been remastered by Scott Colburn, who has produced albums for Animal Collective and Sun City Girls. We’re also ecstatic to present a rare performance by the septet at this year’s Debacle Fest, on Saturday May 31st in Seattle.

A favorite among the emerging bands of the Northwest DIY scene, King Tears Bat Trip is the vision of Seattle bassist, guitarist, and composer Luke Bergman. Performed in two massive compositions, KTBT’s self-titled debut album is a torrent of sound from the get-go, featuring Thomas Campbell, Kristian Garrard, Chris Icasiano, and Evan Woodle on drums; Neil Welch on distortion-heavy tenor saxophone; Luke Bergman on de-tuned noise guitar; and Brandon Lucia on the Chango, a computer-generated sound interface created by Lucia himself in April 2011.

KTBT can be a ferocious, power-violent beast, but their catchy song forms and hypnotizing beats make this music extremely approachable. The folksy melodies seem as much like Haitian Vodou music as they do an Albert Ayler spirit song. Barking saxophone improvisations shout over Bergman’s washed-out, metallic guitar lines, and twangy, rolling percussion instruments sound in the radius. The band’s tightly-woven rhythmic patterns and careful control of pacing sound both raw and fully assured. King Tears Bat Trip was recorded in unedited, live studio takes, retaining all the energy of their adrenaline-inducing shows.

$18 LP & Digital

$8 Digital

Chris Davis - Live at Post Terrestrial

Chris Davis is a member of Seattle’s kraut-synth jammers Brain Fruit, also a key member of the psychedelic dance collective MOTOR.  This release is the first under his given name, and the first to dive into his abstract improvisations on modular synthesizer.  Taken from a performance at the local experimental meet-up series Post Terrestrial, this new CD is Davis stepping away from the tightly controlled and clever structures of Brain Fruit and out, even further from the improv techno of his MOTOR live sets.  This is live improv synth work in the recent tradition of Greg Davis, Matt Carlson or Keith Fullerton Whitman.

Note: Chris has decided all forthcoming work in this vein will retain the Chris Davis moniker, while Chris will return to MOTOR shows and releases with a new project name.

Mastered by Phil Petrocelli

100 copies - Limited Edition

$8 - CD & Digital

$5 - Digital

Timm Mason - The Lost Levels

You may know Timm Mason from his work in psych overlords Midday Veil, disco strategists TJ Max or most notably his long running solo project Mood Organ.  The Lost Levels is his first release under his own name, having decided to take Mood Organ into the direction of his recent “Missile Silo Disco” sets for MOTOR and forthcoming 12” EP.  The Lost Levels could be seen as a sequel to his early release on Debacle Records Visiting a Burning Museum.  Like that release The Lost Levels trades in slow moving and slightly tension filled drones. Unlike his previous release, the album feels much more diverse in sound sources and features almost a cut and paste style of composition that reminds me of a darker Sean McCann. There is a dramatic narrative tone here that is rare in most sound sculptures like these.

Mastered by James Plotkin

100 copies - Limited Edition

$8 - CD & Digital

$5 - Digital

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