Celebrating Independence with… Dischord Records

In honor of Independence Day, KEXP is saluting some of our favorite indie record labels who’s DIY-spirit helped revolutionize the music industry. As an independent radio station ourselves, KEXP is thrilled to give a 13-gun salute to these pioneers with a series of label spotlights through the Fourth of July.

Although many record labels have been started in order to deliver punk messages to the masses, no label has had more influence over the shape of the last 30 years of punk than Dischord Records. Founded in 1980 by D.C. punk musicians Ian Mackaye and Jeff Nelson as a means to release their band Minor Threat‘s records, the label became well known for its militant DIY policies, producing all of their music in-house and eschewing the services of major distributors. Although Minor Threat disbanded relatively soon after, the label carried on documenting the now-legendary D.C. hardcore scene through bands like Rites of Spring, Beefeater, Nation of Ulysses, Jawbox, Shudder to Think, and last, but certainly not least, Fugazi. Still in operation, Dischord continues to issue records from newer D.C.-area punk bands as well as tend to their revered catalog, and while punk fans everywhere continue to pine for the Fugazi reunion that may or may not happen, they can take comfort knowing that Dischord still maintains its DIY ethics and punk credibility 32 years later. To celebrate, watch video of Dischord Records artists below (and don’t slamdance unless you want Ian Mackaye to give you your $5 back):

Key Releases:
Minor Threat – Minor Threat (1981)
Government Issue – Legless Bull (1981)
Rites of Spring – Rites of Spring (1985)
Beefeater – House Burning Down (1987)
Fugazi – 13 Songs (1989)
Nation of Ulysses – 13-Point Program to Destroy America (1991)
Jawbox – Tongues (1992)
Fugazi – End Hits (1998)
Beauty Pill – Beauty Pill (2001)
Office of Future Plans – Office of Future Plans (2011)

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One Comment

  1. G.K. Darby
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    For those interested there’s a new book out about all this. Capitol Contingency: Post-Punk, Indie Rock, and Noise Pop in Washington, D.C., 1991-1999 by Brandon Gentry…

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