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Anti- is an American record label founded in 1999 as a sister label to Epitaph. While Epitaph's focus has mostly been on punk rock, Anti-'s roster includes country (Merle Haggard), hip hop (Sage Francis, The Coup), reggae (Buju Banton, Michael Franti), soul (Bettye LaVette, Doe Paoro), indie folk (The Swell Season, Saintseneca), rap rock (One Day as a Lion), indie rock (The Dream Syndicate, Islands, Japandroids), and Tom Waits.

ANTI-Records Logo.svg
Parent companyEpitaph Records
Founded1999 (1999)
FounderAndy Kaulkin
Distributor(s)Alternative Distribution Alliance, Republic
Country of originU.S.
LocationLos Angeles, California

Founded by Andy Kaulkin, Anti- first gained attention by releasing Tom Waits's Grammy Award-winning Mule Variations in 1999. Other veteran recording artists such as rhythm and blues singers Solomon Burke, Bettye LaVette and Marianne Faithfull have signed onto Anti- after leaving other labels.[1]


Andy KaulkinEdit

Kaulkin began working for the Epitaph label. His role was looking after the label's data management system.[2] In 1995, he was head of marketing.[3] He eventually worked his way up to become the president for the label, and worked there until 1998. Later he founded Anti-. Under Kaulkin's stewardship, the label began with the release of Mule Variations by Tom Waits which was met with success.[4][2]

Other artists signed by Kaulkin include Mavis Staples, who came to the label as a result of a meeting between Kaulkin and her manager,[5] and Jade Jackson, whose vivid storytelling attracted Kaulkin.[6]

As a musician, Kaulkin played piano on "Haggard (Like I've Never Been Before)", which was the title track of Merle Haggard's album Haggard Like Never Before.[7] He had multiple roles as composer, musician and producer on the Blues Got Soul album by King Ernest.[8]



  1. ^ Schneider, Jason (October 2007). "Soul Survivors: How Classic Rhythm and Blues Has Become Vital Once Again". Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Utne - Mar.-Apr. 2008 - Good Karma in Stereo, At the Anti- label, it’s all about the music by Marc Weingarten Page 2
  3. ^ Billboard, June 10, 1995 - Page 19 Popular Unprisings By Carrie Borzillo
  4. ^ Dying Scene - ANTI- Records Bio:
  5. ^ Rolling Stone, February 17, 2016 - Mavis Staples' Ode to Joy: How M. Ward, Neko Case and More Shaped New LP
  6. ^ The Columbus Dispatch, Jun 22, 2017 - Jade Jackson expands on her country upbringing By Mikael Wood / Los Angeles Times
  7. ^ Billboard, October 4, 2003 - Page 45 Music Country, Haggard Speaks Out 'Like Never Before' By Chris Morris
  8. ^ AllMusic - King Ernest, Blues Got Soul, Credits
  9. ^ Allison To Release ANTI Debut 'The Way Of The World' March 23 Archived July 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine ANTI-, November 17, 2009
  10. ^ Erickson Returns with Celebrated New Album Archived July 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine ANTI-, April 20, 2010
  11. ^ Reeves, Mosi (2 March 2010). "New New Orleans". San Francisco Bay Guardian Online. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
  12. ^ a b Grinderman Album & European Tour Archived July 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine ANTI-, May 25, 2010
  13. ^ Islands Sign to Anti- Records Pitchfork Archived February 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Islands Sign to Anti- Records Archived June 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine ANTI-, March 6, 2008
  15. ^ Wood/Water: Liner Notes, The Promise Ring Archived January 3, 2010, at the Wayback Machine ANTI-
  16. ^ "Simian Mobile Disco - Anti Records". Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  17. ^ "Bio". Solillaquists of Sound. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  18. ^ "Son Little - Anti Records". Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  19. ^ [1][dead link]
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 17, 2010. Retrieved September 18, 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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