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Dischord Records

Dischord Records is a Washington, D.C.-based independent record label specializing in punk rock. The label is co-owned by Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson, who founded Dischord in 1980 to release Minor Disturbance by The Teen Idles.[1][2][3] With other independent American labels such as Twin/Tone, Touch and Go Records, and SST Records, Dischord helped to spearhead the nationwide network of underground bands that formed the 1980s indie-rock scene.[4] These labels presided over the shift from the hardcore punk that then dominated the American underground scene to the more diverse styles of alternative rock that were emerging.[5]

Dischord Records
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Founded1980 (1980)
FounderIan MacKaye
Jeff Nelson
GenrePunk rock, post-hardcore, indie rock, rock
Country of originUnited States
LocationWashington, D.C.

The label is most notable for employing the do-it-yourself ethic, producing all of its albums and selling them at discount prices without finance from major distributors.[6] Dischord continues to release records by bands from Washington D.C., and to document and support the Washington D.C. music scene.[7] As of October 2016, the label employs four people.[8]

Dischord was a local label in the early days of hardcore, and is one of the more famous independent labels, along with the likes of Alternative Tentacles, Epitaph Records, SST Records, and Touch & Go Records.[6]

The logo of the label was created by Nelson, who has an associate degree in advertising design.[9]



Bands such as Minor Threat,[10] Government Issue,[11] The Faith,[12] Void,[13] Iron Cross,[11] Embrace,[14] Rites of Spring,[14] Nation of Ulysses,[14] Scream,[15] Soulside, S.O.A., the Teen Idles, Gray Matter, Jawbox,[14] Marginal Man,[14] Shudder to Think,[14] Dag Nasty,[14] Lungfish and Fugazi[6] have released records on Dischord.

Additions to the Dischord roster as of the late 1990s and 2000s include Q and Not U,[6] Beauty Pill, Antelope, French Toast, Faraquet, Black Eyes, The Aquarium, Title Tracks, Edie Sedgwick, Slant 6, and Andalusians. Many of these acts, notably Q and Not U and Black Eyes, are both influential and experimental post-hardcore bands.


  1. ^ Azerrad 2001, p. 132.
  2. ^ Blush 2001, p. 138.
  3. ^ Heller, Jason (November 18, 2014). "Primer: Where to Start with the Righteous Noise of Dischord Records". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  4. ^ Dolan, Jon (January 2005). "The Revival of Indie Rock". Spin 21 (1): 53.
  5. ^ Reynolds, Simon (2006). Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984. Penguin Books. ISBN 978-1-1012-0105-3.
  6. ^ a b c d Cogan 2008, p. 82.
  7. ^ Cogan 2008, p. 83.
  8. ^ Creative Time (25 October 2016). "Creative Time Summit DC - Do It Yourself - Keynote: Ian MacKaye". Retrieved 9 April 2018 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ Beaujon, Andrew (May 2003). "Out of Step with the World". Spin 19 (5): 86.
  10. ^ Blush 2001, p. 142.
  11. ^ a b Blush 2001, p. 147.
  12. ^ Blush 2001, p. 146.
  13. ^ Blush 2001, p. 150.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g Blush 2001, p. 157.
  15. ^ Blush 2001, p. 148.

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