It’s nearly the official beginning of spring, and you know what that means; it’s time to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the opening of Legoland California! Now, everyone grab your lego collections and let’s rendezvous at the parking lot in Carlsbad. I’m convinced that, given a large enough turnout, we can independently expand the acreage of Legoland so that Lego hospitals, Lego public libraries, Lego beggars, and Lego strip clubs inhabit every inch of the state, creating a virtual replica. We. Can. Do. This!
Beyond that, however, spring also corresponds with the beginning of festival season, and in Seattle, that basically means one event in particular, to local appreciators of independent music: Sasquatch. Forget Sasquatch for a moment though; what about those clamoring for a dose of experimental aural immersion, who would otherwise be left unfulfilled by an event where Jack White and Beck are two of the headliners? Months prior to Seattle’s more extensive dedication to electronic/experimental music, Decibel Festival, and preceding even Sasquatch itself, Debacle Records have announced their fifth annual festival, Debacle Fest 2012, to take place in Seattle at the Black Lodge and the Josephine on May 4, 5, and 6. The line-up features the following artists, with more set to be announced in the near future: Mark McGuire, Rene Hell, Eternal Tapestry, Sean McCann, Operative, Pulse Emitter, Brain Fruit, and Dull Knife.
Ignoring for a moment the fact that Debacle Fest satisfies a festival’s most basic requirement — having a bunch of artists perform — it’s tough to consider this an event designed to attract large swathes of the coffee-drinking, trail-hiking public at large. For one, there’s probably a ceiling on the number of people who are actually willing to explore this type of music, and two, the Black Lodge doesn’t even have an advertised address. Seriously. That’s one way to dissuade the lukewarm.