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Label of the week – Dischord Records

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Label of the Week
Dischord Records

http://www.dischord.com

SO what can you say about Dischordrecords? A label that has sold over 5 million items. A label that has influenced so many musicians and bands. A labelthat has brought out consistently good releases since the Teen Idles Minor Disturbance 7″.

As one of the founders of the label, Ian McKaye states

“After nearly a year of playing together, the Teen Idles decided to break up. It was late summer 1980 and the only thing left to sort out was what to do with the money in the band fund. All of the money we had earned from our 35 concerts went into a cigar box in my room, and we had managed to save over $600. Instead of splitting it up, the band decided to release a record.

It was clear from the beginning that no label would be interested in putting out a Teen Idles record, particularly since we were no longer a band, so we decided to do it ourselves. We turned to our friend Skip Groff, who ran a record shop called Yesterday and Today. He had put out a number of small releases on his own label, Limp Records, and was able to explain the basic mechanics of putting out a record. We came up with a name for our label, started designing the cover, and sent off the tapes to a pressing plant. Finally, in December 1980, the Teen Idles’ “Minor Disturbance” E.P. (an eight-song 7″) was released. This was Dischord Records #1.”

It all sounds so simple, start a band, release a record, play a gig -do it yourself. And you know what? It is.

 

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My introduction to the label was the flex your head compilation, which documented the DC hardcore scene at the time. Through this I got to listen to and read about bands like SOA, Untouchables, Youth Brigade and Deadline. The power and the spirit from that record still influences me today.

The label is still releasing records and it’s not just represses and hidden gems like Youth Brigades first demo.

It has put out Soccer Team’s second lp and is involved in Red Hares new record Lexicon Mist which includes a Lungfish cover.

I could write forever about the label but this is here to remind you of its existence.

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Label Of The Week – Southern Lord

Label Of The week

Southern Lord

Southern Lord is an interesting label. Since its first release in 1998 Thorr’s Hammer Dommedagsnatt ithas been inflicting powerful noise on peoples ears, including many re-issues from punk / trash bands like the offenders, Poison Idea or Battallion Of Saints.

It doesn’t stop there, pretty much the whole roster has some beginning in noise, like Pelican’s instrumental power or Sunn O))) heavy heavy beats.

The label was formed in 1997 by Greg Anderson in Los Angeles, CA. Initially it was founded to release albums by Andersons’ personal projects (Thorrs’ Hammer, Burning Witch, Goatsnake, sunn O))) ) but developed into a force far mightier than originally envisioned! Over the last 17 years Southern Lord has worked with artists such as: Dave Grohl (PROBOT project) Wino (St. Vitus, The Obsessed, The Hidden Hand), Sleep, Earth, Wolves In the Throne Room, Today Is The Day and Pelican.

The label continues to release albums by artists/family close to Anderson (sunn O))), Goatsnake, Brotherhood). As Andersen himself said “I’m extremely grateful that people have connected with what Southern Lord puts out. The main reason I do this label is to turn people onto music… it’s like tape trading, from back in the day, magnified one hundred times and turned into a career. I know it sounds cliché, but everyday I wake up and I can’t believe my job is turning people onto music. I think what the label does works because it’s about going with our gut and not putting out records to be rich and famous. If we wanted to do that we’d have to put out a lot of albums we don’t care about.”

The latest addition to the label are Like Rats

Several members of Like Rats also hold rank in Chicago-based powerviolence/grindcore faction, Weekend Nachos, yet with this alter-ego, the focus of the beatdown is much more heavily influenced by death metal, with generous helpings of caveman swing, and with a catastrophic end result one may imagine by crossing the old-school slaughter of Incantation, Celtic Frost and Obituary over with the modern devastation of the likes of Nails, Black Breath and Dead In The Dirt.

Like Rats upcoming full-length, II, delivers eight new tunes, with thirty-three minutes of pure savagery. Recorded by Andy Nelson (Dead In the Dirt, Harms Way), the Weekend Nachos crew has spawned an entirely different beast with Like Rats, and the damaging proof lies in the band’s Southern Lord debut. II will see release on LP, all digital platforms, and marks the band’s compact disc debut. The CD version will also compile every filthy note the band has ever recorded, including their previously vinyl-only releases and the new II album, with twenty-two tracks in total.

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Label Of the week – Alternative Tentacles

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One could easily be forgive for forgetting about a record label that has been releasing classic albums for nearly 40 years. it’s a sign of todays mobile world. We no longer need to rely on a labels good name for records to listen to. Alternative Tentacles started in 1979 and since then it’s roster has included (wait for it), Alice Donut, Citizen Fish, Leftover Crack, Noam Chomsky, Pansy Division, Unsane, Butthole Surfers, DOA, Nomenasno, Neurosis, Victims Family and of course Jello Biafra and his various music associates including the Dead kennedys.

They have been releasing records since California Uber Alles was unleashed amongst a legion of punks. It is almost impossible to get a list of releases as there has been cd’s, 7″‘s, digital releases and t-shirts all seem to have catalogue numbers. I can safely guess at around 400 releases. 400 picks of rockin’ hardcore and off kilter country tunes designed to educate a nation and overthrow the machinations.

When Crucifucks were singing about Wisconsin or the Beatnigs telling us that Television was the Drug of the Nation alternative tentacles were shouting from the rooftops.

After the Dead Kennedys gave us Frankenchrist the label started to run into trouble due to the amount of attention PMRC were putting. I contacted the label in the UK to see if Irish Punks could help out with No More Censorhip Defense Fund. We put a gig on, showed solidarity in the way the label have been showing since.

It isn’t just a label for punk rock and up front hardcore there is alternative twang of Evan Johns and Eugene Chadbourne or the rockabilly blues style of more recent visitors to Ireland, the Legendary Shack Shakers

It is still releasing records, bringing out podcasts and finding new ways to encourage subversion. Jello is still playing music and releasing records, Winston Smith is still producing art and the label still flourishes

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Label Of the week- Drunken Sailor Records

Drunken Sailor Records is a label from the UK that has been releasing quality sounds from around the world since the Tiltwheel Teach Your Children Hell 7″

They released Marvellous Mark’s (ex Marvelous Darlings man) Bite Me 7″ earlier in the year and jumped at the chance to release Marks debut LP.  “Sounding a bit like Big Star with power-pop overtones and a pop-punk driving force,Crushin’ is a collection of songs bursting with feeling that sound like they were written while the sun was either going down or coming up.”

First 100 on Yellow Vinyl. Touring Europe in 2016. This is a pre-order, the records will ship on Friday 15th January.

 

Also out on the same day is the debut EP from Malos Modales.
The ‘Cronicas Terrestres EP (mastered by the ever awesome North London Bomb Factory Mastering) is the bands debut record. Garage/ powerpop with a definite nod to The Marked Men.
Hailing from Monterrey, Mexico.

Malos Modales are a punk band of people who technically aren’t old but could make some people question this very fact. Formed in Monterrey, Mexico, the band features some familiar faces in its lineup, namely Kiko Blake from División Minúscula (one of the most successful and emotionally charged bands from the past decade), and Johnny Vzz and Hugo “Scrap” Zapata from electroparty mainstays She’s A Tease (Chacho Zapata rounds up the band). They converged and recorded some demos, then decided to take the proper steps to formalize the band. They have recorded a self-titled EP at their rehearsal space with the help of a 4-track tape recorder.

 

Other bands on the label are the excellent lo-fi pop of Martha, the pop punk hilarity of Wonk Unit and home to the amazing soaring guitar of stay clean jolene

 

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